Saturday, September 18, 2010

On Safari

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mrs Blog and I leave tomorrow (Saturday), for a month-ish long trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, all in the name of research, of course. Sort of.

In fact, I'm so busy editing the eighth novel and the third biography that I haven't even begun to think about what the ninth novel will be about. Hopefully inspiration will strike somewhere between game spotting and drinking. Yikes.

Internet connectivity will be somewhere between sparse and non existent on this leg of the trip, so take a break or, better still, get to work.

In the meantime, I can report that the weather in Joburg has been sunny and warm, the food and booze cheap, and the people as friendly as always. Crime is down, the vibe is up since the world cup, and Broomas our trusty new(ish) Land Rover is packed and ready for the road.

I've been invited by the good peolple at South African Tourism to contribute to their aussie blog, so when I get back in range I'll be posting the odd bit of news there, as well. I've written my first and it will appear in the very near future here. Keep an eye out for it and, please, when it appears, leave a comment so it looks like I have lots of fans.

There'll be big news next month when I get back from safari. I promise. In fact, there may even be some video, as I got drunk on the flight over and bought a teeny weeny HD video camera from the in-flight duty free catalogue.


Saturday, September 04, 2010

Catching up...

Well, more like falling behind actually. I'm madly trying to finish off the first draft of my third co-written biography (I could tell you what it's about then I'd have to, well... you know).

Mrs Blog and I leave for Africa very soon so things are mounting up (yikes!). Too much organising, too little time, and too little natural ability (on my part) to organise anything.

Anyway, as I said in the last post there will be more stuff for me to blog about once I'm back in Africa. I'll be resurectng my long-dormant blog for South Africa's Getaway magazine and, in news just to hand, I've also been invited by my new good friends at South African Tourism to contribute to their blog. So it will be blog, blog and blog some more for me, in between trying to finish off this biography and write a ninth novel. Phew!

My round (most of) Australia promotional tour for THE DELTA has now officially ended, so I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who came to one of my events. It was great to see some familiar faces and to meet some wonderful new people. I love youse all.

Ummm... what else?

Oh, yes, SILENT PREDATOR comes out in the UK in November. I'll be launching a special promo through my newsletter soon to drum up support for the launch of my books onto the UK market, so if you haven't signed up for the newsletter then do so (click on the button thingy somewhere off to the left). Pronto.

Sales of THE DELTA are going very well, thank you very much, and are nicely up on last year's figures for IVORY. DELTA was number 8 in the mystery thriller rankings last week.

And, in late, late breaking news, raise a shot of vodka in a big nostrovia: yours truly has just cracked the Russian book market! Yes, true. IVORY and THE DELTA are to be translated and released sometime in the near future in Mother Russia.

Dasvidaniye, for now.