Introducing The 8th Continent – a new interactive gamebook

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know about the release of a new interactive novel, The 8th Continent, created and written by Pat and Ben Garrett.

Interactive novel means: – that as well as reading the story, you have a hand in shaping it too.  You play as the novel’s protagonist, Morgan.  At every step of the way you choose Morgan’s path through an epic journey, a search for a lost family in a post-apocalyptic world.

It’s currently available on iPhone and Android, and Pat assures me that the Windows version is coming very soon! As you can see, it looks pretty ace – and even better, it’s currently free! So go and download it, have a play and let me know what you think! Blurb and links below:

The Eighth Continent is a FREE interactive Gamebook suitable for all readers.

Any fans of ‘Fallout 3’ are sure to like the setting and atmosphere, while any readers of the ‘Fighting Fantasy’ gamebooks of yore will take a little trip down memory lane! The game is free to download at Google Play, Amazon, or in the Apple iStore. Check out the website or store pages to find out more!

Game details and features

 

Homepage: http://www.8thcontinent.co.uk/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ben-Garrett-Eighth-Continent-Free/dp/B00LHVOIN6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405869496&sr=8-3&keywords=the+eighth+continent

Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eekgames.eighthcontinent1free&hl=en_GB

Facebook page: The 8th Continent

Need something to do over the Easter weekend? In That Other Dimension is Free!!

Hi all!

Just a quick post to let you know that In That Other Dimension is FREE on e-book today and on Saturday (19th)! If you’re in need of some lighthearted reading to help you relax over the long weekend, and you like a quirky sense of humour, this is the book for you.

You can find it on Amazon’s everywhere, including:

Amazon.com link                Amazon.co.uk link

About the book….

Parallel dimensions are actually quite squiggly in nature.

This is one of many lessons which Carlos Ernesto Amadeus von Schnaart will learn during his accidental journey into the unknown. Finding the way home and explaining his tequila fuelled disappearance to his fiancee will become minor worries when he he finds himself kidnapped by the evil scientist Dr Funk.

Follow Carlos’s adventures through the parallel universe and find out what happens to him when he gets lost “In That Other Dimension…”

Warning: Contains traces of ducks, cake dragons, jelly babies and the infamous Unicorn Mountain. May induce laughter.

 

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Review snippets…..

“It’s like Bill and Ted, Dr. Who, and Alice in Wonderland got together and started taking hits of acid. It’s wonderfully hilarious, unabashedly random, and you won’t be able to put it down.”

“Excellent debut novel by a talented writer. Funny throughout, fantastic imagery and a thoroughly enjoyable read from cover to cover.”

“Reminiscent of both Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams in humour and intelligent plot deviations, I expect big things from this author!”

 

Limited time ebook offer – 99c, and last week of the giveaway!

Hi everyone!

Firstly – I just thought I had better but a post up to share the news that my book, “In That Other Dimension,” is currently on offer for 99cents / 99p! Anyone who has bought the paperback can get the e-book for free!

If you fancy a chilled out read that will make you laugh then give it a go 🙂

It’s so far got reviews averaging at 4.7 / 5 and quotes including:

“It’s like Bill and Ted, Dr. Who, and Alice in Wonderland got together and started taking hits of acid. It’s wonderfully hilarious, unabashedly random, and you won’t be able to put it down.”

“Excellent debut novel by a talented writer. Funny throughout, fantastic imagery and a thoroughly enjoyable read from cover to cover.”

“Reminiscent of both Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams in humour and intelligent plot deviations, I expect big things from this author!”

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Amazon.com link

Amazon.co.uk link

Secondly – it has almost a week left (til 13th April) on a Goodreads Giveaway to win a paperback here

And thirdly, sod it, it’s all bargains this week. On Sunday evening, to my five favourite commenters on this post (authors decision final) I will give away a free pdf ebook! All you need to do is share this post or one of the links in it, somewhere in social media and let me know by commenting below!!

Cheers all!

Matty M

 

In That Other Dimension – Published!!

Hi everyone!

Many of you will have seen mention of my novel “In That Other Dimension” over the last couple of years. It was a story which I actually wrote originally on this blog. So WordPress has been extremely important in terms of motivating myself towards this aim.

Anyway, I don’t how many edits later (far too many!!) it’s ready to go, and here it is in all it’s glory 🙂

Amazon UK link

And yes, you can even buy it on the other side of the world! How cool is that?

Amazon US link

Anyway,  thanks a lot for all the nice comments and support I’ve had on the way! Hope you enjoy the final product!

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My Novel – Getting Closer!

Hi all!

It’s been quite a long time, but then I’ve been quite busy.

Some of you might know, (or even have read it) that I originally wrote a book on my blog. Well since then, I’ve been re-writing and editing, and re-writing and editing, and drawing and editing. Eventually I have a very first actual proof copy which looks and feels like a real book!! That’s because it is, obviously…

Here is the current artwork from my new novel In That Other Dimension. Coming soon, I’ll keep you updated when I have a publishing date!!

In That Other Dimension - Matty Millard

Parallel dimensions are actually quite squiggly in nature.

This is one of many lessons which Carlos Ernesto Amadeus von Schnaart will learn during his accidental journey into the unknown. Finding the way home and explaining his tequila fuelled disappearance to his fiancée will become minor worries when he finds himself kidnapped by the evil scientist, Dr Funk.

