Help me win a Kindle?

My hint fiction story’s in with a chance of winning a competition to win a Kindle. If you’d like to help me (which would be lovely) you need to click the link and vote for Sacred by Jay Faulkner … you’ll have my undying gratitude and I promise never to haunt you, or eat your brains :) – http://matrix-hole.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/my-50000-hit-giveaway.html?m=1

Ecko Rising by Danie Ware

A unique genre-bending fantasy–sci-fi epic, Ecko Rising is the astonishing debut from Danie Ware.

September 2012 • £7.99 • Paperback / 9780857687623 • E-book / 9781781162835

Ecko: Rising follows a savage, gleefully cynical anti-hero immersed in his own fantasy world. Ecko joins a misfit cast of characters and strives to conquer his deepest fears and save the world. Danie Ware says, “Ecko: Rising is sardonic fantasy, a sharp new slant on the genre, scattered with a healthy dusting of sex, violence and sarcasm. I’ve read fantasy, on and off, since I was a teen – and you can’t put a new twist on something unless you fell in love with it to start with! I wanted to push back its boundaries, make it do something different, something smarter and darker – but also something that we’d understand and recognise.”

Ecko: Rising, and its sequel scheduled for publication next year, will appeal to those who love fantasy, classic or modern, those intrigued by new concepts, and those with a liking for twisted anti-heroes.

Danie Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing. Ecko Rising is her first novel. You’ll find Danie on twitter @danacea and at www.danieware.com.

Danie Ware says, “Working at FP has allowed me to work with some of best-known and most-respected SF/F authors working today – and that’s a heck of a thing to try and live up to. This world, and some of its central concepts and characters, began in my fiancé’s from room, in Ashford in Kent, in 1989 – and it’s grown and evolved over years of games, stories, and world-sharing. I haven’t consciously built it – it’s almost built itself.”

For further information to request an interview please contact: Sophie Calder – sophie.calder@titanemail.com / 020 7803 1906 / @titanpublicist

Ecko Rising, Titan Books, September 2012, original paperback, £7.99

TITAN PUBLISHING GROUP is an independently owned publishing company, established in 1981. Titan’s growing list of fiction includes the hugely popular horror series Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, The Lost Fleet military science fiction books by Jack Campbell, the Southern Gothic Eden Moore series by Cherie Priest and the exceptional pulp crime list, Hard Case Crime. New titles for 2012 include David J. Kowalski’s alternate history The Company of the Dead, Dana Fredsti’s urban fantasy Plague Town, Samit Basu’s Turbulence and Lo’Life: Romeo Spikes by Joanne Reay. In addition, Titan Books will be publishing backlist reissues from Philip Jose Farmer, Michael Moorcock and Kevin J. Anderson, new works from James P. Blaylock and George Mann, and Lovecraftian anthologies edited by S.T. Joshi and Stephen Jones. Titan Books also publish an extensive line of media- and pop culture-related non-fiction, graphic novels, fantasy and computer gaming art, and music books.

Marie Stopes opens in Northern Ireland

I feel a rant coming on; you have been warned.

Northern Ireland today sees the opening of a Marie Stopes clinic. To give you a brief idea of what Marie Stopes offer they do contraception guidance and supplies, health screening for men and women, STI testing, vasectomy counseling and procedures, female sterilization counseling and procedures, the morning after pill, and yes they give advice on abortions and carry them out too … ONLY if the fetus is under 9 weeks and there is a medical cause for the mother herself. That is the same as any NHS hospital in NI.

However the press, the politicians and the rabid public are only seeing one thing, which is evident in what they are calling the place: ‘ABORTION CLINIC’!!!

Now the Northern Ireland Attorney General has called for a Stormont investigation into the opening of the first private clinic in Belfast ‘to offer abortions.’ The thing is that Stormont has been very aware of this place opening for a loooooong time, in fact it is even being run by a former Stormon MLA, Dawn Purvis.

