Thought for the day…

If there are ever Orbit Series movies made…I definitely want involved in the soundtrack.

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ARC copies of Haven have been launched!

Advance electronic copies of book 2 in the Orbit Series, Haven, have been sent out today

Advance electronic copies of book 2 in the Orbit Series, Haven, have been sent out today

Greetings fellow adventurers!

A massive THANK YOU again to everyone who offered to receive an advance copy of my next novel Haven in exchange for a review to be posted on the general release date of 24th October. I’m chuffed as cheese to announce that these have now been sent out.

Check your, inboxes peeps!

If you think you should have one and it’s not appearing in your inbox, be sure to check your junk folder too just in case.

Many thanks yet again. A writer is nothing without their readers and you have all helped my stories fulfil their potential just by letting them be read. I sincerely hope you enjoy. Fingers crossed you like it as much as Zero!

For anyone who hasn’t read any of my Orbit Series yet, it’s a character-driven, space-pirate and action-packed romp through the not-too-distant future. Book 1 Zero is out now on Amazon. Book 2, Haven, is out October 24th but in the mean time you can mark it to-read on Goodreads.

Happy travels, space cadets!

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Event Annoucement: CoxCon, International Centre, Telford, Sat 1st Aug 2015

Greetings everyone!

Hope all is well.

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

First of all, I want to thank all the wonderful people who have got in touch to request an Advance Review Copy of my next book, Haven. The ebooks are being formatted as we speak and I’m hoping to have them disseminated in the next few days. Keep an eye on your email inboxes!

Haven is book 2 in my Orbit Series, sequel to Zero which was released last year and continues to do well. It is a character-driven space pirate romp set in the not-too-distant future that made it into Northern Soul Magazine’s Best Reads of 2014.

Find out more about Zero & Haven on my Orbit Series Page, read reviews on Goodreads or head on over to Amazon for a paperback or ebook of book 1.

Book 2, Haven, will be out for general release in October.


CoxCon is Sat 1st Aug 2015 at the International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. SOLD OUT

I am also thrilled to announce that I will now be in attendance at CoxCon 2015! This event takes place on Sat 1st Aug at the International Centre in Telford, Shropshire. CoxCon 2015 is an event for folks who like their games reviews and Youtuber Jesse Cox’s chance to meet his UK and EU fan base. It will be a two-day convention with panels, games, and a chance for fans to meet Jesse and others.

I’m looking forward to this event not only because it’ll be something a bit different AND because it’s just down the road from the town where I grew up, but also because it will be a chance to see my partner’s brother, John Bain (AKA games review, broadcaster & journalist TotalBiscuit) and his lovely wife Genna who we have not seen in several years.

Looking forward to a good catch up as well as a chance to hopefully meeting some new readers and SciFi fans as well as take part in all the games available!

Unfortunately, tickets for this event are all sold out. I believe they sold out in a matter of hours, in fact. But if you were one of the lucky few that snagged one, do swing by and say hi!

To check out all my confirmed events so far for 2015 & 16, check out my Events Page.

Hope to catch you at one of them soon!

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Call for ARC Readers of Haven (i.e. free advance ebook up for grabs!)

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

Can I tempt anyone to some FREE fiction? And that’s FREE fiction BEFORE everyone else gets their hands on it?

I tease ye not!

As some of you may already know, Haven, book 2 in my Orbit Series and sequel to the laser-blasting space-pirate-packed Zero, is due for release by Dagda Publishing this October. It continues the story of Kaleb Hugo who continues to try to find stability in an unstable universe, as well as protect those he cares about against impossible odds. The final script is days away from being formatted and I am calling for people who would be up for a preview of the e-book in the next few weeks, in exchange for a review!

The review would need to be posted on Amazon (and anywhere else you like!) on the launch date of the 24th October. You are in a better position to enjoy & review if you have already read book 1 (Zero is available on Amazon in hardcopy or for Kindle – CLICK HERE), though this is not absolutely essential.

The Orbit Series has so far been enjoyed by fans of science fiction the vein of Star Wars, Firefly and Ghost in a Shell, but plenty of people who never read scifi still enjoyed Zero, so don’t think you have to be a die-hard fan of the genre to enjoy it.

