Society of the Sword Now in Audio!

Hey everyone,

The Society of the Sword trilogy is now available in audio. Derek Perkins narrates this trilogy, giving it a slightly different flavour to the Wolf of the North, but does an equally superb job, and makes this setting his own. If you’ve enjoyed any of my books, audio or otherwise, I think you’ll really like this one. It’s all three parts in one volume, so you can binge through the entire trilogy in one go!

You can get your copy at Audible or Amazon:

Audible

Amazon US

Amazon UK

I’ve been particularly looking forward to this release, as enough time has passed for me to forget a lot about Society of the Sword (Wolf of the North is still a bit recent for me to revisit it!), so I get to listen to it as close to fresh as it can be when you’re the one who wrote it!

Now available on Kindle Unlimited…

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I just wanted to announce that my entire back catalogue is now available on Kindle Unlimited. You can find my books at the following links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Ostenheim

Ever since I started imagining Ostenheim, I’ve been scribbling maps on scraps of paper, adding, deleting and altering as the stories developed and the city grew in my mind. I’ve wanted to get a proper map of the city made up for a long time, and now I have. Here it is:

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The map was drawn up by the very talented Robert Altbauer. You can see more of his work at his website. I can’t express how delighted I am with his work – it’s a great experience to finally see the image that’s been in my head for such a long time. We chose a style similar to the Renaissance era city maps from books like Civitates Orbis Terrarum; something that looks like it was created at the time it is set in, rather than a modern map of an old city.

The map will be a great accompaniment to the series of posts about the city that is upcoming, and will make my job of explaining where all the important buildings are a lot easier!

Updates…

Ok, the Ostenheim blog series is taking a little longer than expected, as I’m juggling a few balls at the moment. For now, another photoshop teaser will have to do –

Old Book CoverI considered doing the whole thing in this style, but reckon it will be easier to read by putting them in regular blog posts.

It will also be delayed a little longer as I’ve something else coming down the pipeline which will be taking pride of place next week, but more of that anon!

 

Updates…

Tour Guide Cover

I mentioned in my last post that I was putting together a tour guide for Ostenheim. It’s progressing well, but still needs a little more work – I want to finish the whole thing before I start posting it up. I have however done up a cover for it, which I’m posting now. The first part should be online next week (I hope!).

I hope everyone’s well and enjoying the last few days of summer.

The Telastrian Song available in paperback.

The Telastrian Song is available in paperback at long last. Apologies for the delay, but I had to be sure it was as perfect as I could get it. I’m happy that’s where it is now!

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As usual, the paperback edition is within Amazon’s matchbook program, which means if you buy a paperback copy, you will be entitled to download the kindle edition for free. If you’re in the US, you can pick up a copy from Amazon by clicking here. I hope everyone’s having a great summer!

Review Time…

After two weeks of nail biting, the first review for The Telastrian Song is out. Waiting for the initial reception for a new book is a pretty miserable experience – like waiting for exam results but worse! Way worse!

The full review can be perused at your leisure over at the Fantasy Review Barn. Many thanks to reviewer Pauline M. Ross for taking the time to read it and write up her thoughts. As per my usual policy, I’ve picked out a couple of snippets that make me look good!

The descriptions of Ostenheim, in fact the whole of this world the author has created, are excellent, just enough to bring the streets and buildings into sharp focus without distracting from the action. It all feels wonderfully real, brought alive by scores of understated little details.

And on the ending:

…a wonderful and very fitting climax to the story. Being the end of the trilogy, I honestly had no idea how it would turn out, and the author had several nice surprises up his sleeve, not least the explanation for the title of this book. A terrific ending to a fine series.

Once again, the full review can be read here. Hope everyone’s enjoying the summer so far!

The Telastrian Song Now Available

The Telastrian Song is now available to buy! Currently it’s only available for Kindle on Amazon (USUK – DECAAU) and Apple iBooks, but it will be coming online with other retailers over the next few hours and days. The paperback will follow shortly after. I’ll post updates as it appears in other locations.

There’ve been a few delays and bumps along the way—the most recent bump was this morning, when my mailing list autosaved with the name of the previous book as the subject line, and sent it out with that rather than the proper one, so apologies for that! The body of the mail is the correct one though (I think! – it is Friday the 13th after all!)—so I’m delighted that the book is finally out. I really hope you all enjoy it, and have enjoyed Soren’s adventures.

