It’s been a little under two months since The Next Stage released in Kindle and paperback form. Today it an amazing milestone.
It now has over 100 ratings on Goodreads, and every single damn one of them is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It has now overtaken Creatures with number of reviews and rating average.
This, to me, is a huge thing to happen and something that I never even thought would happen. When it 50 reviews and they were all ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I thought that was amazing, but hitting 100 is phenomenal.
I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that I had started work on the second book in the series. I’ve done an outline, and I’ve already started writing -so far I’m up to just over 4000 words, so it’s slowly getting up steam. I think I’ve for a pretty solid story so I’m hoping it’ll follow in the footsteps of the first one and be something that readers enjoy.
Below are all the places you can pick up a copy for yourself along with the Goodreads page.
I’ll start the week with some good news that made me happy this morning.
I woke up to my first review for The Next Stage on Goodreads,and what made it even better was that it was a 5-star review. It means so much that even just one person has read and enjoyed what I’ve written and to get that rating is just…wow.
Since then I’ve had another 2 reviews, both 5-stars. So at the moment, it stands at the highest average it can get.
I am honestly beyond chuffed with these reactions to a book I put so much into.
Today, I’m continuing to work on It’s All in the Eyes. So far I’m at a total of just over 20,000 words and the story is really coming along.
While I write, I do bits and pieces of research on various things when the plot requires it. I can’t do any before because I just write and see where my brain takes it, and so far it’s taking it to some interesting places.
I have no idea when this book will be finished and out, but as I’m getting more confident in what I’m doing I feel like it won’t take as long as The Next Stage.
I’ll continue my updates and maybe even give out a few teasers when I feel like I’m ready to.
In the meantime grab a copy of The Next Stage and let me know what you think.
It’s been a long week in an exceptionally long year.
Writing has this week saved my brain from having a meltdown.
My new project-and hopefully next book-is called It’s All in the Eyes. I don’t want to give away too much at this stage, but it’s turning out to be a sci-fi/horror story. It’s set in England, mainly around Manchester, and it follows a pair of mycologists discovered a new fungus that’s spores have an-I’ll say-adverse effect-on those that breath them in.
Like Creatures before it, this story is based off a dream. One that I had probably nearly 20 years ago, which has stuck with me ever since. On multiple occasions, I’ve tried to write it, but it just never worked. But now, with two books under my belt, I feel a lot more confident that I can do this story justice.
I’m so far just over 16000 words in, and it’s flowing really well. At this point, I’m not sure how long it will be, I’m just going to see where it goes. Hopefully, it will turn out alright, and if I do release it, people will enjoy it.
As I carry on with this here is a friendly reminder that my new book, The Next Stage is now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback format.
On Monday, I finally released The Next Stage into the world.
Since then I’ve been taking this week to play some games, watch some stuff and generally relax. I’ve tried not to think about writing for a few days, but I’ve failed and have had ideas continually bouncing around my head. I’m taking this as a sign that writing is something that I should keep doing.
Over the years, I’ve tried many creative pursuits. From my ill-fated t-shirt shop, to Todd the Zombie, and now my writing. But I find writing easier to stick with and easier to come up with ideas for. I feel like if I stick at it, I will only improve.
My main challenge at the moment is getting my books out there and visible to people. At the moment my primary advertising is done through my Twitter (GaxTZ), but I’m hoping that this blog will also serve to show people what I’m doing and how to find my books when they become available. Along with these two things, I’m looking into other resources I can use. At the moment I don’t have much free money, so I can’t really pay for advertising on Amazon to a scale that it would be helpful to sales.
This week I’ve done a free promotion on Creatures hoping that people will take a look at The Next Stage while or after they read that. So I guess we’ll see how that goes.
Anyway, that’s enough of a ramble for now. As of next week, I’ll post further updates with what I’m working on, but I’ll also keep doing the games blogs. We’ve just ordered Crash Bandicoot 4, so be prepared for a ranty post about how it’s impossible to play and how it’s a stupid game anyway that I never liked.
After two years of work, my new book The Next Stage is now out.
The Kindle version is available on Amazon, and if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited, you can also read it as part of your subscription.
The Next Stage is a cyberpunk thriller set in future Washington D.C. as a group of AI have taken it upon themselves to murder those humans that they foresee committing a crime. The AI Homicide of the Washington D.C. Police Department has been set up with the sole purpose of catching these killers. But now a bigger threat looms over the city. Lieutenant William Kell, must investigate the murders and put a stop to them before the city implodes into violence and human and AI groups clash in the streets.
As a bonus, Creatures will be free on Kindle for the next few days.