20% Discount on Sci-Fi Thrillers and Yellow Dawn RPG through 24th July

If you love the feel of a paperback in your hands, then take advantage of this fantastic offer from LULU.

LULU are running a 20% discount on all my work (sci-fi thrillers and Yellow Dawn RPG) from today until end of 24th July. Buy or Try (something new) and use coupon code HAMMOCK14 at online checkout.

LULU print on demand 20% discount on Science Fiction Thrillers by David J Rodger 24th July 2014

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Want to know more?

Read a fantastic review for The Social Club from a fan.

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Eight Science Fiction Thrillers to Choose From:

Here are spotlights for 8 novels (separate stories, they can be read in any order):

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Got Kindle?

I’ve also reduced the price of my products on Amazon Kindle for the duration of this special offer. Choice of currencies available, $ US Dollars; or £ GB Pounds, or the Euro.

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Personal Blog: Oakfield, first draft finished

¦ dialling in from Newcastle Airport ¦

I flew 320 miles to spend a couple of days in my new favourite cafe in the world. The Wild Trapeze.

I got exactly what I wanted.  Some business.  A lot of chill out.  Had an email from an editor of a Japanese Cthulhu Mythos fanzine wanting to commission me to write something small but original for them. Nailed it in a day and 3 coffees.    Also met up with my man of PR angles and great Ideas, Mr Floyd Hayes who is over from New York on a visit.  Big thunder storms overhead. He and I walking around Jesmond Dene. Storm breaks  and starts spilling heavy rain through the trees.  Found sanctuary in the beautifully renovated Dene House, now a suave hotel. 4 pints of a local ale later, we’re drifting through the high-humidity and dense mist that as the storm refused to move away entirely.  Took some photos. Jesmond Dene, special place for me.

David J Rodger - Science Fiction Thriller Author in Jesmond Dene Newcastle Upon Tyne

David J Rodger – Jesmond Dene

 

Now waiting for the skylanes to carry me back home.  Bristol. Although being here 3 times in the last 5 weeks, Newcastle is feeling a lot like a home from home again.  Those who know me will be aware of the closure I have been through recently, meaning this place is no longer filled with ghosts and painful memories.  This is a good thing.

I finished writing a new novel last week. Oakfield. Sitting in the Arnolfini cafe.  First draft. Typed the last words. Stopped. Stared. Had that weird feeling you get when you realise there is nothing more to write. It is done.  Of course, now comes the big edit. Great feeling to have this one finished. Oakfield is a piece of work that has taken 25 years to bring to this point. Significant then.

Life is going through a swirl of change. So it feels. Old traumas resolving themselves. New opportunities opening up.  Had an interesting encounter last week which I splashed across Facebook:

I freaking love life. One minute you’re dealing with crap and the next moment you’re sat next to a character and you realise the full flavour of humanity. I went out for sushi tonight solo. Waiter tried to wedge me in between some folks. I said, nah, I like that open space over there. Grabbed the seat. Few minutes later another solo sits next to me. Tattoos all over, including one on his face. Interesting vibe. We get talking. Bang. Life story. Incredible. Hyper interesting. He appreciated the fact I referenced the Hindu Sunwheel tattooed to his forearm and did not ask the dumbass question about Swastikas. American accent (from Bermuda) but with posh English accent (boarding schools and a house in Tetbury), racially diverse with strong colonial background – we spoke openly and frankly about perceptions. Just, truly, a character. Somebody I could literally drop into a novel and say, go for it, do something, make a mess. It’s not what you know. It’s who you know. And who you meet.” 

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No contact since. Don’t expect it but you never know how the various threads of life can weave together ahead of the next horizon. People you meet now and are incidental can become pillars of the future past.

Had a great session of Yellow Dawn last night with the usual suspects. Much horror and tension. Always fun to see their faces shaped by a helpless grimace.  You can read the write-up here.

Been getting some pleasing feedback from folks on The Social Club recently. Here’s one (click to read). I’ll post a couple more next week.

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Personal Blog: back in the saddle

¦ dialling in from Boston Tea Party Cafe (Bath) ¦

I’ve been back from a flurry of travelling for just over a week now. Life settling back into a groove. Focus is more on marketing my books than writing new ones at the moment. Have had a couple interviews go out and received a fantastic review for The Social Club from a fan.

I’m anticipating a press release to come out of Modiphius soon regarding the Dark Tales anthology; a collection of short stories that helps to expand and reinforce the world vision of Achtung! Cthulhu. I was commissioned to write a piece for it – think the official launch will be happening at Dragonmeet in London in December.  My contribution is called “Shadow of the Black Sun” and sits alongside work by some seriously talented authors in the field.  Definitely something you should put in your diary to get claws into,

The designer I commissioned to complete a set of new novel covers for me is making progress. Looking forward to getting them in my hands and starting some PR around what will be a complete set of books (8 novels + 4 new ones in pipeline) with a consistent brand.

Although I have slowed down on the writing front I am still making good progress. Actually wrote the penultimate scene of  Oakfield   this morning.  Probably another week of writing left before it clunks into review and edit gear.

The travelling has added to my massive backlog of photos that need working up and writing up, expect some blog posts about Amsterdam and Malta sometime this month.  Still need to write-up Valladolid and Salamanca from May!

Looking ahead I am thinking about going to the Frankfurt Book Fair. See if I can schedule interesting contacts with journalists and folks in the industry – see if I can raise the profile of my books as a self-published author. Thoughts on this welcome.

frankfurt book fair 2014

frankfurt book fair 2014

That’s it!

