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Yay! I'm utterly delighted  that the first two books - The Sweet Scent of Blood and The Cold Kiss of Death are to be published in Russian by Azbooka.  My heartfelt thanks to Azbooka, Gollancz and John Jarrold  [[info]jjarrold ] for making this happen.  
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From  [ profile] danacea  -  A Buffy movie - but no Joss, and nothing to do with the TV series!   Umm?  More Buffy = Yay!  No Joss = not so good ...

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This weeks contest is now closed and has drawn no. 56. The winner is ... S.M.D.

Congratulations! You've won a copy of the DVD* [reg 2] of complete season 1 of Blood Ties :: all 22 episodes, plus either a signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood or a signed proof of The Cold Kiss of Death.

Please email me at contest [at] with your details and your choice.

* or one of Tanya Huff's books.

Thank you to everyone else for taking part and leaving your favourite vampire series or film. I had great fun reading all the comments. Remember the  Charlaine Harris' Dead and Gone is live now, so go enter :-).

p.s. sorry to be a bit late with the announcement, folks - life ran away with me today.
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Many Congratulations to Charlaine Harris!!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!
New York Times
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Best Sellers


1. DEAD AND GONE, by Charlaine Harris

I absolutely love the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I credit Charlaine Harris with part of my love of all things vampire [especially Eric *g*] and to celebrate her being No. 1 on the New York Times ~ squeeeeee! ~ I'm starting my next weekly giveaway early.

So to win a copy of Dead and Gone :: Book 9 in The Southern Vampire series along with a signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood please leave your congratulations for Charlaine in the comments before end of day [anywhere] Thursday, 28th May. See it's that easy. And don't forget to check back to see if you've won, and to enter next week's giveaway.

ETA:  I haven't read Dead and Gone yet, [it doesn't come out in the UK until the middle of June, so not fair *pout* ] so please, no spoilers in the comments, not even little hints . . .  *claps hands over ears* :-)



US and UK covers

Read the article about Charlaine Harris in the New York Times

1 comment = 1 entry

Please help me spread the good news, both about Charlaine Harris being No. 1 and about my upcoming release on the 16th July, 09 of The Cold Kiss of Death :: Book 2, by mentioning the giveaway on your blog/live journal/myspace/facebook/twitter/etc

[post the link to the mention into the comments again] = 1 entry per link

Which all means you could end up with more entries into the metaphorical hat, so what are you waiting for? Get posting and linking!! Good Luck!!

*The winner's name will be posted and will have 7 days to claim. If not claimed in this time, then I'll redraw.

x/posted to my blog, comment here or
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The lovely Karen Mahoney [  [ profile] kazdreamer ] soon to have her first vampire story published [Yay!!] in The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire along with some of my favourite authors [Holly Black, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Lili St Crow to name but a few] is giving away . . .

A signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood.

So to win, just leave a comment here on Karen's LJ telling her what you're reading right now - or the last book you read and loved.

Comments to be received by the end of the day (anywhere) Friday 22nd May 2009. This giveaway is open to all. Good Luck!
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To celebrate the upcoming release of The Cold Kiss of Death :: :: Book 2 on 16th July 2009 and to help get the word out, I'm holding weekly giveaway draws . . .

Marta Acosta of Vampire Wire recently held the Ultimate Hawtest Vampire Poll to discover who is the Hawtest Vampire, and okay, so my first choice [Spike] didn't win *pout*, but I'm still totally happy with the vamp that did, and if you haven't guessed by now it was ...


The Ultimate Hawtest Vampire is Henry Fitzroy of "Blood Ties," as played by Kyle Schmid! Kudos to Kyle for projecting vampilicious hawtness in his portrayal of a crime-solving, comic-book drawing, unrepentent blood-drinker!

Not only do I love this series, both the TV and the books, but I love all of Tanya Huff's other books [her Keeper's Chronicles are one of my favourite comfort reads].

