Legion Bulletin #124June 23, 2021
In the WingsJuly 12, 2021
I have another book launch today! Hold the Line is the fifth and best Chimera Company novel and it’s published today by Theogony Books, featuring Vincent Sammy on the crayons. Audio will follow later with Steve Campbell on the voices.
This is my 21st published novel, which means I have officially come of age and am now a writing adult. Or something.
What I like most about this is that my writing has changed for the better since my first serious attempt at a novel, which was shipped around various publishers in the late naughties. A small press outfit called Solaris requested a full manuscript and sat on it for a year before declining. At the time that almost felt like a win.
That particular book never did get published, but with the twenty-one subsequent novels that did, the writing has gotten easier, better, and faster with each one. And I get hungrier to write.
This is very apparent to me at the moment, because I am currently revising my first two published novels (the Reality War duology). I’m both relieved that the story and the prose still stand up well, but also that I have the skills to do so much more with them now.
I’m looking forward to discovering what my 42nd novel will be like. According to the trend line, I should find out around Christmas 2025
The new book is available to buy from Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions. If you’re in Kindle Unlimited, you can borrow it for free. Like I said, audio to follow, but it’s looking like a few months before that will be available.
Thank you to everyone who offered feedback and advice on what I should be working on next. I started digging into the first Reality War book, and was so readily sucked into the story that this looks like it will become a thing. There was a lot more sex than I remembered! I’m streamlining that and lightening the tone when it gets grim and yucky.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I think the first edition of The Reality War could be a bit of a shock to the system for fans used to Chimera Company and 4HU. More importantly, nineteen novels further into my journey as a writer, I’m better able to prune, tune and add where necessary to focus the story on what it needs most. In the case of The Reality War, that’s the consequences of time travel shenanigans.
The clue’s in the title 🙂