No Way Home by J.S Collyer, Lucas Bale et al

J. S. Collyer:

Reviews are starting for upcoming anthology No Way Home, featuring myself and 7 other SciFi/specFic writers! See A K Hinchey’d blog for w great review and follow her for musings on writing & fantasy fiction

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Well, today I get to talk to you about the exceptional No Way Home, a collaboration of short stories from some brilliant writers including my wonderful friend J.S.Collyer. I was one of the people lucky enough to receive an advanced review copy and believe me when I tell you you will not be disappointed on reading this.

Now the only thing is where do I begin? The high calibre of the writing is maintained throughout the book with each author presenting a unique view on an almost dystopian sci fi future; each in turn with the underlying theme that there is no escape. Imagine finding yourself in such a hostile environment that you long to escape. What would you do to survive? Blackmail? Philander? Maybe even kill? or perhaps you come to realise that surviving isn’t an option at all? This collection gives us glimpses…

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WIP Blog Tour – ‘Haven’ Teasers and more Writers to Discover

Greetings fellow fiction fans!

I would like to thank Marie Bailey of 1WriteWay for nominating me for this blog-hop tour! It’s a simple and great way to update everyone on current works-in-progress, complete with exclusive extracts, and helps followers discover more writers at the same time.

Check out Marie’s Blog for her great musings on fiction-writing and her WIP post for details of her current novel, Clemency, a compelling tale of a young girl caught up in cogs of fate of family and environment.

The WIP Blog Tour ‘Rules’ – guidelines really – are:

  1. Link back to the post of the person who nominated you.
  2. Write a little about and give the first sentence of the first three chapters of your current work-in-progress.
  3. Nominate some other writers to do the same.

And so, here we go. Do check out my nominees listed below for info on their exciting works in progress and hopefully find new books to add to your to-read list!

My WIP – Haven

Haven, Book 2 in the Orbit Series, contiues the adventures of the Zero crew and is out Oct 2015

Haven, Book 2 in the Orbit Series, contiues the adventures of the Zero crew and is out Oct 2015

My current WIP, Haven, is the sequel to my laser-blasting SciFi debut Zero which was released last year by Dagda Publishing and has been receiving great feedback so far on Goodreads and Amazon.

Haven continues the adventures of Kaleb Hugo and Ezekiel Webb. The former crewmates reunite for a different and far more personal mission than anything they have taken on before, operating outside orders and almost outside the law to bring a dangerous criminal to justice and obtain evidence against Orbit-wide smuggling rings, as well as hoping to attain some redemption of their own along the way.

Of course, since they won’t admit even to themselves, let alone each other, the true reasons behind their motivations, nothing goes according to plan and unexpected events conspire to derail their mission and their relationship as well as endanger their lives.

For more details on this series so far see my Orbit Series page.

Haven is in currently in its late editing stage and is due for release October 2015 by Dagda Publishing.

And so, on to the extracts!

Exclusive Haven Extracts

Here are the first few sentences of the first three chapters of Haven at its current stage of editing. I hope they tease just enough to be interesting! Technically, I think the blog tour asks for just the first sentence of the first three chapters, but I felt like showing a little more flesh, as it were.

As the draft is still being edited, these might change, but they still give you the flavour!


Chapter 1

Early spring sunshine streamed through the window, making the room almost seem peaceful. The soundproof plexiglass revealed the crowded skyways and spacescrapers of central Sydney but kept the tumultuous noise at bay. The only sound in the room was the soft hush of Harvey’s sleeping breaths and the single monitor she was still hooked to that purred in the corner.

Chapter 2

“I should report this,” Hugo muttered as he dragged himself into the scan-proof holding locker under the deck in Nod’s cabin.

“Let’s get the rest of our illegal activity done first shall we, Commodore Hugo, before your honest streak kicks back in? Comfy?”

Hugo muttered as he hunched against the cold metal with his knees up to his chin.

