Update 29 April ‘21

Hey everyone!

I finished the first draft of the sequel to Extinction Horizon this week. If there was ever a GIF to illustrate my current mood, it would be this one:

The book, tentatively titled Extinction Horizon 2: Apocalypse Rising, clocked in at just shy of 70,000 words, almost twice the length of the first. Extinction Horizon was a fast and bloody little book; the sequel gives the characters some breathing room to deal with the fallout of what happened in the first book. While battling dinosaurs, of course!

Next comes the first of many edits. Writers I speak to have mixed feelings about this part of the process. Personally, I really enjoy it. It’s like having a conversation with yourself from the past. There are plenty of cringeworthy moments, when you read something written at the end of a long day when you’re more concerned about hitting your wordcount than the quality of those words, but there are also times when you impress yourself with a decent turn of phrase. I live for those moments!

I will keep you updated on how the process is going and how close to print it’s coming. In the meantime, I’m keeping myself busy by plotting my next book!

What I’m Reading

I have a couple of books on the go at the moment.

Lais Incarcerated by Foxx Ballard

The cover of this one fooled me. I thought I was in for sci-fi. And, to be fair, the book has a futuristic setting. But the plot is more an old school fantasy yarn, reminiscent of the Dragonlance books, that happens to be set on another planet.

Connor is a down-on-his-luck technician who finds himself dumped on a prison planet with a random bunch of humans, aliens, and his in-build AI, Lais. They are all forced to work together when the dangers that threaten them become quickly apparent.

The story is fun and runs along at pace, as the main characters wander from town to town, battling monsters and learning how to survive the dangerous world they now call home. I love some of the alien species Ballard has come up with, particularly the Technoids, who raise the question of when a robot should be considered ‘alive.’

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

I love a good urban fantasy, and Rachel Caine does not disappoint! The more traditional tropes of Tolkein-esque races existing in the modern world is, for the most part, abandoned in favour of Caine’s own inventive creation. In the world of the books, the Earth is constantly trying to wipe out humanity through natural disasters. Luckily, some people have the ability to control the elements and, through the use of power-enhancing genies, work daily to keep nature at bay.

Ill Wind is the first book of the Weather Warden series. It kicks off with the main character on the run and is essentially a road trip, smattered with flashbacks to provide background to the characters and setting. If you like your urban fantasy a little bit different from the norm, I would recommend Ill Wind!

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