Check out my Orbit Series page and/or reviews & ratings of Zero on Goodreads and Amazon if you want more of an idea.

Haven is now also up on Goodreads

If you would like to be added to the list for an Advance Review Copy, comment below or get in touch with me by message through Facebook or Twitter. All I will require is an email address!

Thanks in advance and thanks already to everyone who has already volunteered. You should receive your copy soon!


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Author Interview: Fantasy/Horror Writer C J Somersby

Greetings fiction fans. A treat for you today!

Horror/Fantasy Writer C J Somersby is about to see his debut novel Conquest released by Dagda Publishing. Conquest is the first book in the ‘Angels of Chicago’ series which promises to be a big hit amongst fans of supernatural fantasy. It’s about Private Investigator Samuel Black who has strange powers and is commissioned by an angel to stop the apocalypse.

Aye. Epic.

Find out more on Goodreads.

Conquest is released in July on Amazon (Kindle pre-order available now) and I was able to corner C J to find out more about this great debut and his experience so far with writing and publishing.

C J Somersby, Author of Conquest, Interview

 So how long have you been writing?

Conquest is Book 1 in C J Somersby's 'Angels of Chicago' series and is available for pre-order on Kindle now. Due for general Kindle & Paperback release July 1st from Dagda Publishing

Conquest is Book 1 in C J Somersby’s ‘Angels of Chicago’ series and is available for pre-order on Kindle now. Due for general Kindle & Paperback release July 1st from Dagda Publishing

As long as I can remember. My father has still got a few hand-drawn comics and newspapers that I enjoyed making when I was very young. School almost killed reading & writing as an enjoyable pastime and it petered out when I got to my late teens, but in recent years I’ve rediscovered my enjoyment of literary creation.

Tell us a little more about your debut paranormal fantasy novel Conquest.

Conquest is the first novel in a planned series of apocalyptic fantasy fiction stories called ‘The Angels of Chicago’. It centres around a Chicago detective named Samuel Black, who is dubiously gifted with certain psychic abilities. He is approached by a renegade angel called Alleam, who wishes to use those psychic abilities to help him track down the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and stop the end of the world. It’s a book with angels, hellish minions, bikers and explosions, so I think there’s a few people out there that might find it interesting.

Have you always liked this sort of genre? And what were your influences?

In the past, I’ve largely been a science fiction writer, and an approach to stories that are based in our current time period is something that is a bit new to me. However, apocalyptic fiction itself is something that I’ve always found fascinating. As a teenager, I was intrigued by concepts like nuclear war and virus weapons, which is something that has developed into another interest I have in all things zombie-related.

Generally speaking, I’m influenced by the works of Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Stephen King, and the structural style of Lester Dent’s short fiction. With regards to The Angels of Chicago specifically, I would recommend it to fans of Jim Butcher and the television series ‘Supernatural’, both of which influenced my writing of this series. I’ve also taken the time to delve into a number of literary works that deal with my apocalyptic subject matter to make sure I stay reasonably close to established lore, so I have been browsing the works of Milton, Dante, and the Bible itself to keep me on track.

What do you plan to do next?

My immediate plans are to promote the launch of Conquest when it becomes commercially available on July 1st. I am also currently writing a short piece of urban fantasy for an upcoming anthology of stories called ‘Undaunted’, which is being published by Larrikin Books and will be up on Kickstarter at the beginning of July. The sequel to Conquest is also in the planning phase.

How did you find the process of writing your first novel and getting it published?

I had never written something the length of a full novel before now, and the process was remarkably different to anything I have done previously. I spent a month on the planning process, drawing complex diagrams to make sure I knew where each character was going to be at any time. This developed into a series of chapter-by-chapter bullet points that formed the backbone of my daily writing plan.

Writing a novel is something like a war of attrition, as opposed to the brief skirmish of a short story. Enthusiasm waxes and wanes throughout the writing process, which is why most novels never end up being finished. It required me to learn a greater degree of discipline to ensure that I was getting words on the page at times when I wanted to give up and do something less mentally taxing. I was also managing severe anxiety problems at the time that would render me incapable of creation. But when the book was done, I felt incredibly accomplished that I had brought something of substance into the world.

