Only The Dead: An African War Free from 02/11- 06/11

Hey all,

To celebrate getting a publishing contract and Carrion City being published very soon I’ve decided to offer Only The Dead: An African War free for five days!

Here are the links

Amazon UK –

Amazon US –

All I ask is that you leave a review on Amazon once you’ve read my novella!

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Carrion City Cover Reveal!


And here it is! More news coming soon!

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I Have a Publishing Contract!

After many years of hard work and hours dedicated to my writing I can finally say I have signed a publishing contract with Severed Press. This contract will see my debut novel- Carrion City will be released sometime in the near future. I can’t begin to tell you all how excited I am to take my first professional step into the world of fiction writing.

Carrion City is the first novel I’ve ever completed. Of course, I’ve written many other novels but never to completion. Inevitably, my other novels have always run out of steam and languished in my “to be completed” folder on my laptop. I first started writing Carrion City through a pretty difficult time in my life, I was recovering from an operation in hospital and with little else to do started forming ideas. When I got home, I started to write it. It’s been through many changes and edits. At one point the novel was 120,000 words, now it sits around 69,000 words. I can reveal now that the novel has been seriously considered by two publishers before Severed Press signed me up. In the end, I truly believe that Severed Press is the perfect home for Carrion City.

So what’s it all about, I hear you ask? Well there will be another blog soon where I put up a short description of the novel. For now, I’ll just say it’s a thriller/horror novel, a hybrid of 24 and 28 Weeks Later.

Today I sent back the final proof to Severed Press and things are moving amazingly fast. I’m excited like never before. What will it mean for my writing? Will I be able to live off my writing and just write full time? Initially, no. Not unless Carrion City gets swept up in a wave of enthusiastic readers! Carrion City is the first of three planned novels so really I’m thinking I’ll have to relegate Only The Dead to the backburner and start writing the sequel. It has a title but I think I’ll leave revealing that until another time.

I’m off to enjoy the new episode of The Walking Dead and Last Ship… er… I mean start writing Carrion City’s sequel. Until next time.

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The Next Only The Dead Novella Will Be Called. . .

Only The Dead: Sleep In Thunder

Well there you have it, I finally settled on the name. Writing the follow up to An African War is going well. It’s too early to really make a prediction of when I hope to publish Sleep In Thunder. At the very least I would like to have it completed and edited before Christmas.

My good friend Stew has agreed to create a cover again and also sort the dark issues with An African War’s cover design.

I’m thinking of when I complete Sleep in Thunder to throw myself into writing the third novella. I made the mistake of taking a break after completing the first novella and it’s taken a painful amount of time to get back to writing the follow up. With everything, you learn by your mistakes!

I’d love to know what you all think of the title. Let me know. Until next time

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More to follow…

“No. Don’t give up hope just yet. It’s the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”
― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

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Back Again!

Hey all,

So it’s been quite a while since my last blog, for that, I can only apologise. It’s been a crazy few weeks. My Gran fell ill and was taken to hospital. Thankfully, after a two week stay she’s back home and doing just fine. For a while, everything else stopped but now getting back on track.

I now have 10 reviews for Only The Dead: An African War on all of them positive. I couldn’t be happier with the response I’ve had from readers. That in itself, knowing people are reading and enjoying, is motivation enough to get back and write more. Ideally, I’d like to have the next part of Only The Dead out by the end of summer. I’m not sure how attainable a goal this will be. With the best of intentions, life somehow gets in the way. I’ve made several several choices for the next Only The Dead books. Firstly, I’ll be toning down the swearing some. I always wanted to paint an accurate description of war and its horrors. Swearing is a part of that world. I realise that this can put off some readers so I’m looking to find a middle ground. Less swearing, hopefully, only used when the situation is right. Also have some ideas floating around for the cover of the second book. I spoke to my friend who designed the first book’s cover. He’s keen to take on the role for the second book, too. Also, there will be some minimal changes to the cover of An African War. Mostly just lightening it so the detail is more visible.

