The Adventures of Alan Shaw Volume 2

Morning everyone!

I come to you today to share some great news (well, I think it is, anyway). The sequel to my Steampunk epic adventure, The Adventures of Alan Shaw, is completed and ready to rock!

That’s right. The edits are done, the cover is complete, and it’s ready to wing its way to your shelves.

But wait…

As I’m sure you all know, it isn’t as simple as that. First, we must perform the ritual of book marketing whereby many innocent posts and tweets are sacrificed to the Dark Gods of Publishing. Inspired Quill have provided me with some teaser material to share with you all in little tantalising nuggets for the next week or so, possibly ending in a giveaway of some kind that I’m sure I’ll figure out when we get there (I’m so organised it hurts).

Anyway, over the next week I’ll be releasing the cover, the title, the release date and the blurb for all of you to salivate over (or possibly not, but I have to hope, right?) and, with that in mind, I would like to give you the first teeeeasery tease. A sliver of the book’s cover!

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Is that a cog I see? Who’s the dark blade-wielding figure in the background? Is that a revolver and duster I see before me? Could that our first peek of our damaged protagonist?

I hope you’ll all agree when I say…



I’ll see you all in a couple of days for the next reveal…the title!


Thanks for reading!


The Adventures of Alan Shaw: e-release!


Hi everyone.

It is with great pleasure that I have come to inform you that my new novel, The Adventures of Alan Shaw, is available as an ebook.

The print copy will be along shortly, but for now you can get ahead of the curve by downloading from Amazon to your Kindle, Kobo, phone, tablet or even computer (using the free kindle app on

Reviews are already coming in and I’m getting very excited to see what you guys think, too.


Embrace the weird, my friends.

Thanks for reading.

Performance Anxiety: Author’s bane

Hi everyone.

Well, I finally have an e-copy of the new book in my hot little hand. The cover image is complete, as are the internal illustrations, and Inspired Quill have put it all together. The print copies should be ready for release in early September, but for now it’s time to get this thing out for review!

And so the Performance Anxiety begins.

This is one of my major hurdles as an author. I have very little confidence in any ability I may have, and while I’m dying to know what people think, I’m also just plain dying from nerves.

I had the same problem with Greaveburn, and any short story I’ve ever had published. That sinking feeling you get when you’ve poured over a year of your life into a project. You’ve fallen in love with the characters, and they’ve become real people in your head. As I’m typing this, I’m realising what the problem actually is.

While I feel anxiety for myself and if people like my writing, I feel bad for the characters! Those imaginary people are so real to me now that I just want people to like them, for the characters’ sake. I feel bad for poor Alan. He’s a messed up guy who has grown up with very little guidance, and he’s turned into a bit of a shit because of it. So what if people don’t see his sensitive side, his bravery and his charm? I want him to be liked.

I think that makes me a little bit crazy.

And this should come as no surprise to any of you hahaha


Anyways, keep your eyes peeled, folks, because I’ll be slowly leaking the book cover and internal covers over the next couple of weeks. I hope you like them!


Embrace the weird!

The Adventures of Alan Shaw – Delays

Alan Shaw should be on shelves right now. But he isn’t. And I’m just a bit gutted.

You see, we have had issues with book cover artists. It’s a long story so I won’t pore over it, but suffice to say the artist we had demanded more money at the very last minute before we were supposed to publish.


The main problem? Even when the artist in question decided to retract the demand for more cash, I couldn’t bear to think of my writing wrapped in pictures by someone so unprofessional.

And so I said no. And Inspired Quill agreed that we would simply go elsewhere with someone that we can trust. You see, the Alan Shaw contract is for three books, each with six illustrations, and that’s a lot of work and a lot of pay for someone who really wants the work. And I’d rather give it to them than the person we were working with previously.

Still, that means that Alan Shaw won;t be with us for a while longer.

The positives?

I have a much greater piece of mind about the future of the novels. You see, although my artistic skills aren’t great, I’ll be doing the artwork myself (with some outsourcing for the colouring because I’m colour blind and don’t trust myself). This means that although the images might not be the best line work you’ll ever see, at least the characters look exactly like they do in the book. Or, at least, as close as I can get them with my meager skills.

So Alan Shaw might not be here until September. But hopefully it will look dandy by the time we’re done.

Bear with me, true believers.


Thanks for reading.