sunny weather, untold stories, upcoming elections

The weather has turned warm, and therefore we are all now complaining about the heat rather than the cold. The English weather, and the English reaction.

At the moment THE UNTOLD STORY is currently just 99p for the ebook on UK Amazon: it can be found here.

Otherwise, I’m working on the edits for book 3 of the SCARLET REVOLUTION series (DAMNED), and getting various ducks in order, and preparing for Worldcon – which is in Glasgow this year, and which I’ll be attending. Should be excellent.

Oh, and there is this UK election coming up in (checks calendar) just over a week. I look forward to a change of government and a general dismissal of the Tories. Now what was that quote from Cromwell . . .

It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice.
Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government.
Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?
Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes, have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?
Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.
Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do.
I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place.
Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.
In the name of God, go!

ELUSIVE is out! (and on the run)

Readers, aristocrats, revolutionaries, common folk, and agents of the Committee of Public Safety, it is my very great pleasure to announce that ELUSIVE, the second book in the SCARLET REVOLUTION trilogy, is now out and may be observed loitering elegantly in public places!

(Okay, so technically it’s only currently the 22nd May in certain parts of the world, but here in the UK we’ve passed midnight and it’s the 23rd May, so the heck with it.)

If anyone’s particularly after a signed copy, I can confirm that Forbidden Planet in London, Goldsboro Books (also in London), and Waterstones in Leeds all have some signed copies.

I will celebrate. Briefly. And then I will get back to the edits of book 3 (DAMNED), which are waiting in my in-box, because time and trade wait for no author. But there’s time for a glass of something first.

Thank you to all my readers. Your support is greatly appreciated.

(Oh, and we’re going to have a general election in the UK, so despite the rainy weather, I will go to bed in a thoroughly elated mood, and in hopes of a better government in a few months’ time.)

and now the waiting

I’ve just turned in the draft of the third book of the SCARLET REVOLUTION trilogy, and am now feeling very exhausted and unstrung. Fortunately I’m about to head home to visit my parents for the next week, so I will be idle and lazy. What a lovely thought.

SCARLET is still available at just 99p for the UK ebook on both Amazon and Apple:

So gather ye rosebuds while ye may, etc, if you are so inclined.

Barely over a month to go now till ELUSIVE is released. I hope it will entertain.

get your Scarlets cheap, all you shoppers

For those of you who buy your e-books in the UK, SCARLET is currently just 99p on Amazon for the e-book. Available at:

ELUSIVE comes out in a month and a half, and I am, as usual, in a state of nerves. (Logic and reason and kind reassurance have very little effect on said nerves, alas. However, post-Easter bargain chocolate helps, which is my excuse and I’m sticking to it.)

Eastercon in the UK was absolutely excellent, and I had a wonderful time. My compliments to the organising Committee and to everyone who attended. Next up, Worldcon in August – membership and hotel room already booked.

Currently working on personal edits for book 3 in the SCARLET REVOLUTION trilogy. After that it goes to my publishers, and comes back in a few weeks with a lot more edits. That’s how it goes. But I hope to get in a little holiday first . . .

bringing the house down

I’ve almost finished the first draft of book 3 in the SCARLET REVOLUTION trilogy. The climax is being suitably dramatic. Of course, then I have to edit it . . .

Im the meantime, I’m going to be at Eastercon 2024 (Levitation) this weekend, so I’m looking forward to that.

Also, THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY ebook (US version) is currently just $1.99 on BookBub – check it out at .

updates, including Hugo nominations

Apologies for not posting for a while. Things have been busy – well, and still are. I’m deep in the first draft of book 3 of the Scarlet Revolution trilogy.

Speaking of which, if you are inclined towards Hugo nominations, both SCARLET (for novel) and the SCARLET REVOLUTION trilogy (for series) are valid. Just saying. If you feel like it.

I’m going to be at Eastercon in the UK at the end of March, so see you there if you’re attending.

packing for Christmas

So tomorrow I’m going down to see my parents for Christmas. Book 2 of the Scarlet Revolution trilogy (Elusive) is in the proofreading stage, book 3 (wouldn’t you like to know) is being written, and my brain needs a break.

Oh, and for the record, Lisbon was absolutely splendid. I had a wonderful time. (I also got rained on, but these things happen.)

I hope that you all have a wonderful time over Christmas, whether or not you celebrate it, and happy new years. May you all be happy, safe and well, and may you not be dragged off to the guillotine, preyed on by vampires, or falsely imprisoned in Bedlam any time soon.

(Oddly specific wishes? Blame my current reading – and writing . . .)

a little vacation

Not much to share recently: I’ve been doing edits on book 2 (ELUSIVE) or working on the first draft of book 3, or just getting along with life.

However, I’m about to have a few days in Lisbon (in Portugal), so fingers crossed for sunshine and for a nice break from absolutely everything.

(And yes, everything is research. Everything.)

Elusive – UK cover

The UK cover of ELUSIVE is now visible (unlike the Pimpernel himself, who still evades the clutches of the Committee of Public Safety). You can see it, together with details, at:

Things have been fairly quiet otherwise – I’ve been getting on with life. Day job, edits on ELUSIVE, first draft for book 3, etcetera. The weather has definitely turned autumnal. I’ve got a few days in Lisbon booked at the end of October, which will be a lovely break.

time passes, rain falls

There has been little to tell, which has contributed to me having little to write here. I have been writing elsewhere – book 3 of the Scarlet Revolution series is ongoing, and I’m waiting for the edits on book 2, which I expect to get in a week or so. But before that, I’m taking a bit of a holiday and going down to visit my parents for a week.

Taking with me chocolate, brandy, a jigsaw, some books and dvds, some salmon I ordered from the Pished Fish website, and, well, let’s say it’s going to be fun trying to close my suitcase.

The weather here is being dismal, wet, and very grey and cool for August. (I do of course remind myself that at least we haven’t got drought and wildfires, like Corfu and too many other countries, but it’s still depressing.) It’s enough to make one believe in the folklore about St Swithin’s (or Swithun’s) Day – that if it rains on that day (the 15th July) then it’ll rain for the next 40 days and nights.

Still, now that I’ve signed off work for the next week, I can almost feel my shoulders rising and relaxing as I take a deep breath of free air. (Well, free in the sense that it’s not facing my work computer and a stack of clinical codes and SNOMED CT concepts – I’m sure there are corporations out there who’d like to charge me for each breath if they only could.) I intend to have a nice relaxing week, sit around, catch up on some reading, watch television in the evenings, etc. We shall see.