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August 25, 2020

It’s One Minute to Midnight

One Minute to Midnight is out now. This is the conclusion to the trio of 2020 Four Horsemen Universe (4HU) novels that kicked off with Endless Night and carried through The Dark Before the Light. When I say conclusion, it’s certainly that. Everything I’ve written in 4HU leads to this point. After three years, six stories, and about half a million words, I hope you’ll forgive me if I choke back a tear as I say goodbye… (… and then immediately start thinking about what happens next. Can’t help it. Maybe some of my ‘Midnight Sun’ characters will carry over to whatever follows? I hope to write more in this universe before too long.) Here are the links for anyone wanting to wade straight into the book. amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com.au | amazon.ca | amazon.it (Hello to my Italian […]
February 14, 2020

Endless Night has fallen*

“All hands, this is the captain. Battle stations! Battle stations! Midnight Sun will execute Plan Mechanix. I repeat, Plan Mechanix. May the gods have mercy upon our enemy’s souls and make our yacks bloat with combat bonuses.” This year, a popular alternative and complement to Valentine’s Day is Endless Night Day, with the release of my latest novel. The quote from the book at the top of this post pretty much sums the book up. For the price of admission (which is free under Kindle Unlimited, BTW) you get ancient artifacts, shady dealings, high-gee boardings, hidden underwater cities, and the reincarnation of a real ancestor of mine who went by the name of Obadiah Jex. I hope y’all like it. To be honest, it’s going to be a bit awkward with the publisher if not, because I’m most of the […]
June 18, 2019

Will anyone get off Rho-Torkis alive?

Chimera Company faces impossible odds in the burning city of Bresca-Brevae. Will anyone make it through? Well… I guess the fact that I’m about to finish writing Season 2 over the next few days kind of gives the game away. But not everyone makes it through Season 1. You have to keep reading through to Issue #8 to find out, and that’s the issue that came out today. I’ve loved doing these weekly serials. There’s more coming soon (late summer), but it’s not quite over yet for this current burst of everything Chimera Company. If you’ve joined the Legion, then I’ll be doing an end of season round of Legion Bulletins with background details on the Muryani Expansion that drops a few hints about later seasons (and some red herrings to keep you guessing). And then I’ll be sharing the […]
September 30, 2020

I’ve taken most of Chimera Company off sale

The switch to Theogony Books is underway. Currently the only Chimera Company books on sale are the paperback editions of the omnibuses and the Season 2 eBook boxed set. They will be removed presently. Hopefully every has had plenty of notice in advance. If you’re actively enjoying Chimera Company and are stuck because the the next read isn’t available, do get in touch. It’s a temporary thing until the Theogony releases come out. I don’t have dates yet, but expect some very soon. I plan to finish the first draft of book4 next week. Expect to see inside Nyluga-Ree’s palace, go boating on a methane lake, see Phantom put through her paces in some desperate space combat, and learn the secret of the Broken Worlds. If you want to hear me talk about Chimera Company — and 4HU for that […]
June 19, 2020

The Dark Before the Light – out today.

The latest novel in my ‘Midnight’ sequence of Four Horsemen Universe stories is out today, June 19th. This carries on the action from Endless Night and takes us throughout the Spine Nebula in the fight against Endless Night and their (sometimes) allies. I’ve been co-writing the follow-on novel, One Minute to Midnight, with Chris Kennedy, and we’re just a few days away from completing that. I think I’ll need to go lie down in a darkened room once it’s all over, because it’s climactic stuff! (But only for a few minutes because I’m already working on the next installment for Chimera Company). Here are some more dates: I hope you’re safe and well and these tales of adventure hit the spot for you. 🙂
April 27, 2020

Human Legion box sets are all available now

Greetings from Human Legion Lockdown HQ Being briefly in between projects, and temporarily not fit enough to write new stories (I think I had the Corona-bug – I was certainly in self-isolation for a couple of weeks), I finished off the second and final Human Legion boxed set, which several people had been bugging me to finish off. Just in time, as it turns out, because I’ve now started work on my fourth Four Horsemen Universe novel. As with the first boxed set, I added author notes and collected some short stories. Most of these were originally published in the Legion Bulletin a few years ago, but I tweaked all the stories and redid the notes. I can tell from my Amazon sales dashboard that most people who read my books are doing so through Kindle Unlimited. If that’s you, […]
January 30, 2020

My orcs rise from the ashes of a post-apoc anthology

In case you missed it, my latest anthology came out last week in From the Ashes, the latest anthology from Bayonet Books. The theme for this anthology is the post-apocalypse and my story features orcs, humans and Chinese vampire deer in the ruins of Bedfordshire. I haven’t read all the other tales yet, but I read Walt Robillard’s story and its full-on action that also features orcs and humans. But the orcs in Walt’s case are three meters tall and wield sharpened road signs as axes. Nice. (Walt’s the voice talent on the Human Empire audio, BTW, which is very close to completion now). I’ve been in three of the four Bayonet Books anthologies to come out over the past thirteen months. Reckon they look mighty fine next to the Legion mug I like to caffeinate from when I’m working. […]
January 11, 2020

Human Legion Deluxe box set 1

The first of two Human Legion box sets has just been released. I’m going to add as many of the short stories, novelettes, articles and author notes as I can*, which is why I added the ‘deluxe’ label. I hope you feel it’s justified! It’s a cool image of a slipcase box, but regrettably, that’s just the publishing fashion and this is only available as a Kindle book. The good part of that, though, is that if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can borrow this for free and skip to the bonus material if that’s what you prefer. CONTENTS 2741 AD – Preface 2565 AD – Marine Cadet (novel + new author notes) 2566 AD – Indigo Squad (novel + new author notes) 2567 AD – Trial of a Traitor (short story + new author notes) 2568 AD […]
December 18, 2019

Season 2 is complete. Boxed set available now.

Chimera Company Season 2: Deep Cover was a blast to write, and I hope you took equal pleasure in reading the story unfold across all nine issues. If you were holding out for the end of season compilations, the eBook boxed set is available to buy or borrow through Kindle Unlimited. We also have a big fat paperback. If you’ve not yet started with Chimera Company, there’s a deal on the first season of this space opera adventure until Christmas. And I just want to say a special thank you to Vincent Sammy for being such an crucial believer in Chimera Company and delivering such awesome artwork. There’s plenty more Chimera Company coming your way next year. Next up from me, though, will be a race between a novelette in a post-apocalypse anthology where I take some advice from my […]