So this week's giveaway is in honour of Henry Fitzroy :: Hawt Vamp, Tanya Huff [[ profile] andpuff  ]and last but not least Vampire Wire: a great place to find out news about all things vamp [check out the Gratuitous Video of the Day] and holder of serious, scientific polls to find out important, necessary details about those of the fanged persuasion for us fang-fans *g* [next up is the BEST EVER Vampire Quotes Contest! Yay! Should be a great one!]

And on to this week's giveaway

*Second Drumroll*

The DVD* of complete season 1 of Blood Ties :: all 22 episodes, plus either a signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood or a signed proof of The Cold Kiss of Death [published on the 16th July 2009 Yay!]. To enter leave me a comment telling me what your favourite vampire TV series or Film is other than Blood Ties :-)

I comment = 1 entry

Please help me spread the word about the release of The Cold Kiss of Death and the giveaways with a mention of the giveaway on your blog/live journal/myspace/facebook/twitter/etc [post the link to the mention into the comments again] and win yourself more entries into this week's giveaway :-) 1 link = 1 entry

Which all means you could end up with more entries into the metaphorical hat, so what are you waiting for? Get posting and linking!! Good Luck!!

x/posted from my blog: leave a comment here or there. Contest ends end of day [anywhere] Thursday 21st May 2009.

**To make it easier to link and for important info about the DVD

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This weeks contest is now closed and has drawn no. 21. The winner is ...



Congratulations! You've won a copy of The Cold Kiss of Death [and The Sweet Scent of Blood if you haven't read it :-)] and either Nalini Singh's Mine to Possess or Visions of Heat

Please email me at contest [at] with your details.

Thank you to everyone else for taking part and leaving your favourite 'lovebirds'. Remember to check back for the next contest [goes live later today] for another chance to win more goodies :-
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Monday 18th May, 6.30pm SHOREDITCH, LONDON EC1 *

Murder One Film Club presents an evening with Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampire series, at HOME (101-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2) including a book signing and a screening of her favourite vampire film Lost Boys (complete with popcorn!). The 80’s classic starring a very young & cute pre-24 Kiefer Sutherland. This exclusive event is only open to Murder One Film Club members (Not a member? Just order any Rachel Caine title from Murder One, and you are automatically a bonafide, card-carrying member of their Film Club) and asks just for a ridiculously low £1 at the door. Please RSVP to or call them on 02077397796.


Luckily, I'm a member! Yay! And I'll be in full fan-girl sqeeeeeeeee mode at this on Monday night: Rachel Caine [ [ profile] rachelcaine ] and Lost Boys!!!!!

And I'll be asking Rachel to sign the next Morganville Vampires book [UK] Lord of Misrule [available on the night as a special pre-release, so no waiting until the 10th July 2009 to pick up this beautiful book and find out what happens next]. And then I'm thinking *giveaway*! So, watch this space ...

*Tickets still available, but going fast . . .
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It's Excerpt Monday organized by the lovely Bria Quinlan and Mel Berthier from Romance Divas. [*waves* at [ profile] rflong ] I've posted a piece from The Sweet Scent of Blood :: Chapter 4. Read my excerpt here.

Check out the Excerpt Monday,May blog for links to all the authors participating as there are plenty of fantastic excerpts to get your reading teeth into :-)

The Topic of the Month over at Fangs, Fur and Fey is . . .

How do you find the beginning of your novels? How do you know where to start them?

I've posted my own thoughts on the subject, plus there's some great posts by many other Fang, Fur and Fey authors on how they start their novels, so head on over there and see :-)

And a reminder that there's a chance to win a signed proof copy of The Cold Kiss of Death [not released until the 16th July] along with a copy of one of Nalini Singh’s books if you leave a comment here telling me your favourite pair of ‘Lovebirds’ from film, television or fiction.
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Yay! Thank you to everyone who entered last weeks Giveaway for The Cold Kiss of Death and for helping to get the news out. At the end of this post are the details of this week’s giveaway : -)

But first …

We’ve had more celebrations in our house this week as it was our wedding anniversary! Hubby and I have been married for sixteen wonderful years : -) We spent a lovely day together taking it easy, reading, walking our dogs, going out for a romantic meal and reminiscing about our lives together and ultimately about how we met.

