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WHEN BOYS WILL BE BOYS

It's been one of those weeks when the kids are running riot, high on birthday-related sugar and the elation of too many presents and friendly guests dropping in. You see, this is our son Captain Morgan's 3rd birthday and a week of celebrations - the festival of Morgan - is currently underway!

Yesterday we had our super Intern Julie working at IntrepidHQ, creating a photo blog of snippets from the day - so, busy as it was, here's the inside look at what happens when birthday cakes and little boys collide.

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WALKING 13KM TO PLAY WITH A TIGER

Today's entry is a series of fly-on-the-wall snaps of what it's like at IntrepidHQ. If you're expecting burning helicopters, black-ops missions, and dangerous creatures, you're only part wrong.

I began with a leisurely 13km walk on Sydney's North Shore for reasons pertaining to the weeks recently spent with a Corona beer firmly stapled to my right hand. 

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THE NEXT BIG THING

My fellow author and Momentum compadre, Nathan Farrugia, had asked me before Christmas to participate in a blog challenge doing the rounds amongst some writerly types called 'The Next Big Thing'. In it, the writer blogs about their latest writing project and tags five other authors to blog their experiences too. I like that it's creating a collective online record of what writers are working on at this point in time - what is, in my humble view, a pretty exciting time to be involved in the publishing industry.

For what it's worth, here's my two cents on the latest goings on from deep within the Chez Allen mancave.

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A NEW YEAR FOR THOSE WHO SERVE
I’m a first generation Australian, with a strong British lineage on both my Dad’s and my Mum’s side of the family, specifically England and Wales. I grew up on the stories my father told of my grandfather and my uncles during both world wars and as a young lad, those things really resonated. I felt a strong pull towards military service very early on and, as I got older, I became serious about it.  That childhood interest grew into a real sense of duty. It was almost inevitable that I would choose a military career. Read More
RECOGNISING MY SUPPORT NETWORK

Sitting here today, putting the very final touches on Hunter, the second in the Alex Morgan Intrepid series, I realised these two action thriller novels would not have been half as good if I weren't perched on the shoulders of some very legendary blokes and ladies.

It's important then that I digress from my usual writing of Serbian war criminals being brought to justice, rogue intelligence officers getting their just desserts, criminal gun-runners caught at the last minute, all by the hardy Alex Morgan and his band of merry Intrepid agents, to recognise some of those working behind-the-scenes to get me to the top of the suspense thriller best-seller lists and beyond.

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AND THE WINNER OF A CHARACTER IN HUNTER IS...
What a fantastic Photo Comp we've had over the past couple of weeks to choose a person to have a character named after them in the new book! After some very enthusiastic voting for all our Defenders who posted photos of them in far-flung places, the winner was action man Brett Tappin, who crews helicopters offshore and whose winning photo was taken in a chopper above the Solomon Islands. Read More