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With only a couple of weeks to go until our big launch of Love, Time, Space, Magic at Ad Astra Science Fiction Convention, it’s time to give our readers a sneak peek at the anthology!

As such, we are now open for pre-orders on Kobo and iBooks, and a free sample of Victoria Feistner’s story, Melanie in the Underworld, is now available in our samples section on the top navigation bar.

Victoria’s contribution to the anthology is a daring and adventurous tale of one woman who will do anything to bring back her deceased love. Drawing from roots in classical mythology, Victoria has pulled a timeless tale of love and loss squarely into twenty-first century Toronto, with plenty of cheeky surprises even for the mythology sticklers out there.

So have a peek, and let us know what you think. Let the pre-orders begin!

Come to the Launch… We’ve Got Cookies…

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You know you want to.

When I posted the bounteous mountain of Japanese candy sent to us for the Love, Time, Space, Magic launch party by Pop Seagull author Clint Spivey, you went nuts.

Seriously. I got more hits, and likes, and follows, from those candy pics than I ever would have predicted. So you, the reading public, like candy. I totally get that.

That is why I have upped the ante on my candy. Oh yeah, you read right. Not only will we have a custom cover art cake, and tons of Japanese candy… we will now be giving away home baked cookie prize baskets to a few lucky attendees.

I will post photos of these delicious masterpieces as they are made.

Love, Time, Space, Magic… a super sweet book, with a super-duper sweet launch party.

Praise for Distant Early Warning… Yay!

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So, I know I’ve been posting a lot about Love, Time, Space, Magic, and the launch lately, but during all of the hustle and bustle of getting our new baby ready for the world, we missed some majorly awesome praise for our last title, Distant Early Warning!

Since we’ve been working so hard lately, I thought I’d share some of the wonderful feedback we’ve had lately, from readers just like you, about Distant Early Warning:

“I think this book is well-written and compelling. It uses the “zombie invasion” backdrop for a very different story about family and finding a place where you belong… if you’re looking for a book with a lot of references to Canadian life/culture, it’s great for that! I enjoyed the descriptions of things I could relate you. If you’re also looking for a book with references to geek culture then this book brings that too…thus far it’s the best self-published book I’ve ever read, and I’m really glad I bought it!”

-Rai

I loved Distant Early Warning! I look forward to hopefully reading more about Denny!

-Suzanne

Thanks, Rai and Suzanne! Rai also had some great constructive suggestions that I’m really glad fans are open enough to share with me. I’m just overjoyed to be part of this community of readers, and I can’t wait to bring you more, both from myself and the wonderful selection of other authors that are growing the Pop Seagull family.

Tomorrow… cookies!

Candy Previews (aka Blatant Book Launch Bait)

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I received a package in the mail on Friday from my new friend Clint Spivey, whose story, ‘Faster than the Speed of Sleight’ is appearing in Love, Time, Space, Magic. This picture of what was inside just proves that it pays to have friends in Japan. And that Clint is a total badass.

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That’s right… authentic Japanese candy. We’ve got green tea Kit Kats, cookies, chocolate squares, Pocky… and even some things I’m pretty sure are supposed to be pizza flavoured.

I’m not eating any of this goodness, people… I’m passing it all on to you, at the launch for Love, Time, Space Magic! The afternoon of Saturday, April 11th, at Ad Astra!

Be there… or don’t have Japanese candies. It’s not really a choice, in my book.

Cover Reveal: Love, Time, Space, Magic

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That’s right, after a hectic holiday, and more than a few winter cold blahs, it’s finally here… the Love, Time, Space, Magic cover!

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This has truly turned out to be a special anthology by a really special bunch of people. We’ve got a selection of love stories, from across the spectrum of F/SF that will touch your heart, and sometimes your funny bone. Far from the old ‘boy gets girl, boy loses girl’ tropes, these are twelve gloriously creative and different stories on the theme of love.

I’m so proud to be presenting this anthology, our longest and most varied offering ever, to our loyal anthology readers. We’ve had people come back again and again, looking for the classic fun of SF/F short stories, and this one is going to be another amazing addition to your Pop Seagull library!

