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The Champions of the Blade, In All Good Bookshops Now

In what could only be described as a Christmas miracle, PALADERO: THE CHAMPIONS OF THE BLADE has arrived early around the country and is available to buy now.

I’ve been working on this series since 2014. I’ve worked on it longer than the time I was at uni, longer than I was at high school. Longer still if you count the fact that it all stems from an idea I first had all the way back in 2007.

A lot has happened in that time, but there are two things in particular that will always stick out in my memory.

The first; our son Max was born when I was working on Book 2 in the series, THE CITY OF NIGHT NEVERENDING. I vividly remember being in the hospital, awake at 2am, writing lines of dialogue inspired by his arrival.

And then, at the start of this year while I was working on THE CHAMPIONS OF THE BLADE, my father passed away. It’s not something I’ve discussed publicly before now; I’ve tried to find ways of addressing it but it all felt too raw. Instead, the words went into the book. The emotion always finds itself in the writing.

And now, here it is. The final chapter. The end of the road.

I hope those who’ve been with the series all along find it a satisfying conclusion. And I want to wish those who are new to it a very warm welcome to Thunder Realm. It’s been a long time coming. Enjoy the ride.

PALADERO: The Edge of the World

It’s been a long time in the making but it’s finally here!

May I present to you the cover for Paladero Book 3, The Edge of the World

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Thank you once again to the incredible team at Hardie Grant Egmont and to artist extraordinaire Jeremy Love for producing such a stunning cover! I can’t wait to see how it looks sitting alongside the first two Paladero books once it’s released on July 1st.

And in the meantime, I’ll be buried deep in line edits. Send as much tea and sympathy as you can muster.

Of Cowboy-Knights and Long Delays

I try to avoid writing “Where I’ve been and why I haven’t been blogging” posts as I feel they’d be woefully repetitive at this point. To describe my blogging as “sporadic” these days would be more than generous. But! There’s a very good reason for that…

Without having made much fanfare about it – self-sabotaging modest as I am – I signed a four-book deal with Hardie Grant Egmont at the end of last year. Retrospective huzzah!

Since then, I’ve been buried in a cycle of writing, editing, proofreading, writing some more, editing some more, procrastinating, writing, sneaking off to watch Youtube, writing, editing…oh, and also working full-time and trying to maintain some semblance of a life. After all, dem bills don’t pay themselves, and that lawn don’t keep itself mowed.

God. Mowing the lawn. Is that really the most exciting example of living life that I could come up with? Heavens to Murgatroyd.

Anyway.

What’s the new series about, you might ask? And even if you didn’t ask and don’t care, I’m going to tell you anyway. That’s just the kind of guy I am.

It’s a Middle-Grade Fantasy series called Paladero, with the first book subtitled The Riders of Thunder Realm. The next natural question is ‘What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is a pala-whateveryousaid?’

“Paladero” is a term I came up with all the way back in the hazy days of 2007. First I took the word paladin (another term for ‘knight’), and then I took the word vaquero (the Spanish term for ‘cowboy’) and I smooshed ‘em together and came up with ‘paladero’.

Which is exactly what these characters are; they’re cowboy-knights. Or cowperson-knights, to be more specific.

Cowperson-knights who ride dinosaurs, to be even more specific than that.

Awwwww yeah.

This is an idea I’ve been working on for nearly a decade now in one form or another, and it’s so tantalisingly close to being out there in the world yet still so far away. The tentative release date for The Riders of Thunder Realm is currently July 2016, though this may shift depending on how I go with that whole writing-editing-watchingYouTube-writing-editing-working-living thing.

One way or another, I’ll make sure to update you as things progress. As it stands right now, I’ve seen some early cover designs that look so immensely exciting that I can’t wait to share them, but unfortunately I have to demonstrate some of that “patience” stuff your parents always warned you about. Blah.

But! Again! In the meantime I’ll be hosting another Writers Victoria workshop. This time it’ll be taking place over two days, which means we can get into even more detail about the writing and publishing process. It’s YA for Beginners, it’s Saturday 24 October to Sunday 25 October, it’s going to be awesome, and you can find more details on the WV website.

And even if I’m not blogging, you can still find me online. I have links all over this page to my Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr accounts. Please check ‘em out, give ‘em a follow, and stroke my fragile artiste ego. Tis much appreciated.

Til next time.