29th April 2022
After taking a break from proofreading to concentrate on my own work, I am ready to offer the service once more. If you’re a writer looking to polish your work prior to publication, you can request a free sample proofread here.
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17th February 2022
I’ve updated the site to include a section of selected sample chapters of my longer works. The aim is to provide prospective readers with a taste of my writing without them having to navigate away to sites like Amazon.
In the meantime, I’ve completed the first third of the fantasy novel and have sent it to my first reader. It’s that heart-in-mouth time of dread and excitement while I wait to see how a reader reacts to something new I’ve written.
Audio production of The Reckoning is also progressing, at a faster rate than my previous audio projects thanks to the new editing software.
As always, stay safe. Be kind.
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23rd November 2021
The last of my short story collections is now available in audio. It’s a collection of three short stories (all science fiction and/or fantasy) sharing a common theme: the search for lost loved ones. The ebook and audio links can be found here: short story collections
I’m now embarking on the audio version of the final novel in the Earth Haven trilogy, The Reckoning. Having recently invested in some audio editing software, I’m hoping that my editing time will be greatly improved. We shall see…
Stay safe. Be kind.
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1st November 2021
I was asked to contribute to a new website about books by writing short reviews of five of my favourite novels in a genre of my choice. Post-apocalyptic tales being among my favourites, it was an easy choice. Here are my Best Post-Apocalyptic Novels
Elsewhere, the fantasy novel is coming along. Slowly, but it is coming along. And I’ve almost finished the audio version of the last of my short story collections. I’ll then be able to concentrate on producing my longer works in audio format, starting with The Reckoning.
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1st September 2021
The audio version of my short story Dying by Numbers is now available. For links, go to short story collections
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14th July 2021
I have recently been finding the commitment to post to my blog every fortnight a little onerous. Come off it, Sam, I hear you saying. One post, every two weeks? What could be onerous about that?
Well, I’m trying to write a new novel and finding it slow-going. I’m only 40,000 words in and I’m aiming for around 180,000 words or upwards, so have a long way to go. There are several reasons for the slow progress that can all be lumped under the same heading: Life Happening.
There have been a few occasions of late when, with the two-week deadline approaching, I’ve had to pull away from the novel to draft a new post or find a suitable accompanying image or format book links or any of the other things that have to be done to run a regular blog.
It’s reached the stage where something has to give and it’s not going to be the new novel.
I’m not abandoning the blog and will still post to it when I have something new to say and have the time to write it. I still have some old interviews to post, including a couple with characters from my books which were great fun to do. But I am abandoning the commitment to post every two weeks. For now, at any rate.
So the blog will remain active and new posts (or old ones that previously appeared on other people’s blogs) will pop up from time to time. But not with the same regularity as before.
Back to the novel …
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15th March 2021
A quick update on my audiobooks.
I’ve recently completed the audio version of The Beacon. Due to ‘Audiblegate’ – see Returns – I’m taking it and my previously published audiobooks wide, i.e., to other retailers, not just Audible and iTunes.
This also means that I have more control over pricing on the wide sites and the audiobooks will now be available at far more reasonable cost than they were previously. However, I still can’t control the price set by Audible and Amazon so if you’re interested in buying but don’t have Audible membership, do shop around for much cheaper deals that are available elsewhere.
For links to the main sites where the first two Earth Haven audiobooks are available, see Earth Haven trilogy
For links to the main sites where Pond Life and Ghosts of Christmas Past are available, see short story collections
The audiobooks will become available on other sites and I’ll add more when they do.