Fireflies & Laserbeams

The Kirkus Review is back!

Sunday April 11, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Novel Publicity | Leave Comments

The Kirkus Review just came out, and it's a good one. You can read it here!

"Hawkes superbly extrapolates what our technology-dependent and pandemic-stricken world might be like a dozen years from now." — Kirkus Reviews

Also, the book is discounted for the next week and will be a Featured Deal on BookBub.

In a future marked by widespread surveillance, Dr. Cole Westbay has made a name for himself with the creation of a neurochip that records everything about a person. But after he’s framed for murder, Cole has no choice if he wants to survive: He’ll have to go off the grid.

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Blue Ink – 3 Simple Ways to Satisfy Reader Expectation

Wednesday February 10, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments

Three Simple Ways to Satisfy Reader Expectation, an article by the amazing Paul Goat Allen just posted on Blue Ink Review. He gives Effacement some kinds words. I changed the cover at his suggestion, as he points out in the interview. Great article, Goat! And thanks for the advice!

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Mountweazels and Liars

Monday January 25, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Silly | Leave Comments

As I am wont to do, I went down another internet rabbit hole last night. I love learning new and interesting trivia.

If anything this post is more for my own repository. My girlfriend and I are taking turns reading chapters of a new book to each other. It is The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams. Interestingly, she references in the preface a jungftak. It is a ficticious bird used as what is now called a mountweazel. The use of mountweazel comes from a fictitious entry in the 1975 edition of the New  Columbia Encyclopedia. The link above will tell you all about it. The Webster's Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language (1943) inserted jungftak into its lexicon as a mountweazel, before the word was ever created.

Paraphrased from the book jacket flap of The Liar's Dictionary: Mountweazel (n.) - the phenomenon of false entries within reference works to safeguard against copyright infringement.

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Only a Little Blood is out in Print!

Saturday January 23, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Uncategorized | Leave Comments

Turns out my timing was slightly off with my book release. The print version is available Now!

I spent long hours working on the formatting, for both the interior and exterior. Having never done this before, it took so many iterations that I lost count. The first night I was up until 2 am, and thought I had it solved. Two days later I finished the last iteration. It should certainly be in good shape now.

I hope you all enjoy Only a Little Blood!

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Cover Reveal! Only a Little Blood

Monday January 18, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | cover reveal | Leave Comments

I hope you like it. I hired it out, didn't like it, so I ended up making my own. The story is a near future thriller.

Here is the back cover blurb:

In the future, serious crime has all but disappeared. With the advent of BioNarratus’s Vitasync neurochip, recording every aspect of your life has become the law. Without it you can’t get a bank account, medical insurance, or a job. Unbeknownst to Cole Westbay, a government agency is bent on using the neurolink tools he helped develop to target and kill potential enemies. Before he can act, he wakes with his neurochip destroyed and his recent memory wiped.
Now the centerpiece of a government conspiracy and the target of every newsgroup on the planet, he’s on the run trying to solve the mystery before they shut him up permanently.

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