Shadow of Malice has reached the semi finals of the Adventure Writer’s Competition 2019, placing it in the top ten adventure books decided by the judging panel at the Clive Cussler Society.
The competition is for the prestigious Clive Cussler Grandmaster Award, which will be awarded this October at the Clive Cussler Collectors Convention in Phoenix, Arizona on October 12th. The winner receives a prize fund of $1,000 plus all finalists recieve the opportunity to be considered for publishing by Stealth Books. The winner will be chosen by Dirk Cussler, an author himself, and son of Clive Cussler.
This is a fantastic acknowledgement of the hard work that went into Shadow of Malice, and I’m absolutely thrilled to make the top ten of an international competition. Clive Cussler’s books were something that my dad introduced me to as a younger reader and I loved them, so to be in anyway linked with this award is as humbling as it is exciting.
I’d like to thank the judges who’ve put the book on this platform, and I’m looking forward to hearing who gets to progress to the final. I would also like to wish all my fellow semi-finalists the best of luck, and congratulate them on their novels.
The full list of semi-finalists is below, and a final shortlist of three will be revealed in August.
- Blue Fire by Katherine Prairie
- Cave Diver by Jacob Avila
- The Hurricane’s Eye by Anthony Farlow
- The Mind of God by Bevan Frank
- Raptor Canyon by Andy W. Baldwin
- The Regulators: Shadow of Malice by Ben Bruce
- The Sail by Landon Beach
- The Search for the Fountain of Youth by Caleb Wygal
- Sky Branch Seoul by Ted Wesenberg
- Treasure Fever by James B. McPike
More information about the awards can be found here.
Delighted to announce that this summer, I’ll be dropping the first short in my The Regulators: Origins series.
The first one out of the gun is The Regulators: Reuben. It’s very much a WIP at the minute, and I’m doing it alongside Deadline, so I’m not going to give a definite day, but the plan is for it to not be too far down the line.
Reuben was a character that I loved writing in the first book. I was originally going to off him pretty early on, but by sheer force of nature, he forced himself into the reckoning of being a stand out character. I’m delighted to find a way to tell more of his story.
Here’s a sneak, unedited, peak for you all.
And if you’ve not yet got The Regulators or Shadow of Malice yet, head on over to the store and do so now!
Okay, so it probably won’t be a lot that I give back, but I’m about to try.
When I first started out writing, I found it hard to pick my way through all the trials and tribulations that a first time writer is faced with. That’s not to say there isn’t stuff out there, there’s an absolute wealth of material, but there wasn’t anything that spoke to me.
I get asked a lot of things about my books, but perhaps the most common question is, how easy is it to publish a book yourself? My answer is always that if I can do it, anyone idiot can. Therefore, this idiot wants to try and help other idiots publish their books, hopefully with a little more success than I have, although that’s not to say I haven’t hit the year one targets I set myself.
So starting later this week, there’s going to be a vlog. The Idiots Guide To Self Publishing, by An Idiot. (Aka: The Regulators: Deadline – Behind The Scenes.)
I hope it’s enlightening to people, I hope people find it enjoyable. You’ll be able to find it on this site in the very near future.
So, I’m at the point now where it’s going to be impossible for me to get this out for Christmas, which was always a major goal of mine. This is due to circumstances outside of my control.
Regardless, I’m absolutely gutted by that. I am itching to share this book with you, but at this point, I need to get that “professional” validation. I’m also angry at myself, because in hiring the people I did, I broke one of my golden rules. It’s a rule I’ll never break again.
In the new year this book will be out. It might be via a different editing team, we will simply have to wait and see what happens, but I won’t be stopped, and this will happen. I’ve worked too hard at this, and I’m too far down the rabbit hole on book two to turn back. This shit is coming, and it’s coming strong when it does.
Keep the faith people. I know I’m having too!
I like to think I’m a patient man. My wife might tell you otherwise.
Writing this book has been an exercise in patience, and I’ve learned a lot of techniques during this process that has made me less inclined to knee jerk into something else (and by god, when the time is right, I’ve some great ideas for some new series.)
The hardest part, has been this last part. Perhaps I came into it being a little naive, perhaps my experience having TV scripts edited set me up to see things differently, but I honestly thought the longest process would be the cover design, not the editing.
The cover went through a dream, thanks to Sean Strong, but the edit has taken longer. That’s because I had no idea what a huge task fixing my mistakes would be, and also the level of detail that my editors would be working to. I’m so grateful that they are. Without the work being put in now, the book would not be anywhere near what it’s shaping up to be.
It’s really hard for me to sit on my hands and wait, so I’ve not. I’ve cracked on with book two, Shadow of Malice, and I’ll be premiering the first chapter of that at the end of The Regulators.
More importantly, we’re getting closer to nailing down a release date. I can’t wait to do that, and finally share with you all the story of The Regulators.
Until then, sit tight.
So to celebrate finding an editor for the book, I thought I’d give you another little insight into some of our characters, including one of my favourites, Thea Watts.
I fucking love this girl.
Read here, on why Frank Knight was not a happy man…
I’ve been a little quiet of late, because I’ve decided to take a change of course. For the time being, I want to concentrate on novels, and as such, I’ve been writing my debut novel. At the time of writing, it’s 263 pages long, and 65953 words long, and it’s not finished. Not even close.
This is very much a first draft, but I am delighted to share with you all now, a snippet from one of the earlier chapters. I will be sharing more with you in the coming weeks, prior to self publishing this online.
Again, this is just a first draft, not edited in anyway, and in all probability won’t be anything like this come the final thing, but it’s a good way to introduce the characters and the concept. I hope you enjoy.