Friday, 24 August 2018

Grynbad Kindle Countdown Deal

Hi, folks!

Grynbad And The Seven Soups is currently available for just 99p/$0.99 (UK and US only) until the 30th August, as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal.  Or, if you happen to have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, you can read it for free.


If you've yet to read the story of one boy's quest to retrieve his Grandpa's false teeth, which have been stolen by a dastardly beast that lives in minestrone, now's a great time to do so!

Here's the store links:

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grynbad-Seven-Soups-Illustrated-Children-ebook/dp/B07FF83CMB/

US https://www.amazon.com/Grynbad-Seven-Soups-Illustrated-Children-ebook/dp/B07FF83CMB/

Grynbad has been entered into the Kindle Storyteller Competition, which finishes at the end of the month. Thanks to those who've bought the book so far, it currently resides on page 2 of the 'children's ebooks' category. Since there's over 50 pages of children's ebooks, that's not bad going I reckon!

I've also begun work on the sequel, titled 'Grynbad And The Eye Of Griselda', which sees young Timmy Grynbad teaming up with his mischievous Grandpa to embark on another madcap quest, with the assistance of their newly acquired Tragic Carpet, Alan.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Mega Meaty Monster Comics Giveaway!

Whether it’s boozed-up zombies, gigantic rampaging guinea pigs, or evil murderous unicorns you’re after, the Mega Meaty Monster Comics Giveaway has got you covered!



Assembled by myself using the Instafreebie service, the giveaway features over a dozen free sci-fi, fantasy, action and horror comics from top indie creators, including Dan Cornwell (2000ad, FutureQuake), Chris Sides (Impossible, Dark Matter), Ken Reynolds (Sliced Quarterly, Cognition), Rene Pfitzner (Sneaky Goblins), Lukasz Kowalczuk (Aces Weekly), Tim West (Hallowscream) and many more.

As well as being completely free, the comics are available to read in three different formats; pdf, epub, or mobi (for Kindle).

Just follow the link, and grab yourself a healthy slice of comic-related insanity before the giveaway finishes on the 26th August.

https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/i61RU30oAThIzRzmSoGc

Friday, 13 July 2018

The secret of the soup!

I'm pleased to announce my latest children's book, Grynbad And The Seven Soups, is out now on Amazon!

http://mybook.to/Grynbad


This one has a bit of a story behind it, as I wrote it some years back whilst suffering from writer's block. I say 'writer's block' though it was more like 'writer's repetition'; I was attempting to finish my Navel Navigators novel at the time, and instead found myself writing the same darned chapter over and over again for about a year, never able to get it quite right (I can always tell when the writing's not going so well, as my document naming convention goes out the window; instead of using something along the lines of 'NavelNavigatorsDraft28' I end up going with 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarggggghhhh!', 'Whhhhhhhyyyyyyyyy?????' or a terribly rude swear word).

When it comes down to it, the book is all my old line manager Peter Lancaster's fault. I was sat in the staff room, trying to figure out how to get my writing mojo back, when Pete sidled up to me and from out of the blue said: 'Did you know it's actually possible to run across the surface of custard?'

He then showed me a youtube video to prove it (it wasn't this particular video, but it's the best example I could find...).



Now, most people would've edged away at this point whilst attempting to avoid eye contact, but not me (I do like a good custard video). My brain was suddenly whirring away with ideas. Custard...a land of custard...what a great setting for a children's novel! But must it only be custard? Could get a bit samey. What other liquids are there plenty of? Soups! Seven soups...yes, just like Sinbad might have sailed, if he'd gone a bit off course! Hmm, perhaps custard could act as the portal to a whole world of soup related adventures? Now we're cooking!

I rushed down to the local supermarket and did some hefty research in the soup aisle (it's alright, it was Sainsbury's - they're used to nutters in there) trying to imagine what foul creatures might inhabit the various soups.

A terrifying Man-Eating Manotaur, which inhabits Oxtail Soup.


Once I'd got home from my little expedition and finished shaking my wife vigorously by the shoulders whilst yelling 'The soups, Jenny! The sooooouuuups!!!', I set to work.

