A Brief Interlude

Normally when I write a post, I have a set aim in mind and write the blog about that idea. This week I have no idea, so I thought I’d just wing it and talk about stuff that has interested me recently, along with some awards I’ve received and how my writing is going.

Firstly videogames. I’m a big fan of videogames and anime, and when someone merges those things together I get all giddy.

So when someone takes the developer Level-5 (Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Jeanne d’Arc) and put them together with Studio Ghibli (Princess MononokeMy Neighbor TotoroThe Secret World of Arrietty), well there’s a good possibility that I may be purchasing whatever it is they’re doing.

As it turns out, what they’re doing is called Ni no Kuni for the PS3 and it looks like this:

And this week they announced what the Special Edition of this game was going to be:

I’m not a big fan of special editions, they’re usually a bit crap. But the above one has a 300 page hardcover of Studio Ghibli art. There is only one way in which to describe how I feel about that.

Yep, that about says it all.

I have no doubt that this game is going to be sensational and next January can’t come soon enough.

To move on from my geeky pass times, Crimes Against Magic won the Indie Book of the Day Award on Monday, and they gave me a nice certificate and a badge. You can find the website here, and I recommend going and taking a look, they have a lot of great books getting some much needed promotion.

And here’s my winners badge.

If it were an actual badge, I’m pretty certain it would be polished to within an inch of its life by now.

Speaking of Crimes Against Magic, it’s now sitting at number 18 in the top 100 Fantasy Magic charts on Amazon, which is just incredible. I also now have 18, 5 star reviews and 5, 4 star reviews across both Amazon.com and .co.uk. It’s achieved more than I’d ever dreamed it would. So thank you to everyone who purchased a copy.

Now onto the sequel, Born of Hatred. It’s moving along nicely. The draft is nearly done and then it’ll fly off to my crit partners, D.B. Reynolds and Michelle Muto, who will go through it with a big red pen. I’m hoping for an October launch, but I’ll post more details about it closer to the time.

And finally for this week, the very talented K.L. Schwengel gave me a Beautiful Blogger award. Which, after you clicked on the link to go see Kathi’s fantastic blog, you can see below.

I like awards. I wish for more.

After thanking Kathi for the superb award, it’s my turn to nominate 7 blogs which I love to read. So here they are.

D.B. Reynolds       Michelle Muto      

Angela Addams      T.James      Tom Harris

Susan Mann     Keri Lake

All 7 of them deserve your time and attention.

And that’s it for the week. I’m off to do some more writing and get that draft finished before I go to watch Spider-man tomorrow. In the meantime, have a great weekend and I’ll see you all again next week.


Posted on July 5, 2012, in Born of Hatred, Crimes Against Magic, Games, Movies, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. All amazing news Steve. Well done & your book is awesome so deserving. Thank you for the Award. T

  2. Steve, congrats on the Indie Book of the Day award, and on CAM continuing to sell well. Born of Hatred should have plenty of readers hungry for the next installment by the time it’s done.

    Thanks for the nomination matey – it’s great to know you think I’m beautiful. 😉 There’s no way you can be a leg man though ‘cos mine are kinda hairy.

    • Now don’t go selling yourself short, TJ. I’m sure the right hairy ape is out there for you somewhere.

      I’m hoping Born of Hatred does even better. Hey, everyone has to have a dream. 🙂

  3. Thanks fella, cheers for the mention, really cool to hear about your sustained success with Crimes Against Magic, well deserved. Exciting times! I would go as far as to say that it’s more exciting than the first chomp on a Toffee Crumble after a day in the sun! That’s high praise from me, mate – 😉

  4. Congrats on how well CAM is doing. It is definitely well-deserved, and book two will be on my fall reading list.

  5. So happy for your successes, Steve. Many more!

  6. Yeah, yeah. So enough with the damn blogging and finish the sequel already.

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