Follow Carlos’s adventures through the parallel universe and find out what happens to him when he gets lost “In That Other Dimension…”

Warning:  Contains traces of ducks, cake dragons, jelly babies and the infamous Unicorn Mountain. May induce laughter.

Ode to My Lifetime Achievements At This Particular Point in Time Through the Dubious Media of Vogon Poetry – by Arthur Dent

Hey all!

Ready for Towel Day?!

For any of you that have read any of the novel I am posting on this website (In That Other Dimension), it’s possible that you have already guessed one of the biggest influences in my writing – the genius that was Douglas Adams.

Now, if any of you haven’t read the epic masterpiece that is “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series, seriously, what have you been doing with your life?! Get to the nearest bookshop, buy it, and prepare to laugh. A lot.

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide is unlike any other book I’ve ever read in my life, in terms of originality, imagination, silliness and compulsiveness. The characters are brilliant and ridiculous, the places they go to are brilliant and ridiculous and the storyline, surprisingly, is brilliant and ridiculous. And despite Adams’ undeniable silliness, it is also unbelievably clever. Anyway, if you’ve read it, well done, you know this already.

Towel Day (otherwise known as Geek Pride Day) is the 25th May. In honour of Douglas Adams’ life and works, I hope you are carrying a towel and that it’s still clean enough for drying yourself. If you’re not, at least take the time to write some Vogon Poetry at lunchtime here.

As HHG fans will know, Vogon poetry is the third worst in the known universe. This is a Vogon.

To celebrate Towel Day, I’ve posted some Vogon Poetry, previously unseen and written by the HHG’s main character, Arthur Dent. In a bizarre slice of luck this close to Towel Day, it was delivered to me by the white mouse who lives in a box of porridge in my kitchen cupboard.  It contains “in jokes”, terrible humour and poor rhythm. That’s just the way it is. Under no circumstances should you read this poetry aloud – unless you work in Guantanamo Bay that is.

Ode to My Lifetime Achievements At This Particular Point in Time Through the Dubious Media of Vogon Poetry – by Arthur Dent

 I like hitch-hiking round the galaxy

So I thought I’d write some poetry

Vogon in nature, I hope you I’ll agree

Or I’ll grubble your fruncheons and cut down your tree.

I said before, that I like to travel

I don’t, but I prefer it to gravel.

I like to hit crabs on the head with a gavel

Shouting “Resistance is useless!” as their brains do unravel.

I’m not a Vogon, I’m really a man

A man not a girl like Trillian

She’s a girl I met in Islington

At a party where she left with a two headed man.

Then those wretched Vogon’s destroyed my home

And ever since I’ve been forced to roam.

And roam I do, though not to Rome

Cos Rome’s not there any more.

You’re getting bored so I’ll write faster

So far it’s borderline disaster

I’m desperate for a gargle blaster

Although they hurt the morning after

Last time it got me really pished

I tripped and lost my babel fish

Tout en parlent avec Eccentrica Gallumbits

I was seeing quintuple, that’s fifteen tits!

Marvin doubts that story’s true

So flumbly grumbles and slimbly poo

I hope you’ve got your towel with you

Go enjoy your life and it’s forty two.

 

If any of you have got this far, you’re obviously big fans of THHGTTG. If so, you probably like my sense of humour and might enjoy my book! Give Chapter 1 a go – it’s only a ten minute read! Thanks 🙂

Fish out.

Matty

Copyright © Matty Millard 2012

http://www.mattymfiction.wordpress.com

Six Sentence Sunday

Well here’s something new to me that I thought I’d join in with:

http://www.sixsunday.com/

Anyway, my Six are the opening to my humorous fantasy book “In That Other Dimension” which is available to read here on my blog. If you enjoy them, have a read of the real thing! I’ll be posting the rest of the book as I write it.

“It is a little known fact that every red telephone box in England contains a portal to a parallel dimension. It is activated by an amazing technology which our fantastic telecoms engineers have stumbled upon without ever actually realizing.

It is equally little known that this portal is activated simply by the phone number dialled in that box.

Had Carlos Ernesto Amadeus Von Schnaart had even an inkling of this then he may never have used the phone box in the first place. This presence of mind however was unlikely as he was completely and utterly battered. In fact his alcohol-induced state was the only reason he got into the phone box in the first place.”

Anyway hope that has given you a taster and you’ll be wanting more 🙂

Let me know what you think!

Fish out

Want Something to Read?

Well it’s your lucky day!

Hello again by the way. Post number two is to advise you all that building these page thingys isn’t quite so hard as I thought (although any tips would be appreciated to make it easier for you to read my stuff!)

The more exciting bit of news however, is that I’ve posted some of my novel-in-progress / novel-zone / thing for you to read! I should probably write a synopsis at some point really, although can it be done before its written?

Anyway, briefly. Its a humourous fantasy novel which follows the amiable rogue, Carlos, on his interesting journey between parallel dimensions. A journey which is not exactly on purpose, yet leads him in to some unique surroundings and worlds.

I’ve uploaded the first three chapters (they’re very very short! It just seems right here) which introduces Carlos and the mess he’s got himself into.  I won’t say any more. Give it a read!

As I’ve previously said – it won’t end here. My intention is to write the whole novel and post it as I go along! I’m hoping around three new chapters per month.

Feedback appreciated!

Read Chapter 1 of “In That Other Dimension” here!!

Fish out

(Should I start that? It’ll be very difficult to end it…)