Getting the novel published has been easier than the writing process. I was referred to Reg Davey of Dagda Publishing by a mutual friend. He expressed interest in the concept and the sample I provided, and that was that. Reg is a dedicated and passionate publisher who has gone out of his way to push Conquest out to as many people as possible. We are currently in the final week of raising marketing funds on Indiegogo, which will be accepting pledges until June 30th.

Where can people find out more about you and your work?

You can find myself and my quirky Facebook posts at and soon at my own website that is currently under construction but will be hosted at – keep updated on the Facebook page for when that goes live.

When is Conquest out and is there any way people can pre-order or support this project in other ways?

Conquest is released on July 1st. You can find the funding campaign for Conquest at–2 – this also contains a summary of the novel’s setting and a list of perks you can receive for helping us raise money for the marketing process.

Conquest itself is up for pre-order on Amazon at

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Book 2 in the Orbit Series ‘Haven’ now on Goodreads

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

Happy Friday funky, fantastic fellow fiction-loving fanatics! Hope this incoming weekend is finding you happy & healthy and with some great weekend plans lined up. It doesn’t matter whether you’re heading out to the great outdoors to enjoy the weather (and, therefore, probably not living in the UK O_o) or planning a big night out, a big night in or even just some quality time with yourself, I hope your weekend is a spiffy one.

This post is a quick-check in to announce that HAVEN IS NOW ON GOODREADS!

Oh yes, people. It’s up there in all its teasing, tantalising glory. CLICK HERE to be taken to its shiny, digital display!

“And just what the deuce is ‘Haven’?” I hear you ask.

Well…*deep breath*

Last year I released my first novel, Zero. It is a character-driven SciFi adventure set in the not-to-distant future, about Captain Kaleb Hugo who gets put in charge of a rag-tag crew on an even more rag-tag undercover vessel, the Zero. During the course of his investigations and missions, Hugo unearths all sorts of juicy conspiracies, gets himself caught up in some death-defying action and, naturally, is hit over the head with some hefty self-discoveries. It has been described as ‘James Bond meets Firefly’ and has been well received by fans of SciFi and general fiction alike!

You can find out more about Zero on my Orbit Series Page.

Read reviews & grab your copy off Amazon here

Read reviews & add to to-read list on Goodreads here

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!

Zero continues to received good feedback which makes me beam like a loon. However, as pleased as I am with Book 1, I feel Hugo’s story is not quite over. Enter Haven.

Hugo is reunited with one of his old crew members, everyone’s favourite space-scamp, Ezekiel Webb, to take on a mission that is just as dangerous but far more personal than any he has previously experienced.

You can, again, find out more on my Orbit Series Page, but you can now also read the publisher’s official blurb and add to your to-read lists on Goodreads!

Yes, that’s right, Haven is now on Goodreads!

It’s really happening, folks! The Orbit Series has blasted off and is taking itself right into the stratosphere.

Haven will be released this October. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for chances to pre-order the book along with exclusive perks through Dagda Publishing’s upcoming Crowdfunding campaign. I will also be calling for volunteer ARC (advance review copy) readers! These fantastic folks will receive a FREE advance ebook copy of Haven in exchange for an honest review to be posted on Amazon & Goodreads at the time of the launch in October.

Please let me know if you are interested! Either comment on this post to register your interest or message me through Facebook or Twitter. I will add you to the list and love you forever.

Happy adventures, my fellow spacefaring comrades! Until the next announcement!

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Cover Reveal: SINGULARITY by H. H. Basquait & Co

Greetings Fiction Fans.

Those of you who like the wonderfully weird and the weirdly wonderful may remember the project headed up be self-confessed Dilettante Helena Han Basquait last year called Jessica. This was a collaborative effort from Helena and a few others including myself, putting together the backstory of Helena’s alter-ego and horror-writing minion, Jessica Bell.

This collaboration was very well received and next will be the sequel, SINGULARITY, continuing Jessica’s story.

SINGULARITY is out this summer and today is the momentous cover reveal!

Read on and watch for more details!


The time is now.

