In my last post, I announced a giveaway competition in which I would give a copy of Shadows of Tomorrow to a UK library nominated by you. I only got three nominations, which was a little disappointing. On the positive side though, three is a manageable number. Rather than do what I’d planned, which was to narrow down a longer list through a voting round, I’m going to give a copy to all three.
So the winning libraries are:
- University of York library
- Woodley library
- Barnsley Central library
I’ll be sending all three their copies this week.
As a Christmas present, I will be donating a copy of my latest novel, Shadows of Tomorrow, to a library somewhere in the UK. It could be your local library.
For the next week, until 5th December, I’m taking nominations. Simply leave a comment on this blog post, mention me on Twitter or reply to the tumblr post giving the name of the library. On 5th December, I will close the nomination stage and open it to voting. Voting will close on 12th December and then I will send the book to the winning library.
So if you want to get a copy of Shadows of Tomorrow into a library near you, tell me which library and then get your friends to join in the voting in stage two.
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but it seems fitting to return with an announcement for my new novel, Shadows of Tomorrow.
Shadows of Tomorrow is a sci-fi adventure featuring parallel universes, ravenous monsters, martial arts, treason, love and a guy who can remember his future. It’s the story of Gareth Walker, who fights to protect his world from an invasion from another universe, helped by a gift of remembering events that have yet to come. However, when there is an attack he didn’t see coming, his gift becomes suspect and everything he thinks he knows is thrown into doubt. As he is drawn towards a major battle, he is aware of a shadow in future that he can’t see past. Is this his death?
Shadows of Tomorrow is now available for pre-order from Amazon.
When my first novel, Child of the Hive, was published, I wanted an ebook version. Unfortunately, at the time, the publisher didn’t do ebooks. Sometime later, Book Guild decided to change that policy for new books, but they weren’t going to do ebook versions of their existing catalogues. After several exchanges, I managed to convince them to do an ebook version of Child of the Hive.
Book Guild had an exclusivity deal with Amazon, which meant that Child was available on Kindle. I had recently purchased a Nook as an ebook reader. This meant I had an ebook and an ebook reader, but couldn’t get the one on the other. I found it amusing that this split of file types meant that I couldn’t read my own book on my own ebook reader.
The contract I signed with Book Guild had an expiry date, after which all rights would revert to me. This included ebook rights. Because of how it was set up, if the Child of the Hive ebook remained on the site, royalties would continue to go to Book Guild. This would put them in breach on the contract, so they took the ebook down. It was then up to me to publish it again.
I had the files from Book Guild. They sent me a document claiming it to be in the right format and just needing uploading. Several hours of fixing formatting errors later, I was ready to upload it. I put the book back on Amazon, available to purchase in Kindle format for £1.95. The annoying thing is that because I had to publish it again under my name, the reviews which were there on the previous version have now vanished into the ether. So if you do buy a copy of the ebook, please leave a review. I wish it were possible to merge the versions of the book so that all the five star reviews on the hardback edition would appear for the paperback and ebook editions.
The good thing about all of this is that I’m not bound by the same exclusivity deal, so I’ve also published the book on Smashwords, where it’s available in a wide variety of ebook formats. So I can now download a copy in the right format to put on my Nook. More than three years after the book was originally published, I can now get my ebook on my ebook reader.
I’m celebrating the launch of Child of the Hive in paperback with a small competition. I will be giving away a signed copy of Child of the Hive as the prize. To enter the competition, simply post a message on Twitter with a link to the Amazon page for the Child of the Hive paperback. Be sure to include the hash tag #childofthehive for your tweet to be included.
The competition closes at midnight GMT on Wednesday 30th November.
My first novel, Child of the Hive, is available for pre-order in paperback edition. The official release date for this edition is 24th November.
I’ve posted a new video offering a brief taste of Child of the Hive. This uses some of the footage we shot for the video played at the launch party.
This is a short video of me reading an extract from near the start of Child of the Hive. In this piece, Alex is pulled from her normal life into an unexpected adventure.
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Just a quick news flash. My novel, Child of the Hive, is now available from Amazon in Kindle format.
The Adventures of Technicality Man: The Rise of COMPSCI
Chapter 10: Concerning Bad Guys
Finding the room with the cages probably would have been easier if they’d checked whether the guards had a map. It didn’t help that the corridors all looked much the same. Someone had probably wanted to save money on sets. There were no markings on any of the doors. At least, not until they found a discrete pair with a silhouette of a man on one, a woman on the other.
