Holidays and books

Have had a fabulous holiday in gloriously sunny Wales – it was total bliss to get away, and ye gods and little fishes but I think the St John’s Wort happy pills might be working, hurrah! This is the most normal I’ve felt in two months, maybe more. Anyway, Wales is wonderful. My favourite day was the one we spent at Hilton Court Gardens taking tea and just sitting in their incredibly beautiful gardens at ridiculously cheap prices. If you’re anywhere near it, you absolutely must go. It’s just soooo relaxing. After that, we paddled on the amazingly beautiful and all but deserted beach in Newgale, nearby, and that was wonderful too. Honestly, that night, I was the most relaxed and happy I’ve been in years. I wish I could go to Hilton Court and Newgale every day or, at the very least, have them delivered. Bliss.

Book News:

My gay fantasy short story, Martin and The Wolf, is now published at Amber Allure and you can also view a book trailer.

At the same time, my gay comic fantasy, Angels and Airheads, is published at Torquere Press, which is my first publication with them. I hope it won’t be the last!

In terms of upcoming book news, I now have a webpage for straight romance, The Boilerman and The Bride, and that’s due out from Amber Heat Press on 4 July 2010. And I totally love that cover – so many thanks to Trace at Amber who created it! It’s astonishing what men can do with their spanners indeed – as it were …

I also have a new page for upcoming comic SF story, Creative Accountancy for Beginners, and this will be part of the new Orbis line from Untreed Reads Press. It will probably be published late this month and will be their first Orbis offering, so I’m especially thrilled to be part of that – thanks to Jay once more! Talking of which, the cover for it is wonderful too – as you can see!

Finally, in the specific book news section, I’m very happy that Bluewood Publishing now have an author’s page for me that also has the cover art for The Gifting on it, so that’s getting exciting too.

Reviews & ratings:

The Delaneys and Me has had two reviews this week, one at Three Dollar Bill Reviews and one at Amazon US – very many thanks to both reviewers for their comments. It’s also been interesting to note that The Delaneys and Me was briefly at Number 45 in the Amazon Kindle Gay Fiction charts, whilst The Bones of Summer managed Number 68 in the Amazon Kindle Gay Romance chart and (pause for BIG drumroll!) The Secret Thoughts of Leaves was actually Number 17 in the Amazon Kindle Surrealism charts for a while. Heck, I didn’t even know Amazon possessed a surrealism chart, but my goodness it’s nice to be in it. Whatever next, eh?


Interviews:

There are two interviews with me on the web this week, one at Sizzling Releases that focuses mainly on The Secret Thoughts of Leaves. And the other is about my fiction more generally and can be found at Two Ends of the Pen journal. I hope you enjoy both.

Poetry:

Meditation 370
Sunlight on ripening barley
and the soft pull
of the wind

whilst at the skyline
seven men are hanged
all the way

to death: in the midst
of beauty
we are in ugliness.

Last Sunday’s haiku:

Decide for silence,
unknit yourself from the earth.
Finally alone.

Anne Brooke
The Prayer Seeker’s Journal

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