Time is Running Out

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Just a quick Public Service Announcement – There’s now less than 48 hours to go before The Girl in the City goes back up to its normal price. And of course, for a limited time, The Girl in the Wilderness is available for 99c/99p (or the lowest price I can set in other countries) so you can get both for less than the price of something from the dollar store. Sign up for my newsletter and get a year of stories, completely free. CLICK HERE to get started. [Time is Running Out by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 7th October 2016]

Out Now – The Girl in the Wilderness

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Finally, the day has come. After 124 hours of writing, two editorial passes, and the tender ministrations of three separate proofreaders, The Girl in the Wilderness is now available on Kindle. This is a book I hadn’t really planned on writing. The nugget of the idea came about when author Chris Pourteau asked me whether I was planning any sequels to The Girl in the City. I had a vague idea that I could continue Leah’s story, and said that I might – eventually. He promptly asked for the titles of the sequels, and I came up with The Girl in the Wilderness and The Girl in the Machine. I still don’t actually know why he wanted the titles, but I filed them away and didn’t think too much about it. Until, that is, the beginning of this year. I’d been working on my zombie series for quite a while and was starting to get a bit burned out. Looking around for something I could work on as a palate cleanser, I remembered those two titles. Several of the reviews of The Girl in the City mention they’d like to read more about my hero, Leah, and people were asking me whether I was planning sequels. I decided that writing a couple more … Read More

Coming Soon – The Girl in the Wilderness

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About eighteen months ago I released my science fiction novella, The Girl in the City, and it’s almost time for the sequel to join it on the virtual bookshelves. I hadn’t planned on making The Girl in the City the first in a series. It’s a standalone story with no real loose ends (beyond wondering what happens next in the characters’ lives), but I kept coming back to Leah’s story and readers seemed to have an appetite for more, so towards the end of last year I decided to write two more novellas. As usual, that idea went out of the window pretty quickly and the sequels quickly turned into full length novels which means I’m spending a lot longer on them than I’d planned. C’est la vie. The second book, The Girl in the Wilderness, will officially be available exclusively on Kindle on October 4th but it’s actually available for pre-order right now.  The Girl in the Wilderness will be selling at an introductory price of 99c for a while until it gets its sales-legs and then it will go up to the normal price of $2.99. To celebrate the launch, I’ll also be giving away The Girl in the City from October 4th to October 8th. So, if you haven’t bought that … Read More

Cover Reveal – The Girl in the Wilderness

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The Girl in the Wilderness is almost here! I’ve just sent the final manuscript to be proofread, and things are getting very real. And I have a cover. Which is good, because you can’t launch a book without a kick ass cover. If you’re on my mailing list you will have seen this (and got a new free story) yesterday, but for those of you who haven’t yet sampled the delights of my newsletter, I present the awesomeness that is the cover of my next book. A huge thank you to Adam at Around the Pages for putting together another fantastic cover. The Girl in the Wilderness is the sequel to The Girl in the City and will be available at the end of the September. If you haven’t read the first book you can get it free by posting a review of one of my other books and then getting in touch with me through the contact page on this site. I’ll send a copy for you to review, free of charge. Sign up for my newsletter and get a year of stories, completely free. CLICK HERE to get started. [Cover Reveal – The Girl in the Wilderness by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 2nd September … Read More

One Year with Glitch Mitchell

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On August 22nd 2015 I clicked published on my first full length indie title – Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. Three days later, I officially launched the book. The Unseen Planet is a science fiction novel inspired by the old Flash Gordon serials that I used to watch on TV when I was young. It’s fast paced, over the top, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I originally planned the idea as side project that would be posted here on the blog. The goal was to produce ten 1,000 word chapters and post one every Saturday morning. That idea grew into twenty-six 1,000 word chapters, but when I started writing they ended up coming in at 2-3,000 words. The end result was a full length novel that I didn’t quite know what to do with. The book sat on my hard drive for quite a while until I read a post by some guy called Hugh Howey. He was talking about his new cover designer-M.S. Corley. I was very impressed with Mike’s portfolio, one thing led to another, and I ended up commissioning a cover for The Unseen Planet. Now I had a cover, I had to publish the book. It took a while, plus the tender ministrations of two editors and three … Read More

