Saturday, 29 November 2014

Book 4: Unsafe Haven - Cover

The novel has gone off for the final proof-reading, this should take a few days, then I'll need another two just to go through it one last time. In short, it will be out soon.
The story takes place in Cumbria, Scotland and Anglesey, from the outbreak up until September. Though this isn't a story about Bill, Kim and Sholto - they will return (and with a vengeance) in Book 6 - there are some familiar faces.

On release it will be priced at £0.77 for the first three days (and Book 1 is on sale at £0.77 until Book 4 is released)

I'll post up the prologue, and first few thousand words over the next few days, but in the meantime, I thought you might like a look at the cover.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Book 4 - Update

Just a quick update. I was hoping to get my side of the editing finished today. There was something about the last quarter of the book that wasn't sitting quite right. Books 4 & 5 feature a (mostly) new cast of characters, which tie into the wider story in Book 6, which will see a return of familiar faces (and perhaps an absolutely final end to the series. It's too early to say)

This section I was unhappy with  isn't that important in the terms of the story for Books 4 & 5, but it deals with Kim, Svalbard and what happens on Anglesey after the end of Book 3, neatly setting everything up for Book 6, so it's important that I get it right. To that end I ditched what I'd written and have spent the day rewriting it. 

And it is re-writ, and all is now good with the world, but I am worded out for the day, so am off to find a biscuit and something in which to dunk it.

(publication date - the end of this month or the beginning of the next. Book 5 will be out (maybe) 10 weeks after that and Book 6 out in time for the summer holidays.)


The Freakonomics of the Undead

Just heard a great episode of Freakonomics about the undead. It's great to hear academics talk about zombies and vampires, and the economics of the genre. Take a listen.

The show references a book on the subject. (one of the first academic texts to deal with the real-world impact of the undead. For instance, would a zombie outbreak be good for the economy? Well, would it?)
One worth adding to the Christmas list.

The Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires and the Dismal Science

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Book 1: London - Featured on Annelie Wendeberg's blog

Annelie Wendeberg, author of the "Anna Kronberg" series is featuring Book 1 as her Indie Book of the Week. This is very cool, not just because it's always great to get some recognition, but she's one of the best writers of Sherlock Holmes & Victorian England Thriller books in the business. I'm quite a big Holmes fan myself, which you might have gathered from the references, some subtle others not so much, in all the books so far.

And the first book in the series, The Devil's Grin, is currently free. So if you like all things Sherlockian, grab a copy and give it a try.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

London's Housing Crisis - Solved!

I just saw this photo-article about the tunnels under London.

I love the tunnels under London. Book 3 originally had a chase sequence in it set within the disused tube tunnels. It got cut, but expect to see it in some future book - it's far too cool to remain on the cutting room floor. I digress. During World War Two, as you probably know, they built air raid shelters under London. It turns out that they left the bunk-beds in some.

Yup, those are bunk-beds, in a section of tunnel that was built but never used for transport. And it's in Clapham. AND no one is sleeping in them! With studio apartments at £400,000 a pop, I think that you could easily charge rent for one of those. Probably quite a high one since it's so close to the tube.

And whilst I'm on the topic of air raid shelters, I'll recommend the book The Blitz by Juliet Gardner. It's without doubt the best book on the subject that I've read (and recommend every chance I get. It's brilliant!)

Work Rest Repeat - Free on 2nd & 3rd November

The novel will be free on Amazon for the next two days (and on unlimited for the next six weeks).