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The Wrong Stuff: Book launch…

The day has finally arrived!

My debut novel (that still seems like a weird thing to see written down) is published today and I am, not to put too fine a point on it, Very VERY EXCITED!!!

Yes, my accidental novel, The Wrong Stuff, a mystery thriller with a sci-fi twist and occasional flashes of black humour, is released today on Amazon in paperback (Kindle version to follow soon) and will also be available from Barnes and Noble in a couple of weeks.

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UK AMAZON LINK IS HERE.

EVERYONE ELSE, GO HERE.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to thank a few people, for putting me on the road that lead me to this extraordinary and surreal point in my blogging journey:

The sickeningly talented Mr Darmon Richter, who inspired me to take up the hobby of thinking up stuff and writing it down in the first place.

The wonderful Linda G Hill, who is largely responsible for me getting into writing fiction, due to her excellent Stream of consciousness Saturday feature.

Catherine Broughton, who was instrumental in my first short stories being published in various anthologies.

Anna Trowbridge from ATLA publishing, to whom I eventually submitted the manuscript for my book.

To you, my charming, intelligent, discerning and incredibly good-looking readers, without whom I would just have been another weirdo on the internet talking to himself; thank you for all your encouragement and support over the last four years or so, it just keeps on getting more fun every time I post.

And last but absolutely not least, my beautiful wife, Rhonda, who has said nice things about my writing for as long as I’ve known her (even when she was thousands of miles away and didn’t have to) and who has now put up with me in person for two years, without going completely mad.
Frankly, she deserves a medal.

So, with Christmas just around the corner….Oh, you get the idea;

Please Buy My Book!

Thank you for your attention.

 

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A gentle reminder…

I’m currently waiting with great anticipation for the publication of my accidental novel, The Wrong Stuff, but while I wait, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that of all the other books containing my work (writing as Guy Thair) are still available.

{Clicking on the images will take you to the Amazon links}

Stories In Green Ink is an eclectic selection of short stories by new writers, featuring three of my twisty mystery tales.

The second collection that I contributed work to, Short Stories and Tall Tales is also a mixed bag of short fiction…

…as is Figure In The Mist.

I was also honoured to be asked to write an introduction to The Foodie Book, an anthology of recipes and culinary-based anecdotes which was sold to raise money for cancer research charities.

And finally, the most recent collection that I added an introduction to; Windmills And Paper Boats, the charity book of children’s stories, illustrations and poems which I was delighted to be able to dedicate to my daughter, Audrey

So if you’re short of Christmas ideas for that awkward person in your life, give them the gift of words this year.
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Coming soon…

If you haven’t got round to reading the original, SoCS-inspired posts from which The Wrong Stuff grew, then I’m afraid you’re now out of luck. I’ve made them private, prior to the final edit being published as a real, actual novel.

Watch this space.

 

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Reblog: I’m out

Linda G Hill is a supportive and inspirational blogger who is always happy to offer advice and guidance to other writers, so it’s only fair that I reblog this post for her.

I shall no doubt be dropping some none too subtle hints about my published work in the lead up to the annual gift buying season, but for now, please find the time (and your spare change) to order a copy of Linda’s first novella, All Good Stories. Thank you.

I’m out. Of money, that is. It’s official. I went to the grocery store today to pick up some essentials and I got the dreaded “Insufficient Funds” screen on the debit machine. Though it’s killing me to do so, I’d like to ask a favour.

If you haven’t already, please buy my book. If you have, or if you have a friend who might like it, please direct them to it. Reblog, share on social media, have a parade down the main street of your town or city, whatever it is you normally do to get attention. If I can get to $100 in royalties, Amazon will pay me next month – they hold smaller amounts.

If you know me, you know I never ask for anything. I hate asking for anything. Please, just share this post. And if you have 99¢ and want to read a really funny book…

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: A novel idea…

I had thought of taking a week off from SoCS, because I’ve had a busy weekend and my brain is fuzzy and not terribly focused, (having been up since 4.30 a.m. to give a visiting friend from the States a ride to the airport) but I decided to jot a few lines, before reverting to fiction again next week.

The prompt left by Linda G Hill on Friday was;

” “date.” Use it any way you’d like. ” 

Getting it right: Writing the Wrong Stuff.

The date was 29/11/15 and Linda, who runs the fabulous Stream of consciousness Saturday feature, was on holiday and the prompt was supplied by guest host, Pavowski from Accidentally Inspired;

” “stuff.” Simple, right? Ehh, maybe, maybe not. You could go direct: literal, basic. Stuff as a thing is pretty ubiquitous. Or you could go all metaphorical, even symbolic. You might even, if you’re feeling saucy, use “stuff” as a root and wander into the wild realms of the participle (stuffed) or the progressive (stuffing) or even the gerund (also stuffing, sorry for the English Teacher wheelies). One request: whether you feel saucy or not, please don’t actually mention sauce. Or do, but be prepared that I might hork all over your blog if you do.”

Pretty detailed, right?

Well, I went about my SoCS routine as usual; only checking my e-mail for the prompt as I was writing the intro, then just writing whatever came into my head and seeing what happened.

