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Kindle Book Preview of Hell has its Demons

Sorry not to post for a while – I’m blaming Christmas holidays and also bouts of illness too!

I’m trying out a new marketing tool from Kindle Publishing today – a Kindle Book Preview. Here’s one for Hell has its Demons:

 

It looks pretty slick so may add them to all my product pages – although obviously this drives people to prefer a purchase via Amazon than other retailers – all my titles are also available from other retailers and many in print as well. The one hassle about this preview is that it is Amazon country specific – so this one is just for the UK site, but should give readers a good preview of the book anyway I hope.

Anyway, I would like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year!

Busy Times

Just a quick note to followers of this blog to apologize for my lack of posts in the last few months – things have been busy at work – lots of travel and things to do. But, I am planning to get back to the writing and the blogging more now that the nights are drawing in. Will probably go back to the posts about magic in Chaucer shortly and possibly some stuff on things that interest me such as the Field of Glory PC game and other things related to medieval and fantasy.

Watch this space as they say …

Blogs without Feeds

I can’t understand why people writing blogs don’t have feeds or a way of staying up to date. Nowadays unless a site has a feed I am very likely to ignore it – after all how can you be prompted to visit it for new information?

If you’re going to blog at least have some basic means to allow readers to stay up to date with what you are saying. And preferably take advantage of widgets that allow email subscriptions as well. We run a blog at work and the email subs to this are just as popular as the RSS feed subscriptions. Feedburner has a good and free option for this so well worth using it.

Sir Gawain and Green Knight page published at Stupor Mundi

I have now published a page for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at my Stupor Mundi website. 

Here’s my synopsis of the poem:
“The poem starts at Christmas at the court of King Arthur. A visitor comes to the hall, the Green Knight, and offers to let anyone strike him who will suffer a return blow a year and a day later. Sir Gawain accepts the challenge, beheads the Green Knight. However, the knight picks up his own head and reminds Gawain to come to his castle in a year and a day. The poem’s narrative then follows the journey of Gawain to the Green Knight’s castle and the events at the castle. The Green Knight shows Gawain great hospitality, and his wife, Lady Bertilak, offers her own form of hospitality as well. Gawain is torn between showing proper courtly responses to the lady’s come-ons and not offending his host. Eventually the day comes when Gawain must receive the return blow from the Green Knight.”