Singularity is the new novel from Helena Hann-Basquiat, with Sara Litchfield, Sandy Ramsey, Lizzi Rogers and Hannah Sears.

Singularity is the sequel to last year’s JESSICA — a metafictional look into Jessica’s possible pasts.

Singularity is coming August 1, 2015

Singularity is its own novel, and can be enjoyed all on its own, but if you haven’t read JESSICA, GO HERE to read the first chapter or GO HERE to purchase a copy in paperback or e-book.

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Interview with SciFi Author and Indie Publisher Lucas Bale

Greetings fellow SciFi and Fiction fanatics! Have I got a treat for you today.

I was lucky enough to be able to corner the great Lucas Bale for an interview this week. Bale is not only the author of the hard-hitting space opera series Beyond The Wall, which is drawing a lot of attention from the SciFi community, but he also was the mastermind and curator behind the No Way Home SciFi anthology.

This anthology featured myself and 7 other new voices in Scifi and was released March this year. Thanks to the efforts of the ring of writers involved, overseen and co-ordinated Bale and another great writer Alex Roddie, the collection made it to the top of a number of Amazon Charts, including the SciFi Anthology chart and Space Opera chart and is still doing well.

I was able to ask Bale about all he thought about his experience so far of writing and publishing independantly as well as about what makes his own creativity tick.

Interview with Lucas Bale

  1. What first drew you to Science Fiction?
Book 1 of the Beyond the Wall Series by Lucas Bale

Book 1 of the Beyond the Wall Series by Lucas Bale

I’ve been asked this question a lot recently, and I can honestly say I don’t know the answer to that. I think, in fact, I was first drawn to traditional fantasy – by Lord of the Rings, and by Dungeons and Dragons. I recall one dismal Easter when I was around 12 years old, convincing my mother to take me to the local Oxfam shop. I had become convinced there was a second hand copy of Lord of the Rings to be had and I had heard about it and become suddenly overcome with the desire to read it. She told me it was impossible there would be a copy there – the chances were so small as to make the trip pointless.

Nevertheless, as tired parents do with willful children, she indulged me. Of course the shop was chock full of dog-eared Jilly Cooper and Tom Clancy. No sign of any Tolkien. I was about to leave, when I decided to ask the assistant to check in the back. She brought out a box-set containing all three books, along with Hobbit, and two other lesser known works. I still have them now.

I think that’s my earliest memory of a lust for the fantastical and I suspect my love of science fiction stemmed from there. Haldeman’s The Forever War, Asimov’s Robot and Foundation series, Herbert’s Dune, Gibson’s Neuromancer, Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Robin Hobbs’s Farseer Books.

SFF allows us to explore what possibilities lie in wait for us in the future and how we will end up influencing that future. The stars fascinated me as a boy and I could think of nothing more exhilarating than being up there among them. Currently, there seems to be a renewed thirst for knowledge of what is out there – it’s a great time to be writing science fiction.

  1. You orchestrated a very successful anthology of Science Fiction earlier this year. No Way Home was released in March and made its way to the top of a few Amazon charts and is still doing well. How did you find the process of organising it?

There were very few major challenges, in fact. I was fortunate to work with very professional authors who essentially allowed me to handle everything without complaint. Whatever aspects of the process I could canvas opinions on I did, such as the cover, but in the end I made the final decisions myself. Every author within the anthology was happy for me to project-manage in the way I did, so that made it rather easy. I set deadlines which were met.

I recall one author couldn’t make the first manuscript deadline and that threatened to curtail the whole thing. We were keen to retain every author, so I asked the rest if they were happy to set the date back a little, and everyone agreed. Everyone played their part – in proofing, beta-reading, and promoting. Alex Roddie and I edited and formatted together. All in all, it went well. I think, as a collective of authors, we worked well together and will continue to do so.

  1. When did you first get the idea for curating this anthology with these writers?

I can’t honestly say. I contacted a number of indie writers I respected and liked, and who I thought were in the early stages of their career, as I was. Authors I had something in common with both professionally and personally. I didn’t realise it at the time – I was simply reaching out with the intention of sharing resources and advice – but I had set up a writers group.

