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On Wednesday, January 16th, I will be hosting a special teleseminar where I will be giving an hour-long talk on the top 10 things you should be doing in 2013 to sell more books.And then I'll be making you an offer you can't refuse: A big discount on my new Relationships Are Everything program. But you have to listen in live to find out about my special offer.The hour-long talk will be incredibly useful on its own. The special offer is simply a bonus I'm sharing because I always share something…See More
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A. F. Stewart replied to DragonCub's discussion The most Important Ingredients of Fantasy books in the group Fantasy, Horror & Science Fiction Writers
"It depends on the type of fantasy book. Urban fantasy will need different elements than epic fantasy, or alternative history, or paranormal. I would say they all need some sort of supernatural features, such as magic, mythical aspects or…"
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New Books

Just a blurb about my latest books, Shadows of Poetry and Passing Fancies.Shadows of Poetry:Wanted: Readers of the grim, the sorrowful, and unhappy endings.Poetry written for the blackness in your soul.Wrenching, dismal, bleak verse for those who want to walk on the dark side.No sappy, cheerful love poems allowed.Available at:Lulu.com -Print Version:…See More
Jan 2, 2010
A. F. Stewart commented on Holly Hendrick's group Review Spot
"I review books on my blog (my blog feed is on all my Ning sites and Facebook). I specialize in reviews for fantasy, paranormal and poetry books, but I also dabble in reviews for mysteries and history books (both fiction and non-fiction). I also give…"
Dec 31, 2009
A. F. Stewart commented on Dario de Judicibus's group Fantasy, Horror & Science Fiction Writers
"Just letting everyone know my new book of short fiction, Passing Fancies, is now available at Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/passing-fancies/7951935) and soon will be at Amazon.com. Bites of fiction, nibbles of imagination and…"
Dec 24, 2009
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"Are you on Facebook and LinkedIn? I would like to connect with you there also. I am trying to make more friends and fans so that I can spread awareness for breast cancer during pregnancy. I was diagnosed Stage 3 in the 5th month of my pregnancy in…"
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"Chad, I have links and ideas for free marketing posted on my page How to become an Independently Published Author that may help you out."
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"Chad, here's some suggestions on free book marketing: -Upload a book excerpt to http://www.freado.com/ and take advantage of their marketing tools. -Get a Twitter account, if you don't have one. -Make a Facebook fanpage for your book -Get…"
Nov 17, 2009

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Something About Me and My Book:
I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still call it home. I'm fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, and oil painting as a hobby. I've has been writing for several years, with my main focus being in the fantasy genre.

I've written several volumes of poetry, collections of fantasy/horror short fiction, including Killers and Demons, non-fiction and the horror/dark fantasy novellas, Ruined City and Chronicles of the Undead.
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http://afallon.bravehost.com/

Ruined City

In the Northern Pass stands the city of Elowen, the glittering guardian between the Empire of Aloquis and the Kingdoms of Immra.  It exists proud and prosperous, never dreaming its dark past was coming to call...

 

On a bright winter’s day a stranger arrives in Elowen, bearing a secret. From this man a dark blight of ruin descends over the great city and henceforth the day becomes known as Winter’s Bane.

The day the world changed for the people of Elowen.

The day their existence turned into a recurring nightmare.

 

Read of the aftermath of revenge through the eyes of a shopkeeper, a child, ghosts, a blacksmith, a guardsman, an innkeeper, and even a King.

 

Twelve Stories, One Evil.

 

Available as an ebook at:

Smashwords

Nook

Sony

Apple iTunes

And in print at:

Lulu.com

Amazon

 

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My Holiday .99 Cent Sale!

All my Smashwords ebooks, Ruined City, Killers and Demons and Once Upon a Dark and Eerie... are now .99 cents until the end of December.  A perfect gift for anyone who loves a dark and scary read.

 

Ruined City:

Uncover the secrets that haunt the streets of Elowen as twelve tales unfold the story of this cursed city.…

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Posted on December 10, 2011 at 12:11pm

Once Upon a Dark and Eerie...

Once Upon a Dark and Eerie...  

Snippets, sonnets and stories to make you shiver. 

A morbid and morose collection of tales designed to scare, dismay and leave you wondering.  Open the pages into worlds of horror, dark fantasy, and satire, where things creep in shadowy corners, where they…

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Posted on February 17, 2011 at 2:15pm

New Books

Just a blurb about my latest books, Shadows of Poetry and Passing Fancies.







Shadows of Poetry:



Wanted: Readers of the grim, the sorrowful, and unhappy endings.



Poetry written for the blackness in your soul.

Wrenching, dismal, bleak verse for those who want to walk on the dark side.

No sappy, cheerful love poems allowed.



