The Best Thing I’ve Ever Written (Now Available…)


You might have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet recently. I was away at BlogWorld (and had a blast!) and I’ve also been busy putting the finishing touches to my novel, Lycopolis.

This novel has been over three years in the making. It’s gone through seven drafts. Dozens of people have helped me along the way – with invaluable feedback, emotional support, great advice and more.

And today, it’s out there and waiting to be read.

I’ve published several hundreds of thousands of words over the past few years. You can find my blog posts  all over the internet. I make a living through my writing. I’m hugely proud of that. But this novel represents, to date, my very best work. I’m thrilled (and a little bit nervous) to have finally published it.

What’s Lycopolis About?

If you’ve been reading my blog posts (here on Aliventures or elsewhere) for a while, you’ll find some familiar themes cropping up in Lycopolis: 

  • The online world and the way we make connections there
  • Writing and the imagination
  • Who we are at our best … and at our worst


Here’s the novel’s blurb:

One Hallowe’en, a group of online roleplayers summon a demon, The Prince of Nightmares. Seth, who’s in charge of the game, says it’s “just for fun”. But disturbing things start to happen in real life: red marks appear on the foreheads of the gamers, and they’re all having nightmares about a dark forest.

Secrets come out, friendships are broken, and the boundaries between the real, the virtual and the imaginary become increasingly fractured as the Prince becomes more powerful. Kay, a fresher at Oxford, is the only person who realises what Seth is doing – and it’s up to her to stop him.

If you like fast-paced fiction with strong characters and aren’t averse to a bit of geekery and a touch of the supernatural, then I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

You can buy it for the Kindle today:



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29 thoughts on “The Best Thing I’ve Ever Written (Now Available…)

  1. Congrats, revered teacher! It’s been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to see the result. (Literally – just downloaded it to the ol’ iPad and will be diving in asap!)

    • Yay, thanks Cal! Hope you enjoy it — would love to hear what you think. 🙂 (And I’d be especially thrilled if you’d consider writing a quick review on Amazon, but no worries at all if not.)


    read the first chapter, gonna read the rest of the free chapters soon’s i can. it’s just…wonderful. like, wow, writing. i hope my novels are going to be somewhere that good. oh man.

    i think i was hooked at the very beginning–the cover page.


    i can’t even imagine how much time it took to get the branches to form the wolf’s face, and then the shading and the right amount of contrast…just wow.

    • Cheers! And I had no hand whatsoever in the cover, or it’d be a photo of some trees, badly turned into black and white 😉 My wonderfully talented friend Lorna Cowie did it for me. Glad you like it!

  3. Seems to be a good plot. I am always interested reading horror novels or something similar to that. I think i’ll try this one and since it is your best book then i guess i’ll enjoy reading it.
    David’s last blog post to pick up women

    • Cheers, David! There’s definitely a strong horror element, though I wouldn’t shelve this in the “Horror” section myself. Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for giving it a chance. 🙂

  4. Congratulations, Ali! I’m so happy for you. I know you have prepared so much for this. Fiction and supernatural sounds really exciting! I wish you all the success on this book, Ali. Lycopolis will be the start of more novels to come from you 🙂

    • Thanks, Shyxter! Yep, this is the first in a trilogy, so there’ll definitely be at least two more novels from me in due course… 🙂

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