Category Archives: Dark Season

Joanna Mason, a Dark Season box set, and coming soon: Ward Z!

deadanddyingcomp1First, The Dead and the Dying: A Joanna Mason Novel is out now from Amazon, priced $2.99. It’s the story of a detective who discovers that she’s dying, just as a copycat serial killer strikes.

I originally started the story a couple of years ago, but I wasn’t happy with its direction and I worked on it for a long time (including changing the main character, John Mason, into a woman named Joanna) before I was finally happy with it. There are no ghosts, vampires or monsters in this one, although I tried to include a few moments of horror.

I’m planning a second Joanna Mason novel soon, titled The Company of Angels, and I’ve planned out an initial trilogy of books. I know how Mason’s story ends, but I haven’t quite nailed down her route to that final destination. Not yet, anyway…

darkseasonboxsetMeanwhile, the complete Dark Season series has been dusted down for a box set edition. I figured it had been a while since the series finished, so now would be a good time to give it a small refresh.

On that note, Abby Hart is going to be back soon in the Vampire Asylum series, which sees her travel to one of the vampire world’s darkest secrets. It’s going to be a real old-fashioned gothic blood-fest!

Also, Ward Z starts soon. It’s the story of the staff and patients of a cancer ward who are thrown together when the hospital is quarantined. There’s a patient in one of the rooms who has started to display some disturbing symptoms, and while the title might lead you to assume that this series is all about zombies, there are actually some surprises in store. Well, and zombies…  Ward Z is scheduled to start in a few days’ time, along with the rest of the second series of Mass Extinction Event.

Finally, I realized the other day that I’m almost at 500 likes on Facebook. I’m not the kind of person who obsesses over numbers, but 500 seems huge to me. Thanks to everyone who has taken a look at my Facebook page and this blog! I’m hoping to organize some competitions and giveaways soon, but I’ll have more news on that later…

Coming Soon – The Hollow Church (Abby Hart book 1)

hollowcoverThe Hollow Church (Abby Hart book 1) will be out later this week. It’s the story of Abby’s life after Dark Season and her attempts to survive in a world that is rapidly filling up with new vampires. When blood-drained bodies start to turn up all across New York, Abby is forced into an unlikely partnership as she follows a trail that leads to a strange empty church.

Dark Season: The Complete First Series now available at Diesel, Kobo and Smashwords, more coming soon!

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!

Final Dark Season coming up, plus new Devil’s Briar, Lupine Howl and Broken Blue

I wish I could say that my home-made Christmas pudding was a success, but honestly it was… just about okay. It was definitely edible, but it was a bit too sticky and dense. Still, it was the first attempt, so I guess I’ll just have to try again next year. I hope everyone reading this had a good time over Christmas. My plans for New Year are to stay at home and try to distract the dog, who usually gets terrified by fireworks. Unfortunately, we live five minutes from the park, so I think I’ve got a tough job ahead…

A Woman, Waiting (Dark Season 3.7) is out now at Amazon, which means there’s just one more book to go before the whole Dark Season series is over forever! The End (Dark Season 3.8) will be out on Monday January 7th, or maybe even a couple of days earlier if Amazon’s internal gears are running particularly smoothly.

To be honest, I’m pretty nervous. I hope people like how the story ends, but I know it’s impossible to please everyone. I’ve had the ending worked out since the beginning, and I hope it feels satisfying. The end of the story grows out of what has come before, so there are no sudden left-turns or random new characters thrown in. There are no magic kisses that miraculously save people. It all keeps to the (attempted) logic of the series so far. Also, I promise it doesn’t end on any kind of cliffhanger.

After Dark Season is over, there are the rest of the Devil’s Briar books coming in January. Also, I’m re-launching the Broken Blue series. The first book came out a few months ago, but I’ve re-thought the whole thing and decided that Broken Blue (and the sequels, Broken Red and Broken White) will be released in a serial format (e.g. there’ll be 8 books to each series). The good news is that each book in the Broken Blue series will be free for a few days after it’s released (Amazon allows five free days every 90 days for most books) so it’ll kind of be a free series.

Then, in February, there’ll be the third series of Lupine Howl. The first book is Werewolves in India (Lupine Howl 3.1) and this time, I’ve mapped out not only the third series but also the fourth, so they kind of intertwine. I really want to tighten Lupine Howl and make sure it’s focused on the core story. I was trying to decide whether to make it darker and grittier, or more colorful and crazy; in the end, I’ve decided to do both at the same time. With Dark Season completed, Lupine Howl is kind of the only remaining window into that world, because they exist in the same universe and with some of the same characters. But more about that later.

