Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Book 8: Anglesey - out now in Audiobook

Surviving the Evacuation, 8: Anglesey is out now in Audiobook narrated by Tim Bruce

(Please note, this story includes characters and events first introduced in the prequel stories Here We Stand: Infected & Here We Stand: Divided - both out now in audiobook)

Eight months after the outbreak, Bill Wright is trapped in 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 is 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 ammunition, seeds and fertilizer, books and batteries, and so much more are needed if this last bastion of civilization 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 have come to call Anglesey home. 
Set on Anglesey, in Bangor and Caernarfon, and in the Republic of Ireland, this is the next volume of Bill Wright's journals. Please note that there is a two-part prequel which chronicles Sholto's escape from an undead America: Infected (Here We Stand, book one) and Divided (book two) are available as audiobooks now.

Book 9: Ireland is currently being recorded, we hope to have it finished by 20th July.

Audible UK:  http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Anglesey-Audiobook/B073K2KVSQ/
Audible .com: https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Anglesey-Audiobook/B073KJLWWZ?qid=1499190395&sr=1-1
Amazon UK : http://amzn.to/2teastB
Amazon. com: http://amzn.to/2tdW18S

(It should be available on other Amazon sites in the next few days & on iTunes later tonight)

Book 11 is mostly finished, I'm adding depth and detail to the story now, and will have it published in late July, maybe August. (As per usual, I'm still undecided about the title. I was going to call it 'An Empty Country', though I'm now veering towards 'Dark Days'. If I can't settle on one soon, I'll use a geographical reference. As more of the story takes place in this city rather than anywhere else, I'd call it 'Birmingham'.)

Enjoy the audiobook, and happy Independence Day to Captain Devine and everyone else who celebrates it.

Frank :)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Surviving the Evacuation Update (and a recommendation)

Hello :) nz;dr Book 11 will be out next, with Strike a Match 3 soon after.

For Detectives Mitchell and Deering’s next case, I made a miscalculation with a dose of poison (by a factor of ten thousand). It turns out that, for it to be lethal, the victim would have to eat it by the shovel-full. D’oh! There were a few other issues, and it’s just a matter of writing up the final draft, but I’m going to concentrate on Surviving the Evacuation for the rest of June.

Book 11, tentatively titled ‘An Empty Country’, should be out in July or August. I’m leaving myself a bit of wiggle room as I’ve had to change most of the locations from what was originally planned.
The main part of this story is what happened to Eamonn Finnegan after he left London, and what Greta and Chester discover when they search for him. That being said, it does continue on from Book 10; the crisis described in the epilogue is a shadow that looms large over the story.

I saw this book as an opportunity to fill in a few gaps. There’s a soldier, Bran, who crops up from time to time (Jay and Tuck met him in Book 5, he helped George and Mary escape to Anglesey), and he was always meant to be a major character, but there’s never been a good opportunity to give him the page-time he deserved. Here, I thought, was a chance to tell his outbreak story, and so how he came to be in a position to help George and Mary. Unfortunately, it took up far too many words. As I say, the key part of this book is about Eamonn, Greta, and Chester. Though Bran pays an important role, large chunks of his outbreak story are interesting, but not critical to the crisis now facing humanity. Because of that, I wrote a new flashback. Rather than being when he first met George and Mary, it’s now when he was setting up safe houses with Chester, before Chester met Nilda. And as this takes place near Deeside and Wrexham rather than Somerset, I had to start from scratch.
There were other similar geographical shifts, and that’s what might cause a slight delay in release (though I’m still hopeful of getting it finished this June so out in July.)

Audiobooks - Book 8 is being recorded (there were a few changes to some of the accents), but should be sent to Audible in about a week.

And now a recommendation (actually two) but not for books. It’s a recommendation for tea!
As you might have gathered, I rather like tea, and I have a new favourite. Suki Tea, which is based in Belfast. You can find them on Amazon, or being sold in Patisserie Valerie if you’re in the UK. If you’re not in the UK, Patisserie Valerie is a chain of cream cake shops, and it’s where I first came across this particular brand of tea. It was a remarkably good brew, so good that I honestly feel like remarking on it, but that’s not why it’s now my number one tea company in the world. No, that’s because they’re trying to grow tea in Belfast!

Had I known this a year or two ago, I would have changed the Ireland storyline utterly. Forget Lisa Kempton, the entire book would have been about a noble band of horticulturalists, valiantly fighting hordes of the undead as they protected those precious green leaves. Ah, what might have been...
Anyway, I thought that a company growing tea in Belfast deserved a mention. As a matter of due diligence, I should also mention Tregothnan in Cornwall, the only other tea plantation (I know of) in the United Kingdom, and one that’s far more established. However, Cornwall was sadly destroyed during Prometheus (sorry Cornwall).

The other recommendation is for an audiobook - or rather, a BBC radio comedy/drama: John Finnemore’s Double Acts. I missed this when it was on the radio, but downloaded it on Friday when I was searching for a distraction from the election kerfuffle.
John Finnemore is one of my favourite writers, and his sitcom Cabin Pressure, one of my favourite shows. Double Acts is a series of comedic monologues, but the reason that I mention it now is that they’ve got a few episodes available for free on the BBC iPlayer:

If you’re not in the UK, you can get it from Audible - though if you’re unfamiliar with his work, I’d recommend starting with Cabin Pressure, a sitcom about a budget airline co-staring (among others) Benedict Cumberbatch.

