Monday, September 07, 2009

I must apologise for this blog becoming an orphan since the other one started at to promote the release of the second novel of the Iskander series.

Since then the third, Arrival, has been released. I also lost my website to a purveyor of sex aids but have a part replacement at You can see promo and read first chapters of all the novels there.

I'm starting another new direction on The Wildcat's Victory blog -- this time promoting the utility of becoming a contrarian to free ones self from some of the false trails society is heading down. I'm looking at socially beneficial contrarianism, but will be mentioning the others as well.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Hello All:

I’m at Day 10 with the virtual Book Tour, but I’d like to mention something that happened while I was promoting The Wildcat’s Victory on Facebook. I originally thought I had received a reply from a child or young person, and replied gently with that in mind – but after I received a reply I began to think someone was hitting me up for identity theft.

Tell me what you think – I posted more detail on my blog today (March 14th) at If anyone is interested in learning more I’ll pore through the emails and Facebook messages to post the original message and what I sent. I may be overly suspicious, but forewarned is forearmed.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Free POD Paperback of The Wildcat’s Victory

For the month of March, I am going on a Virtual Book Tour for my new release, The Wildcat’s Victory. Follow me along and leave some comments to qualify for the draw. The novel is a sequel to Deadly Enterprise released last July and features the same gutsy and sassy protagonist, Gisel Matah. If you check my new blog at you will see links to this week’s visits.

On Monday (which was election day around here and occupied much of my attention) I was a guest blogger at The Book Connection and yesterday morning (at 5:30 my time) I was on a blog talk radio interview at You Don’t Know Jack. The interview can be heard at I was surprised at how strongly my old Brit accent reasserts itself in such situations – I sound as if I just got off the boat.

Today the Virtual Book Tour visits Buzz the Book For a brief description and a part of the first chapter.

The site does more than this, because at the bottom of the entry it posts this:-
If you would like to follow Christopher's tour, visit in March. Leave a comment on his blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of his tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this blog on March 31

YES at the end of the month long Book Tour, one person who followed the tour and commented on even one blog will win the draw for a free POD paperback copy of The Wildcat’s Victory. The draw will be handled by Pump Up Your Book Promotion, but I will mail out the free copy from here.

Talking about the POD copies, I’m hoping to see them today. They are late, but I was able to use the tracking number and learned they arrived in Lethbridge overnight and set out on the truck at 7:30 this morning for delivery. Four of them have to be mailed to reviewers for this blog tour – I hope my reviewers can read quickly.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

The second Iskander series novel, The Wildcat's Victory, is in the process of being released. The Double Dragon site is up --
Go and take a look.

The other sites -- Amazon for the POD paperback and Kindle, Fictionwise, etc will follow in the next few days.

I'm not too sure about the cover picture yet. I like the dramatic atmosphere but I'm not sure I see the figure clearly enough to understand the pose. Maybe it's me, not looking with the right eyes.

I will be starting a virtual book tour for the novel. A new blogsite will be part of the procedure, but I will also announce the activity on this one.

I did join another writer's blog, late last year. The idea is we can keep posts coming more frequently with more writers. That'd be a great idea, but I'm told search engines will flag the sites as spam if they see the same posts in several places. It means I have to write something different at each one.

Oh well, I guess I call myself a writer.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Announcement! Announcement! Announcement!

Er . . . do you get the idea? This blog is actually about to display some news.

The Wildcat’s Victory.

The sequel to Deadly Enterprise, my SF adventure novel about the tough and reckless Gisel Matah, is soon to be published. This month.

Here, for the first time unveiled, is the promotion blurb for the novel. Read, salivate, and prepare to buy. The novel will be on the Double Dragon site by the end of the month, as well as on Amazon as both a POD paperback and a Kindle edition.

Here goes –

Follow Gisel Matah and the thunder of hooves as she strikes back at the Imperial armies that threaten all she has worked for. She must defy every established world power to bring justice to common peasants and workers in societies now ruled by greedy aristocrats. Her covert activities require her to protect her fledgling Radical movement from both friends and enemies.

Risking her life and her love, Gisel negotiates even greater hazards in a wide ranging adventure. Her partner, Yohan Felger, becomes a problem when the Baron has him smuggle a steam engine to the Empire. Gisel knows of the subterfuge but cannot admit it, while Yohan is almost torn apart by the need to deceive her. Faced with removing the pressure on Yohan as he moves his contraband engine, she accepts the offer of General Lord Ricart, an ex-lover, to command a cavalry unit in battle. Her reckless courage is needed to carry out missions against two Imperial armies.

