Monday, 28 October 2013

The Paperback Looks Awesome!

OK, so I know I'm meant to say that, but that doesn't stop it from being true.

Its available from: Amazon UK and and directly from the publishers feedaread and you should find it in all other major online bookstores, and available to order from any good bookshop in both hemispheres.

I'll upload some photo's later to try and convince you that this is a seriously cool looking addition to any bookshelf, but we had a storm in London last night and before I do anything else I have to deal with a tree that was uprooted in the garden.*

*OK, it's only a three foot high bay tree, and really all the storm did was knock over the pot, but how often do you get to call people and say "The storm blew over one of our trees was blown over last night."?**

** Fine, so where you are you probably get proper weather, all full of cyclones and typhoons and volcanos, but all we usually get here is rain, sun and perhaps three days a year of snow, so there's no way I'm missing this oppurtunity. What? Didn't you know the Brit's like to talk about the weather?

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Pre-Apocalypse London (Part 2)

Here's a few more photos taken from the viewing platform on the Shard. 

The first one is of South London. Against the horizon on the left hand side is the Crystal Palace transmitter at the top of Sydenham Hill. If you look about 2mm underneath the base of the transmitter, there's a cluster of houses visible above the tree cover, just in front and to the right of those houses, hidden by foliage, is Bill Wright's house.

This is the view across the river, showing the City of London, the Gherkin and the now infamous Walkie-Talkie*. Just looking at that picture again, I can't think of a worse, but at the same time more interesting, place to end up at The End of the World.

*in case you missed the story, the angle of the glass windows reflected the late-summer sunlight in such a way that it part-melted a car parked in the street below click here for the news story on the BBC

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Free eBook Day / World War Z tie-in

It's finally here. World War Z is released on DVD in the UK today! Woohoo! I've been waiting for this film for ages (I think I saw the first rumours about the film back in 2008) and today I will finally watch it. I've managed to avoid all the reviews, all the spoilers and synopsis. What little I know is:
1) Some of it was filmed in Glasgow (I'm hoping this is the Battle of Yonkers.)
2) Brad Pitt's in it as some UN guy (presumably the Max Brooks/Narrator character from the book
3) From the rumours I couldn't avoid see zombies can run, climb and fly (which I'm assuming is some kind of joke. I mean, flying zombies? Well, its an interesting idea, sure, but would completly change the survival tactics humans would need to employ)

I'm going to pick up a copy of the film later, and this evening, finally, finally, I will get to watch it...

In honour of that, for today the short story Zombies vs The Living Dead will be free on Amazon.

UK click here

US click here

edit (22/10/13):

Well, the promo is over and I hope everyone who downloaded the story enjoys it.

As for the movie... well... um... I think it would be fair to say that having waited so long to watch a film there was no way it could ever have met my expectations. After the initial shock wore off (and I went online to read a few reviews) I sat back and, after a while, actually enjoyed it.
As far as zombie films go it's actually good, isn't it, but as far as book adaptations go... Well I've found a comic that expresses it rather well, click here for World War Z comic from The Oatmeal.

Now I'm starting to worry about what the Hobbit will be like (I'm waiting until all three films are out before I watch them.)


The Paperback Is Out! (sort of)

The paperback version of Surviving The Evacuation is now available, published by Feed-a-Read and priced at £6.99 copies can be bought by clicking here

A brief note on the layout and format:
This is a 72,000 word novel, printed in a 6 x 9 inch format (think softback or airport novel if you don't have a ruler to hand). It's an odd size, perhaps, but after playing around with formats (and remember that with printing you've got to pay for each additional page printed) this was the best compromise between physical size and layout to keep the list price down. It is almost identical to the ebook version. The only differences were the addition or removal of a few spaces between paragraphs in order that the last word or sentence of a paragraph didn't appear on a seperate page.

It will be out soon* on Amazon and (hopefully) most other major stockists. 

*soon being the proverbial length of string, but I am assured it will be no longer than a couple of weeks...

