The Ides of May

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No, that title doesn’t make sense. So, May wrapped up a few days ago, so it must be time for a quick progress update. First up, writing. The entire month was spent working on the fourth of my zombie books. I wrote 27,411 words and it felt good. I love writing first drafts. The editing process is slow and painful for me and I spent a lot of time editing the previous books in the series this year so it’s been good to just sit down and blast through the story. I haven’t got summaries to compare word count from previous years but May was definitely my most productive month of 2017. So far. June is already shaping up to be even better. It was an urban fantasy sort of month for reading. I read all three Eric Carter books by Stephen Blackmoore and continued my audio re-listen of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series with Grave Peril and Summer Knight. All five books were good, not the best I’ve ever read but still well worth checking out if you like a bit of fantasy in your urban. I’m behind on my Pinterest page on the movies I’ve watched this year (too … Read More

Two Nights in New Orleans – A Snippet

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I’m currently revising some of my short stories for a collection I’ll be releasing later this year, and I thought I’d post some unedited snippets here. This is from Two Nights in New Orleans, a story that was originally published in a magazine produced by the British Fantasy Society… Two Nights in New Orleans Annabel held her breath, “Are you a vampire?” The man stared at Annabel, the smile returning to his lips. This time she managed to hold his gaze. The world around her faded to nothing and Annabel thought they might sit there all night, but after a few seconds he looked away, out across the stone sea of the cemetery. Belinda shifted position, rearranged the black lace of her new dress and leant back against the tomb, “So what’s your name?” “Ah. That’s an interesting question.” Belinda looked unimpressed, “Is it?” “What do you think my name should be?” Annabel shook her head, “I’ve no idea.” “Go on, indulge me. Christen me.” Annabel looked at him for a moment before latching onto a name, “Simon.” “Really? I look like a Simon? Well I can’t say I’ve ever been called Simon.” “You look like a Versailles to me,” said … Read More

Last Call

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Today is the last day to get all three books in the Leah King Trilogy for 99c each. The Girl in the City is always 99c, but tomorrow The Girl in the Wilderness and The Girl in the Machine will be going back to their normal price of $2.99. So, save yourself four bucks and pick them up today. Of course, you can also read all three books completely free on Kindle Unlimited. With the oppressive Transport Authority controlling every aspect of their existence, Leah and her father do what they can to carve out a good life for themselves. Leah spends her nights scavenging, risking capture as she hunts for salvage her father can trade for food and clothing. When Leah takes a bag of salvage from a dying stranger, she and her father are plunged into the world of Transport and its war against the terrorist organization, TRACE. As Transport closes in, Leah will need to decide who can she trust, and how far she’s prepared to go so save her father’s life. Get All Three Leah King Books for Just 99c Each The Girl in the City The Girl in the Wilderness The Girl in the Machine Sign … Read More

Out Now – The Girl in the Machine

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Today’s the day. Two years after the launch of The Girl in the City, the third and final book in the Leah King Trilogy, The Girl in the Machine, is available on Amazon. In a lot of ways, The Girl in the City was an accidental book. I hadn’t planned on writing it, but an idea centred around an event in Michael Bunker’s Pennsylvania series stuck in my mind. At that point, it wasn’t much more than the image of a young girl fleeing the city. I didn’t really know why she was running or what she was running from, and I can’t go into what appealed to me about the idea so much without entering spoiler territory. Suffice to say, Ethel the Muse was quite taken with this little scenario and wouldn’t shut up about it. Eventually, I gave in and wrote a novella in the hope it would scratch that particular itch and I could get back to working on Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. I wasn’t even going to publish it, but Michael encouraged me and in the end I went ahead, got a cover, had it edited and proofread and published it. Back then it had a different cover. I thought that would be it, … Read More