The Fireman by Joe Hill – A Review

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Read this book.   Sign up for my newsletter and get a year of stories, completely free. CLICK HERE to get started. [The Fireman by Joe Hill – A Review by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 7th July 2016]

The Girl in the Wilderness Draft Zero

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Last night I wrapped up Draft Zero of my next release, a sequel to my science fiction novella set in Michael Bunker’s world of Pennsylvania, The Girl in the City. It’s called The Girl in the Wilderness. What does Draft Zero mean? Well, it’s what I call the very first version of the novel that tells the story from start to finish. There’s usually chapters and paragraphs I know I need to rewrite, foreshadowing I need to add, and almost certainly plot holes you could drive a truck through. But the key points are there and (probably for the first time) I’ve got a good idea of the whole story. There’s still a lot of work to do before the book gets out to you, but it’s a great feeling nevertheless. I hadn’t originally planned on writing a sequel to The Girl in the City and it stands alone very well, but a lot of people have been asking if there will be more stories featuring Leah and I had some strong ideas so I decided to turn the book into a trilogy. The third part – The Girl in the Machine – will follow later this year. I was originally planning on making books two and three novellas that would be roughly 50% … Read More

A Year in Books – 2015

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As is traditional, I’m posting my 2015 wrap ups late. Even later than last year but hey, that’s the way it goes. According to GoodReads I read 92 books last year. That number’s roughly correct – it includes my own books but there were a couple I didn’t log on GoodReads for various reasons. That’s close to last year’s total of 84 but I was also reading longer books – 14,598 pages compared to 10,498. And what a year of books it was – new books from Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R Kiernan, Cherie Priest, a bunch of (new to me) Stephen King novels and non-fiction from Felicia Day and Amanda Palmer. As with 2014 I read quite a few shorter works and there was a lot of good stuff. My favourites in the order I read them… Hugh Howey Lives by Daniel Arthur Smith Revolver by Michael Patrick Hicks from No Way Home Simple Harmonic Motion by Michael Coorlim Zero Hour by Eamon Ambrose Click-Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman (from Trigger Warnings) Bleach by Christopher Lites If I had to pick just one, I’d have to go with Click-Clack the Rattlebag – short, but very creepy. There were plenty of good novels … Read More

Get a Free Copy of UnCommon Bodies

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I’m just dragging myself back to the real world after my trip to the Horror Writers Retreat at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado and I’ll be posting some thoughts tomorrow but in the meantime, I have a few free books to give away. My next story, Phantom Pain, will be appearing in the anthology – UnCommon Bodies and I have a few advance copies of the ebook to give away in return for a review. Here’s the description from the publisher: Step right up to the modern freakshow — We have mermaids, monsters, and more. You won’t be disappointed, but you may not get out alive. UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 21 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and the mundane. Together, the authors explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the impossible. Imagine a world where magic exists, where the physical form has the power to heal or repulse, where a deal with the devil means losing so much more than your soul. Includes Phantom Pain by Philip Harris The Zealot by Chris Godsoe Undead Cyborg Girl by Kim Wells Made for This by Sessha Batto Rudy and Deidre by Robb Grindstaff Skin by Brent Meske The Well-Rounded Head by Sally Basmajian Mermaids by Robert … Read More

Three Books Worth Reading

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Time to talk about someone else’s books for a change. I’ve read a few really good novels recently, here’s three of the best… Zer0es by Chuck Wendig Chuck Wendig has been making waves (good and bad) recently with his new Star Wars novel, Aftermath but a few weeks ago he released a technothriller called Zer0es and it’s very cool. I’d pitch it as Hackers meets Terminator or maybe Hackers meets Transcendence. Or Hackers meets The Lawnmower Man. Or Hackers meets some other film where there’s a sinister AI. Anyway, whatever shorthand you settle on it’s a compelling story of a team of misfit hackers vs dubious government agencies. The Martian by Andy Weir This recommendation is probably redundant at this point. With a big budget movie on the way, the self-publishing success story that is The Martian is riding high in the charts. It’s unashamedly nerdy and I’m not sure how that will translate into a movie – I suspect they’ll focus on the action rather than the detailed descriptions of how to survive on Mars – but nevertheless I’m looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. I wanted to read the book before then though and opted for the audiobook. I wasn’t disappointed. R.C. Bray’s … Read More