Greg Byrne Got One Hell of a Publishers Weekly Review For His Debut Novel Nine Planets!

Greg’s a wonderful old friend from Australia and we met on the OWW years ago where we supported each other as we crept toward our goal of being decent writers some day and shared our love of all things cricket.

Greg wrote this amazing, emotional, dystopic yet almost urban fantasy book called ‘Nine Planets’ that really didn’t fit any labels and defied conventions to tell a universal story. It took my publisher, Dragonwell Publishing to see the story for what it was. Something special.

So today we are all very proud, excited and over the moon to see that Publishers Weekly agreed with us.

Congratulations, Greg!!

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I Got Mentioned in The New Watershed Article by Cheryl Morgan!

I’m so excited.

Cheryl Morgan wrote an amazing article about Afrofuturist writers in scifi…and she mentioned me!

Sure, I’m ‘the newest kid on the Caribbean block’, but my interview is on there and everything. And I got mentioned in the same breath as Samuel R. Delaney, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell. That definitely counts for a lot!

Go read it. It’s a great article about the way non-white writers from Africa, France, the Caribbean, the Middle East and more are expanding the genre in new and interesting ways. I’ve certainly added to my reading list.

*Does the happy dance*

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I’m Headed to Mars!

http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?action=getcert&e=1&cn=341711

See? Got my boarding pass and everything!

For fun, NASA is letting anyone who wants to put their name on the Orion Test Flight to Mars. So you get your name in space, and a little boarding pass memento to prove it. I think it’s so cool.

Want to join me? Go here.

Have fun!

Interview about LEX TALIONIS with Cheryl Morgan on Salon Futura

I have a new interview up on Salon Futura!

Originally done for Ujima Radio of Bristol, UK, I chat with the wonderful Cheryl Morgan about myself, writing, growing up in the Caribbean and of course, my book, LEX TALIONIS.

You can listen to the interview here.

And yes, it was loads of fun.

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A Brave Man Saves The World…

…by doing nothing.

Seriously.

You can read about it here. 

I’m not sure what’s scarier, that one man was the difference, or that we came that close to an unthinkable war in the 1980s for God’s sake.

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Thank goodness all the memories I have of those times include bright colours, Cabbage Patch kids, The Police, Alf, punk rock and Terminators and not my skin peeling off in the wake of a nuclear strike.

Special thanks to EBear for posting a Tumblr link to this fascinating story.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

 

10 Questions with RSA Garcia – Author Interview

RSAGARCIA:

Oh looky! A new fun interview with me!

Originally posted on Scribbles at Midnight:

Due to extreme laziness – not wanting to sit down to type up my review of Cress – I decided to interview Author RSA Garcia today!

Cuz she was sitting on the couch watching cricket and what better way to get the TV to myself for a few minutes.

Here’s a game of ten questions – no boring writer questions here folks – this is pure idleness. See my heckling of the victi…I mean author in brackets below.

1. Coffee or Tea?
Tea, please. *Sips from her cup with her pinky finger extended*

(So gross)

2. Cats or Dogs?
Dogs. Though I’ve recently met the first cat ever to steal my heart, I’ve just always loved dogs.

(Loki is so disappointed in her- betraying him with a cat!)
3. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Cherry Vanilla! Because I’m uniquely boring lol.

(I mean really there’s just no hope for this one)


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NINE PLANETS by Greg Byrne: now available for pre-order

RSAGARCIA:

A new author leaps onto the stage!

Originally posted on Dragonwell Publishing Blog:

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In the world of despair, Father Nick’s Day is the only hope…

Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn’t recognize. Without memory or identity, all he has are nine random images. Nine planets. Eight he can see, although he does not understand them, but the impenetrable ninth is the secret that two opposing and hidden brotherhoods have been seeking for nearly two millennia. Pursued, betrayed, Blackwell has twelve days to unlock his Ninth Planet and prevent terminal worldwide suicide. And his only ally is a manic assassin sent to extract the secret and kill him.

Click on the cover above to download this debut science fiction thriller in advance of its publication on November 30, 2014.

