The March of Time

As we roll into December and 2016 winds to a close I thought it was time to look back at what was achieved this year and what lies ahead for 2017. I have got to admit 2016 was a pretty tough year. I thought 2015 was bad, but 2016 took me in directions I wasn’t prepared for.

Let’s look at what was published. The Ambrosia Kill, the second full length Jarvis love novel was released on February 9 by Pro Se Productions. The reaction to it was muted to say the least. Ten months later, and there’s only been one review, and that is courtesy of my old friend and mentor, Paul Bishop. Thanks, Paul, much appreciated.

For those of us who are passionate about 60s spy fiction…and for anyone else who enjoys adventurous action filled romps, unassuming heroes with a steel core, world threatening villains, and a twist of humor to make it all go down smooth…you cannot afford to miss this new and deadly Jarvis Love assignment for G.I.N–Global intelligence Network…This is the third Jarvis Love adventure and they are all a blast of fresh air in a world filled with stodgy, overwrought thrillers…

Despite Paul’s endorsement, it would appear my Jarvis Love novels are not finding a reading audience, so there will be a delay in getting the next one out – tentatively titled The Maltese Connection – while I take stock of the character and where I want to go with the series.

On April 25, the previous Jarvis Love adventure, The Danakil Deception, was released as an audiobook by Radio Archives. This took me pleasantly by surprise, and it surpassed all my expectations. Narrator, Julian Hankins did a brilliant job bringing the characters to life.

On June 16, The New Adventures of the Eagle Vol. 2 was released by Pro Se Productions, featuring a novella length tale (20,000 words) from me, called The Secret of Blood River, and a short story called Danger Train from noted author Teel James Glenn. I thought this was a tight little package, but so far, once again, it has failed to find an audience.

And finally, on June 29 I self published a short story called Song Bird, based on a radio play I wrote last year. It is a little vanity piece, and I put it out just to have a record of it, and I suspect it is of little interest to anyone who doesn’t live on the Mornington Peninsula.

So that’s the year to date; not a total bust, but certainly below my expectations. Some projects I have talked about in the past have been delayed, and others are seeking new publishers. Where and when they’ll see the light of day, I don’t know.

In 2017 I intend to step back from the keyboard and bum around a bit; see where life takes me. I know that sounds vague, and hippy-esque, but with .10c to my name, I gotta go where the opportunities lie. There’s a bank of short stories and articles already completed for various publishers, so there are new books on the horizon, but I can’t speculate on when they’ll hit the shelves. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support and I wish you a safe holiday season and all the best for 2017.

David (AKA James Hopwood)

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