I’ve put a lot of time and work into creating the Society of the Sword world over the last ten years, and have only scratched the surface in terms of exploring it, so expect to see many more tales set around the Middle Sea, and the appearance of some familiar faces in the months and years to come…

Finishing off my first trilogy is something of a milestone for me in my own adventure, so I want to thank everyone for your interest and support along the way!

The Telastrian Song (Society of the Sword Volume 3)

The Telastrian Song (Society of the Sword Volume 3)

The Telastrian Song Cover Reveal…

This is always my favourite post in the run up to a release. What with having told you all the title, it’s time to show you what it looks like on the cover! I hope you like it.The Telastrian Song

The Telastrian Song Excerpt

In the penultimate of my Telastrian Song taster posts, here’s an excerpt from the book.

Although he needed no reminder of the villagers’ frosty welcome, Soren was greeted by it as soon as he walked into the cool shade of the tavern. For once, the coolness was not directed at him. There was someone else there, a stranger leaning against the bar. He was wearing dusty travelling clothes and Soren took him for a traveller passing through, for few came to Sejura with the intention of staying. It was why Soren had chosen the place.

The stranger glanced at Soren when he entered. He looked as though he had been trying to engage the tavern keeper in conversation before Soren’s arrival. Soren knew it was a wasted effort; he had never gotten more than a few words out of the tavern keeper, Suro, despite calling in nearly every week since they had moved to the area. The newcomer didn’t have a chance, if socialising was his intention.

‘Five bottles of lemonade, Suro,’ Soren said.

Suro nodded in acknowledgement and went into a back room. The stranger turned his attention to Soren.

‘Hello there,’ he said.

‘Hello there, yourself,’ Soren said, not meaning to be rude, but in keeping with the local habits.

‘Friendly bunch in this town,’ the man said.

Soren shrugged, still clinging to the disguise of a rural countryman leaning against the bar as he waited for his lemonade. The stranger hadn’t done anything to give Soren concern, but the look of him was unsettling. He carried himself with a bearing that Soren had seen many times in the past: straight, confident, proud. Coupled with his clothes, there could be no doubt that he had done some soldiering, and despite him not carrying a sword at his waist, Soren suspected he was a swordsman—a banneret. They were always easy to spot, and the stranger was a perfect example. Just like Soren. And just like Soren, he was not the type of man one expected to see in an out of the way place like Sejura.

Soren tried to maintain his disguise of a farmer and unfriendly local. He feared his own appearance was as much a giveaway as the stranger’s and forced himself to slouch a little more. Mercenaries and sell-swords on the job always had a sharp expression, and this fellow was no different. He was assessing everything that was going on. It was the look of a predator, but conversely it was also a look carried by prey—not a description Soren liked to apply to himself, but it was accurate—as they watched for threats. He tried to adopt the appearance of suspicious disinterest. If the man was hunting someone, possibly Soren himself, he didn’t want to look like a man expecting trouble.

Soren’s was a hard-cultivated fictional persona, but it still didn’t come easily to him. He had been called Ramiro ever since arriving in Sejura. Before Sejura, there had been another town and a different name, and before that another. Each time, both he and Alessandra had sunk a little deeper into their new lives—finally becoming Ramiro and Aldonya, a young couple from the other side of Estranza seeking a new life for themselves beyond the interference of their families. The habits of a lifetime were difficult to discard though. There were still times when it took him a moment to remember that he was Ramiro, the farmer from Estranza, not Soren, Banneret Swordsman who had spent much of his life in danger.

‘Many strangers pass through here?’ the man said.

Soren shrugged. ‘A few.’

‘Any recently?’

Soren shrugged again, but said nothing.

The man sighed. ‘Never mind, then.’ He muttered something under his breath that Soren couldn’t hear, but said nothing else.

Suro reappeared with Soren’s bottles of lemonade. He set them down on the bar one at a time, six in total, while Soren rooted around in his coin purse.

‘Beatriz said there was enough left to fill another bottle. Just pay for five,’ Suro said.

Soren nodded and smiled. It was the first friendly gesture that had been made toward him since he arrived in the region, and he suspected it was due to the stranger. Soren might be new, but he was more welcome than this blow-in. He paid for the bottles and put them in his leather satchel, all under the stranger’s scrutiny.

‘Enjoy your lemonade,’ the stranger said.

Soren gave him a curt nod and left him to Suro’s suspicious stare.