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You’re right. It should be free.

Alexandrina Brant:

Fauxpocalypse, in which I have a short story, is free on Story Cartel for the next couple of weeks. Download it, [hopefully!] love it, review it. Please. ^.^
The post on the official blog: http://fauxpocalypse.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/free-book-download/

Originally posted on The Matticus Kingdom:

And so, for a limited time, it shall be FREE.

Fauxpocalypse is currently being featured on Story Cartel, and you can download a copy of the book… for…  FREE!  That’s zip, zero, nadda, nothing.  Did I mention FREE?

All those stories.  All the drama.  The love.  The action.  The mystery.


Your money is no good.  (“Nobody drink the beer, the beer has gone bad.” – Can’t Hardly Wait.  Anybody?  Anybody?  Okay, moving on.)  We don’t want your money.  Though, we wouldn’t mind a review or two or twenty, anywhere and everywhere you can post a quick word about it.

Oh, and before I forget, have I already said it is FREE!?

So, pop on over to Story Cartel (http://storycartel.com/books/fauxpocalypse) and pick up your FREE copy of the book.

What are you waiting for?

Do you need…

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You Can Buy Fauxpocalypse in Print!

The not-end of the world is now available to read as a hard copy (and, yes, I’ll be posting when I get a copy myself! Keep an eye out on my blog and the main Fauxpocalypse blog as well as the other contributors’ for other promotional ideas we’ve in the works). My very own story, REVELATION, is the third in the collection.

What does one do when the world has, effectively, given up on itself? The supplies are less than low, the religious fanatics are praising, and of the population…some survived – some are still on their way to surviving. Now they must press through the failed end of society to whatever lies at the other side of the Fauxpocalypse.

This collection of twelve short stories by eleven authors tells of fire, revenge, family, change and, ultimately, hope.



Amazon Kindle copy (this link should take you to the correct .com or .co.uk site relevant to you)

Amazon Paperback! 

Smashwords for Kindle

Our Fauxpocalypse ‘Webstore’

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Unwrapping Fauxpocalypse

Alexandrina Brant:

Dave unwraps the print proofs of Fauxpocalypse, heralding the print not-end of the world. It is nigh, bloggers! Keep an ear to the blog-ground! :)

Originally posted on The Fauxpocalypse Project:

Despite the twin obstacles of many public holidays and flooded airports, the proofs for the paperback edition finally arrived from CreateSpace.

And I made a video of myself opening them. So you get a sneak peek at what Fauxpocalypse looks like as a physical book:

And, as several people have already kindly pointed out, at what my hair does when I am not watching it closely.

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An Interview with Alexandrina Brant

Alexandrina Brant:

My interview with fellow Fauxpocalypse author Debbie Manber Kupfer, in which I talk about the inspiration behind Revelation, novel When the Clock Broke, music lyrics and Quidditch.

Originally posted on Paws4Thought:

Welcome Alexandrina. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m eighteen, a student of Psychology and Philosophy (which means I alternate between writing lab reports and dismantling arguments), and will be officially confirmed as a Catholic in July. Non-academically, my interests range from Italian culture and good wine to astronomy and temporal paradoxes the like seen in Doctor Who and Back to the Future. And I’m dreadfully English, in case that wasn’t obvious. Some of my favourite authors include Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, and Lemony Snicket.

Tell us about your story in Fauxpocalypse. How did you come up with the idea?

My story, Revelation, finds an orphaned student of Oxford University making a last-minute prayer deal in a chaplaincy; if God saves them, they’ll become a Catholic. When the comet soars over the chaplaincy, the student must face the intellectual consequences of their wishful thinking, and consider…

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The World Failed To End For Christmas (AKA Fauxpocalypse is Live For Buying Now!)

