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Exciting times as “Silver Dawn” comes toward publication

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There is always excitement and anticipation for me as one of my books nears publication.  This time it is “Silver Dawn,” the latest in my range of science fiction books aimed at young adults (early teenagers).  It is my first sequel, and features many of the (I hope engaging) characters who appeared in “Children of the Night.”  At 86,000 words it is twice the length of its predecessor.

We are at the stage now of cover design, looking at suggestions from Tony Fleetwood, the highly talented illustrator of many famous children’s authors, including Eoin Colfer.  Tony illustrated the Artemis Fowl series.  He also did the covers for my other children’s books.  I am not allowed to show the rough designs yet, but the cover will feature a sailing ship making full speed through choppy seas, while above it and to one side hovers a mechanical dragonfly, one of the transports that features in the story.  Although set in an alternative past that features mediaeval trappings, the story is science fiction rather than fantasy.  As always, there are no spells, no warlocks or witches, no magic swords; and dead people stay dead.

The London launch party for the book will be on Monday March 18th in Westminster.

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