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New Instafreebie giveaway

I’m starting another Instafreebie giveaway, this time giving away up to a thousand copies of my thriller, PAROXYSM.  Here’s the blurb:

Mad as Hell – and Loving It!

Ruthless mercenaries, hired by an ex-Pentagon chemical-weapons designer turned rogue, take over a small town in Oregon. The plan: use the citizenry as guinea pigs in a test-run of a bootlegged bio-agent for an Islamist terror organization.

But something goes wrong and the mercs and their clients find themselves surrounded by townsfolk who have turned into hyper-coordinated killing machines.

PAROXYSM is an action-packed tale about the seductive power of righteous violence, about how ordinary people can explode when fate gives them the power to hit back.

For a free ebook in epub, mobi, or pdf format, go to

The catch:  you’ll be automatically signed up for my monthly newsletter, but you can always cancel and keep the book.

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Doing Ask Me Anything on

On Thursday, this week, I’m going to be participating in an Ask Me Anything event on discussion group to promote The Book of Swords.

In case you’ve missed my several mentions of i it, The Book of Swords, is a new anthology edited by Gardner Dozois that was officially published today and is already ranked number nine in fantasy anthologies on Amazon.  The consensus of critics is that it’s going to be one of the top sff anthos of the year.

The AMA launches late morning, Central Time.  I’m right now on UK time (about six hours later) so I’ll probably connect about then and be available for a few hours, if anyone wants to ask me anything.  If you’re not already a member of, it takes only seconds to join the group.

In other news, my Patreon page has attracted more than two dozen Heroes of the Archonate since I launched it five days ago.  If you’d like to join the ranks of heroes, here’s where to go:


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Signed up to Patreon

Well, I’ve done it.

I’ve created a Patreon account so that people who like my work and want me to keep on producing can support the effort with a dollar or a few each month.

In return for which they will not only get my sincere gratitude, but all kinds of rewards.

If you’re interested, here’s where to go.

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Excerpt from “The Sword of Destiny”

With the Gardner Dozois-edited anthology, The Book of Swords, due out in less than three weeks, Gardner has picked my story, “The Sword of Destiny,” to use in a promotional excerpt.

You can check it out here:

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Couple of fine reviews

Over the last 24 hours, my 2016 novel, A Wizard’s Henchman, has attracted five-star reviews from two highly knowledgeable sources.  I thought that was worth crowing about.

Stephen Theaker, administrator of the British Fantasy Awards, says, “A brilliant book, probably my favourite new book of 2016.”

Full review.

And sf novelist David Gullen says, “If you enjoy the works of the great Jack Vance (and I do), then there is a very good chance you will like this book a lot. Hughes writes a very close pastiche of Vance’s mannered, witty and slightly baroque style. His humour is dry, his observations mordant.”

Full review.

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