When Will Book 2, “Nebula” be released?

Nebula Release

Here’s a question I get a lot! “When is Book 2 of the Blood Empire trilogy coming out?

Whew, it’s been a long time since I published Constellation, the first book in the Blood Empire Space Opera series. If you’ve already read Constellation, I’d like to thank you for your patience while I finish Nebula, the second book in the trilogy.

Without listing listing my excuses, suffice to say life’s circumstances have interfered with my usual speedy production!

(And if you haven’t yet read Constellation, you can pick up a copy here, and also get a free taster of the story by reading the free novella, A Bar Room Brawl On Ganymede, here)



Indy Jackson, the heroine of the Blood Empire series is thrown into a quest with a double-edged sword: find more information about her father as well as collect intelligence on the Blood Empire’s – the Sector’s enemy – intentions. Can she do both and stay alive?

Find out in the thrilling second installment of the Blood Empire Space Opera series!

If you’d like an advance review copy of Nebula then please let me know by entering your email address here.

Thank you for your patience! Nebula is almost done and I hope to release it in the second half of 2018.

All the best,


Faster Than Falling Facebook Reader Party

Faster Than Falling

It’s the perfect party for introverts!

If you love to read, love sci-fi and would happily chat with an author about their latest work … but you’d rather stay at home with a good book, then this Facebook Party to launch my friend Nathan Van Coops’ latest novel, “Faster Than Falling” is made for you!

Over 9 hours, various sci fi others (including myself at 7.30pm US EDT) will be dropping by to chat and offer giveaways to anyone who joins the party.

And if you love speculative fiction with a great literary voice; a ripping adventure yarn filled with skypirates and steampunk-style tech, I highly recommend Nathan’s book – I devoured it!

Faster Than Falling

Get Faster Than Falling here.


Constellation and A Bar Room Brawl on Ganymede now on Audio!

I’m delighted with the work the fine folks at Podium Publishing and awesome narrator Hillary Huber have made with bringing both Constellation AND A Bar Room Brawl on Ganymede to life!

Now you can hear Indy Jackson fight and persuade her way through a seriously twisty galactic adventure of piracy, betrayal and surprise.

And there’s a war brewing in the Sector …

The best news?

A Bar Room Brawl on Ganymede is a FREE Audiobook! Grab it here (you will have to join AUDFANS – which is free – to access the audio):

A Bar Room Brawl on Ganymede audiobook cover

Constellation is also available on Audible, here:

Constellation Audiobook

Free Science Fiction Books

Free Sci Fi Books Mega Giveaway!

Here’s an amazing array of FREE Science Fiction books, novellas and stories for you!

I’m a member of a group of authors who occasionally put together giant free sci fi giveaways (this one is run by Dean Wilson), and your luck is in, as we have one starting today! (I counted 59 free books!)

Here’s the link (just click on any cover to “claim” that book):

Free Science Fiction Books
It ends November 20, so you have a few days to get in.

Here’s to discovering new authors – I’ll also be grabbing some myself. One can never have enough sci-fi 🙂

All the best!

Robert Scanlon

How Do You Do “No. 2s” In Space?

It’s a bit of a delicate question really, isn’t it?

But one I had to address due to certain scenes in the latest book of the Dreamer Chronicles, Moon Zero.

To explain why would be to spoil the story, so rather than do that, lets cut straight to the point: Astronauts do not have to “hold it”, nor have bizarre tubes leading from their suits at all times (eww!).

Two things people:

1. Giant nappies / diapers (or whatever you call them in your neck of the woods)
2. Cleverly designed toilets with … ahem … vacuum functionality to stop … “things” floating around.

Here’s a snippet I wrote in the Author’s Notes for Moon Zero.

Nappies In Space?

One of the most-asked questions of astronauts is apparently bathroom-related.

Just exactly how do you … ahem … use the little boy’s/girl’s room in zero-gravity, or when you are trapped in a spacesuit?

Obviously any liquids and … other things … need to be contained.

The answer is incredibly simple. They wear nappies (diapers for the Americans). Or more strictly speaking, a “Maximum Absorbency Garment”.

Giant astronaut-sized ones.

However, I’m being a little cheeky, since they only where these when they are involved in a long operation where the usual bathroom facilities are not available. In the ISS (see below), and even in the Space Shuttle, there are toilets, which use suction fittings to avoid any mishaps. The YouTube video shows the type of toilet used – and the special training needed, and the NASA link below has a good summary of “a day in the life of an astronaut”!


Gravity: Do you believe in it?

