Tirgearr’s Big Birthday Bash!

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Tirgearr Publishing is turning 5 – but you get the presents!

Enter at the special birthday page and you might win all three Chastity Flame novels, a Kindle Fire or lots of other great prizes. You can also get many books for a reduced price including my collection Unquiet Dreams, which Steve Bissette calls, “the long, deep plunge in the coldest quarry in the woods; the lingering look under the rotting wood at all the writhing life there; the stare into the abyss until one realizes something is staring back.”

See the site for details.

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FREE This Week: Hard-Boiled Witch

Happy Halloween! All this week, the first Hard-Boiled Witch is FREE! Help yourself and then try the others. They’re just 99¢/99p each. Click the image below or head to your Amazon.

Hecate Sidlaw eats punks like you for breakfast — at least that’s what her familiar Henry claims. When someone needs a protection spell or a nasty hex, they knock on her door. Hecate can handle most magical problems, but what happens when a new crime kingpin gets a magic man of their own?

This 20-page ebook single is the first in a new series from the author of WHITE RABBIT, OWL STRETCHING, and the CHASTITY FLAME thriller series.

“Laity has been proving for quite some time now that her noir prose ranks right up there with the likes of Meg Abbott, Dorothy B. Hughes, and Sara Paretsky.”
~ Vincent Zandri

“Laity knocks your socks off with the language and also with the dialog.”
~ Les Edgerton

“Laity is probably a figment of her own imagination, and what an imagination that is! A witty and inventive wordsmith. A natural storyteller. A one off!”
~ Paul D. Brazill

“Laity mixes genres in ways that are always rewarding… a compelling writer who is utterly readable.”
~ Richard Godwin

200,000 Tweets

The prize: out of print editions!

The prize: out of print editions!

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 of musings and news items that would be cut from the novels anyway, so it’s just as well they’re displaced.

So I’ve decided to give away a prize to commemorate my volubility: four out-of-print editions of my books. They are the original Tease edition of The Mangrove Legacy, the Aino Press edition of Unikirja (soon to be released with new stories as Dream Book from Fox Spirit – yay!), the print edition of Pelzmantel from Immanion and the handmade chapbook of The Willimantic Frogs (second edition, there are no more firsts!). I will sign them all and personalise if desired. How do you win?

You must be on Twitter.

When my official Twitter profile shows I have reached 200,000 tweets or more, tweet me a joke within 24 hours of my reaching that count. This will assure that there’s a good chance to participate around the globe.

I will give the prize to the person who tells the funniest joke. I am the sole and capricious judge of ‘funniest’ so you can probably aim toward my known weaknesses of nonsense and absurdity.

I will update this page when the contest begins (though perhaps not immediately as I will doubtless forget or be busy).

Celebrate Brigid’s Day with Hard-Boiled Witch!

HBW 3 Charms O'erthrownTomorrow is Brigid‘s day and to celebrate the tripartite goddess who became a saint of poets, ironmongers and healers, I’m giving away the third Hard-Boiled Witch story, Charms O’erthrown all day long on February 1st (UK folks click here). Here’s the blurb:

Hecate Sidlaw finds herself in a wild storm of shady folks all looking for a priceless artifact that’s gone missing. With all the double dealing and surprising murders, it’s a wonder she and Henry can find out what’s really going on — and what this precious treasure could be. An ancient alchemical text may hold the answers if only Hecate and Henry can live long enough to get to the library!

This 23-page ebook single is the third in a new series from the author of WHITE RABBIT, OWL STRETCHING, and the CHASTITY FLAME thriller series.

“Laity has been proving for quite some time now that her noir prose ranks right up there with the likes of Meg Abbott, Dorothy B. Hughes, and Sara Paretsky.”
~ Vincent Zandri 

The deal goes live at midnight US west coast time (8am GMT I think) so check back and download your freebie. What’s that? Haven’t read the first two? Well, they’re only 99¢/99p each. Get them too.

Con-Eire FREE!

Con-Eire_covIn honour of Shamrokon and LonCon3, my short play Con-Eire from today through Monday will be completely FREE! It’s appropriate for this season as it’s a love letter to the hard-working folks behind the scenes putting the madness all together:

It’s three days before the start of Con-Eire, the best Irish-themed science fiction and fantasy con in the tri-state area, when a phone call sets the entire Convention Committee into panic mode. Is Big Name Writer going to pull out at the last minute? What does Very Famous Artist have to do with that decision? And what do the fairies have to say about all this? Follow the hilarious mishaps as the committee members work desperately to salvage months of planning and hard work, all of which are about to be undone by a well-known prima donna.

This half-hour radio play for voices features a cast of six and little in the way of props and sound effects, making it suitable for impromptu or amateur performances.

Don’t just listen to me: it has a bunch of great reviews, too. Here’s a snippet of a five star review from someone I don’t even know:

Before I was 4 pages in, I was laughing out loud, and before I was done, I thinking, “I know some of these people…don’t I?” Great fun! Read it!