“Prudish Manx is still about then,” said Chesty Cough Girl as, a short while later, they continued their search for the room with the cages.
There followed a montage sequence of them walking down various halls, opening doors, peering round corners and other such indicators of the passing of time.
“That’s unusual,” said Technicality Man. “A montage sequence should end with us finding our destination.” He considered this for a moment, taking in the expressions on his team mate’s faces.
“Or something dramatic happening,” he conceded. “There’s someone behind me, isn’t there?” The others nodded.
Technicality Man turned and faced the utterly unfamiliar creature standing behind him.
“Who are you?” he asked. The tiger took off his glasses. “Tangent Tiger! But how? You’re supposed to be in Chester Zoo.”
It’s very hard for a tiger’s face to be expressive, but Tangent Tiger somehow managed to convey that he was here now, so what was Technicality Man going to do about it?
“Are you behind the kidnapping of the cats?” Technicality Man demanded. The idea was despicable. For a random bad guy to do this was horrible enough, but for Tangent Tiger to harm his own kind was almost beyond belief.
“No, he’s not behind it.” Technicality Man turned round again. No matter which way the good guys faced, the bad guys inevitably turned up behind them for their dramatic reveal.
“Ultimate Licence! You got out of jail?”
“I can break the laws of physics,” said Ultimate Licence, “did you really think a prison would hold me?”
“So you’re the main bad guy in this story?”
“Of course. Did you really think Non Sequetor Red Herring could be behind a plot this devastating?”
“We came to the conclusion it wasn’t him several chapters back. The guy had that weird obsession with animated sweets and all.”
“Actually, that sweet’s one of my minions,” said Ultimate Licence. “I figured I’d try something a bit different from the usual genetically mutated soldiers or slow, clunky robots. Sweets are surprisingly useful servants. Plus, they’re good to have around in case I get peckish.”
“You’d be amazed how versatile they can be. Permit me to demonstrate.” He waved a hand and long, red things slithered down through a hitherto unnoticed vent in the ceiling. Like writhing snakes, they wound their way around the members of COMPSCI. There was the sickly sweet odour of fake strawberry.
“Ooo, strawberry laces.”
“Now,” continued Ultimate Licence, “may I enquire as to the location of Continuity Leopard? I believe Tangent Tiger was looking forward to another encounter with him.” There was a growl of agreement from the tiger.
“We don’t know where Continuity Leopard is,” Technicality Man said.
“No matter. Soon all the cats will be under my control and then the world will be mine.” He broke into an evil laugh. The rest of them waited politely for him to finish.
“Ah, that felt good,” said Ultimate Licence, “it’s been far too long since I’ve been able to do a ‘destroying the world’ type of laugh.”
“What are you going to do with us now?” Bemused Girl asked.
“Well, I would kill you, but since not all of the cats are yet captured, that might not work. However, the Laws of Narrative Practice do allow me to hold you prisoner while I work on my plan, so I can lock you up until I am ready. Then, you will all die quite painfully, with the exception of Technicality Man. You will die extremely painfully.” His tone of voice remained perfectly gentlemanly and polite throughout his threats. Ultimate Licence came from the old school of villainy, where the bad guys had to be better mannered than the good guys. He might rip someone’s lungs from their chest, but he’d make courteous small talk about the weather first.
“You won’t get away with this,” said Chesty Cough Girl. Someone had to; it was in the rules.
“I think you’ll find that I will. Guards!” A group of giant jelly babies lumbered round the corner.
“You have got to be kidding me,” Bemused Girl muttered.
“Take the prisoners away and lock them up,” Ultimate Licence ordered. The jelly babies, after several clumsy attempts managed to grab hold of the members of COMPSCI and carry them away.
“You’re getting my cape sticky,” complained Chesty Cough Girl as the unfingered paws grasped at her.
The jelly babies lurched down the corridors. Ease of movement clearly hadn’t been high on the list of confectionary priorities. The team were dumped in a small room with no obvious escape route and only one door, which had no way of opening from the inside. The walls were plain white, no panels to slide open and reveal a hidden passage. There were no windows that the bars could be pried out of. There wasn’t even an air vent they could get into.
“I guess we sit here until Traditional Bluetac Gatherer and Origami Man rescue us,” said Technicality Man. There didn’t seem much else to do. Bemused Girl started chewing her way through the strawberry laces around her wrists. Confectionary weaponry definitely had an upside. It had been a long while since they’d had anything to eat.
“Anyone for eye-spy?”