Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All three for free for the next few

It's my birthday this week! 

And for the next few days, all three of the novelettes I've written (The Quin, Missive and Salvage) are FREE TO DOWNLOAD in the form of The Gen2K Omnibus.  There's even bonus stuff.

One-click, no cost, short fiction.  

So get yourself caught up while it won't cost a thing! 
Or gift a wee collection to a friend. 
Or carry on your way, that's okay too.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to those who have taken time to explore these teasers and share their reviews on Amazon and goodreads -- your support is the best birthday present. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

So...all three of my novelettes are out :P
The third and final novelette in Tama and Bex's story arc is now available. 

If you've been meaning to get to this little series but the holiday season has flown by without you getting to it, you don't even have to go back and grab them one by one...

As I've put up an omnibus that includes all three!
Bonus: The omnibus version includes a Gen2K Glossary and the first chapter of the Gen2K novel. I'm hecka-biased in thinking this would make a nice gift for a friend -- they're perfect for a long flight or layover; short and easy reading.

I hope you enjoy them.

And THANK YOU to those who have posted reviews or messages me in some other way with their support, it means a lot.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Another Free Download - Novelette 2
For the next few days, it's the second novelette's turn, Missive, to be FREE TO DOWNLOAD.

Tama discovered recently he is an old-fashioned romantic.  So how does an old-fashioned romantic woo the light-bringer, Bex, in a city where everything is broken but the tech?  Text, audio, photo and video messages are transmitted almost instantly; there’s not much charm in that.  So begins Tama’s bartering for old-world paper to bear his missives.  The last clean city hasn’t seen courtship like this for over a century.
One-click, no cost, short fiction.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Five Food Revelations at 5:00

  1. Friend-family of ours introduced us to pomegranate recently.  I have had one of those nature jewels every day since.  I am obsessed.  They're pretty consistently $2 a piece at Countdown right now.  Every time I see them I pick up a week's supply.  LOVE THEM.  If you have also been missing out your whole life, get on this!
  2. You know how plant milks say on the box, "Consume within 5 days of opening"? And you're like, "Yeah, loosely..." or "That won't be an issue, it'll be gone in two"?  (Well, that's what I'm like.)  I can tell you, if you consume AFTER 5 days it can be lumpy, rancid and foul.  It's not a loose "Best Before," situation, that be wisdom right thir.  I wish I could say I have only learned the hard way with one type of plant milk, but thing is, I've retched over bad soy AND bad almond milk thus far.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  #whenskullingfromthecartonbitesback
  3. Those Tilda packs of instant rice are delicious.  $4 for two, in amazing flavours...and ready so fast?  Winning.  Yes, it's more expensive than cooking from dry rice.  But sometimes you need a fast meal, and $2 is not bad (they're cheaper than the Old Ben's equivalent, and better tasting).  
  4. I can't believe I haven't posted about this.  Brown rice onigiri.  Oh my.  Not just anywhere, mind you.  At Tokyo Express their brown rice balls are made fresh and I just lo-ho-ove them.  Named them, and they're not paying me to, I just speak the truth here.
  5. My sister makes three ingredient spanakopita.  She advised me of this.  It's become my new risoni / pasta salad, that is: it's the new thing I make compulsively and live off for three meals a day until gone.  I've made it more than once a week...multiple weeks.  (The three?  Pastry, spinach, feta.  That's it.  For me it's best when the cheese ratio is high...and Ornelle brand feta is surprisingly my preference for this -- and it's frequently the cheapest! Talley's spinach is my least favourite and the most tough bitter.)

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Amazing Animal Atlas

The Amazing Animal Atlas, Dr. Nick Crumpton and Gaia Bordicchia
From the great winding Ganges river in India to the thick conifer forests of northern Europe, travel across the globe to discover the rich variety of animals that share our blue planet. Written by zoologist Dr. Nick Crumpton and fully illustrated throughout, this fascinating fact-filled book will be treasured for generations.

Things I love about this book:
  • The illustration style -- oh my goodness.  So gorgeous!  Often animal illustrations are overly-simplified for my taste, but Italian illustrator Bordicchia's animals retain their true proportions, colour, character and beauty.
  • The pages -- eco-friendly.  I know this from the press release, yes, but they also feel and look recycled, which I dig.  (Eco-friendly production, highest quality FSC assured paper and printed with vegetable-based inks.)
  • Linking animals with an atlas is dynamite for me.  As a homeschooling parent of animal-lovers, I can't think of a better way to help my girls internalise geography than to marry it with the animal kingdom.  What's the bet that my kids will be better able to recognise continents by their shape or tell you about foreign climates only because they read a certain animal is from there?  I would not be surprised in the least.
A gorgeous and environmentally-friendly education gift.

Review copy received from Walker books.
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