The Orbit Series

Now we’re on the final approach to the final landing of the final ship in my Orbit Series (i.e. the last book, Silence, Book 3, is due out this July) it’s time to start getting the old WordPress tidied up and streamlined!

To this end, I have updated my Orbit Series page, so that it is more comprehensive.

Click here to find out more about the series, the books available now and the dates and details of upcoming book 3.

This has been  an incredible and, for me, emotional and life-changing journey. And it’s not over yet!

Not aware of the Orbit Series? Read on, dear friends!

The Orbit Series by J. S. Collyer

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The Orbit Series is J. S. Collyer’s first SciFi novel series. It has been described as ‘James Bond meets Firefly’ with  ‘Adrenaline-pumping action’ as well as ‘depth of character’. The first instalment, Zero, was listed in Northern Soul Magazine’s ‘Best Reads of 2014’.

It follows the story of Kaleb Hugo, a high-ranking military officer from a prestigious family who has his entire perception of the world he lives in and his position in it challenged by a twist of fate that results in him being thrust into the underworld of society. Existing amongst the criminals, the misfits and the malcontents of an Orbit where life is scraped from space station colonies orbiting an Earth constantly recovering from war, opens his eyes to more than just an alternate way of living.

One man in particular, Ezekiel Webb, born on the wrong side of the tracks but hopelessly entangled in the future of all humanity, despite his best efforts to remain inconsequential, will lead Hugo on a journey through levels of the universe and his own being that he never previously dreamt existed.

Neither will emerge the same.”

Click here for more info, including Goodreads/Amazon links

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Countdown to Silence

Well, it’s started. It’s 75 days until the 3rd and final book in my Orbit Series, Silence, is launched. It will go live on Amazon that day for paperback & ebook and I will also have paperbacks with me at Jesse Cox’s amazing Game Reviewers’ Con – CoxCon 2016.

13239252_1715247622064133_2787553822479691285_nI had a great time at this con last year, completely selling out of my first book in the series, Zero. I will be more prepared this year and will have plenty of copies of all three books. Also looking forward to seeing my brother- and sister-in-law John & Genna Bain also known as Mr. & Mrs. TotalBiscuit as well as all the marvellous indie game designers and enthusiasts I met last year.

So, how does it feel to have the third and final book in my first ever published series coming to a close?

There are too many things to list. I definitely am sad to be saying goodbye to these characters. I’ve loved working with them and discovering their stories. We’ve come a long way together and they’ve helped me figure out how to write books. But I also know in my heart their tales are done. Anything further in this universe, I feel, would just end up being filler.

Though never say never.

Silence smallBut either way, long-term, it’s exciting because it’s time for something new. (I already have the next series planned…are we surprised?) But it’s exciting in the short-term too because I’ve just finished the first round of edits on Silence and I’m very, VERY pleased with it. It tugs on my feels every time and I wrote it. I just hope readers feel it is a suitable conclusion to these characters’ stories. I look forward to finding out.

Books 1 & 2, Zero and Haven are available on Amazon as paperback or for Kindle, or will be available from me direct (with optional signing!) at any of my upcoming appearances.

Silence, book 3, will launch on Amazon on Sat 30th July for Kindle and as paperback and I will also have paperbacks with me at CoxCon same day. You will also be able to pre-order through me paying with PayPal, hopefully from end of June!

 

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SciFi By The Sea 2016 – Scarborough SciFi Festival

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SciFi Scarbs for the win!

Another great event! This was Scarborough SciFi Festival’s third year and my second visit and I can say hands-down it is my favourite con. It’s a two-day event, which is great value for both traders, artists and attendees, with a fabulous atmosphere and great organisation in a wonderful location. But as well as all that, what really stands out about this con, is that the organisers work exceptionally hard not only to make it fun and packed with content and activities for everyone, but also go out of their way to make sure everyone is happy, have what they need and know where everything is, traders, guests and attendees alike.

Having been to some cons where you do just get lost in the crowd, can’t find your table, can’t find the toilet or even the way in, this is an absolute breath of fresh air. It feels more like a holiday than a day working a stall.

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! I can definitely think of worse locations for a convention

There were some great guests including Star Trek Voyager’s Garrett Wang (who was an absolute scream), Norman Lovett of Red Dwarf fame and the always lovely Jon Campling form Harry Potter, who challenged everyone to retweet the details of his charity in exchange for a ‘Death Eater on a Unicycle’ stunt. Which he performed on day 2 with aplomb.

There was also ACTUAL stuff from the ACTUAL Dredd movie which had me exploding all over the Ocean Room with excitment. I GOT TO TOUCH DREDD’S BIKE! By all accounts it goes, too. They had to hold me back from riding off across the stage on it.

