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Hangman’s Gate Cover

Posted: January 26, 2019 in Covers, News

Hello all

Feast your eyes on the ARC cover and blurb for my forthcoming novel, Hangman’s Gate, book two in the War of the Archons series. It’s out in June, and as you can clearly see there’s a theme as regards the style of the cover image.

If there’s any bloggers out there who’d like an advance copy for review, feel free to hit me up on Twitter and I’ll put you in touch with the relevant peeps.

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In The Works!

Posted: December 20, 2018 in Books, News

2018 has been a very eventful year. It saw the release of A Demon in Silver, the first book in my new fantasy trilogy, War of the Archons (most recent review from The Tattooed Book Geek here). Book two, Hangman’s Gate, is written and will be release in June 2019. I’ll be going through the MS over the festive period one last time, before it goes to typeset early next year.

I also left my full-time job as a computer game writer in October to go back to life as a full-time author. Consequently, I’ll be getting busy in 2019 writing lots of stuff to hopefully sell in traditional, as well as self-published markets.

So, if you’re interested in what’s coming up, here’s a little rundown of what I plan to get my teeth into next year:

Traditional Publishing

As mentioned I have one novel coming out in 2019 and I’ll be writing the third in that trilogy during the first half of the year. There are also two new series I’ll be starting next year, in the hope that they’ll be picked up by traditional publishers. Obviously there’s no guarantee of that, as it’s a very competitive market and previous publication in no way guarantees future book deals. Nevertheless, I’ll be principally working on the following:

Spear of Malice: The third book in the War of the Archons trilogy.  This is pretty much fully planned out, I just need to iron out some cracks in the plot before writing can begin.

Codename Nightstone: I wanted to write something epic. In fact not just epic but EEEPPPIIIICC! Consequently I’ve been working on the world-building and plot for this for about six months. I wanted it to be ready early next year and the WIP is around 25k words complete already. Plan is to finish around half of the MS for book one (which will be around 80k-90k words of the 180k word final MS) before pitching it via my agent.

Codename Seax: This will be a complete change of genre for me. I’ve been reading and enjoying a bit of historical fiction over the year and fancied dipping my toe in. Consequently I’ve planned a novel set in 11th Century England. Chapter synopsis is done and I’ve got quite a bit of research material to chew through before I can start, but I’m looking forward to firing into this one.

Self Publishing

I recently made a little foray into self-publishing after Solaris granted me the rights back to my 2011 novel, Kultus. To make it a worthwhile endeavor, I need to increase the volume of product I have available (not to go too much into the details, but for ROI after advertising, self-published authors generally need a large back catalogue) so that’s my plan for the latter half of 2019. Initially I’ll be working on two projects:

Codename Strykers: This will be my first proper collaboration. An old friend of mine recently released his first self-published novel, which I’m currently reading and loving. After a few conversations we decided to work on something together. This will be a military sci-fi series with a demonic twist. If all goes well the first book will be out towards the end of 2019.

Brood: If I’ve got any time left next year I’ll be continuing the tales of Thaddeus Blaklok which started in Kultus in 2011. Book two, Brood is currently in the works, but I’ve recently put it on the back burner. I’ve planned six books in the series to do his story justice, and the eBook of Kultus is currently available for 99p/99c. You can get a sampler with a comic and short story by signing up to the mailing list on my website here.

And that’s me for at least the next 12 months. Obviously this sounds like a lot, and plans are often changed depending on circumstances, but hey – aim for the stars you might hit the moon, and all that. So make sure you have a cracking Xmas, and I hope to be blogging a lot more next year with good news about book deals and publication.

Take care of yourselves

Rich

Blog Tour

Posted: June 8, 2018 in Books, Events, News

A Demon in Silver hits shelves on Tuesday in the UK and the US. To mark this momentous occasion I shall be spreading the word via all that is social media and embarking on my first ever blog tour! Below is a list of all the lovely peeps who have allowed me to spout words on their websites…

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Coming Soon…

Posted: May 31, 2018 in Books, News, Reviews

Yes it’s been a while since there’s been any blog action, but prepare to be dazzled! June 12th sees the long awaited release (sorry, my fault) of new novel A Demon in Silver from Titan Books. It will also see a blog tour event, so I’ll be making up for a distinct lack of action on here.

