Thursday, 16 August 2012

A late update

Well, I’ve not posted on here for a while.

After three months off work (the one that pays, not the authorly one) following my Achilles tendon operation, I resumed to find an atmosphere of despondency had descended upon my department and, that with only six months to go before my retirement from public service, I am told the funding for my post has ceased and I must move to another department. More than that I am not permitted to say, due to the nature of my work.

On the plus side of things, my next book release – Rathbone Kydd: sex’n’drugs’n’quantum stuff – is still in line for a Kindle and paperback release in mid September. It will also be available on Smashwords, as will Pike’s Quest.

The two books will appeal possibly to quite different audiences. PQ can be enjoyed by readers of all ages: one reviewer on Amazon UK read it to his grandchildren and describes it as “one of the best adventure/fantasy books I’ve read in a long time.

RK is a thriller and an adult read, or at least, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 16 years. It contains sexual references, violence, drug usage and drug smuggling, along with some quantum stuff. Here’s the book blurb (it may alter slightly before publication):

Rathbone Kydd
sex’n’drugs’n’quantum stuff

“Time will reveal everything. It is a babbler, and speaks even when not asked.”
Euripides, 480-406 BC

February 2012: Detective Superintendent Derek Burridge is shocked to learn that
his estranged wife, Vicky, has been involved in a serious car accident, knocking
down a woman and narrowly missing a man. He is even more shocked to learn
that the woman is inexplicably in a coma and the man, Rathbone Kydd, is claiming
to have travelled through time.

Derek launches an investigation into Rathbone’s claims, many of which are made
whilst he is a compulsory patient in the mental health department of Plymouth
Royal Infirmary. When Derek checks into the alleged suicide of Rathbone’s father
in 1972, he seriously considers the possibility that Rathbone is telling the truth.
Derek and Rathbone soon uncover a conspiracy of, quite literally, quantum proportions
involving a ruthless biker gang, rock’n’roll, international drug running, the
Greek secret police, the Russian KGB, and British Military Intelligence.

They discover that secretive government agencies can be just as ruthless as the wildest biker gang, and that time will, indeed, reveal everything.

You can read a few samples on the RathboneKydd micro-site, and follow @RathboneKydd on Twitter if you don’t mind his arrogance!