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My stall before I sold out

And, as well as all this, my Orbit Series books 1 & 2 went down a storm. I expected to have a few people dropping by for book 2, Haven, after having picked up book 1, Zero, last year, but the flush of new, keen faces (who also happened to be SciFi fans, naturally) cleared me out of Zero within a few hours of the first day!

All I can say is bring on Scarborough SciFi Festival 2017!

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DREDD’S BIKE! DREDD’S *ACTUAL* BIKE!!!

My next events this year are Edge-Lit, Derby and CoxCon, Telford, both in July. Book 3, Silence, is also set for launch at CoxCon so that’s doubly exciting!

More detailed posts about Silence, third and final book in the Orbit Series, to come.

 

 

 

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Silence, Book 3 in the Orbit Series, will be launched at CoxCon July 2016

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‘Silence’ – Book 3 in the Orbit Series Cover Reveal

Well, how’s this for a pretty thing?

More detailed post to come, but I couldn’t not-share this. Silence will be the 3rd and final book in my Science Fiction Orbit Series.

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This wonderful cover design was made by the amazingly talented Matt Davis of Rock and Hill Design Studio.

Books 1 & 2 of this series, Zero & Haven have been enjoyed by fans of SciFi and general fiction alike since Zero hit the shelves in 2014 and have been described as ‘James Bond meets Firefly’. They are both available on Amazon as ebook or paperback, or you can contact me direct on Facebook or Twitter for a signed copy (UK only, small postage charge applies).

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After the truly humbling success of books 1 & 2, it makes me so happy to bring you Silence, the final chapter of my journey with these characters. And, just to warn you, it turns the dial up to 11 story-wise. I have ensured that it is packed with the intrigue, drama and action that everyone has said they’ve enjoyed about the first two, and more.

It is scheduled for release at CoxCon 2016, Telford, UK on July 30th 2016. Amazon release same day.

Mark it in your calendars, fellow space adventurers!

 

 

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Event Announcement – Lancaster LitFest Fri 18th Mar 2016

Greetings all!

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Lancaster LitFest this year runs 17th – 20th Mar 2016

Very excited to announce that I’ve been invited to take part in this year’s Lancaster Litfest. LitFest has been going for many years, and is widely recognised as a highly-acclaimed festival that attracts great writing names as well as fiction fans of all kinds.

Litfest develops writers, engages readers and audiences, and celebrates literary excellence. The annual festival has been staged since 1978 and they alos have a range of other publishing, development and participatory projects that have positioned the organisation at the heart of Lancashire’s cultural and creative activity.

2016 will be the first year they do a night dedicated to SciFi/Fantasy and other none-literary, ‘alternative reality’ fiction. And they’ve asked me to be involved!

I’m extremely excited. I will be on a panel alongside Eddie Robson, SciFi novelist who also has written Dr Who episodes as well as other writing for TV and radio. We will be doing readings and answernig questions.

There are more details on the website and Facebook event.

I am very much looking forward to attending this festival and meeting other local fiction fans and writers. Hope to see some of you there!

For a full list of all my events & appearences (at which you can purchase signed copies of my Orbit Series novels) see my events page

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Event Announcement: Edge Lit, Derby, Sat 16th July 2016

Greetings everyone! I hope everyone had a suitably wonderful festive season & New Year. Seeing Star Wars The Force Awakens on release day certainly set it off at a bang for me, along with receiving my very own baby BB-8 for Christmas!

Here he is at Christmas, wanting to help Mum with the cooking: https://www.facebook.com/jscollyer/videos/1666835270238702/

Ok, so I need a bit of practice! But he’s a wonderful addition to the household!

But I digress. I am posting today to announce that I will be attending Edge-Lit in Derby on Sat 16th July!

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This event is for fans of horror, fantasy and SciFi fiction. It’s a bit different to other cons I’ve attended because it is solely about books: an event for authors and readers alike. As I am both these things, I am particularly excited about attending with both books 1 & 2 of my Orbit Series.

Book 1, Zero, was release Aug 2014 and has been described as ‘James Bond meets Firefly’ and has done exceedingly well at past conventions and events I’ve attended amongst fans of SciFi and Adventure/General Fiction alike. The sequel, Haven, was released Oct 2015 and so far feedback has been wonderful. A lot of people have said the story steps up a notch from the first which pleases me immensely.

I’m currently working on a draft of number 3 in the series, but this is still very hush-hush at this time. Shhhhhhhhh.

You can grab Zero and/or Haven from me at Edge Lit, Scarborough SciFi Festival or any of my upcoming events. They are also available from Amazon as ebooks or paperbacks:

Read reviews/grab Zero from Amazon here

Read reviews/grab Haven from Amazon here

Stay tuned for more news and hopefully more events for 2016.

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Orbit Series Character Designs

Greetings everyone. Something fun for Friday!

