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Our New Titles: The Pick-Up Artist, by Chris Hill

Front Cover of The Pick-Up Artist by Chris HillChris Hill is an accomplished author with a Bridport Prize winning feather in his cap too.

We are very proud to be publishing his forthcoming title, The Pick-Up Artist during the Lyme Literary Festival in early February 2015.

He was born on Walney Island off the coast of Cumbria in the North of England and now lives in Gloucester with his wife, their two teenage sons and Murphy, a Cockerpoo.

He works as a PR officer for UK children’s charity WellChild and spent more than 20 years as a crime reporter and editor of regional newspapers. His vocational knowledge strongly influenced the plotline of The Pick-Up Artist which is based in the office of a local paper.

This year, Chris was also one of the judges of the coveted Magic Oxygen Literary Prize.

Here’s a nibble of the plot…

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Buy the Book & Get a Tree!

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology cover - A Tree Planted For Every PurchaseClick to pre-order.

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2014-15 was a truly unique international writing competition that sought excellence in two categories; short stories and poetry.

This anthology contains the 10 best pieces and winners from each category. They were awarded the highest marks by 21 judges from around the world, which were whittled down from almost 800 entries received from 31 countries.

In association with the Community Carbon Link, we planted a tree for every single entry received in a tropical Word Forest in Bore, Kenya.

For every purchase of the anthology in paperback or e-book, we will plant another tree in the Word Forest and we’ll also contribute royalties that will fund the building of an urgently needed classroom at the Kundeni School.

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Our New Titles: A Rising Tide of Secrets, by Tracey West

Cover of The Rising Tide of Secrets by Tracey West
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We are very proud to release a short story by Tracey West called, A Rising Tide of Secrets.

Bridport and Lyme Regis set the scene with real venues and actual events in the Summer of 2014, the wettest on record in the UK and the pivotal point of change for Finola Neal and Euan Breckenridge.

Their hearts have been put pulled through the mill in different ways and their troubled souls are about to connect like lightning bolts to the ground in a turbulent tale of death, hope and possibility.

Tracey West is one of the founding partners of Magic Oxygen and she entered the world of publishing with The Book of Rubbish Ideas back in 2008.

It sold out completely and was re-created as an e-book by Simon West in 2012 which marked the accidental birth of Magic Oxygen.

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Our New Titles: The Empire of Evil

Cover of The Empire of Evil by Gordon StrongIt is with much pride and a shiver in our spines that we unveil the cover for The Empire of Evil by Gordon Strong.

Gordon is a fabulous magick and mystery writer with a passion for knights, tarot and Arthurian legend.

The Empire of Evil is a particularly special book, as it punctuates him taking a break from his established genre and venturing into a new literary landscape. Movies, detectives and international conspiracy feature in forthcoming novels, which will be published exclusively by us.

For long-time fans of Gordon’s work, don’t panic, his content is as vibrant and entertaining as ever; we know, we’ve seen the next book!

The Empire of Evil was a delight for us to work on and the resplendently cryptic, galaxy-laden eye you see before you was shot by Andy Wright Studios. It features a very small part of a incredibly talented make-up artist called Christina Carducci. Our enormous thanks go to their professional team for extracting precisely what we had in our heads.

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Artistic Connections With Andy Wright Studios

Andy Wright & Karen ChildMagic Oxygen are very proud to announce a divine collaboration with Andy Wright Studios, based in Toronto, Canada.

Andy was born and raised in the UK and moved to Canada almost 15 years ago. He has pursued his dream to become a high-end photographer. Andy has toured with Spock’s Beard, Sound of Contact, and the legendary rock band Marillion with whom he produced an outstanding book, 9:30 to Fillmore, an in-depth visual account of their North American tour in 2012.

From their headquarters in the Toronto area, Andy Wright Studios shoots everything from musicians to models to Marmite jars. AWS artwork has been featured on numerous album covers and their concepts and creativity have been placed on everything from social media sites to t-shirts and posters. They also do an increasing amount of work at live events and trade shows and on film and theatre sets too, capturing stills and on set action as it happens.

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Should I Enter the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize?

Neon Clock FaceAbsolutely!

As it stands, you currently have one month, one week and two days to enter our literary  prize competition.

Interestingly enough, we have a very similar numbers of short stories versus poems, if you’ll pardon the pun and we’d love to balance a few more on our ever growing pile of virtual paper!

We are planting a tree for every single entry we receive and are enormously excited about our Word Forest which is being coordinated by Ru Hartwell, a man entirely dedicated to countless planting schemes around the world.

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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize: animated trailer

The Team have worked solidly this week – actually, they do that every week – and are now delighted to bring you the teaser trailer for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize.

Aside from the whopping great prize fund and the fact that we’ll be planting a tree for every entry, the shortlist and winners will also go into print too!

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The London Book Fair 2014

Cover of The London Book Fair 2014 DirectoryWhat a terrific three days we’ve had spreading the word about our talented authors at the London Book Fair in Earls Court.

Paperback copies of Dear Mother, Action Plan for Living With an Alcoholic, The Breathing Wheel and more were shown to interested parties with great pride and we also discussed our forthcoming titles Children of the Crater and Off Her Facebook! the graphic novel amongst many others.

Rather coincidentally, the 1st day of the fair also shared the 1st anniversary of our inaugural paperback publication, Poetry of Divorce: for women by Tracey West.

Without wanting to sound too nostalgic – after all, it has only been 370 days – our compact and bijou team feel we’ve come a long way during that time. With almost 20 titles either out in paperback or e-book and the rest in production, it’s certainly not shabby progress in what is a very challenging, volatile and occasionally fickle market.

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Magic Oxygen Shop Takes a New Consignment of The Breathing Wheel

Simon West of Magic Oxygen Publishing holds copies of The Breathing Wheel by Ant RavenwoodSimon West, our resident super-geek, is in the middle of creating a fancy widget thingie (don’t ask, it’s all alchemy to the rest of the team), which will allow you readers to have a sneaky peek through a few pages of our titles when you view them in our shop.

We haven’t a clue how he manages to make all these whizzbang gadgets and can only imagine he was very contented as a child when armed with a glass of milk, a chemistry lab kit or Meccano!

We’ll let you know as soon as our latest toy is ready to unveil, however, in the meantime I thought I’d let you know that we’ve just received a new consignment of Ant Ravenwood’s most excellent book for children, The Breathing Wheel!

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New Fantasy Fiction E-book Shortie From Izzy Robertson!

Cover of Catching Up With the Past, by Izzy Robertson‘When Joe Met Alice’ was Izzy Robertson’s début e-book and it was fittingly published just before All Hallows’ Eve in October 2013.

It was Izzy’s first proper dip into the global literary market, despite the fact that she has been a passionate writer in the fantasy fiction field for more years than she cares to admit to.

We were all delighted with the book’s popularity and even more so when she whispered that she had several other chilling short tales up her long, purple velvet sleeve.

‘Catching Up With the Past’, is the second of Izzy’s short reads and is available on Kindle from today.

Actually, I’m sure she won’t mind us letting you into a little secret, but it launched at exactly 08:00 on the 1st March, the precise moment of the New Moon; a significantly positive time for new beginnings.

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