Silence Re-Release & SciFi by the Sea

Good afternoon, all!

I’m very pleased to announce that Book 3 in the Orbit Series Silence has been re-edited and is now slimmer, trimmer & better edited (phew!). Copies of the new edition are currently only available in hardcopy straight from me either in person for £8.99 at the Scarborough SciFi festival 8th & 9th Apr or through the post (contact me through Facebook or Twitter to arrange and order, £10 including postage )


New Edition Released Mar 2017


I am hoping to have the Amazon files updated ASAP so you can get it for your Kindles and/or order internationally.

I’m so happy that Orbit Series is complete and out there, chugging along under its own steam and (hopefully) building its own momentum. It’s been one heck of a journey!

Never to rest on those laurels, I’ve already started drafting a new series. It’s super exciting playing with brand new characters in a brand new setting. That’s all I will say for now.

For now, I’m just getting excited for Scarborough SciFi Festival weekend of 8th April! Always have such fun at that event.

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Silence Re-Release Mar 2017

Hey all!

Silence, the third and final instalment of the Orbit Series, has had a spruce-up. Story is unchanged, but language has had a polish. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, hang fire for this newer, shinier edition due for release this March.

Details soon!

Click here for the rest of the Orbit Series for Kindle or as Paperback from Amazon

Click here to read more about the Orbit Series

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2017 Events

Greetings all and a very Happy New Year to you all.

I’m currently just over half-way through the ‘bonus-edit’ of Silence and really pleased with the transformation so far. I regret that it got released before it was really ready last year, but it has still received from great feedback either way. This spruce-up will just make the second and final edition that much tighter (and typo-free!). I expect this to be released and ready to order by end of March.

Whilst that rolls on in the background thought it was time to announce the events so far booked for 2017:

Scarborough SciFi Festival

Sat 8th & Sun 9th April 2017

The Spa, Scarborough

sfs_2017_poster_a_webYes table is confirmed: I shall be returning to this wonderful two-day festival of SciFi by the sea this April. It’s always a great trip – one of the friendliest and most fun cons I’ve every known. This will be my third consecutive year and I’m already very excited to be returning with all three Orbit Series novels.

Tickets and more detail available through their website (click here)




CoxCon 2017

Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd July 2017

International Centre, Telford

eu40lj0wReturning here again, also for the third year, will be huge amounts of fun. Always lovely attendees, great stalls and a wonderful atmosphere all round. Always nice to catch up with my in-laws, John & Genna Bain, from across the pond too.

Tickets and more detail available through their website (click here)



For further details of upcoming events, see my events page.

I will be attending all events this year with copies of all three Orbit Series novels.

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Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Winter is coming. So is 2017.

Greetings fellow space adventurers!

Just a quick note to say I’M STILL HERE. I know I haven’t posted in a fair while – not since the launch of the third and final book in my Orbit Series, Silence, in August.



Halloween is my favourite time of year for stories. Feels like the right time to account for my own!

(You can also scroll down to the bottom of this post for another link for the Orbit Series)

But whilst I am absent I am not idle. In this Halloween season, stuff be a-brewin’ in my cauldron of plans and schemes!

First though, it needs to be said how EXCITED I am that my first ever series is out there in full, flying under its own steam, jetting through the ether. I’m really looking forward to seeing where it takes itself from here. I’ve done my bit. It’s up to the quality of stories now how far the series will travel from here. It’s like leaving a child at school for the first time…a school with reviews, comments and discussion boards and a lot of bullies.

Leaving that thought quickly behind…

One task completed means preparing to the next. I have big plans for 2017. 2017, I’m hoping, will be the year I write a book that might snag me an agent. Yeah, no pressure. However, I’m well prepared for the fact that the snagging process may take months or years. But either way, next year is when it starts. My 2017 Christmas present to myself will be having at least the first draft of a book that might pave my way forward into the big, scary world of mainstream publishing, finished and ready to work with.

I’m very proud of all I’ve achieved so far with the Indie press Dagda publishing and under my own steam, but it feels like it’s time to try something different. I’m curious to see just how far I can go.

So, as well as that teeny-weeny little ambition, 2017 will also see the re-release of Silence, book 3, or maybe a box set of the entire Orbit Series. In the spirit of full disclosure, the main reason for this is that observation after the fact has turned up a few errors in Silence that snuck through the editing process. And they bug me. Big time.