I had initially envisaged creating a collection we could all give away as incentives to sign up for our mailing lists. It sounds so mercenary now, but this is the reality of the self-publishing world and the internet age. However, the cover came out so well and the stories were far too high-quality (and long) to be simply given away. It was just too good a book to not formally publish it. So we did.

  1. What did you enjoy most about working with a group of writers like this?
Book 2 in the Beyond the Wall Series by Lucas Bale

Book 2 in the Beyond the Wall Series by Lucas Bale

Apart from access to seven really fantastic stories, seeing them progress over the various stages, and flexing my own editing muscles, it was undoubtedly their professionalism. All the authors approached the theme – that of being stranded – in their own way, giving it their own individual slants, but each remained true to the format. Every one of them understood the importance of collaboration, of critique (not only of their own work, but of others’ work too) and that this was an eight-person project, not just mine.

  1. You are very knowledgeable about releasing books independently. How long would you say it has taken you to get to grips with the way indie publishing works?

I doubt I could say I have gotten to grips with it! Quite apart from the fact it is a constantly-shifting landscape, with mines laid for self-published authors by those seeking to restrict the market to traditionally published work, there is so much to learn. In particular, advertising is something I know only the very basics of. That which I have learned has taken me all of the last twelve months to learn, by reading books by the likes of Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, Joanna Penn, Chuck Wendig, David Gaughran, Susan Kaye Quinn and investigating blogs, forums, podcasts and so on. It has also been about experimentation – doing certain things and seeing how they pan out. I doubt a day has passed in the last twelve months where I haven’t been thinking about strategies for discoverability, launching or marketing in some way.

  1. Do you have a starting point you would recommend to someone who is wishing to start looking into publishing independently?

The authors I mentioned above are a great starting point. They all have great books on the topic and whilst some might overlap, I’d read them all. Jo Penn and Chuck Wendig have great sites, full of good theory and thoughts on the process, as do David Gaughran and Russell Blake. Also, Hugh Honey’s website contains a list of his most popular posts on self-publishing. They’re a little dated now, but the principles are gold dust. If I wanted a quick way into self-publishing, I’d take a look at all of those websites and/or blogs, and read every book on the publishing process by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, Joanna Penn, Chuck Wendig, David Gaughran, Susan Kaye Quinn.

  1. You recently attended your first convention at which you were invited to speak about your work, both writing and publishing. How did you find the experience and do you think you will do more?
Book 3 in the Beyond the Wall Series by Lucas Bale - NEW RELEASE OUT NOW

Book 3 in the Beyond the Wall Series by Lucas Bale – NEW RELEASE OUT NOW

It was pleasant enough and the people who came to meet me and listen to me speak were very interested and asked lots of questions. I spoke for an hour about self-publishing science fiction to an audience of engaged readers and fans. I guess I was surprised just how engaged! They asked probing questions on the future of science fiction, the future of publishing, whether the influx of books, self-published or not, would lead to a diminution in overall quality. They wondered whether working with only one editor, rather than several, meant authors did not improve as quickly as they might when they progressed by writing more books.

All good discussion points.

Then I listened to the fascinating Ian Watson on how living in Japan as a young man had influenced his science fiction and how new advances in science too easily influenced authors – often before they became accepted theories. I have read Ian since I was a boy, so this was a special moment. I was on a particularly enjoyable panel with Pat Cadigan and Ian, as well as Niamh Brown. What’s it like to be an expat writer? Does it influence our prose, our characters and our themes? Perhaps, unwittingly we decided, it does.

  1. What current projects of your own are you working on?
Stories from which there are no escape - a dystopian SciFi collection, curated by Lucas Bale, out now on Amazon!

Stories from which there are no escape – a dystopian SciFi collection, curated by Lucas Bale, out now on Amazon!

At the moment, my main focus is an epic space opera, which tends towards the harder end of the science fiction scale, called Beyond the Wall. I have just released the third book in the series, A Shroud of Night and Tears, with the final book, Into A Silent Darkness, to come at the end of this year.

I’d say that the majority of my time is going to be spent on the final research and planning for IASD, then writing it. I’m about 20,000 words into the manuscript, but I think it’s likely to be more than 140,000 words. Beyond the Wall is as much about government and civilisations, and their rise and fall, as it is about reconciling the age and scale of the universe – the vastness of the unknown that waits for us in the black. That becoming part of that huge scheme doesn’t even begin until you take those first steps into the unknown, but that the reality is that we as a species may be hugely under-equipped to deal with it.

