Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

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Newsletter reminder

A reminder for those who don’t mind being reminded:  I’m now producing a monthly newsletter with news about recent sales, reviews, a free read of a backlist story, and a new episode of my autobiography in progress, One Damn Thing After Another.  This one begins, “In the 1980s, I invented the next big game after Pictionary, but it all ended in tears and thoughts of suicide.”

The backlist free read will be “The Inn of the Seven Blessings,” the story in which I originally created the fantasy thief Raffalon.   It first appeared in the NYT bestselling anthology, ROGUES, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

The next mailing goes out March 1st.  You can get on the mailing list by sending me an email at matthewhughes at archonate dot com with “Newsletter” in the subject line.  Or you can follow this link and receive a free copy of my Jack Vance-inspired space opera, TEMPLATE in your choice of mobi, epub, or pdf format.



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Newsletter ready for launch

I think I’ve mastered MailChimp enough to produce a respectable newsletter.  It’s got the usual for author mail-outs — reviews, notes on current and upcoming publications, a free read of a backlist story — but I’m adding something a little different.  I’ve had an unusual life and I’m planning to write random snippets of an autobiography-in-progress and publish them monthly for subscribers.

The opening sentence is:  “When I was seventeen, I accidentally killed a man and saved another man’s life with my bare hands.  It all happened within twenty-four hours.”

I’ve been of two minds about it and will wait to see what response, if any, I get.  But I’d be interested to know, if anyone cares to comment here:  do readers care about the lives of the authors they read?  Or is it just the fiction they want, without the author’s horning in as a distraction?

Anyone who wants to sign up for the newsletter before it goes out tomorrow can click on this link.  It will also get you a free ebook of my standalone space-opera novel, TEMPLATE.


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Here’s a thoughtful review of my Erm Kaslo novel by the erudite sff aficionado and critic James Nicoll.

I won’t be posting news and reviews here much anymore.  I’ll be putting the effort into a monthly newsletter sent to readers who sign up for it.  I’m told it’s a much better way of reaching out than Facebook and Twitter.

If you’d like to be on the list, send me an email at matthewhughes [at] archonate [dot] com and put “Newsletter” in the subject line.

Or you can go to the InstaFreebie site and sign up while getting a free download of my 2006 space opera standalone novel, TEMPLATE, in mobi, epub, or pdf format.


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Free copy of Template

I’m trying something new in the realm of building a readership:  InstaFreebie, a web service that lets me give away ebook copies of my work in exchange for the recipients signing up for a newsletter I’ll be starting to produce next month.  I’m told that a newsletter is a better way to reach readers than blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.

So I’m giving away up to a thousand copies of Template, my standalone, space-opera Archonate novel that’s been previously published by PS Publishing and Paizo.  It’s an Oliver Twist tale and probably the most deliberately Vancean of my novels.

It’s available in pdf, mobi, and epub formats.  Here’s the link to claim a free copy:


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OLD GROWTH — a Sid Rafferty Mystery

Here’s one for those who like my crime-writing side, especially those who have enjoyed my semi-autobiographical mystery, Downshift:  I’m self-publishing the sequel, Old Growth, in ebook formats and as a POD paperback.  You can buy it from my webstore or through Amazon and other online vendors.

If you like brick-and-mortar bookstores (and who here doesn’t?), you can get your friendly neighborhood bookseller to order in a copy for you.  There’s even an audio book version, narrated by the excellent Bob Gonzalez, who narrated the audio version of Downshift.

Old Growth is set on Vancouver Island during the mid-1990s, when dope-growing was a burgeoning new industry and environmental activists were swarming in from all over the world to protest logging of old-growth forests in the Carmanah Valley and Clayoquot Sound.  It’s a little less autobiographical than Downshift, but it deals with events I was tangentially involved in as a freelance speechwriter working for forest companies and politicians.

Here’s the blurb:

Freelance speechwriter Sid Rafferty signs on to help a neophyte candidate run for election as an alderman in Cumberland, once a booming coal-mining town on Vancouver Island that’s now shrunk down to an out-of-the-way little village. But first another writing job makes Sid a witness to a violent death the Mounties are calling murder, then a pair of marijuana-growing brothers want to know what he’s doing poking around near their grow-op.

An old colleague from his newspaper offers Sid a job spying on environmental activists, but he finds working undercover is no picnic. And he’s about to find out that in Cumby, old currents run as dark and deep as the abandoned mine shafts. Dig down too far and the past can reach up with a deadly grip.

You can read the first chapter here.



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