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Judgement is Coming – Free Excerpt of Dominion by Peter McLean

Our favourite foul-mouthed demon-botherer Don Drake is back in the second of Peter McLean’s Burned Man series, Dominion – A dark neo noir set beneath London, written with all the charm of your favourite British gangster movies. As the sequel to Drake and followed by the upcoming (just under a month, folks!) Damnationthere’s plenty more of this gritty urban fantasy to explore. Dominion by Peter McLean

In the tunnels deep under London, the Earth Elementals are dying.

Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the Elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to. Enter Don Drake, drunken diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie.

When Don learns that Rotman is actually the archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job. The fiend is the foretold spirit of disease and decay whose aura corrupts everything it comes near, and even the most ancient foundations of London will crumble eventually. Now Don, Trixie and his ever-annoying patron the Burned Man have to hatch a plan to keep Bianakith from wiping out the Elementals and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans and those may have dire consequences for everyone.

The past never stays buried, and old sins must be atoned for. Judgement is coming, and its name is Dominion.

Get stuck into the world of Don Drake now: 

Dominion is available now from your favourite retailer, or you can get the ebook for RRP £5.49 / US$6.99 / CAN $7.99.

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Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Dominion

Dominion, Peter McLean‘s second novel and the follow up to Drake now has a shiny new cover thanks to the brilliant Raid 71.

There’s a link to see the full cover, plus exclusive excerpt at the bottom of the page but first, here’s the synopsis:

In the tunnels deep under London, the Earth Elementals are dying.

Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the Elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to. Enter Don Drake, diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie.

The matriarch tells Don that Rotman is actually the archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job. Bianakith is the foretold spirit of disease and decay whose aura corrupts everything it comes near, and even the most ancient foundations of London will crumble eventually. Now Don, Trixie and the Burned Man have to hatch a plan to keep Bianakith from wiping out the Elementals and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans and those may have dire consequences for everyone.

The past never stays buried, and old sins must be atoned for. Judgement is coming, and its name is Dominion.

Angels, demons, elementals and a nasty little son-of-a-gun called the Burned Man. What more could you want in a novel?

Click on the teaser image to be taken to the full reveal over at Fantasy Faction.

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Angry Robot Books: Now Available in Large Print and Braille

Good tidings!

We have a most excellent announcement straight from your Robot Overlords, circulating high on their orbital death platform: some of our lovely, lovely books are now available to those hard of sight, in both large print formate and braille.

Currently 36 of our favourite titles are available both in braille and large print (in a variety of text sizes/boldness) so we can spread more of our lovely books to the world.

The list currently includes books such as:

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl

Drake and Dominion by Peter McLean

 Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

The Buried Life and Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel

United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

We’ll be adding more titles as time goes on, so worry not if you can’t find your favourite! Don’t forget, for those hard of hearing many of our books are also available through Audible and Brilliance.

For a full list and to purchase, please visit Read How You Want to find your next read.
(Available in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand).

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Best of Lists 2016

AR 2016Well, 2016 was a busy old year for us, what with publishing many wonderful, wonderful books, continuing to take over the world, offering human sacrifices to the gods, that kind of thing.

It seems our sacrifices haven’t gone unnoticed as we have found our books placed in a whole load of ‘best of 2016’ lists, which has, quite honestly, made out 2017 thus far.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to read, review and rave about our books. It really does mean the world to us, you guys keep us doing what we do and help us strive to release the best in SF, F & WTF last year, this year and to infinity and beyond (we might have nicked that quote from somewhere).

So, for your perusal, here’s a rundown of our books, placed in the annals of ‘best book’ lists.

Peter TieryasUnited States of Japan 

Matthew De Abaitua’s If Then

  • From Couch to Moon
    The Best SF I Read This Year
    “How love, community, and mid-life crisis adapt in an alienating political system based on algorithms.”

Foz MeadowsAn Accident of Stars

Ferrett Steinmetz‘s Fix

  • Bibliotropic
    Top 11 Books I Read in 2016
    “Steinmetz’s ‘Mancy series has done something that’s pretty uncommon for me when it comes to urban fantasy: it made me hungry for more.”

K C Alexander‘s Necrotech

Christopher Hinz‘s Binary Storm

Peter McLean‘s Drake and second-in-series Dominion

  • The Automatic Cat 
    Best Books of 2016
    “The follow-up to Drake sees the return of Don Drake, ‘Hell’s Hitman’. Easily as gritty, sweary – and that’s very sweary – and as much fun as its predecessor.”

Jen WilliamsThe Copper Promise

Jay Posey‘s Outriders 

James A Moore‘s The Last Sacrifice (technically 2017, but hey, the ARC was read in 2016)

  • Bookwraiths
    The Best of 2016
    “People need to read James A. Moore’s smooth, horrifying sword and sorcery books.  Especially this one, which begins a new series.”
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Peter McLean Goes to Prison

Peter-McLean-1-p19goripnm6vk2q3c3rufj1pdv1-225x300Now and again our authors get requests to give talks to interested parties and aspiring authors. Sometimes these requests are from prisons, which is exactly what happened to Peter McLean the other week, as he was asked to speak to inmates at HMP Norwich.

Being inside a prison, as an author imparting knowledge, is something that not that many of us experience, so we asked Peter to write about his experience.

So, in Peter’s own words…

A couple of weeks ago I went to prison.

Don’t worry, they let me out again – I was invited to give a guest talk on writing and publishing to a prisoner education group at HMP Norwich, the local prison in the city where I live.

