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Announcing "Scout's Honour"

Introducing my new novella, Scout's Honour, continuing the story of The Covert Academy as a bridge between the sequel!

Scout's Honour follows a new protagonist, Jayson Georgiou, who also featured as a background character in the first book, now on his own adventure.

The story weaves in and out of events from the first book to explain a few leftover questions, sets up all new mysteries to come, and is action-packed with new and returning characters.

The eBook comes out on Amazon on July 10th 2013, and will be free for the first 24 hours.
The paperback will also be available on July 10th from the CreateSpace store and should be linked to Amazon within a week.

UPDATE: Out now! Grab a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DUK9LPC

I hope you enjoy it!
-Petes
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Published on July 04, 2013 18:52 Tags: amazon, book, covert-academy, kindle, peter-laurent, scout-s-honour

Book 2 - Progress Report

Hello dear reader,
I've just passed the 40k word mark on book2! Yay!

I feel like this next book is a marathon, but I know it will be worth it in the end. It is far more epic than The Covert Academy (which was 65k words).

But being a bit longer, there is time to explain lots of little details in the universe, including most of the main characters' backstories and how they became the way they are. And some of the future tech has cool explanations of how it could work in real-life (so it's not confused with magic!).

Between juggling my animation jobs (that iPhone game should be coming soonish... all the art is now finalised at least!)
and writing Scout's Honour, I've made it "almost" to the half-way point of the story. So I'm right on track for my goal of 80-90k words. I'm very pleased with this so far!

Now to lock myself away in my mancave and get this 1st draft done!

Cheers,
-Petes
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Published on August 18, 2013 21:12 Tags: progress, scout-s-honour, sequel, the-covert-academy

Retroactive Fracture

Everyone likes free stuff, so I decided to split up The Covert Academy into thirds, offering Recruitment Drive permanently FREE!
Freshman is $0.99 and Graduation Day is $1.99

At the moment the entire thing is still $0.99 on Amazon because they were price matching my previous sale, but it will be going back to $2.99 as soon as they notice the update, which should be within the week.

That will bring it into line with the price of all three parts. But then what's the incentive to get the whole thing in one go up front?

Well, the complete version of The Covert Academy now includes Scout's Honour for free! That's some sweet value.

If you haven't yet got Scout's Honour, but you already have The Covert Academy through Amazon, you can get it by updating your book through "Manage Your Kindle" in your Amazon account settings. Set your Kindle to update books automatically or just update this one and it should work.
My sincere apologies if you've bought them both separately and feeling short-changed... it's my first time...

Scout's Honour is still exclusive to Amazon until early October, when I will publish it elsewhere for you non-Kindle toting folks.

Anyway, you can get the three separate parts on Smashwords and Amazon right now, they should be coming to the other stores soon too.

One last note, Recruitment Drive is not yet free on Amazon. If you could do me the favour of asking them to price match it to the Smashwords edition (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...) that would be grand.

Cheers,
-Petes
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Published on August 30, 2013 17:40 Tags: amazon, free, scout-s-honour, smashwords, the-covert-academy

Previously on...

A pet peeve of mine is when an otherwise excellent series of books don't include a "Previously On" chapter.
When you've been waiting a year or more for the next part of the story, a quick refresher is incredibly handy for the reader.
So I wrote up this today, which summarises the important plot points from The Covert Academy and Scout's Honour, and will be published right at the front of the next book. I think I've covered everything (but please comment if you catch something I missed!)

Obviously, if you haven't read those two books yet, do that first because what follows below is one big SPOILER!
Ok here we go:

