Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Space pirates, pirates and more pirates

The third in the Pirates trilogy of novellas is now complete and live at all the usual places. The series centres on the Junker's Moon  Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company based on the planet Cymbeline:



Pirate Gold - Book 1: Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company had never been attacked before but that didn't mean its base of operations was unprepared. Marshall Brion began the day with no idea that within a few hours he would need all the concentrated expertise of three generations of Brions. Space pirates were inbound to the station. They were something to be feared but also to be repelled at all costs.










Revenge - Book 2: Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company had a surge in popularity following the capture of notorious space pirate Dirk Knight. What Marshall, proprietor of Junker's Moon had not bargained for was the thirst for revenge and ferocity of Dirk's wife, Vanessa Longtail. But first there was the question of what to do with Knight's ship which contained an arsenal of weapons all of its own.


Trouble Doubled - Book 3: Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company is in a state of turmoil and uncertainty, following the grievous wounding of its proprietor, Marshall. He hovers close to death having been stabbed by Vanessa Longtail, the notoriously vengeful wife of space pirate Dirk Knight. Finding she had not succeeded in murdering Marshall, as had been her intention, she returns to finish the job.






The fourth story in the series is being prepared for publication shortly:


Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company had the exceedingly dubious honour of being visited by a cult ship, The Garden. The ship was registered as having charitable status and was therefore beyond FBIS jurisdiction. Its owner had stopped short of adding 'Of Eden' to its registered name but that was clearly his intention. Pastor Gripthorne was going to cause trouble with a capital 'T'.


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

New Paranormal Romance

A few days ago Daphne Coleridge, also known for her cosy mystery stories, published a new romance under a gorgeous new cover:


"When Anthea is commissioned by the mysterious Cyro Smith to paint his portrait, she finds herself quickly overwhelmed and disorientated by his passion. She is further confused by a series of dreams about Cyro which seem to show that his past is more extraordinary than she could have imagined. His talk of gods and myths confuses her still further. 

Surely the idea of a god pursuing his lost love across eternity is just another dream?"

A novella. 

“If she was a single point of light in the sky and I had to search amongst all the myriad of stars to find her, I would do so.”

Immortal Pursuit at Amazon UK
Immortal Pursuit at Amazon US

Ms Coleridge's Pendlehurst stories are also selling well at the moment. The first in the series is 'The Pendlehurst Legacy':



"When Grace’s great uncle dies, he leaves her a derelict house with a hundred rooms, a cryptic note, and a series of small mysteries to solve. With her solicitor, Simon Chivers, seeming less than helpful, Grace sets about searching for a missing ruby necklace, identifying the source of disturbances in the house, and unravelling truth from fiction in the story of her Great Uncle Toby’s life.

A novelette."

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy Matey! Oi hear tell it be talk loik a pirate day today, this nineteenth o' SeptembARRRR!

Q. Why be it cool to talk like a pirate?
A. Because it just ARRRR

OK, enough of that but what better time to mention my new series of novellas? (well, this is an indie author blog you've alighted on, me hearties)

The first 'Junker's Moon: Pirate Gold' was published less than a week ago today and features not sea pirates but space pirates. The story is set on a quiet back-water planet which is attacked by a pirate ship captained by the dastardly Dirk Knight.



"Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company had never been attacked before but that didn't mean its base of operations was unprepared. Marshall Brion began the day with no idea that within a few hours he would need all the concentrated expertise of three generations of Brions. Space pirates were inbound to the station. They were something to be feared but also to be repelled at all costs."

Read the first ten percent free online at any of the following:
Pirate Gold at Amazon UK
Pirate Gold at Amazon US
Pirate Gold at Smashwords

The second in the series 'Junker's Moon: Revenge' is to be published shortly.
"Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company had a surge in popularity following the capture of notorious space pirate Dirk Knight. What Marshall, proprietor of Junker's Moon had not bargained for was the thirst for revenge and ferocity of Dirk's wife."



The third in the series 'Junker's Moon: Trouble Doubled' will follow after the above.

"Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company is in a state of turmoil and uncertainty, following the grievous wounding of its proprietor, Marshall. He hovers close to death having been stabbed by Vanessa Longtail, the notoriously vengeful wife of space pirate Dirk Knight. Finding she had not succeeded in murdering Marshall, as had been her intention, she returns to finish the job."


Saturday, 22 June 2013

Hawker's Queens

Hawker's Queens - First book in the Hawker Chronicles series of historical novels

5* An enthrallingly tangled tale of conspiracy, betrayal and infidelity


'Hawker's Queens' is the first volume of twelve in the saga detailing the most significant events in the landed family of the Hawkers. From their home at Haplow Hall, the male members of the family sally forth, first acquiring what education they might, then using it to their advantage, together with native cunning, although frequently thwarted by foolhardy ambition.

The second half of the reign of Elizabeth the First is filled with treachery and betrayal amongst those at court. Vaughan Hawker, son of Sir Gervase Hawker begins as a naïve schemer, who hopes to further his career through a network of informants. He soon learns at great cost, however, that there are many better equipped and more ruthless plotters than himself. Another lesson he learns the hard way is that there is more to life than striving for advancement in the court. Other conspirators risk far more than Vaughan and ultimately, their fates are more grisly than his own.

This book comprises the personal accounts of the lives of Sir Gervase and Vaughan Hawker, each writing independently and without any knowledge of the other. Sir Gervase's life ends here but Vaughan's thrilling story continues in the next volume 'Hawker's Plot'.

