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.
We’re still a ways off from the release of The Ascension Machine, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to find out what people are saying about it.
First up, I sent lead writer at Mad Robot Comics, Matt Hardy, a copy of the book, and he said:
Inventive, gripping and fun. Where do I sign up to be a trainee, alien space hero?Mad Robot Comics
Then my publisher sent a copy to Kirkus Reviews, a huge review site in the US. Check out the full review here. Headline:
An entertaining and action-packed journey that will appeal to Marvel and DC comics fans.Kikus Reviews
Today really couldn’t be more exciting, as the advance copies of my book have arrived. The Ascension Machine officially exists now, even if you can’t buy it until September.
Ian’s cover looks great in real life and really captures the mood I was going for, action, scifi and more than a dash of superhero. I can’t wait to get this book on shelves and you all reading it.
More news, videos and podcasts on this subject in the very near future. Stay tuned!
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?