Fun and no pixels

I played the original Tomb Raider game a lot back in the late 90s, and when I couldn’t finish a level, my wife Jane would finish it for me. I think I have known Lara Croft as long as I have known Jane. I haven’t played the reboot of the game yet, but Jane and I did just see the new movie with Alicia Vikander. Gone are the pixelated pointy bosoms, replaced, instead, with a solid gut and gutting it out with the bad guys.

Yeah, it works, we enjoyed it.

The ice axe helps.

So, if we play the “if ever” game, and if The Ice Star was ever made into a film, Alicia Vikander would have to play Fenna. I’m just saying. That whole vulnerability, taking on the men in what they perceive as their world, and kicking ass, well, hell yeah! I definitely buy into that, mostly because I wrote that – well, not Tomb Raider, The Ice Star. I’m getting all confused here.

Anyway, there’s an ice axe. Now, I must admit, I don’t remember ever seeing anything remotely frosty to warrant having an ice axe in the film, not even a cold breath, but hey, it was very cool. And I guess that was all the justification the filmmakers needed, that and continuity with the video game reboot.

Will you enjoy the film? Sure you will, if you’re looking to be entertained for a few hours.

Is it Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark-good? Hell no. It’s Tomb Raider.

See it.

But be sure to buy an ice cream for the movie – you know, to justify the axe. 😉

What’s in the box?

Se7en… it’s a classic. It always rains, and then that one day of sunshine. Well. There was this box, see. It wasn’t good. But it was good, the film, if you know what I mean? Anyway, see the film. Don’t look in the box.

Today I looked in the box.

It came exactly as planned according to the tracking number – and if that isn’t enough to make you suspicious … well.

I don’t know.

It was reasonably big, pretty heavy, taped so well I needed a knife, and loaded with cold cases – Arctic Noir!

Yep, it’s the Horsens Crime Festival #krimimessen this weekend, and I need something to decorate my tiny stand with, so I got hold of some books, and they just happen to be mine. Of course, with the table, the roll-up poster, flyers, business cards, and now a box load of books. Yeah, I’m gonna need a bigger boat stand. (I have to toss that line in as often as possible – sorry.)

And now?

Well, now I have an empty box…

…more later.

Going “all in”

So last week I created a Twitter account, and this week it’s Facebook. You might be wondering if I really am new to this Social Media lark, well not exactly, but after a visit to the Stasi Museum in Berlin, I came home and dumped all my social media accounts.


It was when one of the guides said that few of the employees working at the museum were on Facebook, or social media of any kind. If we’re willing to give up our privacy, what’s next?

But what’s an author to do?

I’ll figure it out.

Ice Cold Tweets

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I’ve taken the plunge and returned to Twitter, but to make sure that I don’t get caught up in it I’ll do Twitter on Thursdays. The rest of the week – and the weekend given the number of words I haven’t written this week, I’ll be writing.

I’ll be sure to post a photo from Greenland with each tweet. My posts from the page, like this one, will pop up on Twitter, but on Thursdays, I’ll be sure to be active in the afternoons.

See you on Twitter.

Last of the V8s – influences

I remember feeling quite sick when I saw the original Mad Max (1979) a long time ago. I was in my early teens. Spoiler alert – I wasn’t ready for the scene when Max’ wife and child are killed, even though I am sure it is almost acceptable afternoon viewing today. But the blue, red and yellow Ford Falcon Interceptor, and the black V8 were just magic. Of course, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) blew me away – I had to take my wife, Jane, to see it, so that she would at least have a frame of reference for what I was babbling about for the next few months.

But what’s this all about? Well, Pulp Driver is coming out soon, and I just wanted to say that it’s been a blast trying to translate a car chase scene from the screen to the page. I do have a male main character – Noah Lee, but the rest of the cast, including Mad Maddy Ryan the traffic cop, are all women. If car chases on the streets of Sydney, Australia are your thing, you might want to check it out.

Meanwhile, I’ve got to go and give the text a tune-up.

Available from Amazon

USAUKCanada and Australia

Sifting through Blood

Constable (ret.) David Maratse can be a bit of a problem, and I thought I would take a moment to explain.

While Maratse does feature in the Arctic thriller The Ice Star, he also has his own series – two, in fact.

The Greenland Crime series, of which Blood Floe is book 2, are full-length crime novels.

The Arctic Shorts, of which The Last Flight is the fourth story in the series, are short stories set prior to the events in the Greenland Crime series. They are typically 15,000 words or a little over 50 pages each. The Arctic Shorts are crime with a Jack London-like feel. You’ve been warned. 😉

Both Blood Floe and The Last Flight are available for pre-order on Amazon.

Blood Floe USA, UK, Canada, and Australia

The Last Flight USAUKCanada and Australia

I hope that helps.

Cold Research

I write about a lot of things in my stories about which I have thankfully no experience, but there are some things I have done, and when I write about them I have a wealth of memories to inspire me. I had a team of dogs in Greenland, and, while it may have taken us a few years, we finally found our sledging mojo and made some tracks on the sea ice. We had plenty of misadventures too, but always got home safely, even in the dark.

The dogs were built for the Arctic, but I wasn’t. Every day was a learning curve. But I do miss it, and I miss my dogs. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have a team again. Until then, I’ll keep writing.

Small Time Criminal

There’s a star-studded cast …  and me. I have booked a coffee table stand at the Crime Festival in Horsens on the 17th and 18th March. There’s a lot of big crime writers coming. Lots of Scandinavians. Lots of Americans. Lots of Brits. And … me. When I contacted the organisers a while ago, they were kind enough to present the whole palette of options available. “Great,” I said. “And do you have anything smaller?”

I believe strongly in the old adage of fake it til you make it, and this small time crime writer is faking it all the way to Horsens this year. We’ll see what happens. Until then, be sure to check out the programme – and, if you’re looking for me … just keep scrolling to the very end.

The Festival looks really exciting, with loads of presentations, talks, book signings – the works. There should also be plenty for English readers this year. So, if you happen to be in the area, or are travelling to Denmark for the festival itself, please say “hi”, I’d love to meet you.

Oh, and if that’s not enough, the venue is the old State Prison!