Book Launch: City of Hope and Ruin

It's been a while (too long) since I've talked fantasy novels on this blog, but I'm excited to get back into it today to celebrate a new release from indie publisher, Turtleduck Press. I've featured a few Turtleduck Press novels over the past couple of years -- not only are the team friends of mine, … Continue reading Book Launch: City of Hope and Ruin

Book launch & review: The Secret of Obedience

Happy book birthday to my friend, Liv Rancourt, whose m/m novella The Secret of Obedience launches today. I was lucky enough to read an ARC and it's wonderful... My review: This exquisite little novella packs a solid punch of sass and feels. I love the frank narrative voice of Ronnie, “gay country boy” and ex-footballer, … Continue reading Book launch & review: The Secret of Obedience

Book launch: Grave Touched ~ Erin Zarro

Today I'm joined by indie author Erin Zarro to celebrate the launch of her second urban fantasy/science fiction novel, Grave Touched, which is the sequel to Fey Touched; both are published by Turtleduck Press. Grave Touched is officially launched Friday 1 May 2015. BLURB Grave Touched ~ Erin Zarro Fey Touched – humans, genetically engineered … Continue reading Book launch: Grave Touched ~ Erin Zarro

In the Dream’verse with KD Sarge

One of the more memorable books I read last year was Knight Errant by KD Sarge, published by Turtleduck Press. It's part of Sarge's science fictional Dream'verse series, and the first of three books featuring her engaging heroes, Taro and Rafe. (My brief thoughts on all three here.) The second of the Taro/Rafe books is … Continue reading In the Dream’verse with KD Sarge

Cherry Crow Children ~ A fantasy collection from Deborah Kalin

Today I'm joined by my friend and fantasy author Deborah Kalin to celebrate the impending Easter launch of her collection, Cherry Crow Children from Twelfth Planet Press. I'm reliably informed they are four dark and disturbing stories, but they are also full of heart and emotion and beautiful imagery. I've spent hours writing in cafes … Continue reading Cherry Crow Children ~ A fantasy collection from Deborah Kalin

Relaunched — Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

I’m reblogging this post I recently wrote for my writing group’s website. It’s always so great to see friends get novels published, and this is a big one from Tor books.


More celebrations for Supernova member Rjurik Davidson, whose debut fantasy novel Unwrapped Sky finally got its Melbourne launch last night at Readings bookshop in Carlton. The novel came out globally in April this year, but since Rjurik was based in Europe at the time, the occasion was not suitably marked by family, friends and fans here in Australia. BANG THE DRUM!

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The book was relaunched by Jeff Sparrow, editor of literary journal Overland, who interviewed Rjurik about themes of politics and revolution in fantasy (which, unsurprisingly, are the themes of Rjurik’s trilogy).

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Caeli-Amur: an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea; a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars; a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries. But things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun. The slightly built New-Men bring their technology from their…

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Stories of Women to the Rescue

Last week, indie publisher Turtleduck Press launched a new fantasy anthology that sounds like a LOT of fun -- especially if you're someone who's after more stories in which women seize control of their destinies. Under Her Protection: Stories of Women to the Rescue is edited by Toronto-based author and keen fellow traveller, Siri Paulson. … Continue reading Stories of Women to the Rescue

Perfections: Interview with author Kirstyn McDermott

Today I am excited to be joined by award-winning horror author Kirstyn McDermott to discuss her fabulous novel, Perfections, which is about to be published by Twelfth Planet Press in paperback and digital. The launch will be held at Continuum X in Melbourne this weekend (details lower down). I feel very close to this novel. … Continue reading Perfections: Interview with author Kirstyn McDermott

Sunday Journal ~ life balance, new website and a book launch

Work on my novel revision has been coming along well during the past month. I'm still spending lots of time working on 'creative endeavours' in cafes, and still very much enjoying myself. I have a routine that's not a routine -- that is, it changes from day to day, but there's a certain modular regularity … Continue reading Sunday Journal ~ life balance, new website and a book launch

Trucksong launch party

It's always exciting to attend book launches, especially when the author is a member of one's writing group and an all-round nice guy. So it was with a spring in my step that I trekked north to the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy yesterday evening to attend the launch of Andrew Macrae's debut novel, Trucksong, … Continue reading Trucksong launch party