Magic, thrills & mystery
Hi, I'm Colin, Sci-fi, Fantasy and Fusion-Steampunk author. I'm also part of Authors Abroad: My books include the Wizards' Kingdom trilogy - The Curious World series & Crank Tech One. Coming soon... House of Darke.
US review of Crank Tech One: DESTRUCTION
'I really enjoyed the romp thru this book...you start out in a classroom with an up-tight teacher telling the author in the book how to make his presentation better and how to write. The next thing you know you have a robot running rapid that thinks it is the robot from the author book and the author is trying to stop it before it kills too many people.
I think this is a great young adult book to even an adult book. It has a strong, fresh storyline. The only thing I didn't like was it ended rather abruptly. I would have liked a little more at the end.
I rate this book high, it has everything you want in a Sci-Fi adventure...robot gone crazy, bad guys, family, romance and a great car chase. What else do you need? A must read from a great writer.'
Melissa Bryan, Springfield, Missouri USA
4 out of 5 Stars on Amazon.com kindle
What's in store for 2013?
2013 is upon us and what is there to behold? The end of 2012 has been harrowing to say the least. My father-in-law had a terminal condition and passed away. So the start of 2013 is going to be a bit of a trial to begin with. But, everyone has their own problems and I'm going to build on mine this year and turn things around.
I've got a new novel almost finished and I'm hoping that will be the one to shoot me to a publishing deal. I've got a new series of books with a new hero planned and all my work will hopefully be in ebook and paperback format. I'm also going to carry on the book signings this year if possible. Maybe eventually, go into writing full-time.
New book series planned, new characters and ideas too. 2013 lookout here I come.
Check out my Blog, to find out more.
A short summary of 2012
I've had a strange year this year 2012. Still pushing my 'Curious World,' novels and to be honest they are still selling well. Not up in the bracket of the big publishers, but holding their own.
Crank Tech One - DESTRUCTION, my new sci-fi novel in it's early stages, has been selling, but not in big numbers (still early days). I've had up's and down's this year, but mixed opportunities. I'm self published and always looking for a main-line publisher to take on my work.
I did have a publishing house interested in my 'Wizards' Kingdom' series, to produce as a 'graphic novel,' but, that didn't pan out after months of waiting and disappointment, at the end of it. I was also promised a project which involved writing ebooks for a school project, but that also fizzled out.
I wrote a short story for the Costa Coffee Short Story Award (it's first year alongside the book awards), but again, nothing came of it. There are thousands of entries in that kind of competition, especially from high profile authors and publishers, so it's not that bad if a small author like myself doesn't get picked.
I was asked to write a story for a ghost book (a real experience of sorts) the project involving minor and major celebrities. which was organised by the South Wales Paranormal Research Group. I'm waiting for the book to materialise and I'll let you know when it's printed.
I am appearing in my first Children's Lit Festival in 2013 at Laugharne in West Wales (May-June 2013). I was also involved with the Kids Lit Quiz 2012 at Bishop of Llandaff High School in Cardiff in November.
All in all, a mixed bag this deep into my career. Who knows what is around the corner?
First reviews of Crank Tech One...DESTRUCTION
Here are a couple of reviews for my novel: Crank Tech One - DESTRUCTION. There are more on Amazon.co.uk.
'I really enjoyed this new book from Colin Parsons. I don't usually read science fiction, but was gripped with this story from the start. The characters are realistic and descriptions put you right at the centre of an action packed story. There are a few scarry moments, some violent and some sad, but the plot kept on moving at such a fast pace right to the final page. Great book for all from 8 to 80! I hope there is going to be another high octane adventure with Crank Tech One.'
Sarah Rees owner of 'Cover to Cover' bookshop in Mumbles Swansea UK.
'What a fab read this book is; really enjoyed from start to finish. And what is even better it caters for all ages. So, once I finished reading it I started reading it with my seven year old son, and he loves it just as much. Colin Parsons has a way of keeping the story going well and I hated putting the book down, just as he has done with all his other books; (The Wizards' Kingdom trilogy) and (The Curious World of Shelley Vendor and Katie Hinge) books. Another credit to yourself Colin 5 stars off me.'
These are what make it worth being a writer. Honest and frank reviews.
The Repository of Imagination
Crank Tech One - DESTRUCTION is now available in ebook format under the publisher 'The Repository of Imagination.' Check out my blog and link to see who this mysterious new publisher is.
The BIGGGG Launch
I'm launching my new novel, Crank Tech One - DESTRUCTION this weekend at WATERSTONES CARDIFF. I'm doing a talk and reading on Friday Sept 21st at 4.30pm to 5.30pm. And on Saturday Sept 22nd, I shall be book-signing from 11.00am all day at the store in Cardiff. My The Curious World of Shelley Vendor and The Curious World of Katie Hinge, will also be available to fans of fantasy.
Crank Tech One is my first dabble into the world of sci-fi and I'm hoping it won't be the last. If you love fantasy at it's best and also love a story about a manic robot trashing a city. Come by and say hi.
Wizards' Kingdom... 'My dad is a writer, but I don't read his books. I read Wizards' Kingdom and couldn't stop reading it and I thought it was great. It has loads of adventure and loads of fighting and I thought it was brilliant!' Ryan Ellory, son of R J. Ellory (Author of 'A Quiet Belief in Angel's' and 'A Simple Act of Violence.' Published by Orion.)
Wizards' Kingdom I loved your book, it was super - appealing to 9 - 12 year age bracket in particular, but... to anyone who enjoys this genre. The storyline was strong and original with tiny aspects of: 'The Hobbit'/'Lord of the Rings' - Gollum/Loof; - 'Kites & Seekers', 'Sleeping Beauty - spell cast on population. Character and setting description are vivid, providing clear visuals for the reader. Pace is fast and relentless right up to the final page - 'Two hour rollercoaster adventure', filled with surprises, action, friendship, magic, edge of your seat excitement with a hint of fear and sadness thrown in.