Cover reveal and alert for book 6

Inside Straight will be appearing on Amazon sometime today for pre-orders.

Actual release is scheduled for 31st October.

I’m relaunching the series with new covers and advertising.

The full images which will be used for the print books:

And the eBook covers from these:

I’ll be making some merchandise items from these images – T shirts, mugs, etc.

I love these covers. πŸ™‚



About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first books are available on Amazon at

29 responses to “Cover reveal and alert for book 6”

  1. amper5andrew says :

    Cool. Pre-ordered that. I’ve re-read the other five since someone mentioned it on your last post. I’m glad I did. I’d forgotten large chunks of book 5. Nice covers.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks! Yes, I was going to include a summary at the end of each book, but I’m still compiling them, and in any event, it would be just a summary and would miss the secondary plots.

  2. Ben says :

    Those covers are bada**. Can’t wait for inside straight.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      I love the covers.
      At this point in the cycle of writing a book, I’m always full of doubts! Still, I hope you like it.

  3. wiggiemomsi says :

    Woohoo! 😍

  4. Dee DenBleyker says :

    I ordered mine and looking forward to it! Thank you Mark.

  5. elkwood says :

    aye did my advance order also ! So excited to see this book finally coming out !!!!!

    • Mark Henwick says :


      Sorry this has been so long in coming. I’m returning my concentration to Bite Back and Bian’s Tale.

  6. Shana Pare says :

    Great artwork! You chose an excellent artist.

  7. elkwood says :

    Read it and loved it ! My only complaint is the wait till u put out book 7 πŸ™‚

    Tried to leave a review on amazon but its not posted as of yet. Thanks
    again for writing such a great page turner !!!

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thank you! I hope you got some sleep as well!

      Book 7 is in a sketchy outline at the moment. I’m going to progress with both Bian’s Tale 2 and Bite Back 7 until I get seized by the muse and finish one. In any event, I really hope to make Bite Back releases an annual event.

      Also glad the feedback is that it’s a page turner. I had (as I usually do the instant a book loads to Amazon) fears that the middle was too multi-threaded.

      • Michael Orton says :

        Oh it’s a page turner all right!

        My 5* review is up on

        I’m dissapointed that you are estimating a year to wait for the next book, but I’d rather know it’s going to be that long that expect it in weeks or months and be even more disappointed.

        Shouldn’t Raw Deal be getting a new cover too?

        • Mark Henwick says :

          Thank you for the reviews Michael. Very much appreciated.

          I have to estimate a year for the next 2 books, Bite Back book 7 (project name Queen of Diamonds) & Bian’s Tale 2 (The Words of the Dead). I’ll move them both forward together, and I’m reasonably sure they’ll both be delivered in less than a year, but no doubt there will be a point where the Muse seizes me and I work on just one.

          Unfortunately, that means Among the Stars is on the back burner, apart from a short story in that universe which I sketched out earlier this year as an experiment. That story might appear in an anthology, or part of a newsletter freebie. (I’ll make a post about the newsletter shortly).

          I really should have thought about the Raw Deal cover at the photoshoot! We didn’t use the PPK automatic, and Maria’s hair wasn’t in the Rookie Blue hairstyle. Maybe next time.

  8. daniel says :

    It was amazing. Can’t wait for the next one.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thank you Daniel!

      Really, really going to try and get 1 Bian’s Tale and 1 Bite Back out every year. At least.

      Of course, I have other projects, but they have to be weekend recreation.

  9. elkwood says :

    U had a lot going in the book and some of the middle section had me wondering where u where going with it. IT smoothed out though and made more sense as
    things progressed.

    U did a masterful job in the last 45% of the book. Well balanced and i wanted to strangle u after the epilogue while laughing out loud over it.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      The epilogue made my editor cry, so it creates a wealth of emotions! πŸ™‚

      • daniel says :

        Yeah that “wait what” at the end was me going wait OH NO i HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR TO FIND OUT!? Although I do have to ask because I finished at five oclock in the morning was that epilouge “real” or “weird” (trying to avoid a spoiler). Also I really liked how the adepts powers were shown since it seemed different then the usual witches and wizards things but also powerful enough to matter.

        • Mark Henwick says :

          Sleep is occasionally a good idea. πŸ™‚

          Thank you.

          It’s not a *real* cliffhanger. And yes, both prologue and epilogue actually happen, as portrayed, even though they’re presented almost like dreams.

          • daniel says :

            True it wasn’t a cliffhanger but more of a hint of something at the future. Still I tend to overthink these things until it makes me think everything is going to be horrible.For example in my mind the “price” might mean amber no longer has a long life span or someone is gonna die because of it. Like I said I tend to over think these things

  10. Ben says :

    I’m always a bit torn on whether to say anything when I don’t share everyone’s enthusiasm, but then I remember that this is the Internet, so …

    The novel took way too long for me to get to the “rescue”. Starting with that prologue and everything that’s been said about it, this clearly was the main thing for the novel, but nobody really does anything about it until a good 70% or so into the book. While I do like that there’s other stuff going on I don’t think the balance was good here. Feels like Prologe A-plot-teaser, then a ton of B-plot and C-plot to stretch things out for a quick, rather straight-forward climax.

    Worse, the sidetracking that to my impression wasn’t too significant and often too simple (everything just works out) gave me ample time to contemplate two things: one, Amber let Jen go to potentially get raped, and it wasn’t worth more than a paragraph. That’s not good for a heroine I’d assume I’m supposed to somewhat respect. Secondly, the antagonist even by the very end of the book hasn’t actually done anything worse then the guy Amber slavishly devotes herself to, so I can’t say I felt particularly invested in the outcome of things. Oh, sure, he’s implying to go for some mind control evil and has controlled some people already, but he’s competing with someone who’s already killed neutral people just for being neutral, among other things, so …

    Still enjoyed reading it but on balance I’d say it’s the Bite Back novel I liked least. Probably. Memory could be faulty πŸ˜‰

  11. Stephen says :

    Do we have any idea when the Audio version will be released? I am eagerly waiting for this book!
    I’ll likely reread err..listen to the other five once i see it preparing to come out in Audio.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      The book has been sent to Julia Motyka, who initially promised it by Christmas… however, there were studio scheduling problems etc. and she didn’t manage.
      She has promised me that she’s making her own studio recording facilities at home to avoid such problems and when that’s ready, Inside Straight will be the top of the list.
      Keep an eye open here or the Facebook page. Once I know she’s started, there will still be a month (or more) of recording, fixing, paying, quality control etc. before Audible release it.

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