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Shaun M Jooste is the published author of the epic fantasy series, Celenic Earth Chronicles, and the horror novel, Silent Hill: Betrayal. He is the Owner and Director of Celenic Earth Publications, a registered company that publishes entertainment media such as games, books, music, films, comics and magazines.

Neon Sword Cyberpunk Role-Playing Game is Live on Kickstarter

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Good morning followers

You must be wondering why I am posting about a game on my author’s blog and not just keeping it on AIR Entertainment or Steemit.

Well, that is because I am very much involved with the game as a writer and a voice actor. I have been working on some short stories for the game’s website. I am also pretty excited to get started on some novels based on the game’s lore.

One thing at a time though. For now, we are focusing on the Kickstarter campaign that has been setup. The funds will help push through the final stages of development and towards publishing the game, first on PC and then hopefully on console.

Here’s a small write-up of the game:

“Neon Sword is an open world 3rd person top down action roleplay game with elements of business simulation. The non-linear story has multiple choices that effect the world around you leading you down many paths; the person you become is shaped by your decisions made within the game.

Another crime goes unsolved in the city that is the cesspit of humanity! Well, not if you have any say in the matter as you start a personal crusade of revenge. Are you the hunter or the hunted? You will turn Quaid City upside down hosing the streets clean of the human vermin that infest the dark shadows out of the neon glare. Shape the destiny of Quaid City.

Do you use commerce or violence as your weapons of choice? Purchase and manage businesses to get on the property ladder and build your income. Manage a deep and vibrant economy in a dynamic world that evolves around your every action. Strive to bring order to a city in the depths of despair. Will you be businessman or the ultimate bounty hunter? Customizing your character for the perfect kill with scores of weapons, skills and accessories that allow you to bring swift justice to the factions that stand between you and sweet revenge.

The time has come to wield the Neon Sword.”

Very exciting indeed. I cannot wait for you all to try this game out. The lore is kind extensive, which led me to writing the short stories and novels in the first place. I am just grateful that PeaHead Games gave me this opportunity.

I will keep you updated on the game and story development. For now, please visit the Kickstarter page. Here is the video for the event.

Warm Regards

The Count of Celenic Earth

 

 

 

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Winter Book Giveaway Winners!

A few weeks ago we announced that we would run a competition whereby subscribers to our website’s newsletter would receive free copies of CEA Greatest Anthology Written, our World Record anthology of 108 short stories by 108 writers.

We are happy to announce that the winners have been determined, and have been notified by email of their winnings. The free paperback has been posted while we are still trying to obtain responses from all the ebook winners.

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Here are the winners of this wonderful volume:

  1. Nerisha Kemraj (Grand Prize – Paperback)
  2. Bridgette Ronne (Ebook)
  3. Dan Allen (Ebook)
  4. Sharon Cox (Ebook)
  5. Andre Ver Burg (Ebook)
  6. Love Joshi (Ebook)
  7. A Christina Portillo (Ebook)
  8. Sandra (Ebook)
  9. Cuauhtemoc Villa (Ebook)
  10. Linda Loring (Ebook)

Congratulations and I hope you enjoy the tales within the Volume. In the next giveaway we will be presenting the entire epic fantasy trilogy, Celenic Earth Chronicles, which is what started our publishing company off, hence the name.

So watch this space for more details soon.

 


 

Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

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Director: Celenic Earth Publications

Joint Owner: AIR Entertainment

Author, Screenwriter, Poet: Blog

GameWriter: Antreya Studios; PeaHead Games; Celenic Games Studios (coming soon)

 

CEA Greatest Anthology Written With Its 108 Short Stories in 1 Volume Is Nominated for Best Anthology Awards 2017

When CEA Greatest Anthology Written was released in October, we knew it would become an instant success. Not only is it up for a Guinness World Record for the Most Authors Contributing Towards an Anthology of Short Stories, but it was also nominated for the Shirley Jackson Awards. And now, CEA Greatest Anthology Written has been nominated for the Best Anthology of 2017 in the Preditors and Editors Awards.

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That makes two awards nominations in 2 months!! We’re sure there are many more to come in 2018, but for now we are ending 2018 with a glorious bang. Even though a nomination is great, we would love for you to vote for our Anthology in the awards. As it stands, CEA Greatest Anthology Written is topping the standings, and we would dearly love to keep it that way. So if you would like to help, please visit the Preditors and Editors Anthology voting page and give us a click.

We will keep you updated with standings on our social media platforms every week, so be sure to follow us on social media (the buttons on the bottom of this site’s page) and don’t miss out.

Our Video Game Fantasy Novel With RPG Elements, Heroes of Antreya: The Journey Begins, is Nominated for Best Fantasy Novel 2017

Since its recent release, our fantasy novel Heroes of Antreya: The Journey Begins has been getting lots of attention, mostly because of its RPG elements and due to the current game development by Antreya Studios. And now, the fantasy novel has been nominated for Best Fantasy Novel of 2017 in the Preditors and Editors Awards.

