The Shadeward Saga comes to Audible

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Progress Report

Very pleased to announce that the first book in my 4 book science fiction series, The Shadeward Saga, is now available on Audible! Shadeward Emanation is out on Audible! It’s taken quite a lot of work, more than I expected to be honest, in order to get this far, but I’m confident you’re going to enjoy this – the second of my books to be turned into an audio production and the first one I’ve narrated myself. Rather than a ‘radio drama’ style as was done with Elite: Reclamation featuring the immensely talented multiple voices of Toby Longworth, this is more of an unabridged read through by myself. It is around 13 hours long! Shadeward doesn’t feature a ‘soundscape’ other than some selected music to divide chapters and scenes, alongside a few minor sound modifications to highlight different aspects of the more complex scenes. A more traditional audiobook in other words! Memorable Characters, Drama and Excitement If you enjoyed my brand of story telling in my Elite books, you should enjoy this too. Kiri, in particular, is a woman you’ll love to hate, a memorable character in the same manner as my infamous Salomé. For those of you wondering what this book is about, it’s rather a mix of genres! It’s set on a tidally locked planet some 10 light-years away from Earth. The inhabitants are humans, but they’ve lost the knowledge and technology of their past and it’s been confused with myth, legend and religion. Over the course of the four books, those secrets are unlocked, the lost technology is found and the fate of the planet revealed.There are elements of hard science fiction, mixed with fantasy, all seen through the eyes of three young people and a cast of adventurers, priestesses and warriors. And more is coming! Now that this audible book is complete, work continues. Here is what’s incoming in the near future. Shadeward 4 “Expiation” is currently being edited and will be available in ebook and paperback in early 2020Doomdark’s Revenge, sequel to the Lords of Midnight is currently being written and is also due in 2020.The audio version of Shadeward 2 “Exoneration” is currently being recorded and will be released in early 2020.A Lords of Midnight Audiobook is also being...

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Michael’s Story available

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Announcements

Available now. This is something of an ‘open letter’ to the Elite Dangerous community at large, and huge thank you to all concerned. As you’re all aware, Michael Holyland died on the 22nd of May 2019 at the age of 15. Along with World of Tanks, Elite Dangerous was one of his favourite games. His plight came to the attention of the Elite Dangerous community via his uncle, Mat Westhorpe. In response to a tweet from Mat, the Elite Dangerous community, alongside Frontier Developments themselves, pitched in in every way that could be imagined, trying to make Michael’s last days as full of happy memories as could be managed. You can read about Michael, his family and his story from the following links: Mat’s BlogThe GuardianMassively OPPlay Crazy Game One of the many things given to Mat was an personalised audio-book, set in the world of Elite Dangerous. It was created in just a few short days from beginning to end by the efforts of Frontier, voice actors and the community. Michael was able to hear it before the end. It wasn’t intended to be made public, but one of Michael’s last wishes was that he wanted it to be shared with the community that had done so much for him. We have taken the additional steps of formatting the story into ebook versions as well as audio, so it can be enjoyed in multiple ways. All the versions are freely available at no charge. Instead, we are suggesting that donations to Cancer Research UK are an appropriate way to honour and remember CMDR Michael Holyland. CMDR Michael Holyland You can find all the download links for the book, and a directions to the Cancer Research by following the link below. Thank you Elite Dangerous Community, you’ve shown yourself to be truly ‘Elite’. Right on, Commanders and o7. Michael’s Story Ebook and Audiobook Huge thanks to Mat Westhorpe, Zac Antonaci, Paige Harvey, Sally Morgan-Moore, Joe Hogan, David Braben, Amelia Tyler, Jay Britton, Richard Reed, Dan Grubb, Antony Taylor, Anthony Hunt, James Ludlow, Jordan (CMDR Cryptic Echo), Jamie McKinnon (CMDR Orange Phoenix) and the SPVFA, and the extended Elite Dangerous...

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Shadeward: Enervation, Pre-release availability

Posted by on Jun 26, 2019 in Announcements

Today I’m delighted to announce the early availability and pre-release of Shadeward Enervation, book 3 in the Shadeward Saga! Book 3 follows directly on from Book 2 where Meru, Zoella, Coran and the crew of the Mobilis were en-route to Amar, having frustrated the priestesses of Drayden. But the priestesses have discovered the location of Amar and are making their plans to invade. Kiri’s own powers are growing too and she has her own designs. Meanwhile, Lacaille itself is stirring once more, threatening to unleash more woe upon Esurio… Available now in Paperback and Pre-Order Ebook From today you can order the paperback version of Enervation direct from Amazon for £9.99 (US $15.99). The E-book is currently on pre-order only, but will automatically appear on your Kindle on August 16th, price £3.50 (US $4.46). For those of you ordering the paperback, I’d really appreciate your reviews prior to the official launch on the 16th of August. These really help boost the book up the charts when it first appears. Also – please feel free to bring them along to Fantasticon and I’ll sign them for you. 🙂 So looking forward to what you make of this latest instalment. Unlike this book there won’t be a long delay for book 4 as it is planned to be written by the end of the year. It’s currently sat at 54, 000 words. Shadeward Enervation – Book 3 of the Shadeward Saga. Buy Shadeward Enervation Paperback or Pre-order the Ebook...

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Cover reveal, Shadeward Enervation

Posted by on May 2, 2019 in Announcements

It always an exciting moment when you get to reveal the cover of a book. Whilst we’re always exhorted not to judge a book by its cover, if we’re honest, many of us do. There’s a balance to be found in advertising what kind of book it is, following the tone of the times and coming up with something eye-catching that will work at different levels, both as a cover, but also as a thumbnail for the inevitable listings online. The 3rd book in a series is also a bit… tricky. You’re not at the point where you are tying things up, but nor are you introducing too many new things to be resolved. You still have to keep the story moving along at pace, in order to ensure that the overall plot doesn’t ‘sag’ in the middle. Despite all this, there’s still plenty going on! I’ve also had the challenge that the characters are growing up, and (in most cases) maturing a bit. This implies various things about their relationships and where they go. It’s been a challenge to balance that and move the characters on in a realistic fashion. Enervation is now being finalised, and with no further ado, here is the cover. I hope you like it! There are various elements of the series included here, which fans of the series should be able to pick out. Let me know what you think. Book 3 is coming soon....

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