I’ll be on a train for most of tomorrow and Monday’s going to be hectic, so Happy New Year and let’s hope 2013 is nice and peaceful…

Free books set for the Christmas period!

NOTE: THIS POST WAS ABOUT CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR. THERE’LL BE A NEW POST SOON ABOUT FREE BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR. STAY TUNED!

abigailfinaldoneIt’s almost Christmas, which means I’ll soon get to open the home-made Christmas pudding I tried to make a few months ago. Will it taste good? Will it be a failure? Only time will tell. I’m not a particularly good cook, but I can get the job done most of the time. This is my most adventurous recipe yet, so for me the best Christmas present this year will be unwrapping the pudding and finding that it’s edible. Failing that, I’ve got a Tesco pudding as back-up…

arrivaldevilsbriarcoverAnyway, the point of this post is to say that there’ll be a few books going free on Amazon over the next couple of weeks. Here are the details:

– From Friday 21st December to Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day!), Arrival (Devil’s Briar 1.1) will be free.

– From Monday 24th December to Friday 28th December, Dr. Lava (Asylum 1.2) will be free.

– From Tuesday 25th December to Saturday 29th December, Abigail & Quisling (Dark Season 3.1 & 3.2) will be free.

– And from Wednesday 26th December to Sunday 30th December, Lupine Howl: The Complete Second Series (All 8 Books) will be free.

lupinecomplete2It’s important to point out that you should double check that each book is free before you hit the download button. Amazon is great in many ways, but sometimes they have little hiccups and the timings of these free offers can vary a little, particularly if you’re not in a US time zone. And don’t forget that if you’re in Canada, you now have your very own Kindle store at amazon.ca, which (I think) should make it easier and cheaper for you to download Kindle books.

Hmm, what else? Well, in January 2013 there’ll be the final two Dark Season books. There’ll also be more Devil’s Briar, plus the return of the Broken Blue series. I’ve been thinking a lot about Broken Blue and I’ve decided to change it quite considerably. More details soon, but I think the series will benefit from the new format, and I’m looking forward to getting the new books out. Then there’ll be the third series of Lupine Howl in February, which is set to be kind of intense. I’ve mapped out the third and fourth series of Lupine Howl at the same time (yes, there’s a fourth series!) and the story is going to get crazier but also more personal for Jess. Anyway, more information abotu all of that soon. For now, I hope you have a great Christmas, and I hope that 2013 is a lot more peaceful than 2012.

P.S. I’m hoping for some snow next week, so I can upload a photo of our dog. The last time it snowed, he absolutely loved it. The British weather has been pretty dicey recently, so I think there’s a chance of a White Christmas…

Final Dark Season books arriving in a couple of weeks, plus Devil’s Briar!

bytheriverdark111By the River Dark (Dark Season 3.6) is out now at Amazon, which means that there are just two books left before the series ends. There’s going to be a two week break over Christmas, which means that A Woman Waiting (Dark Season 3.7) will be out on Monday December 31st, and then The End (Dark Season 3.8) will arrive on Monday January 7th. After that, as usual, there’ll be an omnibus / box-set edition that collects the whole of the third series together, and then the Dark Season story is over forever!

To be honest, it’s hard to believe that the series is going to end. I’ve had the story in my head for ages, but even when I wrote the first book, the idea of managing to get it all done seemed so daunting. Now that The End (Dark Season 3.8) is just around the corner, I’m pretty nervous to find out what people think. I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I read a book or watch a film and the ending is a let-down. The final Dark Season book has a lot of blood and death, and I’m not making any promises about who (if anyone) survives. All I’ll say is that there’s a definite resolution. There’s no cliffhanger ending, and there’s no ambiguity. When the final book is over, you’ll know exactly what happens, why it happens, and whether anyone will be able to live happily ever after.

Meanwhile, Arrival (Devil’s Briar 1.1) is out during the next week. I’ve been working on this new series for ages. Back in the summer, I said it was “coming soon” and it was titled The Stranger Chronicles. Now it’s been renamed Devil’s Briar, and it’s a horror series in the same kind of style as the Asylum series I wrote a few months ago. I’ve always wanted to write a straight-forward ghost story, and that’s what this is going to be. In other news, a certain detective who appeared in a couple of short novellas last year is going to be making a reappearance in a new series, but more about that closer to the time…

Update on Abigail (Dark Season 3.1) and the next Asylum books

Hello! I wasn’t planning to reveal the cover for Abigail (Dark Season 3.1) yet, since the book won’t be released until November, but I just saw the cover for the first time myself and I’m pretty pleased with it. In the past, I’ve done some of the covers myself, but fortunately I can occasionally call on some friends to put something together.

