Friday, September 25, 2015

Farwell to Blogger

This blog is defunct, as of 25 September 2015. I have moved all my bobbins over to my new website, michaelloganbooks.com.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Cartoon of Aylan Kurdi Wrong for One Reason: It Lacked Humanity

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘charm offensive’. ‘Offensive offensive’ is never used, but I can think of no phrase better suited to what Charlie Hebdo is doing right now. You know I’m talking about the latest cartoon, depicting the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi lying just short of a billboard offering a two-for-one meal deal.

I’m not going to bother getting into whether the message is mocking the victim or mocking western culture. It’s irrelevant. This cartoon is wrong for one simple reason: it has the power to bring untold upset to the father and family members of the little boy who died.


Sunday, July 05, 2015

Free novel

With only a week to go until the International Thriller Writers 2015 awards are announced, I'm giving away free kindle editions of Wannabes, which is on the shortlist for the best ebook original, until Wednesday, July 8.

You can download it from the UK and US Amazon stores free of charge until then.

It has a 4.56 rating on Goodreads and blah, blah, blah. The blurb follows:

From the winner of the inaugural Terry Pratchett First Novel Prize comes a new satire, which has been shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers Best E-Book Original Novel 2015 Award.

Celebrities are mobbing London's laser clinics as a deranged wannabe bumps off A-listers, believing he can absorb their powers and become famous by taping their tattoos to his body.

Washed-up pop star Jackie Thunder isn’t joining the stampede. Jackie figures that if he can get on the killer’s hit list, without the inconvenience of actually being murdered, he’ll gain the publicity needed to reignite his career.

But there’s more at stake than Jackie can possibly imagine. Guiding the killer is Murmur, a minor demon with his own agenda to make a name for himself, and Jackie becomes an unwitting pawn in a decades-old plot to destroy great music through murder, mayhem and manipulation.

With humanity’s collective soul at stake, how far will Jackie go to reach the top?


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Freebies and promos on World War Moo publication day



Since World War Moo, the sequel to the Terry Pratchett Prize winner Apocalypse Cow, is published today, I'm running a couple of little promos in celebration.

Firstly, you can enter to win a signed and doodled copy of the book on Goodreads (entry form at the bottom of this blog).

Secondly, I am giving away a free eBook with every copy of World War Moo purchased before June 16. To get your free book (Wannabes, shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers 2015 awards, and loved by dozens), send proof of purchase to freelancelogan@fastmail.co.uk, and I will send you a download code.

To encourage you, below are some early reviews and the blurb for World War Moo. Now go forth and multibuy!

PRAISE FOR WORLD WAR MOO

"This sequel to the very funny Apocalypse Cow … is just as much fun as its predecessor and just as cleverly constructed and written" - Booklist

"Logan’s verbal pyrotechnics combine gory action sequences and offbeat characters. Perfect for connoisseurs of all things zombie and readers who enjoy a bit of dark humor mixed with their horror" - Library Journal

"Funny and twisted, definitely not your normal zombie book" - Night Owl Reviews

"If it all sounds slightly bonkers, it is — but Logan’s unique combination of bombastic action sequences, off-kilter characters, and wild-eyed scenarios should please fans of speculative fiction and horror alike" - Kirkus Reviews

WORLD WAR MOO

It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. Yep. That's right. They're still infected, and now the disease has spread to humans. The epidemic that transformed Britain's bovine population into a blood-thirsty, brain-grazing, zombie horde...err... herd... is threatening to take over the globe.

And there's not much time left to stop it. All of Great Britain is infected and brimming with rage. The rest of the world has a tough choice to make. Should they nuke the Brits right off the map — men, women, children, cows and all — in the biggest genocide in history? Or should they risk global infection in a race against time to find a cure? 

With fanatical infected trying to escape the cursed island, and the Brits ready to defend themselves with every weapon at their disposal, including an intercontinental missile sloshing with infected blood, it may only be a matter of time before the virus gets out.

This means war.




 
 


    Goodreads Book Giveaway
 

   

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          World War Moo
     
     


          by Michael   Logan
     

     

         
            Giveaway ends July 05, 2015.
         
         
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Friday, February 13, 2015

White people dancing

For the last few months, I have been collecting evidence that white people can dance in an effort to silence my INCREDIBLY RACIST cubicle neighbor, Ruth Sego. She believes that white people simply cannot dance, to which I cry, 'Bunkum!

I have refrained from busting a move in the office, as I don't want to drive the ladies wild with sexual desire and plunge the men into envious despair, but I have collected many wonderful exhibits for the defence. I present below the top three:

Friday, February 06, 2015

The writing advice you never knew you needed, and probably still don't need but are getting anyway


I’m not one for giving writing advice. There is so much out there already, what works for one person does not for another, and I'm not exactly Kurt Vonnegut. However, when an aspiring writer recently wrote to me for advice, I found I had some to give.

The little voice in her head that told her she was a bad writer was crippling her, she was stressing about how and where to write, she could not stop herself editing the few words she had put down on paper, and she was afraid to develop her ideas in case she couldn’t do them justice. Essentially, she had contracted every strain of the virulent disease known as writer's block.

That was exactly me six years ago.

When I wrote back, I realized that I have since developed very concrete methods for shaking off the writing doldrums. My way will not work for everyone, but I figured I may as well share it in the off-chance it helps break the writing deadlock for anybody who cares to read it. Please note that this is not about how to improve the quality of your writing. This is simply the method I have developed to make myself productive.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

World War Moo cover

We have a cover for World War Moo, thanks to the fabulous design team at St. Martin's Press.

I love it. It's even more eye-catching than the Apocalypse Cow cover.