Monday, August 10, 2015

Release update and spooky coincidences


In the awkward silence that followed, Joseph glanced over her shoulder and his blood froze. “Exit.” The word came out as a hoarse whisper.

There was something wrong with the willowy avatar sashaying towards them across the hall. The customization was phenomenal, but porcelain skin didn’t quite hide the hint of golden scales. He stood, transfixed by dead black eyes.


Joseph snapped back to reality. “Exit! Now!”

“I don’t—”

“Just exit, while you still can.” Without waiting to see if Serena was obeying, Joseph pushed past her and ran at the menacing apparition. He hoped this zone enforced physical rules about cohabiting space. He should be able to block the approaching danger while Serena escaped.

It seemed as if his eyes couldn’t quite focus, or as if two avatars were occupying the same space. The tall and curvy blonde in a red kimono had initially caught his eye, but scales and fangs were coming into sharper focus. Claw-tipped fingers reached for him. Ghostly wings enfolded him.


Tiamat’s Nest is on schedule for official release August 29. Although everything is ready and waiting, and in principle I could release it for sale anytime now, I’m sticking with the schedule as previously announced. It also means you still have a chance to get the e-book at the pre-order offer price of $0.99 until the end of the month.

Meanwhile, I couldn’t help but be slightly spooked by a post on Chuck Wendig’s blog yesterday.

Chuck is launching his new book, Zer0es, this month. It’s a man-versus-machine end-of-the-world thriller. At that 40,000-foot level it has themes in common with Tiamat’s Nest, though of course the actual stories are entirely different. But what caught my eye was that Zer0es features a computer program called Typhon. Tiamat’s Nest features a computer program called Typhoon. Spooky, huh?

OK, back on planet Earth, the paperback version of Tiamat’s Nest is now available on Amazon, and speaking of offers, I have reduced the price of Ghosts of Innocence to $0.99 through to the end of September.


  1. That is spooky. Great minds think alike.

  2. That is an odd coincidence.
    Be happy to announce your book on my blog after its release.

  3. That sounds scary and compelling. Good luck with it.

  4. Delores, yeah it was a bit weird.

    Alex, thanks, I already have a note to email you towards the end of the month :)

    Stephen, thanks.

  5. Oooh, nice! Now that's a spooky coincidence I can live with. Good look with your launch, Ian!

  6. David, I just hope nobody says "Hey, you nicked that from Chuck Wendig's novel" when this one has been over 5 years in the making! In fact, I think you once critted the opening chapter when it was still a rough draft, didn't you?

  7. Very weird. All the best with the release! :-)

  8. Yes, yes I did. I read another potion of it, too, as I recall. I definitely know how long in development it's been. :) You've come a long way with it, my friend. I'm so impressed!

  9. Misha, indeed :)

    David, thanks!

  10. Your writing is intriguing, Ian. I wish you great success with the launch. As to the coincidence, do you think Chuck reads your blog? Maybe he's the one that should be thinking how spooky that is! :) :)

  11. Jenny, if only :) If a big-time author like Chuck did stumble on my blog I reckon his thoughts would be along the lines of (1) Heck, I typed in the wrong URL, and (2) That's spooky, I need to call my lawyers :)

    1. Actually, I think Chuck would be mighty impressed… your work is right up there, Ian, don't underestimate it. Heck, maybe you need to call your lawyer (maybe just one, hahaha). I'm sure it is spooky when stuff like this occurs, but nowadays the rule is 70% likeness is still legal. :) :)


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