Since completing the
trilogy, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/12/roswell-redeemed-is-here.html,
I have been making notes for a new novel. I first had the idea for the new
novel while I was finishing Roswell
Redeemed. As is always the case with my development style, a lot of the preparation
has been mental, envisioning the characters, the setting and the plot etc. I
have outlined those in note form; I have decided on a starting point for the
narrative and have ideas about where the storyline can progress from there. As
usual, I have not planned the entire novel from start to finish. No doubt I
will hit some "walls" as I did with Roswell ,
but I made it over them back then and I'm confident I can do so this time. This
novel will be similar in some ways to the Roswells in that I intend it to be
historical and once more deviate from a given point in the past into an
alternate history where something that is different to the real world changes
everything for the subsequent future. In Roswell
this starting point was July 1947. In this new novel it will be earlier. I've
not pinpointed it, but I am currently looking at the end, or close to the end,
of the Great War or World War One. The story will be strongly centred on the
element of espionage. For research I have been reading and watching a lot of real
life spy stories, such as biographies of the Roswell
spies, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e36KMyp-GDE.
This area of research began during the writing of the Cambridge
trilogy because I originally intended the Julian Spencer character to be a spy;
but I soon realized he did not have the temperament for such a self-disciplined
proclivity. One of my new characters for the new novel most certainly does. I
have chosen the working title of The
Obscurati Chronicles. This was what I called a series of sketches which
eventually formed into an abortive novel a few years ago, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2010/02/obscurati-chronicles-part-1.html.
If you read these sketches you will see that I have already incorporated some
of their material into Roswell . How
much of the remainder I will use for this new novel, I can't be sure. My next
step is to write a sample for free publication on Ben's Bookcase, as I did with
the Roswells, for example see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2016/12/roswell-revealed-sample-first-chapter.html.
I wasn't sure whether to do this again, but I have decided that I should. A
sample chapter both interests potential future readers and morally commits me
to completing the work. I am not sure how long this next step will take, but
bookmark this page for upcoming developments. It is interesting and encouraging
to look back at the post I made when I first came up with the idea for the Roswell
trilogy, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2015/05/aurora-new-novel.html.
In a couple of years, will I look back at this post with the same hindsight? Roswell
Saturday, 6 July 2019
I am working on an updated version of Roswell Rising- a Novel of Disclosure, the first part of my Roswell Trilogy. The changes I'll be making are not far-reaching enough to justify it being called a "new edition". I will simply be correcting a few spelling mistakes and replacing a few words. I might add or remove a sentence or two. Repeated readers will probably not even notice the difference. I will also be removing the website list in the end matter and replacing it with an advert for the Trilogy and some review quotes, either at the beginning or end. The timeline will remain. The cover will also remain exactly the same. These changes will apply from about the middle of the month, so any copy of Rising purchased new after that will have these changes. Until then the book is still available in its current form.
See here to purchase Roswell Rising: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2016/08/roswell-rising-is-here.html.
Friday, 11 January 2019
I have changed the covers of Roswell Rising and Roswell Revealed, see illustrations above. This is because there are now three books following the publication of
Redeemed- Humanity After Disclosure, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/12/roswell-redeemed-is-here.html.
This means there is a trilogy so I've made the covers look like constituent
thirds of a trilogy. They are still separate books so I have not altered the
front covers at all. I have changed the back cover blurbs and added a segment advertising
the whole Roswell trilogy. I have
redesigned the spines so that they all look more similar and I've added the
number 1 to Rising and 2 to Revealed to indicate their order in the
trilogy. Redeemed already has the
number 3 on it. All three spines also have a coloured strip that matches the
colour scheme of the cover illustration. This makes the books easier to
identify from the spine alone because I anticipate that readers might want to
store them on a shelf together. My next step is to create box sets, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/08/box-set-design.html. Roswell
Thursday, 6 December 2018
My new novel
Redeemed- Humanity After Disclosure is now available on at least one retail
platform, see: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roswell-Redeemed-Humanity-After-Disclosure/dp/0954222997/. Roswell
The novel is currently only issued as a paperback book. It will shortly be available from all other outlets. Sincere thanks to everybody who has inspired and supported me in this enterprise.
See here for background. You can also read the first two chapters of the novel on this page as a free sample: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/02/roswell-redeemed-sample-first-chapter.html.
See here for the accompanying HPANWO TV video: https://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.com/2018/12/roswell-redeemed-humanity-after.html.
I will be working on the box set, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/08/box-set-design.html.
The publication of Roswell Redeemed marks the end of the Roswell Trilogy. It is quite a sad feeling for me because it means I have to leave a parallel life that I have been living in for over three years. All fiction authors will know what I'm talking about. The main characters have become like real people, even though they are non-existent and just figments of my imagination. I have had to say goodbye to them. This does not mean I will never again write another story set in the
universe; it is possible that I will. However, there is no doubt the Roswell
story has finished for now; all the ends have been tied. There will be no
sequel or any other Roswell tale on
that scale. I'd like to say thanks to everybody who has bought one or more of
the Roswell novels; I really hope
you enjoy them. And, of course, I have to say a big thank you to Stephen
Bassett, the man who gave me the idea, way back in spring of 2015, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2015/05/aurora-new-novel.html.
As for what I will write next, I'm not sure and I have only vague ideas, but be
sure that I will post any updates on Ben's Bookcase. Roswell
Saturday, 24 November 2018
I have completed the final draft of my new novel
Redeemed- Humanity After Disclosure.
This of course does not mean that the book is now published. There is a lot of
work to be done before it becomes available. I have to design the cover. That
is something I'm going to enjoy because I can incorporate the superb artwork of
Annette Lemaire; in the background link below you can see her image for the
illustration. I will have to work on the general book design. I intend that Roswell Redeemed will end up the same
trim-size as Roswell Rising and Roswell Revealed, but it will be somewhat
thicker because it is slightly longer in extent than both of the others. I will
also have to allocate an ISBN and plan the book with the originator and the
printers. However, the biggest task of all will be, as always, revision. I'm
very pleased with the draft I've written, but it inevitably will not be
perfect. I will need to work through it again, correcting mistakes, adding new
segments, taking out some segments etc. Even while writing this post I've
thought of a major change I want to make to the ending. Based on feedback from Rising readers, I have employed a
proof-reader again as I did with Revealed.
Bear with me; I will post an immediate notice the moment the book is launched.
In the meantime feel free to read the sample first chapter, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/02/roswell-redeemed-sample-first-chapter.html. Roswell
Thursday, 4 October 2018
See here for essential background: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2016/03/evans-land-for-sale.html.
Sorry, but my personal stock of Evan's Land has exhausted. The large box of books that I thought were Evan's Land's are actually twenty copies of the Rockall paperback. I can't sell those because of the free second edition, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2009/02/rockall-chapter-1.html. The original paperback is not as good anyway. So I'm going to give them away to charity shops. If you want to read Evan's Land it is now available at a reasonable price online, see: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evans-Land-Ben-Emlyn-Jones/dp/0954222903. Or you could listen to the poor quality audio book I recorded myself, see: https://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.com/2010/11/evans-land-audio-book.html.
Thursday, 27 September 2018
See here for essential background: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/05/roswell-rising-ad-in-nexus.html.
I have changed the design of the ad in Nexus magazine for Roswell Rising. This is because of the five-star review given to it by Phenomena magazine, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2016/10/roswell-rising-review-in-phenomena.html. It is an important marketing point and I should have included it at the start. This is the third issue I have run the ad and I will know by the end of this cycle whether or not it has worked because it is then that I get my quarterly statement from the POD company.