Monday, April 15, 2019

LIVE AND DIRECT


https://jswallow.com
I'm happy to announce that from today, I have a new home on the World Wide Web; you can visit me at jswallow.com.

I've worked on the new site to create something simple, quick to navigate and most importantly, filled with stuff. You'll find information on all of my professional writing career to date - every book, every short story, every script and video game - complete with images, audio clips, trailers and videos. You can keep up to date with my 'coming soon' section and my (somewhat irregular) blog!

There's a fully indexed 'library' of my work categorized by themes, series and subject, covering all my original fiction and tie-ins. I'll be writing Author's Notes as I go, so readers can learn more about the stories behind my projects over the last twenty years!

There's also a 'free fiction' category, which I'll be adding to regularly over the next month or so, in the run-up to the launch of my next Marc Dane thriller novel Shadow


On Friday April 26th, and on each following Friday over five weeks, I'll be putting up a chapter of a brand new Marc Dane novelette called "Rough Air", free to download in ebook form for all visitors to the site. More on that next week!

My new site will be taking over the duties of the Red Flag blog in the coming months, but there will be a bit of overlap before I shut that down, so if you want to continue to follow me and my writing, please update your browsers and bookmarks accordingly!

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

SHADOW cover reveal (redux)!

The release of my next Marc Dane novel Shadow is fast approaching, and we've had a new pass over the cover art since I last talked about it - the new colours are really striking and I hope it’ll make the book stand out on store shelves...

 
Things are about to go viral in Dane's most dangerous adventure yet . . .

Ex-MI6 field technician Marc Dane and his partner - former US Delta Force sniper Lucy Keyes - are pitted against their most terrifying challenge yet, when a genius bio-researcher with the ability to create a deadly biological weapon is kidnapped by a ruthless terrorist.

Their desperate search for the missing scientist takes them across the world, from the desolate wilderness of Iceland to the dark underbelly of a fracturing Europe, where they will discover a shocking atrocity in the making.

Backed by shadowy interests, a cadre of hard-line ultra-right-wing extremists plan to unleash a lethal virus among the population of a major European city.

Only Marc Dane can prevent this devastating attack from taking place - before a whole continent is plunged into terror... 

Shadow is out in hardcover, export trade paperback and eBook editions at the end of May,  and you can pre-order it at Amazon (click Here) or wherever you buy your fiction.

But a new cover design isn’t all I have to announce; I'm currently putting the finishing touches on a brand new serial short story, which will be available in free downloadable chapters in the run-up to the release of Shadow.

More details soon...!



Friday, March 15, 2019

THE DIVISION 2 is out now!

Today marks the official global release of Tom Clancy's The Division 2, the action-packed videogame sequel from Ubisoft Massive, and I'm thrilled to have been a part of the writing team on this dynamic new project...



If Washington D.C. falls, Humanity falls.
Washington D.C. is on the brink of collapse. Lawlessness and instability threaten our society, and rumours of a coup in the Capitol are only amplifying the chaos. All active Division agents are desperately needed to save the city before it's too late.

The capital in crisis.
Unlike anything before it, The Division 2's Washington D.C. is a 1:1 representation of the real city, making the game world more authentic than ever. The game's map offers up-close-and-personal views of landmarks, natural landscapes, neighborhoods, and enemy hideouts.

Enemy factions at your doorstep.
Various factions, vying for power in the wake of the crisis, are aiming to claim D.C.’s future for themselves. Only Division agents are equipped to take on these new threats and protect the civilians that remain.

Gear Up. Save DC.
You are a member of the Division, an elite group of civilian agents charged with being the last line of defense. With DC at risk, it's time to gear up and use your unique skills to take on this new threat.

The Division 2 features a strong narrative element distributed throughout the core storyline.

 

As well as being a long-time reader of the Tom Clancy novels, I’ve also been a dedicated player of the videogames created under the author’s name. Last year I worked on the Ghost Recon Wildlands open-world shooter game, and having expended a lot of hours on the first iteration of The Division, I was excited to be involved with the sequel. 

 

My contribution to The Division 2 comes in the form of the "endgame" faction, a deadly group of lethal special ops soldiers known as Black Tusk, who become the key enemy for players in the later phases of the game. My scripts for the Black Tusk faction are just one component of a huge project, involving several other scriptwriters and a great many talented people.I hope gamers will have as much fun playing The Division 2 as I had working on it...



Monday, March 04, 2019

NOIRELAND this weekend!

I'm heading out to the city of Belfast this weekend to take part in my first Irish event - the Noireland International Crime Fiction Festival - and I'm really looking forward to it!


The event runs from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, and I'll be joining top writers like Ann Cleeves, Anthony Horowitz, Adam Hamdy, Belinda Bauer, Denise Mina, Stuart MacBride and more to talk about crime and thrillers.

I'm taking part in the "Twenty-First Century Bonds" panel on Sunday morning from 9:30am, along with Asia Mackay (author of Killing It) and Douglas Lindsey (Song of the Dead) - James Bond has endured as one of the great icons of the thriller genre but how has he influenced modern thrillers and what are the challenges of writing about Secret Service agents for 21st century audiences? 

Full details on the Noireland website Here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Something Borrowed (2019 Edition)


It's that time of the year again, when I doff my cap to those hard-working people in the library service, and remind all you writers out there that libraries are fantastic, and that we should all support them.

Libraries also help out jobbing authors in more ways than just getting their books in front of readers, thanks to something we have here in the UK and Ireland called the Public Lending Right; it’s the gift that keeps on giving to writers, editors, illustrators and other folks involved in making books happen.



Here's my annual public service announcement on the subject:

If you are a writer/editor/illustrator/etc, a resident of the UK or Ireland and you ever need a reason for donating your books to the library - on top of all the obvious ones like promoting reading and supporting this valuable and increasingly undermined public service - this is it.

The PLR is a system where authors who've written books that are in public libraries get a little revenue each time somebody borrows their works. It's a way to repay writers who won't be earning a royalty from a sale in a bookstore.

The PLR office pay a nominal fee based on how borrowed you were - and in the interests of fairness, you can't earn more than around £6000, so the big names don't get to hog all the money.

The PLR and our libraries are constantly under threat from government cutbacks, so if you are a writer or a reader, please do your bit to help support both as best you can.


Here's my Top Ten Library Loans of my novels for 2018 (with 2017's position in brackets)

1  (1) Nomad
2  (2) Exile
3  (-) Garro: Weapon of Fate
4  (-) Sisters of Battle: The Omnibus
5  (-) Ghost in the Shell
6  (4) Peacemaker
7  (3) Fear to Tread
8  (8) Black Light
9  (5) Deadline
10 (6) The Poisoned Chalice

Once again, my Marc Dane thrillers topped the chart in 2017, with Nomad and Exile pulling in a whopping 26,684 loans between them! My Horus Heresy novels remain a fixture, with Weapon of Fate coming in at 3rd place and Fear to Tread slipping from 3rd to 7th. Jack Bauer shows his tenacity with my 24 novel Deadline clinging on to the top ten for the 4th year in a row, and my Star Trek: The Fall novel The Poisoned Chalice rounds out the chart. It was also interesting to see my Warhammer 40,000 Sisters of Battle collection appear this time around, along with the novelization of Ghost in the Shell I worked on with Abbie Bernstein.

As always, my thanks to everybody who has supported their local libraries and borrowed my books over the past year (and please continue to do so!)