Cover Art Reveal: The Adventures of Technicality Man

The Adventures of Technicality Man cover

Everyone knows how the stories are supposed to go. The good guys win in the end, the hero ends up with the designated love interest, and the plucky band of misfits pulls together to save the world.

But what happens when a villain targets the nature of stories themselves? All the tropes that the heroes have come to rely on are under threat.

Technicality Man and his trusty companion Continuity Leopard must join forces with a group of minor heroes to save the day. They won’t let any barrier stop them. Not even the fourth wall.


My new superhero parody, The Adventures of Technicality Man, is now available for pre-order from Amazon (UK link, US link). This is the story of a ragtag bunch of heroes and a lot of ridiculous puns.

So join Technicality Man, Continuity Leopard as they fight to make sure that the good guys will always win.

October giveaway

A Rational Arrangement coverI’ve talked about my diverse book giveaways in previous posts. October’s giveaway is A Rational Arrangement by L Rowyn. I’ve written a review of this book in an earlier post.

I picked this book because it ticks a lot of diversity boxes. One of the main characters is an autistic woman, the other two are bisexual men. One thing I especially liked about this story is the way it handles mental illness. Nik has the magical ability to heal mental illness, and the way the book handles the subject is very respectful, it also differentiates between the illnesses Nik treats and a condition like autism. At one point, Nik is asked if he plans to heal Wisteria of her autism and Nik’s response is that her condition is part of who she is and not a sickness to be cured with the line, “Personality is not a disease.”

If you want a chance to win this book, head over to Tumblr and reblog the giveaway post.

September’s diverse book giveaway

Every Heart a Doorway coverEvery month in 2016 I’m giving away a different science fiction or fantasy book that highlights some form of diversity (preferably more than one). September’s book is the charming Every Heart a Doorway which I have reviewed in a previous blog post.

I chose this book for its LGBTQ representation. The protagonist is asexual, and actually uses this word to describe herself which is astonishingly rare. Another major character in the book is trans. There is an incident of transphobic language from one of the other characters but this is clearly addressed by the narrative and the other characters as being unacceptable behaviour.

If you want a chance to win this book, head over to Tumblr and reblog the giveaway post before the end of September.

New mailing list

Those of you who read my blog on the website rather than through an RSS feed subscription might have noticed a new section on the right hand side inviting you to sign up to a mailing list. I’ve recently created a new mailing list to share publication announcements and news about book releases. Don’t worry, you’re not going to get spammed with constant emails if you sign up. I’ve created this list because some readers want to get told directly when I have a new book coming out, rather than having to follow my announcements on the blog or on social media sites.

If you’re one of those readers, you can supply me with your email address to be added to the mailing list. You will receive an automatic notification email with a link to click on to confirm that the email account is live and that’s it. You will then receive emails whenever I have a new book coming out. Simple.

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August’s Diverse Book Giveaway

Fourth World coverI’m continuing my series of giveaways on Tumblr with Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari. I chose this book because as well as having a racially diverse mix of characters, it has a protagonist who is demi-sexual – and who actually uses this term to describe himself. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is. The other protagonist appears to be asexual but this isn’t explicitly stated in the text (mostly because she would have no context for the term).

If you want a chance to win this book, go over to Tumblr and reblog the giveaway post.

July’s Diverse Book Giveaway

The Defectives coverOver on Tumblr, I’m continuing my series of giveaways of books that showcase diversity. For July, I’m giving away The Defectives which I’ve reviewed in a previous post. This book has a disabled protagonist, multiple disabled and neurodivergent characters, as well as racially diverse characters.

If you want a chance to win this book, head over to Tumblr and reblog the giveaway post.

I’m still looking for suggestions of other books to include in this campaign, so if you’ve read a great SF&F book that features diverse characters, let me know in the comments and I’ll take a look.

June’s Diverse Book Giveaway

In a previous post, I talked about the Diverse Book Giveaway that I’ve been running over on Tumblr. Every month through 2016 I am giving away a science ficiton or fantasy book I’ve enjoyed reading that showcases diversity in some form, ideally in multiple ways.

On the Edge of Gone coverIn previous months, I’ve given away Rivers of London, Adaptation, Shadows on the Moon, and other great books. June’s book is the fantastic On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis, which I’ve reviewed in an earlier blog post. I have also interviewed the book’s author.

If you have a Tumblr account, you can enter the giveaway simply by reblogging the giveaway post. The winner will be chosen on 1st July.

I’m still looking for suggestions of other books to include in the giveaway series so please leave me a comment telling me about diverse SF&F books you’ve read that you think should be a part of this project.

Diverse book giveaway

Over on Tumblr, I’m running a series of giveaways through 2016. Every month, I’m picking a different book that showcases some form of diversity (or preferably multiple forms of diversity) and giving it away to a lucky winner.

So far, I’ve given away:

  • January – Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
  • February – Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • March – Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  • April – Planetfall by Emma Newman

May’s giveaway book is The Way Out Is Through by E M Holloway.

Part fantasy adventure, part detective story, The Way Out Is Through follows Puck Schneider as he helps the mysterious Conner Henley figure out what happened to his murdered sister. Puck get caught in a world of werewolves, hunters and magic, and has to deal with the trauma of all he finds.

Diversity showcased: representation of PTSD, gay and lesbian characters, trans character, Hispanic characters.

If you have a Tumblr account, head over to the giveaway post for a chance to win this great book.

I have some great books lined up for future months, but I’m still taking suggestions for diverse books to include in this project.