The next book in the Dreamer Chronicles Trilogy is well underway – with a tentative release date in the next 3 months.

(And no, it won’t be the last you will read of Sarina and Nathan. Just the last in this trilogy! :))

So what’s the story about?

Well if I told you that … you know how the saying goes.

Let’s just say there are gravitational implications. Which is the least of their problems.

But that got me thinking – as I researched ‘gravity’ – the physical force, not the movie – why haven’t scientists yet confirmed the existence of a ‘graviton’? And if they do, will they be able to find or create an ‘anti-graviton’?

What do you think? Does gravity help keep our feet on the ground? What would happen to us if there were no gravity? What do you think makes up gravity? Do you think we will ever discover how to manipulate it?

Let me know in the comments!

Try to buy James Patterson for 99c! (Or not)

NEWSFLASH: 24 hours remaining to get Sarina’s Nightmare and The Dream Killer for just 99c each!

Anyone think that paying $9.99+ for ebooks for is a bit rich?

The big publishers seem to think that ebooks should be the same price OR MORE than an ebook.

But us independent publishers know that the readers and buyers are not so easily fooled.

Which is why, we will occasionally offer special deals, just to entice new readers.

(Hence my week-long 99c Countdown Deal for both of my books – I & II – in the Dreamer Chronicles Series. Book III coming soon …)

But once the deal is over, for most ‘indies’, full-price is $2.99-$5.99 (most are $2.99).

Why pay $9.99 for an ebook, when there are now sooo many great books from indie publishers?

Your thoughts?


Sarina's NightmareThe Dream Killer

The Dream Killer 99c Countdown

Counting down in the US & UK … two books at bargain prices!

If you love a good tweens (middle-grade) thriller, throw in some sci-fi and some magic, a parallel world … the ‘Sarina’s Nightmare’ and ‘The Dream Killer’ might be just your thing!

Readers and reviewers have made favourable comparisons to Percy Jackson, Ranger’s Apprentice – even Harry Potter and the ‘His Dark Materials‘ books got a mention. *blush*

Anyway. Both books are featured in a ‘Kindle Countdown Deal’, which means if you live in the US or the UK (or can ‘arrange’ to live in the US or the UK for Amazon’s purposes hehe), then you can pick up the Kindle version of BOTH books for a mere 99c each.


From Feb 20 – Feb 26 (midnight US-time)

If you have any issues find the books, let me know – here are the links:


Sarina’s Nightmare:

The Dream Killer:


Sarina’s Nightmare:

The Dream Killer:

Creativity - can it be learned?

Where does creativity really come from?

In my latest novel, ‘The Dream Killer‘, Sarina and Nathan must battle to rescue the world from being doomed to a rapidly deteriorating ‘lack of intelligence’.

While you might think we already have that problem (I might just agree with you too!), it raises the question:

“Where does creativity really come from?”

Is it innate? (As in: We’re born with it, and you naturally have it … or not)

Or can creativity and innovation be learned? (In other words, our lives and mental abilities can be honed and shaped by our experiences, our teachers and other social influences)

I tend to side with the latter, with a nod of the head to the idea that some genetics could play a heavy role in the malleability and receptiveness to creativity training.

A great testimony to this idea is encapsulated in Matthew Syed’s wonderful book, “Bounce“.

In it, he deftly illustrates, with example after example, of where high performance stemmed from ‘purposeful practice’ and not as a ‘gift from birth’.

Though many of the examples are drawn from the world of sport (including Matthew’s own world-champion table-tennis story), one or two in particular demonstrate that our minds clearly benefit dramatically from purposeful practice (there’s a stunning story about the development of female chess champions!).

What is ‘Purposeful Practice’?

Purposeful practice is the frequent, routine application of skill development, coupled with close mentoring with someone who is able to coach the areas needing development.

There is little point in practicing mistakes over and over (which cautions us as to why any practice of a skill without purposeful intent is possibly worse than no practice at all!), but it’s not enough to know what to practice, you need to immerse yourself fully in the desired environment, along with closely-coupled mentors who can observe and advise with precision.

Put all of that into place – and yes, I believe anyone can ‘learn’ to be creative!

You’ll just need to find the hours in the day 🙂

What do YOU want to get better at?

What purposeful practice can you incorporate?

I’d love to hear your comments!


The Dream Killer Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway for The Dream Killer!

My latest novel (you know, for kids), entitled ‘The Dream Killer’, is running as a Goodreads Giveaway. Enter to win!

6 copies up for grabs – all you have to do is click that link above!

Good luck …