Simp-ly Hav-ing a surprisingly hectic early December…

After quite a long time without a great deal occurring since the release of BRUTAL KUNNIN at the end of the summer, there have been a few exiting developments in quick succession.

First of all was the UK cover reveal for THE BLACK COAST, which I would include below except that my website doesn’t seem to want to upload images for some reason. It’s by Anato Finnstark, and I think wonderfully evokes the wild world, and I did manage to previously upload it to the “publications” page if you want to take a look there!

And speaking of THE BLACK COAST, it has received this rather sparkling review from The Fantasy Inn. I was absolutely delighted to read this, and realise that someone loved my fantasy debut this much!

But further excitement was to come! On 6th December I was a part of Cymera Fest’s Advent Calendar, with this short story. It’s not just a short story: it’s a look at Princess Tila Narida, one of THE BLACK COAST’s characters, twenty years before the events of the novel.

Also, I was part of Black Library’s advent calendar, with THE SERPENT’S DANCE, my first venture into the time of the Horus Heresy with a story about Amendera Kendel, the former Oblivion Knight and now agent of Malcador.

Finally, possibly the biggest news for me lately, and certainly the biggest of my Black Library career: it was announced that I have written the Primarchs novel for Alpharius, the Lord of the Alpha Legion!

This is hugely exciting, and was a great experience. The Alpha Legion are the most mysterious of all the Space Marine factions, and Alpharius the most mysterious of the primarchs. I’m so glad (and proud) that Black Library decided they wanted me to be the one to write his story. The only question is whether you’re going to be able to – or should – believe anything you read…

All in all, it’s been a busy end to the year, and as I do page proofs on the second novel of the God-King Chronicles, and finish writing the third, it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down any time soon. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a safe few weeks between now and next year (and afterwards, to be fair).

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