All Raven’s Tale novels on sale until April 12th

Just a quick update to say that my most recent novel, Raven’s Edge, is currently discounted for the first time, and is available for just 99c/99p from Amazon for the next couple of days.

Both previous novels in the Raven’s Tale trilogy so far, Dawn of the Dreamsmith and Shadows of the Dreamspire, are also each available for the same price until then as well – so altogether that’s over half a million words for the price of a cup of coffee! Some of them are even quite good, I think.

You can find the listings for each book on my Amazon author page:


Raven’s Edge: A Raven’s Tale Adventure out now!


Just a short one to announce that I’ve just published my latest book in the Raven’s Tale world, which is now available from Amazon in Kindle and, for the first time, paperback formats.

While it inhabits the same world as the Raven’s Tale trilogy, and stars Raven, one of the main protagonists of that series, this one is written as a standalone prequel, something that can be read before, during or after the rest of the series or even completely separately. It’s about an episode from earlier in Raven’s life, one I’ve referenced in passing in both previous books but explore more fully here. I think it’s pretty neat, and I hope you do too.

I’ll hopefully update the website in the coming days to include store links to the new book and some other bits and pieces, but in the meantime it can be found at: (US) (UK)

And also, to celebrate the launch the first book in the trilogy, Dawn of the Dreamsmith, is on sale this week for 99p/99c.

Finally, in the past week or so I’ve had a mini-flurry of positive reviews on Amazon and ratings on Goodreads, for both books, and I really want to say a huge thank you to those readers, particularly those who took the time to upload a review. It was a huge boost at a time when I needed one and it means the world to me that you’ve enjoyed the world I’ve created.


Two years, two books and a special 99p/99c sale

Two years ago today, April 2nd 2016, I published my first book, Dawn of the Dreamsmith, the culmination of twenty-some years of trying to write a novel.

Six or so months ago I followed that with the second book of The Raven’s Tale trilogy, Shadows of the Dreamspire, which somehow was even bigger, not only in size but in scope, themes and action sequences.

There have been ups and downs along the way, but mostly when I think back to two years ago and the nervous, nauseous feeling I felt clicking that upload button the first time on Amazon, I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. I did a Thing, and for the most part people also seem to like that Thing. Even 730 days later I still feel the same thrill when I see a sale on the KPD reports. I suspect that will never change.

It does feel a bit strange, however, to think I’ve had these same characters running around inside my head for nigh-on four years now, clamouring for my attention and not complaining too much when I put them in all sort of terrible or dangerous situations. And while they’ll be around for a while longer yet, in my mind the trilogy is now complete and their stories have drawn to a close. I’m pretty sad about that, and I expect when I’ve committed the final words to paper that feeling will intensify. They’ve been a part of my life for so long, and I’ll miss them, even though I can see other books and other characters crowding behind them, waiting for their time to arrive.

But that’s for another day. At the moment I’m still working on the standalone prequel that will arrive hopefully this summer, and it’s nice to be in this world I’ve created for a bit longer. It’s one I may even return to in the future, though the cast will be different.

To commemorate the two years since the publication of my first book, both it and its sequel will be on sale this week for 99c on and 99p on Buy them today and rejoice in the knowledge that you’ve made an author smile!

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2018 update

It’s been a bit quiet from me recently, so thought I’d post up a quick update to talk about what’s been happening and my plans for the rest of this year.

It was a pretty big end to the year for me, with the release of my second book of The Raven’s Tale trilogy – which was a lot of fun to write and, I think, really kicks things up a notch from the first. Somehow it ended up being longer as well – it feels a bit ridiculous now thinking back to when I was starting on it in summer 2016 I was worried there might not be enough!

Which brings us to this year. Originally this was going to be my 2017 roundup post, then it slipped to being a winter update, and now February has arrived with astonishing suddenness I thought I’d better get something up before spring follows hot on its heels.

Which really highlights the main issue I’m faced with right now: time. Or rather, the lack of it. Without going into tedious, domestic details, a change in circumstances in real life has meant my available writing time being reduced to basically zero, which has been the case since August. I’m hopeful, however that the coming months will see that ease some.

Which is a roundabout way of saying I’ve not yet begun committing book 3 to paper. A lot of it exists in my head and I’m filling that mental canvas on a daily basis… and I think fans of the first two books will enjoy it a lot. In any event, after an exhausting process of writing and then editing book two over the course of about 15 months, I felt like a needed a little break from novel writing.

