Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Tie-in Tuesday: Tales of the Lost Isles available now!

The Ghost Archipelago has returned.

A vast island chain, covered in the ruins of ancient and otherworldly civilizations, the Archipelago appears every few centuries, far out in the southern ocean.

At such times, pirates, adventurers, wizards, and legendary heroes all descend upon the islands in the hopes of finding lost treasures and powerful artefacts. A few, drawn by the blood of their ancestors, search for the fabled Crystal Pool, whose waters grant abilities far beyond those of normal men.

It is only the bravest, however, who venture into the islands, for they are filled with numerous deadly threats. Cannibal tribes, sorcerous serpent-men, and poisonous water-beasts all inhabit the island ruins, guarding their treasure hordes and setting traps for the unwary.

This book of fiction collects all-new stories set within the Ghost Archipelago, including my own A Nice Little Nest Egg.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Thought for the Day

"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."
~ William Shakespeare


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Wicked Wizard of Oz at GamesFest 2017

Just a quick reminder that this Saturday, 21st October, I shall be attending GamesFest 2017.

GamesFest is a one day tabletop gaming convention based in Tring, in Hertfordshire, that aims to introduce new tabletop games alongside some well loved classics in an informal atmosphere. Gamesfest events continue to gather fans and plaudits as they encompass war-gaming, RPGs, board games, comics, cosplay and much more.

It's been a while since I first attended GamesFest but the event is now firmly established in the annual convention calendar, providing a platform for new entrants and a great day out for all those attending.

So why not come along, participate and try something new?

I'll be there selling my ACE Gamebook The Wicked Wizard of Oz, as well as YOU ARE THE HERO Parts 1 & 2. And I also hope I'll be able to preview the forthcoming NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters.


You can find out more about the event here.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Thought for the Day

“But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
~ Jane Austen


Friday, 13 October 2017

Gamebook Friday: World Egg Day

Back in March this year, following the success of the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Colouring Book, Kev Crossley and I put out a second volume of illustrations, inspired by the adventure, but this time designed to be coloured, subtitled Through the Looking-Glass and the Horrors Alice Found There.

One of the scenes that there just wasn't the time or the budget to include in the gamebook itself was this image of Alice encountering Humpty Dumpty.


Now what can possibly have hatched from an egg like this? I'll give you a clue...


I would love to be able to put out a second edition of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland one day, including the extra illustrations Kev produced for the second colouring book. Maybe I should run a Kickstarter to do just that...


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

International Day of the Girl 2017

Today is International Day of the Girl. Having a daughter myself, I have become more aware of how books are marketed to girls. For example, the other day I stumbled across one all about make-up and waxing and the like, for pre-teens!

Why should girls have books about make-up forced upon them while boys get action and adventure and brave heroes saving the day? I know this is an outrageous sweeping generalisation, but it is broadly true.

So it's important to me that two of my recent books are focused on female heroines - Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland and The Wicked Wizard of Oz.



And of course the forthcoming NEVERLAND will focus on a certain Wendy Darling, and that's no coincidence.

I wonder if she's a girl?

Monday, 9 October 2017

Thought for the Day

"A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist."
~ Vladimir Nabokov


Friday, 6 October 2017

Gamebook Friday: YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2

So backers of the YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 Kickstarter project have received their copies of the book and a few reviews have started to appear on Amazon (although there's always room for more).

Here's what a few readers have had to say about the book:

"Jonathan Green has a very friendly writing style in these books, you get the impression of someone excitedly showing you, a friend, all the wonders of his own collection, and it's an enthusiasm that shines through the book."

"It was quite evident that Jon had gained more than enough further information to fill the book with entertaining, educational and inspiring information and interviews which make the book a great read."

"If you, like me, are as obsessed with Fighting Fantasy today as you were all those years ago, then this is clearly a no brainier first day buy."