Guess what! Yesterday, an anthology in which I am published went live on Amazon. In time for Christmas! :D Whilst the print copy won’t be available until January, the ebook version about the failed end of the world is out now. (This is the point where the voices in my head yell “now!” and do crazy dances. As for real life, I’ve only told one person yet.) Originally an idea by Misha Burnett, the Fauxpocalypse collection brings together authors from around the whole world with the same theme of life after a proposed death. Look!

The Fauxpocalypse Project

Fauxpocalypse: A collection of short fiction about the end of the world that wasn’t. Collected by Dave Higgins. Buy here!

Life on Earth is predicted to end on 15 July 2015. But the oncoming megatons of rock and ice break up shortly before impact. Now humanity must live in a world most believed would not exist. Across the planet, people are haunted by the future they did not fear, and even those who did not embrace death must face the consequences of others’ decisions.

A collection of twelve stories about rebuilding hope.

In case you’re curious, here’s an extract from my own story, Revelation:

A man crawled out in front of me.

“Spare change? Buy a Big Issue from me, madam?”

Life went on as it normally did. Now we had survived some explosion from the heavens, the poor no longer lounged with the rich. I looked up at the house from which he had been evicted. Typical Oxford house: nice furnishings, expensive, probably a Don’s.

I shook my head at their whitewashed windows. “Here.” I rooted around in my jeans; I had some money left from my last purchase of the chips. I lifted a fiver from my pocket and crumpled it into his grubby hand. “Keep the Big Issue.”

I didn’t normally give alms, but something about this night…maybe it glistened, maybe it was the magic of… I wouldn’t say ‘faith’. Not yet.

“Thanks. Penny for your thoughts?” he asked gruffly as his paws folded away my note.

“It’s nothing,” I replied. Why was I even talking to this man?

“Crisis of the conscience?”

I rubbed my nose. “Existential crisis, more like. We’re still here – now what? Who do we thank – a science that has let us down before? A god who only just rescues his people? Or maybe ourselves for being a human race to tolerate its own mistakes?”

The other contributors have come up with other brilliant stories and the collection is so diverse. See their blogs for snippets and hints:

Kate I Foley

Kim Plummer

Jane Thomson

Dave Higgins

Schevus Osbourne

Adrian George Nicolae

Debbie Manber Kupfer

Matt Blashill

Dacia Wilkinson


Fauxpocalypse Teaser

preliminary cover

In the run-up to the release of Fauxpocalypse on the ebook world, we are each posting teasers and little snippets of information on our various blogs. I’ll be doing a proper, informative you-can-buy-this-here (!) post when I have the definite release date. For now, here’s an extract of my story from the collection about the not-end of the world, titled ‘Revelation’.


“Outside?” whispered the man from the pew in front. He crept out of the chapel and into the foyer, halting a metre from the front door.

“Careful!” cried his companion, a woman with tearstains across her cheeks, but the man ignored her. He stepped into the street.

I edged to the door, too. Comet phenomena hadn’t the habit of being late. Ergo, the chance of the comet striking was less. As I put a hand to the glass door, my heart thumped. Every logical possibility never accounted for the random. I might die – but what much had I to lose?

I pushed through.

Outside, the sky rested as dark as ever. The light previously from the comet had faded, but a dull hum still resonated through the air. The early-morning chill had remained, and I wrapped my arms around an ill-chosen t-shirt.

“Come on,” called the man. “It’s safe out here.”

He gestured to the other Christians crowding the entrance. Hands reached out to him, but he drew away. I knew this game: he’d only celebrate with his friends if they joined his side. Before tonight, I would have said the same thing about religion.

I smiled at the woman in the burqa and she, after the fragile moment of hesitation everyone took, stepped outside. The wind threw back her headpiece and her long, jet hair whipped at her face. Eyes in wonder, however, focused too much on a world not burning to fiddle with her garment.

People trailed out after that. Even the priest donned a coat and stepped into the street.


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Guest Post: Flight Risk by Nicole Helm

Today I’m welcoming Nicole Helm, author of Flight Risk, which comes out tomorrow with Samhain Publishing, to the blog to talk about her new book!

