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5 Short Stories by J.C. Conway – Bloggers Book Fair & Giveaway

5 Short Stories by J.C. Conway

JC n1929J.C. Conway writes romance, science-fiction, and fantasy stories for adults, young adults and middle-grade readers. He is a long-standing member of Romance Writers of America, Yosemite Romance Writers, the World Science Fiction Society, and Mystery Writers of America. He is also a complex-litigation attorney, a former high-school math and computer science teacher, a family man, and a fan of great fiction that stretches the imagination, probes the depths of the human condition or otherwise illuminates the unknown or the misunderstood.

J.C. Conway’s passion for writing began early. He loved grade school assignments that allowed him to write about whatever he wanted, which generally meant at the time, in no particular order, dinosaurs, robots, giant insects, mass destruction, army heroes and alien invaders. Since then he’s added romance, tense personal conflict and emotional dilemmas.

His debut novel, Hearts in Ruin, a contemporary romance about two archaeologists on the verge of a groundbreaking discovery, was released by Liquid Silver Books May 5, 2014. His short stories have appeared in Tales of the Talisman, Mystic Signals, Battlespace (a charitable publication, the proceeds of which go to help wounded veterans through the Warrior Cry Music Project) and many other print an online publications. A full listing of his work is available at his website: http://jcconway.com.


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Short Stories

Worlds Less Traveled

Science Fiction | Adult


An attorney at an off-world deposition faces a strange witness and even stranger circumstances. But can his senses be trusted this far from Earth as his anti-psychotic field wanes? “Worlds Less Traveled” is a fresh look at at an ageless problem, rife with intrigue, corporate malfeasance and relentless tension in a way that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Previously published by Perihelion Science Fiction and available in audio from Comets and Criminals, this short story by J. C. Conway keeps readers guessing and engaged. “Giggle, snicker, chuckle… oh, I liked that.” Don’t miss the chance to glimpse humanity from the eyes one of its troubled own as he struggles with internal and external adversity on a world less traveled.

Only $.99!

Gentle Push

Science Fiction | Adult


An alien scout from an ancient and advanced species encounters a human for the first time as Earth’s colonies retreat from an advancing horde. It finds the human unusual, in its own way, and the encounter is not what it expects. But its first observation are only the beginning of its surprises.

 First published in Mindflights Magazine, this quirky and uplifting short story by J. C. Conway explores human love, sacrifice, loyalty and perseverance in the face of crushing adversity.

 Only $.99!

Murphy’s Traverse

Science Fiction | Adult


Centuries-long interstellar colony missions are serious business. It is Murphy’s job to make sure the ship arrives in one piece and he has at his disposal the resources of the entire vessel and its advanced caretaker programs to ensure he meets that goal. With nothing in their path and a vast store of redundant systems, what could go wrong?

 Only $.99!

Bingham’s Deep Woods Fairies

Fantasy | Middle Grade


Carolyn is on a fairy hunt. She has the book, she has the time, and she knows where to look. But is fairy magic, and its source, something Carolyn is ready to face?

Only $.99!


Silence of the Imbeciles

Fantasy | Middle Grade


14-year-old Frankie Turnbull is fascinated with magic wands and he is very good at making them, as the enchanted beings have assured him. But with great power comes terrible consequences, and Frankie must learn to face his. Originally published by Residential Aliens, this story has been described as “very well written, understated and poignant.” While Frankie’s problems seem unusual for a 21st Century small-town kid, there is something universal at the heart of his troubles and his reaction to them.

Only $.99!

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Things to Read….My Book Recommendations – Ta – Da!

Hello Everyone – I hope you are all doing well?

Here is my list of books to take a look at for October.  I tried to aim for a bit of a mixed bag, but it did not turn out that way.  Two books have dragons in them, one is fantasy with a touch of dragons and the last…well, Jack Irish could be considered a dragon in his own right. (If anyone has a chance to hear a talk by Peter Temple, grab it.  He is a brilliant public speaker.  I heard him talk at the Adelaide Writer’s Festival.)

