I’m in full-on Christmas mode now. Dad needs some sherry, the guinea pigs need more hay, and my son needs to engage in intense physical activity in case he explodes from excitement because tomorrow is Christmas Day. I wanted to take a moment out to thank all of you for your support during 2015. It was December 26th 2014 when the first Human Legion book was published. Since then we’ve launched a total of four novels and sold around 70,000 copies. I say ‘we’ because I haven’t done this on my own. My most obvious partners are Ian Whates who is co-writing the main series with me, JR Handley with The Sleeping Legion, and the team at my audio publisher, Tantor Media. But there are many other members of the team whose generous support has made this year possible, including: […]
I was so confident that the fifth book was going to be out by January that I wrote that down in the back of book 4 and on the website. That will teach me. Today I’ve taken stock of the situation, and realistically we’re not going to make January. That’s partly due to the box set I’m working on taking more time than I expected, but mostly due to the authors and their families being ill (though nothing serious, thankfully). I don’t say that to make excuses, but rather to explain that it’s nothing to do with being out of ideas or writer’s block or anything else that means the book won’t be something that will make me proud when it is published. Thanks for your patience. Tim & Ian.
One of the greatest pleasures of life is the warm swell of pride at watching your helpless babies grow first into children — with their own personalities, interests, and aptitudes — and then mature into adults who achieve feats we as the older generation could only dream of. We realize that the youngsters really did learn from those mistakes they made in their youth, that they were actually listening to our sage advice (even though they never admitted it at the time), and quietly ignored our advice when they had moved beyond us. Doesn’t always work out so well, of course, but it has for me with the characters of the Human Legion. In the first TO&E I wrote out for Blue Squad in Marine Cadet, the cadets were 17 years old. Today I’m writing the order of battle for […]
If you want to keep abreast with the latest developments (such as when the next book will be available, which I know a lot of you are asking) then the simplest way is to subscribe to the humanlegion.com website — there’s a button to do that on the side of each webpage. Subscribers get each post sent to them automatically via email. Alternatively, if you have an account on amazon.com, you can go to my author page and ‘Follow’ me. My amazon.com author page is here, and the follow button is under my mugshot. This is a fairly new facility on the US Amazon store only, but for readers elsewhere in the world, you don’t have to buy from the US to have an account on amazon.com. I follow and subscribe to all sorts of things myself. Plus a lot of […]
Thanks for your patience, everyone. Here’s a quick update on the progress of Book 5: War Against the White Knights. I finished the first draft of the novel earlier this week, and it weighs in at just over a hundred thousand words. Now, first drafts can be a bit rough, but Ian and I have been editing each other’s chapters all the way through. I’m still waiting for Ian’s feedback on the last two chapters, but other than that the draft pretty tight. Normally, by this point I would have asked for volunteers to sign up to a Force Recon Team. The volunteers from previous books have given us sage advice, but running the Recon Teams takes time, and so I’ve decided not to call for volunteers this time around, so I can get the book to you quicker. I fully intend […]
Book5 will be ready to roll, just as soon as the edits are back for the last section. While we’re waiting, I thought I’d give you a taste of what’s coming with a partial order of battle from partway through the book. You won’t recognise most of the names yet, but you should know a couple. The Legion has certainly scaled up a little since they started with the First Tranquility Campaign, and not just with the units described here. Author J.R. Handley is working on what is going on back on Tranquility with his Sleeping Legion series. His plans for novellas have turned into novels, and a draft of the opening novel is undergoing an alpha test at the moment. History of the Legion – Order of Battle for the Invasion of Athena The table below shows a representative sample of the major […]