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Back; Not Necessarily…

… in the land of the living.

Yes: I’m back from my holidays.  For the record, I only had a couple of cheap weeks on the beach and returned a while ago to the usual chaotic crash-dive of return-to-work-related issues.  To be honest, I feel like I need another break already!

But enough of that.  My holiday did exactly what I needed it to.  It cleared my head and, sitting on the beach, a little bit every day, I’ve somehow, amazingly, drafted over 25,000 words of my next story.

Being straight with you, I’m under no illusions that many of these draftings will end up in the recycle bin.  Equally, many sections will require considerable, relatively easy, expansions when I start pulling it all together into a comprehensive whole.

When I get some time, I’ll pull together a graphic like I did for Thunder, to illustrate progress. I have no idea whether any of my visitors find this useful but, hey ho, it does serve as a bit of self-stimulus to make sure I keep putting in the writing hours!

Anyway, I suppose I ought to get back to the somewhat abstract title of this post: it’s a veiled reference to the subject matter of the new novel.  I’m not going to reveal too much yet, but I can say that I’ve settled on the title…

The next book will be called G’host.

The Wild Blue, Yonder…

Time for me to vanish for a while.

For many months I’ve been wrestling with good and bad spirits, and now it’s time for me to put some dedicated effort into ensnaring them; in black and white.

I’m hopeful that a stretch of golden sand, some warm weather, blue skies and crashing surf will provide a suitably undisturbed backdrop for my notepads and meditations.

So wish me luck and see you soon…  :)  AB

Mine Is A Love Story, Written In Blood…

So this is it.  More than five years of musing, and over a year of hard writing, bring me to this point…  Thanks to all of my visitors and alpha and beta readers for your help over the last few months.  Now it’s time to see if Thunder can stand the scrutiny of general release!

Available from today…

Thunder Cover v4

Mine is a love story, written in blood.

A tale of an ordinary life, destroyed in the same white-hot furnace of fire and metal that snatched away everything I ever wanted, that stole everyone I loved, that scorched my soul and then forged me into something new.

I am changed, alone, and in pain – with no friends, no allies, and no-one I can trust.

People call me Nick Tonner, but I don’t care much for names.  Some might say I’m a hero. Some might say I’m no better than those I despise.  Call me what you will, because it doesn’t matter to me.

I have nothing left to lose, and only one thing left to live for…

I want you.

Dead.

Thunder: The Countdown Clock Has Started…

Thunder Cover v4Thunder is now on my Kindle…

I’ve finished my hardcopy edits and transcribed the changes into my master manuscript.  Yesterday, I started the file conversion process and the usual iterations of layout corrections necessary to get the document into eReader format (which is something of a mind-numbing task that I’ll need to produce a guide for at some point…).

The net result is that I have a pre-publication copy of the first edition on my own device.

Now I’m doing a final page turn.  Just to make sure that everything looks okay and, if all goes well, Thunder will be published at the end of next week.

Now a combination of nerves and excitement kick in… After over a year of hard grafting, I’m finally in the home straight and, I have to say, I’m feeling very satisfied with how the book is looking.  The scary part is whether readers will feel the same way…!

Planned Publication Date: Saturday 15th December.

Time To Go…

…somewhere else.

Summer, for what it’s been worth, is already showing signs of its inevitable fade toward Autumn.  There’s a slight chill in the air, fresh dew on the morning grass, and a noticeable shortening of the days.  I think I’ve made the best of what little warmth there’s been in the UK these last few months, but need to get a few days of reliably good weather before Winter returns.

It’s time, therefore, to go travelling.

Holidays aren’t an unproductive time for me.  I’m not very good at doing nothing.  Last year, my holiday netted several thousand words of base-drafting for Thunder and I’m hoping this year will be similarly fruitful.

Thunder itself is still with various proofreaders, and I’m continuing to leave it alone.  When I get back, I will aggregate all of the comments and observations I’ve received, and then do my own – hopefully final – front-to-back read through.  Based on current feedback, this should be little more than a fine tuning exercise.  Release is therefore still on track for early Autumn.

