Background to Rime

June 21st, 2016 • Posted in Book News |

With Rime due out next Monday I asked Tim for some thoughts on the novella…

RIME is a brand new science fiction novella. It’s due for release as an exclusive ebook on 27th June from Venture Press. So, where did it come from?

I’ve always loved the epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Iron Maiden have a lot to do with that. I remember being in school when their Powerslave album came out, featuring their song based on the poem, and every day we’d pile into school and ask our mates how many times we’d listened to it the night before. I still love it now (in fact, I listened to it only yesterday), and for a long time I’ve considered writing a science fiction novella inspired by the poem.

The chance came when I decided to try writing something longhand.

Now, anyone who’s seen my handwriting will already be guffawing at the mere idea of me picking up a pen. Sometimes even I have a problem reading my own writing (true). But I’d been thinking for a long time about how writing something longhand, instead of sitting at a computer, might change the creative process. So armed with a couple of new notebooks––and like most writers I love empty, fresh notebooks––I left the house and hit the cafes.

Rime probably cost me a hundred pounds in coffee and cakes to write, but it was a fun process. The books filled quickly, the story flowed, and I sensed that my writing style was somehow streamlined simply through the process of brain-finger-pen instead of brain-keyboard. Maybe that’s because I wasn’t constantly going back and correcting what I’d written (I’m a 4 fingered typist, which necessitates frequent pauses to correct what I’ve typed).

When it was finished, I left the novella for a while and moved on to other projects. This is also something I don’t often do anymore, and it did the story some good.

By the time I knew I wanted to work with Venture Press, and told them I had the perfect project, it had been a while since I’d written Rime. Typing it up, revising, editing, was a revealing process, and I’ve ended up with a novella that makes me very proud.

I hope you’ll check it out!

Pre-order links for Rime are on the book page here, currently you can get a copy for 99p or $1.45 and it is due out on June 27th

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Two new books and a short story incoming

June 12th, 2016 • Posted in Book News, News |

Tim has a brand new ebook only science fiction novella called “Rime” out on June 27th.

Alone, all alone, alone on a wide, wide sea…

Adrift in space, a gigantic freighter, Cradle, carrying seventeen million souls makes its slow journey across the universe.

They are in search of a new home, a ‘Goldilocks’ planet to sustain human life after the decimation and downfall of planet Earth.

One man, a control room tech, is part of a generation destined to live their lives protecting those of the sleeping millions onboard Cradle.

But soon, everything is about to change…

Ordering links are on the book page here

The cover has now been revealed for the second Avon Thriller Novel “The Family Man”  Whilst this is a standalone novel if you have read “The Hunt” you might recognise some characters.

Finally Tim has a short story in the military Horror collection “SNAFU: UNNATURAL SELECTION” which you can pre-order from Amazon UK and Amazon US

 

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Southern Lights sighted

May 10th, 2016 • Posted in Book News |

The new edition of “A Whisper of Southern Lights” is out today from TOR.

Death and destruction follow the demon wherever he treads, and Gabriel is rarely far behind, waiting for his chance to extinguish the creature known as Temple once and for all. But in Singapore during the Second World War, a lone soldier in possession of a shattering secret gets caught up in their battle. The knowledge he holds could change the course of their ancient conflict… and the fate of the world.

You can read the opening chapters at the TOR website here and you can order your copy now from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk or The Book Depository among others.

A Kindle edition also available from Amazon.

In other news Tim will have a story in Aliens:Bug Hunt an anthology coming from Titan Books in 2017.  More details when I have them.

 

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They’re here

April 28th, 2016 • Posted in Book News |

The Invasion has arrived, and the Audible Aliens have crawled out of the shadows (and the ventilation shafts).

Follow the links above for ordering details.

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Alien Invasion Imminent

April 21st, 2016 • Posted in Book News |

Alien Day is next week and sees two new releases in the Alien universe.

First up from Audible is a brand new Audio Drama of “Alien: Out of the Shadows”, full details here, and also on the book page here.

