Monday, 3 April 2017

Surviving the Evacuation, Book 10: Coming Soon

nz;dr: Surviving the Evacuation: Book 10 should be out in April, as should the audiobooks for Here We Stand 1&2

Surviving the Evacuation, Book 10 is nearing completion. Called 'The Last Candidate' (unless this title is too large for iTunes), the story is set in Belfast, the Isle of Man, and North Wales during the run up to the election on Anglesey.

Originally, Book 10 was meant to return the narrative to Nilda et al in London, but as I was writing Book 9 I saw an opportunity to write a political thriller, but with zombies! It was too good a chance to pass up.

This first election on Anglesey was meant to be a pro-forma event, a somewhat comical battle between Bill and Sholto, told as a light-hearted fireside conversation to Chester & Nilda. As this conversation developed into a novel, it took a turn for the dark (and the better). The problem I found, as I often do, is that though Bill and Sholto each have their own plans, there are other forces at play. Some good (Dr Umbert & Lorraine), some bad (Markus & Bishop) and some intent on doing the best for her crew regardless of the cost (the admiral).

Unfortunately, I missed my slot with my usual cover designer (I hadn't planned to write Book 10 immediately after Book 9) so I'm getting Jeff Brown to draw a scene - He's the artist who drew the covers for the Strike a Match books. This should be ready later this week.

I'm tidying the book up at the moment, and I'm about halfway through (they've just arrived at the Isle of Man), so all being well, it should be out this month. Also unfortunately, I've been unable to include the Tower of Refuge into the story. I desperately wanted to because it's one of the coolest places I've discovered while writing this series:
Built in 1832, it's a small castle built onto a reef, there as a refuge for any sailors whose ships founder. Perhaps it'll make it into a different book.

Audiobooks - Here We Stand 1 & 2 are being recorded at the moment, and should both be ready this April.


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Surviving The Evacuation 9: Ireland, out now

They said there was no outbreak in Ireland. They lied.

There was no evacuation of Northern Ireland, and no quarantine in the Republic. A Royal Naval blockade prevented ships from docking, but they didn’t prevent those who could reach the coast from fleeing by sea. There weren’t enough boats for everyone. Those who were left behind took refuge in castles, police stations, churches, military bases, and any other buildings with strong walls. The walls weren’t strong enough.

Eight months later, there are only a few dozen survivors left on the entire island of Ireland. They are certain that there is no safe refuge anywhere on the planet.

Set on the island of Ireland, eight months after the outbreak, this is the next volume of Bill Wright’s journals.

Available in ebook and paperback from:

Amazon UK:

Amazon. Com:






The Netherlands





Paperbacks are now available on Amazon, and can be ordered from any independent bookshop (and any of the better chain-stores) :)

Originally, this novel was going to be called 'Belfast', the name was changed to better reflect the locations in the story. As to why the locations changed, that was mostly due to how desperately difficult it is to travel the roads of a post-apocalyptic island of Ireland. (Some of the original Belfast storyline will now appear in Book 10)

This part of the story will conclude in Book 10, though the series will continue, returning to London and then travelling far, far beyond...

Happy reading,

Frank. :)

Monday, 19 December 2016

Q. What do angry mice sing at Christmas?

Good news first: Book 7: Home Audiobook should be out in the next few days. The final version was uploaded to Audible on the 8th, so should be available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes in the next few days.

Now for the bad news. Apologies, Book 9 isn’t finished. It’s the ending; I keep having to rewrite it. I’ve certain things I need to include, and having the events occur in the right order with the right outcome has proven a little trickier than I anticipated. As it’s the ending (literally the last twenty thousand words or so) that have proven so recalcitrant, it’s hard to be specific without giving away the plot (and that’s a deliberately guarded secret!).
I have solved the problem (or I think I have) by moving a couple of scenes to a different location, and putting them in the first half of the book. The downside is that I’ll have to cut the chapters in The Giant’s Causeway, at St Anne’s Cathedral, and at a soup kitchen on the Donegal Road. Because I’ve cut a large swathe through the sections of the book that take place in Belfast, I may rename Book 9 as ‘Ireland’ or ‘Help’. I do intend for the narrative to return to Northern Ireland, however, so there’s a very good chance that those chapters will see the light of day (or the ink of day? ink of print?), and I’d rather keep the ‘Belfast’ title for a book where I can do the city justice.

I expect to finish at some point next week, so it’ll be out early January. Apologies again.

Q. What do angry mice sing at Christmas?

A. Cross-mouse Carols.

That’s my favourite joke of the year!

Thanks very much for your support and encouragement during 2016. I hope you have a restful holiday, and wish you all the best for 2017.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

Frank. :)

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Coming Soon - Book 9: Belfast

Hello, I hope you're well. Apologies that I don't have the news you were hoping for. Book 9 isn't ready yet (it'll be out around the end of December or beginning of January).

