Patrick G Cox

Published at last!

Harry Heron: No Quarter is published at last! It has been a marathon haul, but I think the end product justifies the effort. What a job it has proved to be, and who would have thought a couple of hurricanes could have their own impact, but then the natural world has it's impact on everything. So, here we are, available at last, and just in time for Christmas, in paperback and on Kindle, Harry, Ferghal and their friends embark on a new set of adventures and sow not a little mayhem in their wakes.

It's been a long haul!

Getting Harry Heron; No Quarter to publication has been a long haul as we have hit a number of snags, including a hurricane that disrupted the publishers schedule horrendously. But we are almost there. The book will be released in paperback and on Kindle next week.

In the meantime the publisher has also commissioned a new cover for Harry Heron; Midshipman's Journey. I must say, I liked the old cover, but this one really pleases me.

Harry delayed by a hurricane

The latest Harry Heron story, following on from Harry Heron; Into the Unknown has been a little delayed by, of all things, a Hurricane. Specifically, Hurricane Irma. Although my publisher, IndieGo Publishing LLC was not in the direct path of the storm, it was hit by it. Nine days without power has delayed completion of editing, layouts and distribution of the Beta Reader's copies ...

The next Harry Heron

The next book in the Harry Heron series is now being given the editing, checking and correcting treatment. Harry Heron; No Quarter is scheduled for publication in July 2017 and I, as author, am looking forward to seeing it "out there" and on sale. There is a lot still to do, and no doubt some rewrites and changes will emerge from the editing process, but, as a taster, here is the cover ready for the Ingram catalogue ...

Reviews and Reviewers

Sometimes you run across a reviewer who really hates the story you've woven around a character. Fine, that is their prerogative, but when they then attack you personally, and go one step further and post their review on a number of websites to make sure they complete the trashing of your work, it does get under the skin. This is what has happened with my lates book, Magnus Patricius: The remarkable life of Saint Patrick, the manIt is particularly frustrating as, in creating this story, I went to considerable lengths to research the background and St Patrick himself.  It is writing as a fictional biography, in which I have used in the first person with the saint himself telling the story. One of the early Beta Readers was a Bishop, himself Irish and an expert on Patrick, and he loved the story. So, to be attacked by someone living in Texas, for daring to challenge her received 'expert' knowledge came as a surprise. So, perhaps, it is worth setting out how the book came into being.

Published at last - Magnus Patricius

Today is the day. Magnus Patricius - The remarkable life of St Patrick, the man, has been uploaded to Lightning Source by my publisher, IndieGo Publishing LLC. It should appear on Amazon's site within the next few days, and when it does I will put links to it here. This has been a long, long haul. I began to write this book in 2006. Since then it has had two 'developmental' assessments, and three complete rewrites. I wanted this book to be as good as I could make it, and now it is through the final edits. It has been typeset, the files converted to the print and eBook formats, and it is ready to go.

Publication Dates for Magnus Patricius

My latest book -- Magnus Patricius -- is now scheduled for publication in Hardback and Paperback at the beginning of January 2017. The eBook version will be available on Kindle before Christmas and the feedback from the Beta Readers has been excellent. The story is a fascinating one for many reasons. The central character is one of the best known saints in Christian history, yet I would guess that many know his name, and the legends, but don't know the real man behind it.

Nearing completion: Magnus Patricius

It's been a long haul, but a very worthwhile one I think. The book that has been very close to my heart for several years now, is almost ready to go to the Beta Readers, and then, once the final edits and formatting are done, will go to publication. The Publisher has decided to bring out a Hardback edition as well as Paperback and Kindle and I will confess, I am delighted. The book is based on the life of St Patrick. In fact I have used his Confessio or Declaration as the outline and crafted the story around that.

An Interview with an artist

Kura Carpenter, the artist who has done the art work and design for several of my book covers, recently invited me to be interviewed for a piece on her blog. The interview has been published and can be found on her website - Kura Carpenter - Love Books Blog. It is always fun to be challenged to explain why you came up with a particular plot concept, or why a story developed as it did, and I certainly enjoyed explaining my concept for Harry Heron: Into the Unknown to her.

Artist's cover image for my next book

The editing of my new book, Magnus Patricius, is now in hand, and an artist who has recently done the illustrations for a new children's book has turned my rough sketch of how I envisaged the man we now call St Patrick, into a rather nice image for the cover. I like the typeface, and the 'Celtic' border sets off the picture very well.

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