About the series
The series started off as just one book, Valhai, but has expanded from there.
Now the series goes like this:
- Book one: Valhai
- Book two: Kwaide
- Book three: Xiantha
- Book four: Pictoria
- Book five: The Lost Animas
- Book six: The Namura Stone
- Book seven:The Trimorphs
To date, the audio books have received over 500,000 downloads, which is amazing. There are people who have listened to over a hundred hours of audio. That is a long time to listen to one person's voice! I feel as though they are part of the Ammonite Galaxy family.
Thanks to Amazon, who recently recommended all my books in the same post - practically unheard of! Also thanks to those of you who have written to me, or have put up the much needed reviews on some of the books. It means such a lot to me - you can have no idea.
I don't have Beta readers, which makes the first comments on each book SOOOO important. I tend to sit around on tenterhooks until somebody gets back to me. I really - REALLY - appreciate your time and effort. THANK YOU!
Here is a guest post I wrote for a 2014 Book tour, about romance in sci fi:
There is romance in Sci-fi – it just doesn’t happen at once!
My series is currently seven books long, and it is not a romance. That said, The Ammonite Galaxy contains one of the most intense love stories you could wish for. Or, at least, that I could wish for! For me, it has two of the most interesting love stories EVER! But then, I am biased. Though, judging from the comments and feedback I am getting to The Namura Stone (Book Six in the series), some of my readers may feel the same way. I would say more, but can’t, due to phantom spoilers lurking deep in the shadows.
These romances span seven books ... that’s right, seven books. Almost 800,000 words - longer than the bible in total word count, which according to Funtrivia.com has 774,746 words. I think you could call those long-term relationships, couldn’t you?
Of course, it takes a couple of books for them to get going, so you may have to be patient. But then, when the series starts, my characters are only 14 years-old – a tad on the young side for a proper romantic involvement. In any case, some of them don’t take kindly to each other at first. Rather the opposite in fact. Some of them spend most of their time sparring verbally and sometimes physically with each other. It takes a few years and a LOT of words before there is even a hint of anything else. Not for the impatient, certainly. However, it turns out that there are precedents for such things ...
... When you think about it, science fiction has always had a strong romantic interest; it just likes to take its own time to manifest itself. It is hard to think of any sci-fi tv shows or speculative fiction that have managed to extirpate it completely. Even Doctor Who – immune for years except for a brief skirmish I apparently missed – eventually ends up with River Song as romantic interest. Finally! It was about time he got around to it, wasn’t it? I mean ... five DECADES of tv before he finally marries someone. Come on, guys! Can’t you see it was worth it? River Song is one of my favourite characters on the show. I think she added such a lot.
Even Tolkien managed to squeeze some romance into the Lord of the Rings. Where? At the end of the last book, of course. Where else? And, according to recently released letters to his publisher, we were apparently lucky to get even that late romance (where Arwen gives up immortality to live with Aragorn). The poet W H Auden, had criticized it as ‘unnecessary’ and ‘perfunctory’ and Tolkien must have been in two minds whether to include it or not. Finally he kept it in as ‘an allegory of naked hope’. I’m glad he did.
And across where men boldly go, poor old Spock and Uhura had to wait forty-three years (from 1966 to 2009) to get together romantically - and even then that was only in an alternate time line!
There is romance in speculative fiction; it just doesn’t happen right away.