Wednesday, 29 December 2010

One of my ebooks free today on Amazon UK

The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book

is free today on Amazon UK. 

Update: now the book is free in the US, too, here

My apologies. If you have tried to download from the Amazon US site. Although the book shows up as discounted when accessing from the UK, in fact it is currently not discounted in the US. 

However, it is still completely free from any world-wide location, in whatever currency from smashwords

Sunday, 19 December 2010

A Reader Recommends

It’s always a thrill when a reader has enjoyed one of your books, even more so when he or she has recommended both your novels on an open forum:

Julie Jester is working on a book about Indie Authors, which will be out for the Kindle in the New Year.

Helen Smith’s Christmas giveaway competition is over now but many of the books are available on discount. I have read and delighted in all of Helen Smith’s books. Helen runs a most amusing and interesting blog, with a great number of literary anecdotes and reviews, plus her trademark pithy observations on life in London.

Right now I am reading the superbly tense SF spy thriller Falling Star by Phillip Chen.

Two more new great places for bookworms the world over are:


Indie Writes - a resource for finding books by indpendent authors and only just started up by Naomi Kramer, author of Deadish and other 'undead' titles.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Christmas Giveaways - Yet More Free ebooks

Helen Smith, a friend of mine who writes novels, screen plays and childrens' books, amongst many other literary achievements and good works, is hosting a Christmas Giveaway at her website

Books by other authors, including some of my own books, are entered in the competition as prizes and there's the chance to win a Gift Voucher.


Paperback copies of Helen's books can also be won. Check it out now.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

More About Free Books

My aim is to publish a free ebook at around the same time as I publish a new novel.

Passengers to Sentience was accompanied by the free book The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book (it’s free on smashwords, Amazon don’t allow authors to offer books for less than 99 cents). The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book is a book of essentially clean limericks suitable for all the family.

For Passengers to Zeta Nine, I created the very short story Ms Fixit. I originally had the idea when I saw that New Scientist had run a competition to write a ‘flash fiction’ short story in less than 300 words. I’d missed the deadline by the time I read the article but it seemed like an interesting challenge. I have written a 300 word version but in its current form, the Ms Fixit story is around 450 words. It is free and only available through Smashwords.

I have a multiple universes short story planned for the release of Passengers Revelations

Of course, you don’t have to buy the novels to take advantage of the free books at Smashwords:

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Book Pricing – What’s Going On?

Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, the independent e-book outlet online, has posted a very interesting and useful article to his blog today, explaining the recent history of the recent ‘price wars’ in publishing. He is very passionate about e-book publishing and immensely helpful to independent authors and publishers.

Find the post at:

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Realistic Fiction List

Author Philip Chen in the USA has recently begun a list for fiction written realistically enough to be believable.

The list author says: "Remember how Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' novel, "The War of the Worlds" had people manning the ramparts against what they believed to be a real invasion from Mars? Do you have an interest in realistically written fiction - the type of novel of any genre that is so realistically laid out that it makes you wonder if the story is, in fact, true? The following is a list of novels that fit this category.

The list can be found here:

Philip Chen's Realistic Fiction List

I have been lucky enough to be included on the list. Several of the readers who reviewed my novels, Passengers to Sentience and Passengers to Zeta Nine, have commented on the realistic portrayal of the future science described in the stories.

Philip's own book is here:

Falling Star

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Series? What series?

Did I hear someone mention a series of Passengers books in one of the earlier posts?

It all started with Passengers to Sentience – a strange title but before the end of the novel, all is revealed. It’s a bit of a mystery thriller type SF story, so I can’t give too much away.

With writing, I’m a great one for ‘going with the flow’, so when an idea popped up for using the Passengering technology, in the form it was originally developed for exploration and colonisation of distant planets, it seemed like a good idea to start getting the ideas down. What resulted was the story Passengers to Zeta Nine, which involves a pair of pioneering colonists who run into all manner of trouble once they make landfall on what they assume is their very own, gleaming new planet. This was originally intended to be a free-standing story and was a distraction to my attempt at writing a sequel to Passengers to Sentience. However, the opportunity arose towards the end of the story to make a connection from the second novel to the first. And there was still room for the novel that I nearly wrote as  a sequel.

There is a bit more detail on all of this in the introduction to Passengers to Zeta Nine. If you take the 10% free sample at Amazon or the 50% free sample at Smashwords, you’ll see.

So a series? Well, a trilogy at least. I have been working on the third Passengers novel this morning. The title, so far, is Passengers Revelations and the idea is to bring together all the main characters from the first two books.

Reading a particularly enthusiastic review on Amazon for Passengers to Zeta Nine, sparked an idea for a fourth story; one where the two pioneers of the second novel become so proficient at the pioneering business, they are asked to take on the exploration of a planet so alien and inhospitable that it is completely uninhabitable by humans. So, yes, probably a series.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Good news, everyone! Free books

My first foray into ebook self-publishing was with Smashwords.

This is a great site where you can upload your hard-crafted books. They are then displayed in a number of formats to suit pretty much any e-reading device. Mark Coker is the founder of the site, the purpose of which is to provide independent authors and publishers with the opportunity to display and sell their work, and for readers to find a wide-ranging variety of books to download. It is not even necessary to have an e-reader device, the books can be read directly on your PC or Mac via a word-processor.

Good news for readers is that many books are available free on the site. Two of my own books are free there: The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book and Ms Fixit. Of course not all the books are free, many authors hope readers will pay them a modest fee for their hard work. Another great bonus to readers is that of the books for sale, many (like my novels) can be sampled at up to 50%, which gives you a really good idea of what the book is about, compared to only 10% samples elsewhere.

Smashwords Style Guide and the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide are invaluable free books for authors.

To find out more about the Smashwords site, take a look at the slideshow below:

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

My First Blog Post

Hello, I am a writer of Science Fiction stories. I live in the south of England.

Back in the 1990s I spent ten years writing abstracts from patents of chemical inventions as a hobby. Since then I have retired from my full time job and directed my time to writing fiction. I have written two novels, a short story and a book of SF limericks. The novels and the limerick book are all published on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, Sony, B&N and Diesel.

Click the My Books link above to find the covers and synopses for each book.

Or click the links on the right under Where to Find My Books for Amazon UK, Amazon US and Smashwords.

The third story in the Passengers series is currently "in the works" at over 70,000 words in draft.