"It's great to read about the additional fan projects that are in the works... Another plus is the number of full page artworks. Artwork obviously means a lot to FF fans, and to see them in full colour, full page glory is beautiful."

You can leave your own review, or indeed pick up a copy of the book yourself, here. And may your STAMINA never fail!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Super Thursday

Today is Super Thursday, the day in the publishing calendar when many major publishers release the books they hope you will be buying in the lead up to Christmas. Apparently, 505 new hardbacks will be released today in the UK. I think you'll agree, that's quite a lot of books. And none of them are mine.

However, before the end of the year you can look forward to these three releases which all feature work by Yours Truly.


Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago: Tales of the Lost Isles
Edited by Joseph A. McCullough and published by Osprey Games (19th October 2017)

The Ghost Archipelago has returned. A vast island chain, covered in the ruins of ancient and otherworldly civilizations, the Archipelago appears every few centuries, far out in the southern ocean.

At such times, pirates, adventurers, wizards, and legendary heroes all descend upon the islands in the hopes of finding lost treasures and powerful artefacts. A few, drawn by the blood of their ancestors, search for the fabled Crystal Pool, whose waters grant abilities far beyond those of normal men.

It is only the bravest, however, who venture into the islands, for they are filled with numerous deadly threats. Cannibal tribes, sorcerous serpent-men, and poisonous water-beasts all inhabit the island ruins, guarding their treasure hordes and setting traps for the unwary.

This book of fiction collects all-new stories set within the Ghost Archipelago, including my own A Nice Little Nest Egg.

You can pre-order your copy of Tales of the Lost Isles here.


Edited by George Mann and published by Titan Books (31st October 2017)

Once again, famous associates of the Great Detective - clients, colleagues and, of course, villains - tell their own stories in this collection of brand-new adventures. Meet Lucy Hebron years after Holmes's only ever failed deduction; follow your nose down the streets of London with Toby the Dog; join Mrs Hudson on her first ever case; greet an ambassador from Mars alongside Lord Holdhurst; and confess your sins to your cellmate, Professor James Moriarty…

My own contribution to this anthology is Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Bodmin, as related by Sir Henry Baskerville.

You can pre-order your copy of Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes here.


Published by BBC Children's Books (2nd November 2017)

A brand new guide illustrated with over 100 pieces of original fan art, showcasing the best stories from 54 years of Doctor Who.

Profiling 100 of the most beloved Doctor Who TV stories, this book is filled with essential information and original art drawn by fans themselves. From thousands of entries, the illustrations inside were chosen as winning pieces as part of an official Puffin Doctor Who fan art compeition held in early 2017.

Spanning the First Doctor's era to the Twelfth, this stunning book is a must-have Christmas gift and keepsake for any Doctor Who fan.

I wrote quite a few of the story summaries that feature inside the book, and here's one of them.


You can pre-order your copy of Doctor Who: 100 Illustrated Adventures here.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Thought for the Day

“Picking five favourite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”
~ Neil Gaiman

Friday, 29 September 2017

Gamebook Friday: The Wicked Wizard of Oz at Dragondaze

This Saturday, 30th September 2017, I will be one of the guests attending Dragondaze in Newport.

Dragondaze is all about playing games, dressing up, having fun and raising money for charity. It's a one day convention celebrating all things gaming - including adventure gamebooks, in the form of The Wicked Wizard of Oz.

If you live in, or near, South Wales, and you're planning on going to Dragondaze, maybe I'll see you there.


Monday, 25 September 2017

YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 correction

When compiling my history of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, I always strive for accuracy. However, sometimes, mistakes do creep in.

As a result, I must apologise to Alex Siddy for describing him in YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 as an amateur artist, whereas he is in fact a professional, working as a concept artist and illustrator, something he has been doing for the last five years.

Not only that, but I also neglected to include his website address in the book. You can find his online portfolio, and how to contact him, at www.alexsiddy.co.uk.