By the time I’d got to where I could end the post at a sensible point, it was clear that I had barely scratched the surface of the still-evolving story, so I decided to carry the plot over to the following week’s post, using whatever prompt was supplied by Linda (or her proxy) and I did just that.

I hadn’t even considered the possibility that I’d still be writing the same story, nine months and thirty four more episodes later, let alone that I might be considering publishing the conjoined chapters as a novel.

Which is what the next logical step seems to be.

Now I’m not saying The Wrong Stuff, as posted on the blog, is a completed manuscript for a bestseller; but as I’ve had to read it all again from the start, (for the first time since I began the story) so I could edit out the original post introductions, I was more than pleasantly surprised at how well it flows, the number of times actually I laughed out loud and, quite frankly, how damn exciting some of it is.

And I especially like Frank.

I never think about my SoCS post during the week (in fact, I don’t think I can; I have to wait until I’m sitting down to write, to be in that “zone”) so the story really did unfold as I wrote it. It was only towards the end, when the main characters are drawn inextricably together, did it begin to suggest the future direction of a plotline, but all the details, story structure and dialogue are written within the rules of SoCS (albeit over the course of several hours, punctuated by breaks for entertaining Audrey, shopping, cooking and eating) and only edited as I go, for typos and really huge mistakes that detract too much from the narrative, (one of the occasional pitfalls of using the Swype™ keyboard on my phone, with its particular form of auto-correct) which I’m smugly pleased about, given the result.

So, the next step is to have a publisher read it. Well I’m sort of fortunate there, too, because of my short stories being included in anthologies. Catherine, to whom I submitted the five works of fiction that have so far seen the light of day from the pages of an actual book, encouraged me to edit it all together and send it to Anna, the publisher.

There will still be rough edges to smooth out and I expect there will be a few overly-wordy descriptions that need paring down, but at a smidgen over 50,000 words, I reckon I have a solid base on which to build something I could be rather proud of. (If you wanted modest introspection, you came to the wrong place) 

But I’m open to opinions, so if you’ve read The Wrong Stuff (or this post has encouraged you to do so, in which case, GO HERE) then please feel free to stick your oar in and advise me accordingly.

Because I want to get The Wrong Stuff right, you know what I mean?

Oh and by the way, whatever happens with her first extraordinary adventure outside of Diary of an Internet Nobody, one thing I can promise you; 

Hannah Meredith will return.

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A literary hat trick…

Yes, it’s bragging time again.
Today I received an e-mail from the lovely Catherine Broughton, who told me that the third anthology of short stories to feature my work is out now.

Figure in the Mist is available on Amazon and you can order your copy by either using this link, or by clicking the artwork above.

The pictures of the cover art for the two previous books are eminently clickable too, and they will also take you to the relevant pages, should you wish to purchase copies of them.

I would be extremely grateful to any of you who buy the books (or have already done so) if you would be so kind as to leave a review, as Catherine informs me that a book with a favourable review or two sells better than those without one.

Thanks again for all your support and generous compliments on my fiction writing, it really means a lot to me when I hear that you have enjoyed the stuff that spills out of my head when I start typing.

Here are those other two book links, so if you have a friend with a birthday coming up…

Happy reading.

 

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Pluggin’, baby…

Yes, it’s time for another burst of shameless self promotion and a bit of a publishing update.

Both anthologies; Stories in Green Ink and Short Stories and Tall Tales, containing a total of four of my twisty mystery tales, (writing as Guy Thair) as well as an eclectic selection of work by other new writers, are still available for Kindle and in paperback. 

I was flattered to be asked to write an introduction to The Foodie Book; a charity fundraiser publication which compiles recipes, cooking tips and culinary anecdotes from around the world. It is still available, with sales going to support cancer charities.

Not only that, but due to an update of the WordPress mobile app’s post editor by their Happiness Engineers, you can now click the book artwork above and it will take you straight to the Amazon page of your choice.

As for upcoming releases; the lovely Catherine Broughton has once again honoured me by asking me to write another introduction, this time to a book of stories and poems for children, again with proceeds going to charity. 

And finally, Catherine is once more compiling a fiction anthology and she has asked me to submit another short story, so I’m going to try and convince her to take one with a sci-fi twist, (not a genre listed in the guidelines I was given, but it never hurts to ask) just because I’d like to see it in print.

So there you go, my published back catalogue and works in progress, all in one handy to digest post and, as a reward for your attention, here’s a musical gem to play us out; (Yeah, I know, I’ve probably posted it before, but it’s such a great song) Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Muse…

 

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#atozchallenge: S is for Self promotion…

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As I’m sure you are all aware, I’m an unassuming and modest sort of chap, not inclined to blowing my own trumpet or patting myself on the back, so it pains me to have to tell you this; today’s A-Z challenge is a shameless plug for my own work.

I know, shocking isn’t it.

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I might have let it slip in the past that I have had some of my short stories published in a real, actual book, and now a second collection is available, called Short Stories and Tall Tales, it is being sold to raise money for the excellent British Heart Foundation and you can find it AT THIS LINK.

