The trouble with writing a tough homicidal female assassin is you often get accused of either gratuitous girl-ism or being unrealistic. Despite the fact that women serve in all manner of frontline positions in modern militaries all over the world, it’s taken as a “given” by a lot of readers that female fighters are just not tough enough to dish it out in a fight. Best to make female assassins into archers, where their toughness can be defined instead by their skills at being far from the frontline. For me, that’s not tough. That’s just a little too sensible.
Women’s… Continue reading
So. Here it is at last! The cover to Nysta #4: Blade of the Vampire King. And isn’t it a beauty?
Amir Zand has outdone himself and presented me with something I am almost too ashamed to put on the cover because I am unsure of the writing will live up to the promise made by this awesome cover.
In this image, you can see Nysta poised on the edge of a tunnel overlooking Urak’s Keep in the background.
I am so chuffed with this image.
So, I hear you ask: When is it going to be released?
This month.… Continue reading
I haven’t managed to update this site for the past few weeks, but I’ve had good reason. Basically, I’ve been editing my ears out on Nysta #4: Blade of the Vampire King in preparation of an August release. I’m determined to have it ready for August because August is a lucky month for me. Why is it lucky? Well, firstly Guardians of the Galaxy is out. Like a lot of people, I have waited hard for that film.
Also, Kameron Hurley’s new book, The Mirror Empire is being released. I’m a huge fan of Kameron Hurley’s books. I accidentally found… Continue reading
I’m loving this series, with good characters and great storyline. And little jokes here and there for the readers amusement. Definitely well worth the price. Eager for the next one.
And that’s what I woke up to today. A lovely bit of ego-boost I was in deep need of. It’s amazing how fragile an artist’s ego can be and equally amazing how just a little random few sentences from a complete stranger can perk you up.
So, now that I’m perked, how are things going?
They’re going well. I’ve sighted and approved a cover (which needs a few more tweaks… Continue reading
As you might know, I’ve been busy building maps as well as Book #4. And I’m happy to start showing off previews of the new maps I’m preparing for the release of Nysta #4: Blade of the Vampire King.
At this stage, I’ve designed the relative shape of the central continent as well as a few surrounding areas which will be of importance in coming books. At this stage, I’m fairly happy with the fonts and the colouring. I now need to do the geological features and then the main cities. After that, the smaller towns and coastal settlements.… Continue reading
I arranged some holidays so I could write Nysta #4: Blade of the Vampire King. Two weeks later, and I feel I haven’t progressed as far as I would have liked. I’m currently sitting on my ninth rewrite. Why so many rewrites?
Because I’m picky?
I tend to rewrite every time I feel the book isn’t proceeding how I would like. Or, once I’ve finished, I rewrite to add scenes which needed to be added to make the final scenes a little more logical. Failing that, it’s a great way to catch those grammar and spelling errors.
This time,… Continue reading
The two men had their backs to him. They sat on a log beside their fire, eating from a heavy haunch of meat taken from a goat still roasting over the flame. They couldn’t feel his eyes on them.
Didn’t know his hate for them was growing with every difficult breath.
Didn’t know how painfully he could kill them.
Didn’t know much about him at all, really.
Still. They’d known enough to gag him before chaining him to the tree.
Beat the shit out of him first, too. But now he was awake, his mind scheming. Searching desperately for a… Continue reading
I thought I’d share with you today a few thoughts on the upcoming book Nysta #4: Blade of the Vampire King.
First, I’d like to tell you it’s not a vampire book like you’d expect. There’s no sparkling vampires, and no emo ones either. And it’s not technically about vampires, either.
What it IS about, is history. Essentially, the history of the gods. Who came first, who did what, and when. It’s a backgrounder to set you on the path for Nysta’s future. And to give the gods some sort of perspective.
Now, I naturally won’t go too much into… Continue reading
Good news, everybody! Creepy and Hatboy: Save the World has just been released on paperback through Amazon. This is actually really good news because the cover is amazing. Thanks to the very talented Matthew Revert of LegumeMan Books, this cover has made me very happy. It’s an amazing piece of work, and I’m hoping he’ll do the sequel for me next year.
Also, hot on its heels, Nysta #3: When Goblins Rage is only a few days behind. It’s already been released on CreateSpace, and is just waiting to filter through to Amazon.
While I don’t sell as many in… Continue reading
Excellent book. Darker and more complex than the previous two installments. This series keeps getting better and better, which considering how good the previous two books are is really saying something.
That’s the first review of Nysta #3: When Goblins Rage, as posted on Amazon by G. Orton, who must be an awesome person with fine taste.
And I’m pleased to report sales of the third book in Nysta’s long adventure have begun swimmingly. I’m really very chuffed by the reception. I don’t feel you can tell how good your books are from the first book. So many people will… Continue reading