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Lament for the Living – Gahiji’s Poetry Book

In ‘Lament for the Living’ there’s a scene where the character Gahiji is trying to make sense of all the violence and killing, not just from the Outbreak, but also from his own past experiences in Rwanda.

It’s a flashback scene where he finds a small book of poetry by Robert Burns, and in it he reads the poem “Man was made to mourn; a Dirge”.

Excerpt from Chapter 13: Second Watch

During their travels they stopped overnight in a house at the end of a dirt track.  The place was a mess, it smelled of death, but the dead were long gone.  It looked like the house was in a time warp, untouched for sixty years.  The only things that gave away that it had been lived in were a DAB radio and flat screen television.  Gahiji had found a small book, no more than three inches by four inches.  A padded cover in orange and green tartan gave no clue as to the content.  He opened it to a random page and read the following:

Man was made to mourn: A Dirge
Many and sharp the num’rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav’n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, –
Man’s inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!

There it was, “Man’s inhumanity to man”, in black in white.  Gahiji had seen it many times since in various guises.  The Outbreak had broken the thread that bound humanity together.  People were animals, and animals were treated inhumanely as a matter of course.  He had found the legend in the book about the author, Robert Burns who had been dead for three hundred years.  His words echoing across the centuries, as true now as they were then.  Gahiji still had the small book.  He carried it with him to remind him of the true nature of Man.  Other poems in the book rejoiced in life, and spoke of hope, like Pandora’s box.  Despite everything he had seen, Gahiji also clung onto hope.

Some of you readers out there already know that many of the places in my stories are based on real areas, well that passage was based on a real book that’s been in my family for nearly forty years:

This small book was the inspiration for the section in Lament for the Living where Gahiji makes sense of the world.
This small book was the inspiration for the section in Lament for the Living where Gahiji makes sense of the world.
Poems by Robert Burns
The book has been in my family for years, a gift from my uncle to my father.
Even a Nicol made it in the book.
Although ‘Man was made to mourn: A Dirge’ (1784) isn’t actually in the book, another Nicol is.

 

Poems by Robert Burns – a “Midget” Classic is the book.  And interestingly, although the book made it into my book, the poem that did, didn’t make it into that book.

Anyhoo, thought that was a nice bit of trivia for you all.

Lament for the Living – Now Available in Paperback

Paperback and e-reader formats. Signed paperback copies are also available
Paperback and e-reader formats. Signed paperback copies are also available

I’m pleased to announce that ‘Lament for the Living’ is now available in paperback.

Lament for the Living – Paperback edition

The print copy has some additional features that were omitted from the ebook version for formatting reasons.  Although there is no difference to the story, the paperback is my original vision for the book.

Changes in the paperback version:

  • Proper ‘verso’ page at the beginning of the book.
  • Names with special characters are included correctly.
  • Diary entry is handwritten.

There have been requests for a hardback version, but that will not be happening as I don’t feel the book is long enough to warrant it.  Although, once the series is complete, I will be releasing a hardback anthology that includes all the books.

All the best
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Lament for the Living is OUT NOW! And free scifi ebook

Tadadadaaaaaaa ‘Lament for the Living’ is out.  The first book in the Lament for the Living series that follows the Survivors of a zombie.  It’s also one of the few zombie books written by a British author, and set in the UK (Wales to be precise).

Here be the links to said tome:

So far it’s been read in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada and is even being perused by the Man in the Mun!

The release of ‘Lament for the Living’ coincided with the one year anniversary of ‘The Deluge of Elias’ which is FREEEEEEE this weekend as a double whammy celebration.

Along with promoting these titles over social media, I’ve also starting writing the next release which is a prequel to ‘The Deluge of Elias’.  Set roughly now, the new (as yet untitled) book covers the cataclysm that leaves the inhabitants of The Dome as the only surviving humans.  This first book in the series covers the cataclysm, aftermath, and the survivors realisation they are the last humans, and everything else is gone.

It’s all very exciting.

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Have a great weekend peeps.

The Curse of Self-Promotion

Although I like the sound of my own voice, I don’t like to blow my own trumpet.  That has put me in conflict with my feelings about pimping out my work.  How much is too much?  Where is the line that differentiates between promotion, and feed swamping?

I’m a sensitive flower (no really) and I’ve dumped numerous indie authors on Twitter because they use their account as basically a one way pipe for their self-promotion. Hardly any interaction with anyone else, just constant “Hey look at my book” and “Another 5* review” and then the retweets of retweets… GAHHH!  Then they take to Facebook to crow about how they’re in “twitter jail” – oh what fun.  No, it’s not actually. Being in Twitter jail means that you’ve posted so much that even Twitter wants you to shut up and give someone else a chance.

