A little delayed on my part (Christmas distractions and being laid up with something of a bad back), but I recently stopped by the Many Books site for an interview about The Ascension Machine. They were good enough to feature me as an Author of the Day!
The Ascension Machine is now three weeks old! I’ve been a published novelist for almost a month, and the shine is still on it. I don’t have exact sales numbers (and if I did, it would probably be gauche to share them), but we’ve sold enough that my publisher is happy, and that I know they can’t all have been bought by family and friends, so, I’m thinking to call that a success. Thanks to everybody who has bought, read, commented, or simply supported and encouraged the book launch.
I’m delighted with the early reviews for the book, we have four on the UK Amazon and four on the US site, plus one from Mexico, for a total of nine reviews so far. And all of them five stars! I’m sure I’ll get a few more tempered views to come, but right now, I got so excited, I had an Inklings buddy do me a few brag graphics!
To read the reviews in full, visit the Amazon page of your choice!
I’ve been focused so much on marketing this last few weeks that my daily writing targets have suffered. But work on the sequel is well underway. I’m hoping to get it out for … mmm no, no promises, except I’m writing as quickly as I can. If only this blank page would stop staring at me. Anyway, as it stands, I’m about 40k words into the first draft of The Crossover Paradox, and I am really enjoying where the book is heading.
Anyway, thank again for all the support. Grey’s adventures will continue!
Haven’t done this in a while. To celebrate the upcoming release of Inklings Press’s new anthology Tales from the Pirate’s Cove, here’s a new episode of my somewhat neglected podcast wherein I read my story, Boarding School.
Welcome to the brand new StorycastRob blog, in honour of the launch of my new novel, The Ascension Machine. The book is the first in the Justice Academy series, a YA scifi superhero adventure about a young grifter learning what it is to be a superhero.
The book is due for release on 1st September 2020 and I couldn’t be more excited.
Want to know more? Here’s the blurb!
For many, college is where they find out who they truly are. At the Justice Academy, a college for superheroes from species across the galaxy, the question of identity is even more important. For teenage grifter Grey, things are further complicated because his identity belongs to someone else. Grey lived a life drifting aimlessly between the space stations of the galaxy running petty scams to get by, self-sufficient and alone. But at the Academy he finds friends, and a place where perhaps he can belong, if only it wasn’t all based on a lie.
Grey’s life impersonating Mirabor Gravane is made more difficult, when Gravane’s mother sends her “”son”” on a mission to a world gripped by organised crime. Grey recruits fellow students for the mission, and it takes the biggest of lies to save the day: he must convince the local crime families that he is their equal and set a trap for them. Taking risks to protect his secret, events spiral out of Grey’s control. When the real Mirabor Gravane is kidnapped, Grey must confess all to his friends. They must come together to mount a rescue and defend a city from an attack by hostile super-powered aliens.
If he is to succeed, or even survive, Grey must decide who he is, and does he want to be a superhero?