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In the near future, an alien space station appears beyond the orbit of Neptune. A pioneering mission of first contact is launched. But the genetically engineered backup crew was never meant to do it alone…

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When disaster strikes the spaceship UNOPS Ascension, the genetically engineered reserve crew are all that remain. To survive the mission they must overcome their conditioning, unlock their potential… and become truly human.

Max (Medical Assistant XIII) was designed, grown and conditioned for Mission Zero. He is capable of performing complex medical tasks, administering drugs, running blood tests and even assisting in minor surgeries. But Max knows nothing more. Nothing about the mission, the Ascension, the other Artificial Persons on board or even himself. Only, there is something wrong with Max.

He is beginning to learn.

The first prequel in the Galactic Arena Series, Inhuman Contact explores the story of Mission Zero and humanity’s first encounter with Orb Station Zero. It examines the origins of the Artificial Persons Program and why there is pro- and anti-AP terrorism on Earth in the main series. It can be read before or after Book 1 Orb Station Zero, or as a stand-alone story.

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Galactic Arena Prequels updated covers

I have updated both the Galactic Arena Prequels covers. Check them out:

I think they’re better now. What do you reckon?

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Where’s the Sequel?

I have been working hard to finish the next draft of the sequel to Orb Station Zero. I was hoping to get it released before April but life got in the way…

Last week we welcomed a second daughter into our family. My wife had a wonderful birth and everyone is perfectly healthy. And we are all giddily happy.

However, there is no time for writing at the moment. I am dying to get on with it and my thoughts are with the story but of course family comes first. I am writing this from the armchair with my three year old snuggled up under my arm and there’s nothing better than that.

Realistically, my next book will not be out before May. I know a lot of people have been waiting and I apologise for the delay. I hope that the story will be worth the wait. After that I will get on with the next Immortal Knight Chronciles story which is Vampire Khan. I am so looking forward to writing that one.

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The Number 1 Vampire!

As of today, Vampire Crusader is the number 1 best seller in the Vampire category on UK Kindle!

Numero uno, bebe!

Thank you, UK Kindle readers. You guys ROCK.

If you haven’t got it already, then you’re probably missing out on all this awesome historical fiction vampire action adventure…

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The immortal knight, Sir Richard of Ashbury, hunts his nemesis through centuries of war…

AD 1190, England. A young knight’s family is slaughtered. As the lords of Europe seek to retake Jerusalem from the mighty Saladin, Sir Richard swears an oath of vengeance against Earl William de Ferrers, who has returned from the dead with an insatiable thirst for violence.

Richard stalks William and his savage knights across Europe to the Holy Land, fights in the crusades’ bloodiest battles alongside Richard the Lionheart and unearths a secret of great evil under the hills of Palestine.

Vampire Crusader is a thrilling novel for fans of historical fiction and action-adventure — the kinds of novels by authors such as Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Simon Scarrow. This is not an ordinary vampire story. It is a series spanning 800 years from the 12th century to the present day and featuring the most exciting and the darkest periods of English and European history. If you love action-packed historical fiction then get Vampire Crusader now.

Wherever there was great death and evil in the world, William was never far. I fought him in the New World, the Far East and in Napoleon’s Europe. I tracked him through the horrors of the Black Death and the overwhelming destruction on the Eastern Front.
He was crusader, outlaw, khan. He was a count, a cavalier and a cardinal.
William was a murderer, a devil.
A vampire.

Vampire Outlaw, Book 2 in the Immortal Knight Chronicles, is available now on Amazon.
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Praise for the Immortal Knight Chronicles:

“Highlander meets Interview with the Vampire”

“These vampires are bloody murderous, cruel, ferocious bastards, lurking in the darkness trying to bite your head of your body (or slice you open… sometimes on a meat hook)”

“Recommended for history and vampire enthusiasts because it integrates both sublimely.”

“I recommend this book to everyone with a love for historical fiction and fantasy!”

“If Bernard Cornwell wrote vampire novels he’d do extremely well to match this.”

“Historical fiction with a twist!”

“I was captured by this awesome story about knights, romance and bloody murders.”

“A rip-roaring, blood soaked yarn fraught with danger and tension.”

“Just like that I was hooked. These weren’t the glamorous vampires that we are so use to reading about in books now-a-days, these were ruthless, blood-sucking parasites and I loved it.”

“The author did a wonderful job of masterfully creating characters that were true to the era and the writing was so excellent and the plot was so gripping, I found myself, turning page after page.”

“I would recommend it to everyone.”

 

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Thank you for taking the time…

Move Your Reader

I just got this lovely email from a reader and had to share:

Re: The Immortal Knight Chronicles. I have read books 1 and 2 and tried to write a review for them but couldn’t.  I want you to know how pleased I was with both of them.  Once I started I was unable to stop until I finished both books.  Your writing is excellent, your characters so well developed that it hurt to have them die or be lost by the passage of time.  I was pleased that [SPOILER REDACTED!!!!] and I will be watching for Book 3.  Thank you!

