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Zombies Love Brains: Chance To Win An Advance Copy

31 Aug

My upcoming children’s picture book Zombies Love Brains is now available to pre-order as a Kindle book and will be officially released in print and on Kindle on the 21st of October 2016. To mark this occasion, I’m running a Goodreads giveaway, with 25 signed copies being given away a month ahead of this publication date. The winners will be drawn on the 21st of September, and their books will be sent out the next day. To enter this competition, simply visit: www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/200275-zombies-love-brains.

This has been a book that has taken a long time to finally get finished, and thanks to all those who have been involved in its creation (you all know who you are!). However, I’d like to say a special thanks to those of you who read this blog and who provided feedback on the draft cover design earlier in the year. Your votes and comments all helped improve it dramatically. For those who are interested, here is the final cover design:

Zombies Love Brains Final Front Cover

This is the final cover design for ‘Zombies Love Brains’. Thanks to all those who commented and voted on the draft cover designs I posted earlier in the year.



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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

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‘The Island At The End Of The World’ Has Been Selected As A Finalist In Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards For 2015

9 Mar

The Island at the End of the World, the third book in my For Those In Peril series of post-apocalyptic survival novels, has been selected as a finalist in the horror category of Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2015.

I’ll be quite honest and say that this came as rather a pleasant, and unexpected, surprise. While both the previous books in the series (For Those In Peril On The Sea and The Outbreak) were also short-listed for this rather prestigious prize (making it three years in a row that one of my book has made it this far in the competition), I was really not too sure that The Island at the End of the World would match the successes of its predecessors. This is not because I don’t think that it is as good a book, but rather that it is a very different type of book. While it still has strong horror elements, its focus is much more on post-apocalyptic survival than fighting off the infected, making it much harder to categorise.

The timing of this announcement is actually quite good. As those who check this blog our regularly will be aware, I have been very poor on the blogging front for the last year or so. This is because life keeps getting in the way of my writing time (I’ll explain more in a future post or two), and I’ve been struggling to get anything of any substance done – whether blogging, or indeed starting the next book in the For Those In Peril series (which has a working title of The Rise of the Infected – but that’s about as far as I have got with it so far).

Hopefully, knowing that The Island at the End of the World has reached the final short-list for this year’s INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award will give me the impetus I need to knuckle back down at the keyboard again and get to work, both fleshing out the rough ideas I have for The Rise of the Infected, as well as the various short story and blog article ideas that I’ve been carefully filing away over the last 12 months in the hope that I’d eventually get round to turning them into finished pieces. To find out if this is the case, just watch this space!

For those who are interested, the winners in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2015 will be announced at the end of June 2016, so I’ll be keeping all my fingers crossed until then. If you want to see what other books The Island at the End of the World is up against, you can find the full list of finalists here.

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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

‘The Outbreak’ Has Been Selected As A Finalist In Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards For 2014

13 Mar

The Outbreak, the second book in my For Those In Peril series of post-apocalyptic survival novels, has been selected as a finalist in the horror category of Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2014.

Obviously, I’m delighted by this, but it does put some pressure on the third book in the series, which I’m currently working on and which will be called The Island At The End Of The World, as this second time I’ve been selected as a finalist in this category (the first book in the series, For Those In Peril On The Sea, was a finalist in the 2013 competition).

For those interested in all things zombie, there’s actually quite a strong undead contingent on the finalists list this year, with Christy J. Leppanen’s rather interesting and unique Bulletin of ZOMBIE Research, and Kevin Wayne Williams intriguingly titled Everything I know About Zombies, I learned In Kindergarten also making the list, and I’d recommend checking both of them out when you have the time.

For those who are interested, the winners in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2014 will be announced on the 26th of June 2015, so I’ll be keeping all my fingers crossed until then (which may make editing the next book in the series a little difficult!).


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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

Win An Advance Copy Of ‘The Outbreak’

29 Jun

The Outbreak Cover DesignWhile my next book, The Outbreak, won’t be officially released until the 21st of July 2014, I have two signed copies to give away on this blog this week. This will give the winners a chance to read the book ahead of anyone else (as long as the postal service manages to deliver it in time!).

If you want to be in with a chance of winning, you’ll need to be quick, though, because the competition will be open for entries until the 3rd of July 2014. After that, I’ll select two winners random from all those who enter with the correct answer, and send out the books as soon as possible.

The books will be mailed from the UK, and because of the vagaries of the various postal systems around the world, I can’t guarantee delivery before the official publication date, but the winners should get the books within 7 – 10 days depending on where the in world they live (so well ahead of the publication date).

So how can you win? It’s nice and simple. Read the description of the book at the end of this post, fill out the form below, including answering the question correctly and click on the submit button. After that all you have to do is keep your fingers crossed until Thursday!





