Hi all,

Just wanted to check in and reassure you that yes, I am alive, and no, I haven’t quit writing. So, tabloid journalists, you can drop your pens and scrap that planned headline story all over the gossip pages tomorrow…

I am, in fact, in the process of moving house. To those who haven’t moved house before, I can assure you that it is a roller-coaster of, well, highs and lows, the lowest being having to wait a goddamned week for a proper internet connection to be installed. I’m currently typing this hoping my mobile hotspot doesn’t time out (my iPhone is perched on my window battling for 3G signal).

Anyway, a few things. Firstly, thanks very much for all the nice comments and reception to my latest release, The Painting. You can grab a copy here, if you haven’t already.

What’s launching this summer?

I’ve been working on several projects in the first half of 2013, some of which I planned to release, others that have emerged out of nowhere. I just wanted to line up some projects I’m working on, when to expect them, and how you can keep up to date.

Firstly, Killing Freedom, my second novel, is set for a July release. It’s the story of a hitman who forms a bond with a family he is ordered to kill. It’s currently with my editor for line edits, after some really high praise/quality feedback at the developmental stage. I’m really, really proud of this book, and I think you’re going to love it. Of course, I would say that, but I really do think you’re going to love it. You’ll be hearing a lot more about Killing Freedom over the coming weeks, starting with the unveiling of the cover (designed by the fantastic Lloyd Lelina, once again) this Wednesday. Head back over to the blog if you fancy taking a peek.

In August, I’ll be releasing the second chapter of The Watching novella trilogy. I’m planning to start writing it in July, and have a few ideas where I’d like it to go. I have to be careful not to re-hash the formula of The Painting, while maintaining its (very dark) soul, but I have a few ideas to keep it all fun, and those who have read will be well aware of how intriguing the story’s world really is.

How about autumn/fall 2013?

That’s right: more projects. Of course, I’ll be wrapping up The Watching trilogy, perhaps tying it in with Halloween. However, that’s not all. I’ve been working on a new crime/mystery novel for the most part of 2013 (and the latter part of 2012). Whereas Killing Freedom is pure thriller, Untitled Crime Novel 1 is a very British, very character-driven murder mystery. It introduces a detective and supporting cast, and is the opening chapter of a larger series, to be continued through 2014 and beyond. I love it, and I think you will too.

How can I find out about these new books?

If you want to be first to hear about my new books as soon as they are released, feel free to sign up to my New Release Notification list. I don’t ever send out any spam or anything like that, and you’re welcome to unsubscribe at any time. But seriously, it’s pretty cool. Click here for new book updates in your inbox.

Anyway, I’m ultra-paranoid about my mobile internet connection timing out. I should be all up and running again this Wednesday, and I’ll share the Killing Freedom cover then. Maybe even an extra blog post.

Have a great day! How are all your projects going? I’d love to hear about them, whether writing, music — whatever!