Monday, 31 December 2012

Blog Hop For Books

Blog Hop For Books is a great site for authors to get their work out there via a snippet (or extract) from their novel, or from an interview whose questions can be selected from a pre-made list (or made up yourself). Getting my content on the site was so easy, and the owner of the site was prompt in adding them, and clear about the process.

It would also be a good place for readers interested in hearing from indie authors, to spend some time.

The link is:


http://bloghopforbooks.blogspot.com.au/





Friday, 28 December 2012

T.P. Grish's books spotlighted some more!

Here is a link, up to this date, of where my books are spotlighted and reviewed. Enjoy!


Steel, Magick and Faith: Book 1 of The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles

Book Spotlights:

http://compassebooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/steel-magick-and-faith-book-1-of-remus.html

http://theindielist.weebly.com/fantasy.html

http://www.brandynacole.blogspot.com.au/p/promotion.html 

http://addictedtoebooks.com/node/2256

http://writetobreathe.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=301

http://www.bookmatchers.com//?s=steel%2C+magick+and+faith

http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/dark-fantasy/3371

Upcoming Reviews:

http://thedragonsinkpot.wordpress.com/

http://www.brandynacole.blogspot.com.au/

Upcoming Spotlights:

http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.com.au/   (January 20th, 2013)

Customer Reviews:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Steel-Magick-Rothwyn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007P0UI3M
Avg. Review Score: 4.5/5 - Praising enjoyable story, realistic, deep characters and interactions

Goodreads:   http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16108557-steel-magick-and-faith
Avg. Review Score: 3.3/5 - Praise of complex, interesting characters, villains and heroes, and dialogue

Maldives Malady: A Tropical Adventure

Book Spotlights:

http://writetobreathe.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=303

http://www.bookmatchers.com//?s=maldives+malady

http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/tropical-adventure/3372


Thursday, 27 December 2012

Ask David, promotion site for ebooks

Ask David is a website set up to enable ebook authors to post their books on the site, where users can review, view the author's websites, and share the book with their friends over social media. Your book will be advertised on Ask David's twitter feed.

You can add your book to the site with a quick form, with a possible waiting list, just add your book's information from Amazon.com, and a unique description. Check it out.

http://askdavid.com/



Friday, 21 December 2012

Giveaway for Steel, Magick and Faith


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Steel, Magick and  Faith by T.P. Grish

Steel, Magick and Faith

by T.P. Grish

Giveaway ends January 21, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win





Bookmatchers

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A Neat Blog 1

Brandy Nacole has a blog all about writing and authors located here:

 http://www.brandynacole.blogspot.com.au/

It's a great place for authors to request reviews, and to promote their books, as well as keeping track of her own series of books, the Shadow World books. It looks like a blog that is going to grow much bigger over time. Check it out.

My novel, Steel, Magick and Faith, is promo'd there, and will soon be reviewed!




Look out for the epic, dark fantasy ebooks of Goodreads-rated author T.P. Grish at:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/     

Monday, 17 December 2012

Maldives Malady is a great short story for holiday reading

Maldives Malady, also 99c, is a lightly humorous holiday story featuring Dominic, a young man trying to find his own uniqueness in a bland and mediocre world. A chance to explore a seemingly unknown island is the perfect opportunity for this. Great holiday reading in short story form!

'Hey Dom, how you doin'?' a voice boomed. It was Ben. They proceeded to talk about the upcoming exams, which were deceptively close as it was week 10 at the moment. Yes, they would be alright. Yes, they would meet up afterwards. No, he hadn't studied more than Ben had. As he clapped the phone closed after the genial conversation reached its natural nadir, he had forgotten most of what had been said'

'He walked a few more steps. He could see nothing now except for the thick trees and long ferns and grasses that surrounded him. He was enveloped into the confined space between trees, surrounded by the jungle heat and staccato chirps... This continued for a seemingly oppressive amount of time, and he began to doubt his decision. To come to this place. To take a chance with his life, which was going in the right direction'


http://www.amazon.com/Maldives-Malady-Tropical-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00A96KUQE


Look out for the epic, dark fantasy ebooks of Goodreads-rated author T.P. Grish at:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/     

