On the sequel to ‘New Fire’

At last, an update on the long-awaited sequel to ‘New Fire’ which was published in October 2012! I can reveal to readers of my blog that ‘Dark Water’ should be available to buy in April this year. That’s right…it’s taken almost 2.5 years to go from a blank sheet of paper to the final draft. I’ll reveal more about ‘Dark Water’ here in the coming weeks, but first, I want to share with you the changes that Owen Benwell has done for me on the cover of ‘New Fire’ which of course is now book one in a series.

Edition 2 of New Fire cover

Two things to note:

  1. Codex One – this is the first codex in the Aztec Elements trilogy
  2. The title on the spine has been rotated through 180 degrees

This is how book one will look in a few weeks time. Naturally the first edition will become highly sought after by collectors! ;-)

Other authors of Aztec novels

Someone just advised me that Graham Hancock is about to lauch a historical fiction book set in at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire. It can only be good news for ‘New Fire’ if more famous authors than I take up the Aztec banner. Hopefully they will draw in people who would not otherwise have looked in.

War God

Other novels set in Mexico during the Aztec Empire, in no particular order:

Let’s see if the ‘Eye of Sauron’ (Bernard Cornwell) turns this way! :-)

3 free, signed copies of ‘New Fire’

To enter the competition to win a signed copy of ‘New Fire’, leave a comment here explaining why you deserve a free copy. Competition closes 28th of Feb 2013. Judges decision is final. Submissions on other social media sites are also being taken into consideration but the winning three entries will be posted on this site.

The novel gets a second map

Some people have asked whether I’d include another map or two. You see, I do listen!

Map of Tenochtitlan and the Temple Complex

Map of Tenochtitlan and the Temple Complex

Why is a map not always a good thing? Because it stifles the imagination and interrupts the narrative as the reader flicks back to the find it and orient the action in the tale.

Warning! This map is based very loosely on fact.

This is likely to be the last post before the 1st of October, the closing date for the headline competition to win a free, signed copy of the book. I’ll announce the winners no later than Tuesday the 2nd of October. By then, I should also have received the second half of the manuscript back with all the proof-reading corrections and checked them all for incorporation. The time is drawing near!

End of Days


Today marks the start of the PR campaign to raise interest in my novel entitled “New Fire”.  It’s a historical fiction set in 1455AD in the reign of Moctezuma I.  It’s an extraordinary period in history that is not well covered.  The people and the culture are fascinating too, something that has a lot of mystique, partly due to the lack of records from around that time.  Thanks to Cortez and his men, all the indigenous archives were destroyed so we have very little reliable information on how the Mexica (as they named themselves) lived.

The novel itself deals with the lives of a couple of young warriors caught up in the political turmoil that takes place over the course of a handful of days around a ceremony referred to as the ‘Binding of the Years’, an event that occurred every 52 years as the Mesoamerican calendar.  A New Fire had to be lit in a complex religious ceremony to appease the gods and ensure continuation of the world as they knew it.

I’ll be posting more information here soon and some extracts from the book too. I look forward to hearing from you.