Ok, the Ostenheim blog series is taking a little longer than expected, as I’m juggling a few balls at the moment. For now, another photoshop teaser will have to do –

Old Book CoverI considered doing the whole thing in this style, but reckon it will be easier to read by putting them in regular blog posts.

It will also be delayed a little longer as I’ve something else coming down the pipeline which will be taking pride of place next week, but more of that anon!



Tour Guide Cover

I mentioned in my last post that I was putting together a tour guide for Ostenheim. It’s progressing well, but still needs a little more work – I want to finish the whole thing before I start posting it up. I have however done up a cover for it, which I’m posting now. The first part should be online next week (I hope!).

I hope everyone’s well and enjoying the last few days of summer.

What I’m working on…

In creating the Middle Sea world for the Society of the Sword Trilogy, and the other stories I’m writing set there, I’ve amassed a pretty voluminous file of notes—details about the world which help me when writing, but would only drag the plot pacing to a halt if included in the narrative. I think the file runs to about 250,000 words at the moment, so there’s quite a bit there!

I was reading some old travel guides for another project I’m working on, or hoping to get going with before the end of the year and a thought occurred to me for some fun blog posts. I’m cobbling together some of the notes on Ostenheim into a tour guide of sorts. I’ll post it up in a series of instalments here over the next few weeks—the first one should be ready in a few days. It should give a bit more of a flavour to the city, its culture, and people, but there won’t be any narrative to it; it’s just for a bit of fun.

Otherwise, I’m going through the line edits on my next book at the moment. I’m tempted to do a title reveal on that now, but I’m not 100% on it yet, so stay tuned!

I hope everyone’s having a great summer!


Nothing of interest to report at the moment, although hopefully that will be changing over the next few weeks (see below), so I thought I’d give an update on what I’m working on.

I just finished a draft of a future release that I mentioned in a previous post – it should be out late this year or early next year. The title is still to be decided, as the story went in a different direction to the one I had initially planned, so the working title is pretty meaningless now. It’s usually only after the copy edit that I start to settle on one of the many working titles that will have occurred to me during the process of writing and editing. My working titles are usually pretty terrible, so it’s always a relief when something I like pops into my head.

This story covers what happens to Ranph dal Bragadin after the events of The Tattered Banner. It’s a stand alone story, but complements the story of the Society of the Sword trilogy.

In other news, the final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy (title to be announced soon) is getting to the part I really enjoy, where it stops being a word document and starts looking more like a real book. All the heavy editing is pretty much done. It also signals the arrival of the part of the process where most of the hard work gets done by other people – cover design, proof reading, formatting – which is nice!

I hope everyone’s well.


One of the things that came out of The Tattered Banner and the world building that I did for it was that I realised there were a lot of places and characters that I wanted to look at in more detail.

One of those characters is Ranph dal Bragadin, so he’s the subject of the book that I’m working on at the moment while waiting for the final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy to come back from copy edit, looking at what happens to him after the events in The Tattered Banner.

Which brings me on to the final part of Society of the Sword. Unfortunately it’s going to be delayed from late spring to mid summer for reasons beyond my control. However, it is all written, and all that remains is some of the final editing polish.

All work and no play…

Well, I’ve been pretty rubbish at keeping up with my blog posts — I’ve just noticed that it’s been over a month since my last one. The same reason as I gave last time still stands, which is that I don’t have any interesting news to report!

I blame that entirely on the fact that I’ve been working pretty hard on getting all my releases ready for this year. The final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy is awaiting copy editing, the book to follow has just returned from its developmental edit, and the one to follow that is being readied for developmental edit. All work and no play, as the post title indicates.

It’s around this point with a book — approaching copy edit — that I usually settle on a title. I never like the working titles that I give them. As such, I’ve almost settled on a name for the final part of Society of the Sword. To whet your appetite, here are a few that didn’t make the grade:

-The Final Intrigue (bleh)

-The White Banner (even more bleh, and almost completely irrelevant to the story!)

-Soren’s Big Day Out (ok, I just made this one up. And it’s not even that funny… I’ll get my coat…)

As to what I’ve almost decided on? Well, I’m afraid you’re just going to have to wait a little longer on that one!

Hope everyone’s well!


I haven’t posted in a while, as I haven’t had a lot to say!

The final part of the Society of the Sword Trilogy is back from developmental editing, so I’m working on that at the moment. It’s still on track for a late spring/early summer release. As always, you can sign up to be notified of when it comes out here.

Otherwise, nothing else of interest to report. I hope the year is going well for everyone so far!

Google Play and other news…

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you all had a good holiday.

I had my usual plan of watching my way through a stack of classic movies that I’d bought in the run up to Christmas, but in the end I only managed to watch a couple of them. I spent quite a bit of time working on the book I plan on releasing once the final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy is out (which is being edited as I type). I think I mentioned it about this time last year when I was working on the first draft. It’s allowed me focus on an aspect of the Middle Sea that I didn’t really get the chance to spend much time with in Society of the Sword, and it’s nice to explore something different within that world.

In other news, both The Tattered Banner and The Huntsman’s Amulet are now available on Google Play’s bookstore. I’ve been hearing good things about Google Play lately, so thought it was time to get a presence there!

Otherwise, all the best for 2014!


Not a huge amount to report at the moment, I just wanted to post something as things have been rather quiet hereabouts lately.

My excuse for the silence is that I’m working hard on various things at the moment. Part 2 of the Society of the Sword trilogy is still away being edited, so I’m working on the second draft of what will be my next release after the trilogy is all done. It’s a stand alone story, and I have to admit I’m quite excited about it!

What I’m working on…

The sequel to The Tattered Banner is back from the editor, so most of my effort is going into working through the changes on that. Still on track for my intended release window (it’s a large one!) and I’m starting to think about cover design. Usually I have a pretty clear idea of what direction I want to go in, but not the case this time around! Not yet anyway!

I’m also spending a bit of time each day working on the final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy, which is between drafts 1 and 2, as there’s a subplot that I want to develop before I go back through the entire manuscript. I’m keeping time free to do this every day, as I like the continuity that I get by working on Book 2 at the same time. It’s only tidying up and polishing for Book 2 at this point, but I find it helps with keeping the tone consistent, rather than working on them in isolation.

That’s all for today. I hope everyone’s enjoying their summer!