What is Wandless?

Those who have checked out www.wandless.co.uk may have gained the first glimpse into my first book, but with the release date roughly one month away (exact date to be announced in the coming weeks), it’s time to give a bit more detail.

Wandless is a dark fantasy set in the near future of our world. It’s the tale of a woman fleeing for her life, of the determined officer that chases her, and the innocent lives that will get caught up in the pursuit. You can read the full blurb below.

I’ll be honest, it’s not the book I imagined starting my writing career with.

It started as a short story, but it got out of hand. And it was going to be a standalone, but I’m already thinking about sequel and series ideas.

(In fact, it started as a weird dream about the X-Men but I don’t have the rights to them.)

I’ve spent the past month sorting some (hopefully) final revisions based on the feedback of my early readers. And at this very moment, my second wave of readers is working through the book to provide me with some last comments and to winkle out those last few mistakes.

In the weeks ahead, I’ll be working on the finishing touches – not only on the book, but on making it available to you all (hoping to open pre-orders in the next couple of weeks). I’ve also been working with my friend from Parry-Hide Photography on the cover, which you can also find below.

If you want more updates on the release (plus all my other future books), be sure to sign up to my mailing list. In the meantime, read on for the blurb of Wandless:

First, their wands were taken. Then, it was their freedom.

Emilia Harris is on the run. Having escaped from her Sanctuary, she flees north, desperate to leave Greater England.

Leading the military forces pursuing her is the ruthless Captain Hawthorne, determined to protect the human population from the witchkind previously living among them. Harris will be the latest Wandless in a long line of arrests.

Emilia has just one advantage: escaping from the Sanctuary has restored her unique magic – which she soon uses to defend herself, with devastating consequences.

After the first clash increases the military’s desire to hunt her down, how can she hope to reach a place of safety… especially as her power is not the true threat she poses to society?

The Journey Begins

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Technically, this isn’t the start of my journey. This is actually something I’ve been building up to all my life.

But this is certainly the beginning of the biggest chapter: finally putting my fiction out there for the pleasure (hopefully) of avid readers such as yourself.

In fact, perhaps it’s better to think of everything I’ve done so far – the finished and unfinished novels, the frantically scribbled story ideas, the hours lost imagining the make believe adventures in my head being immortalised on a printed page (or e-reader. The choice is yours) – as the backstory. This is the Inciting Incident, as we authors say: announcing my first novel. Okay, novella.

Wandless is finished, and an alpha version has been read by a few friends in the middle of last year. I’ve a few things left to tweak based on the great feedback they gave, but the book is 80% done with the final, final version due to be completed in the next week or so. After that, it’s other fun stuff like finalising the cover (already did a photoshoot back in November) and formatting the book for both print and ebook.

You’ll be able to get your hands on it this March (exact date TBC), and I’ll be posting samples here in the lead-up and might even have some fun freebies to whet the whistles of anyone who signs up to my mailing list.

I’ll be posting updates here and at my Facebook page, so keep your eyes/browsers peeled in the weeks to come. 

Thank you so much for joining me for this adventure. It’s going to be one heck of a journey.