And it can be yours too!
Okay, corny, but it’s out.
Well, it´s time to re-read all 11 books again! Book 12 is finally coming!!!
So, mrfg made the comment above, and I wanted to share some news which might be of interest.
Since I was talking to my wonderful proofreader, Kate, anyway, I broached another subject with her and she’s agreed, at least in principle, so I figure I can mention this. Kate is going to be going over all the books I’ve never sent her, hopefully finishing the lot by Christmas. So Steel will get an update, cleaned up and typo-free, but I’m going to do a slightly more thorough job on the Thaumatology books. Nothing gross is going to change. There may be a few corrections to dates which I’ve discovered don’t work (did a huge timeline of all the books before the latest and some things were a bit… off), there will be corrections of errors, and Devotik has developed a lot since it first got used properly in Legacy (I think). So I’ll be correcting my Devotik. I may do some new covers.
Thos who have already purchased the books on Smashwords or Amazon, should be able to get updates as soon as they come out (free!), and new readers will get nice, fresh, clean versions to read.
In the meantime, there will be Vengeance!
For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll, the eleventh Thaumatology novel, is now available on Smashwords and Amazon. As usual, there’s a coupon for 50% off for the first week at Smashwords; the code is TY72J to be used at checkout.
I hope you enjoy it; this will be the last story about Ceri and Lily for a while. There’s still plenty of things to write about them and their world, however, so there may well be more in the future.
The tenth book in the Thaumatology series, The Other Side of Hell, is now available on Smashwords. Use coupon code DL66G at the checkout for a discount valid until Boxing Day.
(Amazon now has it listed too.)
It’s that time; time for the end of the world (well, maybe). Dragonfall, the ninth book in the Thaumatology series is now up on Smashwords and Amazon.
And here is a little hint of what’s to come:
Carter Fleming had a smile on his face. As usual he was dressed in an expensive, perfectly fitted suit which showed off his physique. His ash-blonde hair was perfectly coifed. He was a handsome man wearing his half-century very well, and he exuded confidence. His premiere nightclub, and the one closest to his heart, was full again after recent problems which had seen most of London shut down for more than a week, so business was good. The smile, however, was primarily because he had five attractive women around him and that always made him happy.
Aside from Cheryl on a bar stool beside him, and Ceri and Lily, there was Sasha and Tess, the other two waitresses. Each of the Dragon’s waitresses was dressed in a garment which could only loosely described as a dress; high-collared, sleeveless, with an open panel over the chest and a skirt which consisted of two short panels to front and back, barely long enough to be decent. Each had a different colour and pattern making each girl unique, and while Lily was the best waitress, each girl had customers who favoured them whenever they visited. The Dragon was noted for its attractive, professional, and exceptionally good staff. It was the place to be seen and on a night like this, not long after the full moon, when the werewolves were still a little too depressed for partying, the club had a plentiful supply of people who liked being seen; famous people, who left big tips.
That was even more true currently because the city’s vampires were keeping their heads down. There were a few of them in, but not the usual numbers. An Ancient vampire had come to the city only a couple of weeks earlier and caused what had almost been a full scale war. The older vamps had sided with the normals and the other supernaturals against him, but there was still a degree of bad feeling against the undead. The fallout among the normals was still working its way out too, but that was primarily an issue with the government, police, and army, not the general citizens.
Inside the Jade Dragon, however, ill-feeling was forgotten. The people there were there to have a good time, perhaps even more so considering they might have all died a couple of weeks earlier. Ceri had noticed it; people were drinking a little more, partying a little harder. There was a hint of the kind of attitude people had had in war time. Enjoy yourself now, because there might not be another chance.
‘You know,’ she said after coming back from a drinks run, ‘I think people are starting to think the world might end this winter.’
‘That Mayan calendar business?’ Cheryl asked. ‘I thought there was plenty of evidence that the date was wrong, and the Mayans didn’t think of things ending then anyway?’
‘Popular culture,’ Carter grumbled. ‘People prefer a good story to facts. And we have had a couple of close calls recently. The severe winter and the werewolves two years ago. Then last Samhain was the worst since the Shattering. Monsters crushing churches tends to make people think. The mass arrival of a horde of angels during the Witch Hunter business, and now the vampires going off the reservation.’
‘Put like that, it is a little apocalyptic.’
‘I’d have thought we deserved a bit of quiet after all that,’ Tess said.
‘It would be kind of nice to go a month or two without the world threatening to end,’ Ceri agreed, ‘or someone deciding to execute witches, or…’
‘Ghosts seeking vengeance through the power of a Fury?’ Lily suggested.
