Covers. Courmayeur. Coronavirus.



This month’s post was going to have a very different flavour when I originally drafted it...


...but then the Coronavirus hit.


For starters, it was going to contain some lovely updates about the work I’ve been doing in the upcoming CID Case series, and how I’ve just got back from a holiday in Northern Italy snowboarding with my dad. Now, however, it’s slightly different. I’m sure, for the eagle-eyed of you, you’ve picked up one important point already. Last week, my dad and I left storm Ciara and Dennis back in the UK, and went to Courmayeur, a small town in Northern Italy, to go snowboarding. We had a lovely time, even though we lost a day due to heavy wind and snow (so they shut down the mountain). The sun was shining — for some of the time — and then we were hit by 30cm of snow and enjoyed the final few hours we had on the mountain shredding the slopes. We even managed to go off-piste... by mistake. But then, when we got back, we were instructed to self-isolate for the next 14 days. Not allowed to go out, not allowed to share a room with my other half, not even allowed to go for a wee without having to bleach everything. 5 days in and I’m starting to go slightly mad. It’s quite a surreal experience being quarantined in your own home. You have to be conscious of what you touch, what you do, where you’re sneezing, coughing (I mean, I already clean and wash my hands regularly anyway, but it’s on a different level). And our one bed flat isn’t large enough for me to get my 10k steps in, so I’m not doing any exercise. On the plus side, though, I’m not burning any calories so I’m not feeling as hungry as I usually would, and I’m not eating as much as I usually would either! #science Nevertheless, I have even better news. You have no need to panic, I’m not contaminated. I got myself tested and the results came back negative. But it certainly added some extra excitement to the holiday, I can assure you! Now that I’ve struck fear into your hearts over my own safety, I bring lighter news. But before we get to that, here are a couple of photos from our time away:


Covid-19 aside... I need your help with something... there's something I have to show you.


Step into my cave...


I did some research into book cover design (translation: I had a look on Amazon) and, as a result, I did some redesigning of the covers for the Jake Tanner Terror Thriller series, Standstill and Floor 68.


The new designs are below, and beneath them are the originals. After surveying some fans, I've decided to stick with the original covers, even if I did prefer the new covers more! If you have any preference, then send me an email and let me know!




And then here are the original designs:



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