Au Naturel

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It's Only Natural

Those fabulous folks at Exciting Press have just released my brand new short story, It’s Only Natural.

The bones of the tale were pilfered from the carcass of a long-abandoned memoir, Things The Fortune-Teller Forgot To Mention (Great title, eh? That was the best thing about it). Things… was intended as a funny, sad, poignant parade through the gamut of procreation trials: fertility issues, pregnancy failure, pregnancy triumph, birth of twins, multiples madness and autism diagnosis. It’s Only Natural homes in on one tiny part of the journey – the part that involved a freaky naturopath and a sneaky acupuncturist. To give the shorty life, names were changed, scenes were embellished and Morgan Freeman was flown in to narrate. It was really nice of him to do that.

Download the story for free. And go natural.

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It's Only Natural

Exciting Press are publishing my brand new short story, It’s Only Natural. And they’ve given it a cover and everything!

Details of the release will be forthcoming shortly – in the meantime, gaze upon the image above and let your imagination wander into the limitless realms of what characters and dialogues and happenstances may reside within…

Or you could say ‘Bugger that!” and just wait for it to come out.

A Story From Me, A Title From You

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Plastic Surgery

With the imminent Exciting Press publication of my 2008 work, The Umbilical Word, I’ve decided the novel needs some cosmetic surgery. Nothing too drastic. No collagen in the prose or liposuction of the plot. Just a small alteration to the face of the book.

A title-job.

But rather than entrust this delicate operation to my own shaky-handed devices, I’m entrusting it to an expert:

You!

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Fight To Be Free

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Rumble

As I write this, people all across North America are scrambling (yes, SCRAMBLING) to download a free e-copy of my novel, Kindling. At the same time, they are resisting the temptation to repeat the dose with noted public brainwasher, Nick Earls, and his work, Monica Bloom.

Why so?

Because no one wants to live under the tyranny that will ensue if Earls is victorious. Sure, Nick presents as a humble Australian artisan; a benevolent genius who authors stories as luminous as his work to aid humanity. Don’t be fooled: if, at the conclusion of May 28, the man known in closed literary circles as “The Cocked Fist” (see picture above)  has more freebies shared to his name than mine, the entire world will go to Hell. Your children, and your children’s children, will suffer under an oppressive regime of eminently likeable characters and delightfully crafted narratives. This is Hunger Games, people. Minus the hunger. And without the games.

So do the right thing. Get your complimentary copy of Kindling and play your part in ensuring the stable, loving, entirely problem-free world we all love and cherish is maintained.

And be careful with any retort Earls may have to this missive.

This is a man who wrote The Fix.

Fanning The Flames: ‘Kindling’ Released in North America

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Kindling - US Canada Ebook Cover

Courtesy of the fine folk at Exciting Press, Kindling is available for the first time in the Home of the Brave and in the True North, Strong and Free.

Now, apart from continental accessibility, what’s different about this publication compared to the original Aussie release in 2010?

  • Exclusively e-book (Kindle for the first 90 days, then in other formats subsequent)
  • Hawt new cover
  • Cheap as chips ($4.99 in the US; $5.12 in CAN)
  • Much less ink
  • Zero chance of paper cuts
  • Author is slightly older (though still sexy)
  • Every single copy downloaded has a different ending
  • Nazi zombies
  • Vampire zombies
  • Zombie zombies

As you can see from this extensive list, the work is TOTALLY different, barely recognizable from before. So, grab the new and improved Kindling while internet stocks last!

(Warning: Some of the statements above may be the product of author hubris and/or inebriation…)

Kindling in Kindle format for North America – buy the US version here and the CAN version here.

Kindling Some Autism Awareness

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Brain in Bloom

April is ‘World Autism Awareness Month’. April 2 is ‘World Autism Awareness Day‘.

And I am proud to announce Kindling has been officially selected as the ‘World Autism Awareness Novel of Awesomeness’.

To commemorate this prestigious achievement, I have pasted below an excerpt  from the book, soon to be published in the US and Canada through Exciting Press. The scene describes an epiphany for a grandfather coming to grips with his “lost” grandson. It’s a moment of not just awareness, but of true understanding. It’s my favourite moment in the entire story.

I hope it stays with you throughout April, and beyond.

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Fire Up The New ‘Kindling’ Cover!

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Kindling - US Canada Ebook Cover

With the US/Canada ebook release of Kindling mere days away, here’s an insider’s view of the hot new cover (you see what I did there?). Two burning thumbs-up to Exciting Press Creative Director, Will Entrekin, for his fine work.

One thing about this confronting image – it ought to make fans concerned for Kieran’s safety very angry. I can imagine the hate-mail arriving already:

You sent your 10 year old, autism-diagnosed protagonist into this fiery maelstrom!? Really!? What sort of sicko author does that!? What sort of monster are you!?

(Note to self: send your next 10 year old, autism-diagnosed protagonist to a lovely inviting forest, full of marshmallows and rainbows and dolphins…and zombies.)

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