Like a lot of other folk, we met through work. We both worked for the same retail company, both of us had been there for about a year, and we were both store management. Similar jobs, similar interests and similar working hours; so far, so normal . . . except we didn’t work together, we actually worked [and lived] 400 miles apart! Luck, or fate, or serendipity sat us next to each other on an Interpersonal Skills Course LOL! And we put those skills we learnt to good use over the next year as we got to know each other, [it was a heck of a commute] fell in love and reorganised our lives so we could be together. *Big Happy Sigh*

Which brings me to: Writing Characters in Love …

Read more and enter draw ... )

Good Luck!!

x/posted from leave a comment here or there to enter.
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. . . the winner of the The Cold Kiss of Death :: Giveaway Draw is Carolsue


Congratulations, Carolsue and an email is on its way to you!

Thank you to everyone else that entered, and remember I'm holding a Giveaway each week for the next eleven until The Cold Kiss of Death releases on the 16th July, so there's more chances to win :-).
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Yesterday was the release date for the mmpb* of The Sweet Scent of Blood, and in 11 weeks time on the 16th July The Cold Kiss of Death :: book 2 :: is out!! Yay!! I will be the proud author of /two/ books. Squeeeeee!

And I want to celebrate!!

So starting from now and each week for the next eleven weeks I'm going to hold a weekly giveaway draw.**

This week's draw is for a signed proof copy of The Cold Kiss of Death [see the pretty picture below***] and if you haven't already read The Sweet Scent of Blood, then I'll also include a signed copy [or if you have then I'll substitute for another [unsigned] UF/PR book, so you will still win two books *g*]

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before end of day [anywhere] Thursday, 7th May. See it's that easy. And don't forget to check back to see if you've won, and to enter next week's giveaway.



**Okay, I want to get the news out about The Cold Kiss of Death, so here's your chance to get your name in the hat more than once :-)

one comment = 1 entry
A mention on your blog/live journal/myspace/facebook/twitter/etc about the giveaway [post the link to the mention into the comments again] = 1 entry per link [ETA: slight change :-)]

Which all means you could end up with more than six entries into the metaphorical hat, so what are you waiting for? Get posting and linking!! Good Luck!!

****The winner's name will be posted and will have 7 days to claim. If not claimed in this time, then I'll redraw.
*** The uncorrected proof cover is not the same as the final book cover: see here. I have five copies, so I'm keeping one for myself *g* and the others will be giveaways at some point over the next eleven weeks along with 'other' books, so don't forget to check back :-)
*mass market paperback

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SCI-FI London Film Festival 29th April – 4th May 2009 at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly, 19 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4LY

Panel discussing Urban Fantasy with Pat Cadigan, Alex Bell and Suzanne McLeod

‘With the rise in popularity of contemporary urban fantasy what is it that we are looking for that's missing from our everyday lives? Given the well-documented dangers of modern life, why are our modern fantasies filled with ancient dangers?’

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2009
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Apollo Piccadilly Circus

Prize Draw: Win two tickets for the Urban Fantasy panel – send an email to contest[at] with SCI-FI London in the subject line and stating your favourite vampire from film, TV or literature by 12 noon Friday 1st May to enter the draw.*

Special Offer: Anyone who buys tickets for any of the literary panels over the weekend can have two for the price of one if they use the words AUTHOR BLOG when they book by telephone on 020 7451 9944. This offer is good until Friday 1st May.

Check out the literary lab programme here

Good Luck!

* Winner will be chosen by and notified by email after 12 noon, 1st May 2009. Prize draw tickets will be available to pick up at the door on the actual day. Full name and valid return email address required. To deter spambots, please replace [at] with @ in the contest email address.

