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New Zealand Writer John Irvine Signed Up for Publishing of his collections and stories

We have some wonderful news to share. One of our Guinness World Record writers, for a short story in CEA Greatest Anthology Written, has signed up to have his work published by Celenic Earth Publications. John Irvine hales from New Zealand, and we are so pleased to have him as part of our team.

John actually signed up with us a few weeks ago, but we have slowly been getting things in place before we made any form of announcement. John’s work was with a previous publisher before, but has decided to change to working with us instead. By doing so, we have permission to not only publish his future work, but to republish all his previous work too.

For the moment, the entire collection to be published are as follows:

Pre-published:

  • Anomolous Appetites
  • Blood Curry
  • Man of Stone
  • Rat atouille
  • Bucanneers, Sonneteers and Spittoons
  • Fast Friends Forever
  • You and me and cancer makes three
  • Two Voices

Ready for publication:

  • Roo Tales
  • Stoned
  • Haunted Horror
  • Frog Spawn
  • Disquiet

In the Wings:

  • Fur, Feathers and Feelers
  • Exotic Places
  • Musings on Death and Life
  • Ships in the Night
  • Handwoven

We are very excited to begin this new journey with John and releasing these books as soon as possible. Currently we are finishing up Man of Stone for his approval and are anticipating releasing it within this month. Look out for our pre-order announcement!

And here is a quick word from John on Man of Stone:

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Genesis…

Although I fiddled with rhyming poetry over the years it was only when I returned to NZ in 1996 from a 29 year holiday in Australia that I began to write in earnest. This came about in the traditional manner… love poetry for a girlfriend. Terrible stuff really.

However, it morphed fairly quickly into observational stuff and I began to get a “feeling” for what I was doing. I met a woman on the Internet in a writer’s group who was living in Greece and after a quick trip there to meet up she decided to move to NZ. This English ex-pat was the trigger for me… this novelist/writer and embryonic poet inspired me to take stock of what I was doing and I blossomed at
age 60.

A few years flashed by and I was submitting globally to online magazines and ezines and on fire. In 2005 I decided to approach a publisher in NZ with a view to publishing a collection and my Muse must have had a few drinks because the first publisher I offered my work to loved it and contracts were signed. A friend’s daughter, an art student, did some illustrations for it and soon I was a published poet.

Man of Stone was a minor success, but alas the publisher closed shop and that was the end. I wasn’t experienced enough to attack the world with the book, so it has been languishing for years now. Lucky me again… South African Publisher, Celenic Earth Publications , so we are off and running!

Thank you, Shaun Jooste!

It is a pleasure John! This is what we do. Assist writers in getting their word published and read around the world!

And finally, here is an interview done with John which we were given permission to share on our Youtube channel, with some words about John beneath it.

 

John Irvine was born on October 14th 1940, in working class suburb in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Life as an only child was often lonely, more especially for a “fat kid” with no father, in spite of close family ties and an encouraging mother. His mum says he began writing poetry as a child. None survive, probably just as well!!

It was a conventional childhood and adolescence, with all the usual desperate issues associated with a post-war, testosterone-loaded young man. Girls, drinking, cars…nothing changes except the size of the cars. Working at 15 years old with no academic qualifications meant limited career options, and eventually, after an early unsuccessful marriage, the lure of Australia drew him to that marvellous country. There, on a working holiday that lasted 281⁄2 years, he drifted like a leaf on a fickle breeze. He
saw a lot of the Outback from the seat of a motorcycle or from behind the wheel of an old 4WD Nissan Patrol, accompanied for twelve of those years by his beloved dog/companion, Mr Mo.

He worked at employment as he found it—selling cars, cooking, crewing on cruising yachts, managing businesses, farming and even a brief stint in Papua New Guinea operating a jungle resort. After a return to New Zealand at the end of 1996, and the cold realisation that at 56 years of age he was unemployable, he began to write. First there was love poetry, then, as time dribbled by, he began to take a retrospective look
at his own life. Since meeting up with an English-born woman from Greece on the Internet 15 years ago, he has been writing short (flash) stories as well, mainly horror.

They now share an idyllic life-style on New Zealand’s picturesque Coromandel Peninsula, living in a small rural community surrounded by hills and the ocean.

He hopes to die peacefully one day without warning and minimal leakage.

Welcome to the CEP family, John!

 

Header Image Photograph courtesy of:

Wilma Pucci
Colville
New Zealand

 

You can order your copy of our World Record 108 short story anthology here!

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CEA Through the Dark Volume 2 Horror Anthology Writer Roster Complete

About a month ago, we announced that our Anthology collections are available to view and submit for. We’ve had a vast amount of responses over the various genres. Our chart below shows just how active the submission requests have been over the various genres.

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And with that we are pleased to announce that the horror anthology, CEA Through the Dark Volume 2 is complete with a full list of writers. The following writers are set to be featured in the upcoming anthology.

  • Shaun M Jooste
  • Andi Hodgetts
  • Grannd Kane
  • Macaylin Govender
  • Dan Allen
  • Kevin Damen
  • Duane Ratswander
  • Alex Gates
  • A Christina Portillo
  • Robbie Jackson-Keenan

We look forward to working with these horror writers and reading through their short stories. We have a tentative publishing date planned for April / May 2018, but will have a more concrete date closer to the time.

The fantasy anthology, CEA Past your Reality, almost has a complete roster of writers too, with only a few places left. We have opened team chat channels for the anthology so long as we prepare to start with the fantasy program.

If you would like to submit to any of the open anthologies, feel free to visit our submissions page. Also, visit our Twitter feed and Facebook page for further news.

 


 

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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.

 

 

Parow East Primary becomes a Proud sponsor of our Guinness World Record attempt

As we’ve said so many times before, we are heartily accepting organisational or corporate entities that want to sponsor the launch event that is happening on Saturday 30 September 2017. We’ve had a discussion with the principal of one of our local schools, Parow East Primary, who will be assisting us with spreading the word of the World record attempt to help us build a great crowd for the launch. This will go a long way in creating awareness, since even social media has its limits. You’d be amazed that more people overseas know about this event than locally.

As soon as Exclusive Books amps up the adverts for the launch, you will be sure that everyone in Cape Town and the greater South Africa will realise what is coming. For now, Parow East Primary will be sharing the news of the event with the parents in the school.

We are proud to have them as a sponsor of the event, and look forward to showcasing their school logo at the event. Thank you so much for your assistance!

As another reminder, today is the last day that any pre-orders will be listed as sponsors within the World Record anthology itself. You can click on the book image below to read more about our record attempt, or on the pre-order button to place your order now.

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Kind regards

Shaun Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

shaunmjooste@celenicearth.com

 

 

 

Last Chance to Be Named a Sponsor in our Upcoming World Record Anthology

We are reaching 30 September 2017 very very quickly and the pressure is on. Exclusive Books is busy ordering their paperback copies for all their branches around South Africa in preparation for the launch event whereby we hope to sell over 1000 copies. Once we reach this lofty goal, Guinness will then verify all our evidence for our World Record attempt at the Most Authors Contributing Towards an Anthology of Short Stories.

And this is your last chance to be named an official sponsor in the World record anthology itself. Tomorrow the volume is being sent to all our distributors for final approval in order to activate preorders on their systems, and we will not be able to edit it further after that.

So if you want to still have your name down in the record book, head on over to our sponsor pre-order page and place your order today. You will still be able to pre-order until 30 September 2017, but no direct pre-orders received after today will be placed in the Volume.

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