The fight finds her opposed by ever increasing odds until in the final confrontation she must outwit two enemies who vie to dominate Iskander. New friends, allies, and enemies as well as all the old ones fill the pages when Gisel Matah sets out to gain "The Wildcat's Victory".

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Hi All:

Wishing everyone holiday greetings. Just a short post this time.

I’m starting to cooperate on another blog with another writer. Must admit that I haven’t been very punctual with my posts here, so the idea is that the more bloggers the better. The site is called “Life’s quite a ride” and the link is

The best news of the season is that the Double Dragon anthologies, Twisted Tales II, Volume One – “Time on our Hands” and Volume Two – “Out of Time” are both listed as finalists in the Eppie Awards for 2007. I have a short story in volume two – actually the first short story I’ve written in years – so I’ll perhaps look more kindly at the activity if we win (maybe even if we don’t). I’m only one writer in the volume. With nine other writers in the volume, I can’t claim to have made a big difference, but hey – I didn’t screw it up, either.

Marilyn Peake was the member of the group who entered the anthologies in several contests this year – spent $800 on entry fees and book copies to be judged. She says it was part of her promotion budget for the year, but we are all chipping in a bit of cash to play our parts.

I remember reading the website of a small publisher a few years ago, who was everything but enthusiastic about the marketplace. He had a page titled “Ten things I’ve learned in Publishing”. One of them was “Awards don’t mean shit.” I have noticed that some of the online award sites that allow visitors to vote in their competitions are open to . . . well, the charitable word might be ‘influence’. It’s rather like picking a President – whoever has the most friends wins.

One last word about the season. Shirley is out at her aquasizing this afternoon and I’m baking a Stollen. Never tried it before. I’m using the bread machine to make the dough, so I had to juggle the Stollen recipe in one book with a slightly similar recipe in the bread machine book. It’s currently halfway through its last rising, but I’m not going to peek. Everything has gone quite well so far, except I couldn’t get the ovals to close properly after I filled the centres with the melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon. I expect some of the filling will leak out.

Call it my festive activity of the season. It’s really a Chris-stollen.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

E for electronic; E for environment.

Not a lot of change on the writing front at my end, but with my “Deadly Enterprise” now available for both Amazon’s new Kindle e-book reader and the Fictionwise downloads for the more affordable eBookwise 1150, I’m hopeful the new year will see much more activity in e-book sales.

While a huge segment of the population know nothing about e-books and e-book readers the sales have been glacially slow, but I’m looking forward with optimism at the prospect of doing all my new novel readings from an e-book reader and growing a fan following from new converts to a technology that avoids cutting down forests.

Which is a good lead in for some topical current affairs comment.

There’s a new twist to the old joke about how many whatever does it take to screw in a lightbulb. “How many government officials does it take the go to Bali and agree to hold future talks about holding future talks about considering doing something about climate change?” The answer – twelve thousand.

Of course this is an excuse for all the right wing remarks about politicians and the uselessness of the United Nations. Not really -- it’s an indictment of all the greedy bastards in the governments and countries that stonewalled the outcome the world waited for. Naming the guilty – we have the USA, Japan, New Zealand – and of course Canada, courtesy of the Alberta mafia. The United Nations is slightly more democratic that most of its members, which is why the unscrupulous find it so easy to hijack the policies.

You have to notice that it’s all the fat cats who can afford to buy yachts to float above any rise in sea level that are opposed to doing anything to curb their excesses.

But the nature of reality is change and some changes are already visible. In North America, pulp mills are closing down because of a lessening demand for newsprint. People are switching from newspapers to electronic forms of news media – TV, of course, but increasingly the online versions of newspapers. A breath of fresh air for those of us in captive markets to be able to access truth in a market dominated by corporate Newspeak.

While postage and other forms of transportation are so expensive it is impossible to spread the ideas and social values expressed on paper from one area to another, even in the same country. Having purchased a small batch of my own books to sell locally, I’m well aware that the loss of such things as Book Rate postage is diminishing our ability to disseminate our words adequately. Society is losing access to ideas and competent commentary in book and magazine form. Which is why it is important that the spread of electronic books for free, via the Internet, should increase. Why more and more people should become comfortable reading off a screen instead of from a pound weight held in the hand.

Join the e-book revolution. Use the Internet to spread the ideas that corporate medias see fit to suppress. Save some trees and reduce the carbon load of transporting tons of books and magazines. The new generation of e-books read just like words on paper, without glare and without getting hot. And just think, if you doze off and drop an e-book, the pages don’t close and lose your place.