Indigo – out now

June 26th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

The mosaic novel – Indigo is out now. 

You can buy it in Hardcover from Amazon US, Amazon UK and The Book Depository

Synopsis:-

Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows. As Indigo, she’s become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another. Her primary focus both as Nora and as Indigo has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos. Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member. But in the aftermath of a bloody battle, a dying cultist makes claims that cause Indigo to question her own origin and memories.

Nora’s parents were killed when she was nineteen years old. She took the life insurance money and went off to explore the world, leading to her becoming a student of meditation and strange magic in a mountaintop monastery in Nepal…a history that many would realize sounds suspiciously like the origins of several comic book characters. As Nora starts to pick apart her memory, it begins to unravel. Her parents are dead, but the rest is a series of lies. Where did she get the power inside her?

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

A Year of Challenges — half done!

June 18th, 2017 • Posted in Random Stuff |

Those who pop along here regularly will know that I do enjoy the occasional horrific challenge, such as an Ironman triathlon or running up and down mountains.  I do it for fun.

I also do it for charity, and this year I’m raising money for DKMS (Delete Blood Cancer) in memory of a dear family friend we lost last Christmas.  I’m aiming to raise £2,000, and I’m almost halfway there.

So, here’s what I’ve done so far…

I started off in January with a 50 mile bike ride.  It doesn’t sound much, but coming out of the winter it was hard, cold, and it got dark very early!  A tough one because of that.  Job done.

In February it was time to hit the trails for the Hoka One One trail half-marathon in Margam Park, South Wales.  A lovely race, the weather was nice, if a bit misty.  It’s by no means a PB course, with lots of climbing and muddy trails, but that’s the sort of running I love.

In March, I went off-piste a bit and undertook a mountain (almost) marathon.  Only 22 miles, but tough enough to warrant the term!  I undertook the local Monmouthshire 3 peaks, a 22 mile route taking in the Blorenge, Skirrid and Sugarloaf mountains.  It was really tough, but it was great doing something a little different, including navigating and carrying enough food and water for the whole challenge. I loved every minute of it, and hope to do it again soon.

April was a full month challenge, in which I rode 400 miles on the bike throughout the month.  I must admit, the final weekend was a long ride on Saturday, and then a 30 miler on Sunday to make up the miles!  Good fun, and good for my triathlon training.

And May was the first tri of the season, the epic Blaenafon Triathlon.  It’s the longest running triathlon in the UK (about 34 years now, I believe), and it’s renowned for being really, really hard.  The easy bit is the pool swim, then it’s on the bike for 28 miles of mountains roads.  Once off two wheels and onto two feet, it’s a 9 mile run all the way to the top of the Sugarloaf mountain and back down again.  A scorcher, painful, hard work, and damn right I’ll do it again next year!

June brought an easier, flatter triathlon, the brilliant Cotswolds 113.  It’s a half ironman, almost completely on the flat, and I was thrilled with a time of 5:27 (I’d aimed to go sub-5:30).  Great fun, and wonderful support from my friends in the might NEWT (Newport and East Wales Triathlon) club.

So that’s the first 6 months of my Year of Challenges done.  Looking to the future, the next six months will bring the Velothon Wales, the Brutal Half (a half ironman … with a run up and down Snowdon), as well as other events I have yet to decide upon.  But at least one of them will be a trail marathon to round off the year.

Here’s when I ask for your help.  I admit that I’m doing these events because I love them, but I’m also very keen to raise money for worthy causes. I’m still determined to raise £2,000 for DKMS, so if you’d be kind enough to donate you can visit my page here and do so.

Here I am, looking forward to giving you the full 12 month roundup at the end of the year!

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

Bugs incoming

April 25th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

They’re all around us, again.

Tim has a story called “Spite” in this all new Anthology featuring the Colonial Marines in bloody conflict with the deadly Aliens.  ALIENS: BUG HUNT will send the marines into deep space, to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe’s most dangerous monsters.

The book is out now and you can buy it in various formats from Amazon UKAmazon US or the Book Depository.

Tim also has the following stories due out during this year:-

“In Stone” his spookiest tale for sometime will be in “Dark Cities” which is due out on May 16th.  Preorder from Amazon UK or Amazon US

“Strings” in “Adam’s Ladder”, a science fiction anthology due from Dark Regions Press later this year.

Tim also contributed to the mosaic novel “Indigo” due out in June.  More details nearer the publication date.

Finally anyone who still has to pick up a copy of “Shifting of the Veils” can pick up an unsigned hardcover from PS Publishing for £2 if you are quick, from their discount website here.  Stocks will be limited.

 

 

 

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

Relics Ebook sale

April 16th, 2017 • Posted in News |

Just a quick note that for at least today (Easter Sunday) the Relics ebook can be had for 99p from Amazon UK, and $1.23 from Amazon US.

Links can be found on the book page here.

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

RELICS released

March 21st, 2017 • Posted in News |

Today sees the release of my new novel, Relics.  It’s got fantasy elements, and thriller/crime elements, but as far as I’m concerned it’s really a horror novel.  And as such it’s my first published horror novel since The Silence almost 2 years ago in 2015.

