Sunday, 28 September 2014

Global Cooling

I'm really pleased with the way the sequel to The Time Bubble is coming along, and am delighted to announce that I have scheduled it in for a provisional launch date of Friday 28th November. Amazon are now allowing indie authors to put their books up for pre-order, so it should become visible on the site some time before that date. Watch this space.

I have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response I have had to The Time Bubble. At the time of writing I have sold nearly 1,000 copies all over the world via Amazon. Those sales have generated 16 reviews in the UK with an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars, and more good reviews in America.

It was always my intention to write a sequel as you know. In fact if this goes well, it may even become a trilogy.

Because the book is going to be put on pre-order, I need to do things in a slightly different order, so although I'm still writing the story, I've already sorted out the cover and the "blurb".

Here is the blurb:

The astronomers confidently predicted that the asteroid would miss Earth. They were wrong.

On Friday 13th April 2029 it slammed into the Sahara desert, annihilating everything within a radius of a hundred miles. But that was only the beginning.

A huge amount of dust was thrown up into the atmosphere blocking out the sun across the planet. Soon temperatures began to fall.

As weather conditions worsen, the residents of the small market town need to make a decision – flee south to escape the weather, or wait for the worst to pass. Choosing to stay, D.I. Hannah Benson soon has more to worry about than keeping law and order. With power supplies failing and food scarce, it soon becomes a battle just to stay alive. And there are some that see it not as a crisis, but as an opportunity.

For those travelling to escape the deepening winter, plans are thwarted as the transport system grinds to a halt. Can the possible discovery of a new Time Bubble provide a way out?

Set ten years after the main events of The Time Bubble, this sequel takes place in parallel with events in the later stages of that story.

And here is the cover:

I think that fans of the first book will find it fascinating to discover how the character's lives have moved on from the first book, particularly the younger ones. I think it's fair to say most of us were very different at 27 from how we were at 17. The new story will explore all of that.

Before I sign off, just to let you know that The Time Bubble is going to be available on a Kindle Countdown Deal for a whole week from Monday 29th September to Sunday 5th October. During that time, it will be reduced to just 99p in the UK and 99c in the US. If you haven't got a copy yet, check out these links from Monday:


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sneak Preview

I must apologise for the paucity of blog entries this month but I have been dedicating all of my writing time to the sequel to The Time Bubble. And I'm very happy with what I've got down so far, around 12.000 words of it.

The Time Bubble itself has had some excellent reviews both in the UK and the US and is continuing to sell well. One of the comments made on several of the reviews was that the ending seemed a little rushed. However, this was always my intention. You see, the original book took place primarily over the course of a week or so in 2018, with the action then jumping rapidly into the future.

My intention was to pick up the tale in parallel with events in those later chapters and flesh out the story of what happened in the missing years. The sequel ties up a lot of the references made in the latter stage of the first book.

So what is happening in the new one? Well, the bulk of the action takes place approximately ten years after the main events of the first book. My central teenage characters from the first book are now in their late 20s, giving us the chance to look at what direction their lives have taken.

I don't want to give too much away, so here's just a snapshot of a couple of the main characters.

Josh got a degree in Mathematics at Oxford and now lectures on the same subject. Alongside this he is conducting tachyon research to try and understand the nature of The Time Bubble and build a device that can not only detect other Time Bubbles, but also, potentially control them.

Lauren drifted from job to job and now works as a barmaid and a DJ, hosting karaoke nights in her local pub - now run by ex D.I. Richard Kent. She doesn't take life too seriously, drinking, smoking and sex are her main hobbies.

Of course most of the old favourite characters from the first book return in the new one. So what is the focus of it? The basic premise is that a global catastrophe leads to sudden worldwide climate change leaving our heroes in a struggle to survive. A potential new Time Bubble may offer one way out, but for some, there will be no happy ending.

I'm planning to get the book out before the end of the year.

Jason Ayres is the author of time travel novel "The Time Bubble", set in a small market town near Oxford, available now from Amazon

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sequel Suggestions

My sacks are absolutely bulging at the moment.

Bulging that is with the hundreds of items of fan mail arriving every day since the release of The Time Bubble.

OK, they are not really, however, I have received some interesting suggestions for sequels from some good friends of mine. And here they are:

Dear Jason,

I very much enjoyed your new book, "The Time Bubble", and it reminded me of an idea I had many years ago for a Time Travel story. I work as a local DJ in Bicester and my idea is about a time travelling disco that actually transports people back in time according to the music I'm playing. So for example, there I am in the White Hart on a Friday night and I put on an old 80s pop classic. Instantly everyone is transported back in time to the era in question, all their clothes change, the boys suddenly have make up on and everyone's hair goes big. As an added bonus, the beer is now only 50p a pint, you can have a fag without having to go outside and there's a Space Invaders machine in the corner. Plus as my music is now all up to date, no-one thinks it's cheesy any more. What do you reckon? We could call it "The Wobble Bubble".


Some 80s big hair. And nice white teeth.

Dear Duncan,

Excellent idea. I suggest 1989 as a good year to go back to, as that was the year that Walkers produced a limited edition "Toasted Cheese" flavour of crisps. I shall start working on a draft plot right away!

Dear Jason,

My idea is for a time travelling gambling bubble that I can use to travel back in time to put right some of my past gambling injustices. For example, I could go back and NOT back Somersby all the times it lost, and BACK it when it actually won. Or I could go back and fold those pocket aces that time that twat went all in against me with 73 and fluked a straight. Alternatively I could just set it to go back 10 seconds in time, stand in front of the roulette machines in Corals, see what number comes up and then go back and put money on it. I suggest calling the story "The Gamble Bubble".

Come on my son!


Nice idea mate. Can you put me a £50 Double on Norton's Coin for the 1990 Gold Cup and Mon Mome for the 2009 Grand National while you are at it? Cheers.

Dear Jason,

I came up with a new idea for the Time Bubble whilst I was in the bath the other day. I'd had cheesy beans on toast for lunch and it was starting to have repercussions down below. And that's when the idea hit me. What about a time travelling bath tub fuelled by methane emissions generated in the bath? Basically, as you know, when you fart in the bath a bubble is generated that rises to the surface. What about if on release to the atmosphere, that bubble expanded and transported the entire bathtub back in time to the past? The distance in time travelled could be directly related to the intensity of the emission. For example, a cheese sandwich might take you back to the swinging sixties, a couple of scotch eggs to the industrial revolution and a heavy night on the beer and the curry to the middle ages? I'd call it "The Arse Bubble". What do you reckon? 


I will not have beardy men in baths letting off revolting smells in my presence!
Off with his head!

Dear Adam,

I'm not too sure about this one - I am not sure that the general public would go for the idea of a time machine based on smells. Also there are some impracticalities to address - for example, arriving in the middle of the court of Queen Elizabeth I in a bath with no clothes on might cause some difficulties. If that in itself didn't offend her, the resulting smell surely would. I think this one needs a bit of a re-think!

Jason Ayres is the author of time travel novel "The Time Bubble", set in a small market town near Oxford, available now from Amazon