However, I still wanted to be working on something, and ideally something in the same world I’ve been writing about now since 2015. So, towards the end of last year I began working on a novella – it will likely be longer than a standard one, probably in the region of 60k words or thereabouts. It’s a standalone prequel to the events of Dawn of the Dreamsmith, which can be read either as an aside to the events of The Raven’s Tale or as a point of entry to the series.

I don’t want to reveal too much too soon, but essentially it tells the story of an episode in Raven’s life eight or so years before she meets Cole – a part of her history that I’ve hinted at in passing in books 1 and 2. And I think it’ll be pretty cool.

At this moment of writing I’m about halfway through the first draft, and hoping to publish in the late spring/early summer. I hope you’ll check it out.



Sale: Books 1 & 2 currently 99c/99p each in US/UK

Just a quick note to say that to mark a month since the publication of Book 2 of the Raven’s Tale, both installments are currently available to buy for only 99p in the UK and 99c in the US for the next few days.

The sale will run until Wednesday night (11th October), so make sure to pick up one or the other by then. Or even both!

Book 1:

Book 2:

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Shadows of the Dreamspire, Book 2 of The Raven’s Tale, now available to buy

Just a quick update to announce that the second book of The Raven’s Tale trilogy is now available to buy on Amazon, for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.



If you enjoyed the first book, then I’ll hope you’ll pick this one up as well. I’m pretty happy with it, and think you’ll like it too.

Finally, another reminder that a week or so ago I updated Book 1, Dawn of the Dreamsmith, to include the prologue for Book 2 at the end – so if you haven’t done so already check it out.

I’ll be taking a week or two to let ideas for Book 3 simmer a bit, and then it’ll be straight back into the fray!

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Book 1 updated, Book 2 inbound

Hello, it’s been a while!

I thought I would just put up a quick post to let people know where things are at with Book 2 of The Raven’s Tale – the good news is that it will be out very soon.

But first of all, I just wanted to announce that I’ve updated Book 1 so that at the end it now includes the first chapter of the sequel – a bit of a thank you to everyone who bought it and read it this past year, and to hopefully whet appetites for the next one.

It should automatically update on your Kindle or reading device, but if not be sure to activate all the ‘auto-update’ settings. You should then be able to see it directly after the Epilogue.

In terms of Book 2, titled Shadows of the Dreamspire, I’ve now put the finishing touches to the final draft, the cover is ready and the new map has been drawn. There are just a few final bits to finish and tidy up, and then it will be ready to publish. At the moment I’m looking for it to go live in the first week of September.

It’s all very exciting! I’m very pleased with it, and hope that you all enjoy it as much reading it as I did writing it. Now on to Book 3!

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Where’s the book?!

It’s been a bit quiet from me for the past few months, so first of all sorry about that.

Secondly, I thought it might be a good time to put out a quick update on where things are at with the second book of The Raven’s Tale, which is currently titled Shadows of the Dreamspire.

The first book of the trilogy, Dawn of the Dreamsmith, was published a little over 11 months ago, and work has been progressing steadily on the follow-up ever since. It’s always tough to balance writing time with the demands of a full-time job and bringing up a young family, but by and large I’ve been happy with how it’s gone.

The end is finally in sight for the first draft. I’m currently working on chapter 40 out of 45, and hope to get it wrapped up by April. And as of this week, I’ve reached the same word-count as the first book, 243,000. Considering it took me about 18 months to write the first draft of book one, I’m speeding up!

So, yes, it will be a bit longer than the first, but not massively so. I’m also reasonably satisfied with the way it’s shaping up. It’ll be a little darker than the first, but I’ve been getting good feedback from the guys who have been reading each chapter as they get done, so I’m hopeful that people who liked the first will like this too.

My plan as it stands then, is to send the draft out to some beta readers in April while start my own editing, and hopefully have a second draft complete by the end of the month. After that I’ll go through it again with a fine-tooth comb to try to catch everything I missed the first two times, and have a third draft ready to go by the end of May.

While that’s all going on, I’ll be commissioning a cover, new map etc, and if the stars align I hope to publish in early June.

Hope to see you there!

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Hitting the sweet spot

When it comes to exercise, I would say that I’m probably like a lot of people. I have a membership at my local gym, and on occasion have even been known to use it.

At first it’s hard. A slog. I have to drag myself there, then joylessly endure the next hour or so until my conscience decides I’m allowed to leave.

