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Word Counts

Out of interest: Retribution Falls: 133,423 The Black Lung Captain: 158,801 The Iron Jackal: 174,904 The Ace Of Skulls (rough draft): 183,609 See the trend there? I’m sure there must be some equation for this. I’m a zesty campaigner versus bloat in F/SF books, and I’m very aware in my own books that any scene […]

The Ace of Skulls is done!

Yes, you heard me. The Ace of Skulls is done. In fact, the whole Ketty Jay series is done. To see it all come together at the end, payoffs that have been five years or so in the making, it’s all rather spooky. All those characters I’ve had in my head all that time. Wow. Those of […]

Christmas Breeaaaaaaakkkk!!

Ah, Christmas. When I was a spry young thing I used to work 7 days a week, more or less, and Christmas was faintly annoying because it’s very hard to write while drunk and food is oozing out of your every orifice. But now I’m a raddled old shell of a man I actually have […]

Titan Books to Release The Iron Jackal and The Ace of Skulls in the US

Wow, you didn’t have to be patient for long! So here’s the news. I’m very pleased to announce that Titan Books are picking up the Ketty Jay series in the US. The first two books were published by Spectra but when the editor who commissioned them left the company, the series was stuck in limbo for […]

Patience, Patience

Been a while. As it stands, I’m almost three quarters through The Ace Of Skulls, and I’ve completed the frankly epic task of editing The Twilight War (which is Act One of Broken Sky for all you old-schoolers, not a battle between glittery vampire bad-boy cliches over the heart of a simpering loser with no will of her […]

New Covers! New Covers!

I’m sure you already have chalked into your calendars that Silver is coming out in May, right? Well to coincide with that, Scholastic are reissuing three of my old favourites with new covers and, I understand, also in ebook (Silver will be ebooked as well). Here are the new covers for you to pore over. Meanwhile, am […]

Rolling along…

Slow news year. Seriously, unless something unexpected happens there will be literally nothing to report till the New Year; I’ll just be tapping away at The Ace Of Skulls. I should probably start filling this blog up with fluff about my personal opinions of people who play their headphones too loud on the Tube, or […]

Broken Sky Ebux Redux!!!

Wow, it’s been a while, huh? Sorry about that. A veritable Sahara of news since May, really. But now I have something to announce, so gather close, you lot! First order of business is The Ace Of Skulls. I’m a quarter way through and it’s all going very nicely, thank you. However, I think it’s probably now […]

Iron Jackal MMP released, Kindle price drop (er, I think…)

Just a quickie to let anyone who has SOMEHOW MANAGED TO RESTRAIN THEMSELVES from buying The Iron Jackal yet, it’s now out in mass market paperback in the UK, and therefore cheaper. You can get it for just under a fiver in the UK and £4.99 on Kindle (which I assume is a price drop […]


It’s Eastercon again! This time in London. Residents of Hatton Cross are already barring their doors and sealing up the windows with the blood of a recently baptised goat. Since it’s in the city where I live there’s really no excuse for me not to turn up and blaze a flaming swathe through the bar area. […]