Here Come The Sand Men…


SAND MEN COVER ART rgb1000pxSo, after your kind help, we reached – or rather the publisher’s designers reached – a decision on the cover of ‘The Sand Men’ which was not one of the ones most of us chose! Having said that, I really do like it, as it captures the tone of the book perfectly – somehow looking like an SF book, yet based in the present. So, job well done Solaris and thank you – now all we have to do is get someone to try it!

‘The Sand Men’ is out on October 8th, and here’s a revised synopsis;

In Dubai there’s a new world of high-end, high-luxury resorts emerging for the super-rich.  In an ancient country of old gods, centuries-traditions are being replaced by western ideals – but at what price?

Lea, Roy and their troubled 15 year-old daughter Cara arrive to live in a gated community exclusively reserved for foreign executives. Roy has been hired to deal with teething problems at Dream World, a futuristic beach complex. Systems are failing, and local troubles are adding to the company’s problems.

In the oppressive heat, the wives appear happy to follow behind their husbands, cooking and arranging tea parties, but Lea finds herself a virtual prisoner in a land where Western women are regarded with suspicion on the streets.

At least there are a few friendly outsiders who don’t enjoy the conformity of the ex-pat community – until one night, when the most difficult and outspoken one, Milo, is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run accident.

Milo’s death is the first in a string of inexplicable occurrences that divide the foreign workers. Lea’s neighbours start to blame migrants, Arabs and even each other. Lea is convinced that deliberate acts of cruelty are being committed – but is there a real threat to her life, or is she becoming paranoid? Where does reality end and imagination begin? And what if the thing she fears most is really happening?

What happens in a world where only the rich have any value?

Welcome to a future that’s five minutes away, where rebellion against conformity can lead to something unexpected…



5 comments on “Here Come The Sand Men…”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    Funny how enlarging the image and saying it’s the one chosen changes the viewer’s perception – or this viewer at least. I do like it. Going away to order this.

  2. admin says:

    You see, readers? This is how to make an author happy.

  3. Chris McCall says:

    The cover looks a bit apocalyptic. …but I buy your books no matter what the covers look like. My dog eared copy of city jitters will testify to that,the one with Big Ben in the title on the cover. The Sand Men will be one of my early Halloween reads.
    Best of luck.

  4. Vivienne says:

    Yes, looks really intriguing. I skipped the synopsis bit as I hate any sort of pre-knowledge. Total immersion and surprise win any time.

  5. Xas says:

    I may be going senile, but I don’t even remember this option*, Admin. I like it, though, and the title font adds to it. Off to add it to my wishlist.

    *Unsurprisingly, as it looks like a *much* polished version of #11!

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