Special offer on Dead Flesh (Dominions II)

DeadFlesh_smallIn light of the upcoming release of Rebel Rout (Dominions VI), I’ve knocked the price of the second book in the Dominions series, Dead Flesh, down to 99p/99c (or your local equivalent‌—‌basically the lowest price Amazon will allow me to enter).

With Dark Glass (Dominions I) free everywhere, this makes it even easier to get immersed in this dark Dystopian thriller series‌—‌perfect if you’ve got a bit more time on your hands at the moment.

Dead Flesh will only stay at this price for about a week, but I might have another offer for you in early April.

Dark Glass (Dominions I)‌—‌free

Dead Flesh (Dominions II)‌—‌99c/99p

Rebel Rout (Dominions VI)‌—‌pre-order only 99c/99p

Final part of ‘What Goes Around’ now available to read for free

The fourth and final part of the short-story sequence What Goes Around is now out.

It’s called It Takes A Steady Hand, and probably works best if you’ve read the previous three parts (Get The Right OneAlways A Silver Lining, and No Return). It also features the first appearance of a character who has been mentioned a great deal in the Dominions novels and stories (including the first of these short stories, The Job.)

It almost feels like I’ve had a plan for Dominions right from the start!

Anyway, you can read It Takes A Steady Hand here (and the previous parts of What Goes Around by clicking on the titles above). As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Rebel Rout (Dominions VI) now available for pre-order

The next Dominions novel, Rebel Rout, will be released on 6th April, but is now up for pre-order at the bargain price of 99c/99p (or your local equivalent).

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Rodin might have liberated the Factory, but it’s still a prison to him. So an order from Authority is the excuse he’s been seeking, an opportunity to escape the meetings and the drudgery, a chance to get outside once more.

But he’s heading into a war zone, on a mission of deception. Those he travels with might be friends at the moment, but Rodin knows how easily allegiances can change.

That’s a problem Genna must face, too. Forced underground, her district in the hands of another, she’s determined to fight back. But Garrick’s always one step ahead, and that can only mean one thing‌—‌she’s being betrayed by someone close, someone she needs to trust.

And behind everything lies the invisible, powerful Authority, working toward their own ends, playing enemies and allies off each other. How can Rodin and Genna possibly win against Authority?

In the sixth book of the Dominions series, loyalties are tested, hope is pushed to breaking point, and nothing can be the same again.

Click here to pre-order Rebel Rout (Dominions VI)

An offer for Kobo readers

I’ve got a lot of time for Kobo‌—‌not only are they a serious competitor to Amazon/Kindle in many places, but they are also incredibly focused on books and writers. They run a great deal of promotions, and their latest gives readers 40% off certain books.

I’m mentioning this because they’ve accepted two of my books for inclusion in this offer, Shadowfall and the Dominions Box Set. The offer runs until the 24th February, and to get the 40% discount simply use the promo code FEBSALE at checkout.

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The company enhanced Brice. They promised him action and adventure. But he’s stuck on a malfunctioning craft, with a crew who treat him like a child. He’s miles from home, in the worst storm of the season, and night is falling.
And in the shadows the creatures wait, their hunger growing.
The company prepared Brice for many things, but nothing can prepare him for what he must face when the shadows fall.

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When Rodin, professional assassin, is forced to take a contract in the perfect society of the Dome, he expects enemies. But he doesn’t expect to start questioning his own motivations, or the deadly threats from a past he no longer remembers.
Dive into the dark Dystopian world of Dominions with this collection of three novels and one novella, and begin to uncover the secrets buried beneath the glass.

Don’t forget, use the promo code FEBSALE on Kobo to get 40% off‌—‌that’s almost half price.

And to check out more books in the sale, click on the following links for specific Kobo stores: UK, US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Germany

2019 round-up

With the end of the year approaching, its time to take stock of 2019. Looking back, I had six goals for this year

  • To release the new edition of Dark Glass and seriously market the Dominions series
  • To release two more Dominions novels
  • To go wide with the Shadows series
  • To release paperback books
  • To dive into dictation
  • To start a new project

So, how have I done?

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The new edition went live back in February, and judging from feedback the re-write definitely resulted in a better book. I also released a box-set of the first three novels a couple of months after this.

I did some marketing on the series, and had some success‌—‌but marketing is still something I need to work on.

Dom5_small(Hi_res)More Dominions books

This didn’t go well.

Rogue Wolf (Dominions V) was the hardest book for me to write so far. I’m used to books changing as I edit them, but with this one the process involved at least three total re-writes, just to get the story working. Even though I started planning it back in 2018, I only managed to release the finished version at the start of November.

