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Poland Backtracks On A Controversial Holocaust Speech Law

Under the law, anyone who accuses the country of complicity in Nazi crimes during World War II could face three years' imprisonment. But lawmakers voted to remove that penalty on Wednesday.

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Supreme Court To Lose Its Swing Voter: Justice Anthony Kennedy To Retire

Justice Kennedy is a moderate and a champion for the gay rights movement. President Trump will likely replace him with a staunch conservative, which would fundamentally shift the culture of the court.

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House Democrats Reeling After Crowley Upset By Long-Shot Challenger

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed the idea that the stunning loss of a top party leader to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive socialist candidate, has wider implications for the party.

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Marketing Firm Exactis Leaked a Personal Info Database With 340 Million Records

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:34
The leak may include data on hundreds of millions of Americans, with hundreds of details for each, from demographics to personal interests.
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Joe Jackson, Strict Manager And Father To Pop Royalty, Dead At 89

The patriarch helped take his legendary family from Gary, Ind., to global stardom, though the disciplinarian streak he used to get them there proved controversial later in life.

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South Korea Shocks Germany 2-0, Sending World Cup Champs Packing

In a shocking upset, South Korea scored in stoppage time and added another late goal to put the match out of reach for Germany.

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Empire of Ashes – Signed Hardcover Giveaway and New Mailing List Freebie


To celebrate the imminent release of The Empire of Ashes I’m holding a mailing list signed books giveaway. Existing subscribers to my mailing list and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT July 1st are automatically entered.

One first place winner will receive a UK hardcover.

Two second place winners will receive a US hardcover.

Three third place winners will receive UK trade paperbacks.

All books will be signed, lined and dated (with a personalised dedication if requested). The winners will be chosen and notified on July 2nd.


The Empire of Ashes is released in ebook, audio, and hardcover in the US on July 3rd and in the UK on July 5th. Pre-order links are on the book page


In other news, in addition to the free short stories, anyone who subscribes to my mailing list will now receive a free download ebook compilation of all my non-fiction as a thank you for signing up. Contents:

1. ‘The Neophyte’s Guide to World-building’ or ‘How I Wrote Blood Song

2. ‘Kicking over the Sandbox’, or ‘How I Wrote Tower Lord

3. ‘We Will Make an Ending’ or ‘How I Wrote Queen of Fire

4. Inspiration for Fantasy Authors

5. David Gemmell and the Depiction of the Hero

6. How to Write an Effective Battle Scene 

7. How I Edit a Novel

8. The Influence of History on Epic Fantasy

9. Writing and Naming Fantasy Characters

10. Tips on Writing Dialogue

11. Happy Being Sad – Four Great Books with Unhappy Endings

12. ‘The Long Overnight’ or ‘How I Became a Published Author’

13. My Top Ten Movie Battle Scenes

14. My Top 10 Movie Shoot-Outs

15. The Works of David Gemmell – An Appreciation

16. A History of Television Space Opera


Categories: Fiction for Fun

Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Arrives At Its Asteroid Destination

The mission includes a plan to bring a sample back to Earth. It's the first time humans have been able to study a C-type asteroid at such a close range for an extended period.

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Trump Changes Course, Will Use Existing Law To Review Chinese Tech Investments

The president had threatened executive action to crack down on Chinese investments, worrying investors. The administration now says it will rely on a case-by-case review instead.

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Supreme Court Deals Blow To Government Unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday 5-4 that states may not force public employees to pay agency fees to unions of which they are not a member.

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Read The Fine Print Before Picking An Association Plan For Your Small Business

Federal officials say loosening the regulation of association plans will give small businesses a more affordable health insurance option, but critics are wary.

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