The Warrior's New Clothes

Look, don't blame me - I have to think of titles for these posts and its not always easy :)

Unusual day today. Not a re-release as such, but Warrior Stone's first book has a new title, and a  new cover (to match with the cover of White Magic). Say hello to Underland: Warrior Stone Book 1

Thanks to Amygdala Designs for another great cover

Happy book birthday to Terry Jackman: ASHAMET, DESERT BORN

Terry Jackman is an all-round busy person. Apart from running the British Science Fiction Associations 'Orbit Groups' (a wonderful organisation where new and experienced support each other), but she also edits and reviews. How she finds time to write, I have no idea, but I am privileged and honoured to have help crit and edit a number of Terry's books, including this one.

Here's a link to the publisher, Dragonwell Publishing

"A desert world. A warrior nation that worships its emperor as a god. But for Ashamet, its prince, a future filled with danger... 

Ashamet is confident his swordsmanship, and his arranged marriage, will be enough to maintain the empire’s peace. But when a divine symbol magically appears on his arm, closely followed by an attempt on his life, he no longer knows who to trust. Worse, the strange attraction he feels toward a foreign slave could be another trap. As events unravel, too fast, Ashamet must find out if this innocent young male is a tool for his enemies--or the magic key to his survival. 

"Ashamet, Desert-Born" is a debut adventure fantasy with an exotic Arabian-style setting and elements of same-sex romance."


Passionate, but is it appropriate?

I am so glad the latest exercise of 'democracy' in the UK is over and done with, hopefully for another five years. Don't panic, I have no intention of getting all political here. I have no interest in what colour ribbon your candidate wears, nor in convincing you to change your allegiance. Would be a bit late now anyway.

No, what I am passing comment on today is the way the election brought out the worst in people, so noticeably and so vigorously, on social media. I'm not going to post examples, and I will refer only to F-word and C-word -- not because I am a prude (I use the first regularly and the second rarely) but because there may be people reading this who are offended by their use.

Even now, there is vile vitriol still being thrown about because people didn't get the result they felt was the only ideologically righteous solution. Thankfully, the stones being cast at UKIP have largely ceased, but it is interesting to note that the worst of the diatribes and the spewing hatred during the election was reserved for them, but now the votes are cast, that same vile, vicious hatred is being turned towards the Conservatives and anybody who voted for them.

I do not support UKIP, but though the whole campaign I tried to recommend a little sanity to the more vigorous and vocal protests, at least on pages where my social media crossed others. I get the passion; I feel passionately about such things. What I don't get is the mob mentality that seems to infect groups that are supposed to be intelligent and erudite and largely above such things.

And perhaps that's the problem. Maybe we aren't going to be able to 'do' politics properly until we can do it rationally; without the hatred, without the verbal and physical assaults, without the mobs mentality and the pack-hunting.

Not looking forward to the next one :(


Note in haste as I rush through

Forgive me. Not being deliberately uncommunictive, but with the election in the UK is seems that there is an awful lot of toxic messaging going on and I am deliberately staying out of it (as much as I can). Also, I have a new day-job starting next week, so there is a lot of tidying up and re-arranging being done, as well as a really badly scheduled attempt at decorating the bedroom.
Hopefully, thing will be 'back to normal' in a week or two.