Chapter 3

Webb stood at the window after waking up for the fourth time, arms folded and fingers digging into his arms. Hugo was sleeping, although he twitched and mumbled enough to make Webb think it wasn’t soundly. He glanced at the chrono on his wrist panel again and chewed on his lip then stared out again across the sector, willing his pulse to calm. He’d given his former captain his word, but what he’d agreed to hadn’t seemed quite so real as when he’d seen Sol fending off the pipe-wielding User, a bank of witnesses stood calmly to one side to make sure the fight was legal.

Stay tuned or connect with me through any of the ways on my Contact Page, for updates on Haven during the lead up to its October release!


Next on the WIP Blog-Hop, I nominate:

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A K Hinchey writes mainly fantasy but will jaunt into other genre’s when prompted. She has an unholy love for her kindle and cake, which in turn is essential to life. When she’s not looking after her one year old daughter she’s tidying up after her fiancé (a lot), writing and dreaming up fantastical Worlds she can escape into. She obtained a BA honours degree in English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Wales in Bangor but learnt very little Welsh in three years. Her secret old man crush is Patrick Stewart (I mean who wouldn’t?) and her little family is her entire Universe. She is currently working on Bound, number two in her Angel of Death series.

Helena Hann Basquait

helena-h-b[1]The enigmatic HELENA HANN-BASQUIAT dabbles in whatever she can get her hands into just to say that she has.
She’s written cookbooks, ten volumes of horrible poetry that she then bound herself in leather she tanned poorly from cows she raised herself and then slaughtered because she was bored with farming.
She has an entire portfolio of macaroni art that she’s never shown anyone, because she doesn’t think that the general populace or, “the great unwashed masses” as she calls them, would understand the statement she was trying to make with them.
Some people attribute the invention of the Ampersand to her, but she has never made that claim herself.
Earlier this year, she published Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One, and is about to release Volume Two, along with a Shakespearean style tragi-comedy, entitled Penelope, Countess of Arcadia.
Helena writes strange, dark fiction under the name Jessica B. Bell – VISCERA, a collection of strange tales, will be published by Sirens Call Publications later this year. Find more of her writing at or and

Connect with her via Twitter @HHBasquiat

BECOME A FAN at PUBSLUSH and pre-order Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two and Penelope, Countess of Arcadia!

Michael Patrick Hicks

29063_406543516376_620091376_4676097_6304009_nMichael Patrick Hicks has worked as a probation officer, a comic book reviewer, news writer and photographer, and, now, author. His work has appeared in various newspapers in Michigan, as well as several The University of Michigan publications, and websites, such as Graphic Novel Reporter and He holds two bachelor’s degrees from The University of Michigan in Journalism & Screen Studies and Behavioral Science. His first novel was the science fiction thriller CONVERGENCE, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarterfinalist and a Kobo Next Read selection.

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Growing Up…Or Not

J. S. Collyer:

Throwback Thursday for the hell of it! Here’s an old post about sticking to what you love, feeling young at heart and not taking responsibility too seriously. With another General Election looming it has resonance and I’m pleased to say, two novels further down the line, I’m still in accordance with all these sentiments. Enjoy! And enjoy the Roxette :D

Originally posted on The Path - J. S. Collyer's Writing Blog:

Mine and my partner’s polling cards for the local election came through the door the other day. This prompted me to think about what a lot of responsibility this entails, which in turn got me to wondering whether I’m a grown up yet or not.

I certainly do a lot of things that are, on paper, adult. I pay bills, go to work, clean the house on a Thursday. I bargain hunt for the best deal on toilet roll. I call the plumber when the shower leaks and arrange for someone to be in when the new washing machine gets delivered.

I also wrote a book. My debut science fiction novel, Zero, is due to be released in August this year. WOOHOO. (Check out Dagda Publishing’s website for details on how to sign up to their newsletter for further details, as well as information on all their other publications…

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NO WAY HOME? We’re nearly there.

J. S. Collyer:

ARCs have gone out of No Way Home! This gritty dystopian SciFi anthology will be out for general release Mar 2nd!

