Reblog: “The Nameless Robot”

Check out this flash fiction story from the eminent Brett Savory, written explicitly for yours truly as part of a campaign promotion for his new book – A Perfect Machine:

Here’s the second story I’ve written to promote A Perfect Machine, this one for R. Thomas Allwin, who pre-ordered the book, and so won the luxury of being murdered by a robot at my hands!


The best day of fifteen-year-old R. Thomas Allwin’s life was the day his mom bought him the robot. It was also the best day of the robot’s life. They became fast friends because everything Thomas needed, the robot provided: friendship, support, encouragement.

Even love.

But that’s where the problems began, and Thomas would come to realize that the day the robot came into his life was actually the worst day. The robot became clingy, was constantly pressuring Thomas for hugs, to open up, be candid about his feelings. The robot loved him, and was just here to help, it would say. Why wouldn’t Thomas just let it help him—all the time?

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Blog Tour: Hopeless Things

Welcome back to Hopeless, Dear Reader! This, my third installment about the brilliance of Nimue and Tom Brown, is part of a blog tour  to celebrate the release of Hopeless, Maine – The Gathering. So hop on and get a glimpse of what Hopeless has to offer!

Hopeless Things

Hopeless is a strange, gothic island off the coast of Maine, cut off from the rest of reality for the greater part. Hopeless Maine is also a graphic novel series, the peculiar child of Tom and Nimue Brown. Here’s a little taste of island life:


Agents of Change

Residents of the island Hopeless Maine call these creatures ‘creepy and annoying’ when they notice them at all. Agents of Change is more a description of what they are, than anything they’ve ever had said to their ominous absence of faces. The Agents tend to gather in flocks, and mob other life forms. They don’t kill their victims, but anything in contact with them will be affected in some way. They may be the cause of the island’s many oddities.

Cooking instructions: Don’t. Cooking does not cause them to cease being agents of change, you really don’t want to risk what that might do to your innards. A popular ingredient in food for unloved relatives.

15555088_10154834440427959_1443610978_nHopeless, Maine – The Gathering

Collecting the first two volumes of Hopeless, Maine as well as The Blind Fisherman, this is one graphic novel you don’t want to miss out on! You can order it at your local book store or comics shop, or buy it online here (with free shipping to most civilized, uncivilized and not-civilized-at-all places around the globe:

I just received word yesterday that my copy is on it’s way, and with a bit of luck I will be spending Christmas on the island of Hopeless this year!

If you missed it, here’s the interview I did with the creative couple behind Hopeless:
Interview: Tom and Nimue Brown



Feature: Veil Knights – Arthurian Myth meets Urban Fantasy

There’s a new Urban Fantasy book series out, bringing the myth of King Arthur into the modern day. This is a very ambitious project, involving a whole group of excellent authors – including a few of my personal favourites.

Check it out:


Art by Lou Harper

Not all legends are make-believe…

Three years ago, Jessie “the Berserker” Noble was at the top of the MMA fight game, a world-title contender with a brilliant future ahead of her. Then the visions started and her world came crashing down. Hard. Now Jessie’s a shadow of her former self, taking no-holds barred fights in the underground circuit to earn just enough to buy the drugs she needs to keep the horrible things she sees at bay.

When a man named Dante Grimm tells her she’s the modern incarnation of a champion of old and that she and her soon-to-be companions are desperately needed to hold back the darkness to come, Jessie thinks he’s as insane as she is.

But Grimm’s far from crazy. There is a battle coming the likes of which the world hasn’t seen in centuries, a battle against a foe straight out of their worst nightmares.

And for them to succeed, Jessie going to have to dive deep into the heart of the very thing she’s been running from all this time – her visions.

Arthurian myth meets urban fantasy in this new series from Rowan Casey!

Twelve New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors – Lilith Saintcrow, CJ Lyons, Joseph Nassise, Steven Savile, Annie Bellet, Jon F. Merz, Pippa DaCosta, Robert Greenberger, William Meikle, Steve Lockley, Hank Schwaeble, and Nathan Meyer – have come together under the pen name of Rowan Casey to create a modern re-imagining of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table sure to please fans of urban fantasy and Arthurian legends alike!

