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2014 was another big year for us with:

  • the release of three eBooks and one print on demand
  • three new authors signed
  • the introduction of book trailers as a standard part of the release package

and 2015 promises to be just as big.

Read about what's been happening in our latest newsletter - now out. Catch up with the latest news and reviews on our most recent releases including: Frontier Resistance by Leonie Rogers, Across the Bridge of Ice by Ruth Fox, and Cold Faith by Shaune Lafferty Webb.

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What tagline works best?

ON-cover-strap2We have the new cover design for Jon Puckridge's ON and we need your help with the tagline. At the moment we have six options but which one do you prefer? Let us know.
  1. Your identity is history.
  2. I think, therefore I am not.
  3. There's no 'I' in network.
  4. The last thing you’ll see is the future.
  5. The latest product development is you.
  6. Everyone is no-one.

OneWorld, a planet orbited by thousands of satellite cities (SAT islands), and home to a civilization of 23 billion humans. A place where governments, police forces and law courts compete for business within a wholly privatised system. A place where: murder rape and torture are merely extra items on your insurance policy, a corporation owns the license for time, scientific fact has been replaced by 'consumer information', and history is traded on the stock exchange. Here; every product is wirelessly linked to the grID - a source of both data and geo-electric power, and humans spend most of their scheduled 'waketime' moving through various overlapping realities, via their grID visors.

But now the precarious balance of OneWorld is tipped when CoolGlobalGiant, the largest of the global corporations, launches the next phase of networking: One Network - or 'ON'.

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Week 2 of Ruth's blog tour for 'Across the Bridge of Ice'

Ruth's Blog Tour March 2-30

 

Ruth's Blog Tour for 'Across the Bridge of Ice' is into its second week. This week she will be guesting at:

March 9 Guest blog - Mythical Books
http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

March 10 Spotlight - Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

March 13 Spotlight - Fantasy Book Lane
http://www.fantasybooklane.com/

March 16 Interview - Diane’s Book Blog
http://dianes-book.blogspot.com

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Cover Reveal: "Cold Faith" by Shaune Lafferty Webb

Cover of Cold Faith - Sunny's face against a frozen background with two figures

Cold Faith by Shaune Lafferty Webb will be released May/June 2015.

A protracted volcanic winter has devastated Earth, leaving only isolated pockets of survivors. With food becoming scarcer and the air growing toxic, Rab sees just one chance for survival: a perilous journey north in search of a fabled city where ships were rumoured to have been launched, ferrying the people of Earth to a salvation planet.

But Rab didn’t count on being forced into taking the last three children from his dying village, or on coming across the hostile and sceptical Sunny living with her grandfather in comparative luxury among a large band of refugees in an underground sanctuary. When her grandfather begs to join Rab’s party, Sunny, to Rab’s dismay, insists on coming with them. Years ago, Sunny had been the lone survivor of a similar quest. The reason behind the failure of that quest is something Sunny has never revealed, not even to her grandfather. And Rab is now to discover why.

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Statistics, damn statistics, and wishful thinking - the not-death of the ebook

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I have to admit to finding it a bit difficult to understand how an increase in eBook sales of 12.3% (from 2013 to 2014) is being peddled as signally the end of the ebook, particularly when sales of the physical book fell by 1.7% over the same period.

Well, actually I can understand it - it's called wishful thinking. What's happening is that the rate of e-book growth has started to slow, and coupled with a slowing in decline of physical book sale the traditionalists are hoping it signals a return to the printed book. Just remember though, according to Nielsen Bookscan, we bought 237 million books back in 2008. In 2013, this had fallen to 184 million, a pretty drastic fall of 22 per cent!

So yes, it appears the book market might be starting to reach some sort of equilibrium, with about one in three books being a digital one, and the rest being physical books. And yes, there is good news for booksellers with Waterstones reporting that  sales of physical books has increased by 5 per cent during December, compared with the same month in 2013. A picture echoed by Sam Husain, the chief executive of Foyles, who said sales at his chain of bookshops had jumped by 8.1 per cent, compared with December the year before.

Bottom line, however, the eBook market continues to expand, and even if its growth slowed further to 9% it will only take five years before eBook sales constitute 50% of the total market.

You can read the full article from the Telegraph here.

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Ditmar nominations open for 2015 - we need your support

 3 coversWe published three eBooks last year which are eligible to be considered for the 2015 Australian SF ("Ditmar") awards. We need your support to ensure they are on the ballot paper. The three eligible are:

  • Lights Over Emerald Creek by Shelley Davidow
    eBook, published 28 Feb 2014 by Hague Publishing
  • Isis, Vampires and Ghosts -  Oh My! by Janis Hill
    eBook, published 30 Aug 2014 by Hague Publishing
  • Frontier Resistance by Leonie Rogers
    eBook, published 3 Oct 2014 by Hague Publishing

Please consider nominating any, or all of the above books.

Details on the awards, and on the nomination process follow.

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'Frontier Resistance' has appeared in the December edition of the San Francisco Book Review - 4 Stars

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The following review has just appeared in December's edition of the San Francisco Book Review. If you want to see the original it can be found here.

Title: Frontier Resistance
Author: Leonie Rogers
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Hague Publishing,
Format: eBook
Details: $4.66 US, 183 pages

Reviewer: James Rasmussen

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

The world of Frontier is under siege from the invading, insectoid Garsal. Shanna, her fellow Scouts, and their Starcat companions find themselves in the care of the mysterious Starlyne, beginning to understand the Spark, the set of unusual talents that have been programmed into their genes over humanity’s generations on the planet. Without the technological mastery, lost over time, that brought their ancestors here, the Spark is the one weapon the settlers have that might be able to defeat the Garsal. As Shanna and her companions struggle to master the Spark, the rest of the colonists struggle to trust their alien allies, the Starlyne, even while the Garsal scheme to enslave the planet’s population.

The sequel to Frontier Incursion, Frontier Resistance draws readers further into the world of Frontier. This book can be read without reading the previous one; enough backstory is woven into the opening chapters that even if you haven’t read it yourself, you can smoothly gain an understanding of what is going on. The writing is clear and straightforward, making for an easy read that focuses on the characters and the action. It does a good job of following the development of the characters and their abilities, and carries overall positive themes throughout; it’s a bit lighter than some of the more angst-ridden YA fare on the market. At times it is a little light on detail, and occasional typos and misplaced punctuation might distract the grammatically sensitive, but otherwise the story pushes forward at a good pace through a science-fiction world that calls to mind both David Weber’s Honor Harrington universe, and David Brin’s Uplift books, making for a solid Young Adult read.

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