Finsbury Park

Free eBooks Bonanza!

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For the next few days I’m running a free book promotion with Amazon, which means you can read a selection of six of my ebooks for nothing!

Why? Well, mainly because I’d like to get more people reading what I’ve written, and what better way to do it than to give out a heap of freebies.

From now until about Tuesday next week you’ll be able to grab these six books from Amazon for nothing.

So what are the books? They’re a selection of five of my short stories as well as Boneyards – book 1 of the FTW series. Follow the links below to Amazon.com, and happy reading!

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Random Encounters

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A quickie bonus post today because I had to share this. I’ve resisted the urge now for some time, but today I gave in and Googled my name to see what came up. I was very surprised to find the following image.il_570xN_1047907001_kbk2

That’s one of mine on the Kindle screen! Naturally I needed to know more, so I followed the link and found myself on the Etsy page of WeMadeItSew.

The ladies who own this particular store hand sew a variety of products including the terrific-looking handmade Kindle stands as you can see in the photo above. So completely by random chance when they’ve taken the photos for their Kindle stands it was Finsbury Park displaying on the screen.

As such, I think it only fair I urge you to check out their site if for no other reason than their Kindle has excellent taste!

 

What’s in a name? (Part 2)

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A few weeks ago I had a post about pseudonyms and why I chose one. Part 2 of this is todays blog about character names and where they come from.

I’ve always liked the everyday-yet-different sounding names used in classic sci-fi by the likes of Philip K. Dick (Milton Lumley, Talbot Yancy, Rachmael ben Applebaum to name a few), George R. Stewart (Isherwood Williams in Earth Abides), and Douglas Adams (Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Fenchurch from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy).

So it’s often when I’m coming up with a character name I try for the everyday-yet-different kind of name. Not always, but if the need is there then I’ll go that way. Finsbury Park, for example, stuck out as a great character name the second I saw it on a map of London, and it rings true with my favourite way of naming. Similar to Fenchurch in a way though Finsbury wasn’t conceived there. Read the rest of this entry »

Mind-boggling Enormous

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Why do people wish for immortality? I don’t know about others, but for me I blame science fiction.

Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the list goes on. All of those are to blame. I’d love to see the universe and hope like hell it’s like something the crazy free-wheeling type of place we’ve imagined it to be.

I can sit and stare at a full moon and feel despair because we’re not even close to a regular Joe (or Morgan for that matter) being able to visit the closest thing to us, and even if we were the travel time would invariably be in weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Mimic Madness: A Finsbury Park Mini

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A new short story / flash fiction for you this week. I was having difficulty coming up with ideas for this weeks post until I remembered an idea I had had about giving Finsbury some mini-adventures from time to time. So with no other ideas coming along to fill the void I smashed this one out for your reading pleasure.

This is a follow on from my previously published short Finsbury Park, so if you haven’t read that you probably should so you know who the characters are. It’s cool, I’ll wait here until you’re back. Read the rest of this entry »

2 New Books

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Two new books in as many days! I know I’ve been putting out quite a few recently, but that’s mainly because I had quite a backlog of stuff I’ve been working on for years.

The two latest releases are Finsbury Park (a science fiction / comedy / adventure) and the next in my Biggy Piggy children’s picture book series – Biggy Piggy Balloon Rescue!

I’ve got one more novella fully drafted which I am lining up to release within the next month after beta reading / re-editing is completed (more about this one soon). A complete departure from my preferred sci-fi category, this one features a vigilante serial killer with a good sprinkling of dark humour. Read the rest of this entry »

Finsbury Park

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Finsbury Park CoverAnother shameless plug time – Finsbury Park is available from today as an eBook from Amazon.

Blurb

Finsbury Park likes his life just as it is: quiet and uneventful. The universe has other ideas and forces him into having fun and exciting adventures whether he wants to or not.

Teleported to the other side other galaxy, he gets attacked by fast food before being mugged by a naked harpy, and inadvertently ticks off the most insanely violent and unhinged warship captain of the deadliest alien species in the galaxy. And that’s just in the first twenty minutes of his arrival.

With the help of the highly distracting harpy and his disinterested pet cat, Finsbury reluctantly sets out on his forced adventure in the hope it’ll satisfy the universe and he’ll get his old life back.

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Found Things

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Most people know the old joke about kids, how you can buy them the best toy or one they’ve been after forever and most of the time they’ll get as much enjoyment, if not more, from playing with the empty box. Same thing goes for found things, apparently.

I’m writing this because today I was reminded of something that happened just a few days after last Christmas. I had just picked up my youngest from her cot and she cried out for her rabbit, a cute little beige plush bunny she found a few days earlier at the park. I’m told it had been there for over a week or more, from what my parents saw who were leaving it in case someone came back for it.

My daughter found it though and has since become very attached to it. Read the rest of this entry »

Judging a Book by Its Cover

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As I mentioned in last week’s post I have finished the drafts of 2 WIPs I have been working on. I’ve now finished my edits of the first one – Finsbury Park – and on Sunday I dropped it off to my beta reader to take a look at. The editing process for this one took quite a bit of time. Apart from fixing the usual (typos, grammatical nonsense, etc) I changed the tense of the entire story.

I’ve always found I like writing in present tense, but after a lot of research I found I’m in the minority. Most people (it seems) dislike stories written in the present tense as it’s harder to suspend disbelief. Stories in the past tense paradoxically feel more immediate and real.

So when I figured I was going to have a hard enough time getting people to read my work anyway (given there are millions of indie authors doing the same), I caved to the pressures of society and changed it into past tense. In then end I’m glad I did as it improved it immensely. Read the rest of this entry »

2 WIPs – Drafts Completed

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I’ve just had quite the productive past few days. I’ve been making a concerted effort to finish the first drafts of the two works in progress (WIPs) I’ve been working now for a few months.

Three Orange Whips
Three Orange Whips?

Sorry John, just 2 WIPs.

Now they’re complete I need to start the fun task of going back over them looking for any plot holes or anything that doesn’t make sense, plus making sure it’s all grammatically correct.

After that I’ll need to get a copy to my recently appointed beta reader, and she can start tearing them apart! Read the rest of this entry »