One Week to Go

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There’s just one week to go before The Girl in the Machine launches. This is the point in an author’s life when the tension starts to mount. Will people like it? What if they aren’t happy with the way I ended the series? What if there’s a really bad typo on the first page? Did I get the name of Leah’s mother right? Only one week to go until I find out the answers to all those questions. For teenager Leah King, the war against the authoritarian Transport Agency is personal. With her home destroyed and her family dead, only TRACE gives her life any meaning. Under the mentorship of Sergeant Alice Williams, she’s learning how to travel through the virtual reality networks and is finally discovering her place in this dangerous new world. But a key TRACE operative has been captured. With TRACE leadership reluctant to act, Alice, Leah and the rest of their squad are forced to take matters into their own hands and attempt a rescue. The mission brings Leah face to face with a new and deadly enemy, who just may hold the secrets to her past. But time is running out, and Leah will be forced … Read More

Get Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet for 99c

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My short story, Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror, has just been published in the new Future Chronicles anthology – The Jurassic Chronicles. (Currently on sale for just 99c!) To celebrate the launch, I’ve put the Glitch’s full length adventure – Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet – on sale for 99c as well. That’s 75% off its normal price.   A gateway to another world. A lucky contest winner. An adventure across the cosmos! Dwayne “Glitch” Mitchell has always been obsessed with space. When he learns that NASA has discovered an alien gateway, he’s the first to enter a contest to see the incredible phenomenon. Glitch wins and he travels deep within the Colorado Rockies to get a peek. He’s in awe, but he’s also in danger. As project head Dr. Zheng discusses the gateway, an armed man calling himself John Smith takes Zheng hostage and causes an explosion. When the rubble clears, Glitch is alive but trapped with Air Force Captain Scarlett Anderson on the other side of the gateway! Far from home on an alien world, Glitch and Anderson must find Zheng before the planet’s inhabitants can eat, crush, drown, or execute them. Even if they can escape in one … Read More

A Quick Update on The Girl in the Machine

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Things are getting hectic here at the Solitary Mindset offices (our spare room). UnCommon Minds is getting rave reviews, The Jurassic Chronicles is just around the corner and The Girl in the Machine is about to head into its final proofread. (Once I write the damn book description). I got some unsolicited feedback from two of my proofreaders today and it was just too good not to share. “Fans of sci-fi and dystopias will enjoy this tale of a girl named Leah, who, along with her associates, fights a ruling company through both military tactics and virtual reality.” – Susie D., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing “With young women driving the plot and nonstop action—including plenty in cyberspace—this book reads like the love child of Neuromancer and The Hunger Games.” – Kim H., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing “the love child of Neuromancer and The Hunger Games”? I’ll take that. The Girl in the Machine will be on the virtual shelves in 2-3 weeks, but if you haven’t started the Leah King trilogy then the first book, The Girl in the City, is available on Kindle for just 99c/99p or free if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited. You can get your copy right here. Sign up for my … Read More

Looking Forward, 2017

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After posting my belated end of year wrap up, I figured I’d better also look forward to what’s ahead in 2017… I talked about setting goals on New Year’s Day and mentioned my big personal goal – running a marathon in under four hours. That goal has actually been in the back of my mind for a few years but 2017 is the year I’m really going to focus on my speed and fitness (and weight) and try to hit that. My wife and I recently worked out which races we’re going to take part in this year and it’s a fairly long list, but a lot of them will be used as training runs for my main goal of that sub-four hour marathon. Time will tell whether it will pan out but I’m looking forward to trying. I’ll probably make the odd post here about my progress for those who are interested in how a moderately unfit, middle aged guy prepares for a marathon. I also mentioned my eight book publishing schedule. That’s pretty aggressive, even though I have a couple of the books complete and two more in draft form. I’ve laid out the schedule for the first half of the year and this is what it … Read More

Cover Reveal – The Girl in the Machine

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With the manuscript for The Girl in the Machine sitting with my editor, now seems like a good time to post the cover for the third and final Leah King book. Drum roll, please…   Ain’t it cool? As always, a big thank you to Adam at Around the Pages for putting together another fantastic cover. I’m really pleased with how this one came out and it reflects the cyberpunky feel that the third book has very nicely. The Girl in the Machine will be released in the next couple of months. I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone thinks of the finale. Of course, I’m also a little bit nervous but hey, that’s the author’s life for you. If you haven’t started the Leah King trilogy, the first book, The Girl in the City, is available on Kindle for just 99c/99p or free if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited. You can get your copy right here. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [Cover Reveal – The Girl in the Machine by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 5th December 2016]