Great Reviews for Steel, Magick and Faith

Some great reviews for my dark fantasy epic

-'Steel, Magick and Faith is written in such a way that it is reminiscent of Lord of the Rings'
-'I had to look up the meanings of some of the words. I personally really enjoy when I am challenged like that, and loved it. Smiley I'm looking forward to reading the next book to see what the next set of adventures will bring!'
-'The story line was good, the characters were honorable, vindictive, evil, mysterious, stubborn, magical, everything that heroes and villains should be'
-'If you're a fantasy fan and enjoy a touch of realism in your stories then you will enjoy this book'










'It was compared to Lord of the Rings! LOTR! Awesome!'




http://www.amazon.com/Steel-Magick-Rothwyn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007P0UI3M

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16108557-steel-magick-and-faith



Look out for the epic, dark fantasy ebooks of Goodreads-rated author T.P. Grish at:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/      

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

99c Dark Fantasy Novel, Steel, Magick and Faith, on sale

Steel, Magick and Faith is a full-length, dark, epic fantasy novel set in a world where mythological creatures and magick exist. However the world is not a black-and-white high fantasy, rather it is grim, realistic, and all the factions and characters have their own motivations, perspectives and justifications for what they do. Humans are largely influenced by technocratic and religious cults, and villages and towns dot the wild wilderness, with a few large cities of might.

Reviews said, that characters were 'honourable, vindictive, evil, mysterious, stubborn, magical, everything that heroes and villains should be', and that fans of realistic fantasy would enjoy the book.

Read the reviews, and a free sample of the book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Steel-Magick-Rothwyn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007P0UI3M/

This is quality fantasy, only for 99c this holiday season.

'Then somewhere in the fickle mists of creation came humanity, clawing and afraid, grasping and ambitious. Enveloped in a dangerous world, these creatures lived as scavengers; afraid of the greater things of the world. They were beset by disease, lack of claws or fangs, and the lack of habitat to call their own. These fleshy, naked beings were doomed to die of attrition... Ancient forces began to pay attention to the growing incursion, plaguing them, slaying stragglers at night. But still the humans held on to the edge of the precipice, knuckles white with effort'

'Around its face were three plates of natural chitin, one on its forehead, and two on its cheeks, flexing around its massive jaw. Remus swung his hand-axe just in time to deflect a savage bite, smashing against the monster's large teeth. The Feybeast had gotten close enough that Remus could smell the fetid breath of its salivating jaw and see its yellowing fangs'

'He could not deny the nobility he saw in many different people, bits and pieces of nobility that shined through under pressure. The guards who risked their lives to protect the villagers, Markham who flew at the dangerous dwarf, swords flashing; even an Eruthian merchant who stopped in his journey to share tales with complete strangers'



Maldives Malady, also 99c, is a lightly humorous holiday story featuring Dominic, a young man trying to find his own uniqueness in a bland and mediocre world. A chance to explore a seemingly unknown island is the perfect opportunity for this.

'Hey Dom, how you doin'?' a voice boomed. It was Ben. They proceeded to talk about the upcoming exams, which were deceptively close as it was week 10 at the moment. Yes, they would be alright. Yes, they would meet up afterwards. No, he hadn't studied more than Ben had. As he clapped the phone closed after the genial conversation reached its natural nadir, he had forgotten most of what had been said'

'He walked a few more steps. He could see nothing now except for the thick trees and long ferns and grasses that surrounded him. He was enveloped into the confined space between trees, surrounded by the jungle heat and staccato chirps... This continued for a seemingly oppressive amount of time, and he began to doubt his decision. To come to this place. To take a chance with his life, which was going in the right direction'


http://www.amazon.com/Maldives-Malady-Tropical-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00A96KUQE


Look out for the epic, dark fantasy ebooks of Goodreads-rated author T.P. Grish at:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/     

Online Advertising Regulation

Companies are increasingly using Internet sites, advergames, viral marketing, video advertisements and banner advertisements to advertise their products. There are many possible ethical implications to this, considering the fact that the online ads are different in structure to traditional ads and often are under different regulations.

