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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:44:47 PM »
You absolute diamond. Also, this little thread has just become a little bit confusing to anyone who's not read it.  A little joy to savour.

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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: March 10, 2017, 12:51:58 PM »
Hi Yopla, as Jmack says, Dead, But Dreaming (although I once got a random email that asked me why I was dead but drumming that still amuses me). It's a reference to Fields of The Nephilim who are in turn referencing H.P. Lovecraft. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQmPEUJOhTQ So Goth, much woe.) It should really be RJ Barker as I'm, apparently, a professional author now, but I must have signed up a long time ago and there doesn't appear to be a way to change it.

I would never steal Anna's lunch, she may pull my hair. I don't generally even eat lunch to be honest so it wasn't really that much of a threat.  Duped again.

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Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Recommend me a Detective Novel
« on: March 09, 2017, 10:37:10 AM »
I'm currently reading The Spenser series by Robert B Parker and they are wonderful. I'm a real lover of modern american noir and I'd be willing to place money on Parker being a huge influence on both Robert Crais and Harlan Coben. They're just brilliant, if American crime is your thing I'd advise picking up the first Spenser novel 'The Godwulf Manuscript' as soon as you can.

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Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Godblind UK release date
« on: March 09, 2017, 10:26:22 AM »
Anna Stephens?  Never heard of her. :)

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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: March 09, 2017, 10:10:59 AM »
I really feel for self published authors, I can't imagine anything harder than trying to get your book noticed among the thousands that come out (one of the reasons it's never appealed to me, also: laziness). I think those sort of 'drive by' postings come out of the sort of unscrupulous advice that tells you it's a numbers game, when it's not really, I think it's probably a lot subtler (and mysterious, to me anyway).

On the other hand, if you're a bit shy it's probably quite hard to walk into a forum and just post stuff, easier to squeak in and I suspect some people hope they'll be dragged into conversation that way. Luckily, I am not shy, I put this down to my massive hair.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 09, 2017, 10:03:26 AM »
I'm currently reading The Bastard Wonderland by Lee James Harris. I met Lee at a con and he's with my previous agent so I thought I'd give it a blast and it's excellent so far. Definitely a book with it's own feel and personality and if, like me, your from Yorkshire there'll be a familiarity to the world but if you're not I think it'll feel even fresher. I know Lee came very close to this being picked up by one of the big publishers and it fell at the last hurdle but the more I read the more I get the feeling he's going to hit on something that you'll be seeing everywhere at some point.

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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: March 08, 2017, 02:56:50 PM »
I should really put the book in the 'books to released thing' but I'm mooching about first. Cos, y'know, moochers gotta mooch.

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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:02:17 PM »
Hi, I'm RJ Barker, also with a debut out this year, called Age of Assassins through Orbit, and Anna Stephens said if I didn't come here she would steal my lunch money. Actual true fact.

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