Originally posted on NADINE MATHESON:

Yesterday, I emailed copies of ‘No Way Home’, a sci-fi anthology, to my ARC reviewers.  This is beyond exciting.  To think that after months and months of hard work copies of  ‘No Way Home’ is finally in the hands of readers and in just under two weeks it will be available for sale.

Contributing to ‘No Way Home’ has been a fantastic experience.  Not only did it give me the opportunity to write a story in a different genre, it also allowed me to work with other talented writers.  This really was an enjoyable learning experience.

‘No Way Home’ is a collection of stories from which there is no escape.  We have an assassin stuck in the past, a soldier trapped in an endless war and a RAF engineer suffering from hallucinations and shifts in time.  The writers who have contributed are:

LUCAS BALE - author of ‘The Heretic’ and…

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Thunderstruck – Once More Into The Drafting Breach

It feels great to say that I have now been given a deadline (one of those wonderful, terrible, productivity-fuelling, dread-summoning, fire-under-the-pants things that we love and hate!) for my third novel (See my Orbit Series page for already released & upcoming novels).

More details of the actual book when I’m allowed to release them, but for now I’m just sharing that I shall once more heading into the drafting breach! Expect incoming rants, teases, questions, cries for help and pictures and updates from writing retreats.

I can also now say that I have made a successful start on this draft by picking the Theme Tune. Yes, that’s right. My books all have theme tunes! It is always the very first thing I like to do when facing the blank page at the beginning of a big project. I pick a song, track, piece of music, playlist or album that summons the mood, tone and feel of the narrative I’m after and everything else just flows from there.

I  hereby announce that the thumping, loud, action-packed, pulse-quickening Thunderstruck by AC/DC will be the theme tune of my next novel. I’m hoping to create a story that can generate all the same feelings the song does. In short there will be action…lots and lots of action! And passion. And EXPLOSIONS.

Stay tuned for more info as and when I can reveal it!

Enjoy the track!

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SBoHS 2: submissions and pre-orders

J. S. Collyer:

Calling horror writers or any writer wanting to have a stab (sorry) at something different. Submissions now open for this upcoming horror anthology – deadline June 30th!

Originally posted on Spectral Press:

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris - ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent ChongSpectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris – ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

Mark Morris says: “I’m pleased to announce that THE 2ND SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES is now open to submissions! Stories can be any length (though the preferred length is 2000-8000 words) and payment is £20 per 1000 words, up to a maximum of £100, which means that if you submit a story that’s over 5000 words it will be on the understanding that you’ll be giving us those additional words for free. The closing date for submissions is June 30th, and the book will be launched at FantasyCon in October. Due to the volume of stories I’m expecting to receive over the next few months it may take a while for me to get back to you, and my responses may, by necessity, be brief (I have my own…

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Advance Review Copies of No Way Home Launching Soon!

Can you ever truly go back home? Contact me for a FREE advance review copy

Can you ever truly go back home? Contact me for a FREE advance review copy

Thanks to all the wonderful folks who have agreed to accept an Advance Review Copy of upcoming SciFi anthology No Way Home a collection of 8 stories featuring me and 7 other new & established SciFi writers. I have had word from the editors that these advance copies will be distributed THIS WEEKEND!

We’re hoping you will be able to get it read in time for the actual launch of March 1st, so that your reviews can be posted on Amazon actually on or around the launch date.

This really is a great favour: the more reviews that are up from launch day, the better. It really helps other readers identify whether it will be to their taste or not and we are obviously very keen for No Way Home to find its audience. Obviously we hope you enjoy the book, but do be sure to keep your review honest! Honest reviews really are the most helpful, to writers and readers alike.

I will be emailing out the ARC this weekend so keep a beady eyes on your inboxes!

If you would like an advance copy in exchange for a review to be posted on or around March 1st, it’s not too late to be added to this list. Just comment on this post or contact me through any of the means on my contact page.

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Laurels are the Enemy

Zero, Book 1 in the Orbit Series, has been described as 'James Bond meets Firefly', is raking in great feedback and is available on Amazon now!