I originally commissioned some character designs from designer Jo Thompson with a view to getting some postcards printed for a crowdfunding campaign. The crowdfunding hasn’t yet come about, but I didn’t want to sit on there any longer without sharing.

Something will be done with them in the future – prints possibly for sale on my stall at my events – and there are more where these come from. But for now, here are my favourites!

It was really fun seeing someone else’s visualisations of my characters come together.

(For those of you who don’t know, these are characters from my first two books, Zero & Haven, books 1 & 2 in the Orbit Series. Details about this character-driven, space-pirate-filled romp on my Orbit Series page as well as links to Amazon)

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Harvey

Webb

 

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Christmas Has Come Early! FREE advance copies of new Spec Fic Anthology Crime & Punishment up for grabs!

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Greetings all! It’s come up really quickly but here it is! From the team that brought you No Way Home, a speculative fiction anthology released earlier in the year that got into the TOP TEN kindle downloads for SciFi Short Fiction, have come together again for a new collection! Crime and Punishment features many of the same writers as No Way Home including myself and award winning writers Lucas Bale and Michael Hicks, with a few new voices mixed in for spice! It explores the themes of, you guessed it, crime and punishment in other, speculative and/or futuristic worlds.

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Crime and Punishment Spec Fic anthology is out Mon 7th Dec as ebook and paperback, but free ARC Ebook copies are available from me!

My own contribution, a fair whopper of a short story, is called ‘New Tricks’ which is a bit Blade Runner meets The Mentalist. Here, have a synopsis!

New Tricks

Felix Dalton had thought his military service was over. He’d seen and done terrible things and counselled those that had done worse into confessing. He’d had his fill of blood and anguish and looked forward to retirement with his new wife.

But there is always one more job.

Something new has risen to threaten the unstable peace the Western Nations have bled furiously to bring about. An aristocrat’s stepson claiming to have supernatural powers and hell-bent on tipping humanity into another cycle of destruction has arranged the slaughter of seventeen high-profile peace conference delegates. Felix must convince the boy to explain how he pulled off the mysterious murders so the establishment can imprison him on the secure moon-based labour camp Lunar Alpha for the rest of his life and ensure his work cannot be carried on by anyone else.

But there’s a problem. Young Arcadius Cole believes in his own power. He wants war, possesses a mysterious means of killing and nothing to lose.

This collection goes on sale NEXT WEEK, Mon 7th of Dec and will be available as ebook or as paperback.

HOWEVER, as it’s the season and all, we are giving you the opportunity to get your hands on a FREE advance electronic copy of the book. I have both mobi or epub files in my little Father Christmas sack! To get yours, just comment on here or Contact Me through social media😀

Very excited to be reunited with this team of considerably talented writers again. The last anthology was a great success and it’s wonderful to be included once more with a chance to try something different! Everyone’s stretched their creative muscles with this and really got their teeth into it.

The only thing more enjoyable is sharing the work with all of you, so do hit me up for your free copy whilst you can!

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Black Friday Sale: Get CONVERGENCE For FREE

FREE SCIFI FOR BLACK FRIDAY

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Featured Image -- 3583Today’s the day – head over to Amazon get my debut sci-fi thriller ebook, Convergence, for the low, low price of totally free!

This offer is good for today only, so act fast!

If you prefer the physical format, you can buy the Convergence paperback and save 30% by using the code HOLIDAY30 at checkout (terms & conditions here; offer good until Nov. 30).

If you’ve already read Convergence, please take a moment to leave a review and let other readers know your thoughts. It doesn’t have to be long at all, and I’ve seen reviews as short as “It’s great!” on other book pages. It will only take you a moment, but it can have a tremendous influence on other readers out there.

Here’s the synopsis:


Jonah Everitt is a killer, an addict, and a memory thief.

After being hired to kill a ranking officer of…

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HAVEN BOOK 2 ORBIT SERIES OUT NOW

Did I mention my second novel, Haven, is OUT NOW?!?!

WHEEEE!

Haven, sequel to Zero, is OUT NOW ON AMAZON

Haven, sequel to Zero, is OUT NOW ON AMAZON

Get Haven on Amazon here

Zero, book 1 in my Orbit Series is OUT NOW

Zero, book 1 in my Orbit Series is OUT NOW

Get Zero, book 1, on Amazon here

Character-driven Scifi packed to the rafters with space pirates, intrigue, explosions, motorbike chases and more!

Think James Bond meets Firefly.

Find out more about the Orbit Series on my Orbit Series page

Had an amazing launch party here in Lancaster at Out Of This World Fiction Fest, nearly selling out of stock entirely. So pleased my stories are getting out there.

A more in-depth post, and re-write of my Halloween short story Baba Yaga to come real soon folks!

Have a great week

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