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So, I've finally done it. I have put out an eBook of three of my stories that you will not, can not, find almost* anywhere else. These are my very best tales, hands down. They have been lovingly edited by Gabrielle Harbowy, and a real-life designer has accepted dollars to ensure that they are properly clothed for their foray into the world. In addition, a snowy white bull without blemish has been sacrificed on the steps of the Temple of Jupiter Maximus to ensure that anyone who buys this book will know only happiness forever after.**

In short, no expense has been spared and no profit is possible. I'm learning here, and need to get it right  so that when summer arrives and it's time to bring forth The Volunteer, the fans of that series will not feel short-changed.

So... let us unveil the cover.

Maestro! Some music!


An Introduction to the Stories

The collection opens with The First of Many -- something of a lie when you consider how small this book is! It is, however, the longest piece by far, being the only novelette I have ever written. I was extremely lucky to be able to road-test the opening chapter of this story in front of a live audience at TitanCon in Belfast last year. Thank you themountaingoat! The reaction I received, both during the reading, and afterwards in the lobby, filled my head with all kinds of foolish notions.

The title piece, Forever in the Memory of God, was originally accepted for publication in Black Gate, way back when that magnificent magazine was still making proud appearances on bookshop shelves. Both the editor, John O'Neill, and myself, thought this was the best story I'd ever sent them. He was very kind to allow me to withdraw the piece when I first decided to put out my own collection.

Fairy Gold -- not to be confused with a much older, and more horrific tale of mine called, Fairy Fort -- is the only story in the anthology to have been previously published. It appeared in a wonderful magazine called Lore, of which no electronic version exists. Reviews for the magazine are pretty rare, but Tangentonline had this to say:

“[Fairy Gold] is filled with wonderful weirdness, but it's all there for a reason and has an ending that's surprising and logical. Definitely a highlight in any magazine.”

Get it Here

Forever in the Memory of God And Other Stories is available DRM-Free in all the Kindle stores on the planet. Here's a link to the US version. Non-kindlers can purchase or sample their format of choice by going to the Smashwords page.

The book should also be making an appearance over the coming days in the Kobo Store, in iTunes and in other markets.

Oh! And it costs US$2.99. Let me know if this is excessive! The pricing point is a whole other post...

A Summing Up

So, yes, I sincerely hope that anybody who buys this enjoys it. Reviews from any enjoyers would be much appreciated. In fact, if you have a review blog and need a free copy for the ereader of your choice, please get in contact with me.

And now, let us end, with an uplifting rendition of the National Anthem.

*Apart from Fairy Gold, of course.
**This is a lie. Even the name of the Temple is not quite correct.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 18th, 2014 12:21 pm (UTC)
You have now been advertised on Facebook, thanks to Amazon.com's sharing option.
Feb. 18th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Thanks a lot!
Feb. 18th, 2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
No problem!
Feb. 18th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that everyone who reads it will enjoy it,
and I'm guessing very few will consider it overpriced.
Feb. 18th, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 18th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
I just bought a copy. It looks good, layout and formatting wise, after a quick scan on both a Paperwhite and the iPad Kindle app.
Feb. 18th, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Bless you -- both for the purchase and the look-over!

I bought a copy for my own paperwhite just to see what it looked like there. But that was a few versions ago, so I'm grateful to see that I haven't messed it up since :)
Feb. 21st, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
I read it on the train today and enjoyed it. "The First of Many" was my favorite, partly because it let us spend the most time with the characters. I really liked the tone of it -- it sounded as if someone was reading a story to me. Do you have any cheery visions of the future of humanity?

On a practical note, while the table of contents in the front of the ebook worked for jumping to a specific story, the GoTo menu on my Paperwhite did not list the stories as separate chapters. The reading time also never gave me the option to show the amount of time left in a chapter (i.e. the current story). Not sure how much of that is within your control, but I would guess that having access to the table of contents would be useful while reading a longer book.
Feb. 21st, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
Again, I really appreciate the feedback! First of Many is my favorite too ;)

On my paperwhite I can click on "Go to" and choose the Table of Contents. Does that work for you?

I enjoy the "how long to the end of the chapter" feature, so I'd love to figure out how to implement that before I bring out The Volunteer. I'll be researching it for sure. Have a bacon and special brew beer on me :)
Feb. 21st, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can jump directly to the Table of Contents from the GoTo button. Here's an example of the GoTo menu in a novel that offers the option to jump to individual chapters (which I suppose could correspond to stories) rather than first sending you back to the table of contents:

Feb. 21st, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's cool! I think I know a way to do that much anyway. No luck on the "time left in chapter", I'm afraid.

Thanks again! I'll treat you to a coffee or beer in London :)
Feb. 21st, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
No problem! Glad to help.

See you in August.
Feb. 18th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
I like the fact that you've given it professional production values. That should help it stand out on the shelf, especially if compared to most Self-published work.
Feb. 18th, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
I like that too ;)

The purpose, as I said, is to learn to do it right! Hopefully, I'll be more confident about the whole thing by the summer.
Feb. 18th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
Dammit, you're forcing me into the 20th century with these new-fangled electronic thingummys. What's wrong with good old paper?!?. Will I have to get you to scrawl on my iPad to get a signed copy?

Great news though - I look forward to both purchasing and reading this. It's been too long since I last immersed myself in the Golden world. Keep us posted on the launch date for "The Volunteer". Finding out how this ends is an itch that badly needs scratching...
Feb. 18th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with paper, of course, other than the expense!

As for The Volunteer, hopefully you'll have a nice long scratch of that itch in the summer :)
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