Zero, Book 1 in the Orbit Series, has been described as ‘James Bond meets Firefly’, is raking in great feedback and is available on Amazon now!

It’s only Feb and already 2015 is taking off like a rocket for me and my projects, I’m very pleased to say! I have several events booked which I shall attend to sell & sign copies of my first SciFi novel Zero (as well as some spiffy merch) and the second book in the series, Haven, is due back from the editor within a week or so ahead of some final tweaks and its release in Oct 2015.

I’m also busy promoting No Way Home, a dystopian SciFi anthology featuring short stories by myself and 7 other new & established SciFi writers which is due out in March (see my original blog post and let me know if you would like a FREE advance copy of the ebook in exchange for a review) AND I have been given a deadline for novel number three, the first draft of which needs to be done by the end of the year. So time to start planning!

This is all so very exciting for me. Even knowing how far I’ve still got to go, I can’t stop grinning when I think how far I’ve come. It is all due partially to luck, but also because of my scorn for my old nemesis: The Laurels.


I’m not saying you need to put uncomfortable amounts of pressure on yourself – writing is supposed to be fun, after all – but I certainly find that if you don’t stop writing, whether it’s your sprawling epic WIP, short stories, flash fiction just for fun or a blog entry to order your thoughts about yogurt, you stay engaged. You realise over and over again why you love it. You get better all the time and, most importantly, you get shiz done.

This might seem obvious, but getting shiz done is the fundamental, fool-proof way of getting somewhere with your writing and yet is quite often not given first priority. I understand a writer’s commitment to developing style, technique, voice, originality…but for people to discover, read and/or buy your work, and for you to be able to refine all these techinical things, you need to actually write and release.  

Haven, Book 2 in the Orbit Series, contiues the adventures of the Zero crew and is out Oct 2015

Haven, Book 2 in the Orbit Series, contiues the adventures of the Zero crew and is out Oct 2015

I know it can be a scary thing for new writers to take that first step and risk letting that first ‘proper’ project out of their hands – be it to a writers’ group for feedback, onto a blog, out to an agent or editor or out into the world through the medium of self-publishing. It’s true that it’s scary, but be brave! If you want to be a writer that people read, it has to be out there. So don’t be scared. Let it run! Let it be free!

And then get started on the next one. Yes. Now. Seriously!

Writing takes time and commitment so the only way to get shiz done is to sink buckets of both into it. Whilst you’re shopping round one manuscript, start or at least plan the next. It doesn’t matter if you don’t use all your projects, or if you change some of them, or if some of them never get past the planning stage. To be able to start building up a catalogue of work, you need a choice of work to work with. (Lots of ‘work’ in that sentence I know – but this is because it is! A lot of work, I mean.)

'No Way Home' is a collection of 8 stories expploring the idea of whether you can ever truly go home. Out March 2015 but Advance Review Copies are available for FREE - contact me to be added to the list

‘No Way Home’ is a collection of 8 stories expploring the idea of whether you can ever truly go home. Out March 2015 but Advance Review Copies are available for FREE – contact me to be added to the list

Don’t be frightened that you’re no good or that people won’t find you or that they won’t understand or like your work if they do. The world is a BIG place. Believe me, your audience is out there. Everyone starts somewhere and I can state for a fact that there will not be another writer out there that will develop your ideas the way you will and, most importantly, you won’t learn or get better or discover which road to take until you start taking chances.

And once you’ve taken that first chance, well, there’s nothing to stop you taking the next. And the next. And then the one after that.

Take breaks, of course. Don’t burn yourself out. Give yourself distance from your projects. Have tea. Spend time with friends. Go away on holiday. READ. Accrue life experience. But don’t be tempted to rest on those laurels for too long. Remember, there’s a lot of work in writing books and you need lots of books out there to build up your audience.