For the cover this time, I used a combination of Maya modeling and Photoshop. All cover elements are by yours truly, except for the fonts. My inspiration was to make something inspired by the anatomical drawings of Da Vinci and other renaissance artists, with a modern twist, and to show the interaction between the elements in the title.

Enjoy! In a couple of months, we’re putting this baby on a cake!

Random Art Post of the Day…

Well, not totally random. This is our first sneak peek at the cover of the Love, Time, Space, Magic anthology!

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This (more or less) anatomically correct heart was modeled by yours truly in Maya. This is just the grey skin that Maya puts on the model, and default lighting, but wait till you see what I’m going to do with it!

The whole concept behind the cover is to have an ‘ink drawing’ of a heart, on parchment, that looks eerily 3D. So, to accomplish that, I’ll be using a whole bunch of tricks, such as .png file textures and fancy render layers. It’s so great to have a 3D project again!

More updates on the way as the cover progresses! Wait till you see the font I got… I’m probably more excited about it than anybody else, but it is really, really nice.

Check out our novels for $1.50 with the winter ebook sale!

Since opening up to anthology submissions, we’ve had a lot more traffic to the blog, and I couldn’t be happier. We’ve had a lot of people checking us out, and submitting stories and queries, and it really feels like everything is moving in such a positive direction.

Since we’ve clearly got an influx of new folks discovering Pop Seagull for the first time, I thought it might be a good idea to make some of our current titles more affordable, for a limited time, and increase the sampling size on Smashwords to allow new people to check out our titles with less risk.

So, it is with great pleasure that I announce

Pop Seagull’s Winter Ebook-stravaganza

where, for a limited time, readers will be able to purchase Flood Waters Rising or Distant Early Warning for only $1.50, and will be able to sample up to 60% of the book on Smashwords.

And yes, I’m not going to lie, we left the samples off at cliffhangers. Sorry, just business. :P

Find Us At The Write Bookshop!

Fran, Steve and Son, your friends in books. :)

Fran, Steve and Son, your friends in books. :)

That’s right… after years of only hanging out on the net, and at cons, Pop Seagull has entered our first brick-and-mortar bookstore. We are now part of the local authors display at:

The Write Bookshop
285 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, ON
(905) 684-8426

Denny would be so proud!

Like my title character from Distant Early Warning,  I have spent many a happy hour in the enchanting used bookstores of St. Catharines, and this one has always been one of my favourites. I go in with no money, and come out with even less money, because I can’t help myself when I get in a room with thousands of intriguing old books. If you like literary adventures, and discovering old gems that are hard to find, out of print or just forgotten by the mainstream (or to get a really good deal on gently used current hits or textbooks), then check it out, and take a new local gem home with you as well. I did!

Copies are already selling well, so I have no doubt that this will be the first of many bookstore placements for Pop Seagull. Here’s to progress in this New Year, and to excellent purveyors of the written word.

Thanks, Memorial School!

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Pop Seagull had a lovely Christmas-y time this Saturday at Memorial School in Hamilton. We set out our shingle at their very first Christmas bazaar, and it was tons of fun! We sold lots of buttons, and wow, did I meet a lot of interesting Canadian authors. I want to hear back from you guys, seriously!

And did I mention, the school totally fed my love of old architecture? What an amazing building! The auditorium has all of it original moldings, memorializing the 1st world war, and it is just breathtakingly well-preserved. I know where my world takeover headquarters is going to be now.

I’m going to post some pictures of the gorgeous architecture later, but for now, I just wanted to say thank you to Memorial School and the Board of Directors for inviting us to such a lovely event.

As a side note, I had perhaps some of the best popcorn I have ever had while vending at this bazaar. Toffee… dark chocolate drizzle… 75 cents! Too good to be true!

Anthology Updates Correction

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I need to correct an error in yesterday’s post. When I originally listed the Robotica anthology on various sites, I said that the deadline was May. Since it would not be fair to move the deadline back two months from what was originally projected, and May is actually better for us, we will be keeping the deadline at May and reading in May. My apologies for any confusion.

 

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