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As we near the period of holiday joy, the nights are closing in around us like a terrible curtain of grim and cold, and everything is going up in price like you’ve just told a florist you’re buying something for a wedding. Dark times, indeed, and that’s before you turn on the news.
I mean, Stan Lee. Fuck. Excelsior, good man, wherever you are.
Anyway, who wouldn’t want a little something for the princely sum of zero down, with zero additional to pay? That might sound too good to be true, but that’s precisely what I stand before you in my snakeskin boots and pearly white smile to offer you. A whopping 42 books, all sci-fi and other genre delights, and they’re all completely free. Hey, 42, that’s the answer to life, the universe, and everything! Maybe if you grab every single one, you might be let into some kind of crazy cosmic secret.
Blood on the Motorway, the first book in the apocalyptic thriller trilogy that readers have called ‘a totally compelling story’ which ‘made my jaw drop’ is one of the books on offer, so if you haven’t already, why not go and grab a copy of that.
Read it already? Well, why not try out the likes of Chased by Fire by DK Holmberg, or City of Shades by PJ Whittlesea? Hell, there’s even something there called Rocket Fuel Pee. Now, a lot of these books do seem to have a lot of topless men on them and titles like ‘Penetrated by a Monster’, so I will just add that I didn’t put this giveaway together myself. But, hey, maybe that’s exactly what you’re looking for. No judgements. Even if it’s not. there’s plenty to be going at.
The offer runs until the end of the week (Nov 18th), so be sure not to miss out.
I am CONSTANTLY being asked by readers who have already bought all my books how they can best support me, their favourite author. Well, okay, one reader asked me, once, ages ago. But it stuck in my head, mainly because I didn’t really have an answer apart from ‘mumble mumble review the books, tell your friends, mumble mumble,’ which is, in fact, my de-facto response to most human-to-human interactions.
Since I was relaunching the books (huge thanks to anyone who’s helped with that effort by the way, hugely hugely thanks) I decided that now’s the time to address this discrepancy between people having money they might like to give me in exchange for goods and services and me not having more goods and services to exchange. So, without further ado, I’d like to tell you about two huge new ways you can support me and my book-making adventure.
Yep, I’ve got me a Patreon, and its all about supporting me as I work on the next series, The Chronicles of Mar. The Chronicles will be a massive dystopian epic, set one hundred years in Earth's future, amidst a backdrop of war, hunger, and plague. But, it'll still have jokes in it, I promise. There'll also be ice moons, telepaths, a truly global cast, and some gripping and thrilling rides. Oh, and did I mention it'll be nine books long?
I'll be sharing work in progress, character and world profiles, exclusive blog posts, and monthly video Q&A's, not to mention first looks at merchandise, discount codes, and lots more. Visit my Patreon page and out the rewards to see more details of what's on offer. Oh, did I mention you'll get all of the books, for free, for as long as you're a supporter?
Having readers join me on the journey will help to provide me with a stable monthly income, which goes straight back into the books. I'm really proud of the Blood on the Motorway series, and I think this is going to be really special. It’s going to allow me to get up close and personal with the whole process with you, dear reader. So I really hope you’ll join me.
Don’t fancy forking out a monthly amount? Find yourself with a serious mug deficiency? Love the new covers enough to put one up on your wall? Well, then you’re in luck! You can now order mercy directly from my store, which you can find if you click on (funnily enough) STORE at the top of the page, or by going here. I’m just playing around with this at the moment, but if there’s something you’d like to see there that isn’t there at the moment, please let me know. All items ship from both the US, and the EU, so no huge shipping costs, either.
You’ll also notice I’m now offering the ebooks directly through my site. This obviously means that I’m sitting out the charges I pay to Amazon et al, so if you are interested in the books, why not get them straight from me, and support me that way? I’ll also be introducing signed print books through the site, soon enough.
So there you have it. Never let it be said that I don’t offer you enough ways to give me money, eh?
The first time I ever let serialised fiction worm its hooks into me, I was seventeen, and still firmly in the grip of my Stephen King obsession. His new book, The Green Mile, was released as a serialised affair, split into six small books. From what I recall, they were only available through WHSmiths in the UK, although I might be misremembering now. It was over twenty years ago, after all. But I loved/hated having to wait until the next edition came out, and even dimly recall waiting for WH Smiths to open on the day the final chapter of the story came out.
Of course, nowadays everything is serialised, broken into chunks that you can consume at your own leisure, one Netflix box set at a time. Which got me thinking about my three novels and the way that people consume them. I read books in much the same way I always have, having flirted with ebooks and gone back to paper, reading a lot of the same authors I always have, while trying to expand my horizons.