Enjoy this month’s selection


NB:Genre’s will vary each month depending on what spine catches my eye in my library when I go to chose books….Also depends on my mood, the phase of the moon, and how much sugar and caffeine is in my blood stream 🙂

October’s Books – Just click on the book image to check them out on Amazon.


Magician by Raymond Feist – I have a signed copy of this book.  It is one of my favourites.

The world had changed even before I discovered the foreign ship wrecked on the shore below Crydee Castle, but it was the harbinger of the chaos and death that was coming to our door.

War had come to the Kingdom of the Isles, and in the years that followed it would scatter my friends across the world. I longed to train as a warrior and fight alongside our duke like my foster-brother, but when the time came, I was not offered that choice. My fate would be shaped by other forces.

My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician…

Magician is the first book in Raymond E. Feist’s acclaimed Riftwar Saga. The trilogy continues with book two, Silverthorn.

Green Smoke by Rosemary Manning – I have the 1957 first edition of this book.  I’ve loved it since I was a kid.

It was just under the cliff walk from Constantine Bay to Treyarnon, in a little secret cove, that Susan discovered something quite different from anything that she had ever seen before. Perhaps “something” is not quite the correct word, “someone” would be more polite. His name was R. Dragon, he was 1,500 years old, and he had a great partiality for almond buns.

He was a dragon with impeccable manners, who was far too polite to eat people, and avoided meeting them because he did not like to frighten them. He could also tell stories and Sue heard about the Cornish giants and faries, and of King Arthur whom he had known very well. He taught Sue songs and took her on trips to Tintagel Castle and the Pool of Excalibur, and once to have tea with a mermaid, who told her about the country under the sea.


Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey – I absolutely love these books and I love Anne McCaffrey

The men who rode the dragons were a breed apart. Chosen when the dragons were first hatched, they became soulmates for life with the huge, magnificent beasts they controlled – the green, blue, brown and bronzes – beautiful – terrible – the only creatures who could defend the planet Pern from the blood-red star. But without the Queen, the dragons would become extinct. Only the gigantic, golden Queen could breed the new flights. And the Queen was fading . . . dying . . . leaving behind one last, huge, golden egg.


Bad Debts by Peter Temple – This has now been made into a telemovie

A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn’t ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: His beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long, and he’s still cooking for one. When Danny turns up dead, Jack is forced to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past.

With suspenseful prose and black humor, Peter Temple builds an unforgettable character in Jack Irish and brings the reader on a journey that is as intelligent as it is exciting.


H. M. Clarke

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Writing Update: 19th August

Hayley - workHello Again!

Winter’s Magic:Act One is due out in a fortnight and it is now available for pre-order on amazon.  With Act Two due for release on the 25th October 2014.

The Dream Thief – The second Way to Freedom book has just finished it’s second draft and is still on track for it’s mid December release date.  Covers for the Dream Thief have been designed and will soon go out to my ‘Explorers’ on my Newsletter for their opinion.

The next piece of news is that I am going to delay the writing of Fyre and instead finish working on The Verge Book 2.  People want the sequel  to The Enclave, so I will ‘cave in’ to the pressure and give them what they want 🙂 (Plus Katherine needs to go out and kick some more Alliance Arse!)

And the final piece of news is that I am writing a novella for a new anthology themed for Romantic Fantasy.  As this project develops further, I will give out more news.

Well, I think that’s everything I have for now – ’til next time


– Hayley

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The Kalarthri on Kindle Countdown

Now is your chance to get the Kindle version of The Kalarthri as it is now on a Kindle count down deal.

Get in early to get it at the best price!   Deal finishes on 21st March 2014.



Going on a Virtual Book Tour….

I am about to embark on a Virtual Book Tour – So I had better start packing my virtual luggage and carry on 🙂

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I will be touring from the 27th February to the 6th March.

When the dates get closer, I will post a schedule so people can follow along 🙂

NB: here is the link   – http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/ya-fantasy-book-tour-giveaway-the-kalarthri-media-kit-by-h-m-clarke/

I hope you will come join me