Cover Reveal: From The Shadows

With the final book of Me Three due soon, I have great news for fans of the series. A tie in short story will feature in the forthcoming fantasy anthology, From the Shadows.

I’ve had a sneak peek of this and it’s an incredibly well presented book, on the theme of villains. There are some awesome authors involved and the book version is going to be available on all the major sites for free. It’s a really great way to get a taste of their work with some diverse approaches to the topic.

As for my story, it’s called Interview with the Dark Elf. It’s a paraquel story, set broadly at the same time as book three of the series, War of The Dead, but following a different character to Og-Grim-Dog. Some of it will make most sense for readers who are up to date with the series, but I hope it can be enjoyed by fresh eyes, too.

More details around the release to come. For now, you can bookmark it on Goodreads.

Finally, this month I’m celebrating the anniversary of the completion of my first series, The Weapon Takers Saga. The Giants’ Spear was published in November 2019. Man, that seems like a long time ago! Anyway, I have reduced my boxset of books 1-3 to 99c/p as a way to mark the moment. You can check this offer out here.

 

Cover Reveal: Og-Grim-Dog and The War of The Dead

Take a gander at the new cover for book 3 in the Me Three series, Og-Grim-Dog and The War of The Dead.

This episode in Og-Grim-Dog’s story combines fantasy with horror as the undead arrive in Gal’azu. I think Andrey’s artwork nicely depicts the struggle as Og-Grim-Dog, Assata and Borte fight off the creatures! The back cover reveals that Raya and Sandon are also in the fight!

No surprises then that this is a darker tale than the first two books in the series, with the silly humour present but taking a bit of a back seat. Maybe that was inevitable since this was written at the height of lockdown.

The ebook will be released on 18th September, while the paperback should come not much later.

Og-Grim-Dog and The Dark Lord – Release

The eBook of Og-Grim-Dog and The Dark Lord is now available on all Amazon stores. The release has gone well, with positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Fascinating, and hysterically funny characters. Unexpected twists in the plot with a little mystery, and maybe the beginnings of a monopoly(?). Fantastic, and funny read I hated to put this book down. I loved this book, and I look forward to more in this series.

– Amazon/Goodreads Review

 

Book one will shortly be coming off it’s new release price of 0.99 if you wanted to grab that offer.

There will be a slight pause in releases now, with book 3 scheduled for a release date of 7th September.

Cover Reveal: Og-Grim-Dog and The Dark Lord

Book 2 of Me Three got its cover reveal over on The Fantasy Hive.

 

The book will be released on 6th July and the eBook is available to pre-order from Amazon.

Book one is still on its new release price for now. Og-Grim-Dog: The Three-Headed Ogre was a #1 new release in four categories on the Zon and has reached 10 reviews on amazon.com with a rating of 4.9. I will tick that off as a successful series launch!

Amid the coronavirus lockdown and the launch, writing has had to take a back seat but I have made a start on book 3. I aim to release this one in September.

Og-Grim-Dog in the Stores

The Amazon set up is all done now. The paperback of Og-Grim-Dog is for sale already and the eBook is on pre-order in all stores, with a release date of 15th June.

 

The book is also entered in the SPFBO6 competition, which is an exciting addition. I’m looking forward to meeting other authors and finding great indie reads through that.

 

Reviews from my ARC readers are also mostly in now, with a lot of positive responses. There are already 9 reviews of the book up on Goodreads, a great way for potential readers to get a feel for what the book is like.

 

As for the rest of the series, my beta-readers have had a look at the second book in the series, Og-Grim-Dog and the Dark Lord. That will get a final edit over the next few days. I have asked Andrey, the same artist who did the first cover, to work on the cover for book two. We have agreed on a design and I think it’s going to look awesome! Meanwhile, I have begun to write book 3 of the series, Og-Grim-Dog and The War of The Dead.

 

So in other words, it’s getting pretty busy right now!

Book Cover Reveal: Og-Grim-Dog: The Three-Headed Ogre

Art by Andrey Vasilchenko, typography by Kelly Blanchard Dale.

 

The cover got its reveal over on Fantasy Focus the other day. I’m so pleased with the way it’s all turned out and I can’t wait for people to meet the characters that Andrey has portrayed so well on the cover. Although I think the covers for The Weapon Takers Saga series are epic, I was really keen to get illustrations for the new series and I’m glad I did!

I’ve set release day for 15th June so all systems are go!

 

 

Og-Grim-Dog Character Design

In these strange times, my daily schedule is relatively untouched, though I do now have my children at home with me as the UK self-isolates.

I’m excited to introduce the character design for Og-Grim-Dog. I think the artist has done a fantastic job of bringing the brothers to life. At the moment he is working on the cover for book one, so I hope I will have news on this for you before too long.

I like the fact that the fantasy community is still active online during this period – it’s nice to be able to interact with other people in this way. In that vein, I’m letting you know about an online reading festival I’m involved with over on Fantasy Sci-Fi Focus. It’s on virtually all day (especially if you’re in North America) this Saturday, so make some time to check it out!

 

Where Loyalties Lie by Rob Hayes

Where Loyalties Lie (Best Laid Plans #1)Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Making a conscious effort to read some of the ebooks on my ipad and went for this one which I’ve wanted to read since it won spfbo3 which Toric’s Dagger was entered in.

The story follows ‘grimdark pirates’ struggling against one another and the local empires who would like to see the end of the pirates. The characters – Drake Morass, Keelin, Elaina Tanner and more are mostly piratical types who, let’s say, have their own moral code. Certainly a morally grey grimdark (TM) style of novel here. I found them convincing and entertaining. They are at each other’s throats – the question is, are they capable of uniting to save their skins?

I am 99% sure the book is set in the same world as most of Rob’s other fantasy books – there are some references to other parts of the world here and there but you certainly don’t need to read anything else first. The author does the whole pirate thing – from the descriptions of the ships, to the characters’ speech – incredibly well, and for me this makes it stand out enough to earn a 5***** rating. Mr Hayes must have done some significant research and given some serious thought to the world, plot and characters, but writes the story so smoothly that you don’t see any of that. The fantasy and magical elements are low key and woven in with the gritty world of pirating very well and it makes for an original and distinctive read.

The story is certainly adult in every respect and people looking for a YA read about pirates need to go elsewhere. I’m not a massive fan of pirate stories per se but I really enjoyed this. By focusing on such a small scale (relatively, for fantasy) I felt like the writer was able to take his time with the story, giving the pirates the centre stage, when often (in fantasy) they get a bit part and it has a slightly gentler pace compared to the average frenetic fantasy read.

I certainly recommend this one, especially for those wanting something a bit out of the mainstream.

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March Madness

First of all, an update on the writing. I have sent book one of the new series to my beta readers and received feedback so that is due another final edit before it’s ready. I have also made a decent start on the first draft of book two, so I am still hoping for a late spring/ early summer release of the new series.

Meanwhile, I’m running a limited time promotion on The Weapon Takers Saga. You can get Toric’s Dagger free from the 2nd-6th March on Amazon with reductions in all territories on books 2 & 3 (the price varies on this). This has been a good way to attract new readers in the past, so spread the word if you can!