Friday, 18 October 2013

Pre-Apocalypse London (part 1)

I try and write all my stories "on location"... which was the perfect excuse to take a trip up to the viewing platform on the Shard. I took a lot of photographs of the route that Bill Wright took in his journey from Sydenham to London Bridge to Greenwich, but, sadly, the torrential rain and my own inexperience with photography led to most being... well, artistic would be the charitable way of describing them. I'm going to play around with them, see if I can make them viewable, but for now here are the first few. (click on the images to view them in full screen)

This is the view to the east of the Shard,The wide black tared road at the bottom of the image is London Bridge. The narrow bridge second from the top, is The Millenium Bridge (formerly the wobbly bridge) above that is Blackfriars, a railway bridge that has been newly refurbished, with exits either side of the Thames. The odd black panelling on the roof is actually solar panelling.

The view from to the west of The Shard. With Tower Bridge in the forground. On the north bank, east of Tower Bridge, is The Tower of London. Worth considering as a refuge if you are trapped in London during a zombie apocalypse.

This is the view to the south. In the top, silhouetted against the horizon, you should be able to make out two radio/tv masts at Crystal Palace, which is situated ontop of Sydenham Hill. Bill Wrights house is a short way down the hill.

Paperback (Almost) Available

Surviving The Evacuation Book 1: London is almost available... Almost. I hadn't taken into account the time it takes to actually print the books. But within 1 to 6 weeks (and isn't that nicely vague), the novel will be available to buy from most (I hope) online stores, and available to stock in most (again, I've got my fingers crossed here) bricks and morter bookshops.

The list price will be £7.99, higher than I would like for a paperback, but I think it's competative (and about the lowest I can charge and still afford turkey at Christmas.) 

Rest assured that as soon as its available I'll be singing and dancing about it in the blog. For now, watch this space...*

* I've always wanted to say that!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Book 1: London Available Now

buy surviving the evacuation book 1: london from amazon

Surviving The Evacuation, Book One: London is now available in ebook form from Amazon. 

It will shortly be available from all other major (and some minor) ebook retailers, and in print form soon after that (by the end of October)
The outbreak started in New York. Within days the infection had spread to every corner of the world. Nowhere is safe from the undead...

Bill watched from his window as London was evacuated. His leg broken, he is unable to join the exodus. Turning to his friends in the government, he waits and hopes for rescue. As the days turn into weeks, realising inaction will lead only to starvation and death, his thoughts turn to escape.

Forced to leave the safety of his home he ventures out into the undead wasteland that once was England, where he will discover a horrific secret.

buy zombies vs the living dead from amazon
Zombies vs The Living Dead, a short story ebook set in an English retirement home during the evacuation is now available from Amazon (and from other retailers shortly)

The outbreak began in New York. Within days the world descended into chaos as the infection spread to every corner of the globe. Across Britain, millions of people are told to leave the less defensible villages, towns and cities for the safety of one of the enclaves being established around the coast.

For George Tull and the other residents of the Waverly-Price Retirement Home, evacuation is not an option. Finding the staff have left, George has to choose between trying to save those he loathes, or abandoning the woman he loves to an uncertain fate. 

Bill Wright's Journey

This is the route out of London (the black arrowed line). Click on the image to view it in full screen.

(edit - 23/10/13)
This is the twenty third version of the map... still not great, is it? I'll be upgrading the scanner before I try and upload the maps for book 2. As soon as I do I'll change the images. 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Paperback Delayed by Federal Shutdown

One of the more esoteric victims of the US Federal Shutdown has been the launch of mine (and others, I have to assume) print versions of my novel. The book is ready to go, but I'm waiting on the IRS for a tax code.

I wait with baited breath, checking the news on a half hourly basis for an agreement to be reached, and as I click refresh, I imagine the behind-the-scenes, back-room meetings. The tense stand off, on one side the Republicans, on the other the Democrats, unwashed, unshaven, haggling without sleep for days, and then someone cries, "But we must reach an agreement, think of all those British authors, waiting to publish their zombie books! Please, won't somebody think of the zombie-authors?!"

But then the page loads, and I read that the stand off continues... 

Covers: Aren't they cool?

Well I think so. My covers were designed by: 

It's one of the three products or services* I feel confident in endorsing. The prices are ridiculously reasonable and they were both finished in under a fortnight. So if you are looking for covers for your book I couldn't recommend them enough.

*the other two are 1) Douwe Egberts Eastern Promise freeze dried coffee,two cups of which can make 4am seem like midday; and 2) Red Hots, the cinnamon candy made by Ferrara, These are absurdly hard to get hold of in the UK, even in the few specialist US sweetshops, which is a good thing otherwise I doubt I would anything else.