I thought I would highlight this story from the BBC. For those that don’t want to click the link, it’s basically saying the typical full-time writer earns on average £11,000 per year. Obviously there are the big hitters who earn a hell of a lot more. I don’t think this should come as any surprise to writers. It may be a little disappointing. For me, I’ve never assumed that I would be able to earn a living wage from writing. If I get lucky and manage, I won’t complain, but I’m prepared to have my writing augment my actual career. At the end of the day, writing full-time is a dream we can all aspire to. It’s almost like climbing a ladder, each step another one closer to achieving that hallowed goal. Write book. Edit book. Publish book. Quite job. Write more books. Good formula. Good luck to us all! Until next time.

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***FREE*** on Amazon for three days- Only the Dead: An African War by M.W. Duncan

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Only The Dead: An African War Free Tuesday 27th May – Thursday 29th May

Hey all,

So I’ve decided to run another free promotion on my book starting tomorrow and running for three days. My previous free promotions have been highly successful and I hope to replicate that this time. I’ll be pretty active on Twitter starting tomorrow so please stop by and say hi.

If you have already read my book then please do consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s the best gift you can give an author, especially if you’re getting their work for free 😉

Here are the links for the UK and US pages on Amazon.



Tell everyone! Download my book and enjoy! I’m always happy to hear what people think so send me a Tweet or comment on here if you like.

Until next time!

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Only The Dead: Part 2 is . . .

Hey all! It’s been a while since I have updated my blog. Sorry for that. Things have been crazy with me lately. My Gran wasn’t too well for a while and ended up in hospital. She’s back home now and is doing well, getting better each day. It was quite a scare but things turned out fine in the end. I’m also coming to the end of my counselling skills course so have an essay and various other assessments to complete over the coming weeks so I’ve been busy with that, too. My counselling journey doesn’t stop here, though. No, sir. I’m moving forward with more counselling courses in the next semester. I’m really excited about this. I also may have some rather big news regarding counselling later in the year. Watch this space.

So, I promised an update on Only The Dead: Part 2. Well there is good news and bad news. I’ll go with the bad news first. I’ve basically decided to start from scratch. This means that any potential release date I had in my head no longer applies. There is a very good reason for this. I’d been writing and writing Part 2 and then I stopped and reviewed what I’d come up with. While it was all fine and good, I found it a little boring and not what I really wanted to put across to the reader. I bounced a few ideas off of a couple of my writer friends and they agreed with my assessment. One of the best bits of advice I got was “Write what you think the reader should know, not what you know.” By this, I know all the ins and outs of the characters and story as they’re alive in my mind. However, this doesn’t mean that the reader needs to know about what they’re eating for their dinner (it was fish fingers, if anyone cares). So I hit the delete button on the many thousands of words I’d written and was faced with the blank page again. Rather than be daunted by this, I’m actually excited. Instead of the story starting back in Britain we are now going back to a war zone. This gives me ample opportunity to develop the main character further, really allow his complex nature to shine through. I’ll perhaps post some updates as my writing progresses. It’s not going to be an easy task. I’m aiming for 40,0000 words, around the same as the first one.

I’d also like to take this chance to again ask that if anyone has read Only The Dead: An African War to leave a review on both Amazon and Goodreads. The reviews I have on it already are brilliant and I’d like to build on this. Well that’s about it for me. I’ve got to go and finish the conclusion of my essay! Until next time!

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I’m still here!

Hey all! I know it’s been a while since I wrote a proper blog post. Life has been crazy over the last month and I’ve hardly had the time to sit down and think. The latest round of edits are complete with my novel which is nice. This should free up some of my writing time for working on the next novella.

It’s been almost a year since I released Only The Dead: An African War. I’m hugely proud of that novella. The feedback has been always positive with some amazing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s also been in top chart positions on Amazon for both the UK and US. I couldn’t be happier really. Here’s hoping the next one will also be so popular.

I’ll write a more detailed blog when I have more time to sit and think. Until next time.

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