I love writing the Human Legion books. Even though I have the story mapped out through to book six (and beyond for possible successor series), I often can’t vividly feel what is happening in the minds and hearts of my characters until I’m writing a scene for real. Sometimes my characters surprise me. They aren’t shy about telling me if my story isn’t right, or if they have a more interesting tale to tell than the one I had planned. Consequently I often update my ‘masterplan’. To give a timely Waterloo quote, the Duke of Wellington once said of Napoleon’s marshals: “The French plans are like a splendid leather harness which is perfect when it works, but if it breaks it cannot be mended. I make my harness of ropes: it is never as good-looking as the French, but if […]
I had my first Outside World review* for the Human Legion last week. A site called SciFi365.net picked up on Marine Cadet and recommended it. Said it was ‘more Haldeman than Heinlein’, which was an interesting insight, and while I’m a great lover of Heinlein, Haldeman’s The Forever War still remains in my mind as the definitive military SF novel, and the key book that turned me into an SF reader when I was a teenager. To those who don’t understand the modern world of SF publishing, having my Human Legion journey go unnoticed by the Outside World might seem strange given that today is exactly six months since the first book in the series was published, and by one of those coincidences you never dare write in your fiction (because no one will believe you) today is also the […]
I don’t normally cross-post from my Greyhart Press site, but on the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, I thought this reflection on veterans by author (and veteran himself) Bob Atkinson might interest you.
Poor Arun. After running for his life for much of Indigo Squad, Arun has it even harder in the new Human Legion book, Renegade Legion. Fighting for freedom is hard, but winning freedom is far more difficult, as Arun and his comrades are about to find out. The Human Legion Book3: Renegade Legion is published today in Kindle eBook and in paperback. Click here for the eBook and here for the paperback. If you enjoy this book, or one of the earlier ones, then do please leave a good review on Amazon or Goodreads. It does make a big difference to my ability to earn a living writing books. My sincere thanks to everyone who has left a review so far. Even if you thought the book stinks and told me so, I still appreciate you taking the time to read my […]
Releasing a new book in a series is like going all-in at poker: the bet has to pay off or the rest of the series is doomed to commercial failure. So I thought I’d share out some of the nail-biting with a progress update. A few minutes ago, I sent the final draft version of the Kindle book to Amazon. If you’re in the Recon Team, but haven’t finished the book yet, that’s fine. If you still have fixes and suggestions, I can add them later on, although from this point I’m going to have to argue much harder to convince myself to make changes. The Kindle edition is on pre-order until June 6th, which is D-Day for me as I will go into action with more promotion. If you’re thinking of ordering but haven’t made up your mind, get the pre-order now […]
Arun McEwan had a tough time in the first two Human Legion books. Well, guess what? Now he’s in charge, and it’s going to get a whole lot tougher in Renegade Legion. You can pre-order the Kindle edition now by following this link, for delivery by Whispersync on the publication date of June 6th. You won’t have to wait quite that long, though. I know some of you are eager to read on, so I’ll make you an offer: if you buy the Kindle book on pre-release, but want the book before June 6th, then let me know by emailing email@example.com. As soon as I have the release version of the Kindle book ready, I’ll email it to you. You don’t need to prove you bought the book, I’ll take it on trust. I need to give Amazon the final version of the […]
update… GONE cheap. Unfortunately, these books went up to full price within hours of me posting this. I did enjoy the Lost Fleet books I’ve read before, but didn’t feel they were special enough to justify the much higher price than that charged by self-published authors. I guess the sale worked for the publisher. Big time! Just take a look in the screen cap below at the clean sweep the series is making of the charts right now. I wonder how sustainable that is at the higher price. Good luck to them, anyway. The Lost Fleet is a very popular space fleet series. Even here in Bedford, England, the science fiction shelves in the book stores, and the library where I do much of my writing, are filled with these books. I’ve read some and think there very good with what […]
Thanks to the detail built up from the Recon Team’s reports, the new book is shaping up very nicely now. I’m honored that so many are helping out. Thank you. I’m going to be setting the book out on pre-release from Amazon very soon. There are still many spinning variables to set a date yet, but it will definitely be this month. If you are in the Recon Team and haven’t yet passed any feedback, then there’s no need to rush or feel your input would be wasted. The earliest I would be building a version for publication would be late next week (let’s say the 21st). And even if you have comments to pass on after that date, I can still make revisions to the published edition soon after. And if life got in the way, or you didn’t enjoy […]