But there’s an awful lot of people reading these days who never buy a book. They read a chapter at a time on their phones on places like Wattpad, and you can see why. It’s little morsels, little hits from the fiction bong. So I’ve decided that it’d be cool to service those readers, too. So as of this week, I’m launching Blood on the Motorway, the full series, on Wattpad. One chapter a week, until the whole damn saga is done. It might take a few years, but if you’re into little hits of the apocalypse, go here and start reading.
Since it’s a chapter a week, I’ll also be adding some extra bits and pieces, and a link to the song that gives the chapter its title. Should be a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to going through the whole saga once more. There's three chapters up already to get you started, and new chapters will be added every Wednesday.
And hey, if you like it, give it some love, tell your friends, do whatever you can to get the word out.
Hi there from a world that smells distinctly of rotten cabbage. Seriously. I have no idea why, but the world around me that two days ago had blue skies, uncomfortable temperatures and the haze of sea air has been replaced by fog, cold, wind, and the aforementioned cabbage smell. Living in the countryside is weird.
I’ve had a bit of a surreal few weeks for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into now, but I missed the opportunity to mark the second anniversary of my first novel, Blood on the Motorway, which is now officially two years and a few days old. That’s a weird thing to realise, that I’ve had a book baby out there for long enough that its human equivalent would be trashing my living room as it learned to walk. Not only that, but it’s got two siblings that are on their way there, too.
So, in order to honour the anniversary, and given that I’m not going to have a new book out for a while, I’ve decided to relaunch the whole trilogy. I’ve got lovely new covers, new blurbs and the like, and they are a go. So, behold, the new and improved Blood on the Motorway series!
Sexy, aren’t they?
Now we come to the part where I need your help. The point of the new covers and the relaunch is to get the books in front of more readers like yourself, but Amazon and the other stores still see it as a book that’s been out for a few years, so if I’m going to get it in front of readers then we’re going to need to tickle those algorithms.
So, I’ve put Blood on the Motorway at a discounted cost of 99p/99c. If you can spare that, and you’ve not yet bought the book, I’d really appreciate it if you could pick up a copy. If not, if you’ve enjoyed the book why not point them in that direction? Every share on Facebook or Twitter is worth a million ads or posts by me. Or, if you’ve not done so, you could leave a review. Every action like that tickles the mighty algorithm under the chin, and prompts the world’s longest river to put my book in front of more people that might like it. Hell, if we could get Blood… charting in one of the nebulous categories, that’d be amazing.
If you’ve not yet read it, then you’re in for a treat. It's the first book in a trilogy of murder and mayhem set against the backdrop of the end of the world. It follows a disparate group of ordinary people as they try to deal with the fallout.
There's Tom, an ex-student waiting for his life to start or the power to get cut off, whichever comes first. Jen works two jobs, hates both, and most days is too hungover to deal with either. Detective Burnett is trying to work out who the hell has turned his sleepy English village into a murder town.
Then the skies fill with a mysterious storm, and each of them wakes to find streets filled with bodies. The world they knew has gone, and their old lives with it. Now Tom finds himself at the hands of a deranged mercenary, Jen finds herself trying to keep two lovestruck teenagers alive, and Burnett must track down a killer who sees the apocalypse as an opportunity for more mayhem.
Who will survive this gripping and blackly comic saga of murder and stale sandwiches at the world’s end? Well, grab the first book and find out for yourself.
So, if you can spare it, and you want to support your indie author friend, please follow the link and pick up a discounted copy. I’d really appreciate it.
There’s some other rather exciting stuff, but I’ll come to that another time. In the meantime, if you can help get the word out, that’d be amazing.
Good afternoon. I hope you're enjoying your January, the endless void of which has only another seventeen years to endure before we reach February.
Did you know that my third novel, A Final Storm, is on sale now? Did you? Well, that’s not really surprising, since just about every thought that crosses my synapses these days is trying to find ever more convoluted ways to tell people about it. Chances are that if you've crossed my real-world or digital path these last few months, I've told you all about it. I'll have told you that it's the final book in the Blood on the Motorway trilogy (now available as a standalone trilogy, fact fans), that it brings to a close the epic saga of five very different people as they battle serial killers, despots and people who like to dress up like characters from Highlander while trying to survive the end of the world. I'll have told you that it's really rather good, and that you should absolutely spend a few quid on buying it because that's like injecting endorphins directly into my brainstem, and who wouldn't want to do that for a friend?
Those of you who have been paying attention may recall that when it comes to the Blood on the Motorway series, I have a bit of an odd approach to naming my chapters, and indeed my books. Blood on the Motorway is named after a DJ Shadow song, and the second novel, Sleepwalk City, is named for the 65daysofstatic song of the same name. This third novel is from a song by the vastly underrated Swedish goth metal band, Khoma.
