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ManyBooks Featured Author

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!

Check out the full interview here.

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Book Launch Recap

Shiny shiny cover

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.

And if you didn’t buy it yet, don’t delay: mybook.to/ascensionmachine

If you somehow missed my social media blitz around launch, here are a few highlights.

The Readings

I couldn’t resist a little bit of a reading of The Ascension Machine. You can listen to the first two chapters on my podcast, or watch the top of my head as I read chapter one on YouTube!

The Interviews

The Behind the Mask podcast interview! Catch me talking all things Ascension Machine on the podcast available to listen or watch!

I regret my camera position makes it look like I’m looking away from Franklin!

Short is the New Long podcast interview! Technically I was talking about some of my short fiction in this, but I couldn’t resist chatting about The Ascension Machine too!

And if you’d rather read an interview, we had a bushel of those too:

The Reviews

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!

The Sequel?

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.

Just a working title… but it does look pretty.

Anyway, thank again for all the support. Grey’s adventures will continue!

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Reviews for The Ascension Machine

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

Then the Manhattan Book Review got in on the act with a review which starts by calling The Ascension Machine “the ideal science fiction novel for any fans of the genre” and ends with:

… a fun read that leaves you with a smile on your face.

Manhattan Book Review
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Books Exist!

The book is by me, the hair is by Lockdown

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!

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Countdown to Publication

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?