Yes, abortions are a very emotive topic but I wish that people would actually do two things: 1/ do the research and find out the factual information before they get all irate about something and 2/ leave the sensationalism out of things and report – or comment – on it openly and fairly.

The fact of the matter is that the Marie Stopes clinic has said it will carry out medical, not surgical, procedures only up to nine weeks gestation and only within the existing legal framework.

It said that the health professionals in the clinic will be from Northern Ireland and that they will make the assessments, although the views of the woman’s own GP will be taken into consideration.

They are doing the same thing that is ALREADY available, via the NHS, anywhere in Northern Ireland; all they are doing is giving a rounded service to do with sexual health, under one roof.

They are NOT offering a private abortion service, on demand, for any reason, up to 24 weeks … which is what the press and public seem to be implying.

So pro-choice or pro-life, it doesn’t actually make a difference at the moment – just get the facts right and stop making a sensitive issue into a hysterical witch-hunt that is only hurting and demonising the people that the clinic is trying to help.

Feel free to comment – however if it gets personal or stupidly over the top be aware that I will delete the comment.

INK by Damien Walters Grintalis

Release date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

A tattoo can be a work of art…or a curse. The devil is in the details.

The fearsome griffin inked on Jason’s arm looks real enough to climb off and take flight. Jason thinks his new tattoo is perfect. Until he wakes up one night to find his arm temporarily ink free. Until he finds a brick wall where the tattoo shop should be.

As Jason’s world spins out of control, he comes to realize a truth as sharp as the griffin’s talons. The tattoo is alive, it’s hungry, and if Jason tries to kill it, he’ll die. The artist will remove it for a price, but he’s not interested in money or Jason’s soul. He wants something far worse…

Where to buy:
Amazon UK paperback
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ink-Damien-Walters-Grintalis/dp/161921072X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349362037&sr=8-1
Amazon UK ebook:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ink-ebook/dp/B008QWCRGY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349362037&sr=8-2
Barnes & Noble paperback and ebook:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ink-damien-walters-grintalis/1109862045
Amazon US paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/Ink-Damien-Walters-Grintalis/dp/161921072X
Amazon US ebook:
http://www.amazon.com/Ink-ebook/dp/B008QWCRGY/ref=la_B0074WJI1O_1_1_title_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1349362263&sr=1-1

About the author:

Damien Walters Grintalis was imprinted with a love of reading at a young age by her father. At the age of eleven, she saw the movie Alien and read Stephen King’s The Shining and her attraction to all things dark and scary turned into true love. Rumor has it she still peeks behind the shower curtain on occasion to make sure no monsters are lurking there.

She is an Active member of both the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a staff writer with BooklifeNow, and an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction magazine, Electric Velocipede.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, two former shelter cats, and two rescued pit bulls. Ink is her first novel. You can visit her blog or follow her on Twitter .

International Poetry Day 2012 – Epitaph

As it is International Poetry Day here is my contest winning (for SmileTrain.org) poem, ‘Epitaph’.  You can still purchase copies of ‘Dragon Poems for Smiletrain.org 2011′, for Kindle, which featured this poem at Amazon.

Epitaph

Beneath winters grasp
Enfolded in golden skein
Cold-bloodslumber dream

Thawing springs caress
Limbs flex gargantuan uncoil
Ravenous wyrm royal

Warmth of summer sun
Dragon basks on broken bones
Rules all reigns alone

Above autumn clouds
Soar majestic wings unfurled
Hunter of the world

Ephemeral prey
Fleeting moon chased seasons
Subjects to treason

Chrome head bows to pray
Sword bare shield close Knight vows life
Virgin sacrifice

Steel juxtapose scale
Fire belching skin blisters raw
Hands raised implore

Slit eyes slow blink
Raucous laugh humor blast
Gaping maw at last

Glinting ivory snap
Proud shimmering armor rent
Bold life blood spent

As eyes grow dim
Forked tongue demands his name
His deed to proclaim

A self epitaph
‘fore on his flesh dragon gorge
Last word his name: George