When readers contact me to say they enjoyed one of my stories, it is the most wonderful feeling. Someone has taken the time to reach out directly and it really means a lot. It makes me feel good and helps inspire me to write more and write better.

Although I try to do this sort of thing myself – I recently emailed one of my all time favorite podcasters to say thank you for making such a terrific show – I fully intend to do it more often. I will do it… I will…

And thank you to everyone who has left a review on Amazon or Goodreads recently, it really makes an enormous difference and I appreciate that you spent some of your valuable time to do so. Every single review, no matter how brief, is a massive help.

Cheers!


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New Scifi Release – Onca’s Duty the Galactic Arena Prequel – Out Now! #scifi

Onca’s Duty is available now!

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Brazilian Special Forces Major Rafael “Onca” Santos is one of the finest soldiers of the 22nd century. A veteran of counter-terrorism combat and urban warfare, Onca faces the toughest challenge of his life when he is shortlisted for a mission unlike any other.

A dozen of the Earth’s most elite Marines, Rangers, Airborne and Special Forces soldiers will be chosen to travel to the outer solar system. And only one will ultimately be selected to fight in the giant alien space station known as Orb Station Zero.

Onca’s path is clear. He must do his duty. But duty to what? To his country, to the military, his comrades, all of humanity… or to himself?

A story of sacrifice, honor and loyalty, the second prequel in the Galactic Arena Series, Onca’s Duty explores the story of The United Nations Orb Project’s Mission Two. It comes after Inhuman Contact and before Orb Station Zero but can be read before or after either.

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Orb Station Zero on sale now just 0.99! #Kindle #scifi

Hellooooo. So, the prequel story Onca’s Duty will be out this week. In honour of this awesome new release, the scifi masterpiece that it is a prequel to is on sale for just $0.99c in the US and the UK.

If you haven’t got your copy yet, then you should get Orb Station Zero right now. Go on, quick. Don’t even wait, just get it now.

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What is this book, then? Well:

An alien space station appears beyond the orbit of Neptune. A threat to humanity’s existence and the gateway to a galactic empire.

Every thirty years, humanity sends a single champion to fight for our future. But every one of our finest heroes is torn to shreds.

Rama Seti never volunteered. He’s no soldier. And yet his head is grafted onto the body of an 8ft tall, genetically engineered supersoldier and blasted to the edge of the Solar System to battle the giant alien warrior.

First, Rama must survive four billion miles in a colossal starship, the UNOPS Victory, training with the deadliest space marines, soldiers, fighters and killers the world has ever known. And each of them will stop at nothing to be the savior of the world.

This is the final chance. Win humanity’s future. Or lose the Earth itself.

If you enjoyed Ender’s Game, Starship Troopers and Old Man’s War, you’ll love Orb Station Zero, the first in a new military science fiction series, Galactic Arena.

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It’s pretty darn great but don’t take my word for it. This is the sort of stuff readers are saying:

Stunning. Best sci-fi I’ve read in years. Original plot, if I could I’d give it 10 stars. If you want science fiction at its best the this is the book for you.”

Thrilling read. This was a beautiful, diverse and intense journey depicting the true primal side of mankind incorporated into a world of dazzling technology and vast advancements in genetic engineering and manipulation. I am delighted I gave this book a chance since it exceeded all my expectations and definitely has me eagerly awaiting book two in this series. My thanks to the author for creating such an enticing storyline.”

Great book with a good story looking forward to the next book. Well worth the read. Recommended to all sci-fi readers.”

A Refreshing original plot. A well planned and penned story, which portrays our hero and his colleagues warts and all when faced with an unknown adversary, the characters have depth, and lend a honesty to the story, the enemy is implacable brutal and remains an unknown quantity, overall great value for money, and I look forward to the next episode of this entertaining yarn.”

Great story. Kept me riveted from beginning to end. This is a great original story. The characters and their individual motivations are fascinating and the concept and repercussions of the ‘arena’ system are frightening.”

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Onca’s Duty: Galactic Arena Prequel 2 – Almost Done! #scifi

Onca’s Duty, the second Galactic Arena prequel is having its second round of proofreading and will be back, revised then released in the next few days.

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Brazilian Special Forces Major Rafael “Onca” Santos is one of the best soldiers in the 22nd century. A veteran of counter-terrorism combat and urban warfare, Onca faces the toughest mission of his life when he is shortlisted for a mission unlike any before.

A dozen of the Earth’s finest Marines, Rangers, Airborne and Special Forces soldiers will be chosen to travel to the outer solar system. And only one will be chosen to fight in the giant alien space station known as the Orb.