Apologies and my hugest thanks to everyone who’s ploughed through the current version. As a reader, typos make me scowl and hiss, and I really appreciate the amount of people that have soldiered on through the book despite these slip-ups and even to go on to say how much the enjoyed it. I’m hoping having the only copies of the compromised first edition in existence might one day make it up to you. As I say, I have ambitions!

So here’s me signing off as I retreat into my preparation cave for Autumn and Winter 2016, hopefully to return after Christmas with new editions of existing books and the start of some completely new ones.

Are we excited yet? I am.

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Silence, Orbit Series Book 3, OUT NOW

Hello everyone!

Silence smallApologies for not posting links/spamming/jumping around and yelling about the RELEASE OF MY THIRD BOOK sooner! Needless to say, it has a been a busy few weeks.

Silence, the third and final book in my Orbit series is OUT NOW.



The reason I’ve not posted sooner is that the book launched at CoxCon in Telford, UK, Sat 30th July and literally blasted into the stratosphere. I ran out of stock in the first two hours of the two day convention and have been posting out backed up ordered ever since.

Early reviews are really promising, calling the book ‘A fitting end to a great trilogy.’

To say I’m pleased is like saying the sea is wet. What a journey this has been.

For those who have journeyed with me, thank you and I only hope you’ve enjoyed the trip even a tenth of the amount that I have. To have three books out in two years is more than I ever dreamed of achieving and to have had so much fun with the stories and  characters is a very thick layer of icing on the cake.

I have loved this series, but it is time to bid adieu. At least for now. Webb, Hugo and friends, you have served me well and I hope I have served you well in turn. But either way, I think you’ve earned your retirement.

If you have not come across my Orbit Series before, find out more on my Orbit Series page and/or read reviews on Goodreads.

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And so what’s next? Well. We’ll just have to wait and see!


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Silence Ebook Pre-Order

Greetings everyone!

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Getting increasingly excited about the launch of the third and final book in my Orbit Series, Silence, which blasts off at CoxCon, Telford and on Amazon this Saturday, 30th July!


The Advance Review Copies have been distributed (check your email inboxes, everyone who signed up!) but if you weren’t on the list, it is also available for pre-order on Amazon at a reduced rate of £2.99/$3,82

Click this link to be taken to Amazon.

I can’t wait for this to be out in the universe.

Find out more about my Orbit Series Here

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Silence – OUT 30.7.16

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Silence, Book 3 in J S Collyer’s ‘Orbit Series’, out 30.7.16

Kaleb Hugo has been missing for a year. He disappeared without trace or explanation, but popular rumour is that he has abandoned his position and his family to join the revolutionist group Red Star, alleged to be gathering force in a new colony on Mars and set on a future ruled by a democratically-elected Orbit Alliance and not the militarised Service.

Ezekiel Webb, his former crewmate and best friend, has, on the face of it, taken little interest in Hugo’s fate, rumoured or otherwise. The two men have barely spoken in years and Webb has immersed himself in his new life in the Eclipse Division of the Service. He is captain of his own undercover unit and whilst the Service Commanders don’t always approve of his methods, his abilities cannot be questioned.

It is these abilities that the Special Commander of the Service, Hugo’s mother, now needs to retrieve her youngest son from wherever he has fled to…or wherever he is being held…whether Webb is agreeable or not.

Webb will come to discover far more than he ever wanted to know about the new forces moving against the Service, both from without and within, and, invariably ends up caught in the eye of the rising storm, not knowing who of those around him he can trust, if anyone.

Discovery, betrayal and revelation lie ahead for two men that have journeyed further together than they ever thought they would and will once again learn that survival is a relative term when you turn your back on who you are.

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Free advance copies of ‘Silence’ up for grabs!


Silence smallSilence, the third and FINAL book in my Orbit Series is due for release on Sat 30th July 2016. That’s a mere matter of weeks away :O

And so, with a view to helping it reach readers who might enjoy it, it’s time to recruit wonderful Advance Review Copy readers! 

Who would like a FREE ADVANCE ebook copy of Silence, in exchange for an honest review for Amazon & Goodreads, to be posted on our around the release day of Sat 30th July? You will earn my undying gratitude and the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping readers find new books.

If you don’t know anything about my Orbit Series, find out more here!

I can’t say EXACTLY when the ARC copies will be distributed, but I’m hoping by the end of June at least at the latest.

If this is something that tickles your pickle, please comment below or get in touch with me via Facebook or Twitter with your email address and I will add you to the list.


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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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