In the meantime, take a look at the first review for the new novel which appeared in UK magazine SciFiNOW.

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Clash of the Titan!

Posted: December 22, 2015 in Books, News

It’s been a long time coming, but yes, I have finally scored a new book deal with Titan Books. Full details are here. Obviously I am well stoked about this and can’t wait to get to work. The guys at Titan were great and the series couldn’t be in better hands. Also, props to my agent John Jarrold for making this happen. He really is da man!

In other news, my Steelhaven short story, The Halfwyrd’s Burden, has been produced as an audioshort (if that’s even a thing) on the Far Fetched Fables site here. Have a listen… IT’S FREE!!

It’s been a while…

Posted: September 23, 2015 in News

So I haven’t blogged in what seems like an age. Mainly because that’s pretty much how long it’s been. Over 18 months in fact, but who’s counting? I’m back now anyway so feel free to rejoice…

Finished?

Right, let’s get on with it…

Lord of Ashes, book three in the Steelhaven Trilogy, comes out on the 8th October in the UK and Commonwealth. This marks the end of the series but there are a few threads left dangling tentatively at the end. The jury’s still out on whether there’ll be more novels set in the Free States but the trilogy consists of over a thousand pages of gritty, funny, character-driven fantasy for you to get your chops around, so if you haven’t already you should really buy it… and get all your friends to buy it too! If that’s not enough to get you reaching for your pocket money, have a look at the spiffy trailer for Herald of the Storm

And don’t just take my word for it. This week the French version of the series reached the top ten on Amazon.fr’s fantasy list, outselling my old mate George RR Martin*

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We still don’t have a US publisher yet, for all you folks over the pond, but I’m assured there may be distribution news shortly, so you can all look forward to getting your mits on it very soon.

In other news, I recently made my first panel appearance at NineWorlds in London, which was simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. I was talking about Death in Genre alongside such literary luminaries as Paul Cornell and Joe Abercrombie (no I hadn’t heard of him either) and a good time was had by all, once I managed to calm down enough to speak. It remains to be seen whether I’m invited to do another one so I can stare like a rabbit in the headlights and give short yet pithy answers to serious questions. I’m thinking probably not!

As for the future… well you’ll know when I do. I currently have two proposals doing the rounds, which amounts to around 50,000 words of fiction (that’s more or less half a novel for those who don’t know). One is a steampunky adventure, the other’s a more traditional epic fantasy, and I’m hoping they’ll both see the light of day at some point in the near future.

That’s all for now, and I promise not to leave it so long next time. Let’s hope the next blog post is ace news about a six-figure deal… or something!

Be excellent to each other!!!

Rich

*Admittedly I’ve never met him, but I’m sure we’d get on great guns!!

That was the year that was.

Posted: December 31, 2013 in News

So, as 2013 draws to a close I’m sitting back to think on a year with some pretty steep highs and lows. Most of the lows are on a personal level, and I’m not going to bore you with them here, but work-wise things have been going pretty bloody well. Herald of the Storm came out in March to some pretty stonking reviews. It’s sold pretty well for a début epic fantasy in a very crowded market and the four foreign translation deals are nothing to be sniffed at. Book two in the Steelhaven series, The Shattered Crown, is now completed, edited and typeset and copies should be winging their way to book shops early in the new year.

The most satisfying news I’ve had recently is to learn I managed to sneak on Fantasy Faction’s Best of 2013 list at number 13 – it’s true, just take a look! Yes that’s me rubbing shoulders next to Daniel Abraham and Brian McClellan. Go me!

This month I also nabbed the opportunity to do my first bit of voice over work! You wouldn’t think that a dopey sounding Yorkshireman would be anyone’s first choice for narration, but it doesn’t seem to do Sean Bean’s career any harm. Consequently, Mark Lawrence chose me from a very talented bunch of individuals to narrate one of his short stories, which will be available for free, right about as soon as I’ve had the chance to record my dulcet tones.

So that was 2013, and 2014 is set to be just as good a ride. See you there. 🙂