Alibi Bound

I head out today to fly to Venice, where Renato Bratkovič will meet me to drive me to Slovenia for the Alibi Crime Conference where I will be one of the featured writers. I’m really looking forward to it: I’ve never been to Venice or to Slovenia so that’s exciting. Everyone seemed to have a…

Review: Radio Girls

RADIO GIRLS Sarah-Jane Stratford The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio …and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC London, 1926. ‘If we have the sense to…

Back to Scotland

Grades are in, things are done, or sorted or packed away until autumn in New York and I am on my way back to Dundee today. My bags are full of electronics, cables, books, folders, notebooks and, where there’s room, clothes. Many projects to work on, but there will be fun and reading, too. When…

Albacon 2016 This Weekend

I will be making an appearance at Albacon this weekend, the local speculative fiction conference. Say hello if you’re around. I can’t promise dragons but I have two panels on Friday at 2 and at 3: and one on Sunday at 11: See the complete schedule here. I’ll finally get to hang around with Debi…

Out Now: Chastity Flame eBook Boxset

CHASTITY FLAME ADVENTURES BOX SET Price: $5.99 This box set includes: Chastity Flame, #1 Move over James Bond! Chastity Flame works for a nameless organization. You won’t hear about the work she does either. She loves her job as a secret government operative. She foils criminal masterminds, travels the world, and finds new lovers in…

Making Magic Respectable

Like many folks here, I am greatly enjoying Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It’s a terrific fantasy series: I can’t tell you how well it adapts Susanna Clarke’s novel as I haven’t read it yet (so many books, so many of them to write!) but the author seems pleased. The next episode appears to focus…

200,000 Tweets

Milestones: are they necessary takings of account or meaningless attachment to round-ish numbers? I am soon to reach such a milestone — the seemingly effusive number 200,000 tweets. A gloomy sort might say ‘And how many novels would that be?’ but I figured out that the things that end up in tweets are the sort…

Review: 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf by Jo Thomas

25 Ways to Kill A Werewolf by Jo Thomas Cover Art by Sarah Anne Langton Blurb: ‘My name is Elkie Bernstein. I live in North Wales and I kill werewolves.’ When Elkie finds herself fighting for her life against something that shouldn’t exist she is faced with the grim reality that werewolves are real and she…

On the Road Again

Yes, I am Scotland bound once more, arriving in Dundee for my birthday tomorrow by way of Dublin and Edinburgh. Bertie and I got a tree this weekend from the farm around the corner and decorated it while watching Fanny & Alexander in accordance with tradition. There was some akvavit and monster king crab legs,…

Choose Books

“But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got books?” [with apologies to Irvine Welsh] This holiday season give the gift that gives forever: books. Give new worlds, give real…