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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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A new Sword & Sorcery story

After the weekend I’ll have to deliver to my publisher a 20.000-words swords & sorcery novella. It’s a game tie-in job, and it needs to conform to the standards of the so called Old School gaming.
You know, Dungeons & Dragons-style.
A simple party. A linear mission.
Explore the dungeon. Kill the monsters. Get the treasures. Come back alive.

Should the readers like it, it might become the first in a series – and I’d really like it, because it’s turning out to be a fun job.
I still don’t have a title, but it’s a fun job.

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Asteria in Prime Reading

Amazon Italy just informed me that – were I interested – the first story in the Asteria series, Italian edition, has been selected for the Prime Reading programme.

Prime Reading is basically a promotional tool that allows Amazon Prime subscriber to download my ebook for free – while Amazon pays me a fixed amount covering forfeit-fashion all the “sales” of the promotional period.

An excellent offer, that not only signals that my Asteria stories are a small success in Italy (enough to attract Amazon’s attention), but promises to help my series to reach a new audience.
Which is fine, because more readers for the first episode in the series also means – hopefully – more readers for the follow-up episodes.
So I was quite happy to accept the invitation.

And the fourth episode in the series, in English, is about to be released – bringing the first “season” of Asteria to a close, and possibly launching also a spin-off series.
And then… ah, who knows.
New stories, paperbound collections, gadgets, signing sessions, a movie… dreaming is free, as Blondie used to sing.
Alas, right now there is no Prime Reading programme for the English edition of the **Asteria** stories. But maybe, in the future.

So, things look fine for Asteria.
Never mind the fact that Amazon had to send me three times the link to sign the agreement, because the first two were broken.
I’m sure everything will be fine.


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Fighting the Kaiser in the American South-West

Alternate history.
I like that a lot – you get the best of both worlds, a solid historical background, and a fun science fiction/fantasy/what if angle and plot.
I did write a few alternate histories in my time, and of course Hope & Glory is a huge alternate history universe.
So yes, I like that.

And while I don’t read that much alternate history anymore, I am in the habit of keeping a few books as an emergency stash for bad moments, and one, in one of my surprise book boxes, happened to be an alternate history book.
And I’m having a go at it.

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A coin tossed from the bridge

I have mentioned in the past the movie Le Bossu (On Guard for the English-speaking markets), a fine French swashbuckler from twenty years ago that I like very much and used to watch every time it passed on TV hereabouts, and now have on DVD and watch at least once a year.
Great action, fine story, excellent cast.
Great movie, watch it!

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In the movie, the main character, Lagardere, recalls the time when, as a Paris street urchin, he had developed a stunt that allowed him to make some money: he would ask the passers-by to toss a coin in the Seine, and he would dive behind it from a bridge, and retrieve it as it sank in the water of the river.
He even had a short rhyming song, to hook the punters.

Needless to say, Lagardere’s skill of diving from bridges and disappearing under the surface of the river will come handy later in the story.

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