Available at:



Lulu.com -

Print… Continue

Posted on January 2, 2010 at 11:44am

Review: Stir, Laugh, Repeat: Finding Joy While Playing in the Kitchen

Stir, Laugh, Repeat by Martha A. Cheves is an old-fashioned cookbook, full of recipes like your mother used to make; the recipes are practical, easy and made with everyday ingredients. This is not a book filled with overly fancy, posh recipes that will break the budget; this Martha writes for the ordinary, everyday cook.

The book has a simple layout, easy to understand instructions and is filled with appetizing recipes; the author’s culinary art is a lovely hodgepodge of sweets,… Continue

Posted on March 7, 2009 at 2:47pm

Some advice to people trying to sell me a book or service

How to appeal to me and peak my interest:



Do not post a blatant advertisement in my comment section or in my email inbox; this is the quickest way to get me to delete you and/or ignore you. I find this a touch rude; if you want me to read your ad, at least say hello first.



A line or two of "nice page", "thought you might be interested in this" etc. goes a long way to getting me to read and check out what you have sent. It never hurts to be polite.



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A Friday Read: Hug Your Dolly?

A bit of flash fiction for today, from my Killer Toys series...





Hug Your Dolly?

“I Love You”
The faint phrase drifted into Alice’s ear as she turned off the vacuum. For a moment, she believed her daughter walked into the living room and turned around with a grin on her face. Only, she was alone. An involuntary shiver ran through her skin.
“I Need a Hug.”
Alice pivoted her head toward the toy box, and realization dawned. Her body tension relaxed and she chuckled.
“It’s just one of Cindy’s toys.”
Alice ambled over and lifted the lid. Her daughter’s talking doll, Suzy Smiles, lay on top. Alice picked it up.
“I Need a Hug.” The doll’s eyes blinked. “I LoveYou.”
Alice laughed again. “Well, isn't that nice.” The doll blinked. “I hope this mean Cindy’s been playing with you again. Her attention span for toys is abysmal.”
Alice found the doll’s switch, and flicked it to off, placing the doll back in the confines of the toy box. She closed the lid, but as she walked away a tiny voice cried out,  “I Need a Hug!”
Alice gasped, her forward movement halted, her heart thumping. She spun around and stared at the box. She shuddered, shaking her head.
“I imagined it. Or… Her pause hung there, a wall between reality and lunacy, as her mind raced for an answer. “Maybe something’s wrong. The switch, maybe. It could be faulty. That’s it. Must be. A bad switch.”
“HUG ME!”
A deep instinct urged Alice to run, but she stepped forward and thrust open the lid in an act of defiance, a force of will to verify her sanity. She reached down and snatched up the doll.
“Hug Me!”
Trembling, Alice flipped it over and opened the battery compartment. It was empty. She screamed and dropped the doll, any tangible certainty collapsing.
The toy fell on its head, toppling into a lopsided heap. Alice stumbled back, anxious and frightened, but unable to look away. Slowly, it moved, righting its small body into a sitting position, and glared at Alice.
“I just want hugs.” The words spilled from the doll, its synthetic, mechanical voice laced with anger. “Cindy hugged me. Then she stopped. Why won’t she hug me anymore? I needhugs.” The doll held out its plastic arms to Alice. “Hug me.”
Alice whimpered, and then flinched, lurching backward. The doll lowered its arms.
Its painted, molded mouth contorted into a frown. “Why won’t you hug me?”
Alice quivered, but didn't say a word.
Slowly the doll clambered to its tiny feet. It took a step toward Alice, and then another, its unnatural face sneering.
“I Hate You!”

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And I leave you with this parting...



Fluffy the Clown says Die!

Spotlight on Shadow of the Last Men by J. M. Salyards

Today, dear readers, I bring you the dark dystopian future courtesy of J. M. Salyards and his book, Shadow of the Last Men. Xchyler Publishing is relaunching this excellent book with a new cover, and all the deserving pomp and fanfare. So take a look at the book, read the mini-interview with the author, enjoy the excerpt, enter the contest, and check out the fabulous book trailer...








Mini-Interview with J. M. Salyards


1- Welcome Jason, why don’t we start with an introduction.

Thank you for having me. I write as J.M. Salyards, and my current series, The Next Man Saga, is published by Xchyler Publishing. I live in Maryland with my wife and daughter. We're a very literary family of readers and writers. The unique and fascinating thing about authors is that the good ones write from their hearts and do so with passion. The best way to get to know me is by knowing my work. 

2- Your book, Shadow of the Last Men, depicts an apocalyptic and dystopian future. That particular fantasy/sci-fi sub-genre is a favourite of mine, what attracted you to write your series in this setting?

