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December 2013 Blog Posts (30)

Happy New Year & Thanks for all the support

Last shout out for a FREE novel for the New Year, happy reading and have a good night folks, thanks in advance for RTs and shares of this link




chat to you all in 2014

Added by Steve Downes on December 31, 2013 at 20:22 — No Comments



The countdown had begun, glowing red numbers changed every second, heading towards that final moment when it would all be gone.

Last year he had seen the New Year in with a whimper, much to his wife’s disgust.  This time he had…


Added by Steph Ellis on December 31, 2013 at 19:43 — No Comments

is it new year yet!!!

@friends @fellowauthors ...kindly share this link for last few hours of promo ...many thanks

Last few hours to get your FREE copy of Cosmogonic Marbles on amazon UK (a little longer on the rest)

Added by Steve Downes on December 31, 2013 at 17:35 — No Comments

Cosmogonic Marbles

FREE until midnight tonight comedy-fantasy Novel Cosmogonic Marbles on Amazon


Audio sample from book ...

Added by Steve Downes on December 31, 2013 at 11:45 — No Comments

Novel Snippet

Cosmogonic Marbles FREE until Jan 1st on Amazon ……


Added by Steve Downes on December 30, 2013 at 19:42 — No Comments

Shadows & Dominions

Part 3/Chapter 2 of Shadows & Dominions is available to read now on Wattpad



Added by Steve Downes on December 30, 2013 at 11:52 — No Comments

Novel Idea!

Extract from Cosmogonic Marbles available FREE until the 31st Dec. at




Across Slough alarms were sounding off in a chain reaction.  The police sent every response vehicle…


Added by Steve Downes on December 28, 2013 at 13:36 — No Comments

What does Christmas mean?

  Memories are brought back so easy when you play the songs that were played to you as a child.

I received Motown at Christmas album and The Partridge family Christmas album the year Santa brought me a record player. I played them over and over, especially 'Someday at Christmas', and 'One little Christmas tree' by Stevie Wonder.

Every year I will get them out and dust them down. This year they are still brought out, (In fact it was this morning) no…


Added by Peachy Emma Hall on December 27, 2013 at 17:02 — No Comments

FREE novel

FREE fantasy/comedy novel Cosmogonic Marbles (now with less whinny vampires and more sarcastic oak trees)


Added by Steve Downes on December 27, 2013 at 9:16 — No Comments

FREE novel


from the 27th Dec to 31st Cosmogonic Marbles will be FREE to download on your new (or old) Kindle/e-reader, enjoy this…


Added by Steve Downes on December 24, 2013 at 21:01 — No Comments

WarWorld - Shadows & Dominions serialised Novel



next instalment up and running for your reading pleasure WarWorld: Shadows & Dominions…


Added by Steve Downes on December 23, 2013 at 15:28 — No Comments


Elliana found a curious antique bottle of amber glass with brass filigrees encasing it. It must have belonged to that hobo who bumped into me, she thought.  It was truly a beautiful bottle.

 Upon opening it a misty cloud of purple escaped and coalesced before her eyes.

 “Your wish is my command.”

 “You have got to be kidding!”

 “Is that your wish?”

 “No, hang on I am still processing this.” Elliana looked at the now solid man standing in her…


Added by M. Kari Barr on December 23, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Christmas Tree

My offering for the festive season


The Christmas tree waited patiently at the bottom of the garden.  It was nearly time.  From behind, the others rustled their bare branches in expectation.  They were old and nobody came for them any more.  It did not matter, Christmas was a time for sharing and they would still enjoy the festivities.

A new…


Added by Steph Ellis on December 21, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Twitter #FF

anyone wants a Twitter #FF mention tomorrow just give me link a RT / Share http://stevedownesauthor.webs.com/ and I'll give you or your link a shout-out ...thanks

Added by Steve Downes on December 19, 2013 at 16:12 — No Comments

Fresh From The Oven!

My new single short story ''The Wannabe Author'' is ready and live on Amazon!  

She works at an office. 

She hates her job. Her boss. Her colleages. She dreams of becoming a best selling author and writes her first novel during her work hours. 

She thinks all she needs is talent and makes one mistake after the other...come and meet...

The Wannabe Author....only aty $0.99!   …


Added by Mary Papas on December 17, 2013 at 22:06 — No Comments

The Bitter End

The Bitter End

It’s a curious thing really. To be conscious and unable to move. I’ve no one but myself to speak to, as my mouth cannot even respond. But I have this curious need to narrate my demise. Being a storyteller I would dearly love to explain my situation.

I was on holiday. A small cruise line promised a more tailored and unique experience. I enjoyed visiting one island after the other, noting the similarities and differences were…


Added by M. Kari Barr on December 17, 2013 at 7:33 — 2 Comments


After spending the past few weeks sorting childhood spoilings in her father's house, Lisa was glad to only have the basement remain. She wasn't sure how much more bittersweet she could relive now that he was gone---so young, so suddenly. And getting the place ready to be sold was proving a nightmare in itself.

The basement was dank and mustier than she remembered, with an unsightly rust stain around the drain in the middle of the room. That would have to be painted over. Or…


Added by Angie_Fayre on December 17, 2013 at 6:34 — 4 Comments

WarWorld - Shadows & Dominions serialised Novel

is now available on the following websites to read for free, a new chapter will be posted every Monday.…


Added by Steve Downes on December 16, 2013 at 17:17 — 8 Comments

The Vanishing Room

New blog entry from my live twitter interview site The Vanishing Room with author Kneel Downe http://thevanishingroom.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/kneel-downe-kneeldowne/

Added by abbie foxton on December 15, 2013 at 12:34 — No Comments

The Last Zealot

Nicholas Grant readjusted the blood-soaked rag to his head as he limped down the lonely, moonlit street. The blacktop swayed beneath him and he stumbled, nearly falling. Empty-eyed buildings of brick and concrete slumped in their decaying seats beyond neglected sidewalks, their graffitied faces as hollow and empty as their darkened hearts. Streetlights slept at their posts and did little more than catch litter floating by on absent winds. The husk of a rusted wreck idled against the sidewalk…


Added by Angie_Fayre on December 15, 2013 at 11:09 — No Comments

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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

Blog Posts

Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…


A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing red and black flowery dress. They were in the heart of the…


Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 


Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments


Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde hair fell over her face. Scarlet lips whispered to him,…


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