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Author Newsletter November 2016

Things are very busy, what with NaNoWriMo just around the corner, so I’m going to keep this month’s newsletter nice and brief. How am I going to do this? By using the only headings and pictures! Enjoy.

What have I been up to?

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Book Reviews:

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Other blogging highlights:

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Book Review: Project Perception

By Joshua Cook

“Climate Change has finally caught up, and the world is no longer a hospitable place.  But despite the obviousness of the blame, humanity continues to stand divided on the matter.  Everyone points at everyone else, and in a world of social networking, the arguments are polarising.  No one has taken responsibility.

But on a shattered Earth, this is the last thing that humanity needs – it needs to be united.  Why can people not see this?  The time for debate is over; and the time for action is here.

Harry is doing his bit for the world, being part of a secret underground project to do this very thing – to unite humanity.  But despite the valiant intentions, the means are somewhat dubious.  Then again, if you are going to successfully unite the population of Earth, it is going to require invention, isn’t it?

As Project Perception approaches its end, Harry starts to question his faith.  And as investigators move in, and with Earth rising in protest, time is of the essence.  Can Harry tread the right path?”

Overall, I liked this book a lot.  My positivity is edged with a note of disappointment (I’ll get to that later), but this is nonetheless a very satisfying read.  It’s a great core idea, if not entirely unique, and the details around the edges really add a depth to the tale.  It’s fair to say that one has to take some rather bold leaps in accepting the path of events, but they are not insurmountable – simply challenging to validate.  And the story would be nothing without its trajectory, which is ultimately a good one.

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Book Review: Bridgebreaker

Book 2 of the Echo Worlds Series

By Joshua Cook

The threat of Earth’s magical enemy has been averted, but far from being safe, the world must remain alert.  The world needs the Bridgefinders as much as it ever did.  But there is a problem, and the Bridgefinders don’t know how to fix it.  Even the newly recruited and mercurial Cendan Key doesn’t have the answer.

Perhaps they will need to consort with others in the world with abilities, those that the Bridgefinders have shunned for generations?  Can they take this step?

Against a backdrop of an impending invasion by an even bigger danger, the need for unity exposes gaping holes in the legions of Earth.  Old wounds heal slowly – or perhaps not at all – and even within the Bridgefinders themselves, jealousy now threatens the stability.

It is up to Cendan Key, a man who only a few weeks ago reluctantly consented to believe in the mission of the Bridgefinders, to unite the world against its common enemy.  But first he must master the abilities that naturally reside within him.  Does he have the time to succeed?”

As you will have gathered, this is the second book in the Echo Worlds series of novels.  In my view, this is a much stronger leg.  The first book really sets the scene and explores a magical combative underbelly to the world we currently reside in, and throws its reluctant protagonist into this secretive world.  This second novel really takes this premise, and throws the doors wide open.  It adds much greater depth to proceedings, and I for one really enjoyed this.

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Author Newsletter October 2016

Happy October! And if you’re thinking about Christmas already, then stop! Too early (although, try telling that to the supermarkets).

img_1465So, what’s been going on?  Well, believe it or not, it’s not all about books.  Is it?  In fact, I have many strings to my bow.  I can also cook meat.  And just to prove it, here’s a picture of a brisket I cooked in September.

It took nine hours to smoke, but it was worth every minute! Tasty. And next month I’m going to brew a triple strength IPA. Varied.

So, if you want to learn more about my extra-literary activities, then come and join my newsletter.

Anyway, what’s in this month’s news blog? Here’s what:

  • The adventures of Beagle the … architect
  • The “To-Do” list
  • Blogging highlights (last month & next)

So on with the news!

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Author Newsletter September 2016

It’s been another busy month, but I feel like I’ve reached some sort of plateau, which is nice.  This is what I’ve been up to:

  • Sorting out free goodies for newsletter subscribers;
  • Getting Fear’s Union published in other retailers;
  • Getting Mandestroy priced for free on Amazon;
  • Reading and reviewing more books in exchange for reviews of Mandestroy;
  • Blogging book reviews and writing experiences; and
  • Thinking about where to go next.

So, where does this all leave us?  Well, I’m quite proud of where I’ve got to – the website has come along nicely, and I’m comfortable with the maintenance and blogging.  I have two books “out there”, including a free one, so I am officially an author and people are reading my work.  Hurrah!  And I’ve had some interesting feedback which really helps with forward momentum.

But now it’s time to stand back and think about that forward momentum.  At the end of the day, this is all about the writing, and so I’m going to get back to it.  Read on to find out what I have up my sleeve…

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Book Review: Bridgefinders

Book 1 of the Echo Worlds Series

By Joshua C Cook

This is a contemporary fantasy set on this here Earth, just as we know it.  But there is actually more to our world than we think –Bridgefinders_BookCover there is an alternate world where magic reigns, and where a malicious enemy plots Earth’s downfall.  See, this enemy wants to control Earth, but fortunately there is an underground group of heroes who fight off these unwanted attentions.  These heroes are called the Bridgefinders.

And our protagonist is a Bridgefinder called Cendan Key.  Only at outset, he is not a Bridgefinder.  Hence begins a story of discovery and retaliation.

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Author Newsletter July 2016

Yep – I’ve given up on the silly titles.  It didn’t take long did it?  My knowledge of news based quiz shows is not extensive enough to keep it going any longer.  And beyond that, I saw an article by Jane Friedman here which suggested it was not a productive idea!  So we have a functional title instead.

And on that note – thanks to Jane for her excellent blog advice.  I have signed up to a few ‘writing bloggers’ out there, but I have to say that Jane has become my go-to source of self-publishing info.  There’s always something useful there.

Now, on with the news.  What’s been happening?  Here’s the highlights:

  • England rugby union rolled over the Aussies in their own back yard!  Hurrah;
  • England football limped out of the European Championships with an embarrassing whimper.  Not so hurrah;
  • And Brexit happened.  Brexit actually happened.  Oh dear god;
  • I have been reviewing a lot of books in a quest to get some feedback on Fear’s Union;
  • Mandestroy has continued to be edited and is being blogged with a view to getting it published at the end of the month (still).

And that’s about it – I think.  It doesn’t sound like a lot when I put it like that.

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