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Of course, we are so honoured to have the novel nominated, but we would dearly love to have more votes to be able to win this award. You an aid us by visiting the Preditors and Editors Fantasy Awards Page and selecting Heroes of Antreya: The Journey Begins as your vote. We will be watching the standings closely and will keep everyone updated on our twitter and facebook platforms of where the novel stands.

As a last word, we are giving away ebook review keys to 10 lucky readers to read and give us some honest feedback on Amazon. If you would like to receive a free copy of this novel, please comment below and we will contact you.

Fantasy Game Novel Heroes of Antreya: The Journey Begins Finally Available!!

And Heroes of Antreya: The Journey Begins has finally been launched!!

Despite our best intentions to have both the Paperback and Digital versions available on 15 December 2017, we had to wait for several approvals by our distributors, which only took place over this weekend.

The wait is over however. And as a special reward for your patience, we are having a launch week special, where the Paperback and Ebook copies will be on sale at $13 and $8 respectively, compared to what their normal prices will be at $17 and $10 from next week onwards.

A percentage of the sales will be going towards further development of the upcoming MMORPG, Antreya Chronicles, in which this novel’s plot will be central to the game. You can read more and select your purchase options on our special Heroes of Antreya: The Journey Begins page.

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The authors have also written special articles on their experience writing the three main characters for the novel. You can visit Dean Clark’s blog to read about the creation of the Reyt (elf) Krestyl and the Siopus (human) Darius. Visit Shaun M Jooste’s blog to read more about the creation of the Minoseus (dwarf) Sernagum.

 

 

First Antreya Chronicles Epic Fantasy Novel ‘The Journey Begins’ Set for Release on 15 December

Welcome to the first novel in the Heroes of Antreya fantasy series! Two of our writers, namely Dean Clark and Shaun M Jooste, have been working on The Journey Begins for months now while writing main and side questlines for the upcoming MMORPG epic fantasy game, Antreya Chronicles. The Journey Begins forms part of the first part of the game, and Antreya Studios graphic designers and developers are working hard to transform the literary words of these two creative writers into actual gameplay.

Do not feel that reading the gamebook novel will ruin the game experience for you though. Antreya Chronicles is a vast open world fantasy MMORPG, and players will be able to embark on many side quests, as well as choose how they want to carry out the main storyline missions. The Journey Begins brings the true plot of the game out in one, clean epic fantasy novel, revealing the essence of what the game’s tale will be.

And as the title suggests, this is only the beginning. More novels in the Heroes of Antreya series will be released in 2018, as well as spin-off novels by each of the writers. This is only the start of Antreya, which will keeping you reading and playing for decades to come.

Our pre-order page for The Journey Begins will be up by this weekend, and we will be sure to update you on our social media platforms once it is live. The expected release date is 15 December 2017 in paperback and ebook formats.

 

 

CEA Greatest Anthology, CEA Through the Dark and Hegis’ Grasp Accepted for Shirley Jackson Awards

In the middle of last month, a correspondent from the Shirley Jackson Awards for horror and psychological thriller contacted us to enquire as to whether we would like to submit any of our 2017 publications for the 2017 Awards. We had a fine look through the guidelines and requirements and found that three of our publications fit the bill:

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Just a few moments ago we were notified that these publications have been accepted for consideration. CEA Greatest Anthology Written and CEA Through the Dark are placed within the Anthology categories, while Hegis’ Grasp is placed within the Novelette category. Each of them have horror and psychological thriller elements, making them our most suitable candidates for this award.

Here is some more information on the awards:

In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Jackson “one of this century’s most luminous and strange American writers,” and multiple generations of authors would agree.

The Shirley Jackson Award will be voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards will be given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

 

You can also read here for the list of jurors that will be doing the judging. Here’s wishing our publications the best of luck in these awards!

 

Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

 

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Major Site Revamp, Anthology Submissions, and Other Changes coming soon

Earlier in June this year, when we were still young and innocent, we set out an anthology schedule that we were determined to stick to. If we had followed that, we would have had seven anthologies published by now, which would have included the anthologies for crime, hardboiled noir, Writers without Boundaries #2, Erotica, LGBT, CEA Through the Dark #2 and a special Halloween anthology.

And then the Guinness World Record attempt was approved in July and all that changed. Our primary focus changed to finding 100 writers, accepting all the stories and getting everything ready to publish.

Further to that, we shifted from a publishing label to a registered publishing company , the difference of which is all finely spelt out in our country’s Company Registration Act and which we will not get into here. But what that meant for us was that we could branch out to other divisions, and not just focus on books, although very soon you will see that all our divisions are still primarily focussed on our books, whether they be adaptations or soundtracks to accompany our books or movies.

Celenic Game Studios was the first branch in CEP to effectively start up, even though we have yet to give it a presence on the internet. The media and press section of CGS was the first to be established, and AIR Entertainment was born, with actor, writer, guitarist and singer (to name a few talents) Andi Hodgetts owning and running this section with actor, writer, guitarist and singer (to name a few talents) Shaun M Jooste.