I guess I can’t post the cover image without also revealing something about the book. Hmm, well, it picks up after The Death of Sophie Hart (Dark Season 2.8), and it’s the beginning of the end for the Dark Season series. There are just eight books left, and then it’ll be the end for Patrick, Sophie and all the other characters from the series. And it really will be the end. There will be no surprise returns, no change of plans. Abigail (Dark Season 3.1) will be out at the end of November.

Meanwhile, I’m also working on the next Asylum books. A Case of Crows (Asylum 1.4) should be out in a few days, followed fairly quickly by Life of Horror (Asylum 1.5). The whole series has been mapped out for a while now, and I’m well into the final book. There’s some dark stuff going on, especially in the seventh instalment. It’s fun to write stuff like this. Well, I have to go off to bed now, since I’ve got to be up at 5am (yes, really!) for work. I’ve got to drive to another county. Hope it won’t be raining…

Shelley (Dark Season 2.5) is out now!

Shelley (Dark Season 2.5) is out now, see the sidebar to the right for links to buy it from Amazon and Smashwords. It’s a story from the point of view of Sophie’s best friend Shelley, who finds herself being drawn into a dangerous relationship with a mysterious guy she meets at work. As you might expect, things aren’t what they seem and soon Patrick is on the scene. But where’s Sophie?

As it happens, Shelley isn’t the only one who’s wondering where Sophie is. Her little brother is also concerned, and his attempts to find her form part of the plot of the next book, Spider, Spider (Dark Season 2.6). Set for release next week, this is the story of what happens when Patrick tries to defy a prophecy. He hopes he can just ignore his destiny, but soon dark forces begin to gather and it becomes apparent that the prophecy is trying to reassert itself.

Amazingly, after these two books, there are just two more left in the second series of Dark Season. There’ll then be a break for a few months while I do some other things (including some books I’m hoping to get done), and then Dark Season will return for its third and final series. I’m also working on some new Lupine Howl books, which will hopefully arrive in October. And now it’s late and I’m off to bed, ’cause I’m tired and I’m supposed to be digging up part of the garden in the morning. Good night!

Tenderling (Dark Season 2.4) is out now, PLUS a new way to read Dark Season on a Nook

Tenderling (Dark Season 2.4) is out now, see the link in the sidebar to the right. It’s the story of a woman in the 19th century who’s haunted by dreams of Patrick and Sophie. Oh, and there’s a Tenderling on the loose, which makes the book a kind of sequel to The Civil Dead (Dark Season 1.4) in some ways. And then Patrick seems to be entering the woman’s life in some surprising ways.

I really want to thank Cynthia Hall for leaving a comment on the site, explaining that there’s a Kindle app from the Amazon app store that can be used to read Kindle books on other ereaders. So people using Nooks, iPads and other devices should be able to get the books from Amazon and still read them without a Kindle. I had no idea you could do this! I’ll keep putting the new books on Smashwords for now, but I’m glad to hear about the app solution.

I’m releasing the new Dark Season books a few days ahead of schedule each week, mainly because Amazon has been a little unpredictable lately. When I load up a new book, it should take about 24 hours to become available, but once or twice recently (especially at weekends) it has taken more like 3 or 4 days. So while each book is due on a Saturday, they’ll probably be appearing on the previous Wednesday or Thursday from now on. Next week is Shelley (Dark Season 2.5).

The Ghost of the Girl in the Well (Dark Season 2.3) out now!

The Ghost of the Girl in the Well (Dark Season 2.3) is out now. You can get it from the main Amazon site as well as Amazon (UK). Also, if you’re a Nook user (or any other device), you can get it from Smashwords. Wherever you buy it, the price should be the same: 99 cents (or equivalent in another currency), although I’ve heard that users in some countries get charged extra when they buy from the main Amazon site.

Next up is Tenderling (Dark Season 2.4), which will be released in one week. It’s the story of a woman named Evangeline LaCroix who is plagued by dreams. In those dreams, she encounters a girl named Sophie who’s running from a creature named Patrick. The year is 1885. Is Evangeline LaCroix crazy, or is she dreaming of people from the future? And is there something else stalking the corridors of Evangeline’s home?