Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Zaftan Reviews

Books 1 and 2 of the Zaftan Trilogy have received new, glowing reviews

Fun book with great sense of humor, January 23, 2012
Wulfstan "wulfstan"
 This review is from: Zaftan Miscreants: Book 2 of the Zaftan Trilogy (Paperback)

Reminded me a lot of the Hitchhikers trilogy, in that we have a similar whacky `evil' alien race. The humor is also a little like Adam's, rather satirical in a over-the top fashion.

We also have a interesting female android on the opposing side, with conflicting emotions and a struggle with the ship computer.

Fun and silly, with a serious satirical edge underneath the silliness.

4 out of 5 stars

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Zaftan Entrepreneurs

The story is fast-paced and enjoyable with the varied creatures and their interactions. The Yuks with Gorya as their leader was hilarious with his antics and loyalties. The characters were believable with varied depths as well as shallowness, especially in the politicians.

Zaftan Entrepreneurs is an imaginative, humorous journey showing the contrasts of humanity in all creatures on our planet.

Teri Davis: Reviews by Teri

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

FNN Exclusive Interview with author of Brunnhilde's Quest

Marcia Hammerhead: Once again, I have the distasteful chore of interviewing my least favorite author, Hank Quense.  This time around, I hope he hasn't destroyed another Shakespearian play.  Mr Quense, what work of art have you trashed this time?
Hank Quense:  Hi Marcia.  Thank you for the warm welcome.  This time I rewrote an old legend known as the Rhinegold. It's called Brunnhilde's Quest.
MH: So tell us about his myth.
HQ: The myth takes place in Northern Germany during the Dark Ages.  The Rhinegold is a horde of goldBrunnhilde_150dpiwith magical properties.  One of those properties is that it keeps Wotan and the other gods from aging.  A dwarf named Albrecht finds the gold, and fashions it into a ring of immense power.  Eventually the Ring is cursed and prevents Wotan from stealing it back; it has to be freely given to him in order to negate the curse. To accomplish that, he plans to breed an old-fashioned hero, one strong in arm and short on brains.
MH: Isn't that the story behind Richard Wagner's great opus, the Ring Cycle of Operas?
HQ: It is.  My version of the myth isn't nearly as depressing as Wagner's version.
MH: Wagner virtually owns the Rhinegold myth.  No one ever heard of it until he used in his Ring Cycle.  How dare you change it at this late date?
HQ: Wagner's ending was terrible.  It was nonsensical.  Wagner could compose great music, but he was a terrible story teller.  I used my story telling skills to improve the ending.  I actually have a semi-happy ending whereas Wagner's ending was depressing.
MH: I suppose your story makes the god, Wotan, look foolish and comical.
HQ:  So?  He deserves it.  Wotan was a dirty old man. Well, more accurately, a dirty old god.   And a murderous one besides.
MH: Obviously, you can't develop your own stories so you steal them from others.  That is so despicable.
HQ: Not true.  Many readers believe I improve the stories and they thank me for doing so
MH: What a terrible development! Encouraging you will only make you desecrate more works of art.
HQ: That's true.  As soon as we finish here, I have to get back to rewriting Hamlet and Othello, my newest work.
MH: You, an unknown scribbler, dare to think you can improve on the old masters such as Shakespeare and Wagner?  Such chutzpah!
HQ: I think these old stories needed to be updated for modern readers.  In my opinion, I introduce these stories to an entire new generation of readers.
MH: I can't stand this anymore.  This interview is over.
HQ: I had fun Marcia.  Let's do this again.
Author's note (post interview):  Get a copy of Brunnhilde's Quest and see if you agree with Marcia or me.
Leave a comment to tell me who you agree with.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Want to review Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare?

I'm in the process of making the final edits to my new novel Falstaff's Big Gamble.  It combines the plots and characters of Shakespeare's Othello and Hamlet and is set in Gundarland (my fantasy world).  I've thrown in Falstaff, the Bard's most popular character, and made a complete hash of everything.  Hamlet is now a dwarf, Othello a dark elf while Falstaff is jolly human rogue. 

As I like to think of it, I've updated Shakespeare for the 21st century reader. 

If you're interested in reviewing my novel, contact me at
This novel is appropriate for adult and YA audiences who are interested in fantasy, humor and satire.

Reviewing the novel and posting in on your blog or sending it to me will get you entered into a drawing for great prizes.  Posting on other sites (after it's published) will get you more entires.  These sites include Smashwords, Kindle, Goodreads and Librarything and possibly more.  Each posting will earn additional entries in the drawing.
Note: Falstaff's Big Gamble is currently available only in .PDF format.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Falstaff's Big Gamble

Coming soon!  Stay tuned for an announcement about an exciting launch drawing.
This novel is Shakespeare's worst nightmare

Novel Publicity guest blog post

Today, I'm a guest blogger at Novel Publicity and I discuss a dirty little secret I discovered years ago.  If you're a writer, watching day-time TV is good for you.  You can learn a lot for it.  Learn more at:

Monday, January 2, 2012

Book Discounts during festival

It's Springtime in Gundarland (it's in a parallel universe) and on the longest day of the year, the Gundarite religion celebrates its most sacred ceremony, the Snotfest.
During January, author Hank Quense has reduced the price of the three books written about Gundarland. Tales From Gundarland, Zaftan Entrepreneurs and Zaftan Miscreants are all reduced from $3.49 to $1.49 on Smashwords.  You can download an ebook in the format of your choice.
Take advantage of this limited time offer!  Fill up your new e-reader!
Our Gundarland reporter, Sandra Elfenheimer, has filed this report on the Snotfest background.
Gundarism believes that the great god Gundar created the universe when he sneezed an explosive sneeze after snorting an overdose of his favorite recreational drug.  The nodules of spittle flew through the nothingness and solidified into the suns, moons, planets and other celestial bodies.
The principal Snotfest ceremony takes place in the Cathedral of the Sacred Snot in southern Gundarland.  During the ceremony, the two hundred member Sneezing Chorus performs a number of religious songs and chants. Using individual mixtures of green, red and black ground pepper, each member of the choir can sneeze a single musical note.
During the closing rites, every one of the congregation snorts a dash of pepper and the cathedral is filled with the sounds of multifaceted and voluminous sneezing.
Doctors and druggists make more money in the month after the Snotfest than they do in the rest of year.  This is due to all the infectious diseases that are spread by the sneezing ritual.