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Now available from Google Play
Posted: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 9:04AM

My novels are now available from Google Play, enabling those who read using Google Books easier access to them. You can find all my work, including the BFTSS trilogy, here:

BFTSS trilogy for just $0.99 each!
Posted: Sat, 01 Feb 2014 2:17PM

In celebration of THE HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS' 5th Anniversary, you can pick up each of the BATTLE FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM novels for just $0.99 / 0.99, over at and!

This offer is for a limited time only, so act fast!



BFTSS trilogy now on Google Play Books
Posted: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 8:36AM

The BATTLE FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM trilogy is now available from Google Play Books. You can purchase each book from the following links:




MALWARE is now available!
Posted: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 6:54AM

MALWARE, the follow-up to FIRMWARE, is now available to purchase from a number of eBook retailers.

MALWARE continues the story of Dan and Vix, who set out to undo the work of a rogue firmware release that has enslaved a great number of peoples of the world, and transformed them into mindless drones. This story sees Dan drawing on some very unique abilities to battle against Project Reality and the man behind it.

You can you a copy of MALWARE from the following places:

[DRM-free ePub]




[Barnes and Noble]


MALWARE sample chapters now available
Posted: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 9:55AM

This morning, I uploaded the first three chapters of MALWARE, the follow-up to FIRMWARE. The chapters are available as a PDF, which should make it readable in any modern browser. You can read them here:

The full novel will be available to purchase on 5th October, from Amazon and directly from here as a DRM-free ePub. The book will also be available from iBooks, Kobo, and Sony's Readerstore in the coming weeks.

Author interview at 8 Bit Mammoth
Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:20PM

Over at 8 Bit Mammoth, I'm being interviewed about how I get my writing done, where my ideas come from, and what my thoughts are on ebooks and paperback books.

Thanks to Andrew Emmett for doing the interview! You can read the whole thing here:

Final MALWARE edits
Posted: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 7:16AM

I'm embarking this week on the final round of edits for MALWARE. I'm going endeavour to get through a chapter a day (or maybe one every two days or so, we'll see). After that, the proofing can start, and the book should be done by the beginning of October or so.

I'll be posting the first chapter once it's done, for people to enjoy (or hate, as could be the case).

Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 4:44PM

Today, I mostly completed my first draft of MALWARE. I say mostly because there are still holes in the story (largely around the ending and some of the motives behind things). However, I'm confident that I will be able to iron these out during the readthrough.

I was planning to start the first readthrough in a couple of days' time, however I have an idea for an alien invasion story that I'm keen to make a start on, so perhaps I'll leave MALWARE alone for a bit longer than that; a couple of weeks might be a good idea.

I'm still hoping for MALWARE to be out before the end of the year (easily possible), but my original target of September isn't looking likely. Perhaps November will be when to look for it.

Further MALWARE progress
Posted: Sun, 07 Jul 2013 9:06AM

I'm just under halfway through my first rewrite of MALWARE, working off the rough, and things are starting to take shape a lot more. As with the rough of FIRMWARE, I was merely working with a vague idea of what I wanted the story to be about, and seeing where it wanted to go.

MALWARE's a lot more action-packed than FIRMWARE was, and also contains some virtual world shenanigans. The rough draft, as I expected, is really just a collection of notes and ideas, that were loosely threaded together to form a story. Now, it's beginning to make a lot more sense in my head, and I have better ideas about structure and pace.

Another draft will follow, no doubt, as I tighten up the story some more, but at the moment I'm happy with how it's going. The book will likely be the same length as FIRMWARE (about 40,000 words or so). I'll also be planning on selling both the stories together, in a single volume called PROJECT REALITY.

MALWARE progress
Posted: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 8:42AM

This morning, I completed the rough draft of MALWARE. The rough stands at 41,000 words (FIRMWARE is 43,000). At the moment, I'm not entirely certain of the ending, but I'll have a think about it during the rewrites.

I've got no firm release date for this book yet, but it will hopefully be out before the end of the year. I'll now either take a break from writing for a couple of weeks, or commence work on the rewrite of H1NZ. I'm not sure which just yet. Probably a break, I think ;)

Other than that, things are chugging along nicely! FIRMWARE itself seems to have found an audience in the UK, with the sales of the book on Amazon receiving a surprise hike recently. May it continue!

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