Turns out that writing two books a year in two different series is quite time consuming, who knew? Well, I’ve just finished going through the proofs of HIVE 8 - Deadlock and am cracking on with book two of Earthfall. I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that Earthfall and all the latest HIVE books are all coming to America too, courtesy of the lovely people at Simon and Schuster. I’ve even had some hints that they might want me to cross the water to the colonies and perform some sort of promotional events out there. So if there’s anywhere you’d particularly like me to visit perhaps, just let me know.
In other news, I’m having a think about changes I’d like to make to the site/forums, as the blog especially needs a bit of sprucing up. Greybeard the Stupid Pirate and his legion of flying internet Sloths are ready to make any changes necessary, but if there’s anything you’d particularly like to see changed or think should be added, just let me know in the comments or drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyway, I’d better get back to Sam and the gang, not sure quite how I’m going to get them out of the situation I’ve just put them in…. Who says I’m just making this up as I go along
I’m really pleased to finally be able to reveal the cover for the first book in my new series, Earthfall. I’ll be posting later today with more details about the new series, but I just wanted to show everyone this fabulous new cover. Hope you like it!
Click the image below to see a larger version.
At least I think it is.
Anyway, finally emerging from the cupboard under the stairs with a fresh new manuscript clutched tightly to my chest. Now my editor has to spend several months rewriting it from scratch to make sure that its’s vaguely intelligible.
I will be giving a lot more details about the new book over the coming weeks, but what I can say for now is that this is going to be the first book in a completely new series called Earthfall. Don’t worry about Otto and the gang, there’s plenty more to come from the world of HIVE as the two series are going to run alongside each other. I’m really excited about the new series and I hope that anyone out there who’s enjoyed any of the HIVE books will enjoy this new series of adventures just as much.
Now, I’m just going to go and give this to my editor and hope she doesn’t set the dogs with bees in their mouths on me again….
There are a small group of poor, poor people who have been roped into doing a blog tour to tie in with the launch of Aftershock. They have absolutely no idea what they’re letting themselves in for but, if you want to see just how deranged I am just head to http://www.bloomsbury.com/Mark-Walden/authors/3230/article/9683 and you’l be able to see which blogs I’m defacing. I warn you in advance, it’s not pretty….
I’m just starting to get first word of copies of Aftershock arriving for people who pre-ordered them on Amazon. Hopefully copies should also be appearing in your local bookshop very soon!
Other than that I’ve just been busy with the secret project (more news soon, I promise) and getting ready for a blog tour that I’ll be doing some time in August. I’ll post more details of where and when I’ll be posting as the time approaches. Should be good fun!
In unrelated geeky news, I thoroughly enjoyed X-Men First Class and I have to say that Michael Fassbender is surely the front runner for the next James Bond if Daniel Craig gets bored of the gig. Bored of being James Bond? What on earth am I talking about? That’s not humanly possible!
Time to get back to the cupboard under the stairs…..
Well, the edits on Aftershock are now complete so the next time that I see it will be when it’s wrapped in its lovely sparkly new silver cover. It also looks like the release date in the UK will be moving forward slightly and it should hopefully be hitting your local book shop some time in August. So, not too much longer!
I’m now cracking on with super secret project (catchy name huh?) and I will hopefully be able to tell you a little bit more about what it is before too long. That’s if I can drag myself away from Portal 2 for long eno…..errrr…..I mean if I’m not exhausted from working so hard. Yes…that’s it.
I’ve got something really cool to show everyone today, the brand spanking new covers for the HIVE series! You’ll find them all below, including the cover for Aftershock. These are all going to be printed on holographic foil so I’m afraid that your monitor won’t show them all in all their shiny glory but let me assure you that they look even cooler in the flesh. I’d just like to say a big thanks to all of the lovely people at Bloomsbury who’ve been working really hard on these. They should be hitting the shelves of your local book store around the time of Aftershock’s release in September.
Click any of the images below to embiggen. Hope you like them!
Hooray! Aftershock is done! Just the editing to do now, so my lovely editor Ele will, no doubt, be cracking open a brand new shipping container of commas even as we speak!
In other news, if you look just to the right of this post you will see a link to the new and improved HIVE forums. This should help with the infestation of Spambots that plagued the old boards and give everyone a shiny new place to find the deranged ravings of the forum loonies. Just kidding guys, you know I love you all really
I’m also hoping that over the next few days that I might be able to put something else that’s new and improved and very shiny up on the blog……
As the more observant browsers of Amazon may have already noticed, the title of HIVE book seven has been announced. It’s going to be called Aftershock and will be released in September 2011. Assuming of course that I actually finish writing it! No cover images to show you guys yet but as soon as I have one I’ll post it here. Back to the keyboard…..
Hope that everyone is prepared for the usual over-indulgence over the course of the next few days. I plan to consume my own body weight in mince pies. Trust me, that’s a lot of pies.
Below is a little something that people who subscribe to Bloomsbury’s HIVE newsletter will have already seen but I thought I’d post it for anyone who hasn’t. It was originally written for a scheme called 24/7 where the challenge was to write a story in only 247 words. What follows was my attempt to produce something HIVE related in that word count. Hope you like it
In the mean time I hope that everyone has a villainous Christmas and that you manage to acquire great big piles of ill-gotten loot.
“Self destruct sequence activated,” a computerised voice said calmly, “three minutes remaining to
reach minimum safe distance.”
The tuxedo clad man ran through the underground control centre, towards the raised platform at the
rear of the room.
The man raised an eyebrow as he looked down at the screen displaying a digital countdown of the
He reached into the inside pocket of his immaculately tailored dinner jacket and pulled out a slim
silver cigarette case.
“All the time I need,” he said with a slight smile and opened the case, placing it on the command
console. The tiny display hidden inside the case lit up and flashed up a message reading “system
shut down initiated”. The man smiled to himself, within sixty seconds the self destruct sequence
would be aborted and the vital intelligence contained within this secret facility would be his.
Without warning, the enormous explosive device buried deep beneath the alpine castle exploded,
destroying the entire building and leaving a fair sized crater in the side of the mountain it had been
On a mountain ridge, a safe distance away, Raven lowered her binoculars as the mountain-side
disintegrated, plumes of black smoke billowing into the air.
“That was a little early wasn’t it,” she said.
“You didn’t really think I’d have a self destruct system that would activate at zero did you?” Doctor
Nero replied with a wicked smile…