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