The book was finished in less than a month (it's quite a short one, as it's aimed at 7-9 year olds), and I was so pleased with the end result that I sent it straight out to an agent (The Eve White agency, who handle the Mr Gum books). I was quite surprised when they got back to me within the week, asking if they could read the full manuscript exclusively. They said a lot of complimentary things about it; compared my dialogue to the likes of Roald Dahl, said the characters were likeable and that it was very funny. Ultimately they chose not to go with it, but at least they gave me a lot of helpful feedback to work with (and the confidence and gusto to tackle the Navel Navigators novel afresh).

And now, new and improved, and sporting over 20 illustrations drawn by my own fair fingers (with one illustration secretly sketched by the mighty Brett Burbridge. I'll let anyone who reads it try to figure out which one), it is out exclusively on Amazon's Kindle Select. This means that if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime you can give the book a read for free. So please, get stuck in. All support is hugely appreciated (even if it's just shares with people you think might enjoy the book, or gold bullion sent to my usual Swiss bank account, every little helps) as I've entered it into Kindle's Storyteller 2018 competition, which is partially judged on the book's popularity.

A bunch of lolly-loving lily-livered pirates, who inhabit Pea soup.

For the first week that Grynbad's on sale I've reduced the price to just 99p/$0.99 in digital: http://mybook.to/Grynbad

and £3.99/$5.99 in print (illustrations in B/W to keep costs down): http://mybook.to/GrynbadPaperback 

So, there you have it...the secret of the soup, and the answer to how to avoid writers block. Find yourself a bald man armed with a custard video!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

The penultimate issue of 100% Biodegradable is out NOW!


Issue 21 of 100% Biodegradable has finally landed, and it's a big 'un, featuring an extra ten pages of content.

As eagle-eyed readers might be able to deduce from Mo Ali's trippy Funguys cover, we have another explosive 'Funguys' adventure this issue, written by the legendary Ian Edginton (X-Force, 2000ad, Aliens) and illustrated by Alan Burrows (Eagle, Red Dwarf). Ian wrote the strip over 26 years ago (on a typewriter, no less!), and it's a pleasure to be able to bring this self contained 16 pager back into the limelight.

Next up, a young cyborg seeks bloody vengeance for the death of his parents in Mark Bertolini and Gary O’ Donnell’sWith A Vengeance’.



A group of unwary space scavengers find themselves trapped in the midst of a battle between two superior intellects in ‘Catch’ by Mikael Lopez and N G Williams.

You’ll never be able to look at a Jellybaby in quite the same way after reading ‘Squeaky Treats’ by Stu Smith and Tony Suleri.


The return of an old adversary spells trouble for the crew of Skow 709 in 'Skowdogs' by John Freeman (Dr Who, Judge Dredd Megazine), David Hailwood, Dave Thomson and Ken Reynolds.
Synthetic eyes helplessly watch the downfall of humanity in 'Lifeboats’ by Stu Smith, Scott Twells and Ken Reynolds.

A hapless photographer puts his soul on the line to get the perfect shot in ‘Photo Op’ by Steven Fraser and Edward R. Norden. 


And finally, a gigantic 50 foot tall lizard has a bad day at the supermarket in ‘Supermarket Monster’ by the ever amusing Ben Peter Johnson (Viz, Hallowscream).

Issue 21 is available at the following digital stores for just 69p/$0.99:

Comicsy:


Drivethru:


A ComiXology release will happen at a later date. Previous issues are available here: https://www.comixology.co.uk/100-Biodegradable/comics-series/17594

If you've yet to read the earlier editions, you can get issues 1-3 completely FREE when you sign up to our comics Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/90a01deb4768/biopressfreebie

So...that's almost 5 years and 21 issues done...But we're not finished yet! Tune in September for the final apocalyptic edition of 100% Biodegradable.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Heaps of FREE books!

More delicious Instafreebie book giveaways for avid/rabid readers to sink their teeth into!

