Category Archives: News

What’s going on, book schedules, that kind of thing.

NaNoWriFor

So, yeah, I got to over 50k words in 15 or 16 days. Unsurprising, to be honest. So, it’s National Novel Writing Fortnight.

But… While it was going fairly well, the ending I have planned is looking weak and I’m beginning to come to the conclusion that I suck at writing “romance.” I think I’m okay with it when it’s a sort of side issue to the rest of the story, but if it’s a major component… Ho hum. Can’t be good at everything.

So, Night’s Daughter is going on hold for at least the next few days while I look at something else which also may or may not end up being worthy of publishing. I’ll probably take another crack at things again; I have about two things fluttering around in my unwritten books files which I keep coming back to and never get finished, and this is one of them.

Still aiming to get back to Guardian by the end of the year, but for November I’m on a quest to try new things! One of them coming out good would be nice.

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Fox Dominates

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Book 8 in the Fox Meridian series is now out.

With new year, Fox Meridian is settling into her new position as the security and terrorism specialist of Palladium Security Solutions, and she’s finally getting over the death of her boyfriend. Then the violent murder of a vote broker throws Fox into a mire of sex and politics, and her friend Naomi Lind is in the hot seat.

NaNoWriMo 2017

I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year. That means I’m doing something different, and you may never get to read it. I’ve had a bad history with writing things for National Novel Writing Month which I end up being unhappy with. In fact, I’m having another shot at something I’ve done through one November before.

We’ll see where it goes, but you get another Fox book next month whatever happens.

Terribly, Terribly Quiet

As someone pointed out, I’ve been rather quiet recently.

That’s partially because I took a holiday. It was sort of a working holiday since I was scouting out Cornish villages for the next Reality Hack book, but it was a holiday. I needed it. I’ve been having trouble holding focus. So…

The current state of play is that I’ve picked up the Fox Meridian book I was writing, and that is (very likely) going to be the next one out. It’s currently called Dominance, but I’m not absolutely sure that title is going to stick through to publication. I just ground to a halt with the Ultrahumans book, though there’s a chunk written and I mean to get it and its sequel out as soon as I can. I’m going to add a new section to the ‘What Am I Doing’ page called Doldrums; it’s for books I have plotted and partially written, but the wind has gone out of their sails.

The Reality Hack sequel has some chance of coming in the next few months, though I still don’t have the precise course of the plot worked out. I was wandering around Cornish villages (and driving down roads that get narrower, and narrower, and narrower…) and having great ideas, but they don’t make a whole book yet.

So, that’s the update. It’s been an absolutely miserable day here in Manchester and I feel like someone sucked all the energy out of me. I’m falling asleep in my desk chair. This is never a good thing and results in really bad neck ache. I am going to do something to try and wake up before I go to bed.

What? It made sense to me.

Eden Burning

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The seventh book in the Fox Meridian series is out now.

They Finally Did It

Just had to post this… Jodie Whittaker is to be the 13th Doctor. They finally did it and I have to say I’m looking forward to next season more than I was.

Huh. If they brought Bill back, which I don’t think they will, that’d make for an interesting dynamic. Not sure they’d go there, but… Another interesting thought is what they’ll do with the companion(s).

Well, Ms Whittaker was in Attack the Block, so she should be used to running and aliens.

Misfit Witchcraft

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Now available, the next instalment of the Misfits series. I had absolutely no idea what to do for the cover of this, until this idea hit me this week. Honestly, I think it’s one of the better ones I’ve done, even if it’s a little dark in places.