At the end of next week the “Alien: Invasion” arrives.   Book 2 of the Rage War Trilogy will be here.  Details and ordering information on the book page here.

You can also read an Alien related Q&A with Tim over on the Titan site here.

 

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The truth is out there…

March 22nd, 2016 • Posted in Book News |

Apologies for the delay in updates, hopefully things are back on track and these will be more frequent.

So the revival of the X-files has come and gone, and those of you needing a further Mulder and Scully fix need to look no further than the anthology X-Files: Trust No One, which opens with Tim’s story “Catatonia”. You can get it in ebook or paperback by following these links: Amazon US, Amazon UK

Rage War: Alien Invasion is due out on April 26th, more details, and the cover, on the book page here.

Meanwhile Rage War: Alien Vs Predator: Armageddon is due at the end of September, more details, and the cover, on the book page here.

“The Family Man”, the second T J Lebbon Thriller from Avon is due on August 11th.  More details nearer the time.

Those of you who read the Author Biog at the back of the first Rage War book will have seen mention of the Relics trilogy due from Titan.  This is currently scheduled for April 2017, so more information on that nearer the release date.

Tim’s story “Strange Currents” featured in the PS Publishing collection “Innsmouth Nightmares” available here.  This has been selected for “Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol 3″ from Undertow Publications

The novelette A Hole in the World (with Christopher Golden) will appear in SNAFU: Unnatural Selection from Cohesion Press 

Finally Tim is once again running an Iron Man race this year.  Iron Man Wales is in September, and Tim is running in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support.  If you would like to sponsor him then please follow this link.

 

 

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Overlook Connection

January 7th, 2016 • Posted in Reviews & Interviews |

The Overlook Connection is a fantastic indie bookstore in the USA, and they run a fun promotion, which I’m now part of — buy any hardcover or trade paperback of one of my books from them, and they’ll include this cool signed bookplate!  Just look at me, all bald and handsome (made handsomer by artist Cortney Skinner)…

Here’s the link to the site.  Check it out.

 

 

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So that was 2015 … writing stuff

December 31st, 2015 • Posted in Random Stuff |

It’s been a good year! Books of mine published this year include The Silence, The Hunt, Predator: Incursion and the novella collection Borrowed Time.

The Silence had some fantastic feedback and is appearing on quite a few best-of-the-year lists, and it’s also currently edging towards being adapted for screen. No firm news yet, but I’ll be the first to shout if and when something happens.

The Hunt was a big book for me — my first non-fantastical novel, a straight thriller influenced directly by my love of endurance sports. It was great seeing my book for sale all over the place, including supermarkets and bookstores everywhere. It was also a real thrill working with Avon and their wonderful PR company Light Brigade, and attending the HarperCollins Summer Party was a real thrill. We might have been drunk.

The book has been really well reviewed and received, and it has been strange bumping into people I’ve known for years, sometimes decades, and them telling me they read my new book. In many cases it was the first of mine they’ve read, and it seems that I’m now a ‘real writer’ in many peoples’ eyes because I’ve been in Tesco’s.  Hey ho.

Predator: Incursion is the first in a big Alien/Predator trilogy called The Rage War. This has been fun to write, and the third book will be finished in the next couple of months. People seem to like the series. There are a lot of dedicated fans of these franchises (just as dedicated as the Star Wars fanbase I encountered when I wrote a Star Wars novel!), and it’s nice to have good feedback from these fans.

The undoubted highlight of the year was the release of Pay the Ghost, and the private screening I organised in Newport. Based on my short story of the same name, the movie stars Nicolas Cage and was released in time for Halloween. The screening was an amazing experience – attended by family, and writing/triathlon/ex-work/old, old friends, it was a surreal moment standing in front of them all and trying to say something coherent. And seeing that credit on the big screen – Based on the novella by Tim Lebbon – was a real thrill. Especially as they spelled my name right.

So that was 2015. 2016 is looking to be a really busy year too, with my new thriller due for release in July (tentatively titled The Family Man), as well as the second and third in the Rage War Trilogy. A few other projects are ticking over too, including a huge new collaboration with the excellent Christoipher Golden, a few new short stories, and some very exciting TV and movie stuff which I can’t talk about in detail just yet. Watch this space.

