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Rampant Self-Promotion

If you go to the Australian iBookstore right now, you may see something that looks a little familiar…

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Yep, that’s Vanguard Prime on the main page. No idea how long it’s going to be there, but it’s amazing nevertheless. Of course, this is to promote the free eBook novella Vanguard Prime: Red Alert, as well as the fact that the first two books in the series are available for digital download at $4.99. (Have I mentioned that yet? Oh. Yeah. I have. A lot. Sorry).

One thing I haven’t mentioned is the fact that Vanguard Prime: War Zone (which is officially set for release on August 29) has shipped early, so there’s a good chance your local bookseller may already have it in stock!

…What do you mean I already mentioned that on Twitter?

Okay, okay. Here’s something I’ve never, ever mentioned before. Penguin South Africa is publishing Vanguard Prime: Goldrush! Their website has the release date set as November 2012, but I’ve been told that’s a typo and it’ll actually be available in January 2014. So…yeah…hope you enjoyed that piece of previously unrelated news.

Oh! And here’s something else! War Zone now has its own page on Goodreads.  I’m mentioning that just in case, y’know, you happen to read the book and, I dunno, want to rate it and maybe a little somethin’ somethin’ review. Is all I’m saying.

Alright. I think that’s enough rampant self-promotion.

….for now, at least.

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‘Vanguard Prime: War Zone’ Full Cover Reveal

The title for this post pretty much says it all, huh? I mean, there are times to be ambiguous and, clearly, this is not one of those times.

You may have noticed that the banner image above has changed. And if you haven’t seen the image before, allow me to very proudly say that it’s the artwork from Vanguard Prime: War Zone. As with the previous books in the series, illustrator Chad McCown has delivered a beautiful, energetic piece of wraparound artwork which this time features the Vanguard Prime team on the front battling it out with the [unnamed mysterious bad guys] on the back.

You can see the finished product for yourselves when War Zone is released on August 29, but in the meantime you can enjoy the full cover image by clicking below;

Pretty awesome, huh?

Pretty awesome, huh?

But that’s not all! I also have Vanguard Prime: Red Alert news! Penguin has now set up a landing page for the eBook, which means you can find links to it in all its various formats in one handy spot. Click here now to check it out.

If you haven’t had the chance to read it as yet, I highly recommend it as it’s a bite-sized adventure featuring the whole Vanguard Prime team, as well as a variety of new, exciting villains. This is in addition to the first two books in the series available in digital formats at $4.99 – a bargain if ever I saw one!

What else has been going on? Well, for one thing I participated in the pop-up library that Werribee Plaza set up for Book Week, where I got to read one of my favourite picture books (Instructions by Neil Gaiman, if you’re curious) as well as talk with the kids in the audience about writing and storytelling. I’ll make sure to post some pictures when they become available.

I mean, how often do you get a picture of yourself sitting on a giant storybook throne?

‘Til next time.

eBooks, Advance Copies & Kittens – Oh My!

 

After last week’s post about its release, Vanguard Prime: Red Alert contines to pop up all over the Internet. That includes Amazon, where you can download it free for your Kindle right now. But in addition to that, you can now also purchase the digital editions of Vanguard Prime: Goldrush and Vanguard Prime: Wild Card for the princely sum of $4.99 each! (Or $4.71 on Amazon, which I believe is US dollars, so the difference is negligable). 

Phew. That was a lot of links.

In more Vanguard Prime news – if you follow me on Twitter you may have already seen this image;

 

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Yes, I’ve received the advance copies for Book 3, War Zone, which looks amazing. But more than that, this is probably the Vanguard Prime book that I’m happiest with; it has the shortest word count but the most amount of story. I know for a fact that it’s certainly got the most amount of characters.

In addition to meeting the VP universe’s Japanese superhero team, we’re also introduced to the Resurrectionists, a shadowy group of neohumans whose leader has a mysterious connection to Agent Alpha. The book is still a few weeks away from release (official release date is August 29) but I’m confident that Vanguard Prime fans will love it.

I hope.

If all of this hubbub wasn’t enough to keep me busy, last weekend my wife and I adopted two kittens. Yes, two. The theory was that they’d be company for each other while we’re out. And that’s how we’ve ended up with Joanie (named for Christina Hendricks’s character on Mad Men) and Edgar (the name the animal shelter gave him that’s stuck…despite my wanting to call him ‘Ziggy’).

Joanie never stops moving, and Edgar is so cowardly he’ll dart away the second you try to photograph him, so it’s rare to get a picture of them at the same time. This is one of my many vain attempts;

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That’s Joanie in front, bullying up to the camera, while Edgar cowers in the background by his water bowl.

We’ve basically sacrificed our back spare bedroom to these two little balls of claws and fur. I’m covered in hair, scratches…and love. In fact, I’m currently writing this with Joanie on my lap (and my right thigh throbbing from where she’s clawed it). I’ve not yet tried writing a novel in this position, but I get the sense that I’m going to have to get used to it pretty fast.

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She won’t take ‘No’ for an answer.

Money for Nothing and Your eBooks for Free!

It’s here! The moment has arrived!

After what feels like months of promising that it’s on its way, you can now download Red Alert, the free Vanguard Prime eBook that tells a whole new story featuring Goldrush and the whole Vanguard Prime team!

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‘As Vanguard Prime takes the field… I wonder how I come across to all the soldiers gathered around us, dressed in the black-and-gold V-suit that looks as if somebody skinned a Lamborghini and made a lightweight spacesuit from its pelt.

Do I look like the others; a seasoned superhero ready to take on the world? Do I look like Sam Lee, AKA Goldrush, super-speedster extraordinaire? Or do I look like how I feel; a kid who’s swallowed a crate of fireworks and is counting down to the horrible moment when they explode?’

In this exciting free novella, the perfect introduction to the series, Vanguard Prime is responding to a Red Alert: a multi-billion-dollar research think tank has just been stormed by a supervillain strike force headed by the Red Death.

Each level of the centre is booby-trapped with bombs and the Red Death has handpicked an arch-rival (aka murderous psychopath) to neutralize each member of the VP team. But this is just the maze that Vanguard Prime has to run to find out what’s really at stake, where Red Death himself waits for an enormous machine to warm up on Sub-Level 4…

We’re currently putting together a page on the Penguin website to host the file, but in the meantime you can find it in the iBooks store (just search for ‘Vanguard Prime in iTunes and it should come up) or you can download it directly by clicking here and selecting the red ‘Slow Download’ option on the left.

It’s currently available only in ePub format, though most e-readers (if not all of them) should be able to open it. And if you don’t have an e-reader to load the file onto, try downloading Adobe Digital Editions to read it directly on your computer. If you have any problems accessing the file, let me know and I’ll pass the info onto Penguin.

I’ll also make sure to update you guys as more download sites come online. But in the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading this brand new adventure as much as I enjoyed writing it!

And if you’re a new reader to the Vanguard Prime universe – welcome aboard! You couldn’t have picked a better time as the third book in the series, War Zone, is set to be released in just over a month…ao watch this space as the updates will start coming thick and fast!

Happy reading.

UPDATE: A ‘Giveaways & Competitions’ page has been added to the website where you can now download Red Alert in PDF format. Enjoy!