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Today I'd like to welcome my guest, Maria Zannini, the author of the wonderful Touch of Fire. She describes herself as writing spicy Science Fiction and Fantasy that titillate some and torment others and she's dead right on that score *g* So without any more intro I'll hand over to Maria ...


Those of you who know me, know my terrible secret.

I am a research whore.

I tried to stop several times, but the lure of old books, dusty libraries, and websites that only the insane and the peculiar visit is like crack to someone like me. A little research is never enough--not when you're a writer.

And when you write about stuff that hasn't happened yet, you have to rely on that research along with a veritable highway of extrapolation.

For TOUCH OF FIRE, I decided to write about Earth 1200 years after an apocalypse. Here's a little of what I found out.

• It will take Styrofoam fifty years to decompose in a landfill.
• Recycled plastics will last at least 1000 years, maybe more if it's not in direct sunlight.
• Iron, especially iron that has been reinforced or coated may survive (in chunks) at least as long as plastic.
• Rock. The Pyramids, anyone? They've lasted at least 5000 years. And if you are a cynic like me, it's possible they are even older than that.
• Paper? We still have plenty of parchments from over a thousand years ago and the writing on papyrus scrolls is still legible. Fragile, but still with us.

I took many of my cues from existing artifacts and littered them throughout my novel. I also speculated on sociological changes. What would happen if some cataclysmic event wiped out the majority of civilization? What would the survivors remember? What truths would they keep alive? What would they get wrong?

After a thousand years, the imposing carved faces of Mount Rushmore still exist, but any record of who they were was lost long ago. They had to be important men to warrant such majestic honor. And they surely existed before the great cataclysm of ancient times for no living soul remembers their story. What else could you call these stone sentinels but 'The Four Warlords of the Apocalypse'?

Arizona, its name lost in history became Arrow's Onus. With only a fragile memory of what it was once called, the whispered name got stuck in their generational subconscious. Like a child trying to form words, they reconstituted its essence into something that had more meaning.

Even Mickey Mouse makes an appearance in the book. Apparently, in the future he's still greatly revered as a bit of a deity.

Disney would be proud.

When it comes to world building, magic also has to be based on some accepted truths that will lend credence to your lie. In TOF, there's an entire race of magical people called the Elementals, witches who can control one of the four elements: earth, air, water and fire.

But is it magic?

It's a safe bet that nothing in my world can be taken at face value.

I used just enough detail from known Wiccan practices and combined them with science, and a heart-healthy dose of artistic license. My goal was to give it the flavor of magic without all the calories.

Good world building is all about the details, both what you put in--and what you leave out.

My recipe is simple. Use enough core material (some people call them facts) to make the world plausible and true, then tweak its nose 90 degrees.

Works every time.


Touch Of Fire hits bookstores on April 28. Find it at:
Barnes & Nobles

Read an excerpt of TOUCH OF FIRE.
Visit me on my website, blog or Twitter.

Feeling lucky? Go here for details on how to win a prize package worth $100.

Thanks so much for having me over, Suzanne! There's a big ol' Texas welcome waiting for you if you ever make it across the pond to see me. But be careful for Tank. He's a sloppy kisser. And he loves the wimmin folk.


Thanks for such a great blog, Maria, and everyone, head on over to Maria's to checkout her great contest - here :-)
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Quick reminder - don't forget to head over to Maria's to enter the draw for a copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood!

Highlights :-)

·        Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s GoH interview with John Jarrold – A mega fan-girl hour for me!

Rock Band – The creation of [info]danacea and[info]david_devereux – And our entry David Devereux and the Demon Divas! Kudos to Abby who filled the vacant diva slot to perfection and with more glam than you can shake half a dozen guitars at, and[info]maeve_the_red 's cool purple wig! And to the eight year old who knew exactly which buttons to press to get it all working, not to mention she and her pals aced the game LOL!David Devereux and the Demon Divas )

David Devereux, Jaine Fenn, Yours truly, The glam Abby!

