Alan Shaw is back!

Hi everyone,

Over the last week you might have seen on my Facebook page that Old Haunts: The Adventures of Alan Shaw volume 2 is officially finished and on its way!

We have a brand new cover and blurb for you (take a look at the bottom of this post) but we also have news!

Firstly, you can head over to Amazon and pre-order the next book RIGHT NOW!

If you do order from Amazon, the book will not only arrive with you as soon as humanly possible after the release on 24th March. Obviously I’d be more than happy to sign those copies if you bring them along to any signing or convention in the future (for people who’ve expressed a worry that they can’t get them signed).

Secondly, I can reveal that the first book in the series will also be getting a super-sexy new cover to match the new one! So by the time I’m doing the signing rounds, you’ll be able to get a matching set. If you’re anything of a book geek as much as me, that’ll please you no-end.

That, of course, means that the original design with my own illustrations on the cover and on the inside will have been a limited run only and so that’ll be nice for my early supporters and readers to still have those. That feels like a nice thing to do. What do you guys think?

However, you can still get that cover for the time being, so if you do want it, I advise you grab one while you can.

Now for a quick break, take a look at the new cover and blurb!

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I hope that tantalises your literary taste buds!

And now, before I sign off, I’d like to make a short plea for assistance. You’ve all been so supportive over my entire burgeoning career as an author. I’m incredibly grateful for everything you’ve all done. If you could keep helping as you have been, it would be greatly appreciated. Some easy ways that you can help are:

  1. Share posts, images, posts and your opinions of the books – Likes are very much appreciated and really make me feel supported. But Sharing’s where it’s at. That’s how more people will see the books and hopefully help me to keep writing
  2. Reviews and ratings – Even a quick star rating on Amazon and Goodreads makes a huge difference to visibility and getting the word out
  3. Get involved! – You know we still have a Reader Gallery right? Get in there! Take pics of yourself, your pets, or your postal delivery person with the books. Do a drawing of your favourite character. Have the Greaveburn logo tattooed on your forehead! (Ok, not that one). Every conversation that you start on Reddit, or twitter, every hashtag and picture is essential to my total world dominatio…I mean, helps me to keep writing.

Thank you so very much, everyone, for your constant support. You’re all amazing and I feel an appropriate amount of affection for all of you 😉

 

Thanks for reading, my lovely Weirdos.

Embrace the Weird!

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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…

Squee!

 

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

 

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 – Cover Reveal!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I can finally share with you what The Adventures of Alan Shaw will look like! I’m so pleased with how this cover turned out. These are my own doodling linework coupled with the awesome colours of Charley Hall.

Without further ado (and because I can’t hold it in any more), here it is:

Oh yes, he's on his way!
Oh yes, he’s on his way!

And this is only a taster!

Don’t forget that inside the book there’ll be another five covers, one for each of Alan’s adventures and each one is more awesome than the last one. I’ll release the others as they become available so expect further Steampunky awesomeness!

 

Thanks for reading.