I’ll be getting back to Book 11 now - Chester is approaching the Grand Union Canal. Will he have time to stop for a cuppa? Probably not. Poor old Chester.
Have a great week, Frank :)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Here We Stand 1 & 2 - Out now in Audiobook

Here We Stand 1 & 2 are out now in Audiobook on Audible, Amazon, & iTunes (also available in ebook and paperback)

Within hours of the outbreak in Manhattan, the quarantine was sabotaged. As the United States collapses, Sholto escapes New York to search for those responsible, hoping he can stop the undead.


Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2qDUbx2
Amazon .com: http://amzn.to/2q5Ndgs
Audible UK: http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Here-We-Stand-Audiobook/B071LH7GN8/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1495229122&sr=1-1
Audible .com: https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Here-We-Stand-Audiobook/B071S8959Z?ref_=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg&qid=1495263400&sr=1-1
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/here-we-stand-infected-volume-1-unabridged/id1238938367
(They should be available on Amazon Australia and other Amazon sites later this weekend)
Tom Clemens has been living in the shadows for years, searching for those responsible for the death of his family. Framed for murder, he is on the run when the first outbreak occurs. With thousands of others, he fights his way out of New York, and joins the exodus searching for a safe refuge in America. On that journey he learns the identity of those responsible for the betrayal of the species, and of a scientist who might be able to stop the living dead. So begins his quest to save humanity. 
Here We Stand 1: Infected and Here We Stand 2: Divided are part of the post-apocalyptic series Surviving the Evacuation. This story of patient zero and Sholto's attempts to halt the collapse of America can be heard/read before or after Surviving the Evacuation Books 1-7.

Coming soon: Surviving the Evacuation 11 - Chester's back! (so are Nilda, Tuck & Jay, but the story is mostly about Chester, the soldier, Bran (who helped Mary & George get to Anglesey, worked with Chester setting up safe houses across England and Wales, and who met Tuck & Jay in Book 5), and a few other characters whose identity will remain secret as their appearance is the twist. This book will continue on from Book 10 (and Book 7) and deal with the events described in Book 10's epilogue.

Also coming soon: Strike a Match 3 - This is my fifth attempt at this book, Writing a crime novel (or this kind of crime novel) turned out to be a tad more difficult than I was expecting, but it's finally almost finished (I'm halfway through the final draft). I think it'll be out this summer.

Coming soon to audio: Surviving the Evacuation 8: Anglesey is being recorded at the moment. It should be out in June. 9 & 10 will be recorded in July/August so should be out later this summer. Strike a Match 1-3 have been booked in for August/September so will be out late summer/early autumn. 

Happy listening, and have a great weekend.
Frank :)

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Surviving The Evacuation 10: The Last Candidate - Out Now

Whoever wins the election, humanity will lose.

Nine months after the outbreak, ten thousand survivors from across the globe have found a refuge on the Welsh island of Anglesey. Hordes of the undead ravage the wastelands of Britain and Ireland. Satellite images show that the rest of the world is no better. Food, fuel, and ammunition are running low and there are no more old-world supplies with which to replace them.

Intended as an alternative to a slide into despotism, an election is called. It is hoped the contest will bring forth solutions to the myriad crises facing this last bastion of humanity. After the favoured candidate is hospitalised, suspicion falls on the new frontrunner, a publican who purchased his support with an impossible promise of a return to the pre-apocalyptic world. With no viable candidate, and no way of calling off the election, those who still have access to a ship plan their departure; others plan to rig the contest; a few give up on all plans for a future beyond tomorrow. Anglesey is on the verge of collapse, and humanity is on the brink of extinction.

Set in Belfast, the Isle of Man, and Wales during the run-up to the election on Anglesey, this is the sixth volume of Bill Wright’s journals.

Amazon .com: http://amzn.to/2q730gd

The book should be available on Nook & Google Play in the next few days.

Paperbacks should be available on Friday from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, and to order from any independent bookshop.

Audiobooks: Here We Stand 1 & 2 should be out in the next week or so on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. Production will begin on Surviving the Evacuation Book 8 on 16th May (with Books 9 & 10 following later this summer). Strike a Match 1, 2 & 3 will be recorded in August (assuming I finish Book 3 by then :) )

Coming soon: Um... well... I'm not sure. My original plan for this series had the election taking place in Book 12, bringing it forward works rather well (in my opinion) but it does bring forward a story that I wasn't planning to write quite so soon (this will make more sense when you get to the end of Book 10). I'm going to sit down today with a blank sheet of paper and a very large mug of tea (naturally) and see whether there are any subplots that can be merged together or discarded. Either way, and wherever the next book takes us, expect it out in about three months time.

I hope you enjoy Book 10.

Happy reading,

Frank :)

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mary%27s_Isle#The_Tower_of_Refuge
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: http://amzn.to/2jFsnlQ

Amazon. Com: http://amzn.to/2kBLsW0

Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01MTDJEJW/

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MTDJEJW/

Germany https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01MTDJEJW/

France https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01MTDJEJW/

Italy https://www.amazon.it/dp/B01MTDJEJW/

The Netherlands https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B01MTDJEJW/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/surviving-evacuation-book/id1199946138?ls=1&mt=11

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Frank_Tayell_Surviving_The_Evacuation_Book_9_Irela?id=e3MBDgAAQBAJ&hl=en_GB

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/surviving-the-evacuation-book-9-ireland

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/699617

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. :)