The Power of Illustration

Duy Trinh is capturing the setting and feel of the story with great skill.

I’m working on a little stand-alone ‘chapbook’ of my short story, In an Absent Dream. It will be illustrated with black & white drawings by the artist Duy Trinh, who is capturing the setting and feel of the story with great skill.  Publication date is still to be announced, but here’s a preview of one of the illustrations, with the passage from the short story that inspired it.

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“It’s just this world, these streets, these fields…but it’s overlain with roads and paths and occasionally buildings that don’t exist in the world under the sun. It’s like they hover over (or under) the solidity of the everyday world, taking shape and substance only when someone – me – enters them.”

“In An Absent Dream” is published in the small collection Spinnings available as an ebook ….or you can wait for the chapbook to have a hauntingly illustrated paperback!

 

Happy Hallowe’en, Blessed Samhain, Solemn All Souls’ Eve

Whatever your beliefs are for October 31st, you will find something to appreciate in Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse – and it’s free until November 1st.

You can download it here for the Kindle, or for the Kindle app for iOS or Android.

 

Spinnings Final Cover

 

Day 2 Hallowe’en Book Giveaway!

Five Star rated on Goodreads and Amazon . Free for Hallowe’en weekend in all Amazon markets!

Spinnings Final Cover“I had to find reasons to return, to walk the old city, to keep the faerie paths clear…”                                                    In An Absent Dream

“I could see that from each bone, each skull, a fine thread ran, attaching it to the next, and
the next, creating a cat’s cradle that gathered more and more threads as they ran towards and disappeared into the alcoves.”                                                                                      The Spider’s Spinning  

Five Star rated on Goodreads and  Amazon.  Free for Hallowe’en weekend in all Amazon markets…stories just right for reading on Hallowe’en night! Read on your Kindle, or your Kindle app for iOS or Android.

Shivers up my Spine

Got 10 minutes or so? Click on the link and listen!

You’re a writer. You write something – a short story, say; you think it’s good. Other people read it; you read it out loud at a couple of open mic nights. People like it.

But hearing it read by someone else, someone who is a really really good reader, is a whole new experience.bssh

Bob Daun at Bob’s Short Story Hour reads my short story A Spider’s Spinning so well, it sent shivers up my spine. (Which it is supposed to do – it’s a scary story – but I didn’t expect to have that reaction, given I’d written it.)

Got 10 minutes or so? Click on the link above and listen, while you’re cooking dinner or folding laundry or just sitting back with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Not just to my story, but to the music and other readings on this episode. You won’t be disappointed.

Last Day of Spinnings Release Giveaway!

For the rest of today, you can download the first book in the Empire’s Legacy series: Empire’s Daughter, free from Amazon.

Today is the last day of the giveaway accompanying the release of my pair of short stories, Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse.

For the rest of today, you can download the first book in the Empire’s Legacy series:  Empire’s Daughter, free from Amazon.

Links for both books are below.  Please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you download either book!  Thanks.

Spinnings

Amazon.com      Amazon.ca       Amazon.co.uk

Empire’s Daughter

Amazon.com     Amazon.ca     Amazon.co.uk 

 

 

 

Two days left for a free book!

Today is Day 4 of the giveaway accompanying the release of my pair of short stories, Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse.

Today is Day 4 of the giveaway accompanying the release of my pair of short stories, Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse.  See pre-publication reviews here. To accompany this release, I’m giving away the first book in the Empire’s Legacy series:  Empire’s Daughter, free from Amazon.

Links for both books are below.  Please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you download either book!  Thanks.

Spinnings

Amazon.com      Amazon.ca       Amazon.co.uk

Empire’s Daughter

Amazon.com     Amazon.ca     Amazon.co.uk 

I helped write this…

I’m Pyxel, named for the cat in The Cat Who Walked Through Walls.

pyxelHello, I’m Pyxel, named for the cat in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert Heinlein.  So I have a good literary pedigree to help write books.  I helped my human write both Empire’s Daughter and her latest short story volume, Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse.  It’s just been published, and my human and I are giving away  Empire’s Daughter for a few days in its honour.  Spinnings is really inexpensive, so I’d appreciate it if you’d buy it along with the free book, because I really like the treats I get every evening, but I’m told they cost money, whatever that means.  Oh, and my human said something about leaving reviews on Amazon or Goodreads?  I think I’ll go jump on my sister now, just to bug her. Here are the links to both books:

Spinnings

Amazon.com      Amazon.ca       Amazon.co.uk

Empire’s Daughter

Amazon.com     Amazon.ca     Amazon.co.uk 

 

 

Readers love Empire’s Daughter!

Empire’s Daughter is proving very popular among readers right now!

Amazon rankings March 25As you can see, Empire’s Daughter is proving very popular among readers right now! Don’t miss out – download for free until March 29th at the following links:

 

Amazon.com     Amazon.ca     Amazon.co.uk 

And while you’re at it, check out my newest book here:

Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse

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and don’t forget to leave a review at Amazon or Goodreads!