It's getting there, but I keep finding I need to make major changes to the plot. The biggest of these... well, I won't tell you what I was going to do as I may use that for a later book. What I will say is that this story is almost entirely set on the island of Ireland. Actually, strictly speaking, that's not true. It's almost entirely set on the island of Ireland, or around the southwestern coastline. I originally thought that by giving our heroes access to a small ship, they'd be able to travel quickly and easily to Belfast. Turns out that fate (or my imagination) had other plans. It would have been far safer had they walked.

If I had to pick a date for the release I'd say around the 25th December, and that might prove a problem. Some of the retailers close their sites to new books over the Christmas period, and, of course, my proofreaders can't be expected to work over the holidays. This adds a bit of uncertainty to the release date.

Audiobooks - Book 7 is being recorded at the moment, and should be out before Christmas. (I'm hoping for early December). After Book 7, I think the next set of audiobooks will be for Strike a Match - I'll be making a decision about this in the next week or two.

Speaking of Strike a Match, I've been working away at the third book in the series over the last six months. It's gone through a lot of rewrites (and hundreds of different crimes.) I think I've cracked it, and will be focusing on this after Book 9, with the intention of getting it out early in 2017 in print, ebook and audio.

The future... I swing back and forth on whether I'm ending Surviving the Evacuation or not. I've got an ending, you see, and it's now baked into this story. At some point, I'm going to reach it and... well, that'll be it. It'll be the end. The good news is that this ending isn't in Book 9. Nor will it be in Books 10 & 11. These two books will be told in the third person, though I've not decided which person this is. I will say that these two combine the London and Anglesey characters. Most of the story doesn't take place in either location. (Birmingham is one option, though so is Blackpool, or Leeds).

I've also got to return to the U.S. for Here We Stand 3. While this primarily features Jonas, Martha, & Kaitlin, it also features one other character mentioned in the first two books. My initial plan was that this should be Nate, the student filming the documentary in the White House. As his adventure begins in Washington, this would be a great way of maintaining the political storyline without being too political. I'm having second thoughts about this. In the first Here We Stand book, there's a detective whom Sholto meets during his escape from Manhattan. This detective only features for a brief paragraph, but I can't help wonder what happened to him.

But Book 9 must be finished first, and so I should get back to it.

All the best, and thanks for your patience, Frank. :)

Monday, 26 September 2016

Surviving The Evacuation 8: Anglesey - Out Now

Bill's back. He's trapped. He's alone. He's unconcerned.

Paperbacks (should be available to order from Amazon on Wednesday, and from your local bookshop on Friday)

(It will also be available on Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Smashwords & Tolino)

Eight months after the outbreak, Bill Wright is trapped during a survey mission of Ireland. Surrounded by the undead, low on food and lower on water, he’s been in this situation before. Unlike before, help is only a rifle shot away. While waiting for the rescue he’s sure will come, he records the turbulent events since his last entry.

The Welsh island of Anglesey has become a sanctuary for survivors from across the zombie-infested world. It has electricity, wheat, and not much else. Medicines and equipment, plants and fertiliser, books and batteries, and so much more are needed if this last bastion of civilisation is to survive. Scavenging expeditions depart for Svalbard, Liverpool, and the southern Atlantic, but a discovery is made far nearer, one which will change the fate of all those who’ve come to call Anglesey home.

Set on Anglesey, in Bangor and Caernarfon, and in the Republic of Ireland, Bill’s journals continue, as do the adventures of Kim, Annette, Sholto, George, Mary, and a few other familiar characters (not all of whom are to be trusted...)

I'd recommended that you read the spin-off stories, Here We Stand 1: Infected & 2: Divided, before this novel.

The series will continue in Book 9: Belfast, out this winter


Happy reading,

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Surviving the Evacuation, 8: Anglesey - Out Next Week

After a lot of rewriting, Surviving the Evacuation Book 8 is finally (almost) about to be published. It's due back from the final proofing tomorrow.  I've a few changes to make to the ending, but it'll be out next week. If you want to make sure you're among the first to know when it's out, you can join the mailing list here: (I'll also post here as soon as it's out)

Set on Anglesey, and in Bangor and Caernarfon, and in the Republic of Ireland, this is another journal, picking up, more or less where Book 3 finished. It continues the story of Bill Wright, Kim, George and Mary, and a few other characters you may remember. Though this is a self-contained story, the survivors account will continue in Book 9: Belfast, due out this winter.

I've worked out a rather fun ending to the series, though I'm not sure whether this will be in Book 11 or later. Before we get there, there's a return to the United States in Here We Stand 3, due out next year.

Speaking of which, I would strongly recommend you read Here We Stand 1: Infected & 2: Divided before Book 8: Anglesey. It will provide a bit of background to the heroes and long-dead villains, and to a few locations important to the story.