Thought for the Day

“When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.”
~ Stephen King, Joyland


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Steampunk Thursday: Steampunk Essextraordianaire III

This Sunday, 24th September, I will be attending the Steampunk Essextraordianaire III, at the Museum of Power in Langford, Essex, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

I shall be selling my Pax Britannia steampunk novels, and my latest ACE Gamebook, The Wicked Wizard of Oz.

Since the books weren't actually delivered to the what was supposed to be the official launch at the UK Games Expo, I suppose that means that the Steampunk Essextraordianaire III will actually be the official launch.

Maybe I'll see you there. Are you ready to return to Oz?



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

International Talk Like a Pirate Day and NEVERLAND

Ahoy, me hearties!

Every year, I mark International Talk Like a Pirate Day with a blog post about my fourth Fighting Fantasy gamebook Bloodbones.

However, this year I am breaking with that tradition - shiver me timbers! - as rapidly approaching on the horizon is a new writing project featuring pirates, and one well-known pirate in particular.



While the Kickstarter page is still being set up and the project prepped for launch next month, you can join the NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! Facebook group to be kept up to date with developments.

Now batten down the hatches and heave ho - there's a storm comin'!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Thought for the Day

"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."
~ Philip Pullman


Friday, 15 September 2017

Gamebook Friday: NEVERLAND

I am currently busy posting out rewards for backers of my YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 Kickstarter, and I'm very pleased to say that the book has already received it's first 5-star review.

However, as one Kickstarter comes to an end, as is my wont, I am currently preparing to launch the next one. Having tackled Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, I am next going to take on turning J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy into an ACE Gamebook.

To be among the first to hear about developments with the Kickstarter, join the NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! Facebook group.



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Would you like a signed copy of YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2?

Last weekend, YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 was launched at Fighting Fantasy Fest 2, five months and a day after Kickstarter to crowdfund it finished.

Backer copies have started to go out over the last week, but if you would like a signed copy - either hardback or softback - drop me a line at info@jonathangreenauthor.com.


I also have copies of the reprinted YOU ARE THE HERO Part 1 - both hardback and softback.


Monday, 4 September 2017

Thought for the Day

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

Monday, 28 August 2017

Thought for the Day

"Fiction is the truth inside the lie."
~ Stephen King

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 is one week today!

One week today the doors open on Fighting Fantasy Fest 2!

Featuring a host of special guests, including Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, it is going to be a 35th anniversary celebration to remember.

There will be talks, gaming sessions, a cosplay competition, video game demonstrations, signings, and all manner of traders. On top of that, YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 of my ongoing History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks will be launched at the event.

It's not too late to buy your ticket and make sure you don't miss out on the Fighting Fantasy event of the year!


Friday, 25 August 2017

Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes is published today!

Huzzah! It's new book day!

George Mann's latest anthology of Sherlock Holmes' stories is out today. Entitled Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes, it contains my first published Sherlock Holmes short story, itself entitled Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Bodmin.

The premise behind the anthology is that each story is told by one of Holmes' associates, in my case Sir Henry Baskerville, the poor put upon subject of the murder plot in The Hound of the Baskervilles (which is one of only four Sherlock Holmes novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

The following is taken from the book and explains why I chose Sir Henry to be the narrator of my tale.


The Hound of the Baskervilles has long been my favourite Sherlock Holmes story, so it was only natural that I would choose that as my jumping off point. This time last year I was in Cornwall, and crossed Bodmin Moor, which is allegedly home to its own beast.


This year I am in Cornwall again and on the way down visited Lanhydrock House, which could easily pass for Baskerville Hall - or even Trelawny Hall from Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Bodmin.


Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes is available from Titan Books, and via Amazon, now!


Monday, 21 August 2017

Thought for the Day

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them.”
~ Neil Gaiman

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Forthcoming Events

With 2017 almost two thirds done, I thought it timely to let you know which events I shall be attending in the forthcoming months.

