As you may
know, in order to live on a modern midlist writer’s income, I’ve long since
become a homeless drifter – i.e., a full-time housesitter.
pandemic has thinned out the number of available sits and now climate change is
weighing in. I was about to start a sit
near the British Columbia town of Vernon tomorrow, and was planning to drive up
from Vancouver Island, where I’ve been staying with my recently retired niece.
But the atmospheric
river that has been drowning the west coast of North America the past few days
has flooded or washed out sections of all three highways – including the
TransCanada – between here and the Interior.
Vernon sit evaporated, and I’m looking for new gigs here in BC, where I am
committed to remaining so that I have free health care (ah, civilization!)
until the bug is fully controlled.
life. It’s not for pussies.
news is that I can soon announce the sale of my first YA novella to a Canadian
small press. Just waiting for the
The professional association of science fiction and fantasy authors
of America (SFWA) has launched a new StoryBundle – Magic and Mayhem – offering
fourteen carefully chosen fantasy novels (one of them mine), that span the sub-genres of fantasy while
showcasing magic-induced mayhem, from the hilarious to the horrible and
everything in between.
haven’t encountered StoryBundle before, it’s a cool way to snag a passel of
great genre reading at a bargain price.
And you’ll almost certainly discover some authors new to you that you’ll
want to read more of.
deal is US$5 for FOUR NOVELS in any ebook format you like, to read on your
laptop, tablet, e-reader, or smartphone.
there’s more! Boost your spending to $15
and you get TEN MORE books. That’s
FOURTEEN full-length novels for basically a buck a book. Each title in the Magic and Mayhem bundle has
been curated by SFWA’s pros out of a slew of books that came in after a call
Some of the
titles they particularly liked:
• Darkmage – ML Spencer’s award-winning debut novel filled with epic battles,
flawed heroes, and a brutal struggle
• Playing with Fire – R.J. Blain’s snarky romantic comedy with
a body count, featuring a fire-breathing unicorn on a mission of destruction
• Phaethon – Rachel Sharp’s tech fantasy that weaves
computer hackers, faeries, and corporate greed into a twisted tale
Unwound – Kristin Jacques’s story of a young woman tangled up in a
prophecy that sets her off to save the world with the help of a brownie, a
Valkyrie, and the goddess of death herself
and the Beast – E.J. Russell’s novel pairing a former Queen’s Champion
of Faerie’s Seelie Court with a cheeky yet adorable human temp worker, as they
prove, once again, that when fae consort with humans, it never ends well
•And my own 9
Tales of Raffalon – Matthew Hughes’s intriguing mosaic novel combining
nine stories of an enterprising thief as he grapples with crooked guild
masters, ghosts, spies, ogres, and a talented amateur assassin
books are DRM-free. You can email them
to your friends. And you can give Magic
and Mayhem as a gift to that guy who’s always asking you, “What’s so great
be doing some good, supporting indie authors like me, plus part of the proceeds
will go to the good works SFWA does, like helping out writers in need of health
care and other worthwhile causes.
and good reading. What more can you ask
It’s a limited time offer, so better not wait to check it
Yesterday, I announced that Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized companion novel to Jack
Vance’s Demon Princes series, has
become available as an ebook, for the reasonable price of US$6.99 on Amazon and
I can also reveal that an audio book producer is in
negotiations with Spatterlight Press to produce an audio edition. They’re also talking about turning the five Demon Princes books into something you
can listen to on your phone.
Barbarians of the
Beyond, the authorized companion novel to Jack Vance’s Demon Princes series, is now available as an ebook, for the
reasonable price of US$5.99.
Here’s the back-cover blurb:
Twenty years ago, five master criminals known as the Demon
Princes raided Mount Pleasant to enslave thousands of inhabitants in the
lawless Beyond. Now Morwen Sabine, a daughter of captives, has escaped her
cruel master and returns to Mount Pleasant to recover the hidden treasure she
hopes will buy her parents’ freedom.
But Mount Pleasant has changed. Morwen must cope with mystic
cultists, murderous drug-smugglers, undercover “weasels” of the Interplanetary
Police Coordinating Company, and the henchmen of the vicious pirate lord who
owns her parents and wants Morwen returned. So he can kill her slowly…
Barbarians of the Beyond is a return to “Jack Vance
Space” and space-opera derring-do that follows in the science fiction
“I really enjoyed Barbarians
of the Beyond. Matthew Hughes does Jack Vance better than anyone except
Jack himself.” George R. R. Martin
“Lock the door, turn off the phone, get into a comfy chair,
and deep-dive into a marvelous continuation of Jack Vance’s Demon Princes
series. Matthew Hughes is a treasure and Barbarians of the Beyond is a
terrific adventure.” David Gerrold
“Matthew Hughes follows nimbly in Jack Vance’s footprints,
then breaks some fresh trail. First-class space opera.” Robert
J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids
“Engaging and enchanting…a fine companion adventure to Jack
Vance’s The Demon Princes series, told with Matthew Hughes’s excellent
sense of charm, ethical complexity and exotic worldbuilding. Let’s hope this is
just the beginning!” Kurt Busiek
“Barbarians of the Beyond is just plain old-fashioned
space opera fun with a relatable heroine who is sometimes fallible, rather than
some Shaolin Temple kung fu megamaster. I enjoyed it a lot.” Glen
“…a tale that captures that special ‘golden age’ feel in
which mankind has travelled far into the stars yet still behaves as though it’s
the Wild West.” David White, RNR Magazine
“Deeply enjoyable and entirely delivers on its promise.” Andrew
Wheeler, Science Fiction Book Club
Here are links to Amazon and Kobo. Apple Books takes a little longer.