Here We Stand 1:

I say that Book 8 more or less continues from the end of Book 3, the more in that statement is because the account begins in late September, when Bill... you know what, rather than trying to explain, I can just include the first few paragraphs here:

Prologue - Elysium, the Republic of Ireland
10:00, 20th September, Day 192

Trapped. There’s no other word to describe it.
I’m trapped in a small room with zombies beating against the walls outside. I have a litre of water, a handful of high-calorie ration bars that only the most desperate of submariners would call food, and I’m alone. Unlike when I was trapped in my flat in London, I’m not worried.
Just over a month ago, when I wrote my last entry, I really did intend it to be the end of my journals and a conclusion to that part of my life. I’d thought we’d found a refuge on Anglesey, a place where we could be safe. I wasn’t completely wrong, but that’s another way of saying I wasn’t entirely correct. I promised Annette that I’d write an account of the last tumultuous month and, as she insists on describing it, how she saved civilisation. As I currently have pen, paper, and little else to do until Kim rescues me, I might as well record it now, and there’s no better place to start than with where I am.
I’m a mile south of Kenmare Bay in County Kerry on the southwestern coast of the Republic of Ireland. More specifically, I’m in the garage of a walled, fifty-acre farm called Elysium. At least, that’s the name that’s carved into the plaque by the main gate. According to the address at the top of an unpaid parking ticket I found in the desk drawer, it’s called Ifreann. My Irish Gaelic is almost non-existent. The little I know comes from a dismal childhood holiday at Caulfield Hall, the Masterton’s family estate. It rained nonstop, and I was beyond bored as Jen spent most of that summer visiting family friends in Monaco. I found little with which to entertain myself other than a few books on Celtic legends. They were in English, but with a few words of Gaelic peppered in. At the back was a vocabulary list. Ifreann was used often, and I always understood it to mean Hell, not some Elysian paradise.
The garage is large enough for four partially dismantled cars parked abreast though there’s only three in there right now. I am in the stiflingly hot office at the side. It’s about twelve feet by ten, with a door to the outside, a door to the garage, and a hatch leading to the roof. I’ve barricaded the exterior door with a filing cabinet. If I listen carefully, I can hear the zombies that chased me in here. They’re pawing and clawing at the door, but it’s sturdy and secure. I’m safe. The reason I need to listen carefully is that two dozen more are beating and hammering at the metal shutters that cover the entire north face of the garage. Inside, there’s a set of sliding, transparent doors that can be opened so the cars can be driven out. With the shutters down, there’s no light in the garage, and no light in this office except that which comes from the hatch immediately above my head.
Beyond the zombies immediately outside, there are forty or so gathered in the driveway near the fountain. There are at least that many, and probably more, near the tennis courts and pushing their way through the trees that screen the fifty-acres of farmland from view. North of the garage is a three-storey mansion. I didn’t get too good a view of the building before the zombies appeared through that screen of trees. It’s a mystery where they came from. They. It is they, not They. I’ve only just noticed that I’ve been writing it in the lower case.
Kim said that my use of the capitalisation was a way of disassociating myself from the impossible horror surrounding us. I won’t lie and say I don’t fear them, particularly when I can hear their desiccated fingers dragging down the brickwork outside. It’s simply that they are no longer my greatest fear. The nuclear power plant on Anglesey could melt down. The water treatment plant could break. The old world food stores may run out before we have productive farmland. And, of course, there’re the threats that only come with people. I don’t mean disease, though it is an increasingly present danger. I mean violence and murder, and the fear and disunity those bring. That is why the undead are they not They, not anymore. Whatever I call them, and whatever my fears for the future, right now the zombies are my most immediate problem.


Book 8: Anglesey - Out Soon in ebook and paperback. :)

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Surviving the Evacuation 5: Reunion out now in audiobook

This is the story of two converging journeys through an apocalyptic wasteland. From Penrith to Hull, and far beyond, a mother searches for her son. Meanwhile, a deaf soldier and a teenager escape the last agents of a corrupt government, and find survivors among the rooftops of a dead city. Criminals and killers, soldiers and civilians, they all share one thing in common; they are seeking a refuge from the undead.

(currently the lowest price for UK listeners buying it out right)

Book 6: Harvest will be recorded this August. 

Book 8: Anglesey is being written at the moment - it’s taking a little longer than I’d like (all books do), but this one has required a lot more research than I’d expected, (and a lot more rewriting as it’s moved away from the day-to-day survival story I’d originally planned, and into one that's more about society and civilisation). I’m now devoting all my time to it, so it shouldn’t be too long before it’s released (but I’m not setting a release date as I want to keep focused). The story will continue in Book 9: Belfast, and will then re-cross the Atlantic to Maine and Canada for a continuation of Here We Stand. I'll give more of an update when I get to the end of this draft.

I hope you’re enjoying the summer.
Frank. :)