(FYI, I’m scheduling this on my friend’s laptop. I still have no internet and won’t until after the 31st. Bear with.)




Flying too close to love could get her heart burned.

The Evolution of This Book


First of all, I want to thank Alexandrina for inviting me to guest post on her blog during the release of my third book, Flight Risk, a contemporary romance set on a small antique airfield featuring a reformed bad girl airplane mechanic, and her goody goody FBI agent best friend. There’s kissing. And swearing. Mostly from the heroine.


Anyway, Alexandrina invited me to talk about the evolution of my book and how it came to be published.


Let me start by saying I’m a lifelong writer. For as long as I can remember I’ve made up stories and people in my head and translated them to paper. I finished my first  completed novel in college (with the help of NaNoWriMo), wrote a few manuscripts that will never see the light of day, then in 2012 the fifth book I wrote to completion was published.


Flight Risk was the sixth completed novel I wrote…kind of (though worth noting it was written long before book 5 was published). I first wrote Flight Risk to enter in Harlequin/Mills & Boon’s inaugural New Voices contest. In this competition, first chapters were posted for all to see and vote on. So, I wanted to open with a bang to grab people’s attention.


So, it started with the heroine getting in a bar fight. This did not go over well with the romance readers of the competition. In the end, their distaste for the scene was spot on, not because bar fights aren’t a great opener–but because it was a fight for the sake of a fight–for the wow, look at me factor. Not well motivated by either party.


In the end, after letting the book sit while I wrote something else, I decided to rewrite the novel completely. Toning down the fight scene, working on the character’s motivations. Then a few months later I submitted the full through another contest. The feedback was positive, but a rejection because my story had one fatal flaw: not enough conflict.


I set it aside again, worked on something else, thought about conflict. Then, started all over…all over again.


This third version is the version you’ll see if you pick up Flight Risk now (mostly). Not every book I’ve published has gone through three complete rewrites before it has sold, but I was still very much a romance writing newbie at this point and had a lot to learn about motivation and conflict. Setting the book aside and working on something else helped me learn and grow enough to come back and make the story something that could sell.


This new version did not come without rejections, though. A few agents requested a partial but ended up passing, and I had rejections from a publisher as well before I submitted to Samhain, who ended up being my publisher on this project.


It took almost six full months from submission to getting the email from my editor that she wanted to acquire Flight Risk. Then another four months to get cover and cover copy. Then another month before edits started rolling in.


My edits were mainly focused on tightening up the pace. No major plot or character changes, just delete a lot of scenes and inner monologues that aren’t necessary. I talk about this to prove that a lot of times in publishing, rejection isn’t about good or bad. right or wrong. It’s about finding the right editor who sees something special in your story.


I think sometimes in the pursuit of publication we’re told not to discuss our failures. Someone important might see and judge you based on that, but stories of failure are always what gets me through my own moments of failure. That we all can fail or be rejected or misunderstood, and then move on and up so that we succeed, get an acceptance, speak our story clearer.


I kept rewriting Flight Risk in the beginning because I loved the characters, but knew I hadn’t told their story well enough yet. I kept submitting that third version despite rejection because I believed the story was good enough and that those rejections were not for us rejections, not not for anybody rejections.


I like sharing my story, especially with other writers, because it’s always good to remember that rejections don’t define us. That everyone’s journey looks different. If you’re a writer, there are only two things you MUST do.


1.      Keep learning. I learned a lot from the feedback I got. Sometimes it was: this person just really isn’t the reader I’m trying to reach. More often though it was: okay, they didn’t get this…how can I change it so they do?

2.      Keep writing. Always. No matter what. Forever and ever. Over and over and over again.


Thanks for having me today. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll try to answer them. You can also find me on my website: www.nicolehelm.wordpress.com, Twitter: @nicoleThelm, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNicoleHelm.


If you’re interested in learning more about Flight Risk click here: http://nicolehelm.wordpress.com/flight-risk/


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