The Flight of the Phoenix – Authors

It is time for the countdown to the release of The Flight of the Phoenix (links and updates will follow soon) and time to introduce you to the authors who worked themselves silly to contribute!

First up is Ryhen E Knight with his understated wit that will have you chortling in short order.

What has been your high so far with The Flight of the Phoenix?
Being my first venture into publishing some of my work, I feel like a kid at a dinosaur exhibition – often awed, sometimes frightened, but always excited. Picking a high… All of them? If I had to choose one (while my arm is being twisted by Natalie), the biggest high has been seeing the proof of the book and realising that this is it! My name is there. My story is there. And soon the book will be there!

What was your worst low?
As a writer, self-doubt is often the biggest enemy. And when you are navigating your way through uncharted territory, in this case first time publishing, that self-doubt is magnified and surrounds you like a wet t-shirt in a cold breeze. You are never satisfied with your product and constantly in fear of what your readers will think. And wondering what you look like in a wet t-shirt. That has kept me up at nights.

What are your future writing plans?
Write some more. There is a sequel to this book and I want to take my quirky mind deeper into this world of transformation. Furthermore my hunger for being a writer has been rekindled and I am working on my big passion: Planning my next travel adventure! And then finishing my first novel…

The Flight of the Phoenix – Artist

The original art Elsabé VIljoen supplied for the cover of The Flight of the Phoenix

The original art Elsabé Viljoen supplied for the cover of The Flight of the Phoenix

Elsabé Viljoen and I have come a long way since we met in our awkward teens. We both love art but she definitely took that love further than I have ever dared. And, when I approached her about the art for The Flight of the Phoenix, she didn’t hesitate to say yes.

Here’s what she had to say:

What kind of art projects do you typically get involved in?
I generally work in New Media and digital installation, but have also involved myself in a variety of community (art) upliftment programmes such as SANParks’ educational outreach and the ReVive community outreach programme. I have also taken part in quite a few group exhibitions at various levels.

What and who has influenced your style the most?
Presently I am influenced by the work of Bill Viola and Tony Oursler. Both of these artists integrate technology and art, creating an alternative ‘reality’ through the use of digital media.

What projects are you currently working on?
Presently I am exploring Afrikaner genealogy and the familial through digital media. I am also moving back into the field of stop motion photography and video by exploring the relationship between the body and parasitism.

Elsabé Viljoen

Elsabé Viljoen

The Flight of the Phoenix – Important dates

The Flight of the Phoenix will officially be released on 16 July 2015! This will include both our international sales (ebooks and print-on-demand via Amazon) and the local print run in South Africa.

Pre-orders for these editions will open 1 June 2015.

The book launch (South Africa only) will be 2PM on 25 July 2015 at the Rooihuiskraal Public Library.

Our Smashwords edition will be available as of 16 October 2015.

The Flight of the Phoenix – RSA print run pre-orders open!

The South African print run The Flight of the Phoenix  is finally open for pre-orders! This fantastic anthology has been long in the making, but it has been worth the wait! You will be hard pressed to find another anthology with such a good selection of fantasy, science fiction and horror stories.
If you order before the end of June, you will receive a 25% discount on the normal price of R150*! This means you will be paying only R112.50* per copy you order.
*Please note that the price does not include shipping!
When will I get my book(s)?
Our official release date will be on the 16th or 25th of July this year. As soon as the date has been set, we will let you know. Alternatively, you can specifically request to fetch them from us at the book launch on 25 July, 14:00 at the Rooihuiskraal Public Library. (You can get your copy signed and photo taken with one of the authors!)
Thank you for your support and encouragement. You’re making our dreams a reality!
If you do not live in Gauteng or anywhere near South Africa, do not despair! We will be doing print-on-demand and ebooks on Amazon! However, the pre-orders will only open in June.
Place your pre-order for the RSA local print run now:

The Flight of the Phoenix – Book launch in the making

Wow! What a lovely feeling when everyone is pulling together! My authors are super excited about this project.

In July this year, we will be releasing The Flight of the Phoenix on Amazon (both ebook and print on demand) and we will hold a local book launch!

Mark the 25th of July on your calender if you live in (or around) Gauteng and we’ll see you there!

Please note that pre-order prices will be cheapest (25% less than the normal price). At the book launch itself, it will be 20% less than the normal price. The final pricing is still being calculated.

Flight of the Phoenix – it’s happening!

I’ve been keeping this under wraps but, despite my many misgivings, it looks like Flight of the Phoenix will be making its appearance in the next two months!

What is this now?
Flight of the Phoenix is an anthology of fantasy, sci-fi and horror short stories written by seven different South African authors.

Though anthology is aimed at teens to young adults, I have tried hard to get all my writers to provide stories that was wide-audience compatible (i.e. if you are not a teen or young adult, the stories are still enjoyable – like Harry Potter). It has been long in the making but it’s finally looking like we’re moving ahead!

Where did I find all these authors?
I actually started off with 15 writers last year when I decided to jump in head first and compile an anthology. They all seemed keen…but, as time passed, about half of them fell out claiming life interfered, they didn’t have any ideas at the moment, work was eating their time, they weren’t willing to adapt according to feedback received… You know, the standard stuff. At least, one of the writers said “No” because she was busy writing on another story that was taking a lot of time.

Sooo, when’s it out?
Depending on whether my fellow writers are keen on doing hard copy as well, the release date will be either beginning of April (if it’s to be an ebook only) or June (if we’re doing print too) this year. Why the hold-up if we do print? Well, I’d prefer bringing out all the formats at once, rather than it appearing in drips and drabs. And…I happen to be expecting the arrival of my second child midway through April…I can promise you: Nothing will be happening in my life other than keeping my family alive for a month after his arrival.

