Amazon here we go!


The Path of Swords will be appearing on a famous book selling website near you this Saturday! That’s right, after a feverish week or so going through the mechanics of getting the book onto Amazon we’re ready to roll, and guess what? There’s a new cover!

So Saturday 13th May is the date. The cost will be 99p or 99 cents, depending where you are, although there will be a giveaway coming up fairly soon.

Meanwhile you have until Friday, that’s just four days, to get a free review copy of The Path Of Swords by clicking:

Free Review Copy

After that it will be exclusively available on Amazon. The book is a fantasy novella set in alternative Dark Age where boys train as warriors and the world of the spirit is never far away. As the first in the series it introduces Luan, the hero who is taking his first steps on The Path Of Swords.



Meet Martin Swinford


Some time ago I asked Martin to write a few words I could use for an Author Bio, but he’s been very elusive on the subject. “Sorry old stick, I just haven’t got around it.” is his usual response. In the end I gave up and wrote something myself, not exactly a biography but it gives you a glimpse.
Deep in the heart of Lincolnshire, in a dusty attic room at the very top of a crumbling mansion, Martin Swinford crouches over his keyboard and waits. He waits for the words. The words that he knows are there. The words that will flood his mind if he waits long enough. The words that will slip elusively from his grasp as he stretches to catch them.

Later, he thinks, he shall go down, and stroll the long gallery under the watchful gaze of his ancestors. Perhaps he will sit in the library, absorbing the collective knowledge of the mildew blackened books. Perhaps he will have a drink, anticipated by the melodious clink of ice on glass as Crevice shuffles along the servant’s passage. Perhaps even a cigar, one of the rare local specials, hand rolled on the expansive thighs of the village bar-maid.

He extends a finger and taps out a single word: “Perhaps.”

The Path Of The Sword by Martin Swinford will be released in May.

Tuesday Review – Write, Publish, Repeat


This was the right book at the right time for me. As someone who is about to embark down the self publishing road I was looking for something to help me plan my route through the complexities of this vast area and this book has really helped.

It is not a book about the technicalities of publishing, but then there’s plenty of advice about these out there. This book is more about successful approaches to self (or indie as they call it) publishing in terms of building readership and marketing. I liked the fact that it starts by stressing how indie publishing is for many authors better than traditional publishing but then really makes you think about what it is you want to achieve and what it takes in terms of dedication and hard work. This is not a book about tricks and quick fixes, it is a book for people who are serious about writing in the long term.

Of course there were some things that don’t work for me. For example the authors write very quickly and produce a lot of books, I write very slowly. But then you don’t have to do everything in the book, I’m happy to take the things that will work. For example the authors write series where each episode is a novella of maybe 20 to 30 thousand words. My novel is actually split into three books, so I could actually release them separately. That way I can set the first one as free as a way of getting people interested and I will have two sequels already written to follow it up. Plus I could then release the whole thing as one book but at a price that is discounted against the others. By the time I’ve done that I will hopefully be close to finishing the novella I’m currently writing so there will not be a massive time lag between releases.

So for me it is Indie publishing full steam ahead. I’ll let you know my plans in the near future.

Writing Progress – December 16


December rolls round again and I’m still writing. The big change in progress is that the story fragments that were simply called Dust have coalesced and extended to the point that I have had to split into chapters. This is a significant step, as short stories don’t have chapters in my world. Chapters mean a longer story and at the moment this one is 8000+ words and counting. Now entitled Thus Falls The Shadow, this will be a novella in all likelihood, maybe around 20,000 words. As you can see I have just started Chapter 6, in which our hero Will tries to escape from the the asteroid colony Zestrade where he and his partner/lover Rilk found a lot of dead bodies and some clues that will push them further on their journey through the Kwa system. With them are Drd (diminutive, three-armed, non-human pilot) and Bex (foul mouthed spacer-trash teenage girl who was the only survivor of the massacre on Zestrade).

It’s not particularly original but it’s not really meant to be. It’s basically Heart of Darkness set in space and it’s a lot of fun. I was bit surprised but also pleased when my main character turned out to be gay. I basically just let my characters lose and see what they do. This is probably not the most efficient way of writing but I’ve tried planning it out in detail and it just makes me bored. 

Also on the is the start of a short story called The Sign. Don’t know whether I’ll take it any further.

Oh yes, Happy Christmas to all.


Tuesday Review – The Forever Endeavor by Chuck Wendig

Dale Gilooly has a problem. Well, Dale has a lot of problems. Addiction. Rent. A girlfriend he let slip away.But Dale has a solution. It’s a Box. And it will let him go back 10 minutes in time. Enough to fix his new mistakes as they happen. And give him an edge to fix the old ones that haunt him.

Oh, and one other problem: Where did these other Dales come from?

Walter Bard has a problem. Well, Walter has twenty problems. Each of them a body buried in a pumpkin patch. And… they’re all the same. Down to the teeth. 

But Walter has a solution. It’s his job. Solutions. He’s a detective, after all.

I loved this book for all kind of reasons. For a start it’s a fast paced, twisty, time travelling adventure that’s right up my street. Plus it’s well written and it makes you think. Oh, and it has some chapters named with lyrics from one of my favourite Talking Heads songs. All for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

Five stars from me.