Cheating Sunrise – formatting and preparing to publish

Cheating Sunrise front cover

My fourth novel, the second book in the Blood:Lust series, is currently being formatted for its release on the Amazon Kindle store. Once again, I am having the ebook formatting done by the extremely efficient, friendly and professional Polgarus Studio. I’m planning to have the Kindle version available for pre-order on or before next Friday, March 18th, with a release date approximately a month later, in mid-April.

During the pre-order period, Cheating Sunrise will be on sale at the special pre-order price of 99p / 99c, with a release price of £2.49 / $2.99. Save yourself some money and get in early for this one.

Cheating Sunrise will also be available in paperback, where the gorgeous cover (by Nikolai Ostertag) is going to look really rather excellent. I’ll post a picture of the paperback as soon as I have the image available.

I’m very pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response from my test readers on Cheating Sunrise. The deliberate change of theme (essentially dropping the gratuitous smut in favour of a character-driven action adventure) was well-received, which was hardly surprising considering the feedback I received for Midnight Cocktail where most people who bothered to comment said they preferred the second half of the book.

In my next blog post, I’ll provide a bit more information about Cheating Sunrise, hopefully with some details about the book’s location on Amazon.


Cheating Sunrise – the soundtrack to my writing

Here are the albums that I was mostly listening to while I wrote (and while I’m editing) my fourth novel, Cheating Sunrise. This list isn’t representative of the style or theme of the novel, or the kind of music that I imagine playing in the background of any particular scene. This is just music that I have been listening to over the last eight or nine months while I’ve been writing this book. And working out. And driving.

I’ve listed the albums in alphabetical order of band/artist, because that’s always a good idea. If you click on an image, it will take you to the album’s iTunes page. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

One of those bands does get a very brief mention in Cheating Sunrise, but you’re going to have to wait until it is published to find out who that is.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the above bands for providing background music and a considerable amount of inspiration while I’ve been writing and editing over the last nine months or so.

Cheating Sunrise – test reading has started

I’m in that intriguing, exciting period (which usually lasts about 5 minutes) between finishing the last chapter and entering the test-reading phase. Right now, I’m doing the non-writing stuff which is mostly just me sending the book out to a few people to test read.

I will be going back to re-read and edit the whole book several times myself, to get it as polished as it needs to be before I go into publishing mode.

This is a very rough estimate, but I reckon I’ll have Cheating Sunrise ready for pre-order within a month. It’s going to be on Amazon Kindle for digital, and also available in paperback. I’ll do a back-cover reveal before the book goes on sale, but I’ll probably leave that for a couple of weeks while I’m editing.

The book doesn’t have its own page on this site yet, so I’ll also be sorting that out very soon.


Cheating Sunrise – cover evolution

Here’s the short story of the evolutionary process of the cover for my fourth novel, Cheating Sunrise, which is due to be published during the first quarter of 2016.

My original idea was this rough mixture of basic images, with text in the same font that I had chosen for Midnight Cocktail. I sent it to the cover artist with a few lines asking for something that looked vaguely like that kind of composition.


He came back very quickly with this sketch, which was mainly to confirm that I was happy with the basic design, which I was.

02_Cover sketch1

The first colour draft that he sent me was pretty much exactly what I was thinking of when I put that first rough image together.

03_Cover sketch2

This is what it looked like before the final details were added:

04_Cover red-blue

I asked for a few minor changes, which I’ll leave for you to spot, and I had my finished cover:Cheating Sunrise front cover


Once again, many thanks to Nikolai Ostertag for his great work.

Fourth novel – cover reveal

Here’s the cover for my soon-to-be-released fourth novel, Cheating Sunrise. It’s the second book in the Blood:Lust series, and that’s pretty much all I’m giving away right now…

The cover was created by Nikolai Ostertag.

Cheating Sunrise front cover

Click on the image above to open a full size view of it.

I went back to the artist responsible for the Midnight Cocktail cover because I wanted some image continuity, also because Nikolai is a great artist, fun to work with, and very efficient at producing exactly what I ask for.

More details, including a release date, will be posted here soon. I’m anticipating a release in the first quarter of 2016, but a lot depends on feedback from test readers. If you would like to be involved with that, please let me know via the contact page on this site.