HMP Norwich is ‘Category B/C multi-functional’, which basically means it’s a medium-security prison housing a mixture of convicted and remand prisoners. Hard though it may be to believe, I had never been in a prison before. Well, now I have.

As you might expect, there are high walls and lot of fences and gates with razor wire and cameras everywhere, so initially I felt quite at home. I used to work in a high-security datacentre, which was much like that. The datacentre was a modern compound though, whereas HMP Norwich is the same sort of looming Victorian monolith as Strangeways (HMP Manchester) and Wormwood Scrubs, albeit not as large. As soon as the first set of steel-barred gates clanged shut behind me, I was locked in and I knew it.

Drake by Peter McLeanI also knew I’d be coming out again in a few hours time. What it must feel like to know you won’t be going back out of that gate for years to come I can’t even imagine. I also couldn’t imagine what my audience was going to be like, and that’s where I got a nice surprise.

I was escorted to the prisoner education block, where there were a group of about 30 prisoners and a few staff waiting to listen to me. That’s a lot more people than I was expecting.

I talked about how I got started with writing and how I eventually got published, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a few aspiring writers amongst the audience. Most of the session was Q&A and I got asked a lot of interesting questions, not just about writing but really about life, the universe and everything.

The whole session went on for over three hours, and one of the highlights for me was meeting a young lad in his 20s who had learned to read and write while he was inside. He had just earned a silver certificate in literacy, and they asked me to sign it for him and it was presented to him as part of the session. I felt very proud of him, and I think everyone else there felt the same way.

Another young guy showed me his own writing, about his abusive family and how he ended up living as a homeless addict. He asked me if I could come back and help him with it, and I would really like to do that.

Some of the guys asked me to read to them, so I read a chapter of Drake and got a nice big round of applause afterwards, followed by another deluge of questions.

Everyone wanted to shake my hand at the end of the session, and the prison library now has a long waiting list for my books.

I must admit I was exhausted afterwards. I’ve done panel discussions and readings at conventions before, but this was my first proper solo event. Three hours is a long time to keep that many people engaged and entertained all by yourself, but it was absolutely worth it.

Dominion by Peter McLeanThe thing I really took away from the session was that, yes, these men might have done things that got them locked up but no one in that room felt like a bad person. No one was impolite or badly behaved towards the staff, or me and the general feeling in the education block was of people who actually wanted to learn.

I posted about the day on a Facebook group I belong to, and got a comment from a gentleman who is the Sergeant over the gang unit of the Utah State Prison. He told me that the inmates there always look forward to any volunteer who comes in and gives their time, too, and that prisoners are some of the most avid readers he knows.

So, fellow authors or anyone else who feels able to give a talk on an interesting subject, I would highly recommend this as a rewarding and very helpful thing to do.

I hope it made someone’s day. I know it made mine.

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Talk Tuesday To Us: Peter McLean

pete-zombieTuesday lords it over us once again, reminding us that the week has begun in earnest. But with it comes revelation – Talk Tuesday To Us, when we strap our authors into the metal chassis which will one day house their brains.

This week in the gleaming exoskeleton is Peter McLean, author of gritty urban fantasy noir Drake, and its imminent diabolical sequel DominionIt’s screwdriver time… Read More

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GoodReads Giveaways!

Hello, wonderful future slaves people!

Do you fancy winning yourself a copy of one of our November books?

Well you can, if you head on over to GoodReads. We have giveaways listed for both Peter McLean‘s Dominion and Christopher Hinz‘s Binary Storm, both of which will run until October 26.

The giveaways are available to those living in UK, Ireland, India, South Africa, New Zealand, US and Canada. Read More

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A New Burned Man Book is Heading Your Way

Peter-McLean-1-p19goripnm6vk2q3c3rufj1pdv1-225x300Salutations and good news to all!

We’re happy, delighted, made up and overjoyed to announce that there’s going to be a third book in Peter McLean‘s The Burned Man series!

Damnation will be released in May 2017 and sees our hapless anti-hero head to Scotland, caught up in new peril of an occult nature.

For those not familiar with Don Drake, not-quite fallen angel Trixie and the Burned Man, here’s a couple of reviews of Drake, the first title in the series, to whet your whistle:

The plot is intriguing and the pace is fast. There is plenty of action, in fact, frankly, never a dull moment.”
The Speculative Herald

“A darkly funny and violent tale with black magic, fallen angels, demons and angry girlfriends, complete with some loathsome characters you will love to hate.”
Books, Bones & Buffy

“What connects Chandler, Guy Ritchie, Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? “Not much” is probably the answer, until now. A punchy debut novel.”
SFX Magazine

So if you’re yet to give Drake a try, go pick it up… then do the same with second-in-series Dominion, which is out November 1 (US/Can) / November 3 (UK/R.o.W).

If you nip over to Fantasy Faction you can see the announcement in full – with synopsis – and grab yourself a sneak peek of the first chapter of Dominion, too.

Here’s to many more Burned Man books!

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Drake Heads to Czech Republic

Drake by Peter McLean

Exciting news for a Friday, we’ve heard that Drake, Peter McLean‘s brilliant Lock, Stock noir with demons, will be making its way to the Czech Republic to be published by Host.

You might remember Peter as being one of our submissions from the last open door. We’re delighted that Drake’s had such a good reception and can’t wait for November when the second in the series, Dominion, hits all good bookstores.

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