Hell’s Door Opens: Book I

Hell’s Door Opens is a dark story of heroic sword and sorcery action. A bloody  and thought-provoking tale combining elements of horror with fantasy, the story  appeals to the existing sword and sorcery audience and attracts lovers of the  macabre too. The action takes place in and around the city of Sept, a metropolis under  supernatural attack. Madness overcomes the population when cannibalism, torture and depravity are conjured up from the depths of hell. In this fast-paced story of violent battle, torture, lust and love, Prince Calgus must find a way to save the city before the nomads of the desert  attack. With the seeress Jessela, the killer Sevenet, and the  courtesan come assassin Semara, Calgus seeks to save Sept from the orgy of evil ...

How to stay motivated when writing

How to stay motivated when writing

Writing a book takes time and self-belief. You are putting a lot of effort into creating something special. You need to believe that what you are creating will be read and appreciated. If negative thoughts get into your head, it is all too easy to start thinking that no one will read your work, that it won’t be enjoyed, that all your efforts will go to waste. Once thoughts like these get the upper hand, sitting down and writing becomes a bigger and bigger chore. What ought to be a torrent of creativity can become a dribble of self-doubt. How to keep the negative thoughts at bay? How to remain positive when writing your book? I recently came across a free tool created by a chap named Ed Lester; it is called the Abundance Index and can be found at...

Geek & Sundry, Radio Rivendell, and News on the Paperback Release

We were very pleased when the Geek & Sundry team featured Hell’s Door Opens on their Facebook page. Geek & Sundry are the clever gang behind such online sensations as The Guild, Sword and Laser, Table Top and The Flog. In other news, the Radio Rivendell competition ended. Three copies of Hell’s Door Opens were sent out to the winners. We have had two proof copies of the paperback version of Hell’s Door Opens. The first did not look right. The cover image appeared dull and the interior text required reformatting. The second proof copy was much better. The new formatting made the text easy to read, and the cover image is vibrant. Sadly, the spine is not quite right. The cover image wraps onto the spine. The overlap is only minor, but we...

Where to buy Hell’s Door Opens

Here is an updated list of sites selling the eBook version of Hell’s Door Opens. Click on the links below to be taken directly to the section of each store where the eBook is for sale: Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk  Barnes & Noble  CopiaiBookStore Kobo Reader Store Drive Thru...

Radio Rivendell Competition

Radio Rivendell is running a competition to win copies of HELL’S DOOR OPENS. If you’ve come to the site via the radio station let me welcome you – please stay and take a look around. If you want to find the answer to the competition question you can check out the various posts and pages. You’ll soon discover the information you need. If you haven’t heard of Radio Rivendell before then I recommend you check the station out. Click HERE if you want to enter the competition. Radio Rivendell has been running since 2001. It plays fantasy music 24-7 and often  promotes young...

Your thoughts on Steam Powered eBooks

When is a book not a book? When it is an eBook perhaps? I recently wrote a guest blog over at www.flamesrising.com called Steam Powered eBooks. The purpose of that article is to discover reader preferences where it comes to eBook length. This is not an idle query. I am considering breaking the sequels to Hell’s Door Opens into shorter length novellas. Each novella would stand on its own in the sense that it had a recognisable beginning and end. Unlike a traditional novella the books would be divided into chapters as is Hell’s Door Opens. The reasons for considering this option are outlined in the article at Flames Rising. I’ve read that eBook readers prefer shorter works of fiction. Is this true? I would really like to hear your opinion. So, please leave...

Remembering Gary Gygax

Gary Gygax’s name wasn’t on the cover of the first D&D book I owned. Inside, in the example of play, one character mysteriously jokes that “Gary sent us!” when parlaying with some goblins. That is when I first encountered the name of the man who was to have a big influence on my life. I soon learnt a bit more about him, the boxed set I’d been given as a birthday present included Keep on the Borderlands and this did have Gary’s name on the front – a slightly otherworldly name at that… Gygax… In addition, the box set held TSR promotional material, including a brochure that suggested gamers come to GenCon for the chance to meet the “grandmaster adventurer Gary Gygax” or words to that effect. Who was this mysterious designer of fantastic...