Now available for e-delivery throughout the inner solar system …

27 05 2017

Without wishing to be too annoyingly persistent on the subject of The Author’s Latest Work, a quick PSA seems appropriate. The e-book versions (epub, mobi, pdf) of my Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body and Edwina Harvey’s An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things are, for a limited time (i.e., up until the launch) available from the Peggy Bright Books website at the discounted price of $1.99AUD each.

Quick PSA ends. You may go about your business. Move along.





Matters Arising from the identification of a book launch

22 05 2017

A few weeks back, I foreshadowed the upcoming book launch for Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body. I now have substantive details of said book launch, so without further ado:

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The launch is scheduled for 7 pm (AEST) on Friday 9th June, at Continuum 13, which is being held at the Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Entry to the convention for the Friday night only is at a special reduced rate of (a) a gold-coin donation or (b) $5, whichever one of these options turns out to be correct (and I’ve seen both listed in various places on the convention website, which I suspect means option (b) is the correct one and parts of last year’s site haven’t been adjusted). The launch is to be held, I’m given to understand, in the ‘Haunted House’ room. There will be nibbles, and beverages, but hopefully no poltergeists.

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It’s a dual launch: the other book on offer is Edwina Harvey’s An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things (also newly published by Peggy Bright Books) a wonderful mixture of short speculative fiction ranging all the way from children’s stories to some decidedly adult content, with lots of stuff (and, indeed, the occasional ‘thing’) in between.

I’m thrilled to say that Master-of-Ceremonies for the launch will be Ion Newcombe, the long-serving editor of the Antipodean SF flash fiction webzine. The launch will be, in some respects, a reunion. ‘Newk’ has published a good many stories by both Edwina and myself over the years: my first speculative fiction publication, almost exactly ten years ago, was in Antipodean SF‘s 108th issue, while Edwina’s involvement with the zine goes all the way back to its very first issue in 1998 (and several of her Antipodean stories have made it into the collection—I’m hoping she’ll read ‘Where The Last Humans Went’, the latest such offering, at the launch).

So, a book launch. Now all we need, I suppose, are the books …





Matters Arising in the upcoming launch of a new title

30 04 2017

She took her helmet off.

That’s where it starts; that’s where it ends. That’s all there is.

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Those are the opening sentences of my SF / mystery novella, Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, which is scheduled to be released by Peggy Bright Books in June, and which will be launched alongside Edwina Harvey’s An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things at Continuum 13, in Melbourne, over the June long weekend. The cover artwork shown above is by Lewis Morley, who’s done an excellent job, I think, in conveying a brooding Titanian setting.

Further details, as the saying goes, to follow.





A spot of signal-boostification

15 11 2016
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The powers-that-be at Peggy Bright Books have alerted me to the following, which I’m passing on for your edification and delectation:
Peggy Bright Books is having a November E-book Giveaway and Summer sale!
We have 5 e-copies of our latest titles, Walking by Sean O’Leary, and The Tame Animals of Saturn by Adam Browne to give away.
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To enter the draw, just send an email to editor@peggybrightbooks.com stating which title you’d prefer, and what format. Both
Walking and The Tame Animals of Saturn are available in mobi, epub and PDF versions. (NB: due to the large number of illustrations in TAOS, these are large files: 2MB–7MB).

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Entries close 25th November, 2016.

Our two anthologies, Light Touch Paper Stand Clear (featuring stories from Joanne Anderton, Adam Browne, Sue Bursztynski, Brenda Cooper, Katherine Cummings, Thoraiya Dyer, Kathleen Jennings, Dave Luckett, Ian McHugh, Sean McMullen, Ripley Patton, Rob Porteous, and Anna Tambour) and Use Only As Directed (stories by Stephen Dedman, Dirk Flinthart, Dave Freer, Michelle Goldsmith, Alex Isle, Lyn McConchie, Claire McKenna, Charlotte Nash, Ian Nichols, Leife Shallcross, Grant Stone, Douglas A Van Belle, Janeen Webb, and M Darusha Wehm), are only $AUD15 each (including postage within Australia) until 23rd December.
 
Support Australian small press and get yourself a bargain!




Book launches: two books, two launches

6 06 2016

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They’ve been around unofficially for a couple of months, but they haven’t officially been launched yet. The launches happen this week, and if you’re in Melbourne you’re welcome to attend one or both of them. The books in question are The Tame Animals of Saturn, by Adam Browne, and Sean O’Leary‘s short fiction collection Walking.

Here are the details. (Note that each launch features both books):

Launch 1 is at the Kathleen Symes Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, on Thursday 9th June at 7-8 pm. The launch, in ‘Multi-Purpose Room 1’, will have light refreshments provided. The reading from Adam’s book will be by Australian actor Francis Greenslade, while the reading from Sean’s book will be by the author himself. Both authors will be on hand to chat about and sign their books, and there will also be art on display and for sale.

Launch 2, with readings by both Sean and Adam, is at the Hotel Jasper, 489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, on Friday 10th June at 6-7 pm. This launch, in the Granger Room (‘room 1’), is part of Continuum 12; since it’s part of the convention, there’s an entry fee of a gold coin donation which gets you access to all of Friday evening’s events at the con. There won’t be refreshments provided at the launch itself, but I’m given to understand the hotel bar is in reasonable proximity.

As the typesetter for both books, as well as the editor for Sean’s, I’m hoping we get a good turnout for the events.





An exercise in third-party signalboostery

21 05 2016

It’s come to my attention that Adam Browne’s The Tame Animals of Saturn has been reviewed, by Stephanie McLeay, in Aurealis 90. While it would be unseemly for me to repost the entire review here (and obviously there are plenty of good reasons to buy the latest issue of Aurealis), it is, I think, fair use to snurch the review’s first short paragraph:

Few books have created a ‘What the hell is this?’ reaction as strongly as this illustrated novella. The Tame Animals of Saturn is a brilliant, utterly unique piece of writing that transports you to not so much another place as another state of mind.

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Adam has a few other reviews / readers’ assessments for the book over on his blogspot. But, reviews belonging to that rarefied group of entities for which too much is never enough, there’s always scope for further reviewage. I’m given to understand that Peggy Bright Books remains keen to find further reviewers, both for Adam’s book, and for the other recent release, Sean O’Leary’s Australian noir lit / crime collection Walking. Review e-copies of both of these books are currently available from Peggy Bright Books, in exchange for honest reviews.





And while I’m on the subject of free samples …

4 05 2016

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I’ve made mention previously of the two recent Peggy Bright Books which I’ve had a hand in producing: Sean O’Leary’s noir/lit collection Walking, and Adam Browne’s weird bestiary The Tame Animals of Saturn. There are now free e-samplers available for both of these tomes, through the PBB website, should you wish to dip your toes in the prose: the Walking sampler is on offer in pdf, epub, and mobi formats, while the Tame Animals sampler is proffered only in pdf. (That final link actually does double duty, because it also provides a purchase opportunity for the hot-off-the-press epub/mobi editions of Tame Animals: these e-reader-friendly versions of the book inevitably lack some of the aesthetics of the printed version, but they do allow Kindle junkies, for example, to access Adam’s twisted masterpiece on their preferred platform. The e-versions of Walking have been available pretty much from the outset.

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