Breakdown Release

Finally, after what seems like forever, there is a new Invasion of the Dead book available. Breakdown returns to the early days on the virus and follows a new group of characters.

Here is the blurb and the link:

Tasmania, Australia… a place of immense natural beauty, home to some of the world’s harshest terrain, soon to be overrun with mankind’s most terrifying creation.

We return to the early days in the Invasion world, as hazy news reports detail the virus sweeping through the world’s major cities. Few survive, and many perish, or worse, return in a state of ravenous insanity known to the survivors as the Infected.

In a small town outside Devonport, former Australian Commando Shane “Mac” McNamara, now a dedicated family man, joins up with the last remnants of his commando team to battle more than he anticipated as he fights to keep his family alive.

From an ER nurse, to a school principal, ordinary people must band together and discover unknown strength and resilience, to do extraordinary things, if there is any hope of ever making the island state, the last refuge of the fallen. In a post-apocalyptic world though, not everyone can survive… 

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Kindle Worlds Book Cover

On October 20th, I will publish a novella through the Kindle Worlds program based on Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s bestselling Extinction Cycle series. This is a story set in the EC world, and while Nicholas’ series is set in the US, my tale takes place in Australia, and tells of a Commando team sent on a recovery mission to a secret military facility.  Here is the cover:


Currently I Am…

It’s been almost four months since I released my last novel, and I’m starting to feel the self-pressure of my next release. Probably to the dismay of most readers, it isn’t book four of the Invasion series. That one is next on the list, after I quietly release my current project onto Amazon.

I’m crawling my way through the third draft of a book tentatively titled The Company. It’s based on a short story I wrote some time ago called Murder Inc. It was available on Amazon for a while, and the feedback was pretty good, so I decided to carry on with it.

I first had the idea in 1999 when I posed the question: what if everything we thought about death in the world was wrong? It’s about a global organization infiltrating every facet of our lives. The novel is set in New York City, about thirty years from now, and exposes us to new technologies within a world a little further on than our current one. It’s a dash of science fiction, but ultimately the story is a good versus evil kind of thriller. It puts the reader on both sides of the ledger and might even have them ponder the ultimate question of riches or morals.

Back in ’99, I managed fifteen or twenty pages, and then put the story aside—not the first or last time I would do such a thing. I’ve jotted down pages and pages of notes about the premise and characters over the years, but never made the commitment to complete it. The story never left my mind though.

It’s falling into shape, with most of the structure set, the characters in place, and their motivations gaining believability. Things will change though, as they always do. None of my stories have ever finished in the same way as they started. With each corresponding draft I make more changes—fix plot holes, add characterization, improve dialogue. Sometimes I even get a better idea for a plot twist. I carry a Dictaphone with me when I drive to work so I can record ideas. Otherwise they pass through my mind like travellers, never to be heard from again.

Right now, I’m following each character’s storyline from beginning to end so I can align their thoughts, motivations and actions. I’m living in the detail of each scene, building the location, tacking more bits and pieces onto each character. This creates a lot of changes though—back and forth, cutting and pasting. It’s tedious stuff (and I’m allergic to that), but it improves the story immensely.

This is the way I work, starting with a bare bones draft and fleshing out the scenes and characters with every pass. I’ve tried other ways and I get lost; I’m terrible at thinking beyond one bit of information at a time (yes, I hear the ladies say, you’re a male!).

I can’t wait to see what readers think. It’s a bit different from post-apocalyptic zombies, but underlying the same things will exist: strong characters fighting to survive in a turbulent world against a terrifying enemy.

Book Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and congratulations to the winners. The following people were randomly selected by Rafflecopter from all entries:

Norma – Paperback copy of Aftermath
Holly R – Paperback copy of Aftermath
Paul – Paperback copy of Survival
William B – Paperback copy of Survival
Susan – Paperback copy of Escape
Elizabeth M – Paperback copy of Escape
Autumn R – Paperback copy of Escape
Monika C – Paperback copy of Escape
Cindy M – Paperback copy of Escape
Palmyra D – $20 Amazon gift voucher
Sean P – $20 Amazon gift voucher

Winners have been notified via e-mail. Look out for another giveaway in the new year.