Here’s to a Great 2015

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MJG’s 2014 writing roundup and lessons learned

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2014 has been a huge year for me, on many levels. A lot has changed with my writing, life, travel, qualifications, job, and overall existence. There’ve been lots of transitions and new developments. This post is all about my writing developments, and all the lessons learned: The story so far (up to 2014) At the end of 2013 I put out two trial balloon short story collections on amazon, self-published. The last time I dallied with such self-publishing was probably 2011, when I put up a single short story, which was also available for free on the internet in various places- Killin Jack. Back then I knew nothing about book promotion, made no effort to push the book beyond listing …

Great Ruins Sonata reviews!

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The Ruins Sonata, my trilogy of science fiction dystopian post-tsunami apocalypse thrillers- Mr. Ruins, King Ruin, and God of Ruin -just got some stellar reviews from a review site called Bartleby’s reviews. They give away a good chunk of the plot, but not in a way that’ll ruin the books I think. Hopefully it’ll just tempt you to check them out :). To help with that decision, Mr. Ruins is free on amazon.com for the foreseeable future. Mr. Ruins review at Bartleby King Ruin review at Bartleby God of Ruin review at Bartleby

Why ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ gives almost all I wanted – book review

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★★★★ The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey is a perspective-flipping zombie road novel with a very great deal to recommend it. It starts off extremely tight-focused, homed in on one little girl and her experience of her bizarre, locked-box (Pandoran?) school, then explodes outward in a way most zombie stories don’t- digging into the science of the zombie infection, zooming into the epidemic hypocenter, and giving us a haunting sense of closure. All the gifts indeed. Yet- I can’t say I loved it. I’ll get into why after I say everything that was so good. There’ll be spoiler tags when necessary. So, Melanie. Melanie is a little girl in a weird little school with soldiers and …