Friday, 18 September 2015

LAST LINE Excerpt #2: You're Driving Me

[LAST LINE, the sequel to DEAD DROP, will be released in October 2015. The follow is an excerpt from the book's seventh chapter. This draft may differ from the final version and some minor changes have been made for clarity.]
The stormclouds darkened overhead as the bike whipped along the narrow country lane. After a few minutes, a sign indicated a turn onto a dual carriageway in half a mile.

Honora wiped away the raindrops whipping against her face. The bike swerved onto the dual carriageway, gaining speed as it veered between beeping cars.

Monday, 7 September 2015

LAST LINE Delayed Until October

As I've been editing LAST LINE over the past few months, the book has slowly been transforming into something special. It's a work I'm proud of and look forward to sending out into the world. The wait will be a little longer than planned, however, as I've decided to push back its release date into October.

The reasons for this are twofold. The first is that, while I could still hit the original date, there are certain parts I feel need a little more time to perfect. The 'How To Write An Action Thriller Sequel' feature, which will be part of the book's Special Edition, is also not quite finished and I don't want to rush the editing in the days leading up to release. The second reason, why I've decided against giving a concrete day for the book's release next month, is that an agent has shown interest in one of my manuscripts, which I'd like to tidy up before sending out. I've a good idea of what needs to be done, so it shoudn't take too long, but again, rushing through it would only be counter-productive. The delay will give both books the chance to be as brilliant as they possibly can be.

In the meantime, more excerpts are on the way in the run-up to release and will be sure to let you know as soon as a set date can be announced. Thanks for all your support!

Friday, 28 August 2015

LAST LINE Excerpt #1: Reunion In Kowloon

[LAST LINE, the sequel to DEAD DROP, will be released in October 2015. The follow is an excerpt from the book's fourth chapter. This draft may differ from the final version and some minor changes have been made for clarity.]

The room's stone walls were cracked and turning yellow in patches. Installed on the right was a grimy wash basin. Considering the state of the rest of the room, the mirror above it was conspicuously spotless. Mounted above a refrigerator at the back was an antique Chinese sword in a brown leather sheath.

In the centre, overlooked by a fizzing lightbulb hanging by a loose wire from the ceiling, was a table around which four men had gathered for a game of mahjong.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

First draft of LAST LINE complete!

LAST LINE action thriller novel

At first, it was planned to be no longer than 65-70k words.

Then, it was definitely going to be finished by 80k words.

After that, it was absolutely, positively, conclusively not going any further than 90k words.

102,441 words later, the first draft of LAST LINE is complete and I have a new book to read. This September, so will you!

Chapter titles follow the jump. Thanks for your support!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Announcing LAST LINE, the sequel to DEAD DROP

I'm delighted to finally reveal LAST LINE, the sequel to DEAD DROP, which will be releasing in Standard and Special Editions in October this year. This latest adventure reunites Honora Blakely and Robert Armstrong in an adventure taking them from Kowloon Walled City to Belfast and London in a bid to stop an Irish terrorist from inciting civil war across the UK.

The Special Edition will come with an additional 'making of' feature entitled How To Write An Action Thriller Sequel: Analysing LAST LINE and will be priced at £3.49. The Standard edition (story only) will cost £2.99. However, early buyers will be rewarded with the Special costing £1.35 and the Standard £0.99 during the first week on sale. Both LAST LINE and DEAD DROP will go to the aforementioned higher prices seven days later.

In the meantime, head over to LAST LINE's newly created homepage to learn more about the plot and characters. Enjoy!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

New Year Update on the DEAD DROP sequel!

The first update for 2015 on the DEAD DROP sequel!

My aim when starting out was to have the book published one year from its start date, which would mean a release date of late May 2015. Even with the first draft telling a story much bigger and lengthier than planned, it's still on course to meet that deadline, though a delay isn't out of the question depending on how long the editing process takes: with the scale of the plot, the action and its themes bigger and more ambitious than anything I've written before - as sequels should be - it's a tough call. However, end of May remains the target for release. As you'll discover soon enough, Robert Armstrong understands the frustration of a long wait.

As far as title and plot announcements go, the timing is also dependent on a few decisions to be made in editing, but if all goes to plan, hopefully in the next two months or so. That's a fair old wait for sure, but it'll be worth it if the book lives up to its potential. Your support, whether on DEAD DROP or my writing elsewhere, means the world to me and I want to make sure to deliver a story which blows away all expectations.