First up, there's an absolute belter of a sci-fi, fantasy and horror giveaway containing over 120 books from the cream of the indie crop.  Some are previews, but most are the full novel.  Give 'em a download at the following link: https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/r1Y0FxTjBmiAboAIU7yY


Next, we have a young adult book fest!  70 books for a youthful audience, which are jam-packed with magic, mystery and mayhem (and some have zombies, too.  Gotta love zombies).  Here's the link: https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/zNwQsaMqTD64xNpHweig


Finally, mostly aimed at the Middle Grade range, there's 50 books about friendship, honesty, integrity and loyalty. Admittedly, one of the main characters in my Navel Navigators novel is the antithesis of all those qualities (good ol' Caspian Thrall - he does like a good spot of thieving!) but at it's core my book is a tale of friendship and loyalty...'twixt boy and goat.  The link doth go thusly (sorry - I woke in a Shakespearian mood): https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/xA5avznPt4CIZFoisfFx


The 5 chapter preview of The Last Of The Navel Navigators is available in all the giveaways above.  Should you be inclined to check out the finished novel, it's currently on sale until the end of the month on Amazon for just 99p/$0.99:

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Navel-Navigators-David-Hailwood-ebook/dp/B07BJ7SBN1
US: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Navel-Navigators-David-Hailwood-ebook/dp/B07BJ7SBN1

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Free Comic Book Day Goodies!

Today is Free Comic Book Day, and you know what that means...FREE COMICS! 


From today until next week the digital version of 100% Biodegradable Collection 1 (collecting the best strips from issues 1-6 of the digital sci-fi anthology) is FREE on Drivethru Comics

The first 100% Biodegradable Collection features 30 strips from professional creators, indie regulars and promising newcomers across the UK and abroad, including Jim Alexander (2000ad, Judge Dredd Megazine), Neill Cameron (The Pirates of Pangaea, Mega Robo Bros), Graeme Neil Reid (2000ad, Meanwhile), Paul H. Birch (Toxic, Creepy Kofy Movie Time), Tony Suleri (Slumdroid, Bulletproof), Mark Bertolini (Breakneck, Scum Of The Earth), Stewart Moore (Zarjaz, Sliced Quarterly) and many more.
Whether it's giant rampaging rodents, paranormal ice cream salesmen, hard boiled detectives, adulterous martians or kung-fu kitchen antics you're after, there's a little something for everyone in this 140 page collection!

Here's the link:

http://www.drivethrucomics.com/product/156020/100-Biodegradable-Collection-1

And don't forget, if you live near a comic shop, pop in and grab yourself some bargains!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Heaps Of Free Fantasy Books!

I decided to kick off May in style, and you can now grab a 5 chapter preview of The Last Of The Navel Navigators in 3 different Instafreebie Book Giveaways.

Navel Navigators...a feast for the senses!

See!  A young boy with a magic bellybutton get adopted by eleven-fingered banjo-strumming hillbillies.

Hear!  The unsettling noise of air escaping, as one of the young boy's travelling companions accidentally punctures a giant inflatable planet.

Touch!  An unsightly witchy-fingered pumpkin-clad Thingimagist (though don't blame me if you suddenly sprout extra eyeballs in unexpected places)

Taste!  Hideous hunchback cuisine, served from the waiters glistening humps.

Smell!  Brian the goat.  He's very, very stinky.

And if a Navel Navigators Sampler isn't enough to wet your whistle/grab your goat/prop up your under-inflated pudding, this is a great opportunity to read hundreds of indie fantasy novels for free (they're all available in epub/mobi/pdf format).  Heck, there's even a free 'Vikings Versus Unicorns' comic up for grabs, which comes with its own youtube Death Rock Anthem!  Some, like mine, are previews, but the majority are the full novel.

First up on the giveaways list we have the Fantasy Extravaganza, which features over 130 fantasy books.



You can check out the Fantasy Extravaganza, which runs between May 1- May 15 here:  https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/Z11V5Ao0Ck0gZBcH8HM4

Next up, it's the Once Upon A Time Giveaway with fantasy books that feature fairy tales and magical creatures (though I'll warrant that my book is probably the only one to feature Beard Pixies)



This particular giveaway features over a hundred books, runs until the end of May and can be scrutinised here: https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/ezy52GT0l9qPOjjgo9QZ

And finally we have the Clean Fantasy Creatures Reads, featuring over 70 fantasy books which are suitable for younger readers (as well as adults, in most cases).



This giveaway lasts until the end of June, so plenty of time to check out the link: https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/m2qxBohIaW3I5NEbNG3d

Incidentally, the full version of The Last Of The Navel Navigators is currently on sale for just 99p in almost every digital store, including Kindle, iBooks, Kobo and Google Play.  Here's the stores link: books2read.com/navelnavigators1