Research shows that children under the age of 11-12 can be unable to consciously register the fact that they are being advertised to, and therfore unable to have a fair chance of putting up a defense or processing the information sensibly. Regulation has severely restricted how TV ads can advertise sugary products and even toys to children, in light of this research. Online mediums often are not covered by the same regulations.This is why sugary cereals and soft drinks create advergames on their sites that are oriented towards kids, and feature brand characters. The web sites are often portrayed as cheery and 'fun-centres' and feature wallpapers, company newsletters and games that you can send to friends, and advertising material in much greater quantity than nutritional or product information. This allows for very blunt advertising that would be unacceptable in traditional media.

Studies of major companies show that most companies do not use the online medium to adequately show nutritional information about their product, or to protect the information children give out when playing competitive or viral games that can be sent to others. Information gathering for marketing purposes can be facilitated on web sites.

Should online advertising be subject to equally harsh regulations as traditional advertising, or is it a different beast? Should certain games and site areas require an age check ( a notification that it is not appropriate for people under 16 for e.g.). Should certain practices such as enhancing a game's features if a user enters in a code found on a product wrapper, be banned as pressure advertising? Is it different from TV promotions promising free gifts and raffles if you find a certain token in your cereal box? Playing a computer advergame is a solitary experience, while parents can supervise kids when watching TV. Even though a tv ad might offer advantatges for buying the product, one does not have to do so to watch the ad. Are advergames with functionality dependent on buying products, much worse than this?

Even adults who play advergames could be subject to offensive material. Could online ads get away with content that may be considered offensive or discriminatory on TV, print or radio? Certainly there could be lawsuits and community pressure against certain web sites, but the regulation is not as well developed.

Look out for the epic, dark fantasy ebooks of Goodreads-rated author T.P. Grish at:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/     

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Noise

With online apps like Facebook and MySpace everybody can be an aspiring artist or can share their thoughts to the world by posting blogs, portfolios or any sort of media. People can network for careers by socializing in the right circles, and joining the right groups. Companies can have profiles and can try and spread viral marketing via incentives and humorous advertising methods, to get people to pass messages on to their circle of friends.

But with every individual suddenly having an outlet to their voice, dreams, hopes and goals, is there a cacophony of noise, of text and media, floating around the web? Artists can try and start a career using these apps and bypass traditional obstacles, but with so many people using social media to do this, to put it frankly, only the diamonds in the rough, or needles in the haystack, have any chance of getting a huge amount of attention.

For 'Facebook Philosophers' not looking for a career, just for people to listen and read their thoughts, how much effort will people spare in viewing their media when so many people have philosophical rants about the minutiae of their everyday life?

Networking via Facebook and companies using social media to advertise might become requirements to stay competitive, since other forms of networking and advertising are saturated and well-known. When this happens online apps like Facebook might cease to be an innovative way for companies or individuals to network or advertise, instead becoming de rigeur. Then, like traditional mediums like television which were once new, only the squeakiest wheel or the wheat of the chaff will get paid attention to.

And, I do realize the irony in posting a blog to express this sentiment. :)

Look out for the epic, dark fantasy ebooks of Goodreads-rated author T.P. Grish at:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/    

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Great Reviews for Steel, Magick and Faith dark fantasy epic

I Got two reviews on Amazon for Steel, Magick and Faith, a 4 and a 5, praising realistic, deep characters and enjoyable storyline http://www.amazon.com/Steel-Magick-Rothwyn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007P0UI3M

Also a 3 out of 5 star review on Goodreads praising the complex characters, heroes and villains, and their interactions http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16108557-steel-magick-and-faith

As always, author page is here:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/

Monday, 3 December 2012

Free and On Sale Dark Fantasy Epic Ebooks


'He could not deny the nobility he saw in many different people, bits and pieces of nobility that shined through under pressure. The guards who risked their lives to protect the villagers, Markham who flew at the dangerous dwarf, swords flashing; even an Eruthian merchant who stopped in his journey to share tales with complete strangers'

http://www.amazon.com/Steel-Magick-Rothwyn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007P0UI3M

'He walked a few more steps. He could see nothing now except for the thick trees and long ferns and grasses that surrounded him. He was enveloped into the confined space between trees, surrounded by the jungle heat and staccato chirps... This continued for a seemingly oppressive amount of time, and he began to doubt his decision. To come to this place. To take a chance with his life, which was going in the right direction'

http://www.amazon.com/Maldives-Malady-Tropical-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00A96KUQE/

Author page: booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Maldives Malady: A Tropical Adventure short story extracts- A great read over Christmas holiday period!