September

Friday 1st September - Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 & You Are The Beer-o presents: Stout of the Pit
The world's first Fighting Fantasy pub quiz and a warm-up to the next day's Fighting Fantasy Fest 2. FF fan James Aukett is hosting the event and I will be Quizmaster (rather than Dungeonmaster) for the evening. Tickets can be purchased here and all profits will go to Prostate Cancer UK.

Saturday 2nd September - Fighting Fantasy Fest 2
A day-long event to mark 35 years of the world's premier gamebook series. Featuring Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, Special Guest Artist Iain McCaig, as well as authors Marc Gascoigne, Peter Darvill-Evans, Jamie Thomson, and Keith P Phillips, artists Robert Ball, Malcolm Barter, Leo Hartas, Alan Langford, Tony Hough, Jim Burns, and Pete Knifton, comic creators Andi Ewington and Simon Coleby, and Your Truly. If you follow my blog and don't know about this event yet, then I really don'y know what to say, other than tickets are still available here.

Saturday 30th September - Dragondaze
Dragondaze is all about Playing Games, Dressing Up, Having Fun and Raising Money for Charity, at a one day convention celebrating all things gaming-related. It's about dressing up as your favourite character and meeting and making friends who like the same things. There will be many things to see and play. All profits from this Convention will be going to the Barnardos Young Carers, a charity that helps young carers cope and give them days out as a break, and Sparkle a charity that funds a local Children's Hospital and programs for Disabled Children. And I'll be there selling my ACE Gamebooks Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland and The Wicked Wizard of Oz. You can find out more here.

October

Saturday 21st October - GamesFest 2017
GamesFest is a one day tabletop gaming convention based in Hertfordshire that aims to introduce new tabletop games alongside some well loved classics in an informal atmosphere. Gamesfest events continue to gather fans and plaudits as they encompass war-gaming, RPGs, board games, comics, cosplay and much more. We are now firmly established in the annual convention calendar providing a platform for new entrants and a great day out for all those attending. So come along participate and try something new. And I'll be there selling my ACE Gamebooks Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland and The Wicked Wizard of OzYou can find out more here.

November

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th November - ArmadaCon
I shall be one of the guests at this year's ArmadaCon, a Sci-Fi and Fantasy Multimedia Convention that's been running in Plymouth since 1988. Other conventions tend to be focused one medium or one subject within that medium but the organisers of AramdaCon found that fans find this format restrictive as most fans like more than one type of medium irrespective of subject matter. For more information about events at ArmadaCon, follow this link.

December

Saturday 2nd December - Dragonmeet
I am planning on attending Dragonmeet again this year, with my ACE Gamebooks in tow, as well as YOU ARE THE HERO Parts 1 & 2. You can find out more about the event here and I will keep this blog updated regarding my attendance at the con in due course.

Maybe I'll see you at one of these events before the end of the year...

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Shakespeare Saturday: Featured Review

I have Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu contributor Adrian Chamberlin to thank for drawing this to my attention, but a year after my third short story anthology was published, this review has appeared online.

It's over on DLS Reviews and I think it's far to say the reviewer like it.

You can pick up a copy here. And if you've already read the anthology, feel free to post a review here too.

Friday, 18 August 2017

The World's First Fighting Fantasy Pub Quiz

Do you know your Calacorms from your Clawbeasts? Do you know the difference between a Krell and a Krell? Can you find your way around a map of north-western Allansia?

If you do, or you can, then perhaps you should come along to the world's first Fighting Fantasy pub quiz a fortnight today.

Get warmed up for FIGHTING FANTASY FEST 2 with a special get together for Fighting Fantasy fans!

Featuring:



Admission is £5 per person.

We are raising money for the men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK, in memory of Freeway Fighter illustrator Kevin Bulmer. Once costs have been covered, all proceeds will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK.

Spaces are limited and entry is by ticket only.

This event is for over 18s only.

And then on Saturday 2nd September, join other Fighting Fantasy fans to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the world's premier gamebook series at FIGHTING FANTASY FEST 2!