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 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

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet

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It’s been four weeks since Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet was released and it still continues to exceed my expectations. The Girl in the City has been getting a bit of a boost as well which is an unexpected bonus. I’m still in Glitch Mitchell mode at the moment so here’s five things you probably didn’t know about Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. The Title Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet was originally Glitch Mitchell and the Planet Within and the planet Glitch, Anderson and Doctor Zheng ended up on was actually going to be inside Earth! I’m not sure what made me change it but at some point I decided the Unseen Planet was a more interesting idea. That said, I reserve the right to send Glitch to the Planet Within at some point in the future. Doctor Zheng Doctor Zheng, the scientist that Glitch ends up trapped on the Unseen Planet with, is named after Zheng Wenguang (1929 – 2003) – a Chinese science fiction writer who is known as the father of Chinese science fiction. Glitch’s T-Shirt The “Also, I can kill you with my mind” T-shirt Glitch wears in the book is almost real. I have one in my wardrobe with the correct Firefly quote – “Also, … Read More

Out Now – Glitch Mitchell and the Deadly Follicle

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Earlier in the month, The Leighgendarium posted an interview with me and as part of the feature I ran a giveaway for a free copy of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. Entry to the giveaway involved inventing a cliffhanger involving Glitch that I would then use to write a new short story. I picked a winner at random and ended up with Glitch being trapped in Donald Trump’s hair! After some deliberation, I spent last Monday writing Glitch Mitchell and the Deadly Follicle and it was posted on The Leighgendarium on Friday. If you’d like to know how Glitch, Anderson and Doctor Zheng ended up in such a dire situation, and if they manage to escape – you can read the story here. It was a lot of fun to write, and hopefully as much fun to read. For a limited time you can pick up Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet on all ebook platforms including Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for just 99c. The paperback edition is also as cheap as I can make it – $10.95. You can find out more about my upcoming releases, and get four FREE books by signing up for my newsletter here. [Out Now – Glitch Mitchell and the Deadly Follicle by Philip Harris first appeared on … Read More

So Far So Good

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It’s been two weeks since I released Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet and to say the launch has surpassed my expectations would be a huge understatement. Marathon runners tend to have two goal times for each race – one they see as feasible and one that is their secret dream goal. I had the same thing for Glitch, one lifetime sales target that seemed reasonable and then a second, higher number that seemed unlikely. I’m pleased to say Unseen Planet blew past both those goals and today hit double my higher “dream” number and got up to number 10 in Amazon’s Teen/YA Alien Science Fiction chart – a feat I’m very happy to have achieved given that every other book in the top 20 is part of a series. Even my decision to go wide and sell the book on all platforms has turned out pretty well with about 15% of sales coming from iBook, Nook and Kobo. That includes one copy sold in Australia and another in New Zealand – both firsts for me as far as I know (thanks Kobo). If you missed it, I did a fun interview at the Leighgendarium. As part of that, I ran a contest to win a copy of the paperback edition of Unseen … Read More

The Leighgendarium Interviewed Me!

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Preston Leigh at The Leighgendarium Book Blog has just posted an interview with yours truly. I’m a big fan of the site, Preston has interviewed some great authors so it’s a real honour to be featured. I’ve done a lot of software related interviews in print, radio and TV (and I once dressed up as a gorilla to promote a video game), but I think this is the first interview I’ve done regarding my writing so I’ve put together a cool giveaway for a paperback copy of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. So, if you’re interested in finding out what new authors I’m enjoying reading, how I’d change The Girl in the City, why I’m nervous around penguins, or just want a chance to win a free book, check out the interview here. And if you’re interested in books, you could do worse than making The Leighgendarium a regular stop on your Internet journeys. For a limited time, I’m giving everyone who signs up to my mailing list 4 free books. Click here to sign up [Interviewed at the Leighgendarium by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 21st August 2015]

OUT NOW – Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet

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Almost two years since I sat down to outline my “throwaway” idea for a Flash Gordon-esque serial, Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet, is finally available. Here’s the description 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 piece, will they still have a home to come back to? Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet is a sci-fi adventure that features exotic alien worlds and fast-paced suspense. If you liked the … Read More