A Gathering of Princes, the sequel to A Gathering of Fools, is in progress. It’s currently at just under 200k words, which makes it about ten percent longer than Fools. I’m editing at the moment, reviewing the first draft to close off the ‘todo’ items sprinkled throughout the text and prepare a version for my beta readers. With 25 chapters edited and 16 to go, it should be ready to read in a couple of months, if all goes well.
Yesterday was a good day. The second book in our science fiction series about the Royal Marine Space Commandos, Guerrilla, is now finished and went up on Amazon late last night.
This is the sequel to Commando and our heroes Captain Atticus and Lieutenant Warden, not to say the unusual Marine X, must again defend the colony of New Bristol from alien invaders. Guerrilla follows on from the events of Commando, dumping the Marines straight back into the thick of things, just when they thought they’d won the day.
Jon and I write these books together, collaborating closely as we develop the plot, work out the scenes and devise new and horrible experiences to test our characters. And the nice thing about finished a book, apart from hitting the ‘publish’ button, is that it frees you up to work on the next. The sequel to Guerrilla will be Ascendant, which we’re already working; sign up to my mailing list to keep up with developments.
The first book in the Vensille Saga, A Gathering of Fools, is now available on Amazon Kindle. This is quite exciting for a new author. You slog away at a book for years, letting snippets out to trusted friends and then incorporating their feedback, all the while hoping that someone, somewhere, will buy your work. Then, after all that struggle and work, you have to press the button that launches your book to an unsuspecting audience. Fingers crossed, you hope that it sells, that it garners positive reviews and that it does more than simply sink, unnoticed, beneath the waves.
So it’s done. It’s out there and (a few) people are reading it. There’s a page on Goodreads and on Amazon there are some nice reviews. All things considered, a pretty positive launch. Now we hope for sales…
And that’s it for now. Back to working on book 2, A Gathering of Princes, which should be out later this year.
Book One of The Venseille Saga
Coming in Early 2018
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Abaythian Marrinek; trusted imperial servant, commander of armies and advisor to an Emperor, Marrinek has been named traitor. Betrayed, imprisoned and abandoned, he has been stripped of honour, lands and titles and dumped in a prison cell, left to rot as the Empire grinds on without him.
Almost two years later while in transit to the prison island of Ankeron West – a dumping ground for the people the Empire wants to forget – Marrinek survives storm and shipwreck only to wake on an unfamiliar shore. Unexpectedly free, he heads west to escape the Emperor’s agents and rebuild his life.
Reaching the fortified city of Venseille, Marrinek loses himself amidst the teeming hordes and begins to build a base from which to plot his eventual revenge.
In Venseille, the twins Floost and Darek hide amongst the rooftops and scrape a living from the streets by stealing. Living in fear of the gangs, the watch and the dark remnants of the slave trade, their luck changes when Marrinek rescues them from slavers and takes them as apprentices, promising to teach them how to use their talents and power.
Marrinek’s wife, Adriavia, has spent the last two years in hiding, changing her name and appearance to stay ahead of the enemies that Marrinek has accumulated, unaware of the fate or location of her husband. When she learns that he is not only alive but free, she leaves the relative safety of her hiding place and heads west to find him, travelling dangerous roads to track him to the city of Venseille.