A huge thanks to everyone who continues to read and enjoy my books. I’ve been doing this full-time for over 9 years now, and it really is the best job. You keep buying them, I’ll keep writing them.

Also a massive thanks to Tim Love, a good mate who works hard to maintain this website throughout the year.

Happy New Year!

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So that was 2015 …(triathlon stuff)

December 23rd, 2015 • Posted in Random Stuff |

So 2015 is almost done. And what a year it was. I always write a brief sum-up of the year just gone around this time, and I split it into work related, and sports related. This is the sporty one, so it’ll be all about  my running, biking and swimming, and doing other sporty stuff I love.  If you know me, you’ll know what I’m on about.  If you don’t, then maybe read on anyway!

On the first day of 2015 I knew I faced my second ironman race, the mighty Outlaw.  That was in July, so I had a good few months to train and enjoy some practice races.  It turned out to be a really good year.  I didn’t race quite so much, but the events I did were fantastic, and I was quite pleased with how I did in all of them. Of course, having a shiny new bike made it all the more enjoyable. And a red bike, too!  It’s scientifically proven that they’re fastest…

In April I rode the Herio Sportive, an 80 mile bike ride around Monmouthshire. The route was lovely, and very tough, incorporating a bit of city riding (not so nice), then a hilly central portion, and finishing with a few miles on the flat. Great fun, and perfect training for an ironman.

In May I raced the first of two half-ironman races of the year (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run), the Immortal. I finished in just over 6 hours, which I was quite pleased with considering the course was ‘gently undulating’, both on the bike and run. No terrible hills, but it was a tough day at the office.

June saw my second half-ironman, the Cotswolds 113, and I smashed it, finishing in 5:12.  Really chuffed with that, as it was a great practice race for the Outlaw, which is also a very flat course. I learned a bit about my nutrition (eat more on the bike), and I honestly think if the bike route hadn’t been so busy and congested in places, I could have broken 5 hours. One for next year, maybe!

July was the big one, the Outlaw … 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon. My race report is here, so click through and read all about it. Suffice to say I was really chuffed with my time of 12:23. But I also reckon I could go under 12 hours on this course, so perhaps that’s 2017′s race…

Because next September it’s the legendary Ironman Wales for me.  So 2016 is all focussed on that one big day in nine months time. I’ve got to start loving the hills again!

I also raced the Llangorse Triathlon this year, a beautiful but very, very tough course, made even tougher by having to hang around for 3 hours at the start for the mist to clear!  And I ran the Bath Hilly Half marathon too, a lovely muddy off-road race that I’ve done before.

This year has been a good training year. I’ve run 600 miles, biked 2235, and swum 86 miles. I’ll have to up that next year to get ready for the waves and hills of Wales, and I already have some races booked in, including Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon, the Bath Half-marathon, May the 4th Be With You off-road marathon, Titan Half Ironman, and Velothon Wales.  There’ll be a couple more races sneaked on there too, perhaps including the Cotswolds 113 to see if I can break that 5 hour mark!

Here’s hoping you have a great Christmas and New Year.

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Fantasycon, Predators and Assassins

October 19th, 2015 • Posted in Book News |

Tim will be at Fantasycon in Nottingham this weekend where Borrowed Time will be launched, along with the 2nd Spectral Book of Horror stories.

He’ll be around all weekend but if you want to catch the launches or a panel appearance then his timetable is as follows:-

Friday 7pm: PS Publishing launch (for the novella trilogy Borrowed Time, among lots of other great books)

Saturday 11am: Panel – Monster Mash-up

Saturday 1pm: Spectral launch of the 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories.

In other news tomorrow Predator:Incursion really will be launched, all details on the book page here.

Pay the Ghost is out in the UK on Oct 26th

Finally the Assassin Novellas are being re-released by Tor.Com  First up is “Pieces of Hate” which as a bonus will contain the original first novella “Dead Man’s Hand”.  A link to the full announcement is here.

 

 

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