On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th of January, my first novel The Jesus Man, will be available for FREE – normally $2.99.
If you’ve got a Kindle you’ll be able to download it from any of the Amazon markets globally. Below is a link to the UK site. Go grab a freebie!!
As I approach 30k words, the plot line for my second novel sees its characters only days from their final port of Macapa, Brazil. So far, I’ve learned a great many things about vessels and sailing, ocean currents and weather, and the geography and economies of a number of countries and islands. Beyond this, they will venture into the Amazon for an encounter which will trigger a series of future events that will make up the remainder of this tale.
What’s been enjoyable once again is the way sudden flashes of inspiration have provided some great plot twists. Things I’d not planned on have now become fundamental fixtures within the framework of the story, and to consider that I could have potentially gone on to complete the story without including them, seems inconceivable to me now.
I look forward to the next stage of the expedition which will bring the story to the halfway mark and link up with the prologue.
Towards the end of last year, I was informed the publishing platform I’d chosen to send digital copies of my book to market was closing. That closing date (15th Jan) is looming. With that in mind, I must migrate my content off a number of platforms and reassign it. I will have to sign up for services such as Amazon KDP, Kobo, Google and Barnes & Noble independently. This will create a number of technical issues and problems to overcome that I’m sure will be quite demanding and frustrating at times. I hope to have these migration issues resolved asap and move forward as quickly as this complicated situation will allow.
At 24k words on Christmas Eve I’m taking a break from penning the new novel. Will resume next year and it’s clear that I’m going to have to go higher on the word count than originally intended. Oh well, such is the nature of my work! I’d like to thank those who’ve bought my first novel The Jesus Man and those who’ve taken the time to leave their reviews of it – much appreciated! Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
22.5k words done and I’m now starting on Chapter 4. I’ve chosen Cape Verde’s Santiago as the expedition’s second stop-over. A pivotal point in the plot, it will see the dynamics aboard shift dramatically and a number of those involved abandon the endeavour. Those remaining will take on stores and head for Macapa, Brazil and the mouth of the Amazon in pursuit of a young Dutchman’s dream. I’ve still to develop the second and third stages of the entire plot and introduce their appropriate characters, but the whole vision for the story is well and truly in place now.
Now at work on Chapter 3 of my second novel. Needing more of a framework to hang my ideas on, so stopping the writing for a spell to decide on key moments of the story. I’m enjoying the subtle threads of darkness which are weaving their way through the plot. The text is not as dense as TJM and the narrative is a completely different approach. It’s no less complex, but it’s definitely going to be a very different animal.
When Ann gets an idea in her head, banishes me from the room and goes on to create an impromptu set with which to display my horror story. Thanks my love! xxxx