I’m ridiculously excited for tonight’s Doctor Who series finale. If you haven’t already seen the trailer…
So, here’s a long-overdue update. The third series of Lupine Howl is nearly here, and should be starting within the next week. I’ll introduce it properly later, but for now let’s just say that it begins with lots of sand and then lots of snow. I spent a lot of time trying to decide whether the third series should be small-scale and intimate, or big and bombastic, and in the end I decided to try both at the same time. Let me know if you think I’ve succeeded once the books are out!
Then there’s The Library, which is finally coming to an end in the next couple of weeks. I spent a long time thrashing out the story, and the final books were delayed a little as a result. If you’ve been reading the series so far, you might be wondering about the Forbidders and their motives, in which case you’ll be rewarded in the final two books. Also, there’s a significant revelation about the Darkness, which is a plot element that has so far appeared briefly in both Dark Season and Lupine Howl. It’s definitely headed somewhere, but it’s a slow-boiler.
Other than that, there’s a new horror series coming up, which I’ll talk about soon, and a horror-soap hybrid thing that I’ve been working on for a while. Despite being British, I’ve long had a love of US soap operas, most notably Days of Our Lives. I wanted to try to write a horror series set in that kind of world, and I’ve finally got it done. We’ll see how it goes. Oh, and Broken Blue is continuing with the second series, Broken White, which starts soon.
Oh, and one final thing! Thanks to the wonderful and brilliant Linda Hare, I’ve now got new, updated versions of some of my books up at Amazon. Asylum, Dark Season series 1, Dark Season series 3, The Night Girl, Devil’s Briar and Broken Blue have had a major going-over, and between them they’ve lost a combined 300+ errors. I’ve always had an editor, but now I’ve got an editor who I really trust and who I work well with, so I think that side of things should improve considerably. Updated versions of the other books will be coming in the next month or so.
What else? Hmm, well I haven’t had much free time inbetween writing and doing my day job, but I found time to plant a garlic clove in a pot with some soil, and now it’s got four big leaves sprouting out the top. It’ll be a miracle if I end up with an edible bulb at the end of it all, but it’s quite fun to check its progress each day. Not much else of interest to report, except that I’m quite looking forward to watching the Eurovision show on Saturday. If you’re American and you don’t know about Eurovision, allow me to offer you an example.
Asylum: The Complete Series is free at Amazon for the next three days. You can download it from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca and the various other Amazon sites. As ever, please double-check that the price shows as free before you hit the button, but it should definitely cost $0 / £0 for the next few days.
You can now get Dark Season: The Complete First Series at Diesel, Kobo and Smashwords, plus of course still at Amazon. The price is the same, $2.99, everywhere. Over the next couple of weeks, the book will also be appearing at Barnes & Noble, Apple / iTunes and Sony, and maybe (if I can work out how to do it) at Google Play.
The second series of Dark Season will follow at the same sites a few weeks later, with the third series in June or July. I’m also going to be pushing a few of my other books out beyond Amazon as well, but more news on those later!
Over the past year, I’ve had a lot of messages from people who wanted to buy the books at sites such as Barnes & Noble and Kobo. It took a while to organize, because the books have been locked into an exclusive Amazon Select program. Now they’re out there, in the wild, so hopefully you can get them for pretty much any ereader that you have. I’m not very technical, so I’m not sure if I can offer any advice on downloading, but, er, good luck! And enjoy, I hope!
I gave the blog a new look, to make it more like a blog and less like a website. I’m hoping this will get me posting more. Lately, I’ve been totally overwhelmed with ‘real world’ work, but there’ll be new Lupine Howl, Broken and other stuff in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I’ve been working with a new editor to get updated and revised versions of my earlier books out there, and that process is rumbling alone nicely. I’ll be back with a proper update soon!
There’s good news and bad news about Lupine Howl. The bad news is that I’ve decided to delay the third series for a couple of months while I fix some plot holes. The good news is that this has allowed me to bring forward a new fantasy series called The Library, which is a kind of spin-off from last year’s Broken Spirits (Lupine Howl 2.4). The series is set inside the same huge library that Duncan and Jess visited, and while those two characters won’t be showing up (aside from a possible cameo appearance later on), The Library is definitely set in the same universe. The first two parts (1.1 and 1.2) are available together for 99 cents here!
Meanwhile, The Night Girl is coming to an end this month with the final two books, titled So Low (The Night Girl 1.7) and The Final Shift (The Night Girl 1.8). The Night Girl was never meant to run for more than one series, so there’s going to be a definite end to the story. After that, there’ll be the follow-up to Broken Blue, titled Broken White.
Finally, I’ve changed the way the books are released. Instead of releasing each one for 99 cents, I’m going to be releasing them as double-bills, with the price staying at 99 cents. This will work out much cheaper: instead of buying 8 books at 99 cents each, you’d only buy 4 books at 99 cents each. Also, they’ll still get bundled together at the end as a $2.99 collection, so it’s not a huge change. I made the change mainly because I realized that 8 books at 99 cents each came to a total of $7.92, which seemed a bit much compared to the $2.99 price of the omnibus editions. So, to sum up: 99 cents now gets you two books, instead of just one. And now I have to go and take the dog for a walk!
First, I’ve been interviewed for the latest issue of Sanitarium magazine! Here’s the link to the issue, and it’s also available from Amazon. My interview is really the least of the many reasons to hit the ‘Buy’ button; there are some great authors involved with the magazine, and they’re also running a Kickstarter campaign right now that’s definitely worth a look.
Meanwhile, I’ve got a new editor who has been patiently going through all my books and picking up on the errors that were missed by the last guy. I’m confident that she’s going to go a great job, and the new version of Asylum should be up in the next couple of days, followed by updated and improved versions of everything else. It took a while to find the right person, but I think this is a long overdue step in the right direction. In other (related) news, don’t forget the new $100 typo bounty offer.
A new series, The Night Girl, has launched. This is the story of a girl named Juliet who starts working at a retirement home; she soon discovers that there’s something strange living in an abandoned ward. The first two parts of the series, titled The First Shift and Death Watch, are out right now, with the rest coming out over the next few weeks.
Broken Blue has been completed, and is now available in an omnibus edition. The sequel series, Broken White, will start in March and will take the story to some strange new places. It’s an erotic, not horror, series, and it gets pretty explicit at times. There are going to be three series in total: Broken Blue, Broken White and finally Broken Red.
The third series of Lupine Howl is right around the corner, starting with Werewolves of India (Lupine Howl 3.1). The series is going to take an unexpected turn, spreading out across the globe. I couldn’t decide whether to make it more realistic or more crazy, so I decided to try doing both at the same time.
That’s about it for now. I hope you like the books, and the interview with Sanitarium, and I’ll make sure I update more often from now on!