Writing

Solace Within Now Available

Solace Within is now available on Amazon Kindle: bit.ly/solacewithin. The book will be available for the reduced price of $0.99 for one week until it increases to full price on 17/7/17.

In light of the new release, the first installment in The Fielding Series, Forged in the Dawn (bit.ly/forgedinthedawn), has been updated with a new edition and will be available free for the next few days, so now is the perfect time to add both titles to your library.


Solace Within coverAiden’s journey continues in an exciting new chapter in The Fielding Series.

While exploring a sealed bunker, the practical loner Aiden Fielding uncovers a strange artefact, setting off a chain of events that leave him holding the fate of the future in his grasp.

Both him and his faithful border collie are soon befriended by Leigh, a spirited young girl whose optimism and naivety creates perilous friction. On their travels, they draw the attention of forgotten figures from Aiden’s past; powerful and vicious, they desire the artefact for their own ends and will go to great lengths to possess it. Can Aiden and Leigh solve the mystery of the powerful artefact before the encircling threat spirals beyond their control?

Solace Within is an affecting, fast-paced post-apocalyptic adventure that follows Aiden on a quest of danger and intrigue as his world-weary soul struggles to reconnect with humanity.

 


Solace Within Copyright © 2017 Gavin Zanker

Solace Within Available For Pre-Order

My latest book Solace Within is now available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle and will be officially releasing on 10/7/17. You can check it out on Amazon Kindle here: bit.ly/solacewithin. The book will be available at a discount of $0.99 until one week after launch when it will increase to full price.


Solace Within coverAiden’s journey continues in an exciting new chapter in The Fielding Series.

While exploring a sealed bunker, the practical loner Aiden Fielding uncovers a strange artefact, setting off a chain of events that leave him holding the fate of the future in his grasp.

Both him and his faithful border collie are soon befriended by Leigh, a spirited young girl whose optimism and naivety creates perilous friction. On their travels, they draw the attention of forgotten figures from Aiden’s past; powerful and vicious, they desire the artefact for their own ends and will go to great lengths to possess it. Can Aiden and Leigh solve the mystery of the powerful artefact before the encircling threat spirals beyond their control?

Solace Within is an affecting, fast-paced post-apocalyptic adventure that follows Aiden on a quest of danger and intrigue as his world-weary soul struggles to reconnect with humanity.

 


Solace Within Copyright © 2017 Gavin Zanker

Signs of Life: New Book Covers

While my blog has been quiet of late, progress on my novel is still whizzing along like a stolen bumper car being chased by angry, mustachioed carnival folk. I’m nearing the end of the final draft of Solace Within now, and after a proofread it’ll be ready to release. It was an infinitely quicker turnaround than my first novel, which dragged on for the better part of a year, but I’m already enthusiastic about starting the next project and seeing which areas I can improve on.

With my new book coming out soon, I figured it was a good time to revisit the covers. So I took a ‘break’ last weekend (hah) and had a stab at creating something a bit more professional. I checked out the bestsellers in my genre, found some decent imagery, and set to work in GIMP (free Photoshop). Here’s what I came up with, you can click them for larger versions if you’re so inclined.

Here are the old versions for comparison (I never finished the graphics for Zenith Rising).

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So clearly a massive improvement over my first attempt. They actually look like book covers now, which is somewhat helpful. Think they’re decent? or are they all garbage that deserve to be set on fire and tossed into a larger fire? Let me know in the comments.

When I wasn’t busy of late editing or banging my head against GIMP, I dedicated some time to research some marketing and self-publishing concepts. It’s incredible how much you think you know until you tumble down a rabbit hole, emerging with more in common with Jon Snow than you possibly imagined. If you’re interested in the topic yourself, check out Chris Fox’s youtube channel. He’s produced multiple series of binge-worthy videos, from writing a novel in 21 days (highly recommended) to marketing concepts and book launches.

I also finally invested in Scrivener and took some time to learn the program. It’s a bit… Apple-y, which is at odds with my Windows nature, but the structuring it allows inside a project certainly beats having multiple word documents floating around, guiltily shuffling around in some pretend semblance of order. Anyway, Scrivener is powerful software and I can already see the potential in making my life easier. Not sure why I didn’t do try it sooner really.

Hopefully my next post will be celebrating the release of my new book. So until then, thanks for reading.


Book Covers designed by Gavin Zanker using licensed iStock imagery.