Celenic Game Studios has also partnered with Salty Goal Productions to start developing games in the future, while we also were approved to develop games for various platforms such as Steam, Unity, Android, PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox. These of course are all in preparation for things to come, as our sole focus was still the Guinness World Record.

AIR Entertainment in itself has been established successfully, growing quicker than any of us could have expected. The team and site are approved media contacts for many game developers and publishers, some of which only accept elite news sites. Developers brandish the team with game review codes for various platforms quite readily now, and AIR has been approved for its own Reddit community and a featured presence on Feedly.

And all this during a trying time when the main focus was a world record. Which means that, now that the anthology is published, we can shift more focus to our other divisions and put some things into place. And the first of these is a major website revamp. This site will play host to all the divisions, which means we have to change how posts are presented completely. We want to register this site with its own domain soon, hopefully by the end of November, which is why we want all the divisions available in one site.

You will not recognise this site when it is all done.

And when this site is done, you will see the strong community we are building, where book writers can get involved with games, or game writers can get involved with film, or novels get turned into films or games, etc. 2018 really looks promising right now.


 

ANTHOLOGIES: THE FUTURE OF

We mentioned earlier that we had presented a schedule of anthologies to be published. We are changing our strategy slightly. Instead of booking anthologies for months to come, hoping to meet our own deadlines, we are simply going to have an open call for all 2018 anthologies soon. It will be open until such time that we have obtained sufficient writers per anthology (aiming for at least 10 per volume), upon which time we will set deadlines and then decide on publishing dates. We would still like to ensure at least 1 anthology a month to be published, but we will rather wait until we have our writers tied in and stories submitted before we agree to anything.

Having said that, even though calls will be open for writers to select which anthologies they would like to write for, we will not be publishing any further anthologies for the rest of 2017. We’ve had a good start for a publishing company that has only started up, and now is the time to start planning properly for next year.

So watch our posts for the next few days. A new site, the opening of all anthologies, and also a new writer that will be signing up with us for a new trilogy he is writing…. very exciting times ahead.

 

Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

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CEA Greatest Anthology Written now available locally through Groep 7 Drukkers Distributors

We have signed up with Groep 7 Drukkers to distribute CEA Greatest Anthology locally, specifically in the northern South Africa areas like Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. This is because they are based in Pretoria, which means quicker shipping and delivery times for those of you in that area.

Those of you in the City of Cape Town and surrounds can still order directly from our site, as per our ordering page:

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Groep 7 is already registered with bookshops like Exclusive Books and Bargain Books, so we’re hoping to have our books in these shops soon enough. So if you’d like to order from our national distributor, please visit their site below:

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Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Chronicles

Pretoria FM Radio Interviews Us On Our Guinness World Record Anthology Attempt

On Friday 20 October 2017, we were interviewed by Pretoria FM about our Guinness World Record Anthology attempt. We were fortunate enough to obtain a recording of that interview and stream it on our site.

The interviewer asked questions in our Afrikaans language, while I responded in English for all of our followers and readers overseas who do not understand Afrikaans. Also, just beneath the stream below, we have transcribed the questions into English, for you to follow more easily.

 

 

Questions in English (rough translation):

Pretoria FM: Welcome to the afternoon broadcast, and a writer and publisher from Cape Town has accepted the challenge to beat a Guinness World Record for the Most Authors Contributing towards an Anthology of Short Stories. Shaun M Jooste is in the last stretch to beat this record and we have the wonderful opportunity to speak to him straight from the Cape.

Good afternoon, Shaun. It’s lovely chatting to you.

Shaun:  Good day there. How are you doing?

Pretoria FM: Fantastic thank you. I think it’s going a bit better with you as you can see Table Mountain.

 

Question 1: How is it going with this record attempt of yours?

Shaun: A bit stressful but going well thank you.

Question 2: It’s probably a very complicated process?

Question 3: So you had to get as many writers as possible to contribute to this anthology of short stories. How many did you need?

Question 4: And how many have you sold?

Question 5: Fantastic. So can our listeners also obtain copies and help to realise this record attempt?

Question 6: How does one go about doing that?

Question 7: And what type of stories is contained within the book?

Question 8: Oh that’s awesome. It’s actually a very good christmas present for someone who really enjoys reading.

Question 9: So one can buy it online at celenicearthpublications.wordpress.com, is that right?

Question 10: And then once you order it, is it delivered or how does it work?

Question 11: Shaun, as soon as you have broken this record please let us know. We would definitely love to chat to you again

 

Keep us updated. Thank you Shaun. Goodbye.

That was Shaun M Jooste, he is the owner of Celenic Earth Publications. You can buy this book of 108 writers online right now, celenicearthpublications.wordpress.com . Wow! We hope they will break this record; they must sell 1000 copies so that the record can be verified.

 

And that was our awesome radio interview. And in case you missed it, you can click on the book image below to read more about our anthology, or click on the yellow button to order a copy now and help us break the world record.

 

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Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

 

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