Talus is in Da House

Yes, my comp copies of Talus and the Frozen King have arrived from Solaris Books. Forgive me for not writing more, but now I have to log out and do my happy dance. Believe me, that's not something you want to see. Besides, it's only a big box of books. How exciting can that be? … Continue reading Talus is in Da House

“Talus and the Frozen King” on NetGalley

Just a quick note to let you know my forthcoming novel Talus and the Frozen King is currently available for review on NetGalley. If you're a professional reader or reviewer, head over there right now to snap up your review copy while they're still available. Here's the link: Talus and the Frozen King on NetGalley

The Old Man and the Water

Many years ago, in a cold and ancient land, a wandering bard undertook a long journey north. His name was Talus, and this is one of his tales: Once, there was an old man who walked across a desert to fetch water for his family. He journeyed for many days over dunes of yellow sand … Continue reading The Old Man and the Water

Talus and the Copy Edit

Here's how the copy editing process works. Your editor emails you a copy of your manuscript in Word format, conveniently marked with proposed changes and pithy comments using the handy Track Changes feature, along with the request that you read it through, accepting or rejecting his suggestions as you see fit, and return it for final … Continue reading Talus and the Copy Edit

Publishers Weekly reviews “Talus and the Frozen King”

The first review of my forthcoming novel Talus and the Frozen King has just popped up on the Publishers Weekly website. Odd as it is to read a review of a book that won't be available until 26th March 2014 (and which hasn't been fully edited yet) it's a treat to see a little early … Continue reading Publishers Weekly reviews “Talus and the Frozen King”

Writing, wailing and whaling

This morning I passed the 10,000 word mark on the current novel-in-progress, a new adventure for my prehistoric crimefighter, Talus, AKA the world's first detective. The title's still under wraps, so I've given it a codename: Project Whale. Project Whale has given me trouble right from the start. My original pitch for Talus and the Frozen … Continue reading Writing, wailing and whaling

Neolithic board games

'Tell me about this game,' said Talus. 'You mark out lines on the ground. Then you cross them with other lines. Each person takes a number of stones - one takes red, the other black - and you move the stones from one place to another.' Arak licked his lips, clearly excited. 'There are rules … Continue reading Neolithic board games

Cover reveal – Talus and the Frozen King

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. This one says, 'Look at the stunning cover design for my new novel Talus and the Frozen King, coming from Solaris Books in March 2014!' Okay. Not quite a thousand words. I'm not bothered. For a change, I'm going to stop yakking on and let the picture … Continue reading Cover reveal – Talus and the Frozen King

Skara Brae and Talus

This short ArcheoSoup video is a great introduction to the Scottish neolithic settlement of Skara Brae. Uncovered by a severe storm in the winter of 1850, this extraordinary 5,000 year-old settlement is now regarded as one of the most important sites of its kind in the world, having gained UNESCO World Heritage status as part … Continue reading Skara Brae and Talus

Talus and the Frozen King – pre-order news

Nobody in their right mind would want to order a novel 8 months in advance, would they? Still, on the off-chance that you're not in your right mind, dear reader - or in the unlikely event that you simply can't get through the day without securing your right to read a book I haven't even … Continue reading Talus and the Frozen King – pre-order news