I have a little guardian watching over my event copies of 'Zero'

I have a little guardian watching over my event copies of ‘Zero’

Of course, if you just write for yourself and you haven’t got your eyes set on world domination, then your relationship with your laurels is entirely your own. But if you want to go somewhere with it, have fiction out there for people to read, books out there for people to buy, poetry out there for people to covet, then avoid those laurels like the plague.

When you are waiting for one project to come back from the editor whilst planning the next one, have a vague plan for the next series sketched out alongside your current drafts along with ideas for several blog posts, short stories and a list of upcoming announcements scribbled in your notebooks, congratulations, you’re getting shiz done!

Zero, SciFi Epic and Book 1 in the Orbit Series is out now on Amazon!

Add dystopian SciFi anthology No Way Home, out March 2015, to your to-read list on Goodreads here!

Haven, Book 2 of the Orbit Series is due for release Oct 2015 and you can find out more here!

 Check out my Events page for all my UK appearances so far confirmed for 2015 and come along for a signed copy of Zero and Zero merch.

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Good evening everyone.

I’m so excited to announce this. The brilliant Paul Batchelor of CtrlAltDel and guitarist to Ultraviolence has begun work on what will officially be the ZERO SOUNDTRACK.

Yes, SOUNDTRACK! As someone who adores music and has it an important factor in the writing process, I cannot say how much this concept excites me.

Zero is out now for Kindle or as paperback

Zero is out now for Kindle or as paperback

We are now read to share where it’s at so far:

Click here to be taken to Soundcloud for a two-track teaser.

I love what he’s done so far. He’s captured the mood and tone of the beginning of the book brilliantly. I’m swept right away back to when I first thought of the idea and the characters. It really is wonderful work and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

This will eventually be a full-length instrumental album which, I’m hoping, I will be able to sell in CD format at all my events. I am hoping that it will also be made available online for streaming. It’s the perfect background music to the reading of the book and I want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy it.

Do let me know what you think! I think you will be intrigued even if you have not read it.

If you have read Zero, do let me know how it chimes with your impression of the start of the book.

To find out more about the artist, check out CtrlAltDel’s Facebook page. Their new album Super Galactic Battle Attack (what a name!) is available to buy from Armalyte.

If you’ve not yet read Zero, it is my SciFi novel debut that had been compared to everything from Firefly to James Bond. It’s an action-packed, character-driven epic filled with intrigue, political strife, schemes, betrayal and LASERS. You can find out more on my Orbit Series page and on Goodreads.

Zero is available for Kindle or as paperback on Amazon.

Stay tuned for more info on the Zero Soundtrack and the Orbit Series!

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Lightning Update Post

lighteningHey folks just a super quick update! I’ve added two new events (TBC) to my events page!

The first, Preston Comic Con, is on Aug 1st and looks to be a fab day, not to mention being just down the road from my  hometown, Lancaster. It will be great to get to meet local fans of all things SciFi and Fantasy!

And finally I have one for down south: Meet and Greek Mini Con in Cambridge, put on by Let The Geek Out Radio, the only UK radio station to broadcast Anime and Gaming music! This will be Sat 19th Sep and will give me a chance to meet and chat to readers and fellow fanatics of all things nerdy from the southern climes.

Full details & links to tickets on my events page!

'No Way Home' is a collection of 8 stories from new and established SciFi Writers exploring the idea of whether you can ever truly go home. Out March 2015 but Advance Review Copies are available for FREE - contact me to be added to the list

‘No Way Home’ is a collection of 8 stories from new and established SciFi Writers exploring the idea of whether you can ever truly go home. Out March 2015 but Advance Review Copies are available for FREE – contact me to be added to the list

We’re also drawing ever closer to the release of No Way Home, a dystopian SciFi anthology featuring work by myself and some great new and established SciFi writers. It explores the idea of whether it is possible to ever really go home and is out in March! See my previous post for full details.

Remember to get in touch if you would like a FREE advance copy, in exchange for an Amazon review posted in time for the launch.

This is all I have time for for now, folks. Hope all is well and this with the rough weather are tucked up warm inside with hot tea and soup and such!

Ta-ta for now!

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