About the author:

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Greg Byrne is an English teacher, grammar consultant, and lecturer. He enjoys exploring places, ideas, history, languages and science, dinners with friends, watching his family grow, and…

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Kameron Hurley Gets Real With Writers

I read this piece today at Chuck Wendig’s blog. It said what I believe about the writing business, but in a much more elegant way. There is, for example, a reason I called it a business. But when award-winning writer Kameron Hurley says it, it sounds so much better.

Must be that whole ‘award-winning writer’ thing.

Seriously, I wish every author would read this article and take note.

After reading that, I meandered on to this article, also a guest post by Hurley. This one really hit home, particularly since I’ve just published a book myself, quickly realising the things she spoke so eloquently of here.

I think every writer should read this article too. Because it’s inspirational.

I’ve been psyching myself out over a bad review here and there, and fretting over my lack of success, as I saw it. But recently, my sister helped me put some things in perspective. She reminded me that even when things were darkest in my life, I kept writing. Now, at the beginning of the writing career I’ve always wanted, I’m talking myself out of doing what I’ve always loved because of my doubts.

Talk about acting senselessly.

This is the one thing I’ve always come back to. The one thing I feel I can do better than most people. Something I love to do. And I’m actually talking myself out of it because of some misguided sense that I haven’t achieved anything.

Kameron is raw and real here and she shares some really personal things.  Thank god she talked about how important persistence is. And how it’s really not about getting to the top, because there is no top. There is simply the journey.

That made me remember that I decide what success is. I am the one who can stop me from achieving. No one else. If I want to continue writing, I can. I just have to remember that it’s all about action. I can’t write if I don’t write. And if I want to do this for a living, I can’t not write.

So I’m going to write.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Lawrence M. Schoen–who needs to teach me the Klingon language some day–graciously invited me to partake of his unusual feature, ‘Eating Authors’, in which various authors recall their most memorable meal.

Find out what was my favourite meal ever and why.

Just click here.

And if you came here because you found me through Dr. Schoen’s blog or my Twitter feed:

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In Her Own Words – Meet Lex From My Novel LEX TALIONIS

I posted this a while back on Angela Highland’s website, but I’ve had a few more followers drop by since then, so I thought it might be a good time to repost it. 

Without further ado, here’s Lex. And no, she’s not your average girl…

I would introduce myself, but I don’t know my name.

My life began a couple of weeks ago, when I died in the Emergency Room of the Mathis Clinic on the planet Serron. My doctor, Colin Mayfeld, was about to write his final report when a little humanoid alien broke into the room, sat on my chest and brought me back with one touch.

I don’t remember any of it.

I don’t remember being in an alley near Bradley spaceport,  even though that’s where I was found, barely alive but still breathing. An unconscious girl in a bloody spacesuit, with no ID chit.

I don’t remember talking to the alien when  it brought me back, but Dr. Mayfeld says I did. The funny thing is, he says I didn’t speak Universal–I spoke Latin. And I asked the alien for help.

I’ll have to take his word for it. About what I said, that is, not about speaking Latin. I know I can speak Latin because I have had the same phrase going round and round in my head since I was able to make a coherent thought.

Lex Talionis. The law of retaliation–of revenge.

That’s the other thing I know.

I want revenge.

Someone killed me. Someone beat me, tortured me, raped me and left me for dead in an alley. Someone is walking around out there thinking I’m gone and never coming back. Some bastard thinks my story is over.

Well, it’s not over.

I’m not an ordinary girl. I’m healing faster than Dr. Mayfeld expected. I’m getting better every day.  It’s because I’m an N-gene. I was genetically engineered in vitro to be smarter, stronger, faster. Whoever did this to me might have over-powered me once, but they’re never going to get that chance again.

I’ve given myself a name–Lex. And I have help. The alien that saved me can’t speak, but it’s still with me. I think it knows something. I think it can help me remember.

Dr. Mayfeld is doing what he can too. He has friends who might be able to assist the Troopers as they investigate the attack on me. There are ways to work on getting my memory back. He’s going to do whatever it takes to help. I don’t know why he cares. But he does.

I only care about a few things right now. I care about remembering my past. I care about being fully healed. And I care about finding who did this to me.

Because when I do find them, I’m going to make them wish to all the Gods in all the galaxies that they had killed me right the first time.

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