Launching in November 2016, the Veil Knights urban fantasy series will be published under the pseudonym Rowan Casey and will feature a new volume detailing the exploits of one of the knights every month through summer 2017, when season one of the series comes to its stunning conclusion.

  • Book one, The Circle Gathers, is available now
  • Book two, Hound of Night, will be out next week on Nov 29th.
  • Book three, Cloak of Fury, will be out on Dec 13th.
  • After that, they will be putting out a new book every month!

Each eBook will debut at $0.99 for a full week and then jump up to its regular price, so you’ll want to get them early to grab the best deal. Paperback editions will follow in just a few more weeks.

Grab your copy of The Circle Gathers today :
Amazon US –
Amazon UK –


Cover Art by Lou Harper


Cover Art by Lou Harper


Cover Art by Lou Harper

Reblog: Why Writers Should Use Twitter (and HOW to USE It Effectively)

This week we are taking a look on Kristen Lamb’s opinions on Twitter and how it can benefit the writers out there:

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 8.51.29 AMFor the last couple posts, we’ve been talking about how to use Twitter effectively. Too many writers are like Stormtroopers—lots of shots fired  tweets that hit NOTHING.

I can admit, when I got on Twitter (when it was invented) I didn’t get it. I would—KID YOU NOT—freak out when people I didn’t know followed me. WHAT? Are you, like, a stalker? Yes, I was missing the ENTIRE point of Twitter. Hey, we all start somewhere.

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Do you have to do Twitter? No. No one will take you to writer jail because you didn’t. Is it wise to use Twitter? ABSOLUTELY.

I strongly recommend Twitter for two main reasons. First, couple Twitter with a good/consistent blog and this is your best formula to go viral. Secondly, Twitter helps us find READERS (and helps readers find US).

Going Viral

We will rarely go viral from Facebook because the nature of…

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Reblog – Promote Yourself: R. Thomas Allwin

Bonus post this weekend: me being featured on writer Jane Dougherty’s blog!

Jane Dougherty Writes

My weekend guest is Thomas Allwin, and having seen some of his work I’m hoping he is heading for recognition in the near future. There are those who jump at any opportunity to show off their talent, and there are those who need to be prodded into the limelight. Thomas is one of the latter. I suggest you all visit his blog to get an idea of his writing talent too. Below is an example of his artwork. Quite an appropriate subject for this blog.


This is what Thomas has to say about himself, his work, and his influences.

Ever since I first started playing around with the idea of having a blog I’ve known that I wanted to have a portrait section, presenting artists that have been a big influence on me and my work. Neil Gaiman was a given for that list. The portrait I ended up doing…

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Reblog: Promote yourself. If you don’t nobody else will.

Free publicity is always nice, isn’t it?

Jane Dougherty Writes

Before we all get utterly and hopelessly depressed, as a change from interviews, I’m proposing to let any author, poet or artist who would like to showcase their work, have a spot on my blog. No big deal maybe, but it all helps.

If you want to post a sample of your writing, a book excerpt or a piece of fiction, a poem or two, an article, a piece of artwork photography, or anything else you are proud of, let me know and I’ll fix you up with a date.

Purchase links are quite acceptable; you might even sell something 🙂
Send your suggestions, begging letters etc here.

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Reblog: The Winnie the Pooh Guide to Promoting Your Book

For want of self-created content to share, I have decided on doing two reblogs this week – and who doesn’t love themselves some classic Pooh?

readers+writers journal

Pooh Reads8 Book Marketing Lessons from a Bear

Though A.A. Milne’s beloved Winnie the Pooh would be the first to tell you that he is “a bear of little brain,” he also has exceptional, discerning insight. Pooh’s poetic, philosophical take on life might make him a good author and, given his single-minded, persistent pursuit of what he wants (hunny), it seems likely that Pooh would excel at marketing. Below are 8 lessons about book promotion that we can all learn from Pooh.

Lesson 1: “Before beginning a hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.”
Before you start promoting your book, it’s important to do some research. Googling, keyword research and knowing your market will go a long way toward helping you stay on target when things don’t go the way you’d hoped.
Lesson 2: You can’t stay in your…

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