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I’m also assured that the cookery book for which I wrote an introduction (I know, bizarre, right?) is out soon, subject to some final squabbling about the cover art, but until then, please support a worthy cause; buy the new anthology and/or share the link, thanks.

#atozchallenge

 

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#atozchallenge: I is for Introduction…

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I’m not entirely sure whether I’ve mentioned this before, but some of my short stories are featured in an actual book, (which is available on Amazon at that link, in paperback or Kindle edition) and there is a second anthology being released soon, which also contains one of my twisty little tales.

The stories in both of these collections are published under my real name, Guy Thair; the name under which I shall be writing an introduction to a completely separate book.

Catherine Broughton, the lady who originally approached me to submit my work for the short story collections, has asked if I would write an introduction to a “foodie book”, which will include recipes, anecdotes and other culinary  compositions.
As if that wasn’t a good enough incentive to get involved, (I do love to cook. And eat, obviously) sales of the book are raising money for cancer research, a very worthy cause indeed.

That’s still to come, (although Stories in Green Ink, the original anthology, is available to purchase now) but for now, I have another introduction to make, sort of.

I have, purely by coincidence, had reason to mention my friend, Tracy the talented artist, face painter and balloon sculptor, twice since the start of the A-Z challenge, so maybe introduction isn’t exactly the right word, but this is something new, so it’ll have to do for now.

Tracy and her two boys came round for lunch yesterday and she mentioned that she was thinking about setting up a proper site to showcase her work, as opposed to her page and the various groups she belongs to on Facebook.
I suggested that she try WordPress, as I’ve always found it to be very user-friendly and self-explanatory, so while she was here, I installed the mobile app on her phone and helped her set up her very own blog.

Since she is also involved in a challenge this month, (to paint to a theme each day) Tracy already had the ideal way to break virtual ground on her new project, the fabulously named balloonfacetrace, so please click the link below, pop over to show her some blogger solidarity (I’ve told her how helpful and friendly WordPress folks are) and welcome her to our world.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT BALLOONFACETRACE

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#atozchallenge

 

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Just Jot It January: Day twenty one…

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I’m just jotting a quick update for today’s JJIJ post, because I’ve just received yet another award nomination and I’d like to be able to do it justice in its own post later on.

So…

Since I told you my exciting news the other day, about being given a second opportunity to have my work published, I have sent in a story that I wanted to include in Stories In Green Ink, but which was too long to fit the submission criteria.
Well, I heard back from the publisher yesterday that it has been accepted. Yay!

Not only that, but I also managed to sort out the problem that some of my American readers were apparently having with finding the book on the US Amazon site.
I got this response to my e-mail;

“Hello,

I checked our US website and can confirm your Kindle book is indeed live and buyable at a list price of $6.99.

Please be assured that the book can be downloaded to all Kindle devices and applications.

If you still think they didn’t receive the correct version, you can ask them to contact our customer service at this toll-free number, 1-866-216-1072 and they will be able to push the content to you.”

So now you know.

But if you’d like to go directly to the right page, here are those links in full:

U.S. readers go HERE for both formats.

U.K. readers go HERE for Kindle or HERE for paperback.

And, just in case you think I’m only interested in plugging myself, (like the blogslut I most assuredly am) here are a couple of random artistic oddities I made.

A gif of a galaxy…

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…and Fuckface von Clownstick in the role he was born to play; an unprincipled presidential candidate in Stephen King’s The Dead Zone.

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You’re welcome.

#JusJoJan

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Just Jot It January: Day nineteen…

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I had already decided on a subject for today’s JJIJ post and I was ready to roll out some medium-grade snarking and pithy witticisms on the subject of internet gullibility, but then I got an e-mail and had a change of plan.

I’m sure the snarkiness will keep until tomorrow, it’s always good to have a post in reserve after all, and I have exciting news which my inner blogslut just won’t allow me to keep to myself.

Well, I’m excited anyway.

I doubt this is going to be much of a shock to anyone who has been following me for longer than a couple of months, but my excitement revolves around Stories In Green Ink, the anthology of short fiction by new writers that includes my first published work.

image I know I’ve been plugging the collection for a while now, but today I heard from Catherine Broughton, the nice lady who took submissions for the book in the first place, and she gave me some more good news.

Not only has the Kindle edition of the book now been updated to include a third story of mine but, since there were some changes required on the paperback version, and whilst the printers are making the alterations, I’ve been given the opportunity to have the extra story included in that one too.

Ok, not that thrilling, you may be thinking to yourself, but Catherine also informed me that I (and one other writer who contributed to the book) have been asked to supply a story for a second anthology!

Exciting, right?

So I’m going to have to choose another of my SoCS-inspired pieces of short-order fiction to grace the pages of the new collection.
I did, of course, ask Catherine if she knew why I’d been chosen to contribute for a second time (I assumed my name had been pulled out of a hat, as it was when I got to dedicate Stories In Green Ink) but she said, and I quote;

“Why were you chosen? Because they like your work!”

Well I’m happy with that.

#JusJoJan

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