Updates on progress to follow soon!

STORM – Release the Geek podcast

I did mention, did I not, that the authors of STORM were interviewed on the day of the book signing?

Les and Vic were an absolute treat on the day. Funny as always and all kinds of entertaining while us authors were trembling with excitement, fear, nerves, happiness and a whole mish mash of other emotions.

After joking around so much that I wasn’t sure we’d get around to the interview, the mikes were put on and we started recording.

I must admit, I feel like I didn’t say half the stuff I meant to say. I think I come across as bland to say the least. When I got asked how I got started…I think I was planning a ten-minute tangent, but I enigmatically got cut short. What have I learned? As an author, I get to be over the top and weird. Also, don’t pause between thoughts as you would in a normal conversation – if you stop for a moment, your interviewer will move on. Next time, I will most assuredly relax and just enjoy the whole process. (And yes, there will be a next time. *gleaming grin*)

So, with no further ado, please feel free to go check it all out!

You can find Release the Geek on their website, Facebook and Twitter (@GXPza).

Too many things!!!

In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been…I’ve been trying to do too many things at one time, as usual. I’m trying to get ready for the South African book launch for STORM; trying to keep up with my duties as a pole instructor; keeping a watchful eye over my increasingly curious toddler; and attempting to coordinate and organize the writers participating in my fantasy/scifi/horror anthology coming out later this year – Flight of the Phoenix.

I’m sure someone else might not have been quite as overwhelmed by these time-consuming tasks, but the fact is that I am.

As with many things, you really only discover how much there is to something once you actually start doing it. And you also really only discover the less enthralling aspects once you’re in over your head. But you learn. You learn shortcuts. You learn to delegate. You learn to be realistic. You learn to deal with it.

I am now prioritizing more strongly; I have moved out a few dates and come up with solutions (having awesome friends really helps); and I intend to get off my self-pitying ass and work at it all. Because I refuse to let challenges, setbacks and (let’s face it) laziness steal my dreams from me.

I have a whole list of life lessons, if you will, that I chant at myself (and sometimes other people) to keep me going. I’ve received a lot of unhappy looks from people who still want life to be romantic and super magical, but here is my hard-learned wisdom:

There is no magical fairy who is going to make everything okay but, at the same time, the world is not out to get you. You have to make it all happen on your lonesome.

If something is worthwhile, it will take serious effort and perseverance.

And, just because you have to put in most of the effort yourself, doesn’t mean it’s less valuable or less awesome.

So, when I end up giving you a crazed look of maniacal hysteria (see picture above) because I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, just know that I plan to get through this; I plan to come out victorious; and I won’t give up without a fight.

By Grabthar’s hammer, I will prevail!!!

Hosting STORM

STORM Volume I & II ebooks are available at:

Smashwords

Apple iTunes

Barnes & Noble

Kobo Store

Storm Volume I

 

 

STORM Volume I

Volume I is amix of fantasy, science fiction, supernatural and dystopian stories where people’s lives are influenced by the occurrence of a storm: physical, moral, supernatural or magical. Set in worlds apart from our own, five authors of the Pretoria Writers’ Group give life to characters doing battle for the survival of their people, or fall over themselves in the process of trying.

What can change the nature of a man? In John’s case, it was 90 seconds. His life before was not a savory one, but now it contained a new force, a change agent, A Girl Called Storm.

The fearsome Serpent Storm that surrounds Yrthull has long kept the Myrrh from their ancestral homeland Beyond. Now, their only hope is to fulfill a prophecy that will eventually allow their people to cross the Serpent Storm and return to the fabled Halls of Gata.

In reGENESIS the scientists are sitting with their hands in their hair, because the human species is dying out. A scientist proposed the use of genetic engineering and found the solution to manipulate the fundamental code of life: the DNA helix. It worked, but there was an unexpected side-effect.

Ilgiprart and Oogithap, Electrosquids from the Fungus Asteroid are sent to earth on a dangerous mission. Their only weapon, a deadly one at that, is the storm in a teacup, As fate would have it they lose control of the weapon in their attempt to escape the farmer’s wrath, A tale of hilarious consequences.

The Icarus Curse – Shiloh realises that she holds the only blueprints that could save the planet from the brink of extinction. Does she have the courage to execute this? Who should she place her trust in, in this new dysfunctional place where nothing and no one are what they seem?

In The Gravic Exacerbation Mestrae Corvic is arguably the least liked person at the University of Yithnisia. If he can’t even convince his own apprentice that Mestrara Mikya and Mestrae Yundra’s latest projects are going to have serious repercussions, how will he convince the rest of the University’s apprentices and mestrari to heed his words of warning

 

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STORM Volume II

Volume II is a mix of contemporary stories where people’s lives are influenced by the occurrence of a storm, physical, moral or imaginary. Set in a modern day setting, four authors of the Pretoria Writers’ Group brings real life in sometimes difficult circumstances to this anthology.

Dandelions for Mother is story about a young girl whose heart is broken when her mother dies from cancer. She is left behind in the big house with her father who is struggling to come to terms with the fact that the church people, his so called family, did nothing as they suffered alone.

In Dahlias and Daisies Carla lives in a poor, gang-infested community on the Cape Flats, and dreams of one day leaving this area. Is it really possible to truly leave such a life behind or are the physical and mental shackles too deeply entrenched?

In Once Upon a Storm a new child joins Lauren’s little group for story time in the orphanage, the evening takes an unexpected turn. As the little storm in the story goes in search of courage, the children test the boundaries of their own limited existence.

In The Cutting Horizon Bryce has been drifting away from his wife of ten years. House bound as the result of a thunderstorm, the Sinclairs have to face the facts, and decide if their future should continue on the same path or separate ones?