 

Introducing Historical Fantasy Author Jason K Lewis – an interview

Author of Historical Fantasy novels “Empire Under Siege” and “Paradise” gives us his insights

Empire under siege a historical fantasy novel by Jason K Lewis

A  historical fantasy novel – click to buy on Amazon

BRISTOL – UK: I was browsing the web recently and came across a book that intrigued me. Historical fantasy.  Empire Under Siege by Jason K. Lewis.  He’s relatively new to the writing scene but has already amassed nearly 10,000 followers on Twitter, so I thought I’d reach out, say hello and ask him some questions. This is what the man has to say for himself:

 

DJR:  When did you first develop an interest in writing, and what was the contributing factor?

JKL: I have been interested in writing as long as I can remember. All I ever wanted to do as a child was write stories. I remember being enormously proud, at the age of seven, of the fact that I had hand written thirty seven pages of ‘adventures’ entitled ‘The cave of time’ (catchy huh?). It was actually about fifteen separate adventures and I really wish that I could find it now!
My interest really kicked off when I read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ at the age of nine and I would guess that I am not alone in being inspired by professor Tolkien’s work. After a spate of writing in my late teens I received a nasty knock back when I submitted a short story to a magazine. My dreams in tatters, I didn’t return to writing for over two and a half decades.

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DJR: Historical fantasy. Why not science fiction fantasy?  What’s your passion for rooting fiction in fact?

JKL: I would describe ‘The Adarna Chronicles’ as ‘Historicalish fantasy’, they are not based within our history but rather in a world that has very similar, recognisable institutions and traditions. The Adarnan Empire is directly comparable to ancient Rome, so the reader should feel at home, but the fun of it is in slowlt unravelling the differences (of which there are many).

I chose to take this approach for two reasons, firstly, I have always been an avid classical history buff and secondly I had much more freedom to world build in ‘Adarna’ than I would have had in Rome, even in an alternate version of Rome.

I have two other works out at the moment. One is a science fiction ‘novelette’ called ‘Paradise‘ that, I am proud to say, has some great reviews. The other is a short story in the thriller genre called ‘The bloody King’, so I guess you could say I am multi-genre at the moment!

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DJR:  What are you working on now?

JKL: The second book in the ‘Adarna Chronicles’ is taking up most of my time (which adds up to one hour a day in total). It’s called ‘Phoenix Rising’ and it’s almost ready to go off to the editor. It follows straight on from ‘Empire Under Siege’ and is the second of three books that will eventually make up the first volume of the ‘Adarna Chronicles’.

I always like to be working on at least two projects at any one time (so that I can swap between them if I hit a brick wall) and the other project is a short story, which is kind of a fantasy/suspense work called ‘The Hunger’.

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DJR: You describe yourself as a newbie author. How have you found the experience so far? Any advice for authors yet to finish their first novel?

JKL: I guess I am a newbie having published my first work about three months ago now. My advice is to get your work out there but don’t rush it. Always, always, have your work professionally edited (it makes the most enormous difference and no matter how hard you try you will not find all the errors they will find- you will be blind to them, in fact) and try to get the most professional cover that you can afford. Also, use social media to connect with and help other writers as well as for (much more occasionally) promoting your work.

DJR: Any final words?

JKL: Writing is hard. Don’t give up.

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About the Author

Jason K. Lewis lives in Britain with his wife and young son. He spent his childhood glued to books by authors such as David Gemmell, Stephen Donaldson, Julian May, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin and J.R.R.Tolkien. He is the author of novels and short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres, including the science fiction Novelette ‘Paradise’ and the fantasy ‘Empire under siege’ which is the first book in the epic ‘Adarna chronicles’.

PURCHASE LINKS for ‘Empire Under Siege’:-

Amazon:

http://amzn.com/B00KMP6NN6

NOOK:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/empire-under-siege-jason-k-lewis/1119633695?ean=2940149500536

Kobo:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/empire-under-siege

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id888887089

Scribd:

http://www.scribd.com/book/230269540/Empire-under-siege-The-Adarna-chronicles-1

Page foundry:

http://www.inktera.com/store/title/c775da81-bf0d-47b2-b6be-78fa0f5b0421

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Twitter: @JasonKLewisWrit

Website: http://jasonklewiswriter.wordpress.com/
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Fan Feedback: Review of The Social Club by Paul Turner

The Social Club – an Orwellian Detective Story in a Post-Apocalyptic London

first class review of The Social Club  by sci-fi dark fantasy author David J Rodger - an Orwellian detective story set in a post-apocalyptic London

David J Rodger – Infection Boundary

This is a transcript of an email exchange I’ve just had with somebody who has recently discovered my work. My most recent novel The Social Club. Very pleasing (warts and all). For completeness I’ve included my response to some of the points he raised; all of which are very valid and highlight the perils of being a one-man-band indie author.

I have removed all spoilers or personal information with XXXX and [...].


Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:25:41 +0100
Subject: The Social Club
From: turnerp3nh@XXXXX.com
To: XXXXXXX

Hi David,

Hope you are keeping well.

Just a quick note to say I have now started reading your book (a little belated, sorry). I am about a third way through and finding it absolutely gripping.

I’ll give you the full verdict in a few weeks (I am not the fastest of readers) but I am pretty sure it’s going to be worth waiting for!

All the best.

Mr Gravitas ;-)


Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:43:22 +0100
Subject: Re: The Social Club
From: turnerp3nh@XXXXX.com
To: XXXXXXX

Hello David,

Hope you had a good time in Malta / Gozo.

Well it’s only 2 weeks since I last wrote and I said I thought it would take a few weeks to complete my reading of The Social Club. Well obviously it didn’t and that, I can assure you, is a really good sign.  I rarely ever give up on a book but sometimes they can take ages to finish. So, finishing yours ahead of schedule meant I was speeding up as the story became more and more enthralling. Continue reading