The Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac: a second wave re-launch! (3)

Like I said – this book is…

‘a sort of real cyberspace memoir… a titanic battle played out on the field of sanity – where what happens in your head is the only truth that matters.’

blush

I also said that I’m crap at marketing and this has proved to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, because I chose to do a promo tour earlier in the month to coincide with the beautiful paperback edition of Freebooter’s coming out, at a time when I couldn’t put the eBook on a Kindle Countdown… *very red face indeed!* 

However, moving swiftly onwards and upwards… I can now put the eBook on sale for 99 cents/pence and this started today. Yet more blushing here, because I was convinced that I’d  put it on to start tomorrow at 8 am GMT+1 but, never mind, it’s a Sunday and people lie in a lot don’t they!😉. The other thing I learned from the premature promo wotsit is that this blog gets more traffic so peddling it on t’other blog (Siân Glírdan) ain’t necessarily going to get it noticed too much… did I mention the book’s going cheap now?

Sooo… a relaunch is a good idea with the added shiny goodness of a bargain Kindle price to go with the various rum-based refreshments that we enjoyed the first time out! Anyhoo – a canny friend mentioned in passing today that it’s no good churning out the same old material the whole time so I’m doing some pingbacks to Siân’s blog for some choice re-runs of some of the principal characters in AFFA have been putti9ng over there!😀 

JUST DON’T FORGET TO BAG YOUR CHEAPO eCopy before leaving! ;-)

This is originally enshrined on this blog and then on Sian’s ABOUT page – to make things easier for you (in a really complicated way) I now reproduce it on this post so you don’t have to faff around with the links. Unless you want to!😉
This is the meandering version of how Siân got her name…

… and ad nauseam!

originally posted on Jan Hawke INKorporated

… for those of you who’re observant and noticed that Sîan’s suddenly popped up on the radar as author of A Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac (AFFA)… Yes, Sîan is Jan, and Jan is Sîan, but before we get too excited, here’s Sîan’s true pedigree in her new career as a nom de plume😀

It’s all in the name – and, in the Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza ‘Kingdom’ of Rivendell, where my roleplaying alter-ego and elven persona, Janowyn, was created and developed. You see, Jano’s a kind of literary super-ego for me, in that she’s a bard and artist in paint and in song so, when I write fantasy, I’m generally channelling her like mad. However, she’s thoroughly grounded in Middle Earth (if you can’t guess where the ‘owyn’ came from then you’re obviously NOT a Tolkien nut!) and so, for original fiction that goes out into the Real World (such as it is…) her name needed a small upgrade.
Most people know of Tolkien’s official career as a philologist and Oxford Professor of Anglo-Saxon. Maybe not so well-known are his sources for creating the lingua franca of the Elves of  Middle Earth, namely Sindarin (not Quenya – that rightfully belongs in Valinor). One of the main influences for Sindarin comes from the Welsh (P-Celtic or Brythonic), which Tolkien described as ‘the Queen of Celtic Languages’.

Sîan is the Welsh for Jane, Janette or Jan…

Glírdan is a literal translation into Sindarin for a songsmith, or bard – glir = song anddan = smith.

Bards, especially the Elven ones, are more accurately wordsmiths – writers, archivists and historians. Interestingly, my maiden surname isGove, which is a variant of Goff or Gow and was commonly associated with the occupation of smith (as in the Govan quarter of Glasgow with it’s ship-building industry)…

So, Sîan Glírdan is a more prosaic rendering of Janowyn the Bard, while still sounding robustly romantic and Gaelic! A fitting pseudonym for a writer of fantasy, especially in the spirit of fantasy freebooting which is my term for post-modernist ‘cyber-pirating’ of classic fantasy memes.

brassX-web
And if by now, dearest reader, you haven’t worked out why I need the extra personas… you’re going to have to BUY THE BOOK – which is on sale all this week!😛

The Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac: a second wave re-launch! (2)

Sooo… once more enjoy the 1st post of the second wave blog tour with the added shiny goodness of a bargain Kindle price to go with the various rum-based refreshments that we enjoyed the first time out! Enjoy, and please do come back over here to comment on the original blogs – or not, I’m happy you’re reading it anywhere on the blogoverse – JUST DON’T FORGET TO BAG YOUR CHEAPO eCopy! ;-)

Siân Glírdan

OK – I know I’m crap at marketing, but I’m great at re-cycling!  :-D  Treat this as ‘another chance to see’ the recent blog tour that launched the eBook, only in it’s spiritual home (well at least where it was written, since it’s permanently on display on the actual book blog). The printed edition is now well and truly out there, sailing down that big ole river and out onto the oceans of literary consciousness, so let’s mooch around in style for several days worth of freebooting-related postings. Rum and coke anyone?
Go ahead – fill your boots and maybe get your own tincture of choice too while you’re amusing yourself. We won’t tell!❤

Day 2 ~ A pirate by any other name?

