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Great Aussie Spec Fic at a Great Price

Ever heard of this magazine? Well, I have. In fact, they've published two of my stories, including Over the Rim, a fantasy novella, which I'm releasing on Kindle in March. 


ASIM is a fantastic Australian-based writer-edited co-op publication with a long reputation of putting out great fiction
For a one-year e-subscription to ASIM (four issues, over 600 pages' worth of quality fiction, poetry, reviews and nonfiction, in your choice of pdf, epub, or mobi) for just $12AUD rather than the standard $18AUD. This offer will cease t exist as of 10 pm Canberra time tonight (February 10th). If you're unsure when 10 pm Canberra time is, I suggest you not leave it to chance.
Oh, and you don't have to be an Aussie to do it, because they send out the mag in various e-formats
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Ghost Hand Give-Away

Over at LOLA’S REVIEWS, I’ve just done an interview, and Lola asked some great questions about Ghost Hand and the future PSS Chronicles books.
She was also nice enough to run a rafflecoptor give-away for me. Go HERE and scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter. You could be the lucky winner of a free electronic or paperback copy of Ghost Hand. And don’t forget to tell your friends to enter too.
And over at LILI LOST IN A BOOK, Lili has given me the BEST REVIEW EVER. She read Ghost Hand in one sitting, LOVED my cover, and was swooning over Marcus.
My favorite quote from the review was probably - ”I just love the world Ripley created! It’s so imaginative and, as crazy as it sounds, it kinda makes me want to live in this world (especially if Marcus is there!)”
So, go check out these sites and let them know you were there with a kindly comment.
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Teen Romance: Reality Versus Fantasy

I love to read and write YA books, even though I'm not a young adult. In fact, I'm old enough to have two young adult offspring lazing around the house and oozing their erratic hormones all over everything. But as old as I am, and despite what my kids believe, I can still remember being a teenager. I can remember every crush I had, every teen idol I worshiped, every thrilling kiss, and touch, and make-out session. And I can also remember the reality of the thing. The awkward grunge of it all. And so I thought I might offer a comparison of the fiction portrayal of teen romance versus the reality of teen romance.

Want to read more: Check out my guest blog post on Patricia's Stotley's blog HERE.
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GHOST HAND has arrived!

So proud of this guys. Thanks for all your support and cheer-leading over the years.

Ghost Hand s the long-awaited first novel from award-winning  short story writer, Ripley Patton. Beatties Book Blog


Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a rare birth defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Thing from the darkest depth of the human psyche never meant to exist in this world. 

Olivia can pickpocket the soul

But she can't control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust.


Ghost Hand s an exciting and riveting story which kept me turning the pages to find out the next tension-filled moment. I highly recommend it, both to YA readers and older. - Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer,  Mallory Anne-Marie Haws.

I'm usually hard pressed to give a book five stars, even ones that I love. But I think this one truly warrants it. From the very start, I was absolutely sucked in. - author of Cobalt City Rookies, Jeremy Zimmerman

It's hard to do something original in paranormal YA, but this author does just that - a teen with a supernatural birth defect. I really loved the book. - Tricia D. Grissom

Sat down and read the whole thing in one sitting - didn't want to put it down! - Author Lisa Sommerland

This novelstands alone – a story in itself – but there’s no doubt its readers will be hanging out for the second book in Patton’s PSS Chronicles. Buy a copy o Ghost Hand or your teens – and watch them disappear! - author Lee Murray


Ghost Hand s a YA paranormal thriller now available in e-book and paperback through Amazon, Barnes & Noble n Kobo. It is the first book of The PSS Chronicles with the second to be released in 2013.

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What are a Thousand Words Worth?


A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Everyone knows that. But what are a thousand words worth? How about a great cover design package by Kura Carpenter Design?

SpecFicNZ is running this contest for the first thousand words of their members' fiction and the three finalists are up for a PUBLIC VOTE. Anyone can vote on the them. YOU can vote on them. You SHOULD go vote. Right now. It will only take a second.

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The Ghost Hand YA Short Story Contest

I LOVE Contests.

I love entering them, I love running them, and I REALLY love judging them. So, as a way of celebrating the upcoming November 2012 release of my YA paranormal thriller, Ghost Hand, I have decided to run a writing contest just for YA-ers.

If you READ YA, and LOVE YA, and ARE YA, this contest is FOR YOU.

After all, who better to write the experience of being a young adult than young adults themselves? And now's your chance to prove what you've always known: that you can write better YA than most of the adults out there doing it. Plus, you could win a wad of spending money, a signed copy of Ghost Hand, and get your story published in Ghost Hunt, book two of the Ghost Hand series (coming in 2013).

Plus there will be random give-aways of Ghost Handy stuff from the pool of everyone who enters.

For more details on how and when to enter go HERE. 

And please spread the word to all your writerly young friends. 

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The GeekGirlCon Panel on Kickstarter

At the recent GeekGirlCon in Seattle, I attended a panel on Kickstarter. The panelists were Tristan J. Tarwater and Caytlin Vilbrant. Tristan has done several Kickstarters for her fantasy novel series, and Caytlin is a comic artist who has also done multiple Kickstarters.


The first thing the panelists discussed was the difference between Indiegogo and Kickstarter. While Indiegogo is open to international projects, for Kickstarter you must be located in the US to run a project. Internationals can back a KS project, they just can't create one. Indiegogo also does not use the "all of nothing" backing method that Kickstarter does. With Indiegogo, you get whatever funds you raise regardless of your initial goal. Indiegogo allows charity or "fund your life" projects, whereas Kickstarter only allows projects that result in a creative outcome or product. However, Indiegogo does take a larger cut of the funds raised (7% plus 3-5% Amazon charges) whereas Kickstarter only charges 5% plus the 3-5% Amazon charges. In the end, both panelists chose Kickstarter based on its lower fees and its popularity as it is currently the number one crowdfunding website in the world with approximately 6 million hits a day. Less cost and more exposure is hard to argue with.

Read the rest of the post on my website HERE.