Over Halfway

I get a little excited when I reach the halfway mark in a first draft of a new story. I’m beyond that point now with my next story, which has a working title of Petroff’s Progrom. I won’t call it that when I publish. I fancy Pharma. I haven’t yet decided.

Right now, Thomas Irwin and his friend, Mark Stafford, are in the thick of some brutal fighting along the cold, dark tunnels of the Gobi mines; Sebastian Scatkiewicz, Andrew ‘Birdie’ Goosen and Day are busy expanding their rebel fleet by ambushing smugglers; and Jack Petroff is committing mass murder as he attempts to protect his personal business interests against Cohen and Cotton’s snooping. These threads will come together as I write this episode’s final scenes a little later this month. Hopefully, I’ll have the second Rebellion story ready to upload–after a serious edit and a new book cover–sometime in April. Tell a friend;)

After that, it’s back to the third story in the Scat’s Universe series (working title, Destiny), which is 20% done. I have yet to decide whether Scat gets to rule Purgatory or simply saves Mankind from it. Maybe neither: Haraani politics is complicating things.

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A Milestone – Ten Thousand free downloads

I’ve just realised that over ten thousand scifi readers have downloaded free copies of SCAT and BIRDIE DOWN from Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and other retailers. That’s awesome. I hope they enjoyed them. 

 

ARMY of SOULS mission launch date

I’ll be uploading ARMY of SOULS to both Smashwords.com and Amazon around 6pm, Hong Kong local time on 30th May 2013. That’s next Thursday. The Smashwords publication should be fairly quick (an hour or so), Amazon can take between 12 and 48 hours.

If you’ve read Scat and want to know what happens next, then ARMY of SOULS is a must read.

So what’s it got?

Swearing: Mild. Violence: Yeah, there’s some. Thrills: Yup! For the head, heart and soul. Attitude: Plenty. Pursuits: One of the biggest. High Stakes Conflict: You bet: this is a Scat’s Universe novel, after all. Twists: Of course.

I had great fun writing this one, I hope you enjoy reading it.

Here’s the link to my website, along with details of how you can still get SCAT for free during the countdown.

Science and Faith vs Reason

I’ve just liked the FaceBook pages for: The Magis Centre for Reason and Faith (http://www.facebook.com/MagisReasonFaith ), AND The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (http://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation )

If you want to know why my left and right brain parts are squabbling, my upcoming book, ARMY of SOULS will explain (kinda)

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And the Beta-reading begins …

Aside

So! Army of Souls is done. It has gone to the beta-readers, and I’m now just tinkering with elements of it, waiting on their comments. Publishing this one will be like giving away my daughter (which I must do at some point). I’ll be just as nervous. Army of Souls ventures into rarely chartered territory for Science Fiction. I only hope it isn’t damned for doing so.

Army of Souls starts a few months after Scat and continues the story.

Here’s the (draft) blurb:

Book Two in the Scat’s Universe saga

If flesh came into being because of the spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders.”
Ancient text discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, December 1945. Believed to be the Gospel According to Thomas 24:1

Man’s soul is little more than collateral damage in a struggle between our daemons and demons. As Man succumbs to the soul-harvesting Haraan and the seven Vices pursue the four Virtues in a brutal and one-sided conflict, Scat must travel the Other-Worlds to free our souls from Purgatory.

But Man is allied against him. An army of souls is on the rampage. And the Demon Master is a single victory from reigning supreme

ImageDon’t forget, Scat is currently free from most of the popular ebook retailers.

Oh, and if you have already posted a review for Scat, I thank you. This is how scribblers like me get the word out to readers such as yourselves. Through other readers. It helps that the most recent batch of reviews have been very encouraging.

Best, Jim

St Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC

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St Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

St Patrick’s gets a whole chapter to itself in the upcoming science fiction, “Army of Souls”. It is the setting for a confession that will change everything; even how we view the After Life.

I took this photo during our Christmas visit 2009. I visit every other year at around the same time. I love New York, and although back home us Brits have buildings and monuments going back a thousand years and more, I find the city filled with interesting, often ignored, historical markers. Anyone with a real interest in New York should try reading: “The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America” by Russell Shorto.

Here’s a link to the book’s Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45000.The_Island_at_the_Center_of_the_World

The Tomb of Sir Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

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The Tomb of Sir Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

The  tomb of 1st Earl of Salisbury’s at St Etheldreda, Hatfield. St Ethelreda and the tomb get a mention in my upcoming novel, ARMY of SOULS. It has something to do with the four Virtues who bear the Earl’s likeness: Prudence, Temperance, Justice and Courage. 

Photo by chrisjohnbeckett.

A Book a Day Reviews: SCAT

A Book a Day Reviews has just posted their review of SCAT. I must say, I’m blown away, and was just the shot in the arm that I needed, given I was editing ARMY of SOULS at 2.30AM when it came through. Check it out at their blog then go grab yourself a copy. It’s still free.