In some ways, we live in a dystopian present. That made Shadow of the Last Men somewhat easier to extrapolate. The work ended up as this hybrid creature of so many different genres out of necessity, rather than any desire on my part. There is wild fusion of high technology and old-fashioned human willpower and grit that has always attracted me about an apocalyptic setting, and the availability of so many moral and philosophical contrasts made a dystopian framework a natural fit for the kind of story I wanted to tell. With traditional fantasy there are handcuffs, and an author might be stifled a bit by the hidebound ways of approaching magic or characterization, racial issues, or class conflicts. I wanted a different kind of magic for Shadow of the Last Men, and as Arthur C. Clarke put it: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." I considered that my license to write the story. He also wrote that "... one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying." That cuts to the heart of the book. 

3- Do you have a favourite character from the book, and if so why?

There are four main characters in my first novel, and it's difficult to pick a favorite. They're all so different from one another, with animating, informing archetypes that often come into opposition. I don't like to play favorites. When I read a novel, I want my favorite character to be the one I'm reading about at that moment, because it means that the author has managed to inject the right amount of humanity and sufficient conflict into each mind present in the story. That said, Harrow, Quintain and Alouine all have traits I admire and, in some cases, wish that I had. The same can't be said for their antagonist, Carver Delano. Readers and reviewers have universally come to revile that character, so I consider him a smashing success in his own right.

4- What was the hardest scene in the book to write? And the easiest?

Action scenes are fun to write, and when one writes for fun, it's easy. What ends up being difficult is describing horrible things as they happen to good or innocent people. It was necessary, I think, because in a good vs. evil story, the reader can't know just how desperate the battle is unless there is a taste of darkness. There's genuine good, and genuine evil, in the story. On occasion, the line blurs. While Harrow can be considered a good man, he's better at merely being a man. He's good, but very rarely is he nice. To the contrary, Carver is never nice and doesn't care to be. Scenes of cowardice or bullying are hard to write and especially when a character is smashing or degrading something pure out of spite.

5- As Shadow of the Last Men is the first in a series, can you share any teasing tidbits about upcoming books?

What Shadow of the Last Men began, I hope to continue in Volume 2 of the Next Man Saga, Black Sunrise. We'll see some of the focus shift to some characters that there was no room for in the spotlight of the first novel, while ratcheting up the intensity. With the majority of the world-building complete, I can concentrate even more on a brisk and exciting pace. Story wise, it may remind some of an Empire Strikes Back feel. I'll endeavor to keep the stakes high and everything is in place to have a showdown type of climax. Look for Black Sunrise in the first half of 2015.


And if you enjoyed this interview be certain to check out 
J. M. Salyards' live author event!


Shadow of the Last Men by J.M. Salyards, Book 1 of The Next Man Saga









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Follow Salyards on the web at:
http://www.xchylerpublishing.com/site.cfm/Our-Books/Shadow-of-the-Last-Men.cfm
Xchyler Publishing, an imprint of Hamilton Springs Press

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At 7:33pm on June 09, 2014, Lisa C. Miller gave A. F. Stewart a gift
At 10:08pm on April 30, 2012, Aidana WillowRaven said…

Seeing as how we both share a love for the SFF genre, I sorta thought you'd enjoy my latest book illustration. It was created for an author's add campaign for his book. Let me know what you think: :D

 

Cheers! :D

At 6:17pm on December 8, 2011, Fernando Sobenes said…

Hello A.F. My name is Fernando Sobenes and I want to invite you to read the prologue and the first two chapters of my novel: "The Evil Visitor" in my blog The Evil Visitor

Also you can watch the book trailer.

Best regards,

Fernando

At 4:54pm on March 30, 2010, Kate L gave A. F. Stewart a gift
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sweet, thanks for the award!
At 11:03am on March 30, 2010, Kate L gave A. F. Stewart a gift
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I just wanted to introduce myself and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People. Check it out at http://www.thebookbuff.blogspot.com
At 7:42am on January 20, 2010, Giulio Buonanno said…
Ciao! Ho letto che oltre a scrivere hai anche l'obbi della pittura. Se lo desideri puoi pubblicare le tue opere su http://artetremila.ning.com ,uno dei spazi web della associazione che dirigo. Ti auguro buon lavoro ed un felice weekend. Scusa il mio inglese.
bye bye
At 7:58pm on September 20, 2009, Charles Lightwalker said…
Do you want to exchange links between web sites?
www.thefamilyoflight.net
At 12:45pm on February 15, 2009, Aidana WillowRaven said…
At 2:56pm on January 31, 2009, John Kremer said…
Welcome to the Book Marketing Network. Join in some discussions, post a blog or video, schedule an event, make some friends. I think you'll enjoy it here.

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