Open Call For Reviews
I write books (and forget to blog.) That’s sort of my entire thing. It makes me lovable and awesome and stuff.
I posted the below on Tumblr the other day and got a few people acting surprised that I’d written so many books. And wondering if that meant I was rich and would I be their sugar-daddy (the answer to both questions is no.) So I wanted to post the lot of those things in one post online which’ll give a post about things.
See, people don’t really like reviewing books, and especially don’t like asking about them. They can be both a dirty word, and also the life-blood for an industry; reviews can make or break a career, whether that’s in the world of publishing or in the world of movies (or in the wider world where things are a lot more normal.)
Here’s a little more about my books, why I wrote them, and why I’m proud to offer someone a copy for the sake of reading and reviewing. It’s not quite a freeby (yes, I gave out about freebies.)
My first novel, and a book that I’m very proud of because of it. The novel brings the Greek gods to the present day, and some of the reviews for it noted it as “X-Men meets Homer.” (They meant the writer of the Iliad, not Homer Simpson. At least, I hope that’s what they meant.)
Godhead brings the Greek gods to the present day: it’s sexy, it’s violent, it’s heartbreaking and then it gets sexier, more violent and breaks even more hearts. It’s also a slow-burner, and is an emotional journey through loss and mourning. And rising up with your super-powers to kick the asses of those stinky emotions.
At the end of Godhead I promised a sequel, and that was a long time coming. But now, here in 2015, that finally happened: writing this in Agust 2015, the sequel was released a few weeks ago.
The Hades Contract
The second book in The Last Olympiad, The Hades Contract was a long time coming for reasons outside of my control. It was originally due for release in June 2014, and then I ended up in hospital for an extended period.
I learned a lot about writing from Godhead and I changed my focus. The Hades Contract isn’t a depressing story: this one is about rising up and facing your demons in every sense of the world.
And oh, are there demons. This book gave me an opportunity to go crazy, to expand on the context of the Greek gods in the present day, to challenge my own narrative, to mess with my own head. As much as Godhead is an emotional journey, The Hades Contract is about growing up and facing your responsibilities and learning how to be an adult in a really scary world that just keeps getting scarier.
The Stories From The Last Olympiad are just that: stories. Originally, these were short pieces that expanded on the world of Godhead and set up some lead-in to The Hades Contract. They’re not must-read but they add some insights into the characters and the world from my novels.
There are times when you create a world and you realise it’s a hell of a lot bigger than you were prepared for. Of course, I’m not solely responsible for this world: Greek mythology is for everyone after all. But some of the nuances, some of the beats are just too great to keep in one book.
The Little Book Of The End Of The World
And then there’s the anomaly. Not in a bad way, but after so much time and effort writing fiction, the opportunity to dip my toe in the world of non-fiction was too damn exciting not do to.
The Little Book Of The End Of The World is exactly that: a little book (illustrated by Sarah Cunningham) with different thoughts and theories about the end fo the world, the near-misses and the points that have use wondering if and when it will. The book covers everything from gods and monsters, through some crazy global catastrophes and up to murderous porn stars. That’s right, there’s a semi-naked man on the cover and I found a way to mention Dracula and porn.
SO WHERE DO I GET THEM?!
All these books are available in digital and paperback formats (I say paperback, but The Little Book Of The End Of The World is actually a hard-cover.) Digital copies of The Last Olympiad are exclusive to Kindle. But if you want a print copy, go ask in your local book store and they’ll be happy to order in a copy.
IF they can’t find it, I also have a limited number of signed copies available straight from my own store.
But here’s the thing. Reviews are the life-blood of everyone who works in the creative arts. So I’ll always have some copies available for review, or just to have a chat about.
If you want to know more, if you want to ask about reviews, just get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org