Saturday, 29 July 2017

Can you pronounce Dwygyfylchi?


I was aiming to publish Surviving the Evacuation 11: Search & Rescue tomorrow, and thought I was on a final read through, but I've been making too many tweaks and changes. I will have to declare this the penultimate read through, and say I'll publish Book 11 some point later this week. Apologies for the delay.

Audiobooks: Book 9 was sent to Audible on Thursday, so should be available in a couple of weeks.





Synopsis


Not all survivors are to be trusted. Not all the conspirators are dead.
February: Within hours of the outbreak, the quarantine was sabotaged. Within days, the world was gripped by civil war.

March: When the lights finally went out, billions were dead. Millions more had joined the ranks of the undead.

May: Anglesey has become home to nearly ten thousand survivors from across the Atlantic. While there is still danger from the undead on the mainland, there is hope. Hope that the zombies might die, hope that the electricity supply might be restored, and hope that more survivors will be found. Hope is not enough. Sergeant Branofski and Chester Carson venture into northern Wales to set up a network of safe houses that will provide a route to Anglesey for those still trapped in the wasteland. Though they find survivors, they discover something far worse.

September: Nowhere is safe from the living dead, not even The Tower of London. The ancient fortress has become home to nearly a hundred people. Food is scarce and the undead are many. The survivors are doomed unless help can be found, but the only place it can come from is Anglesey. Eamonn Finnegan sets out, alone, to seek their salvation. He never reaches Wales.
November: In her heart, Greta knows that Eamonn is dead, yet she has to look for her lost love because he would look for her. Chester Carson joins her in the futile quest to ensure the search doesn’t cost Greta her life. Before their journey has barely begun, they discover an old foe that they thought was dead.

Set on Anglesey and in London, near Wrexham and in Birmingham, while hope is fading for the last survivors of humanity.

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So, can you pronounce Dwygyfylchi? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwygyfylchi

This is a village in Wales close to where Bishop’s campsite was. While it's in contention for the coolest place name in Wales, it’s not the only one that features. There’s an important scene that takes place near Rhosllannerchrugog https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhosllannerchrugog , and another at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontcysyllte_Aqueduct

The Aqueduct features on the cover, and was going to take a rather prominent part in the story. In the end, I cut out everything but the final part of the story of the people who had taken refuge among its ruins. Frustratingly (for me) this wasn’t the only location that was cut. The Grand Union Canal has been relegated to only a few brief mentions, Wrexham is never visited, and Cambridge doesn’t get mentioned at all. Perhaps in the next book.

I’ve tried to tie up a lot of loose ends in this book, and though it doesn’t quite end on a cliffhanger, it does set the stage for the final part of the Anglesey story (though not the final part of the series.) Tuck, Nilda and Jay will feature more in the next book, but more of that closer to the time.

If you were wondering which books (or parts of books) to re-read prior to publication, I would suggest the prologue and epilogue of Book 7, and the epilogue of Book 10. And, with that, I shall return to this penultimate read-through so I can get on with the final read-through, and then, finally, publish the book.

Have a great weekend,

Frank :)