Life Takes Charge

Sorry for not posting much lately! I am not ignoring this blog or abandoning it. Life has got in the away once more. My job search has had to take a priority as well as a few other personal issues, not through my own personal choice, and it has meant certain things have had to suffer, such as this blog and my own personal writing. I am trying to re-address that balance but it may take a little time. I am determined though that NaNoWriMo will not suffer; that it will generate blog posts and, in turn, get this blog active again.

Just because I haven’t been posting does not mean I have run dry on article ideas. I have toyed with the idea of writing a post on the use of schools as settings and plot devices in books, why they are such a common setting at least and why there is not actually that much in the way of having colleges or universities as setting in books or even any focus on teachers as main characters. At least, in my experience, I have not actually come across any book with these elements. Film and TV, yes. Books, no. If you have any insights on any of these issues, I would love to hear from you.

My job search may yet generate blog posts as well as I am contemplating becoming a freelance writer and becoming self-employed. Again, if anyone can offer any help on this front in any shape or form, I would be grateful as it is a scary prospect for me but I think it would suit me to the ground. It is still very early days and life may yet decide that my path leads elsewhere but it is something to at least being having a think about.

I am trying to read where I can too but, as you might have guessed, that has taken a hit too. I recently managed to finally get my hands on the latest Benedict Jacka book, Hidden, so will be trying to read that as fast as I can so I can get a review up here as soon as possible. I am also re-reading Steven Harper’s Writing the Paranormal Novel, partly for help as I edit and rewrite a novel but also to try to get me back in the writing frame of mind so I can get more writing done than I have done.

So sorry again, I am not abandoning the blog and I am aiming to get this blog more active. Thank you guys!

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Hidden Chapter 1

Benedict Jacka has posted the first chapter of the next Alex Verus book, Hidden. I have already read it and it reveals an awful lot as it sets up the book. Have a read of it at his website by clicking the link: http://benedictjacka.co.uk/extracts/hidden-chapter-1/.

Hidden is due out in the UK on September 2nd, 2014.

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Fated Audiobook and Hidden Release Date

04edc-img_0664_edit_3-1-200x300Just a quick post to say that Benedict Jacka has announced on his website that the UK release of the audio book of Fated (the first in the Alex Verus series) will be coming out on September 2nd 2014, the same day as book 5, Hidden!

If and when the other books in the series will be released as audio books is currently unknown due to issues you can read about by heading over to his website but if you want a preview of how the book will sound, got to Hachette Audio UK’s Soundcloud page.

Book News

The release date of the last Skulduggery Pleasant book has been revealed!

Derek Landy has revealed on his blog (found here) that the next book will be released on the 28th August 2014 and it is roughly coming in at 100,000 words now, just a bit shorter than Kingdom of the Wicked. He has also said in the same blog post that he will be posting the cover art for a Skulduggery short story collection, called Armageddon-Outta-Here,  later this week. Next week, the full wraparound cover will be released and the week after that, the title of the ninth and final book will be revealed!

 

Benedict Jacka has also been talking about the next two Alex Verus books on his blog. Hidden, book five, is on schedule to be ready for a release around September time this year. Book six, currently being written by Jacka, is said to be quite different from the earlier books and he is unclear what the ending will be.

After the ending of the earlier book and from what Jacka is saying, I am willing to bet the next two books are going to be game changers and that Verus’s world is going to be turned completely on its head.

So what do you guys think? Are you looking forward to the next Landy and Jacka book? What do you think is going to be happen? Be mindful of spoilers please!