My first child is due July 10th, but last week my wife was diagnosed with OC, which means the labour will likely be brought on early. It's likely that within the next two weeks I will be a father. It also means that right now my wife and are are having a tough time and having to visit the hospital a lot. It is hard to be told that there is a problem with the pregnancy when my wife, Sally, has done everything right. She hasn't smoked, drank, or eaten anything bad for the last 8 months and she feels that it is her fault that something is now wrong. Of course that is nonsense and I hope she sees that deep down. There isn't a woman on this earth better suited to being a mother than Sally is. None of this is her fault. While the pregnancy now needs managing closely, she and I will get through it together, and at the end of it we will have a healthy, happy son.
Anyway, once the baby is here, I will be taking some time off. How long, I do not know, but it will likely be at least until September. Anybody likely to miss me will be pleased to know that I'll be leaving behind two new books to mark my sabbatical. The first book is a sequel to J A Konrath's book, ORIGINS, and it has been written by us both with characters from each of our works. It is called HOLES IN THE GROUND, and it should be out early July.
When linguist Andrew Dennison-Jones and his wife, Sun, are yanked from their honeymoon bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the middle of nowhere, they begin to fear the worst. Once they find out what’s buried beneath the ground of a Mexican national park, they find out that reality is worse than their nightmares.
At a secret facility nicknamed ‘The Spiral’, Andy and his wife join ambitious geneticist Thandi Gornman, excitable Dr Chandelling, imposing Head of Security Steve Rimmer, and a hodge-podge of other military and science personnel. Each of them is dedicated to keeping ancient secrets under lock and key for whatever is left of humanity’s future. But when a mysterious guest arrives at the Spiral, along with an old adversary from Andy’s past, the secrets begin to escape. And some of those secrets have teeth.
Things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth...
Later on in July will see the first book in my Sarah Stone series of action adventures. It is still with the editors and the final cover is being tweaked, but here is a teaser below of what the final artwork will look like.
At Christmas I will release the first book in a new apocalyptic horror trilogy called THE GATES. In 2015, I will release more Sarah Stone novels and potentially the first book in a Fantasy series called the CRACKED KINGDOM. There will also be audio books, foreign editions, comic books,and more. As well as being a father for the first time, I think it's safe to say that I am going to be very busy.
Before I go, I would just like to thank all my fans, friends, and colleagues for being...well, the best. In my day-to-day life, I experience nothing but positivity from you all. You see snippets of my personal life and you are so supportive and kind that it brings me to tears. It makes sharing a piece of myself a whole lot easier. I want to be able to show pictures and videos of my life and family, and the fact that none of your are mean, spiteful, or psychotic makes it a fun and safe experience. I truly feel that what elevates me above some of my peers is the wonderful fan base I have. You look after me, speak kindly to my wife, and show me love and respect every step of the way. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to accept how lucky I am. None of the happiness in my life would be possible without my readers. So, before I begin the next step of my life, I just want to think about the people who got me here and say thank. Thank you so much.