Behind the Scenes of 101 heroes…

Hello everyone!

As promised, here is a behind the scenes sneak peek at some of the characters in 101 terrible heroes!

Here we have got some of George’s fantastic reference illustrations of the key figures in the book, mayor mc-guffin and a range of villainous henchmen!

Not long until the release date now, so keep your eyes peeled further for perhaps a sneaky peek at some of the heroes coming your way!

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101 HEROES ARE COMING!!

Hello everyone!

It’s been so long since I posted on here…

(Once again, thank you work for keeping me so busy)

But I finally have some positive news!!

101 Terrible Heroes is entering the final stages of completion, and is almost ready for your bookshelves!

The illustrations are done, the cover is made, all we need now are a few more origin stories, and a plethora of heroes will be on their way to you!

With a (hopeful) early June release date, keep your eyes peeled for some behind the scenes sketches from the fabulous George Haynes!

I smell a sequel…

Hello everyone,

Progress has been slow to say the least, and life seems very determined to slow us down, but the second book in the ‘101 ways’ series is getting closer to completion every day!

Thanks to George Haynes’ fantastic art ability, the illustrations are brimming with life, and the writing is falling into place.

As was promised in mid October (was it really that long ago?!), the title of the book would eventually be revealed, and so, here it is….

the second book of the series is titled…

 

101 TERRIBLE HEROES

Whilst the book will not be hitting your shelves until the new year, keep your eyes peeled for some exclusive sneak peeks of the illustrations!

And if you haven’t read the first in the series ‘101 Ways to kill your Friend’ why not do so? it’s only £4.99 on Amazon, and you can get a copy here!

And another thing…

Something really awesome will be coming your way really soon!

Last year, Myself and my illustrator friend George Haynes published our first collaborative book ‘101 Ways to Kill Your Friend’

Well, we are currently busy working away on the second book in the series, and it is nearly completed!

Keep your eyes peeled towards the end of October for the grand title reveal! (and perhaps a sneak peek at some of George’s fantastic new illustrations)

 

In the meantime I shall try to post some more poetry, and perhaps a couple of book reviews too… it’s about time I got back into the swing of things!

National Poetry day 2016

Hello everyone!

It has been so long since I’ve written anything for my blog… (thank university for that)

I really should try to update you guys more frequently!

Well today is National Poetry Day, and what kind of poet wouldn’t take that as an opportunity for inspiration? The theme was ‘messages’ so, here are my thoughts for this year:

 

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Are you receiving this?

The message says sent…

But not yet delivered,

I wonder where it went?

Lost in the aether,

Transmitted to space,

Among satellite arrays

and digital displays,

Beamed across the world.

PING!

The notification,

A message, received,

Bringing hopes from far away,

Bringing dreams and fears,

Love and tears,

Words, tossed around

Endlessly, like raindrops falling on a windowsill,

Our lives,

Our messages,

Keep

On

Transmitting.

I’m not dead, I promise!

Hello everyone, long time no see!

Just to reassure you, I am indeed STILL ALIVE, I have just been quiet on the writing front these past few months.

With it being near the end of the academic year, workloads have come to a head, so that has naturally needed to come first.

That does not mean that I have not been hard at work though, quite the opposite actually. I have been working tirelessly on two projects, both hitting your shelves by the end of this year!

More importantly, one of these projects will be hitting shelves tomorrow, June 1st.

It has been kept under wraps, and hard at work,  but I have been doing something a little different. I have been working closely over the last 9 months with the Creative Writing society at my university, and with them we have created an anthology of stories!

The book, titled ‘Echoes of Infinity’ is a collection of their own work and creative ideas. it stands as a testament that if you persist an persevere, you can achieve anything.

it has been a pleasure working with them, and I hope you will all enjoy reading their book as much as I have

Echoes of Infinity is released tomorrow (June 1st)

Book Review -‘Write Nothing’ by Penny Gotch

As you know, I have a soft spot for poetry. it is (perhaps) my favourite form of literature. So, when I was asked if I would like to review Penny Gotch’s new poetry book ‘Write Nothing’ I jumped at the chance.

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My initial thoughts were that the content shared some similarities with Gotch’s previous work ‘Under the Tree’ which I think provides a good way in for new readers, and a strand of continuity for previous readers to pick up the flow of the book.

The majority of the content within this book focuses upon a theme of life relationships, which is something people can easily connect to with their own experiences. Whilst some poems could be said to focus on the more depressive side of relationships, it is done so very well, with powerful imagery driving home the concept of each poem.

While there may be a theme, the poems themselves each take a different stance, adding a refreshing element to the book. no two poems are exactly alike, and each seem to focus on the them from a different and engaging angle. One poem in particular really caught my interest through its clever use of the reader themselves to fill in parts of the poem, essentially creating two poems at once. upon reading, this poem is particularly powerful as by simply switching some of the suggested words, the imagery becomes powerfully different.

The development in skill can be seen, with this being Gotch’s 3rd poetry book you can see the refinement in imagery and her use of language. this helps to create a more powerful background to the poems themselves, and this could be argued as her best short poetry book yet.

Overall, this short and snappy poetry book is a welcome addition to any bookshelf, and it’s powerful imagery and content makes it well worth the read.

‘Write Nothing’ is released on March 31st.

To check out more of Penny Gotch’s work, visit her author page here.

‘Life in Three Lines’ – OUT NOW!!

Hello again everybody

Well, today’s the day! As of right now, ‘Life in Three Lines’ I officially available for you to buy and put on your bookshelves!

Head over to here to pick up your copy today.

It is still hard to believe that this is my third book… I have comes so far over the course of the last year and a half.

There is no rest for the wicked though, and the next few projects are beginning to get underway. Keep your ears peeled in the near future for more exciting updates on what’s coming next!

Life in Three Lines – Cover reveal!!

Hello again everyone,

We are getting very close to the release of ‘Life in Three Lines’ now, with only 10 days to go until it is available!

With that in mind, I thought I would share with you something exciting…

THE COVER!

cover (front)

So, there it is…

What do you guys think? Feel free to let me know in the comments section!

Valentine

Once a year the day comes round,

To spend the day romantically,

Except for those who completely forgot,

Trying to find a gift frantically,

A day to spend curled up in your loved ones arms,

Feel the comfort of their warm embrace,

Perhaps an exciting or secret surprise,

Who doesn’t like the thrill of the chase?

Some people send roses, cards or chocolates,

Some send poems that rhyme,

But really all I need to know is,

Will you be my valentine?