Month: December 2011

Double Coverage

As a little yuletide treat for one and all, a couple of cover images for forthcoming titles.

First off, here’s how the cover of Warsuit 1.0, my new book for teens, is going to look.  It’s pretty self-explanatory, I feel.  Big-ass weaponised robot suit.  Jumpsuited terrorist bad guys peppering it with ray-gun fire.  Villain-stomping ahoy!

What you will have to imagine is the foil enhancement.  Basically, wherever you see plain white or grey, there’ll be foil.  So that’s the book title, my name and the Warsuit’s eyes.

Now, how about an excerpt from the back-cover text?

Armed and dangerous, Od is trapped in a desperate race to save his father’s life, battling the terrorists who want his secrets, the government who want their Warsuit back, and a viciously beautiful Secret Service operative known only as Angelica W-K…

‘Nuff said.  Out in March.  Order your copy now!

And this one is from the US edition of Kill Swap.  Barrington Stoke, the publisher, have recently signed a distribution deal in the States, and Kill Swap is one of the first contingent of titles from their backlist that’ll be available over there.

I think this is a very cool-looking image.  There’s been some to-ing and fro-ing over the level of gun references on the cover.  Guns and teens, after all, are not a good mix.  However, the inclusion of a semiautomatic in the image is fairly subtle and, in my humble opinion, works pretty well.



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A Couple Of Bits And Indeed Bobs

The big news, it’s official, I know it is because I read it on the Solaris website, is that I have signed a contract for a fifth Pantheon novel.  This one is called Age Of Voodoo, the title carrying on the absence of definite article to be found in Age Of Aztec.  Possibly in the next one we’re going to do away with the “Of” part.  And maybe the “Age” part as well.

Naturally the book is going to be set in the Caribbean, and I’m hoping Solaris will stump up for me to take an all-expenses-paid research trip to the West Indies, staying at a five-star, all-inclusive hotel.  Failing that, I’ll just have to stay at home and keep watching episodes of Death In Paradise.

This one’s planned as an all-action, ticking-clock military-SF yarn, with as many surprises and as much violence as I can pack in.  I’ve already provided a cover brief for the mighty Marek Okon, and when he furnishes us with a finished image, I will of course post it here.

The other bit, or indeed bob, to mention here is this little update on Emmanuel Beiramar’s site,  It’s a fair summary of what I’ve got upcoming in the next few months, and don’t let the fact that it’s in French put you off.  Everything sounds better in another language — especially French.

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