Each book in this addictive series is well-researched and proceeds with tremendous pace and gusto, along with great attention to detail.




Saturday, 15 June 2013

New historical fiction: The Hawker Chronicles


An introduction to the Hawker Chronicles Series

As a reader and writer I have a preference for Science Fiction, so Historical Fiction is not my first choice. However, when I discovered that my cousin's husband, Hugh W. Clifton, a retired schoolmaster, had embarked upon an extensive series of historical novels, I was intrigued to say the least.

Knowing Hugh to be a classically educated gentleman, I set about reading the first book with great anticipation. I was not in the least disappointed. In fact I find that the books in this series are impossible to put down. They are so well-researched that each is steeped in the very tastes, smells and textures of the times in which it is set. The reader feels as though he or she is locked in the deepest dungeon of the Tower of London, or riding in the saddle of a horse galloping triumphantly to the gates of a royal residence. Swords clash and musket balls buzz past, wreaking death on all around except he who, through daring deeds and native cunning, lives to tell the tale.

The line of Hawkers is a family of landed gentry upon which falls a rich variety of fortunes reflecting its historical context. Some Hawkers seek fortune and glory, others strive to remain genteelly inconspicuous. Falling in or out of favour, being conspired against and winning back one's heritage are all features of the Hawker history. A striking variety of engaging secondary characters is also provided, weaving their way amongst those well-known to us all from history.

Lineal descent of Hawker of Haplow
The Family of Hawker of Haplow traces its descent from Tancred d’Haucourt, recorded in the Domesday Book as holding land at Haplow, Huntingdonshire.

Sir Gervase Hawker (1550-1603)
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Vaughan Hawker (1577-1654)
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Inigo Hawker (1620-1715)
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Titus Hawker (1681-1744)
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Sir Andrew Hawker (1724–1777)
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Sir Rupert Hawker (1755-1814)
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Sir Richard Hawker (1793-1857)
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James Noah Hawker V.C. (1834-1914)
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Lionel Trafford Hawker (1857–1941)
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John Noah Hawker (1897-1918)
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Laurence Dumoulin-Hawker (1918-1969)
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Daniel Trafford Hawker (1954-   )
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Lovell Hawker (1981-   )


The series of novels to be published by Hugh W. Clifton are The Hawker Chronicles:

Hawker's Queens (1590-1603)
Hawker's Plot (1603-1625)
Hawker Cavalier (1642-1707)
Hawker’s Island (1700-1717)
Hawker’s Rebellion (1743-1746)
Hawker’s Revolution (1790-94)
Hawker Tobyman (1814-1831)
Hawker’s Mutiny (1856-1857)
Hawker’s Century (1875-1881)
Hawker’s Return (1913-1918)
Hawker’s Secret (1930-1945)
Hawker’s Deal (1969-1975)

Hugh W. Clifton's Amazon author page http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hugh-W.-Clifton/e/B00BW9GJQC

I shall be reviewing the books at intervals in this blog.



Friday, 14 June 2013

Fourth Book in the Passengers SciFi Series Out Now

Passengers: Pioneers


Peter Salisbury's fourth full length novel (114,000 words +) is out now




It's available in ebook form for Amazon Kindle and paperback.

The fourth book in the Passengers series follows the accelerating development of three major colonies.

New dangers and frustrations challenge Raife and Nancy as they work to safely bring up their twin children. They must also wrestle with social unrest as Zeta Nine expands in a direction and at a rate which threatens the stability of the colony as a whole.

With less of a head start, Blis on Zexx 2 attempts to keep tight control over the colonists, despite his complete dependence on them for protection.

The Free Sentia colony is filled with dissident individuals of the Sentience race working in isolation to maintain their independence. Two humans marooned on Free Sentia by Blis struggle to keep their identities concealed.

On each planet different factions jostle to assert control over their own lives. With feelings running high, tensions inevitably explode.

And just when you thought it couldn't get any better... the second novel in the series, Passengers to Zeta Nine is still free (UK, US and Canada) and for all other e-reader devices: Apple i-books, Nook, Kobo, Sony, and Diesel:


Saturday, 25 May 2013

Indie Book Bargains Featured Author

I'm now a featured author at Indie Book Bargains:




Indie Book Bargains is the place to find free and bargain ebooks available in the UK.

All my books cost less than £2, some are less than 80 pence and two are usually completely free - try before you buy.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

The Roads to Freedom

In 1970 the BBC made a superb series of Jean-Paul Satre's trilogy 'The Roads to Freedom'.

It has now been discovered that the BBC still have the tapes and could re-show this series or (IMHO) better still put it on DVD for sale.

Please support the campaign to have the series re-shown/committed to DVD by signing the petition at the following link:

www.gopetition.com/petitions/bbc-s-roads-to-freedom-1970.html

Tell your friends and family. This series should not be left to languish in a vault - speak out now!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roads_to_Freedom

The following extract is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"The Roads to Freedom is a series of novels by Jean-Paul Sartre... written largely in response to the events of World War II and the Nazi occupation of France, and... considered to be semi-autobiographical.
The novel series was adapted into a thirteen-part television serial by David Turner for the BBC in 1970, with Michael Bryant as Mathieu. The adaptation was nominated for several BAFTA awards for 1970."

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Great Free Books in Read an EBook Week

Read an EBook week is on now March 3-9 2013

Three of mine are free: full length novel second in the Passengers SF series, mildly amusing limerick book and a very short story (450 words)