Walpurgisnacht Freebie!

Today and tomorrow get the first of the Hard-Boiled Witch series for nowt on Amazon.com or UK (or any of the others too, I believe). Celebrate Walpurgisnacht with a kick ass witchy heroine Hecate Sidlaw and her totally awesome grizzled sidekick and familiar, Henry, the cat with the eye patch. Soon I’ll be back in Dundee writing the next set of stories. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Celebrate Walpurgisnacht by flying to Blue Mountain or if you’d prefer something less windy, you can always read my always-free short story ‘Walpurgisnacht’ while the winds howl outside.

Happy Birthday, Fox Spirit Books!

HB Fox Spirit

A big happy birthday to Fox Spirit Books! Two years old already and so many many books out there, including several I wrote, edited or contributed to in some way. Under the insightful guidance of the fearless Adele Wearing, the Muse who Kicks You in the Face®, the collection that kicked things off — Tales of the Nun and Dragon — has been followed by a wealth of gorgeous, genre-ending volumes that have in common both the little fox head logo and a commitment to excellence — from the hand-picked list of authors, through the rigorous editing process (we love you, Daz, even when we’re cursing ;-)), through the detailed process of formatting by the wonderful Handebooks, until at last they are wrapped in the beautiful covers designed by fabulous artists like S. L. Johnson, Sarah Langton, Daniele Serra and Vince Holland-Keene.

So raise a glass, look back to see how far we’ve come — and jump into the future!

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
           ~ Arthur O’Shaughnessy

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All the Fox Spirit titles I’ve been part of so far (click on the image to go shopping) — more soon!

Happy St. Urho Day!

St Urho Hopper

“Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!”

As usual, we commemorate the saint (or his wife) who chased the grasshoppers out of the vineyards in Finland in the usual manner with fire-grilled grasshoppers! No, wait — that’s just a cool design made by S. L. Johnson who thought this holiday a little crazy but a good excuse to make a hellfire hopper. I love it.

I suppose the majority of you will be waiting for St. Patti’s Day, which I understand from Twitter commemorates the day Patti Smith drove all the crap bands out of Ireland. Yes, I know — Jedward. But the grasshoppers have returned to Finland, too. May our saints return with fire.