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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Delays and New releases

October 13th, 2015 • Posted in Book News |

Apologies the Predator:Incursion release was delayed at the last minute.  It will be out in the UK and US on the 20th October.

In better news I can announce that Tim will have a new collection out at FantasyCon.  PS Publishing will be releasing BORROWED TIME a collection of the three PS novellas that together comprise the Apocalypse Trilogy – Naming of Parts, Changing of Faces and Shifting of Veils. It comes with a new intro by Tim and new, short connecting pieces between the novellas.  It’ll be fantastic seeing these stories in one volume.  Paperback available from PS Publishing.

Also to be released at FantasyCon will be THE 2ND SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES featuring a new story – FLOTSAM – from Tim.  There will be a book launch for this at 1pm on Saturday 24th October at FantasyCon where Tim and a number of other authors will be signing copies.  More details on the book can be found at the Spectral Website, here.

I’ll add a list of signings and panels Tim will be involved in at FantasyCon nearer the time, but failing that I suspect you will be able to find him in the bar.

Finally for the list of new releases, an Audiobook of “The Silence” is now available.  Listen to it quietly, details here.

 

 

 

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Predators and Ghosts

September 22nd, 2015 • Posted in News |

It’s a multimedia release week here at Lebbon Towers.

The film of “Pay the Ghost” is available on demand in the US, and available to preorder in the UK.  Links below:-

US:- Rent or Buy at amazon.com

UK:- Pre-order from amazon.co.uk

If you have yet to read the short story (available in October Dreams, or Last Exit for the Lost), then it can now be downloaded as an ebook from:-

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Also in the UK this Friday, Predator:Incursion (book 1 of the Rage War trilogy) is released.  A US release will follow in Mid October.

All ordering details are on the book page here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pay The Ghost

September 7th, 2015 • Posted in Movie News |

Pay the Ghost, the movie starring Nicolas Cage and based on my short story of the same name, has a release date in the USA of 25th September, and in the UK October 23rd.  It’s all very exciting, and I’ll be posting more updates here as and when they come in.  Meanwhile, here’s the first spooky trailer to whet your appetite.  And yes, I did freeze it to see my name in the end credits…

Coming soon, the original short story available on Kindle from my own Dreaming in Fire Press.  Watch this space!

https://youtu.be/SYkoAc-So1Y

 

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The Hunt – Signing this weekend

August 3rd, 2015 • Posted in News |

This Saturday – August 8th – there is a midday signing for The Hunt at Abergavenny Bookshop.

The bookshop is closing down, but not until after the signing, so you might be able to pick up some other bargain books as well.  It is also the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling that weekend, and a trip to the pub after.  So why would you want to be anywhere else?

 

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Happy Birthday – Double Man of Iron

July 27th, 2015 • Posted in News |

Happy Birthday Tim, and congratulations on completing your second Iron Man race in two years.

Tim completed the race, which just to remind you is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and marathon to round it all off, in 12 hours and 23 minutes.  Beating his previous time by a good 90 minutes.

If you would like to belatedly sponsor him for Cancer Research follow the link here.

Enjoy your virtual Iron Man cakes !!

 

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The Hunt – now available in Paperback

July 16th, 2015 • Posted in News |

The Hunt was released in Paperback today.  You should be able to find it in bookshops and supermarkets as well as online.

Ordering links here.

There is a book launch for “The Hunt” on Saturday 18th July – 1pm at Waterstones Swansea

Start running….

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The Hunt continues

July 13th, 2015 • Posted in Book News |

The Hunt is coming out in Paperback this Thursday so you will be able to find it in bookshops and Supermarkets as well as online.

Ordering links here.

If you would like a signed copy but don’t want to hang around the sports drinks section of Welsh Supermarkets then there is a book launch for “The Hunt” on Saturday 18th July – 1pm at Waterstones Swansea

There may also be a signing at Abergavenny, more details when I have them.

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THE HUNT out now

June 18th, 2015 • Posted in Book News |

THE HUNT is out in ebook today from Avon/HarperCollins in the UK.

This is a really important book for me, perhaps the most important of my career, and I’m eager to hear what readers think of it.  It’s the first non-supernatural, non-fantastical novel I’ve ever written.  It is also perhaps my  most fast-paced book, inspired as it is by my love of endurance sports.

The mighty Lee Child says, ‘A great thriller … breathless all the way.’  Not bad, eh?

I hope you’ll pick it up, either in ebook or paperback (paperback release is 16th July, you’ll see it everywhere).

Ordering links here.

 

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