Something special for readers in North America! I’ll send the winner one free signed copy of my latest collection, Pray Lied Eve 2. All you need to do is enter the Goodreads giveaway contest – which is super easy to do. A lot of people already have Goodreads accounts, and if not, it is free and there is no obligation at all to buy anything – even the shipping is covered. The site is linked to Amazon, so if you buy books there already, you can view and review even more.
Some authors, and family or friends have had reviews removed from Amazon. There are great reasons for this even though a lot of authors don’t agree. I agree, and also see the solution in people being able to review on Goodreads in good faith – even when their view could be taken as biased.
I’ve entered Goodreads giveaways and that’s likely why I like them so much! There is always a good and fair chance at winning, so enter and let others know. You can only enter once, but hey, you can also ask the person to your left and right to enter if you really want another chance!
Thank you and good luck!
Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe
Worthy of the Shirley Jackson award and then some, I’m very glad I’d taken Sean Moreland’s advice (and of the ChiZine crew) and picked this up. I love a good ghost story and now I’ve been able to read one of the contemporary best. Based in Alvina, Ontario, it has a special resonance since I’m from the north and did have an ancestor named Alvina. Always thought that was a pretty name and wondered if it were a pretty place…
According to Wild Fell it may be but it’s also terribly haunted. Haunted in that way all small towns can be. The mansion itself, Wild Fell proper, is right up at the top of the list of fine literary haunted houses now. Rowe is also now at the top of my list of fine Canadian authors too.
Recently I’ve been participating in a workshop group of writers. It’s been really helpful already. Just having others work to dissect, new stories to dig into, and some feedback on my own work. Precious. I’d spent most of my learning to write by reading wonderful stuff like Wild Fell. Maybe a little too much reading and not enough writing, but that feels like splitting hairs. Between having some really great new authors writing this new dark weird and some of them to toss ideas around with, I feel much better equipped in my own work lately. It’s a nice feeling to have.