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I’m breaking radio silence briefly today to announce the release of The Emperor’s Railroad, the first in my brand, spanking new series of novellas from Tor.com.

Here’s the blurb:

Global war devastated the environment, a plague of the dead wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill. But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a very different place.

Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land. Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities. Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth. Or so the church claims. Very few go in, and nobody ever comes out.

Until now…

I’ve put a lot into the world building here and there is a whole lot of adventure as well as zombies, gun-slingers, and more! There is literally something for everyone in this. If you like cross-genre, you’ll dig it. Promise.

Best of all, the ebook version is less than two pounds (audio and paperback are also available). Part two, The Ghoul King, is out in July. US readers, check out The Emperor’s Railroad at your Amazon store.  Naturally, citizens of any nation can head over to the book’s page at Tor.com where a variety of formats may be purchased.

There are already several, mostly positive reviews up at Goodreads. To further whet your appetite, here’s a snippet from Publisher’s Weekly, who rather enjoyed it…

“Haley serves up equal helpings of horror, fantasy adventure, and SF in this stark, intriguing story of a ruined Earth where the remaining humans are determined to survive.”

I will of course be answering questions on the book here and on my Goodreads profile, so if you’ve any questions, ask away. I will answer.

Eagle-eyed sorts (actually, anyone with basic sparrow eyes can spot it) will have noticed I’ve not been very present on the net these last six weeks. This is because I’ve had a very hectic period that is still ongoing. Once it is over, normal service will resume. Thank you.


Baneblade

A few eagle-eyed folks out there have spotted Black Library books from the far future on Amazon and tweeted about them. This is because Amazon gets GW’s catalogue nice and early. So, as it’s out there, I’ve been given the go ahead to talk about these titles a bit here.

Two of mine have been mentioned on the net. The Beast Arises 12 is the first. I’ve been pretty open about writing the conclusion to the series but it seems to be news to some people. Finishing off this massive run of books is a big privilege and I’m raring to get going on it. The finale has loads of that political chicanery that I love, so it’ll be totes awesome to pen (as they say. Or probably used to say about 20 years ago).

However, first I have to write Shadowsword. This sequel to my first ever Black Library book has been a long time coming and I am so excited to be writing it. Which I am doing right now, in fact. It is a direct sequel, and follows on from Baneblade and the two shorts “Iron Harvest” and “Stormlord”. Bannick is back in his new baneblade, Cortein’s Honour, battling the enemies of the Imperium. There will, of course, be a shadowsword in it too.  More than this, I cannot say.

And these are but two of the many projects I’m currently working on for BL. Check back here from time to time, I’ll be talking about them when I can. If I say too much, it’ll be inquisitorial trouble for me, so don’t expect too much!


Pharos

Whoop! Uncork the fermented grape juice with bubbles, and imbibe! Pharos, my first, full-length Horus Heresy book is now out in hardback, ebook, and audiobook. The listen-with-your-ears version runs to 13 hours. Wow. Okay, the length is not unusual, but when I see audio running times in black and white it begs the question:  if it takes that long to read a book out loud, how long do you think the things take to write, eh? AGES, that’s how long.

Here’s the blurb.

With the noble Emperor Sanguinius ruling from Macragge, Imperium Secundus stands as a lone beacon of hope even as the Warmaster’s forces continue to ravage the rest of the galaxy. Roboute Guilliman, still Master of Ultramar, has convinced his brother that Terra has fallen and that the mysterious Mount Pharos on Sotha now holds the key to mankind’s future. But the Night Lords, those cruel and pitiless sons of Konrad Curze, have been watching from the shadows, and make ready to launch their long-planned attack on the Pharos itself…

I felt privileged to be asked to write Pharos. A tough book, because the Horus Heresy is Games Workshop’s best-selling novel range, and written by so many talented writers before me. Pharos also moves the story of the Heresy on a fair bit, so not only is it a book in brilliant series, it’s a pivotal book in a brilliant series. I was actually bricking it all the way through that I was going to screw it up. However, the I’m proud of the end result, and comments back from folks who bought the pre-release ebook on Christmas day have been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks for that.

Pharos came out on Saturday. If I were a more diligent author with my marketing noggin screwed firmly on, then I’d have been blaring loud on the internets about this then. But I have a kid who I was looking after solo all weekend, and a kid moreover that I was playing Helldivers with (for the hour I wasn’t run ragged, cooking, cleaning, ferrying etc.), so sorry if you missed the news, I was killing aliens.

If you’ve any questions about Pharos, ask me here or use the “Ask the Author” feature on my Goodreads page. I will answer them, I promise.

 


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Aiee! Cough, hack, splutter. I’ve had flu. It has not been pleasant, and I get flu nearly every damn year. Come the pandemic, I’m screwed.

One light in the dismal netherworld of my suffering was the release of the cover for my next Dreaming Cities book, The Ghoul King. Here’s Quinn, Knight of the Angels of Atlantis, walking very carefully through the ruins of Old Columbus. And right he is to be cautious too. Why? Well, look at the title! It’s not full of kittens down there.

The first Quinn book, The Emperor’s Railroad, will be out in April. The Ghoul King follows hot on its heels in July.

This image was originally published on SF Signal alongside covers for Melissa F. Olson’s Nightshades and Willow Palecek’s City of Wolves, both also out imminently from Tor.com. Follow the link to see!

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Champion of Mars still 99p/$1.50

Fyreslayer surprise

Posted: January 28, 2016 in Fiction, Gaming, The Black Library
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A couple of weeks ago the Age of Sigmar book Fyreslayers came out, including a lengthy short story of mine by the name of “The Volturung Road”. There’s a brilliant surprise I got not long after submitting the finished work that I’m going to share.

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Games Workshop artist Kevin Chin enjoyed the story so much he drew this sketch of the crazed Grimwrath Bezerker Brokkengird. Cool eh? And proof if any is needed that the guys who make Warhammer up are just as mad on it as you are.


25-11-beastarises-landpageTomorrow sees the Black Library event of the year – the commencement of The Beast Arises series! In a brand new venture for BL, this galaxy-shattering story of war with the orks will be serialised across twelve parts and will be released monthly for the next year. I, your humble word goblin, have penned one as you probably know. I can reveal today that I am also writing book 12 – I get to wrap it all up! It also means I know how it ends. But I’m not talking, not for all the mushrooms in Karak Eight Peaks.

This truly does promise to be a fantastic story, detailing as it does the biggest conflict after the Horus Heresy. Don’t miss out, get your subscription today! If you order now, you’ll get all twelve parts for the price of nine.

 

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