Friday, June 24, 2016

The Wattys 2016 Awards and What to Read for Free

The Wattys 2016 awards are on, that is the awards given by the writing community, and I have two stories entered. One is Broken People, which was serialized last winter on the site. It's still there so yes, you can read the full novel for free. I hope you'll find The Nightingale Circus' world just as fascinating as I do.

The other story is Razbunarea lui Tepes. This is the Romanian edition of The Impaler's Revenge. I'm serializing it right now as I'm going through the final draft of the translation, and it will compete in the WattysRo category. By the way, The Impaler's Revenge is still available to read for free on Wattpad.

With so many stories from all over the world entered in the competition, the goal here is not to win in one of the categories but to gain exposure. So if you read my stories already, please help spread the word. If you haven't, read them, comment, vote, and then spread the word. :) Thanks!

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Stolen Wings series is on Sale!

New week, new series put on sale. :) The Stolen Wings series has suffered a big price drop from $3.99 to $0.99. If you enjoy reading urban fantasy, get the books now!

The Weight of a Wing

The Strength of a Heart

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Law and Crucible Saga is Free on Amazon

Since you've asked for it, Law and Crucible Saga is free on Amazon for a few days:

This the first time all three installments are free and it will probably be the last time as well so get it while it lasts! 

Edited to add: There seems to be some confusion on whether this is the full series. It is not. These are only the first three installments in a series of several novellas and short stories. The plan is to publish three of them at a time, and I'll try to stick to it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2016 May Reading List

The She-Wolf by Maurice Druon – It describes Isabelle’s ascent to power, but since she was unlikable from the start, I can’t say my opinion on her has changed. 4/5 stars

The Lily and the Lion by Maurice Druon – Moving from mother to son who is interesting, plus major character’s death. Rather bleak. 4/5 stars

The King without a Country by Maurice Druon – The sudden switch from 3rd person POV to 1st person is jarring, and there’s a lot of rambling. An unfortunate way to end the series. 3/5 stars

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister by George R. R. Martin – Not a book, just a few Tyrion quotes. I repeat, this is not a book. 3/5 stars

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – I loved the title and the cover. The writing starts off lyrical, which was a nice change, but the gore took me by surprise. And then there was more gore. The other worlds didn’t make much sense. It was like reading in a language I didn’t understand well. The ending didn’t seem to fit, and then it sort of did when I discovered it’s supposed to be part of a trilogy, duh! 3/5 stars

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan – Brennan’s hilarious humor is missing, and while there’s sarcastic dialogue, that’s actually the annoying part. The worldbuilding shows potential, but the main character uses only a small part of her brain, the good guy is a doormat, and while the not-so-bad guy is the most fleshed out character, he gets … well, you’ll see. 3/5 stars

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Writing Update - May 2016

Quite a few things happened since the last writing update back in February. My second Romanian short story collection, Secventa de zbor, was launched at Final Fantasy book fair. I had three short stories published, one in Argos, one in Revista de Suspans, and one in Stiinta si Tehnica. The Galaxis space opera anthology will be launched at Bookfest book fair in June. The second book in The Stolen Wings series and the second story in The Devil You Know series have been released as well. So it's been pretty busy on the publishing front.

The real work was done, however, on the writing front. I've finished translating The Impaler Legacy series and got it to the second draft. The final draft will have to wait until I finish writing The Chasm. I'm up to date with the daily writing quota, but the novel turned out to be longer than initially planned. I was aiming for 50k, I passed that mark, and I'm no way near the end. I suppose that's good news as it will be a bigger story, but it also means the release date gets delayed. I'm not sure when it will be ready. I'll have a better idea once the first draft is done. I still enjoy writing it so I'm not rushing it.

