A rewrite is underway

7th age

When I wrote and published The Seventh Age back in 2012, my thinking at the time was to get it out as quickly as possible before the winter solstice in that year, mistakes and all. Why? To appeal to those who firmly believed the Mayan calendar predictions that the world would end on December 21st of that year. Obviously it didn’t happen, but the book enjoyed a lot of success, selling in excess of a quarter of a million copies.

Now, having finally got round to re-reading it four years on, its time to produce a second edition, correcting the spelling errors as well as adding the few words missing throughout the story, principally to get the damned grammar nazis and assorted idiots off my back! Let’s face it, by not editing I gave them what they wanted. Unless they can tear a book apart, they’re not happy. And yet what really galls them to this day is that a book written by an Indie author became an overnight best seller despite the editing errors and their worst efforts.

So, this morning I’ve already begun while the rest of the world was still asleep. I’ll keep you updated with its progress. Meantime here is a direct quote from the original regarding the love affair between the two main characters Ithis, a crypto terrestrial and the archaeologist, Dr Nick Palmer at a critical juncture in the story:


My heroine Ithis

From now on at night while he slept, Ithis entered his mind tenderly making gentle love to his soul, taking him beyond the normal wonderful sensations of lovemaking, ever mindful that she must not make actual physical contact – at least not just yet…’

PS – will it have a new cover? I have no plans to replace the original as it shows what the book is all about – time.

More later


My good friend Robert Bauval talking about the pyramids and other things

If I need to pick someone’s brains on things positively ancient, when it comes to certain specific subjects, Robert is always willing to help me out as busy as he always is with his own writing.

When I wrote my archaological adventure The Forgotten Age, set beneath the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, it was Robert who helped to ensure that I got certain aspects of the story right. He even went a step further by writing a review for the book, something most authors of his stature would never entertain.

Recently he has kindly helped me out yet again, this time with one particular detail for my latest WIP The Guardian. Only a true friend will ever go that far.

If you are wondering about his accent, his father was of Belgian extraction, while his mother was Maltese. To add to the truly cosmopolitan mix, Robert was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He now lives and writes in Spain.