Sometimes it isn’t just bills!

The paperback proofs of First Fire have finally arrived (yay!) Actually this is the second set, since the original proofs never arrived. When I emailed them about it, CS were good enough to ship a second set on 3 day priority (they were only printed on the 22nd). So good on ya CreateSpace. 🙂

This one is actually thick enough to get a title on the spine! (it’s 100 pages & change). The ebook version is, of course, still free and exclusive to my mailing list – to sign up.

So here’s the obligatory blurry selfie…

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Socko’s First Fire – Out Now!

The ultimate crossover, exclusive to the mailing list!

In the small town of Faringdon, a young girl is about to be hanged for a murder she didn’t commit. Socko Garret and Corporal Dan Barnes are sent on a mission to save the girl and investigate the crime. But when they arrive, things are not what they expected…

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In writing the spinoff Socko novelettes, I’ve inevitably had to address issues that have either already happened – or will happen – in the main Flick Carter novels. Characters that appear in one series must be consistent if they appear in the other. And already I have introduced new characters in the Socko stories that have gone on to appear in the “main series”. Colonel Stewart (the king’s bodyguard), and Babs Clegg of the Oxford City Watch to name just two.

Socko is several years older than Flick, and naturally his story starts before hers does. But at some point they are going to coincide, if for no other reason than that he appears in all three novels. And that means keeping track, not only of where I am in Socko’s timeline, but also where Socko is in Flick’s (and where all the other characters are too.)

Cracking on…

The big news today is that the edit for Hunted is back from David Wailing. So I shall be working my way through that over the course of the next few days. I had a quick read through his report, and at least he hasn’t told me to completely rewrite the third act!

FC3 is coming on apace, all the major plot points are worked out, and the first few chapters written. Socko3 has gone on hold for the moment, although I still anticipate having the 1st draft by the end of July.

I have in my hands the proofs for the CreateSpace edition of Wanted. It’s been updated to match the current Kindle edition (which has been updated to reflect the new CreateSpace edition…) It’s still 6×9 format with the same front cover, although I raised the size of the typeface slightly (11.5pt Minion Pro, if anyone really wants to know), which has increased the page count to 311. There’s a new back cover blurb too.

Amazon have dropped the price on their last few copies of the FeedARead edition, down to £5.63 (which is basically ‘at cost’) – UK store only. Get them while you can!

The usual suspects…

The usual suspects…

Initial praise for Socko’s First Day:

★★★★★ Socko Garrett is old enough for The Choosing, where all 15 year olds are taken on as apprentices at an annual fair. Nobody chooses him so he ends up in the watch – the police. He’s later discovered, headhunted we’d say these days, by the Kingsmen, the elite militia answerable only to the monarch. They choose him because, unlike most of the local watch, he has a brain.

This is one of Tim Arnot’s short stories set in his post-apocalyptic world. Some of the characters are common to these short stories and the full length novel, ‘Wanted’ but the novelettes stand well as stories in their own right. There’s a wry humour in these tales which I greatly enjoy. They’re very good indeed. (Amazon top 500 reviewer)

★★★★★ I enjoyed reading a short story about “Socko” in A Splendid Salmagundi so when I heard, through goodreads, that review copies of Socko’s First Day were available, I was glad to apply.

I wasn’t disappointed. I found this to be very readable and enjoyed it. It’s also whetted my appetite to read more books by this author. I liked the style of writing, which I thought was very good, and enjoyed a glimpse into this post apocalyptic world.

If, like me, you have read the story in A Splendid Salmagundi you will still enjoy reading this. Although it is an extended version of the one available in Salmagundi, it is longer with much more detail and background not included in that shorter story. (Amazon top 1000 reviewer)

Socko’s First Day is available from Amazon iBooks and other ebook retailers.

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Paperbacks have arrived from CreateSpace. Some of you will know I’ve been conducting a little face-off between CreateSpace and FeedARead. It has to be said, that so far, CreateSpace wins on all counts APART from printing and shipping of author copies (they come from the CS plant in North Carolina and consequently have very expensive shipping charges to the UK). BUT, I uploaded the books to both sites on the same day (20th Jan), CS announced it had shipped on the 24th and it arrived from the US on the 27th, meanwhile, FAR is still “sending files to our printer” and won’t even let me order a proof for another week.

Guess which one is the epic fail?