'His cell-phone rang. Dominic fumbled for it on the nightstand next to the couch, the dim lights not helping his endeavour. He had piercing, generic, banal fluorescent lights on his face all the time at work and at University, it was so bad it made him loathe even natural sunlight. Lucky this apartment’s living room light had a dimmer. He flipped open his phone and said hello. ‘Hey Dom, how you doin’?’ a voice boomed. It was Ben. They proceeded to talk about the upcoming exams, which were deceptively close as it was week 10 at the moment. Yes, they would be alright. Yes, they would meet up afterwards. No, he hadn’t studied more than Ben had. As he clapped the phone closed after the genial conversation reached its natural nadir, he had forgotten most of what had been said'


'He plunged into the foliage, and was swept into a humid, wet world of towering trees, animal chirps and thick ferns. After a few steps, he turned, and could barely make out the village. He walked a few more steps. He could see nothing now except for the thick trees and long ferns and grasses that surrounded him. He was enveloped into the confined space between trees, surrounded by the jungle heat and staccato chirps. He turned in the direction of the village, but could only see thick, dense trees. Hoping his sense of direction had not been muddled, he turned back around to the direction of the alleged ocean, and kept walking.

Now the calls he heard sounded more and more strange. How far had he walked by now? The jungle, or rain forest, whatever it was, did not relent, and he kept on weaving into narrow gaps between the sturdy ferns and towering trees, pressing onwards. This continued for a seemingly oppressive amount of time, and he began to doubt his decision. To come to this place. To take a chance with his life, which was going in the right direction. Why couldn’t he be happy with the normal and mundane, he cursed, scolding his own stubbornness'


http://www.amazon.com/Maldives-Malady-Tropical-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00A96KUQE

This will be a great read over the Christmas holiday period and will be free for a few days! Enjoy and please leave a review at Amazon.


Look out for the epic, dark fantasy ebooks of Goodreads-rated author T.P. Grish at:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/   

Exclusivity 2.0 - Social Media, Twitter, Facebook, and all that business

I was reading a book ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Downloaded: Dissent in the digital age’ edited by Tara Brabazon, and it brought up an interesting perspective on the effects of internet social media: that of exclusivity and the isolation and powerlessness that can result from it. The upcoming Web 2.0 and social apps like MySpace can be argued to be exclusive, just as much as they can be heralded as offering unprecedented access and freedom of communication. Social sites have a slightly up-scale, trendy affectation and can be complicated to manage and use, and the upcoming Web 2.0 may have the same problems.

Many people do not use these sites or even the internet because they do not associate with it or know how to use it, and some cannot afford it especially in Australia with our set of internet plans on offer. This could be stopping these people from being as relevant, politically or socially active as they might have been with usage of these technologies.

Some authors in the book argue that although the internet was supposed to be a revolution for change, the fact that not everyone uses it to the same extent, or at all, has tempered this effect. The internet is full of contradicting information and websites full of differeing opinions, and it can be overwhelming to try and understand how to use the internet to gain information and what you can trust. It requires a certain amount of tech savvy.

I personally think if people are not using the internet, we need to analyze why they are missing out on the opportunity to have as much relevance in society as they could have: If the barrier of entry is not too great, and people can access the Internet and can limit themselves to a few familiar sites and email without getting too confused or exposed; then it is their fault for not taking the plunge. On the other hand, if there is no way for them to access infrastructure to log on, and no way for them to start using the Internet, then this needs to be provided. In any case, the goal of achieving some kind of technological or social revolution will be realized to a greater extent than it has been, if more people get on the web and use it more deeply.

Look out for the epic, dark fantasy ebooks of Goodreads-rated author T.P. Grish at:
http://booksoftpgrish.blogspot.com.au/