Previously, in “The Covert Academy” and “Scout’s Honour”…

After a brutal public uprising against their own governments, the world’s population is brought under the heel of an army of attack drones controlled by a group of powerful men and women, known as the Confederacy.
     In the decades that follow, the people of the world are left destitute and desperate under the Confederacy’s autocratic rule. Many freely submit to slavery or military service to avoid a life scraping a living off the streets.
     General Withers, a Confederate High Council member, orders the creation of a new technology called the bio-ID, capable of reading people’s thoughts. Simeon Warner, another Council member, kills General Withers. The bio-ID becomes lost, but a young street urchin called Joshua finds it while searching for his abducted younger sister Lucia.
     The Confederacy mounts a search for the bio-ID, but Joshua is rescued by Sarah Jenson. She invites him to join the Academy, an underground school for the resistance. Joshua is introduced to a wisecracking pilot, Richard; and another student, Hashi Ichiro. Upon arrival at Wake Island he meets their leader, Casey Jayne, who takes the bio-ID for safekeeping.
     In the months during Joshua’s training, Simeon commissions a new bio-ID from his specialist, Dr Brock. Simeon tests the device on the doctor, causing him to go mad.
     Joshua hatches a plan to infiltrate the Colonnade to recover Dr Brock. Another student, Ryan, betrays them to the Confederacy. Ryan is overheard to have been working with another group called the Fletchers.
     Joshua and Sarah foil Ryan’s plot, and infiltrate the Colonnade with the help of Richard and Ichiro. They find Mr Meyrick, who was Ryan’s contact, and Dr Brock, and bring them both back to the Academy.
     When Mr Meyrick is interrogated they learn that Lucia is with the Fletchers on Oahu. Sarah realises the Fletchers are the same group of assassins who attacked Jayson Georgiou and killed his team. She is determined to exact revenge, though Joshua suspects she has a more personal motive.
     In his madness, Dr Brock reveals the location of the Academy to Simeon Warner. The Academy goes on high alert for the inevitable attack.
     Joshua convinces a small band of students to attack the base on Oahu and buy time for evacuation, though Casey refuses to help and instead prepares their defences.
     Upon arrival in Oahu, the base is revealed to be a staging area for a full-scale invasion by the Confederacy. Joshua and his team fight their way to one of the dropships and hide aboard.
     On the return journey Joshua finds a supercomputer, then Lucia appears and reveals that the invasion has been staged by the Fletchers. She appears crazed, claiming she will build a dynasty in her name.
     When the fight between the Fletchers and the Academy students begins, Lucia is thrown clear of the dropship but survives.
     Casey is mortally wounded in the battle. He leaves Joshua a cryptic message to find someone called the King, a photo of all the High Council members, and General Withers’ original bio-ID.
     Simeon arrives to the battle with his private fleet of drones. Their attack accidentally ignites a failsafe bomb, destroying both Simeon and the Academy.
     Joshua realises he can now monitor the High Council members using the bio-ID with the supercomputer. Though he’d asked Sarah not to kill anymore, he silently vows to himself that he will kill them all…
     Meanwhile, Jayson Georgiou has no hope of escape as a Fletcher ship closes in after a disgraceful battle, but he is determined to redeem himself…
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Published on December 03, 2013 15:25 Tags: covert-academy, plot, previously, scout-s-honour, summary

Neglected Child

Yes I'm still here, but I haven't been writing. The next book has been a neglected child, but I still love it.

It's hard to believe it's been over a year since my last blog post!

In 2013 I took some time off work to write The Covert Academy, then Scout's Honour, and in the following 6 months pumped out a 100k draft of the next book by February 2014. That's just shy of 200k words in around 15 months, not to mention editing it myself and the creating the cover art.
It burned me out.

When I began to go over the new draft I got to the point where I just couldn't read another word. It was overly complex, I needed a break, and I felt I needed to get a real job.

In the year since mid-2014 to the present I've concentrated on a new venture, entirely unrelated to writing, doing architectural visualisations.
If you're interested check out some of the work I've been doing here: www.virtualrealtystudios.co.nz

I've also been helping out with the animation on an upcoming PC game 'Cross Fate', which will be launching a Kickstarter soon-ish (it's out of my control as to when). Keep an eye out for it here: https://www.facebook.com/CrossFateGame

So the next book in the Covert series has been on the backburner.
It's sad but I'd rather not release it until I'm happy with the quality, and I hold myself to a high standard. There are some chapters in the next book which I think is some of my best writing yet, far better than The Covert Academy (there's some real stinky parts too which need re-writing)!

So if there's anything to take away from this post is that I haven't forgotten about my writing, and I aim to get back into action as soon as I can.

Cheers,
-Petes
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Published on June 17, 2015 15:46 Tags: covert-academy, cross-fate, scout-s-honour, writing