Relics is also my 41st published novel.

I had to look at that number for a while after I’d typed it.  41 novels.  Yes, some in collaboration (mainly with Christopher Golden), but the vast majority written on my own.

It’s also 20 years this September since my first novel, Mesmer, was published.

20 years … 41 novels … and yet in many ways I still feel like a ‘new’ writer.  Every book I see published fills me with glee, every new review is exciting, and every time my agent calls I get a tingle of anticipation.  Whenever I get a new deal, for a short story or novel (or a movie … watch this space!), for a moment it’s almost like the first one again.  I’d hate to lose that feeling.

So, I really hope you pick up and enjoy Relics (click title for ordering info).  Please let me know what you think.  You keep reading them and I’ll keep writing them!

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

RELICS blog tour

March 20th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

RELICS is released tomorrow, so today I embark on an exciting, exhausting, and world-spanning blog tour––all from the comfort of my chair––to promote the book’s release.  First stop is at Rising Shadow, click here to check it out.

Here’s the full schedule:

 

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

Kong on the horizon and Relics prologue.

March 9th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

Kong: Skull Island is out tomorrow, so if you haven’t yet pre-ordered a copy you still (just about) have time to do so.

Relics follows in a couple of weeks time and you can read the Prologue now over at Paul Kane’s Shadow Writer site.

The latest issue of Fear Magazine contains and interview with Tim, and can be ordered here.

A blog tour for Relics will take place nearer release time, and I’ll post links when I have them.

 

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

Relics unearthed and Skull Island found

February 27th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

March is new book month, and there are not one, but two novels, to keep you reading.

First up is the film novelisation of Kong: Skull Island, book details here.

Then comes Relics, the first part of the Relics trilogy, with “Borderland” and “The Lonely” to follow.  Book details are here.

Some early reviews of Relics are now available, SF Book Reviews cover it here, whilst Cemetery Dance online cover it here.

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

Delete Blood Cancer

January 9th, 2017 • Posted in News |

This year I’m undertaking 12 challenges in 12 months to raise money for Delete Blood Cancer.  I’d be very grateful if you could sponsor me.  Here’s why.

 

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments

2016 … sporty stuff

December 30th, 2016 • Posted in News, Random Stuff |

This is what I got up to in the swimming/biking/running realm this year!

It’s been a busy 2016.  I’ve trained harder this year than ever before (650 miles running, 2230 on the bike, 70 miles swimming … need to work on the swimming!), and I hit Ironman Wales in September feeling pretty good.  Getting there involved some other great races, loads of fun — and very tough –– training with the splendid NEWT triathlon club, and of course, a few bits of new kit.  There were more than a few wife’s-raised-eyebrow-at-yet-another-Wiggle-delivery moments.

Cirencester Duathlon was an off-road duathlon in February, cold and muddy and the only mountain bike race I did this year.  Hard work!  And very, very muddy.  I loved it, and it took weeks to get all that mud out of the bike.

Bath Half marathon was one of the biggest races I’ve done, good fun but so many people that the roads felt clogged, and it made me realise how I really prefer smaller scale races.

Talking of which, the Titan Half-iron distance was a brutal race with excellent organisation, great tee shirt and medal, and a stunning course.  60 miles of proper hills on the bike (including Llangynydr), and the half-marathon was misleadingly tough.  Didn’t really do as well as I’d hoped, but enjoyed every minute of it.

The Velothon was a fantastic closed-road bike race … well, they don’t call it a race, but it was!  Very mixed terrain, thousands of participants, and a couple of killer hills, the second of which — Caerphilly Mountain — defeated me.  I was pleased with my time, but disappointed with that 100 yard walk of shame, and because my main target for the year was Ironman Wales (which has one of the most notoriously hilly bike routes of any Ironman) I was also worried that the bike might be a problem.  So I entered…

… the Iron Mountain sportive.  Even harder and longer than the Velothon, it also put my mind at rest.  A great day.

In May I also raced the May 4th Marathon, a mountain marathon in the Shropshire hills.  Tough as hell, with beautiful scenery, it reinforced my love of trail running which will continue into 2017.  Epic bling, too.  It’s all about the bling.

The NEWT relays at the Cotswolds 113 was fantastic fun, as was the Cotswold Lake 62 Olympic distance.  We also had a great time at the Back to the Trenches poppy run in November, 6 cold muddy miles with obstacles thrown in.  Masses of mud, loads of fun with great friends.

And then…

…Ironman Wales.  The biggie.  It was one of the greatest days of my life, and you can read my in-depth race report here.

A fantastic year!  And 2017 is going to be a fun year too.  So far I’ve entered a trail half-marathon in February, the Cotswolds 113 (half ironman), the legendary Blaenafon Triathlon, the Velothon (again … can’t resist those closed roads), and in a year in which I’ve decided not to go full distance … my A race will be the Brutal Half, which includes the small matter of an ascent of Snowdon in it’s half-marathon run.

Hope to see you out there!

Mission accomplished

 

Please Feel Free to Share:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Comments