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Islands of Hope Update – 24/08/2019

‘Summer means more writing,’ I said almost two months ago. Nope, it doesn’t. This week’s distraction has been applying for a mortgage and hunting for a house. Yep, after renting for so long we have saved up a good deposit and decided to get a property of our own, mainly for our children’s future. That means there have been a lot of viewings, phone calls and emails, and not much writing. So this week I have a short one hundred and fifty odd words for you, basically an update on Marcus’ state of mind as the newest Princips director. So, as usual, you can read Chapter 41 here, or start from the beginning here. See ya next week!


‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ FREE for four days

cover-blogIn an attempt to gain more reviews for my comedy fantasy novella, ‘A Close Shave with Destiny,’ I am giving the Kindle version away for FREE for four days. From Thursday 15th August 2019 to Sunday 18th August 2019 you can download the book for free. If you do so and end up reading it, could you please post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads? I would rather the review be honest, I can handle negative comments, I get enough of them!

Need more convincing to download the novella? Read the blurb…

On his deathbed, a village elder tells of a prophecy that will come true soon. A deep snow will set into the world, followed by blades that will scour the land and rip up all the trees and houses. For Wignut, the main village hero, this is just another silly story. So he’s not very happy when he has to travel with his trusted aid, Barnabus, to the Caves of Nosterak and collect a sticky substance that will glue down the buildings in their village. Unknown to them, they actually live in a moustache. A Close Shave with Destiny is a comedy fantasy adventure akin to Lord of the Rings, but with more snot and facial hair! From the creator of World Cup Dreams and Super Lizard comes a new comedy that pokes fun at many of the usual fantasy tropes.

You can get ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ for Kindle here…

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Islands of Hope Update – 10/08/2019

I’m on holiday this week but have managed to get my hands on a laptop thanks to my Dad. I had written quite a bit on my phone in down time at the end of the day so have nearly four hundred words for this week’s update. I am quite impressed with it really. It is the start of a section I only decided to add recently. The start of Kendra and Ukrit’s funeral, it lends itself to be a bit of a history lesson on Princips, building the world a little more. It was also fun to do a bit of research as well. So, you can now read the start of Chapter 41 and learn about some of the lies Princips have weaved into history. You can read the update on wattpad by going here, or start from the beginning here.

Early Islands of Hope Update 02/08/2019

As you can probably guess by the fact this update is a day early, I am away this weekend. In fact, I am away for next weekend as well, not sure how I will update ‘Islands of Hope’ but I’m sure I’ll figure something out. This week has been a productive one though, and with some good focus and a bit more free time I have managed to complete Chapter 40. The rogue fighter has attacked the rebellion craft, but what with the other Princips fighters do, given that their order was to just observe Luka and his crew? To find out you’ll have to read Chapter 40 on wattpad by going here, or alternatively you can start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 28/07/2019

I appear to have done some character building this week, introducing two new characters that may or may not have larger parts. Originally the pilots of the fighters were not supposed to be involved, but as I have written, my plans (what little I had as I am pantstering this project!) have changed slightly. Originally the scene coming up was going to be from the perspective of Luka, Kira et al. I will go back to their perspective, but I feel that adding in some Princips people who question the cause will allow more plot development later on. For now you get a little over three hundred words (I have been busy with the family you know!) setting up an interesting turn of events. You can read Chapter 40 on wattpad by going here, or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 20/07/2019

Another week has gone by and still I managed to update ‘Islands of Hope.’ Not a massive update this week but have got just over three hundred words for you. A little more of Chapter 40 and some communication between our heroes’ craft and the Princips ships around them. It leaves Luka and the pilot (I decided to call him James as I was fed up of writing ‘the pilot.’) having a tricky decision to make. How do they get rid of the Princips’ ships before the battle at Kira’s slum? Little do they know that the ships have no intention of intervening, or do they? You will have to wait to find out. For now you can read Chapter 40 on wattpad by going here, or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 13/07/2019

I could say that the short nature of this week’s ‘Islands of Hope’ update is down to being busy, which I have been. However, that is not entirely true. I have had a little more writing time this week as I am already on my summer holidays; however I have used the time for other projects. Someone asked me to submit a short story to them (which was rejected!), I have blogged about being a hobbyist writer (you can read it here) and have worked a little on my chapter book for 7 to 10 year olds, which is being written for my son. That means I have totalled about one hundred words in ‘Islands of Hope.’ These are basically a description of the aircraft that are catching up with our heroes. If you want to read the update then click here, you can start at the beginning by going here, or if you want to ignore the update this week’s then feel free!