‘I think we’re starting to run out of threats,’ Ceri said, grinning.
Carter winced. ‘Don’t tempt Fate, dear girl. I don’t think I can stand the stress.’
‘Of course you can, Boss,’ Lily said, ‘you’ve got all that wonderful stress relief sitting beside you.’ Her eyes flicked to one of the tables. ‘Sasha, twenty-eight.’
The blonde smiled and started toward her table. ‘Thanks, Lil.’ One of the reasons the Dragon’s waitresses were considered so good was that they always seemed to know they were needed before they were asked. That was thanks to Lily.
‘Indeed,’ Carter said, ‘but my stress relief is rather busy at the moment, between the upcoming conference and this power generation project. Not to mention that she keeps discovering fundamental particles governing the world’s magic field. Has anyone confirmed the thaumino data, since we’re on the subject?’ Carter was a wizard, and a moderately good one. His magic was practical, but he was an intelligent man and understood at least some of what Ceri and Cheryl did. He had helped finance the research.
‘We’re hoping that the delegates from MIT may have an announcement to make at the conference,’ Cheryl said. ‘The last I heard they were close, but it was going to be right up to the wire.’ She glanced at Ceri. ‘Barclay Macbay is coming over for the conference.’
‘Maybe he’ll have some news about their generator project,’ Ceri said, nodding.
‘Oh yes,’ Lily said, ‘can we borrow a car Monday, Boss? Ceri wants to go look at Stonehenge again.’
‘The Range Rover?’ Carter asked without a second’s thought. ‘Or would you prefer the Aston?’
‘The Range Rover,’ Lily replied. ‘I’ll be too tempted otherwise and we want Ceri in a fit state to work when we get there.’ Ceri grinned at her; she disliked travelling, and in cars especially, but she was a lot better than she had been. ‘Besides,’ Lily added, ‘the backseat is much roomier in the Rover.’
‘I thought you were working,’ Carter said, a knowing grin forming.
Lily gave a little shrug and smiled. ‘Well, you know what they say about all work and no play…’
Just a reminder that Dragonfall, the ninth book in the Thaumatology sequence will be published to Smashwords and Amazon this weekend. Over the next couple of days I’ll release the cover artwork and maybe one or two excerpts. Today I’m announcing that Dragonfall will be going on sale at $0.99. This is partially because the next book, The Other Side of Hell, will be out two weeks later and you’ll probably want to be snapping that up if you’ve read Dragonfall, and I don’t want to suck up all your Christmas money.
Two items of note:
First off, Amazon have the worst update mechanism I’ve ever heard of, badly documented and manual in handling. That process has now been followed through, but I have no idea when links to allow people who previously purchased Thaumatology 101 to get the update will become available on your “Mange Your Kindle” page. Amazon say it could take up to a month, and I’ve no idea whether they’ll notify me. So, if you’re an Amazon customer, I can only apologise.
Second, Amazon did, however, drop me an email recently telling me that Season 1 of Lost Girl would be coming out on DVD soon. They are estimating availability on February 25th next year (that’s in the UK). I’ve been waiting for this for a while. There aren’t many good urban fantasy TV series, and this is one of them.
It’s that time again. The time when people think it’s cool to be scared and create silly little things to get with the scary programme. Even the canteen at work…
Yes, it’s a Halloween cupcake… What will they think of next?
Meanwhile, the second edition of Thaumatology 101 is available for download from Smashwords. If you already own it, it won’t cost anything. There’s a little extra material in there, as well as a few corrections. You can find it at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93217. Amazon users won’t be left out as soon as KDP finishes processing the files.
There’s also a new cover…
Enjoy. And have a good Halloween.
Addendum: Edition 2 is now available through Amazon too.
Thaumatology book 8, Ancient, is up on Smashwords and Amazon. You can purchase it half-price until September 9th using the coupon code AM37F at the Smashwords checkout.
Ceridwyn Brent has invented a way of creating an artificial ley line and is planning to use it to generate free, clean electricity. To do that, however, she needs to start the line in an area of high magical energy and in Europe that means the German Rift. At the end of World War II, a series of huge explosions in German cities cracked open the world, letting demons and fae run rampant, and that rift line is still a huge area of high magic. So, Ceri and her friend, Lily Carpenter, must walk into what is left of Hamburg to initiate the ley line.
Something is wrong in the ruins of Hamburg, however. Sensitives are having strange dreams of some old evil rising from underground and the shadows seem to move on their own. Something bad has woken up and it seems to be fascinated by Ceri. It also has far more extreme motives and, when it follows Ceri and Lily back to London, blood and chaos are not far behind.