Coming Next in the Hive Mind series

Some news for those of you asking about more books in the Hive Mind series.

The next book will be a prequel novella (half as long as one of my full length books) set a year before the start of Telepath, and covering some events when Amber is living on Teen Level. PERILOUS is planned as a September release.

But I know that some of you are mainly interested in the full length books, so will want to know what’s happening about Hive Mind 2. The answer is that Hive Mind 2 – DEFENDER is planned to release in December 2017/January 2018. I’ll obviously be trying my very best to get it out in time for Christmas.

I always find it hard to come up with adequate short descriptions of my books, but I’ve bravely suffered the double agony of composing them for both PERILOUS and DEFENDER, so keep reading for more details! 

PERILOUS (Hive Mind A Prequel Novella)

PERILOUS LIGHTER EBOOK COMPLETEExpected Publication Date September 2017

Amber is one of over a million seventeen-year-olds in one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. She’s worried that she only has a year left before she enters the Lottery of 2532 to have her abilities assessed. Lottery will decide her hive level, her profession, her whole future life.

Amber fears that her lack of any obvious talent will mean she’s sent down into the depths of the hive, but her friend, Forge, is addicted to taking risks. When Forge chooses exactly the wrong moment to put himself in danger, Amber must stop worrying about the future, and concentrate on surviving the present.

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2017, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.


DEFENDER (Hive Mind 2)

HIVE MIND 2 DEFENDER COMPLETEExpected Publication Date December 2017 / January 2018

Eighteen-year-old Amber is the youngest of the five telepaths who protect the hundred million citizens of one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. Her job is hunting down criminals before they commit their crimes, but this time her team arrive too late. Someone is already dead. Someone that Amber knows.

Amber is determined to catch the murderer, but she doesn’t realize who she’s up against, or the true danger of opening her mind to the thoughts of others.

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2017, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.


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Paperback release of Scavenger Alliance

3Scavenger Alliance is now available in both ebook and paperback formats. Scavenger Alliance is set in the same future universe as Earth Girl, but centuries earlier at the end of Exodus century, and features an ancestor of Jarra.

Full details are here.

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Guest Post – Infinite Worlds

There’s a new guest post from me at Author Allsorts. This one is about why I chose to write science fiction.

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Guest Post -On Writing

There’s another guest post from me over at Author Allsorts. It was supposed to be about choosing an author I’d like to have a masterclass from. It somehow turned into a piece about Stephen King’s book “On Writing”.

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Guest Post – Now We Are Ten

There’s a new guest post from me over at Author Allsorts. It’s about the first story I wrote. That was almost ten years ago, and my tenth publication was out this week, hence the title is Now We Are Ten.

That first story was a little rough around the edges, 2000 words of silliness that’s very different to the science fiction I write these days. If you’re curious, I’ve temporarily added it to my free story page, so you can read it here.

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Scavenger Alliance is available in ebook!


Available Worldwide in Ebook.

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Paperback to follow June/July 2017

Scavenger Alliance

Scavenger Alliance is set in the same Portal Future as Earth Girl, but at the end of the Exodus Century that emptied Earth, and features a couple of Jarra’s ancestors.

In the year 2408, a century after the invention of interstellar portals, seven hundred people scavenge a living in abandoned New York. The respectable citizens have either withdrawn to new settlements in the countryside, or joined the great exodus of humanity to new, unpolluted colony worlds, but eighteen-year-old Blaze is one of the undesirables that neither the citizen settlements nor the new colony worlds will accept.

Blaze’s mother died six years ago. She thinks her father is Donnell, the leader of the uneasy alliance between the remnants of the Earth Resistance and the old criminal gangs. It’s less clear what Donnell thinks, since he barely speaks to her. The alliance is crumbling under the strain of its hardest winter ever, when an old enemy tries to use Blaze as a pawn in a power bid. She thinks her life can’t possibly get more difficult, but then an aircraft carrying three off-worlders arrives in New York.

Books In Brogan “Another amazing, addicting story with turbulent ups and downs that had me undeniably hooked throughout the entire thing.” See review

Read sample chapters here.

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2017, Cover Design by The Cover Collection





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UK Eastercon 2017

I will be at Eastercon UK at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole over the Easter weekend. If you’re there, then please say hello.

On Friday evening, I’m on the SF Infrastructure and Engineering panel, along with Andrew Lane, Stan Nicholls, John Bray, and Andrew Bannister.

On Sunday morning, I’m on the Managing Spoons panel, along with D. A Lascelles, Nick Wood, Theresa Derwin, and Tlanti. If you are baffled about why spoons need managing, then there’s a brief explanation of the panel here.

I’ll also be signings books on Sunday afternoon. If you don’t have physical books to sign, then please come along for a chat anyway.




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Reaper is now available in ebook and paperback


My latest book, Reaper, is now available worldwide in a variety of ebook formats and as a 346 page paperback.

In the year 2519, people on Earth don’t grow old and die any longer, their bodies are frozen and they start a new life in the virtual reality of the Game. You can see full details of Reaper here, and also read the first three chapters.


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USA Libraries

earth-2788-ebook-completeI know many people are dependent on borrowing books from libraries. Now the extras in the Earth Girl series are available in paperback and on Overdrive, I’m pleased to see they are starting to appear in libraries in the USA. Telepath and Reaper are slowly working their way through the system too, so you can try putting in requests to your librarian to stock them.

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Happy Year Day 2017 and a Christmas Story

FrontierI’ve just been looking at the post I put up a year ago, where I said that I had a host of book-related plans for 2016. As it turned out, 2016 was a problematical year, when too many good people made their final bows.

Focusing in on my book-related plans though, I did manage to achieve a lot, including the paperback editions that I’d been promising people.

In the spring, I published a new novella set in the Portal Future of the Earth Girl series. Frontier: An Epsilon Sector Novella in both ebook and paperback. There were also paperback releases of Earth 2788: The Earth Girl Short Stories, and Earth and Fire: An Earth Girl Novella.

HIVE MIND 1 NEW COMPLETEI then had two short stories published in anthologies. One in an anthology of Space Opera stories,  Crises and Conflicts, published by NewCon Press. Another in an anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, Defying Doomsday, published by Twelfth Planet Press.

In the summer, I published a full length book set in a new Hive Future. Telepath is now available in both ebook and paperback. If you haven’t read it yet, there are some sample chapters of Telepath here.

Just before Christmas, I published another full length book, this time set in a new Game Future. Reaper is currently only out in ebook, but I expect the paperback will be available in March 2017. (Paperbacks are always likely to appear a couple of months after the ebook because of the time taken up arranging different covers and formatting, as well as checking proof copies.) You can read sample chapters of Reaper here.

reaper-completeI usually put a story up on my website for the New Year. This time the creative side of my brain decided to write a short Christmas story so I put that up early than usual. Many of you will already have discovered and read it. Those who haven’t, can read my Christmas story here.

I think a lot of people are looking forward rather nervously to what 2017 will bring. I have a long list of book related plans again, though I doubt I’ll be able to achieve quite as much as in 2016.

My first release in 2017 should be yet another new book. Scavenger Alliance is set in the Portal Future of the Earth Girl series, but centuries earlier during Exodus century, and features one of Jarra’s ancestors.

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Thank you to everyone who has been reading my books, especially those who took the extra time to do reviews, ratings, or send me personal messages. I hope you’ll enjoy reading more stories from me during 2017.

Happy New Year!

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