Yes, I know you're more invested in Broken People and The Stolen Wings series and can't wait for book 3, but there will come a time for those, too. My fingers are itching for another Law and Crucible adventure actually. And should I tell you meanwhile I'm having a lot of fun plotting a ghost story? No idea when I'll write that one. :)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 April Reading List

The Iron King by Maurice Druon – Typical French court schemes and plotting. It felt like an installment of a bigger piece so good thing I bought the entire series. The Romanian edition has all the notes at the end and by the time I got to them I had forgotten what they were about so I didn’t bother to read them. 4/5 stars

The Strangled Queen by Maurice Druon – While I had some trouble adjusting to the writing style of the first book in the Accursed Kings series, this one read better and it had a tighter plot. 4/5 stars

The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon – I enjoyed the previous book more. There’s nothing to like about the MC in this one, and the plot seemed to wander and drag. 4/5 stars

The Royal Succession by Maurice Druon – Another good one with a strong plot and enjoyable and, most important, smart MC. 4/5 stars

Friday, April 29, 2016

Galaxis. Noua opera spatiala - Table of Contents

Here is the Galaxis. Noua opera spatiala table of contents (source), and it looks like the book has a new cover, too.

Niciun port din galaxie by Ioana Vişan
by Daniel Haiduc
by George Lazăr
Desprindere lentă
by Silviu Genescu
La început au fost serviciile de calitate
by Alexandru Lamba
by Liviu Radu
by Liviu Surugiu

Niciun port din galaxie is the Romanian version of No Port to Land and it was written for this anthology. Did I tell you I really, really like this story? :)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Story: Suprafete de contact

Never in a million years did I imagine my stories would be featured in a magazine with Iron Man and Captain America on the cover. I mean how cool is that? 

When you're invited to write for a magazine as prestigious as Stiinta & Tehnica, you drop everything and write it. I had three weeks to get the story done, one to come up with an idea (it fully crystallized during the last two days before actually writing it, but this is how it usually happens), one to write it, and one to polish it. I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.

"Suprafete de contact" (Contact Surfaces) is included in issue no. 55 of Stiinta & Tehnica from April, 2016. The story deals with parallel universes, something I haven't played with before. The issue already made it to Iasi so you can check the local stores and get it.

Oh, and check out the illustrations that accompany the story. They were specially drawn for it.

Here is a video presentation of the April issue. My story is mentioned at 48:21.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New Story, Review, and Interview in Revista de Suspans

The April issue, no. 25, of Revista de Suspans is out, and it includes several goodies among which:

- a short story - "Înlănţuiţi" (this is the Romanian version of Breaking the Chains, initially included in "Efectul de nautil" short story collection, Millennium Books, 2013.)

- a review of "Secvenţă de zbor" short story collection (Millennium Books, 2016); this is the first review of the book as far as I know since it was just released earlier this month.

- an interview with yours truly in which I'm talking about the new book and also about self-publishing.

Thank you, Cezarina, for inviting me to be part of this great issue!

P.S. If you want to read more about angels and demons, the second installment in The Devil You Know series, The Night between Heaven and Hell, is out on Amazon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cover Reveal: Galaxis: Noua operă spaţială

Galaxis: Noua operă spaţială
Ioana Vișan, Daniel Haiduc, George Lazăr, Silviu Genescu
Alexandru Lamba, Liviu Radu, Liviu Surugiu
Coordonatoare Antuza Genescu
Editura Eagle

În curând, „Galaxis: Noua operă spaţială” – o nouă antologie marca Societăţii Române de Science Fiction &Fantasy!

În acest al șaselea volum, autori consacraţi (Silviu Genescu, George Lazăr, Ioana Vișan, Liviu Surugiu, Alexandru Lamba, Daniel Haiduc) publică alături de prietenul și colegul nostru, cel care a fost Maestrul Liviu Radu, povestiri pe o temă generoasă și incitantă: space opera.

Noi, membrii SRSFF îi dedicăm această antologie, în semn de omagiu lui Liviu Radu!

Care nu a mai avut răbdare să aștepte volumul tipărit și a plecat să scrie și să publice într-o galaxie îndepărtată.

Ne lipsești și ne vei lipsi, Liviu!

Coordonatoarea antologiei este Antuza Genescu, binecunoscută traducătoare, autoare, președinta Societăţii H.G.Wells (Timișoara), membră a SRSFF, iar editorul este Mugur Cornilă (Editura Eagle&Editura Virtuală), membru SRSFF.

Imaginea copertei aparţine artistului digital George Muntean, unul dintre cei mai valoroși tineri creatori români de artă a imaginarului (