My Spotify Playlist: An Alternative BORN IN THE USA

I’ve thought of doing this for a while. There were close to 100 tracks recorded for Springsteen’s great BORN IN THE USA album, and only 12 made the cut. I wondered what my own selection of unused tracks might sound like, and this is what I came up with.

It’s an alternate BORN IN THE USA, featuring some great songs, such as ‘Frankie’, ‘Wages of Sin’, ‘Janey Don’t You Lose Heart’, and works cohesively as a selection of 10 tracks in my humble opinion.

To get the playlist, click here

The tracks:

1. Murder Incorporated
2. Janey Don’t You Lose Heart
3. Frankie
4. Pink Cadillac
5. My Love Will Not Let You Down
6. Wages Of Sin
7. Johnny Bye-Bye
8. Man At The Top
9. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
10. This Hard Land




Are you a fan of Far From Home? Fancy a free copy for your kindle? All you have to do is email me or leave a comment on this post. I’ll send one to you straight away.

Alternatively, Operation Chimera, a prequel series to Far From Home, is available for immediate purchase here:

Response to Operation Chimera has been overwhelming so far. But we’d like to hear more! Tell us what you liked, what you didn’t like, what you want to see more of. We’re writing Book 2 this year, so we’re really interested to hear your opinions on Book 1.

Again, for a free copy email me. Or, hit the link above.



Past Dark v3

Out on the 9th of March, my new novel Past Dark is available to buy.

Past Dark is my first real foray into supernatural horror, whilst being a coming-of-age tale at the same time.

The novel is also my most personal – more than anything else I have written up to this point, Past Dark is quite autobiographical in many ways. There’s a lot of me in it.

If you would like a free copy for review purposes, please feel free to get in touch and I’ll send you one in either .mobi or .epub format.

Watch in the coming days for a Goodreads giveaway of signed copies, a special ebay auction featuring a one-of-a-kind edition of the novel and more!

And don’t forget that Past Dark is currently available to pre-order at the discounted price of $0.99 / £0.99


What I Read In 2014, What I Published & What’s To Come In 2015!!!

What did my 2014 in books look like? Here’s everything I read:

Return Fire pts 1, 2 & 3 by Bernard Schaffer

A Quantum Leap by Simon John Cox

Superbia: Down To Zero by Bernard Schaffer

Slippage by Harlan Ellison

Kiss Me Like A Stranger by Gene Wilder

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

Noble: New World Order by David K. Hulegaard

Grendel Unit 3 by Bernard Schaffer

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Division Zero by Matt Cox

Bartender by William Vitka

Grendel Unit 2 by Bernard Schaffer

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner

Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

It’s not as much as I usually manage, but I do find that the more I write, the less I read. In 2014 I published Enigma, Nemesis, Edge of Oblivion, Vengeance, The Bloody North, Spectre, A Brightly Flickering Flame (with Bernard Schaffer), Operation Chimera (with Matt Cox – published by Curiosity Quills) and Age of Destiny.

Coming in 2015 I have When The Guns Come Out (a western spin-off of Far From Home), Past Dark (a supernatural novel), Talisman of Peril (a tie-in with Past Dark), Outland (Far From Home 17) all out by the middle of march (Aaarrrggghhh!). I’m also working on the sequel to Age of Destiny with author Nathan Howe, the next Operation Chimera with Matt ‘The Machine’ Cox, and more stories set in Bernard Schaffer’s Confederation Reborn series.

By the summer we will have Intrepid (Far From Home 18), Valiant (Far From Home 19), The Rising Fire (The Fallen Crown Book 2), The Unclaimed Throne (The Fallen Crown Book 3) out for definite.

So anyway, what were the best books I read in 2014?

5. Noble: New World Order by David K. Hulegaard

4. Division Zero by Matthew Cox

3. Return Fire, pts 1, 2 & 3 by Bernard Schaffer

2. Bartender by William Vitka

and taking the #1 spot it has to be: Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

I read all 6 of the First Law books this year, and greatly enjoyed them all but by far the best of them was Best Served Cold. It had everything I loved about the first trilogy, including some of the characters, and a truly kick-ass plot of bloody revenge. It reaffirmed my belief that Nicomo Cosca is Abercrombie’s greatest creation – a loveable villain you can’t quite help but like, even when he’s being a complete arsehole.

I actually hope Joe gets to read this post and know first-hand my appreciation of his writing. I’ve not read Half A King yet (though the hardback is sitting on my shelf) as I’m waiting until the second one comes out. I want the same reading experience I had this year, being able to go from one book to the next.

Quite possibly the worst book I read this year was Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. Second to that was Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, which failed to live up to the phenomenal majesty of The Shining Girls. I have stated on twitter why I will not be reading Revival by King, due to his complete lack of support for independent authors, and his lacklustre novels of late. I certainly won’t be reading the sequels to Mr. Mercedes, that’s for sure.

So what do I plan on reading in 2015? Since it’s my 30th year, I’m aiming for 30 books.

  1. Perfidia by James Ellroy
  2. S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst
  3. The War of Alien Aggression by A.D. Bloom
  4. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
  5. Half A King by Joe Abercrombie
  6. Half The World by Joe Abercrombie
  7. Half A War by Joe Abercrombie
  8. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (re-read)
  10. Grendel Unit 4 by Bernard Schaffer
  11. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
  12. The Martian by Andy Weir
  13. The Elevator People by Courtney Cantrell

As you can see, I’ve not decided on some of them. So if you have a book you’ve written that you’d like me to review, let me know! In return for a review copy (either .mobi or physical) I will review on Amazon, Goodreads, here on my site in a dedicated post, and I will post about it on my twitter account and Facebook author page.


I’ve been a bit quiet on the Far From Home front lately. Well, it’s time that changed. I’m finishing up my horror novel, which was a Nanowrimo winner this year (This is my first time mentioning it). Then it is straight on with Far From Home.

Plans have changed. I originally wanted to end with this third series, but it looks like Jessica et al plan on being around a while longer. If you’re a reader of the series so far, I’m going to assume this will be good news to you.

The next books will be:

#17: Outland

#18: Intrepid

#19: Valiant

That will round out Series Three. After that, there’s a lot more to tell. I have them plotted, parts of them written, and they’re about as ready to go as they can be at this stage. I think readers will be thrilled by the storyline, and the direction I take the series this time around. I have reneged on how these will play out for a while, simply because I wanted to get it right. Now I’m about ready to set these down in print. I know some of you have been waiting for them, and I apologize for that.

I will be putting these up for pre-order as soon as I am able to. Pay no attention to the page count – it will in no way reflect the final product! For instance, Morgan Rice’s latest book, up for pre-order, is apparently only 10 pages long. We all know the end result will be 250 – 300 pages. It just allows readers to get it pre-ordered now so that it hits your kindle the moment of release.

Here’s the covers:




That’s all for now folks. Expect something about my current novel, Past Dark, very soon. As far as FFH is concerned? Hold onto your hats. These three books will blow your heads off.