Okay, this is where I don my cloak of hypocrisy. I’ve got a book coming out on May 10th. ‘Lament for the Living’ – a zombie book, but it’s not about the zombies. It’s about the societies that evolve and are destroyed after the zombie apocalypse. Now here’s the thing. If I don’t start pimping it out, especially on release, no one will know it exists.

My problem is doing this without pissing off the people who follow me on Twitter and facebook. So what I am going to do is let people know in advance, that at certain times I am going to be posting ONLY about ‘Lament for the Living’, but they won’t be scheduled, or automatic posts – it’ll still be me, I’ll still be there posting/writing/chatting.

So here it is: I am going to be a complete self-promoting whore in the run up, and after the launch of ‘Lament for the Living’. I apologise for the spam, but it’s a necessary evil.

However, to make up for it, I’ll also be giving away copies of ‘Lament for the Living.  All you have to do to enter my super duper ebook draw is like the official ‘Lament for the Living’ facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/lamentfortheliving

Get a sneak peek at the first chapter for FREE!

Currently it’s .prc (DRM free for Kindle) or .pdf only.
Kindle/.prc – Download Here
PDF – Download Here

Download, read, enjoy. Let me know what you think.

While you’re waiting for ‘Lament for the Living’ to be released the following titles are also available:
Hannibal House by David Nicol   The Deluge of Elias by David Nicol
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Lament for the Living Final Cover

It is with great pleasure that I release today two exciting pieces of news.  The first is that a benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been solely responsible for securing a block of ISBNs for the upcoming ‘Lament for the Living’ and future titles.  I cannot thank that person enough and will ensure that a similar kindness is contributed in the same vein.

The ISBN for ‘Lament for the Living’ is 978-0-9575452-0-5.

To coincide with this amazing turn of events I wanted to create new cover art that was more eye-catching and announce them both at the same time.  So here it is:

Lament for the Living by David Nicol
Lament for the Living ISBN 978-0-9575452-0-5

Lament for the Living will be released in May 2013.  I’m still looking for review readers who will receive advance copies in February.  If you would like to participate, please get in touch.

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Publishing in 2013

If you’re an author, or writer (horses for courses, titles are vitals) and you put your work out there for the public to buy then you need to accept the reality that you’re not writing for YOU any more.  It may be a hobby for you, and a hobby it may stay, but even the most vehement hobbyist secretly wishes to be discovered.  Look at EL James.  She wrote arguably the worst book ever written and has become immensely successful off the back of it.  Well done love, you give us all hope.

And that brings us to the reality of publishing – traditional publishing:

“Publishers are in the business of selling books, not publishing books.

The dirty business of publishing is simply the means to the bookselling ends. The publishing industry has always been built around a model of scarcity and exclusivity. Publishers want to acquire and publish only those titles they think have the greatest commercial potential. They reject all the rest as riff raff, and then they carefully meter out their chosen books in seasonal catalogs.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-coker/2013-book-publishing-indu_b_2352895.html

The publishers saw the buzz around Fiddy Shaves and that was enough.  They saw the Golden Goose and worked out it was ready to lay.  And boy did it lay!

So for those of you who are considering prostrating yourselves at the feet of the traditional publishing gods, I suggest you read the whole of Mark Coker’s 21 Publishing Predictions for 2013.  It’s informative and validates many of my preconceptions about publishing which I’ve previously written about (but obviously – what the hell do I know?).

2013 looks to be the real coming of age of ebooks, but it will also be a difficult time with many more established and new authors producing works, as well as out of print books getting a new lease of life via digital publication.  How the traditional publishers attempt to maintain their stranglehold on the business, or evolve to embrace it remains to be seen.

Whatever happens, 2013 will definitely be interesting times.  A year that I look forward to with the launch of my first book ‘Lament for the Living‘.

What about you?  How do you see the writing/publishing scene in 2013?

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That Moment When….

That moment when…. you discover that the title you’ve taken ages to decide on is already in use.  You get the idea for a story, mould it in your mind, plot out the structure, then a title.  It needs a title, even if it’s just a working title.  A flash of inspiration, maybe a path along a number of different title avenues and then you have it: The Title.

Yes!  You start using it.  It sounds good, it flows, it describes your story, it’s already in use.  Wait!  What?  It’s a sad fact that nothing is original now, only the approach to it, and as time goes on the order of words will soon run out.

I’ve just discovered that the series title (rather than the story title) of my next work is already in use.  I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of the series, or games that the title is in use with, and I did wrack my brain when coming up with it.  My next book was titled ‘Dead Reign: Lament for the Living’.  ‘Dead Reign’ being the series title, ‘Lament for the Living’ the first book.  I had ‘Lament for the Living’ first (actually, the working title was ‘Sackcloth Versus the Undead’) and then went in search of the series title.