Book Description For The Outbreak:

Starting in Glasgow, The Outbreak weaves its tale of post-apocalyptic survival into the varied landscapes and cultures of western Scotland, ranging from bustling city streets to remote island communities. With its evocative use of real locations on both land and sea, and atmospheric depictions of the trials faced by those trying to survive as their world falls apart around them, The Outbreak expands the new and unusual take on the traditional post-apocalyptic genre first introduced by the same author in his much acclaimed debut novel For Those In Peril On The Sea.

While this is the second book in the For Those In Peril series, it focuses on a different set of characters to those in the first. However, the characters from these two books will be united when their storylines finally collide in the third book in the series. This is currently scheduled for release in the summer of 2015.

From the back of the book:

He was only in the city to meet an old friend, but within hours of his return, Ben’s running for his life …

As the world watches in horror, Miami falls to the infected, and with it America. Britain seals its borders hoping to prevent the newly mutated Haitian Rabies Virus reaching its shores, but it’s too late; somewhere in Glasgow is the man who started it all and coursing through his veins is the virus he accidentally created. When he finally turns, the city doesn’t stand a chance.

Minutes later, a small group of survivors find themselves trapped between the ever-increasing hordes of infected and the soldiers seeking to contain them. The roads are barricaded, the skies patrolled, and the only way out is the river which leads from the heart of the city to the safety of the sea.

Join Ben, Tom, Daz, Claire and Sophie as they flee from the infected, first by land, then by sea. Where will they go? How will they survive? Only time will tell.



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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

And The Winners Of The ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’ T Shirts Are …

28 Jun

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor T ShirtThanks to all of you who entered the competition I’ve been running over the last week to win one of the two ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’ t shirts I have to give away.

The winners have now been selected at random from all the entries I received, and they’ve been emailed to get their mailing addresses so I can send their prizes to them.

They are:

1. James Semaj
2. Jc Loh

Well done to both of them, and commiserations to the rest of you who entered, but who weren’t so lucky.

If you didn’t win, and really want one of these t shirts, you can purchase them from the ForThoseInPeril.net online shop, along with t shirts featuring the other designs which I’ve put together. Alternatively, you can go straight to page for this design by clicking here for the US shop, and here for the UK shop.

While I’m on the subject of competitions, I’ll be starting another one tomorrow, this time to win advanced copies of my upcoming book The Outbreak. This will give the opportunity for two of you to read it before its official launch on the 21st of July 2104 (subject to the postal service delivering them in time!).

Interested? Then watch this space because the competition will only be open for entries for a short period of time.


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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

Giveaway: ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’ T Shirt

22 Jun

Please Note: This competition is now closed. To find out who won, click here.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor T ShirtThis weekend saw the 7th International T Shirt Day, and to mark this, I’m giving away two t shirts featuring one of the quirky zombie-based designs I’ve been working on over the last couple of months.

These t shirts are black with a white design consisting of a gun sight trained on an approaching zombie (with a head shot lined up, naturally) surrounded by the text ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these t shirts, simply fill in the form below. There’s no question to answer, and I’ll ship the prizes to anywhere in the world. However, you will have to tell me what size you’d want, and whether you’d want a men’s or women’s t shirt. The competition will be open until the 28th of June 2014, and two winners will be selected at random from all the entries I receive by that date. Once the winners have been selected, I’ll contact them by email to request a mailing address to allow me to send them their prize.

If you want to check out the full range of zombie-based t shirt designs I’ve created, these are now available from the ForThoseInPeril.net shop by clicking here (if you are in the UK/Europe, you can visit the UK version of the shop here). The t shirts are available in men’s and women’s sizes (children’s sizes will be added soon), and there’s also a few other goodies, too, such as hoodies, mugs, tote bags and even baby grows, all featuring my designs.

In addition, as well as the zombie-based designs, this range of merchandise also includes ones with logos for my three books (For Those In Peril On The Sea, Zombies Can’t Swim And Other Tales of The Undead, and the upcoming, The Outbreak), so if you’ve read these books, you can now buy the t shirt!

Anyway, to have a chance of winning a ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Instructor’ t shirt, just fill in the form below and hit the submit button.



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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

Book Giveaway: Signed Copies Of ‘For Those In Peril On The Sea’ and ‘Zombies Can’t Swim And Other Tales Of The Undead’

13 Jan

To mark the start of 2014, I’m giving away three sets of signed copies of For Those In Peril On The Sea and my recently released anthology of short stories Zombies Can’t Swim And Other Tales Of The Undead.

To be in with a chance of winning a set of these two books, just answer (very simple!) provided below:

The competition will be open until the end of January 2014, and is open to anyone aged 16 or older, and resident in any country in the world. Three winners will be randomly selected after the closing date, and they will be contacted by email. After that, the results will be posted here.

In the meantime, having taken a couple of weeks break over Christmas and New Year, I’ll be back to posting on this blog on a regular basis in the near future. You will be glad to know that I’ve been putting this time off to good use and have been working away on the sequel to For Those In Peril On The Sea, and, after a trick start, it’s finally back on track to be published in the summer of 2014!



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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.