Merry Christmas

Have a merry and safe Christmas and a happy New Year. 🙂

Yes, that is Qubyte on the top of the pile! All proofed and ready to go to print in Feb. 🙂

Those of you who read on devices – Qubyte is loaded and ready to download on Dec 30 (Dec 31 in NZ and Oz). You can pre-order from your usual digital retailer. Paperbacks will be available from Writers Plot bookshop in March.

Also, look out for me on the Break it Down Show … Pete and I had a long chat about Qubyte and whatnot this morning. I’ll drop a link when the podcast is available!


Ride Cowboy Ride

When I hear from someone reading my new book (yes, the one that’s not released yet, Qubyte) and he says he has a technical question, there’s a little moment of ‘what could this be?’ and a small sense of foreboding.  

It was a really good question and easily answered, but not something anyone else has mentioned so that was very cool. 

The question involved an Internet café more specifically the term ‘Internet Café’ – it’s an important place and it never had a name that Ellie knew, it was always the Internet café. This place brings up the past and reminds her how quickly shit can go wrong. 

I really liked being able to tell Pete why the café existed the way it did. No branding, no real movement into the 21st Century, it’s still the same café that Ellie visited in Killerbyte. These days you’d be hard pressed to find an actual Internet café with computers sitting in a row and that makes this particular place standout in the story which is obviously set in the present day.

Then he told me that he’s enjoying the book. And I breathed a sigh of relief and maybe there was a little fist pump! 🙂

Yeah, this is my 10th Byte novel, but it never gets easy. I’m never sure if I hit the marks or not. And when someone new to Ellie Iverson’s world begins with book 10, it’s nerve wracking. 

To be honest, no matter where someone I care about start the series it will always be a nervous time for me. 

Having someone who knows shit and who you greatly respect read it – well, it’s a sink or swim moment. So, I’m one pretty happy author right about now. Thanks Pete. 🙂

My biggest hope when new readers hop on board the crazy train is that they love Ellie as much as I do and that she becomes a real person to the reader. Someone they’d like to drink tequila with or grab a coffee with, someone they care about. 

Ellie is who she is because of a culmination of experiences (just like the rest of us) and she rarely backs down because she believes in justice – however that unfolds. I’ve known her a long time – and she still surprises me. Writing Ellie Iverson gives me a sense of security. (I know, right? Insane stuff!)

Writing Qubyte not knowing what would happen or who would still be standing at the end was interesting and a little bit scary, but, there were things I did know. I knew how Ellie would react in various scenarios (to a point, once that point was hit all bets were off!), I knew what pushed her buttons, and I knew without any doubt that she would never ask anyone to do something that she wasn’t prepared to do herself. 

Sending a book out into the world is terrifying.

It will never get easy and for that I am grateful. 

You can pre-order Qubyte for kindle here.  

Pre-order an ePub version of Qubyte from kobo here.

Pre-order from Apple Books here.



So this is the first announcement regarding Qubyte.

We have a launch date!! 

Dec 31st 2018. Yep, New Years Eve. How awesome is that?

The next announcement will be the cover reveal, that’s a little way off yet.  At the moment I’m reading before I fire this manuscript back to my editor for another look. Once the edits are done and dusted, it’ll be format time. Dec 31st will be the official launch date but Qubyte will only be available in digital formats on that day, unless a miracle happens and I manage to get the bookblock ready for print. Don’t count on it! The plan there is to coincide the paperbacks with the physical launch (at some stage) and have the books printed in Auckland like the rest of the series. That means paperbacks will be available from Writers Plot bookshop here in NZ (we do have online sales so I’m sure the rest of the world will cope). I have zero interest in having the paperbacks on Amazon but who knows? Never say never, right?


Hey there!

This is what I’ve been busily working on for the last few days, an Ellie Iverson short story called ‘Undivided’.  Exciting right?  The story is available in ePub and mobi digital formats from Smashwords. (Link after the image!)

Last night I wrote The End. Such joy. Then sent it off to beta readers who gave it the green light this morning. It’s now live on Smashwords. 

This story is intended to fans of the Byte Series, unlike reading the shorts in ‘Torrent’ this will not bridge any gaps and enable a new reader to jump into the series at around book 5. 

Undivided assumes you know the characters and the current situation. This story follows Metabyte and is intended to be read before Qubyte is released.  It’s a bridge to Qubyte. You’ll understand when you read it. 🙂

Hi, I’m Cat …

Hi, I’m Cat.

I’m a writer. Good chance you’ve heard a whisper about my work. This is the place where you’ll find reviews, links, contact info, information about my work, competitions, and other bits and pieces. There are videos on various pages (turn your sound on).

FYI my books (individually) are cheaper than a good coffee, so, you have nothing to lose. You can read while drinking a coffee. I prefer to read while drinking a good tequila but whatever.

A few questions I get asked a lot;

Why Thriller writing? Thriller writing wasn’t a choice, it’s just the warped way my mind works. Easier to go with it than fight it.

Where can we find you? My work is available worldwide (at all good booksellers), you can find me at Writers Plot which is a unique bookshop that stocks ONLY Kiwi authors.

Who is Romeo? He’s my rescue Greyhound. He hangs out at home with his pals, Missy the fat gray cat, and the guinea pigs Bucky and Timmy.

What’s in the silver case?  Body parts … I’m not even going to try and explain that, on the plus side I removed the M9 from the case.

What are you working on now? I’m writing the 11th-byte novel, Cryptobyte. I’m also working on a screenplay.

Do you have an Everipedia page? Super excited to say I do have an everipedia page. Big thanks to Pete Turner on the Break it down show. 🙂

If you follow me on social media (and you really should) just be aware that some days my social filter doesn’t quite kick in at all, if I think it, I’m liable to say it … don’t say you weren’t warned.

Until recently I was published by Rebel ePublishers, USA, they’ve now closed so I’m publishing under 9mm Press and part of The Renegade Guild.


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