Having made a decision to write about creating online roleplay personas, inevitably I needed to address the murky world of freebooting, because essentially, that’s what fan communities do – pirate their…

View original post 957 more words

The Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac: a second wave re-launch! (1)

Like I said – this book is…

‘a sort of real cyberspace memoir… a titanic battle played out on the field of sanity – where what happens in your head is the only truth that matters.’

blush

I also said that I’m crap at marketing and this has proved to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, because I chose to do a promo tour earlier in month to coincide with the beautiful paperback edition of Freebooter’s coming out, at a time when I couldn’t put the eBook on a Kindle Countdown… *very red face indeed!* 

However, moving swiftly onwards and upwards… I can now put the eBook on sale for 99 cents/pence and this started today. Yet more blushing here, because I was convinced that I’d  put it on to start tomorrow at 8 am GMT+1 but, never mind, it’s a Sunday and people lie in a lot don’t they!😉. The other thing I learned from the premature promo wotsit is that this blog doesn’t get much traffic unless I also peddle it over on t’other blog (INKorporated ) – so that’s what I’m doing now… and, lo it is done in two places!😛

Sooo… once more enjoy the 1st post of the second wave blog tour with the added shiny goodness of a bargain Kindle price to go with the various rum-based refreshments that we enjoyed the first time out! Enjoy, and please do come back over here to comment on the original blogs – or not, I’m happy you’re reading it anywhere on the blogoverse – JUST DON’T FORGET TO BAG YOUR CHEAPO eCopy! ;-)

Siân Glírdan

OK – I know I’m crap at marketing, but I’m great at re-cycling!😉 See this as ‘another chance to see’ the recent blog tour that launched the eBook, only in it’s spiritual home (well at least where it was written, since it’s permanently on display on the actual book blog). The printed edition is now well and truly out there, sailing down that big ole river and out onto the oceans of literary consciousness, so let’s mooch around in style for several days worth of freebooting-related postings, while Telly and I put our feet up and splice the pina colada mainbrace. Maybe indulge in some rum and raisin ice cream as well… Who’re we kidding! We’ve got Ben & Jerry’s on speed dial and plentiful supplies of choccy wafers, maraschino cherries, and little paper umbrellas.

Go ahead – fill your boots and maybe get your own tincture of choice too while you’re amusing…

View original post 1,283 more words

Featured Image -- 2736

A 1st Person Narrator, A 2nd Person Narrator And A 3rd Person Narrator Walk Into A Bar…

Writer(s) – know myself, thyself, themselves…? Is it horses for courses, Shankses pony, or My Little Unicorn (‘cos 1st person always lives in a magical world)… Playing God has to be the best doesn’t it?😛

Tara Sparling writes

A 1st Person Narrator, A 2nd Person Narrator And A 3rd Person Narrator Walk Into A Bar...

First Person Narrator: Sorry I’m late.

Second Person Narrator: You could have called.

Third Person Narrator: [motioning for drinks to be served] Everyone got here in the end. That’s enough.

First Person Narrator: Right. I’d like to call this meeting to order.

Second Person Narrator: Of course you would.

Third Person Narrator: [shaking head] There they are, squabbling within the first 30 seconds! The charter said this was supposed to be a supportive and encouraging writer’s group for everybody.

First Person Narrator: Really? That’s not how I read it.

Second Person Narrator: Course not. You think everything is about you.

First Person Narrator: Well, I’m the most popular form of narrator for first-time novelists, so it generally starts with me, which makes it all about me, as far as I’m concerned.

Third Person Narrator: [slurping with relish] A wise man once said: he who encourages the growth of others, grows most…

View original post 654 more words

Introducing the third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy – Our Justice

Very excited to be helping to spread the news about my good friend and RRBC fellow board member. John Howell’s latest release coming up this month. Our Justice the third and final book in the John J. Cannon trilogy promises more of the thrills and spills we’ve come to expect in this series – and boy, does it deliver! I should know as I’ve been doing some beta reading for John and this is his best book yet!🙂 Enough of me – here’s John to tell you more about his latest, which is available on pre-release from 6th September and launches on the 23rd September 2016.

Our Justice

Click cover to go to Amazon

Blurb

The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs has figured out a way to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.

The action begins with John fearing for his life. Clearly, whoever is trying to get him has a mission to accomplish and the elimination of John is at the top of the to-do list. The quest to survive takes John and his love, Stephanie from the beaches of Port Aransas to West Virginia and finally to Matt Jacob’s corporate headquarters at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. There John finally understands what he needs to do to protect both he and Stephanie from further mayhem.

The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?

Our Justice is available on Amazon and KDP now in e-book format for preorder at $2.99 with shipments starting on September 23rd. The paper edition will be available on Amazon September 23rd at $14.99. Here is the link for pre-order of the e-book https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LDFM9WM?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

Excerpt

I see out of the corner of my eye that Ned is on the phone. Hopefully, he’s calling in reinforcements since it looks like the SUV is gaining on us. Just as the rear window of the Focus blows inward, he finishes the call. Hundreds of pieces of glass hit Ned and me. Luckily, it’s shatterproof stuff, so we’re mostly okay cut wise. Ned crouches down and fires three quick shots with his 9MM. In the mirror, the SUV swerves to the left and almost explodes after it rams a parked car. “Stop,” Ned yells.

I slam on the brakes, which nearly tosses Ned through the windshield. “For shit’s sake, I don’t have a seatbelt on, junior, so take it easy. Just stop and turn around.”

 

John HowellAuthor BIO

John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a daily blog. His first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold. His second, His Revenge is available on Amazon and KDP Select.

John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of South Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets.

Other places

 

Blog Fiction Favorites

Facebook

Twitter

Authors db

LinkedIn

Google +

Goodreads

Amazon Author’s page

Martin Sisters Publishing