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All things to do with Book 2 in The Dark Series.

Countdown to “Out of Egypt” ?>

Countdown to “Out of Egypt”

It’s funny – I know there are authors out there that engage with people online on a daily basis, and here I am popping out of the woodwork every few months with nothing much to say. I think there are several reasons for this, but the main one is really the biggest: I don’t want to look like an arsehole. That’s not to say that chatting online every day makes other authors automatic arseholes, far from it! I’ve interacted with…

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Long Time, No Blog ?>

Long Time, No Blog

And I admit, I’m a little embarrassed by it. 😣  This time last year, I was convinced that Out of Egypt would be done before the end of 2014. I remember saying as much, which I think many creative people would admit is a bloody lethal thing to do! Because not long after I made that rash promise, I discovered something very wrong with the manuscript. One day when I went to read over what I had in preparation for…

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Out of Egypt Coming Soon ?>

Out of Egypt Coming Soon

WARNING: Last Paragraph Contains Mild Spoilers It’s been a bitch of a year for me. I say that not to elicit sympathy but to explain, a little, where Book 2 has got to. If you’ve read my latest posts on this blog then you’ll know a little of what’s been going on, but there have been other things I haven’t talked about; my ex-fiancé coming to me with his problems concerning a new girlfriend (and more often than not crying…

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Progress Report, and a New Subscription Service ?>

Progress Report, and a New Subscription Service

This past six months, you might have noticed I’ve been working on two books – entirely by accident, as one was only meant to be a *cough* short story. It’s one of my failings as a writer that things grow on me; I’ve never been able to write short stories unless they are tied into a larger franchise – and sometimes, not even then. Books, by and large, take a lot of work, and they’re going to take the same…

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Progress

Alpha has been a nightmare to write. Some stories spring, fully formed, from the pen; others must be cobbled painstakingly together, a patchwork quilt whose stitches come undone the moment they are sewed. The first incarnation of this story-turned-novella was a disaster: I knew it, even when I gave it to my mother, my Ideal Reader, to look over. I found myself apologising for it, for goodness’ sake. I’d never done that before. She confirmed what I’d known all along:…

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Introducing a New Point of View, and Some (Tiny) Spoilers ?>

Introducing a New Point of View, and Some (Tiny) Spoilers

In many ways, Out of Egypt is becoming a different animal to Dark. Oh, I don’t mean in terms of characters or content, or even in tone – in that sense I think they’re pretty even. But the necessity of telling two sides of this story in two different locations through Out of Egypt has led me to introduce a second viewpoint character: Stryke. I’ve always loved Stryke, even though he didn’t quite have room to shine in Dark. He’s…

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A Kindred Spirit and a Blog I Wish Every Reader Would Visit ?>

A Kindred Spirit and a Blog I Wish Every Reader Would Visit

I know my last two blogs here have been somewhat . . . down. Over several months I’ve slowly been discovering something about a number of modern readers which I never suspected: They don’t like series. This genuinely flummoxed me because there’s nothing I like better than to engage with a world and its inhabitants, make friends with them, and come back to visit again and again. I’m re-reading The Vampire Chronicles right now for just that reason. So it’s…

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Some Sneek Peeks at “Out of Egypt” ?>

Some Sneek Peeks at “Out of Egypt”

  If you visit the static pages on this site regularly, you might have spotted an update on Out of Egypt‘s page that features the entire Prologue available to read for free. But that’s only one of the peeks I promised, and here’s some more. For the two years since Dark first came to me in a dream, I have to admit I had no idea what his real name was. He was like the Doctor or Spock in that…

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About “Alpha”, and Progress on “Out of Egypt” ?>

About “Alpha”, and Progress on “Out of Egypt”

The last few weeks, I have to admit I’ve run into a bit of a problem. Something about Alpha just isn’t working; it’s like the more I look at it, the more I realise it was never intended to stand alone and would only work as part of a longer piece. Maybe I’m simply making a mistake in splitting it in two: the first half of the story is depressing as all get-out and the second half isn’t. It’s like…

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