·         Seeing lots of old friends and making new ones.

·         Tim Powers wonderfully entertaining and informative talk on ‘How to Write a Novel’

·         The Swedish Gentleman who generously gave us a lift in from our hotel to the con on Sunday morning, thank you.

·         Entering Bronte Country with Sam Stone, Maura McHugh, [info]freda_writes and the less glamorous [if he’ll forgive me for saying :-)] but equally interesting Kev McVeigh 

·         Cornering Asking Mike Carey to sign his last two books for me! Major squeeee!  

Waiting to go on ... )

Me and Abby waiting to go on ...

·         Stephen Deas, Juliet McKenna and co fighting it out with their untrustworthy dragons watched over by numerous dragon aficionados.

·         The brilliant Dr Pepper and Mr Devereux on ‘dead meat’ one not to be missed, even right before tea-time; who can ever forget the tin of Harpic?

·         Finding just the right copies of Locus in the Dealers’ room*

·         Coming home with more books that I went with- with thanks to Liam Sharp’s wife for one of them :-) – always a great sign.

·         Meeting the gracious [and extremely organised] Freda Warrington.  

The Feast... )


·         The rather surreal Chinese feast with the rest of the Gollancz crew on Sat night [nothing to do with the preceding talk about ‘dead meat’ or the food and everything to do with the Karaoke . . .]

·         The very welcome [and sinfully great tasting!!!] chocolate I was given on Monday lunchtime, thank you.

·         Learning all about Spring-Heeled Jack [and coming away with a smart little story idea ;)] in spite of nearly falling off the table in the middle of the talk when they blew the dustbin up outside! 

Lowlights :-(

·         Not having enough time to sit down and chat with everyone I wanted to – in spite of being there for two and half days.

·         Forgetting to eat between breakfast and 6pm on Sunday.

·         A fantastic con programme which meant I had to make difficult decisions about which panel I wanted to go to when they clashed – not recommended on too little sleep – and consequently missing out on some fab ones like the Eoin Colfer talk.

·         Not getting my camera out more often … [although I expect there are some that will be grateful for that *g*]

Trying to look like I know what I'm doing ... )


·         Missing the Swedish Room Party – a must for next year [note to self – start building up late-night-party-stamina *now*].

·         Not managing to get there on Friday to see the Dragon’s Lair when my Eastercon jinx struck again.

·         And having to wait a whole year until the next one :-( 

* the one with a review of The Sweet Scent of Blood and the one with a picture of the cover! Yay!

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I'm guest blogging over at Maria Zannini's today about Making Characters Real to celebrate the upcoming release of her book Touch of Fire - find out why I wouldn't let the demon possessing me kill you on the spot! and what liquorice torpedoes have to do with it all . . . and leave a comment [over there] to be in with a chance to win a copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood - so go now and visit Maria [who's blog is always full of awesome :-)] you know you want to *g*

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So it all starts tomorrow! Eastercon that is; the 60th British National Science Fiction Convention, celebrating science fiction, fantasy and horror in literature, film, comics and other media. Yay!!!

I've got off lightly this year with just the one panel, strangely enough it's about Urban Fantasy [can't think why they picked me to talk about that! LOL!] and then of course, there's Rock Band!  So come and heckle listen to my mumblings wonderful words of wisdom on all that is Urban Fantasy and my Cool Chick Rock Band™
performance* [warning - as I’m likely to crash and burn, this is *not* recommended for those of a sympathetic nature]. Other than the two ‘events’ I will be there from sometime on the Friday evening to when the clock strikes twelve after Rock Band on the Sunday night and I have to do the Cinders thing. So feel free to come and say hello, chat, ask me to sign books *hopeful face* or anything else [within reason *g*].

