Bookshine Reviews Chromed: Delilah

Spoilers: Steph quite liked it 🤩 “The main character, Delilah is a genuinely tough, kick-ass protagonist; a professional who gets the job done and deals with the consequences afterwards.  I loved her! Delilah  is a short, sharp rush of awesomeness…” Check out the full review below:

The tale of a launch week 🚀

This is one of my world-famous emails, originally send Friday, 16 November 2018. You can get on the list here. But first… …we need to acknowledge the passing of a titan. Today: The late, great Stan Lee. A tiny bit of author biz, and Chromed: Upgrade’s launch week. Let’s dig in. Marvel has the best characters. I reckon that’s all down to Stan Lee. I’ve read comics for while, but not forever. I noped out in my early years – I didn’t really understand things like Commando or Archie, and when I found ‘superhero’ comics, they were full of muscle-bound weirdos and not-empowered women. I didn’t get the magic. Then a friend told me about Ronin. This changed my whole world. How he explained it: ‘comics’ were for kids and ‘graphic novels’ were the real deal. Fast forward a number Read More …

High-Five, Internet!

When I released the first tortured edition of Upgrade in 2014, it sank without a trace (from a sales perspective). While sales aren’t the total arbiter of success, they’re definitely a leading indicator! The re-master launched last Friday. Today, it snuck into the top 100 of the cyberpunk genre on the world’s biggest bookstore. No clue if 96 is as high as it’ll go, but it feels like I might have finally given this book the treatment it deserved.

Chromed: Upgrade Is Out!

Chromed: Upgrade is on virtual shelves across planet Earth. It’s about the twisted, beautiful creatures we are and what this world does to us. It’s 2150AD. There hasn’t been a corporate war… until now. Mason Floyd is an augmented syndicate enforcer at the top of his game. His job is asset protection and acquisition, no questions asked. Company tech is stolen on Mason’s watch. Rival megacorps want it, and they don’t mind killing him to get it. Framed for the theft, Mason runs. He tangles with off-grid rockstar Sadie Freeman on the grimy seam between the powerful and poor. Together they uncover a secret an entire city died to keep. Hunted and desperate, they must team up to survive. Together Mason and Sadie can save the world. Apart, both are lost. They must trust each other or die. Megacorps. Cyborgs. Read More …

Should You NaNoWriMo?

No. Wait, you want something better than that? Okay. I entered, and “won,” NaNo back in 2014. I was itching to write a cool, edgy cyberpunk book. I’d originally titled it Uplinked, but after conversation with my wife that changed to Upgrade. I had so, so many ideas for this book. Bionics. Particle cannons. Plasma weapons. Always online, always ready. Love. Hope. The people lost in the cracks. I would do William Gibson proud, man. A little peer pressure crept in. October of that same year, a few friends were talking big about how they’d win NaNo. I’d never heard of NaNo, thought, “How hard can it be?” and wrote Upgrade (or a hyooooge chunk of it) during November. Despite knocking something like 65,000 words out of the park during NaNo, well in excess of the 50k threshold, I discovered Read More …

Timeless Values

Way down here in New Zealand, we didn’t get spontaneous applause because we’re very British. Having said that, I might admit to giving a small fist-pump when Cap came on in Infinity War. Evans’ portrayal of the hero is exceptional. Worldwide reach shouldn’t be dimmed by the use of “America” in his name; I mean, hell, the values Cap stands for go well beyond an individual country. Having spent over three months re-editing and writing my cyberpunk Future Forfeit stories, I drove myself into a state of hopelessness. It might be time to dust off the First Avenger and get a little hopeful reminder.

Want a sneak peak of Chromed: Upgrade?

The first third of Chromed: Upgrade is available for download on the house. You’ll still need to wait until November 9 to get the whole thing, but that’s not that far away. Until then, this might just whet your appetite. [GIMME] Remastering the original Upgrade’s been a blast. My editor had my back, and dipping back into the universe was a fun ride. I don’t mind admitting I like my own story! I can’t wait to hear what you think.

Chromed: Meltdown is Out!

I’m quite excited about this one! Mike is a sometime hero of Upgrade, but doesn’t get quite enough screen time for my liking. He’s fun to write, having more than his share of sass, and his handler Sam-don’t-fucking-call-me-Samantha has a little vinegar to share too. ARCs have given me good feedback on this one – mostly along the lines of, “Don’t you dare kill Mike Takahashi!” His future looks bright. Ish. Metatech enforcer Mike Takahashi’s vacation is off to a bad start. When Mike wakes on a slab, a bone saw a handspan from his arm, it’s all the confirmation he needs that someone is harvesting Metatech operatives for spare parts. Naked and weaponless isn’t the best way to start a break-out of a top-secret research facility, but Mike feels he has the right incentives to get the job done. Read More …