Bloodlines cover and ToC revealed

I was saying on Twitter recently how stories are like buses – none for ages, then three come at once. I mentioned the SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest and Blurring The Line stories in the previous post. Now I can talk about the next one. My short dark urban fantasy yarn, “Old Promise, New Blood”, is in the Bloodlines anthology from Ticonderoga Publications, edited by the amazing Amanda Pillar. I’ve already mentioned this, but now we have a cover too (see below). Pretty damn fine, don’t you think? Designed by awesome artist Kathleen Jennings, who also has a story in the book. Multi-talented! The full Table of Contents accompanies the cover below, followed by some launch information. You can pre-order now right here:

Bloodlines-cover-1aBloodlines, the new non-traditional dark urban fantasy anthology edited by the award-winning Amanda Pillar. These 16 incredible original stories are:

  • Joanne Anderton “Unnamed Children”
  • Alan Baxter “Old Promise New Blood”
  • Nathan Burrage “The Ties of Blood, Hair and Bone”
  • Dirk Flinthart “In The Blood”
  • Rebecca Fung “In the Heart of the City”
  • Stephanie Gunn “The Flowers That Bloom Where Blood Touches Earth”
  • Kelly Hoolihan “The Stone and the Sheath”
  • Kathleen Jennings “The Tangled Streets”
  • Pete Kempshall “Azimuth”
  • Martin Livings “A Red Mist”
  • Seanan McGuire “Into the Green”
  • Anthony Panegyres “Lady Killer”
  • Jane Percival “The Mysterious Mr Montague”
  • Paul Starkey “The Tenderness of Monsters”
  • Lyn Thorne-Adder “Lifeblood of the City”
  • S. Zanne “Seeing Red”

Bloodlines will be available in mid-October 2015 and can be pre-ordered at Bloodlines will be available in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook.

Attendees of Conflux, in Canberra 2-5 October will be treated to the first look at this book, at a launch on 3 October. The rest of the world can experience this fantastic collection at World Fantasy Convention 2015.

Goodreads Giveaways – Signed RealmShift and Signed Bound

I decided it was time to give away some free books. Goodreads is a great place, and perfect for this sort of thing, so check it out now for your chance to score a signed copy of RealmShift and/or a signed copy of Bound. Honestly, if the same person wins both I’ll be a bit suspicious of the Goodreads algorithm, but it could happen. The giveaways are open to anyone in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Canada.

All you have to do to get involved is go to Goodreads (links below) and click the Enter Giveaway button. Add the books to your shelf while you’re there, if you like. Here are the direct links:

RealmShift –

Bound –

Both are open until the end of September, so plenty of time to join in. Please feel free to share this post around so everyone can have both direct links. And good luck!


Alex Caine is coming to America!

RagnarokSo this is very exciting news to report: Last night I signed a contract with Ragnarok Publications for the North American rights to the Alex Caine trilogy. Bound, Obsidian and Abduction will be published in the NA territories some time in the next 12 months. As far as I know, the plan is to release all three books simultaneously.

Ragnarok are a relatively new outfit, but they’re doing amazing work and putting out superb books, so I’m thrilled to be a part of their team. More details will follow as they come to hand, but the deal has been brokered and now it’s all official. I must once again thank the stellar work of my SuperAgent, Alex Adsett.

I can’t wait to see what Ragnarok do with the books – I’ll look forward to revealing their covers and all that stuff as it happens. Watch the blog and my other social media for more news. In the meantime, I’ll be over here drinking celebratory scotch and Snoopy dancing.


BOUND free everywhere in the world over Christmas and New Year

Bound-3D-Cover-thumbHarperVoyager, the publishers of my dark urban fantasy/horror books, The Alex Caine Series, are running a special Christmas and New Year promotion. This means that Bound, the first book in the series, is free everywhere in the world in ebook until January. Free. Nada. Nothing. Go to your favourite ebook retailer of choice and grab your copy now. Obsidian and Abduction, books 2 and 3, are less than a fiver each too, so you can get a pretty good deal on the whole trilogy right now.

Here are direct links to all the stores you need:

AMAZON | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AUS | KOBO | iBooks US | iBooks UK | iBooks Aus | Google PLAY

So if you’ve been tempted to check out the series, but haven’t yet, you can grab book 1 now for nothing. If you do take up this offer, I hope you enjoy the read. Please help me out by sharing this post around as much as you are able. The more I can get the word out, the better. Thanks! Here’s the full blurb about the book:

Bound (Alex Caine #1)

Alex Caine, a fighter by trade, is drawn into a world he never knew existed — a world he wishes he’d never found.

Alex Caine is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches. His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision that allows him to see his opponents’ moves before they know their intentions themselves.

An enigmatic Englishman, Patrick Welby, approaches Alex after a fight and reveals, ‘I know your secret.’ Welby shows Alex how to unleash a breathtaking realm of magic and power, drawing him into a mind-bending adventure beyond his control. And control is something Alex values above all else.

A cursed grimoire binds Alex to Uthentia, a chaotic Fey godling, who leads him towards destruction and murder, an urge Alex finds harder and harder to resist. Befriended by Silhouette, a monstrous Kin beauty, Alex sets out to recover the only things that will free him – the shards of the Darak. But that powerful stone also has the potential to unleash a catastrophe which could mean the end of the world as we know it.


Signed copy of Bound for Xmas, anywhere in the world

Bound - Alex Caine #1
Bound – Alex Caine #1

Giving books as presents is actually a kind of magic. You’re giving someone a deep, emotional experience. You’re giving them a world, a life, that they wouldn’t otherwise have. It was George R R Martin who wrote in A Dance With Dragons, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” And I’m sure he wasn’t the first or will be the last to make that point. Also, whenever you give someone a book as a gift, a fairy gets laid.

That last bit may not be true, but do you want to risk the happiness of fairies? So with Xmas coming around again, it’s time to start thinking about buying gifts for people. You know the other great thing about buying people books? You’re actually giving two gifts at once. The obvious is the one mentioned above, where a person gets to live another life. The other gift you’re giving is to the author of whatever book you buy. It’s another little stitch in that person’s career, because only by selling books do they get to keep writing and publishing more books. You instantly become some kind of benevolent saint the moment you buy a book as a gift. Okay, maybe I’m overselling this, but it is fundamentally true.

And here’ my offer to you. If you want to buy someone a signed copy of Bound for Xmas, thereby giving both them and me a gift and becoming a saint in the process, it couldn’t be easier. Send me an email to alan[@] (without the square brackets, of course) and tell me who you want it dedicated to and their address. I’ll sign a copy, gift wrap it for you and send it off as soon as I get PayPal confirmation of your payment – I’ll give you PayPal details in a return email. All it will cost you is AU$25 anywhere in Australia (which is the same as the RRP should you go to a bookstore) or AU$35 to be sent anywhere else in the world.

I can’t say fairer than that! So hit me up via email and we’ll get it organised. But do it soon, because we’re running out of time for post to arrive before Xmas.