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August 24, 2014

The winners of eFestival of Words 2014 Awards were announced today.

In other news: some people are very kind.

I bloggged about it on my website, Ximerion
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Published on August 24, 2014 13:13 • 11 views • Tags: awards, nominations, self-publishing

August 22, 2014

Some kind soul nominated me for the September Author of the Month Group Reads of Goodreads' M/M Romance Group.

If you are a member and so inclined, I'd appreciate your vote.

You can vote here until August 27th.
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Published on August 22, 2014 10:28 • 9 views

August 19, 2014

I'm nowhere near ready to publish, but last Sunday I wrote THE END under the final scene of the final chapter of Book VII of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse, The Invisible Hands - Part 4: Mate.

I started writing Mate on December 23th, 2013, and on August 17th, 2014 the first draft of Mate was finished.

Mate is the longest book of the series. The first draft weighs in at more than 179,000 words, but I'm sure, after revision, I can shorten that to around 185,000 words. The whole quadrilogy is more than 654,000 words long. The whole series more than 1,062,000 words.

First Draft of Mate, Book VII of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse, Finished

I'm nowhere near ready to publish, but last Sunday I wrote THE END under the final scene of the final chapter of Book VII of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse, The Invisible Hands - Part 4: Mate.

I started writing Mate on December 23th, 2013, and on August 17th, 2014 the first draft of Mate was finished.

Mate is the longest book of the series. The first draft weighs in at more than 179,000 words, but I'm sure, after revision, I can shorten that to around 185,000 words. The whole quadrilogy is more than 654,000 words long. The whole series more than 1,062,000 words.

You can read what's in store here, on my website .
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Published on August 19, 2014 13:47 • 23 views • Tags: the-invisible-hands-part-4-mate

July 1, 2014

I don't know how I did it but two books of my series Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse and a cover are finalists for the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards .

You can see how they're doing here:

for Best Novel
and
for Best Fantasy (High Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery)
and
for Best Cover Art
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Published on July 01, 2014 13:12 • 22 views • Tags: awards, nominations, self-publishing

June 1, 2014

A few days too late, but here are the winners of the


Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014 Contest


H.B.
Roger Grace
Shirley Ann Speakman

The winners of the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014 Contest were randomly drawn from all the commenters by an innocent hand.


Please, if you are among the winners, leave a message, using the contact form on my site.


Don't forget to mention if you want the first two books of the first trilogy, or the first two books of the sequel quadrilogy, and in which format (only epub or mobi).


I'll send the books to the mail address you'll fill out in the appropriate box.


Congratulations. ;)

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Published on June 01, 2014 12:56 • 7 views • Tags: contest

May 16, 2014

Happy weekend everyone.

Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia . Like a lot of authors I participate in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014.

You'll find the complete list, with links, at the bottom of the post on my website. Be sure to check them out, because they deserve your support, and most of them give away swag and/or books. As will I.

It may sound a bit like preaching to the choir, because I suppose if you're reading this at all you're not the one this international event is aimed at. In fact, it says a lot about the sorry state of human society that such a day is still necessary.

Read more, and find out how you can win ebooks, on my site, Ximerion .
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Published on May 16, 2014 16:45 • 27 views • Tags: blog-hop, homophobia, transphobia

May 13, 2014

To my surprise, and excitement, I've been nominated for the 2014
eFestival of Words - Best of the Independent eBook Awards

Not once, but four times.

I blogged about it on my site.
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Published on May 13, 2014 13:29 • 19 views • Tags: awards, ebooks, indies

May 11, 2014

Like a lot of independent authors, about a year ago I started a New Releases Newsletter.

The purpose is sending you timely notification when I release a new title. Additionally, I will send some exclusive previews of scenes or short stories that may or may not be published at a later date in a bundle or an anthology. No spam. No chatty mails about the cute antics of the kitty I don't have or my personal gripes with the grocery or my annoying Aunt Beth. Just a notification of new books and the occasional freebie, and a link in each mail to unsubscribe whenever you feel like it, no questions asked.

Some may wonder why. Do authors think we need more emails? Doesn't Amazon offer a similar service, on the author's personal page? One click and you're done. Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? So, why subscribe to New Releases Newsletters?

You can read more of this post on my website, Ximerion.

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Published on May 11, 2014 12:17 • 29 views • Tags: blog, new-release, newsletters, self-publishing

December 10, 2013

The Invisible Hands - Part 3: Pawn Storm (Book VI of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse)
has been released. I hope you'll check it out on:

Amazon in Kindle-format
All Romance ebooks in mobi (Kindle-compatible) and epub
Barnes & Noble in epub
Ximerion (my own e-shop) in mobi (Kindle-compatible) and epub


It should also become available soon on

iTunes in epub/iBook
Kobo in epub
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Published on December 10, 2013 13:45 • 80 views

December 3, 2013

I'm editing and formatting the last chapters of my latest Epic Fantasy & Gay Romance book, Pawn Storm , part three of four of The Invisible Hands, the sixth volume in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series. This means I'm still on course for a release early next week, mainly thanks to my editor who has agreed to work a lot faster, though being ill.

As always when I publish a new book, worries and doubts emerge from all nooks and crannies. Writers are not particularly known for their self-confidence.

So, here are a few of the things I wonder about as to how they will be received.

If you want to receive an email on the day Pawn Storm goes live on Amazon, please subscribe to my New Releases Newsletter .
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Published on December 03, 2013 13:38 • 47 views • Tags: the-invisible-hands