The same is true of each and every chapter title in the novels, which are all named after songs that were rattling around the caverns of my mind while I was writing the book. Songs from the likes of Mogwai, Pearl Jam, Oathbreaker, Meshuggah, and PJ Harvey, which is a fairly eclectic mix, of itself. Given what an unspeakable music nerd I am, this is a good way to shoehorn some music trivia into an apocalyptic world where music is very low down people’s lists of concerns, somewhere just below hunger, whether the corpse dangling in the next street might be boobytrapped, and how to battle marauding gangs with a hangover.
The other bonus is that it creates a soundtrack of sorts to the whole proceedings, so that you, the reader, can enjoy the kind of sonic palette that was such a huge part of creating the world of the novel. I’ve made playlists in Spotify for each novel, and you can follow along with the one for A Final Storm below, or check out the soundtracks for the first two books over on my Spotify page, along with some of my other fun playlists.
When I first dreamed of becoming an author, back in the damp and musty days of the 1980’s, there was one image already indelibly etched in my mind about what it was that I wanted to achieve as a writer, and it came from a cinematic masterpiece.
Marty McFly has just come back to the future for the first time and found that his deadbeat parents have transformed into ultra yuppies (and weirdly moved into the EXACT same house as they lived in as deadbeats). Then Biff turns up with a package and the whole family crowds around. They open it, revealing the glory that is the proof copy of George McFly’s first book, which oddly coincides with being about the very thing the whole film was about. ‘Ooooh,’ they all crow, looking at the most generic 80’s sci-fi cover that someone in the props department at Lucasfilm could muster.
I wanted it. Not the book, per se. I wanted the unboxing, the removal of a professionally printed print book, that you have made. A book that without you, the writer, wouldn’t exist in the world.
When the first proof copy of Blood on the Motorway came back, I honestly nearly did a cry. Not because of all the hours I put into formatting the inside myself, or the two previous attempts that hadn’t been quite right. But because I finally had my George McFly moment. Sure, as an indie author I’m not going to be seeing my books in any bookstores anytime soon, and they cost more on Amazon than a traditionally published book, but they’re there. On sale. And there, on my bookcase.
Now, with the release of both A Final Storm and the complete Blood on the Motorway Trilogy, I wanted to give those first two books a revamp, which is exactly what I’ve done. So now, you can finally buy the final book in the series, or any of the books individually, or you can buy the complete trilogy as one doorstopper of a paperback. That last one might set you back a few quid, but hey, it is three whole books of murder and mayhem.
All four books are now reformatted to match each other, and new wraparound covers have been designed for the full series. The whole thing looks, well, chuffing lovely if you ask me. And the best part is that you can go and buy all of them, right now. Even if you just want a really expensive but quite lovely doorstop.
As George says: ‘You put your mind into it, you can accomplish anything.’
Earlier this morning, as I perused the perpetual misery engine that is Twitter, I saw a message from a man wanting book recommendations, specifically from authors. Tell me, he asked, five reasons why I should read your book.
Obviously, my immediate reaction was to mourn for the poor man’s mentions, lost to the void of endlessly self-promoting authors desperate for a slather of free promotion. Then, of course, my author brain kicked in, and I screamed at my screen that I HAVE A NEW BOOK ON SALE.
- It's a rip-roaring apocalyptic adventure of murder and stale sandwiches.
- The world ends, but not in a way you've seen before.
- There's a serial killer on the loose, which is bad timing for all involved.
- The characters are pretty damn cool, and some of them can be quite funny when they’re not fleeing for their lives.
- My mum said it's really good.
By now I imagine you’re saying to yourself that that’s all well and good, but what do other people think? Well, how about the bestselling author of 99 Red Balloons, Elisabeth Carpenter, who said the following: "I loved the Blood on the Motorway series! Set largely in the north of England, we follow a wonderful cast of characters as they try to survive an apocalyptic event that destroys most of the population. It has everything you could want in an end-of-the-world story. Perfect for fans of 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, and ITV's Survivors."
Not bad, eh?
Now, for the first time, the full Blood on the Motorway trilogy is now available as a single box set on Amazon and all the other bookstores, and for the staggeringly low price of £6.99/$8.99. That’s cheaper than buying the first two books and getting the third for free! Not only are you getting three excellent books, but you’re getting them for roughly the same price as a bottle of wine.
As for the guy who wrote the original tweet, well, he deleted that pretty quickly. Either that or the universe took pity on him and deleted it for him before his twitter folded in on itself.