Proof is in the pudding?

Sorry – couldn’t think of a single decent ‘proof’ based pun or title, and there is literally no pudding connection at all. Nevertheless proof copies of the first ‘Tales from Reverie’ story arrived in the post today. Always interesting (and mildly stressful) to see if something gets picked up reading through the printed version that slipped through the digital copy. One final read through and then I can get on with publishing the absolutely, definitely, final version.

All it’s missing is some sort of subtle reminder that this copy isn’t for resale…

Whatever happened to….

Something bad is coming…

All Maya wanted was a new life, far away from the barren plains of the west. Unfortunately for her what she got was something very different and now she works for the ‘Five’, the self-proclaimed protectors of Reverie.

There are rumours of a new Horror forming on the fringes of the Dreamworld, and what was supposed to be just another mission is already turning out to be much worse than Maya could ever had expected, with the future of the entire world hanging in the balance.

Before Adam’s adventures in Reverie ever began there was another hero fighting to protect the world from Nightmares. See the events of the Daydreamer Chronicles unfold from a completely different perspective.

No Daydreams, no powers, but a whole lot of trouble.


Cover story

Just received the cover art for the upcoming Reverie novella, which tells Maya’s story and gives a brand new perspective on the adventures in the first three Daydreamer Chronicles novels.

As always the artist who works on my covers has done a great job capturing the essence of the story and I can’t wait to see the final cover, (which shouldn’t be long…)

Toy Story

A big thank you to the reader who recently sent in their recreation of Bella in lego form. Apparently there is also a Lucid (and possibly others). It’s always very nice (and extremely flattering) when someone takes the time to find a new way to look at the residents of Reverie – but is it possible to create a Nora / Mittens combo…

Sidequels, Stories and Spoilers

Just a quick update on the progress of the first Reverie side story – sitting alongside the timeline of events in the first three Daydreamer Chronicles books, this started as a short story (about 5,000 words), but I got rather carried away, and it grew pretty quickly into a Novella of over 20,000 words. Definitely one for reading after finishing the other books – as it does contain spoilers for events that take place across the series, but hopefully a nice fun read for anyone who is up to date with the Daydreamer Chronicles and looking to fill in a few gaps.

Currently going through some Beta reading, then there is just the final edit, the cover to finish and it’s good to go. Best guess it should be out within the month, but I will keep you updated.

Image courtesy of Martin Rowson under the creative commons license.

Good things come in threes

Been a good few days all round. First there was the nice review from the Readers Favourite site, then I received the updated portrait art for Book 3 – and to make three, I found out earlier today that the Midwest Book Review has included a brief review of ‘The Boy Who Dreamt the World’ in their latest issue.

Particularly happy about this one, as the Midwest Book Review are big supporters of small press publishing and even more importantly are major proponents of children’s literacy. Their recommendations are used by US community and school libraries, so with some luck a few of my books might pop up in libraries across America, which would be pretty fantastic.

Right, that should be the end of all the recent self-indulgent posts for the moment and back onto actual writing…. Unless there is another positive editorial review – in which case I will of course be straight back on it 🙂

The gang are all together

Finally got around to bringing the cast from Book 3 together as originally intended in one portrait.

Meanwhile work is progressing on the first Reverie side story. It’s ended up being a bit more than a short story, but a fair way short of a full novel, so not quite sure what to call it yet. Still a bit of work to go before its finished, but it’s all coming together quite nicely.

Nice way to end the day

Had a very pleasant surprise today when I had an email pop up letting me know that Readers’ Favourite Reviews had reviewed the first book in the Daydreamer Chronicles – and said some pretty nice things about it. So a big thanks to them for putting a smile on my face.

All it takes is a few positive words and the spring goes straight back into my step – I must be very easily pleased. 🙂

Expanding the World of Reverie – the first ‘Sidequel’

Been a bit of a break since my last post, due to entirely pleasant reasons like holidays and birthdays, but now my head is back (at least partially) in Reverie. The revisit is mainly due to a question someone asked about one of the minor characters from the books, specifically “whatever happened to…”

Although I obviously had a pretty good idea (after all, what responsible author wouldn’t… cough… cough…) I decided to write up their story as a short ‘sidequel’ to the main books. At the moment their tale is somewhere a bit over 5,000 words, but it turns out they had a more interesting back story than I realised, so I will see where things go from here.

PS. I was very disappointed to find out that ‘sidequel’ already existed as a term, having almost convinced myself that I had invented it.

Bella (Clockwork Cyborg, Sea Captain and Explorer)

“I thought that the Deep Sleeper was a myth,” Lucid said, eyebrows raised about as far as they could go on his high forehead.

“She is,” replied Bella, not in the least perturbed. “She is a myth… a legend… a monster to scare children, telling them tales of the big bad creature that swims deep in the Dwam.” She leant forward, resting her elbows on the table. “And she is also the single most real thing in the whole of Reverie. The greatest adventure of my life has been searching for her. I have caught up with her twice in all those years.” She paused, flexing the brass fingers of her right hand. “One of those times cost me my arm, the other my leg.”

“And also your eye I suppose?” Grimble cut in tersely.

“No,” Bella smiled back at him, apparently quite used to her comments being met with disbelief. “That was the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding with a bar full of rather rowdy Sornette traders, who seemed to think I owed them money… which I did as it happens. Their mistake was thinking that I was going to pay them back.”

“Why do you keep looking?” Adam asked her. “Sooner or later you’re going to run out of bits you can spare.”

“Sadly, I can’t really help myself.” Bella turned her attention back to Adam as she spoke. “I have always looked for adventure, generally on my own. No offence to you and your friends but most of the time I can’t really be doing with other people. They are always so… disappointing.”

(Excerpt from ‘Where Dreams End’)