Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Samhellion Newsletter

For anyone who likes a little free stuff, you should sign up for The Samhellion, the Samhain writer’s newsletter. Every month it contains articles, free short stories, recipes and an interview with one of our host of interesting writers. The Samhellions are a fun group, and the newsletter reflects the diversity that makes Samhain one of the leaders (in my humble opinion, THE leader) in e-publishing.

And this is a great time to sign up for the newsletter. Over the past holiday season subscribers were given access to free shorts from 30 (yes, I said 30!) Samhain writers. The Freebies were so popular, they’re doing it again. In honour of Valentine’s Day there will be another 16 free shorts on offer, one per day, starting January 31st! Since the December holiday shorts are still available also, you’ll have 46 short stories, from sweet to super sexy, to enjoy.

My short, “Cupid Be Mine” will be released on February 1st, 2009, and I hope readers enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing it.

So, what are you waiting for? Go on…sign up! You can do that here


  1. "ability to pull you into a time and place so you feel you are there"

    Ah yes, this is why we read, yes? I haven't read Jayne Austin, but I recall reading some novels when I was (an impressionable lad) living in Guyana - "Tha Jalnas of White Oakes" I think they were called. Set against the sugar plantaions of the Caribbean in the 19th century, they transported me to a torid world of trysts and betrayal, and some rousing good adventure in the form of duels and high adventure on the back of a horse.

    About that time I became addicted to Louis L'Amour westerns (my mother's fault) and lived vicariously in the wild west for several hours a day.
    Later, I was introduced to more substanial literature - the works of John Steinbeck. The offbeat world of Doc in "Cannery Row" where I haunted the tidepools collecting specimens and drank wine straight from the bottle; The dust of the Salinas valley clogging my nostrils as I walked the roads in "Of Mice and Men".

    And so many, many more words and worlds over the decades leading up to the present - "Shogun", "Stranger in a Strange Land" and most recently "The Kite Runner".

    I could go on, but I think I feel another book pulling me now...

  2. Gosh...I think I read the Jalnas of White Oaks really rang a bell when I read the title. I'm with you when it comes to the reading...and I was lucky to be surrounded by people with extremely diverse tastes so the available books were diverse. The Hobbit from an aunt; the Edge books from my brother; Leon Uris from my Dad; Dame Barbara from grandma, etc. etc. I also benefited from the 'old school' (literally speaking) curriculum of my Jamaican education. Along with the obligatory dose of The Bard, we did Dickens and Hardy and a bunch of others, including studying Cannery Row in second form...I was 13!

    I smiled when you spoke about Shogun...Clavell's Noble House was, and still is, one of my favorite books. I remember standing with it in my hand, crying like a baby in 1988 after Hurricane Gilbert tore through and took the roof off my room at home and destroyed all my books. I'm over it now...kinda! Nah, I'll never get over it! LOL!