Sun 15:30 Urban Fantasy

"What exactly is it? Is supernatural romance it, does it have to have
supernatural creatures in a realist urban setting? Is Buffy the
prototypical urban fantasy? Is it a growing subgenre of its own? What
about a fantasy city not in our world?"
Freda Warrington, Tim Powers, Suzanne McLeod and Liam Sharp

[The following entry stolen from 
[profile] david_devereux  cos it says it all :-)]

Sun 22.00 Rock Band

I've already talked about this, but that's not going to stop me talking about it some more. You'll find a sign-up form in your con pack, so just geet together with some mates, put the form in the box at Registration and turn up. Then go Full Tilt Boogie and try for our Fabulous Prizes, courtesy of Forbidden Planet, Gollancz, Black Library, Titan Books and a list of other wonderful people.

I've been hearing rumours of all sorts of teams coming together as well, so you can definitely expect to see some industry figures gettinng up to play. I'm not to confirm or deny anything you might have already heard by your own methods, but I'm expecting to see some all sorts of nonsense take place.

One other thing to mention is that Harmonix have sent us Rock Band 2, which isn't available over here yet, and have given us the OK to put it in the charity auction once we've rocked our socks off. This means you can go own to be one of the first people in the country to show off with your mates when you get home, so bid early and bid often!

My very sincere thanks, by the way, go to John Drake at Harmonix Music for providing the games and their controllers, and to Ben Smith & Julie Bogaert at Sony Europe, who've banded together to provide everything from a PS3 to the PA and screens we'll be using. And I can't not mention
[profile] [personal profile] danacea - AKA the mighty Danie Ware of Forbidden Planet - for being my partner-in-crime and helping make sure everything came together from prizes to flyers to several of those possible surprises we've got lined up for you. What a rock star!

*  the lj gremlins have *bleep* up my text for some reasons and I can't get them to change *sigh*

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Happy [double] Birthday to Jaye Wells whose fab debut is Red-Headed Stepchild!!!
Congratulations Jaye!!

The blurb ...

'In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn’t really fit in. And being an assassin – the only profession fit for an outcast – doesn’t help matters. But she’s never brought her work home. Until now.

Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex, and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she’s on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life-changing, but together, they could be fatal …

This time, it’s personal.'

This is a book I'm so looking forward to reading - great cover art, a wonderful heroine and vampires - what more could any fang-fan want?

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So you know those conversations that you think you've imagined? The ones where you wake up and breathe a sigh of relief that they probably happened in some sort of alternate reality where you're the Rock Chick who Can. Do. Music. And. Other. Such. Cool. Stuff ?

Turns out they were reeeeeeal! Who knew?

So thanks to  [ profile] david_devereux  at Eastercon, along with [ profile] maeve_the_red  I will now be performing in this . . .

small confession ... )

Then it turns out twittering can get you into even more trouble . . .

@Suzanne: Enjoyed Evolution, Wrath of God and Death yesterday at the OLF!
@Big_Jim: You enjoyed evolving!? Have you become some sort of superhero Suzanne?
@Suzanne: Superhero? Of course, I can fly . . . *jumps up, flaps arms, doesn't leave ground* oh wait, umm, maybe not, so it's back to the amoeba stage for now . . .
@Big_Jim: Ahh! You evolved but didn't get the features you wanted? So you're going to start again! See you in 6 billion years . . . also, in 6 billion years, I expect to see you with glorious wings! How would you see yourself, with bird wings? Butterfly?
Suzanne: *ponders* *Googles* *tweets*
In 6 billion years - I might just manage this!

But for two weeks time for Eastercon? As promised by [ profile] danacea . . .


So come and see if I can squeeze 6 billion years of evolution into two weeks *desperately Googles angel wings* and join in the Forbidden Planet Rock Band fun, and Win. Wonderful. Fantastic. Prizes!!!

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I've had the abject terror pleasure of being interviewed at Horror Reanimated by Joseph D'Lacey - author of Meat and Garbage Man - Read all about the horrrrrrific torture wonderful hospitality he offered me, find out *WHO* I nominated for the Sword of the Ultimate Darkness and why my (expensively painted) toenails will never be the same again!


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