But after a couple of weeks of this, something happens. It gets easier, but not only that, I find that I’m actually enjoying it, pushing myself ever further.

Invariably, something then happens that knocks me out of my stride. A child comes home from school with a bug that sweeps through the household like a bout of bubonic plague, or injury of some kind. Later, when I’m able to go back to the gym once again, I’m right back where I started.

And it’s exactly the same when it comes to writing.

If I have any advice to offer aspiring or struggling writers, it’s this: wherever you are, whatever else you may be doing, write something every day. No excuses.

They say your brain is a muscle, and just like your other muscles, the more you use it the stronger it becomes. It’s just as important to give the creative side of your brain a daily workout.

At first it may be hard, a slog even. You may find that you’ve only been able to write a paragraph or two, and reading it back you hate every word you’ve written. But keep at it the next day, and the next day after that. It all helps.

With me, in writing one 250,000 word novel and passing the halfway mark with the next, it’s something I’ve noticed time and time again – the more I write, the more I want to write.

If you commit time to writing every day, I can pretty much guarantee that eventually you’ll reach a tipping point, where what was an uphill struggle becomes a downhill sprint, your fingers barely able to keep up with the stream of words and ideas.

That’s the sweet spot, and it’s a fantastic feeling. Towards the end of my first book, I was writing thousands of words a day – on the day I finished it I did over 10,000. I came away from my desk that day feeling a bit light-headed!

But just as with physical exercise, it can be startlingly easy to lose momentum. Normally, its work commitments, having that much more on your plate one week that you find yourself sacrificing your writing time just to keep up. Recently, in the midst of one sweet spot, we went away for a week’s holiday and when I returned I’d lost it. This was exacerbated by the pile of work that had built up in that week that greeted me when I got back.

By the time I’d cleared the backlog, creatively I was back at day one of the gym, joylessly pushing through the pain but often finding excuses to do something else instead.

I’m back making time for myself every day to write, and gradually the momentum is coming back. I’m enjoying it again at least, and what was hundreds of words a day is starting to top a thousand, and I’m hoping the sweet spot isn’t far away.

Every writer has their own way of working, their own process – and I’ll talk about mine in more detail at a later date – but I think that whatever it is, applying it every day come what may will not only mean you reach the end more quickly, but you’ll get more out of it too.

A middling milestone

This weekend saw the achievement of a bit of a personal milestone. Not a big one, but not a small one either; a middling one, you could say.

After a big push – 4,000 words in one day, at the end of which my head was rather swimming – I put the finishing touches to the first half of my next book. And, because this is the second part of a trilogy, it also marked the halfway point of the series itself.

It’s undoubtedly a good feeling. Not only because it took me less time to reach this stage than it did the first time around. Considering that my own writing has to fit around work and family, I think I can feel proud of completing 20 chapters – 120,000 words – in the last four and a bit months. For the first book, it took almost a year to do as much (though I sped up considerably for the second half).

But I find that I’m reflective about the milestone as well. Like a mountain climber who has climbed one peak, is halfway up his second and just caught sight of the bigger one looming up beyond it. There’s a sense of achievement, sure, but also a realisation of the amount of work and sheer grind still to come. The end is at once both in sight and almost dizzyingly intimidating. But why be here at all if your intention wasn’t to climb mountains, right?

For the first time, as well, I have sight of the conclusion not just of the work but this story – this world and all the characters in it, who have been living in my head for the past two years clamouring for my attention, shouting their stories into my ear and demanding that I commit them to paper.

And that saddens me in a way that’s difficult to describe. It’s a bit like having kids. I was there at the birth of all these characters, can still recall the moment they took on a shape of their own and started to make their way in the world. I’ve been there as they’ve fought and struggled and tried to steer them onto the right path. Often, they protest and decide they’d much rather be doing something else, thank you very much, and as an indulgent parent you let them, follow behind and try to make sure they don’t fall flat on their faces. They’re yours but at the same time belong to themselves, and you have to adapt and try to keep up.

But unlike any parent, I know what the future holds for these characters of mine, and with that knowledge comes both joy and guilt. Not everyone gets a happy ending. The idea that one day soon, probably a couple of years from now, I’ll say goodbye to them for good and move on to the next thing seems ludicrous, absurd. I’m expecting it to be both a relief and the hardest thing I will ever do.

But for now they are all continuing on their paths, and they’re not the only ones. Break over, this weary mountain climber hefts his pack once more and sets his sights on the next peak.