Saturday, February 28, 2015

Thank you, UK readers!

A special hello to readers from the UK.  In the space of a few hours, a huge mob of intelligent & attractive UK readers picked up copies of Burnt Worlds.  Copies were flying off the (virtual) shelves ten times faster than usual.  I don't know what prompted all of you to appear on the same day, but thank you!  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Burnt Worlds: Paperback version

In its first week of release, Burnt Worlds has already been downloaded by hundreds of intelligent & attractive people.  Thank you!

Pixels are all very well and good, but a great many humans prefer their books to be physical objects, made of paper and ink.  For them, I have enlisted the services of CreateSpace to make a softcover version of the book available.  Amazon's links still need to be updated, but the softcover format is available through this direct link:

Burnt Worlds in softcover format at

I'm glad people are enjoying the book.  Time for me to get back to work on the next one!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Burnt Worlds: Now Available, free for first 72 hours!

I'm delighted to announce that Burnt Worlds has now been published and is available on the Kindle store:
To celebrate, I'm making the book free for three days, from February 17th to 19th.  I hope this will encourage people to give it a look!

Next up, I'm going to look into CreateSpace.  I know a number of people who are interested in the book but don't have any form of e-reader, so I'd like to have a physical version available.

Grab yourself a complimentary copy, and enjoy!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Burnt Worlds: final bits & pieces

I've got the acknowledgments, dedication, and teaser all taken care of.  It's fun and exciting, and I'm looking forward to publishing Burnt Worlds.  One or two tiny things left.

For now, here's the preliminary teaser:

The commander of HMCS Borealis has a problem.  Several, actually, the most pressing of which is that he’s not even supposed to be in charge.  Something happened while testing a new jump drive, leaving he ship crippled and most of the officers dead.  Once the dust settled, Lieutenant Dillon found himself the highest-ranking person still alive.

At the far edge of the galaxy, beyond any hope of rescue, it’s up to Dillon to pull the survivors together and get the ship home.  As Dillon struggles with the unexpected burden of command, things start to go from bad to worse.

There’s the fugitive Palani priestess, who could control the minds of the crew.  There’s the mysterious ship that’s hunting them.  And there’s the desperate jump that puts them into entirely uncharted space, surrounded by star systems full of dead planets.

Dillon and the crew of the Borealis find themselves in a race against time to solve an centuries-old mystery.  Can they stop an ancient enemy from being unleashed on the galaxy?  Or are all the planets of the galaxy destined to become burnt worlds?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Burnt Worlds: Cover Image

This is fun.  With the help of a wonderful, graphically-inclined human, I am happy to release the final cover image for Burnt Worlds.  It's turned out to be a process quite a bit like the writing itself:  I toiled away for ages and ages learning to use 3D rendering software, importing objects and textures, and meticulously crafting an image that I liked.  Then I chucked it all out the window because a better idea came along.

I've finished the last edits of the book, and am now satisfied that it's ready to go.  I'm going to let it sit for a very short while, then give it one last read.  I'm quite certain that even after all the editing, there will still be one typo lurking in there, and I'll give it a final opportunity to surrender quietly.