Crimes Against Magic

As those of you who read my introduction know, I’ll be self-publishing my very first book this year. In fact the publishing date will be in early April.

It’s both exciting and terrifying, rapidly switching from one to the other depending on how often I remember how much work I’ve got to do. Apart from getting the book ready, I’ve got to sort out reviews, marketing and still get book 2 finished, but we’ll talk about that last point at a later date.

For now, here’s some information about the first book – Crimes Against Magic


It’s been almost ten years since Nathan Garrett woke on a cold warehouse floor with nothing but a gun, a sword, and no idea of who he was or how he got there. His only clue … a piece of paper with his name on it. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his abilities to work as a thief for hire. But he’s never stopped hunting for his true identity, but those who erased his memory have never stopped hunting for him. When the barrier holding his past captive begins to crumble, Nathan swears to protect a young girl who is key to his enemy’s plans. But with his enemies closing in, and everyone he cares about becoming a target for their wrath, Nathan is forced to choose between the life he’s built for himself and the one buried deep inside him.

Crimes Against Magic is an Urban Fantasy set in modern day London with Historical flashbacks to early fifteenth century France. It’s the first in a series of books called the Hellequin Chronicles, which shows the life of Nathan (Nate) Garrett, a sixteen-hundred year old sorcerer.

In the coming weeks I’ll talk about the various things I’ll be doing to get the book ready to go and unveil the cover once it’s finished. Like I said, both exciting and terrifying.

That’s it for this week, short and sweet. For now I’m off to do more work on book 2 and check the grammar and spelling in Crimes Against Magic. Again.

Posted on January 27, 2012, in Annoucement, Crimes Against Magic, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. It’s all very exciting and sounding great. Good luck.

  2. WOOHOO/Oh noes!!!!! Such an exciting/terrifying time, Steve!!! Enjoy/endure:)

  3. Nate’s story sounds like an interesting one. I look forward to following you on your journey to self pub.

  4. I love the title Hellequin, awesome stuff. Your book title is awesome and the excerpt makes me want to read it straight away! 🙂

  5. Awesome, Steve! It’s a big step –looking forward to hearing about the process as you go through it!

  6. It’s been quite a journey with CAM already and I look forward to seeing the rest of it play out. Good luck with the release! Can’t wait to see a cover for this one!

  7. Definitely sounds interesting Steve. All the best with it.

  8. Wow! Congrats Steve! So many good things happening in your life right now. Dream of success and it’ll be yours. I have no doubt you’ll gain a big audience with this book. Keep us updated on your progress. 🙂

  9. The title has had me hooked for ages but now I get to see what the book is about I am hooked all over again! Can’t wait to read it 🙂 Good luck with the self-publishing, I think the key is all about promotion and marketing so, if you haven’t already, I’d recommend having a look at some books on both of those things to get some tips and tricks.

    Can’t wait to see the cover art! I have an image in my head from the title already (but that might just be me, I was a graphic designer for a long time hehe) 🙂

    • A good friend of mine is doing the cover, I haven’t seen it yet either, but I can’t wait. 🙂 Marketing and promotion are things I really need to get to grips with, although I’ve read a lot of good blogs on the subject. There’s a very steep learning curve for them.

    • I’m glad you’re looking forward to reading it. Hopefully it’ll live up to expectations.

  10. Congrats on getting the story to this stage Steve. The last stages are a pain, but it’ll be worth it when it’s out in print.

    Hope the last bits all go smoothly, and you catch all the gremlins that have tried to sneak in…

  11. I just finished your book & couldn’t put it down. My favorite are the characters & the story lines is in close second. I actually came to this website to check on up coming books but I guess I”ll have to wait.

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