I did manage to publish another Dominions novella, Errant, but the sixth novel has yet to appear. I’m working on it at the moment, though, and I don’t think I’m going to take as long over this one (at least, I hope not).

Go wide with Shadows and release paperback books

From September onward, I got new covers for all three novels (and the novella) in the Shadows series. I’d started pulling the novels from Kindle Unlimited, and these books are now available through Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Tolino, and as many other vendors as I could get them into (as well as Amazon).

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I think the new covers look great‌—‌very eye-catching, and they give a far better idea of what to expect from the books than the old covers did. I also got paperback covers, and these books are now available in physical form.

I’ve yet to release any of the Dominions series as paperbacks, though. I’ve formatted the internal files, but I’m still considering how to get covers done.

Dictation

I’ve tried, but this hasn’t gone well. I’m not naturally talkative, so maybe it’s not too surprising that I find it easier to ‘write’ through my fingers than through my mouth.

I’ve tried dictating directly into my laptop, and editing mistakes as I go slows me down. I’ve also tried recording and transcribing, but at the moment this process (including time taken correcting the transcription) isn’t any faster than typing. The only advantage has been the ability to ‘write’ while doing other things.

But I’m persevering. I got a great tip from a recent Creative Penn podcast, where Kevin Anderson talked about using dictation in his planning, simply talking through ideas as they came to him. I’ve been giving this a go for a week or so, and it seems to be working. Talking while thinking is slowly getting easier, and I’ve now got loads of ideas down for a new project (more on that in a moment).

I’m going to continue with this strategy for a while. Then I might try dictating some of my blog posts (because a lot of them are me working through ideas anyway), and hopefully I’ll end up feeling more comfortable dictating fiction.

A new project

Due to the time spent on Rogue Wolf, I haven’t made any major headway on this. But I have ideas.

Okay‌—‌I always have ideas. In the spring I wrote the first draft of a novel that was an attempt at continuing the Shadows series, but it didn’t work too well (didn’t have the same horror feel, being more action/adventure), so I’ve shelved that for the moment. I’ve also thought about writing a series following on from Ghost Stream, the novella I had included in The Power Of Words anthology, and while I have a few ideas I haven’t developed any of them yet.

But I also have a brand new idea for a series, and that’s what I’m working on in my dictation practice. The more I think about it, the more excited I get‌—‌and that has to be a good sign.


So, some successes and some disappointments, and lots of lessons learnt. I need to work smarter when writing, and I still need to improve in finding potential readers (which is what marketing really boils down to). As far as sales go, 2019 was an improvement on 2018, but not where I want to be.

But I’m moving forward. And in a couple of weeks, I’ll lay out what I aim to achieve over 2020.

No new story this week, but a free copy of one of my Dominions shorts

I’ve kept to my schedule of a new short story every couple of weeks for a long while now, and it’s frustrating that I’m going to have to break the habit this week. With work on a new book, and various other things, I simply haven’t got a new short ready yet. I’ve got a few things almost there, but that’s not good enough. You deserve better.

But I don’t want to leave you with nothing. So, in lieu of a new short, I’d like to offer you a download link to one of my Dominions shorts.

Animus (A Dominions Story)In a violent wold, can the meek survive?

Ostar knows he’s nothing special. But he’s useful to the crew‌—‌not with the violence, but as a look-out. He’s never hurt anyone in his life. He simply wants to keep his head down and live without conflict.
But the crew are dying. Someone is killing them, one by one. And it is only a matter of time before they come for Ostar.

You could buy Animus on all the usual sites, but click here to download a free copy (this link will only be live for about six days). And I’ll be back with a new short story in a couple of weeks.

Rogue Wolf out now

It’s been far too long in coming, but, finally, Rogue Wolf (Dominions V) is out, and it’s only 99p/99c for a few days.

Dom5_small(Hi_res)He does what needs to be done. He’s cheated death a hundred times, and he has the scars to prove it.
But Rodin’s put all that behind him. He’s no longer an assassin for hire, or a pawn in the fight against Authority.
At least, that’s what he tells himself. But when a favour brings him close to the infamous Factory‌—‌a prison in all but name‌—‌and a chance encounter forces him to rethink, can he still do what needs to be done?
Facing death is one thing, but can Rodin face a life of imprisonment in the Factory?

Rogue Wolf continues the dark Dystopian Dominions series, as Authority’s hold over the Dome and the districts grows ever-stronger.

Get Rogue Wolf now, from all the usual ebook stores.