For a few months, after I’d finished Thunder, my muse seemed to vanish – presumably hitting its own beach somewhere in muse-land.  Whilst I knew what the next book would be about, knew the main storyline and the lead characters, nothing was happening in my head.  I suspect I was just written-out and needed to rest for a while.

Now, I’m pleased to report, that all sorts of interesting – and sometimes not so interesting – ideas are popping up.  Many will not make it to the story, some will get mashed-together, some will get flipped; all together, they auger well that a slab of drafting will get done whilst I’m away.

Fingers crossed!

Have fun, keep safe, and enjoy the next few weeks.

Thunder – The Blurb

Okay then…  Here goes…  This is the draft blurb for Thunder.

It took me about twenty different attempts to put Firebird’s Blurb together (a.k.a. Product Description, Back Cover, etc…).  I’m hoping I’ve done a better job this time around, but I’d really appreciate hearing what other people think about it.

Thunder will be categorised as Action & Adventure / Technothriller.

Any feedback or comments would be very much appreciated!

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THUNDER

Mine is a love story, written in blood.

A tale of an ordinary life, destroyed in the same white-hot furnace of fire and metal that snatched away everything I ever wanted, that stole everyone I loved, that scorched my soul and then forged me into something new.

I am changed, alone, and in pain – with no friends, no allies, and no-one I can trust.

People call me Nick Tonner, but I don’t care much for names.  Some might say I’m a hero. Some might say I’m no better than those I despise.  Call me what you will, because it doesn’t matter to me.

I have nothing left to lose, and only one thing left to live for…

I want you.

Dead.

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Nail Nibbling Time…

That’s it!  Thunder’s Alpha Copy is finished.  Now it goes to my willing victims… no, I meant, gullible fools… no, I meant, favourite masochists… Of course, I really mean, my Alpha readers.

This will be the first time someone, other than me, gets to see the storyline.  From my perspective this is exciting and scary in equal amounts.  I’m deliberately reticent to discuss what I’m writing about, with anyone, until it’s done.  So my Alpha readers have no idea what the story’s about.  They get exactly the same as anyone else will: a blurb and a book.  And, after twelve months of scribbling, I hope it works!

The Alpha reader’s job is to check the base draft for typographical mistakes and material plot-line flaws.  They’ll confirm whether or not I need to do any substantial re-writing before I move on to a wider Beta Reading community.

So, how do I feel right now?

Well, pretty good actually.  I took my same three objectives into the writing of Thunder as I did for Firebird: could I do it, would I get any fun out of it, and would anyone else enjoy it afterwards.  The first two are a definite, ‘yes’.  The last one…?  Well, now I’ll find out…

Fingers crossed!

Back with Vengeance…

… no typo intended.

Apologies for the extended radio silence but it’s amazing what two weeks, completely disconnected from everything, can do for recharging tired old batteries (and the odd author… odd being the operative word).

Skala KalloniFirst off, a recommendation: if you’re the sort of person who likes un-commercialised holidays, with miles of unpopulated sandy beaches, red hot sunshine and dappled cypress shade, absolute silence (dogs, goats and occasional mopeds aside), abundant wildlife (pelicans, buzzards, hermit crabs, jelly fish and more) and don’t mind immersing yourself into a traditional Greek fishing village with just enough friendly tavernas to keep you ‘plied with the necessary solid and liquid (in my case read alcoholic) nutrients for a fortnight then I’d strongly recommend Skala Kalloni on Lesvos Island…  Absolutely top notch.  Thanks to everyone there for making us feel so welcome (especially Theo, Dimitri, Maria and Maria (woof))…  Yamas!

Second, some hopefully good news: despite my best efforts to the contrary, I didn’t do nothing for two weeks.  Thunder has absolutely come to life, it most definitely has the legs to make it to my target length, is brim full of new characters and Vengeance is an object (I’ll go no further than that) within it.  So, I’m back with Vengeance and about fourteen thousand other interesting words of (very) raw draft…

I’ll sign off with what may end up being the opening sentence of the blurb, hope you like it…

“Mine is a love story, written in blood.”

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