Category Archives: The Shift – Pre-release

TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT | Cover reveal

Thanks to everyone who jumped into Portal A – Vote for a Cover Design for TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT. There was quite a mix of votes, but the most popular draft cover design was Cover D.

So, I’ve made some final creative tweaks to the design and without further ado, I’m very excited to reveal it below. I hope that you like it.

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Meet Leonard Paxton

Thank you to everyone who recently took the time to jump into Portal B – Name a Character in my exclusive pre-release event for TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT. I was thrilled at the number of character names nominated, and also the great response to the final voting for a winner from the top 10.

Leonard jumpLeonard Paxton was the clear winner with 46% of the vote, Walter Sneed came in second with 10%. It was a landslide.

So, my character has been named, Leonard Paxton, and I really do think that it suits him.

The name was originally nominated by Sandra, who also left the following comment explaining how she came up with the name.

Based on your description I chose the name Leonard Paxton – Leonard means “Brave Lion” and Paxton means “peaceful”

Congratulations, Sandra. WooHoo! Streamers, confetti, applause. You’ve won a copy of the paperback edition of TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT. I’ll be in contact with you soon to make arrangements for delivery.

Stay tuned during the next week for the big reveal of the cover design that I’ve chosen, based on the feedback from readers who jumped into Portal A – Choose a Cover. I had a great response there as well.

Those of you who registered for Portal C – Free ARC for Review will also be hearing from me during the week. Keep an eye on your inbox.

Voting is open for a character name

Thanks a bazillion to everyone who took the time over the past week to jump into Portal B to nominate a  character name for my new book. Now it’s time to vote for your favourite/s.

I’ve listed the top 10 finalists below, which are my favourites from all of the nominations that I received. Voting is only open until the end of February, so  there’s not much time. The most popular name, as voted by you, will be used in TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT.

Just between you and me, this character is one of my favourites in the book, so I feel that I need to look after him. Hence, it’s why I’m putting extra effort into giving him the best name possible.

And, just in case you’d forgotten. The reader who originally nominated the winning name will win a paperback edition of TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT, which will be out over the next couple of months.

Please share this post with everyone that you come into contact with prior to the end of February. The more votes, the merrier.

Ok, everyone … start your engines … it’s time to vote (and share)

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TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT – Join the pre-release events

It’s time for the pre-release events to start for my new upper middle grade book, TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT.

Release is looming and I’d be thrilled and honoured if you would take the time to check out my pre-release portals below, and hopefully take part in one or more of my exclusive events.


TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT

Imagine this. Your dad is a part-time archaeologist who has a tendency to discover things. One day, he comes home from an expedition with a crusty old relic, and dumps it in the basement. You’d probably think everything would be fine and dandy, but that’s where you’re wrong. Because that’s precisely when all the trouble started.

It’s 1930, and Lewis and Eva Hudson are a couple twin teens with just such a dad. Then, on a chilly wintery day in Washington D.C., the three of them mysteriously disappear into thin air, without a trace. There is some good news, though – they end up in the most amazing place ever. But there’s bad news too – they’re stuck in time, with no way to get home.

Throw in a weird and mysterious rival with a point to prove, add a looming disaster that threatens to break time itself, and pretty soon they’re smack bang in the front seat of a roller-coaster to doomsville.

Time Square | The Shift is an edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure that’s full of action and plenty of humour. It’s sure to leave you begging for a breather. Join Dr Rex Hudson, his two teen kids Lewis and Eva, and a whole cast of wonderful and wacky characters as they try to fix the unfixable.

There’s more to time than ticks and tocks.


There are FREE ARCs up for grabs, and even a chance to WIN your own PAPERBACK edition.


PORTAL A – Vote for a cover design

PORTAL A - VOTE FOR A COVERCovers are tough to get right, so I’m looking for some feedback on which of the draft designs is the best.

Voting starts … NOW … and runs through until 28th February 2014.

Click the portal to jump there.


PORTAL B – Name a character

PORTAL B - NAME A CHARACTEROk, this new book has some really great characters that range from weird to kooky. I’m looking for a great name for one of them. You can nominate a name and have a chance of winning a paperback edition of the new book.
Nominations start … NOW … and run through until 24th February 2014.
Click the portal to jump there.


PORTAL C – Free Advance Review Copy

PORTAL C - FREE ADVANCE REVIEW COPYReviews are super important to authors, and they help readers choose their next reads. Do you fancy yourself as a book reviewer? Well, this is your chance to grab a free ARC and post a review to coincide with the book’s launch.
Registration starts … NOW … and runs through until 28th February 2014.
Click the portal to jump there.


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TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT – Meet the cast

With the launch of my new book TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT looming on the horizon, I thought it was about time to introduce the cast. I have to admit that it was mighty tough to get them all in the same place at the same time, but I managed to pay them enough to turn up. I hope that you like the cast shot below.

TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT - Cast

Can anyone pick where the inspiration for the cast shot came from? There’s a free ebook from the Quest series to the first commenter with the correct answer.

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THERE’S MORE TO TIME THAN TICKS AND TOCKS.


Want to discover what else I have in store before the release?

Hover your mouse over each portal door below to reveal the secret messages. You’ll need to read fast though, secrets don’t hang around for ever.

Cover designName a characterReview a free ARC


Are you interested?

Well, you’ll need to keep watch on my blog for each secret event.

If you already follow my blog, then you’ll get an email at the time. But if you’re not currently a follower, you’ll need to complete the FOLLOW MY BLOG widget in the upper left hand section of this page, then you’ll be sure to get an email.

Until then, STAY STRONG and STAY CALM.


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TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT – Welcome

Welcome to my new series, TIME SQUARE.

This new series is aimed at Upper Middle Grade readers, but I’m sure that it will appeal to all ages. If you like a healthy dose of time-travel, action, adventure and great humour, then this series is sure to appeal.

The first book of the series, TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT, has an awesome mix of fantastic characters that are both charming and kooky. They’ll be getting up to plenty of brilliant adventures into the future (and the past).

The launch of the ebook and paperback is looming and there are some great pre-release events that will be happening.

Make sure that you click on the three portal pages in the main menu to see how you can be part of the launch for this exciting new series.

TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT

Imagine this. Your dad is a part-time archaeologist who has a tendency to discover things. One day, he comes home from an expedition with a crusty old relic, and dumps it in the basement. You’d probably think everything would be fine and dandy, but that’s where you’re wrong. Because that’s precisely when all the trouble started.

It’s 1930, and Lewis and Eva Hudson are a couple twin teens with just such a dad. Then, on a chilly wintery day in Washington D.C., the three of them mysteriously disappear into thin air, without a trace.

Throw in a weird and mysterious rival with a point to prove, add a looming disaster that threatens to break time itself, and pretty soon they’re smack bang in the front seat of a roller-coaster to doomsville.

Time Square | The Shift is an edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure that’s full of action and plenty of humour. It’s sure to leave you begging for a breather. Join Dr Rex Hudson, his two teen kids Lewis and Eva, and a whole cast of wonderful and wacky characters as they try to fix the unfixable.

There’s more to time than ticks and tocks.


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