Onca’s path is clear. He must do his duty. But duty to what? To his country, to the military, his comrades, all of humanity… or to himself?

A story of sacrifice, honor and loyalty, the second prequel in the Galactic Arena Series, Onca’s Duty explores the story of The United Nations Orb Project’s Mission Two. It can be read before or after Book 1 in the main series, Orb Station Zero.

If you’re waiting for the continuation of Rama Seti’s story, the sequel to Orb Station Zero is also progressing nicely – the words are flying onto the page. I can’t wait to get it finished. In the meantime, watch this space for the release of Onca’s Duty next week. The action-packed story should tide you over…

On the other hand, if you haven’t started the series yet then what on Earth are you waiting for?!

The Galactic Arena Series:

Inhuman Contact (Prequel Novella 1)

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Galactic Arena is a science fiction series about humanity’s first steps into a galactic network of alien civilizations that are in a complex state of constant warfare, both actual and ritualized, overseen by a mysterious and ancient race called the Orb Builders. It is about the challenge of striving to reach the full potential of individuals and of humanity generally. It also features spaceships, space marines, gun battles and fights to the death.




 

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2016 Was the Best Year Ever

2016 was a good year for me. 

Back in March, I released Vampire Outlaw. Book 2 in the Immortal Knight Chronicles, it was my 5th published novel, my longest book and the one I was most proud of at the time. It took me a long time to research and a long time to write but I felt truly happy with it and I still do.

But I still haven’t worked out how to effectively market the series. Anything with vampires in gets lumped into Twilight type Paranormal Romance or the like. Whereas my series is actually more like Bernard Cornwell’s stuff – historically accurate, soldierly adventure. I will work it out, find my readers and write more because I really believe in the series. And I really want to write about all the English and European historical events up to the present day that I have planned. I am particularly looking forward to writing Vampire Pirate, some time in the future…

Orb Station Zero - CoverI released Orb Station Zero in August, the first of the Galactic Arena series. It took a lot longer to write than I originally intended. It was also longer than I planned and it took more science research than expected. And I plotted it very tightly and edited it repeatedly. But it was a hit! It sold over two thousand copies in the first three months and had over 750,000 pages read under the Kindle Unlimited book borrowing program, which is pretty bloody great for me and effectively bumped me up into the next level of indie publishing. A level where I actually started making some money. I did a lot of advertising and promotion for it and that kept me rather busy in the Autumn.

Still, I released Inhuman Contact, the first prequel story for Galactic Arena in October. I had this story in mind for nearly ten years and I wrote it very quickly. I intended for this to be “funnel” book, a free / cheap point of entry for scifi readers. It forms part of my “Series Starter Library” that I offer to people who sign up for my email list.

Inhuman Contact isn’t military scifi but the main series is, so in November I wrote a second prequel story with more action and with a soldier as a protagonist for those fans who prefer their scifi with guns in it. I hoped to get it released in December but due to illnesses and whatnot, it will be January 2017. It is called Onca’s Duty and is ready for the proofreader now…

If I include the latest book that isn’t quite released yet (and I am) then I have published 350,000 words this year. Especially considering I only ever write between dinner and bedtime, that is something I am proud of. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but it’s also just under 1,000 words per night, averaged across all of 2016. The trick, as well as writing stupidly fast first drafts, is that I never give myself a night off – I even worked on Christmas Day.

I also had to either do or procure marketing, editing, finance, legal and boring business stuff, cover design and so on – all the other activity you need to do as a publisher / business owner. As well as the trick of merciless consistency, I did all this by consuming vast amounts of energy drinks and by not sleeping at all.

Plans for 2017

After such success in 2016, I will focus on the Galactic Arena series for the first half of the year. The sequel to Orb Station Zero is well under way and I am certain to get the first draft done by the end of January. I hope I can release it in February 2017 but it will depend on the editing and proofing part, as always.

I will get straight on with Galactic Arena books 3 and 4 but in April we are expecting our second child and that may, possibly, disrupt my writing schedule a little bit.

But now that my universe is firmly established, my characters are known and my overall series plotted out, I will be able to speed up production throughout 2017. I will also write the final book in the Gunpowder & Alchemy Series and put them together in a lovely box set.

My next goal for my publishing business is to achieve a full time income from writing, allowing me to give up my day job and so increase the number of books I can write every year. This seems more achievable now than it ever has before.

Thank you so much for reading and for your support this last year.

I can’t wait for 2017, it’s going to be fantastic.

Dan


 

 



 

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Beautiful New Covers for Gunpowder & Alchemy #fantasy #steampunk

I’ve had a few covers for my brilliant middle grade fantasy series but none that I’ve been fully happy with. Until now.

I think I love these. What do you think?

White Wind Rising – Book 1

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Dark Water Breaking – Book 2

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Green Earth Shaking – Book 3

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Red Fire Raging – Book 4

Coming 2017!


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