I think Beyond the Wall is for anyone who read classic science fiction and loved it. I hope that fans of the likes of John Scalzi, Peter F Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, James S. A. Corey and Iain M. Banks will find something to love in there. I’m also working on the follow-up anthology to No Way Home called Crime and Punishment which I hope will be released in late August.

Finally, I’m writing a hard science fiction novel with a friend of mine, Alex Roddie. I can’t say a great deal about it right now, as it’s only in the research stage and that’s going to take many months. Suffice to say it will explore similar themes to Andy Weir’s The Martian, and to the Nolans’ Interstellar. Both Alex and I are tremendously excited by developments in space exploration currently, and we both write what excites us.

  1. Where can people find our more information about you and your projects?

Either join my mailing list ( or find me at my website (, my Amazon Author Page ( or twitter ( I post regularly on my website and twitter.

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Zero Giveaway and Incoming Interview with Lucas Bale

Greetings everyone!

A lightening Monday check-in today.


Click here to be taken to the Facebook competition to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Zero & goodies!

Click here to be taken to the Facebook competition to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Zero & goodies!

First: Since I surpassed 500 likes on Facebook, I’m giving away a signed copy of my first SciFi novel Zero along with limited edition bookmark & badge! The competition closes this Wednesday 10th June at midnight GMT, so there is still time to enter. All you have to do to enter is follow this link to the picture on Facebook and follow the instructions.

Good luck!

Secondly, I’m pleased to announce that I have been able to snag the illustrious Lucas Bale for an interview to post right here on The Path! For those who don’t know, Bale is not only a SciFi author making some serious waves with his first series, the Beyond the Wall series, but is also one of the masterminds behind curating and releasing the SciFi Short Story anthology No Way Home.

No Way Home was released in March 2015 and was a collection of 8 stories from new and up-and-coming Science Fiction authors, including myself. They were 10,000 word stories, so it really gave the writers a chance to get their teeth into the settings and narratives and reflect upon the theme of being ‘stranded’. They are stories ‘from which there are no return.’

Stories from which there are no escape - a dystopian SciFi collection, out now on Amazon!

Stories from which there are no escape – a dystopian SciFi collection, out now on Amazon!

The results were varied and engaging and the anthology did exceedingly well, topping both UK and US Amazon charts for Dystopian Science Fiction and SciFi Anthologies within the first few weeks of release.

This is not only a testament to the stories, but to the gumption, know-how and determination of Bale who engineered the launch, publicity, cover art and, with the help of equally talented writer Alex Roddie, also did the formatting and the editing.

In short, Bale’s list of a achievements is not short and with the third book in his BTW series, A Shroud of Night and Tears now out and another potential collaborative anthology in the pipeline, it seemed like a really good time to pick his brain about his experiences of working as a writer, independent publisher as well as coordinator of a ring of writers and producing anthologies.

The interview will be posted later this week so stay tuned! In the mean time you can find out more about Lucas Bale and his projects and work on his website.

You can also find out more about the recent release No Way Home on Goodreads or Amazon!

Get to clicking and stay tuned for the interview!

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Motoring On & A New #FlashForFriday

J. S. Collyer:

For Throwback Thursday this week – a twisted little tale I wrote last year about love, life and inner demons

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

I hold my hands up and admit that I have not posted a lot of fiction up here recently. This is due to the official announcement earlier this week that my first debut novel, Zero, (a SciFi romp set in a gloriously dystopian future of oppressive social structures, rebellions and space-cannons), will be released this August 2014. I am more than a little pleased, not only because IT’S HAPPENING, IT’S REALLY HAPPENING! But also that it should be coming out in time for people to sling on their kindles for their summer holidays. It’s just the sort of story to sweep you far and away, just the kind I enjoy when lounging next to the pool.

So, I’m spending my evenings editing the 140,000 word draft at the moment: tightening, pruning and polishing. It’s such a different ballgame to writing, though a great amount of fun. There’s nothing like…

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