Matters up for review

18 07 2017

First, a quick reminder that Peggy Bright Books is continuing to offer free review e-copies of Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body and of Edwina Harvey’s An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things …

which observation segues nimbly into an anouncement that a review of Matters Arising has been reviewed by tireless book-blogger (and author and editor) Tsana Dolichva. The complete review is now up at Tsana’s Reads and Reviews, but I’ll quote a brief sample here:

‘I highly recommend Matters Arising From the Identification of the Body to fans of science fiction and mystery/crime stories.’

In other publication-related news, my not-exactly-serious SF flash fiction piece ‘Good Intentions’ has been accepted by AntipodeanSF and will appear in issue 232 (November 2017).

In other other news, I’m currently reading Cat Sparks’ Lotus Blue, and it is marvellous. More details when I review it.





Announcing a Goodreads giveaway …

7 07 2017

… of my SF/crime novella Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body. Three copies of the print edition. Open, from now until 15th July (for a given value of ’15th July’ that will probably be 16th July in several places) for entrants in Australia and New Zealand.

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For those interested, the link is here.

And in a more-or-less entirely unrelated circumstance, review e-copies of Matters Arising, and of Edwina Harvey’s new collection An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, are currently available through Peggy Bright Books. For those interested, please contact editor@peggybrightbooks.com and specify your preference of epub, mobi, or pdf version.





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.