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Podcast interview re Ghost Dreams

Back in December, despite a head cold that left me sounding gravel-voiced, I did an interview with Peter Anthony Holder, talking about GHOST DREAMS and my instinctual writing process.

I come on at the 29:46 mark.

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Working on a new Dying Earth novel

Merry Christmas to most and Happy Holidays to the rest.  Me, I’m an agnostic, but I always mark solstices and equinoxes as the hinges of the year, especially having reached an age when there won’t be all that many more for me to celebrate.

I’m 13,000 words into a new Dying Earth novel, untitled as yet, that follows on from the events of A God in Chains, which by the way has racked up more five-star ratings than anything else I’ve done.  It features Lieve Reder, a minor character in AGiC, the first mate of a riverboat who became captain.  I’m sending her on a quest, though I haven’t quite narrowed down what she is to find or why.

In January, I’m going to self-publish another Dying Earth fantasy, The Ghost-Wrangler, that I finished this year.  I sent it to a couple of publishers that had open submission periods, but got no joy.  It’s the life story of Galabras Nachecko, a necromancer who is conscripted to be an agent of the Duke of Golathreon and then becomes a diplomat.  It has, of course, mystery and intrigue, true love, a nasty thaumaturge, and a hungry pelerin.

So on we go.

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Baldemar audiobook cheap for Kindle owners

I’m on a learning curve about audiobooks.  Today I discovered that, if you own the Kindle edition of Baldemar, Amazon will sell you the audiobook for $7.49.

That’s about fifty cents an hour for first-class voice artistry.  Harry Frost really brings the characters to life.

Check it out:

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GHOST DREAMS now live on Amazon

I’ve self-published GHOST DREAMS as an ebook on Amazon and Kobo for the US and Canadian markets only at my standard price of US$4.99 (CAD$6.77)

PS Publishing will publish a hardcover edition and eventually an ebook.  The pre-order for the hardcover will be available within a week.

PS has some differences with Amazon over ebooks and has graciously allowed me to go my own way for the US and Canadian markets, where I make 90 per cent of my ebook sales.

Here’s the blurb:

Commercial burglar Stan Winkelman encounters the ghost of Jane Manchester, wrongly confined for life in a 1940s insane asylum by a powerful family.  She wants to know what happened to Harmon, the baby boy that was stolen from her.

Aided by Jeannie, his ghost-obsessed autistic daughter, Stan and Jane begin a quest to find Harmon, or his descendants.  But their search will run them afoul of Andrew Bigelow, reclusive heir to the fortune Jane was robbed of.

And Bigelow is in cahoots with a murderous crew who deal in guns and blood diamonds and will stop at nothing to keep their crimes hidden.

Stan uses his burglar skills to uncover the truth, but that will draw him and Jeannie into a deadly confrontation, with the vengeful spirit of Jane Manchester his only ally.

The book is dedicated to Dr. Kirsten Emmott and Dr. Pat Warrington, who kindly sheltered my wife and me when Covid upended our housesitting plans.

Amazon link:

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Barbarians hist 100 Amazon ratings

Barbarians of the Beyond, my authorized sequel/companion novel to Jack Vance’s iconic series, The Demon Princes, has hit 100 ratings on, two-thirds of them five-stars.

I suspect the audiobook released by Skyboat Media back in February has had some good effect.  Narrator Gabrielle de Cuir deliveres a fine reading.

Also, this is the book that prompted George R.R. Martin to say, “Hughes does Jack Vance better than anyone except Jack himself.”

You can listen to a sample here:

While we’re on the subject, I’ve entered Barbarians of the Beyond for the Endeavour Award, a cross-border annual prize for the best book-length specfic title written by an author from the Canadian/American Pacific Northwest.

The award was in limbo for quite a while after its mainstay, Oregon superfan Jim Fiscus, suddenly passed away. But it has now been revived and Barbarians is eligible.

I’m the only Canadian author ever to win the Endeavour in its 23-year history. That was for my magnum opus, What the Wind Brings.

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