Meanwhile, a small DEAD DROP update as well: thanks to VAT changes in Europe, Amazon have automatically raised some of the prices on both editions of the book in that region. If you buy through Smashwords, prices are still the same and the best value no matter where you are. Some time after the sequel is out, I'll be raising prices to a more standard level ($2.99 for the basic edition) but DEAD DROP will remain at its current price until then and the sequel will also start out at that price as an introductory promotion. In other words, when it does arrive, be sure to pick it up quickly!

Finally, a few words to whet your appetite for the adventure to come:








Speak soon!

Monday, 28 April 2014

DEAD DROP now available from Smashwords in epub, pdf and txt formats

EDIT (15/04/14): Updated versions of both manuscripts are now live on Smashwords. Update will follow on Amazon shortly.

For those of you who want to read DEAD DROP but don't own a Kindle or compatible e-reader, the book is now available from Smashwords in a variety of formats including pdf (compatible with any computer with Adobe Reader downloaded, which should be virtually all of them), epub (standard ebook format) and txt (plain text compatible with almost everything). Due to Smashwords-specific formatting demands, the book looks a little different from the Amazon edition but the text is exactly the same. All revisions described in the previous blog post are naturally included in the Smashwords edition.

Also worth noting is that, because non-US readers buy direct from the American site rather than a foreign affiliate, the price works out slightly cheaper as Amazon sets a minimum price for foreign editions of ebooks which generally work out slightly pricier when the American version is set below a certain threshold.

If you enjoy it, please consider sharing the link or writing a quick review. To find the cheaper Standard Edition, scroll down the page to the 'Also By This Author' section.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

DEAD DROP revisions now live on Amazon

As mentioned on my Twitter last week, I've been working on a couple of revisions to the DEAD DROP ebook, both Standard and Special editions, which went live on Amazon on Good Friday.

The changes are almost entirely cosmetic, the most notable being a change to more standard ebook text formatting (removing the empty lines between paragraphs, adding indentations) based on feedback I've received. An extra blurb has been added to the 'About The Author' page, plus links to this blog, Facebook and the aforementioned Twitter, while a few spelling mistakes have also been corrected and a handful of adjustments made to the prose/dialogue to keep them flowing smoothly or distinguish the characters' voices a little more. In all likelihood, nothing anyone will notice.

If you've already bought the book (thank you!), you should be able to download it again to receive the latest version. Anyone buying new (welcome!) should get it automatically. Because the new formatting is a little more complex than the previous version, get in touch if anything is out of place. I've tested it extensively so, fingers crossed, there shouldn't be any problems, but it'd be very useful to hear should anything unusual be spotted in the wild, so to speak.

Thanks kindly, and please consider leaving a review if you enjoy the book as much as I hope you do!

Friday, 18 April 2014

DEAD DROP now available to buy on the Amazon Marketplace

Back in the halcyon days of 2012, an online serial called DEAD DROP was exclusively published on this blog. After a ridiculously long delay, I'm delighted to announce that the novel is now available as a Kindle ebook through the Amazon Marketplace.

As you can tell, the blog has undergone a bit of a redesign in honour of this momentous occasion. While all the old posts remain present and correct - the archive has merely shifted to the bottom of the front page - the vast majority of stories from here on out will be dedicated to keep you updated on all things DEAD DROP.

For now, pay a visit to the redesigned DEAD DROP homepage ( for more information and extracts from the novel. For quick links to buy DEAD DROP from your country's Amazon Marketplace, click any of the links below to get some action:

United Kingdom (£0.99)   United States ($1.35)   Canada (CDN$1.45)   Germany (€1.25)  France (€1.25)   Spain (€1.25)   Italy (€1.25)   Australia ($1.40)   Japan (¥155)   India ( 80)

Many thanks for your support and enjoy the novel!

Dead Drop Extract #1: Interrogation At Saint Nazaire

[DEAD DROP is available to buy now in ebook form on Smashwords and at the Amazon Marketplace at the following links (UK/US/Ca/Fr/De/Au). The following is a free extract from the novel's 1st chapter.]

'I will give you this much credit,' the Nazi commandant said. 'Your fellows put up a good fight. Two of our pumping stations destroyed, along with significant damage to the machinery for opening the dock gates. Yet this is but a minor annoyance. These things can be rebuilt or repaired in time. The dock gate we believe was your main target is still intact, even if we have not yet had time to remove the destroyer you attempted to ram it with.'

He paced the small room. It seemed as though he was still trying to come to terms with the situation as he described it to his two prisoners, who were tied to chairs by the back wall. Two armed guards surveyed the scene from next to the room's only door. The commandant's shadow circled him as he walked beneath the naked lightbulb hanging from the ceiling.