Zombie film titles are very familiar to me, and I know quite a lot of book titles too (despite not reading most of them) and so I was thinking of something that was different to them.  I wanted to avoid the use of Zombie, or Z, or ‘of the’ in there, so I got to thinking about what the story was about.  Set about three years after the zombie apocalypse when zombies rule the earth.  Rule. Rulers. Kings. Queens.  What do they do?  Reign.  They’re dead.  Dead Reign!  YES!  I’d done it.  Never heard of it, and it’s fairly cool.

Now today I idly Googled ‘Dead Reign’ which is something that I’d never done before as I was so convinced that it was mine, all mine.  And there it was: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Reign Dead Reign by Palladium Books, but not a book, an RPG.  But not any RPG, a zombie survival RPG add-on for something called Rifter.

I considered my options at this point.  The story is still in development and the last thing I want is to release it and then have copyright or trade mark issues rearing their ugly heads should it do well.  So there really is no option, I’m going to have to drop the ‘Dead Reign’ suffix.  Now for another round of series title brain storming combined with a more judicious use of google.

Interestingly, ‘The Deluge of Elias’ was going to be called ‘Deluge’, or ‘The Deluge’ until I searched those titles on Amazon and so decided to base the title on the name of the main character.  Meanwhile, ‘Hannibal House’ was so called because of the association with a strong, single-minded leader and it’s only one letter away from ‘cannibal’ (although there are no cannibals in the story, that was part of my naming convention).  After I wrote it I discovered a building in London that I’d seen many times while living there is also called Hannibal House.

Oh well.

Available now:

The Deluge of Elias by David NicolLong after a cataclysm that destroyed humanity had been forgotten, the descendants of the original survivors live in a protected Dome governed by a set of rules known as ‘The Orders’.

The rigid enforcement of The Orders now threatens the people they were designed to protect. Elias has a solution, except it puts him on a course of action that is at odds with the rules that he has been charged to rigorously uphold. On top of every thing else, the solution came to him in the form of a dream; in a time and place where no one dreams.

Can he save the last vestiges of humanity, or even himself?

The Deluge of Elias from Amazon US

The Deluge of Elias from Amazon UK

Hannibal House by David Nicol‘Sometimes you don’t choose the house, the house chooses you’.

The supernatural story of a house that attracts lost souls. Set in South West Wales, Hannibal House tells the story of Troy who leaves Seattle in search of his roots.

Unsure of what he’s really looking for, Troy comes across Hannibal House. Immediately infatuated with the building he sets out to possess it, or is the house aiming to possess him…

 

Hannibal House from Amazon US

Hannibal House from Amazon UK

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‘Lament for the Living’ – Dead Reign Book 1

I posted to twitter, facebook and goodreads that if I got to 60 ‘Likes’ on my facebook author page then I’d release the title and proposed cover art of the next book I would be releasing.

60 likes were reached and so here is the promised result:

Lament for the Living - Dead Reign Book 1 by David Nicol
Lament for the Living – Dead Reign Book 1 Cover art

There you have it.  I’m currently about two-thirds of the way through the first draft with beta reading of the first chapters beginning towards the end of the month.

Set three years after an unexplained outbreak caused a zombie apocalypse ‘Lament for the Living’ follows the journey of a group of survivors who have lived in a hidden and secluded community.  Their relative peace and stability is shattered by unexplained fires in the surrounding area.  As the fires get closer a group of survivors is sent to investigate.  What they find is nothing compared to the discoveries made on their return.

If you would like to be part of the beta reader group then please email davidxnicol[AT]gmail.com with the subject ‘Beta’.

 

Available now:

The Deluge of Elias by David Nicol

Long after a cataclysm that destroyed humanity had been forgotten, the descendants of the original survivors live in a protected Dome governed by a set of rules known as ‘The Orders’.

The rigid enforcement of The Orders now threatens the people they were designed to protect. Elias has a solution, except it puts him on a course of action that is at odds with the rules that he has been charged to rigorously uphold. On top of every thing else, the solution came to him in the form of a dream; in a time and place where no one dreams.

Can he save the last vestiges of humanity, or even himself?

The Deluge of Elias from Amazon US

The Deluge of Elias from Amazon UK

Hannibal House by David Nicol

‘Sometimes you don’t choose the house, the house chooses you’.

The supernatural story of a house that attracts lost souls. Set in South West Wales, Hannibal House tells the story of Troy who leaves Seattle in search of his roots.

Unsure of what he’s really looking for, Troy comes across Hannibal House. Immediately infatuated with the building he sets out to possess it, or is the house aiming to possess him…

Hannibal House from Amazon US

Hannibal House from Amazon UK

 

Catch me on twitter: @davidxnicol
Check me out on Amazon: David Nicol Author Page
See what I’m up to on GoodReads.com: David Nicol on GoodReads