"When the Longships Came" paperback has arrived and it looks great.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
KNOW THINE ENEMY
In 865AD Vikings attack the female Bramingham Monastery in the Kingdom of Northumbria. The building is looted with everything of value taken by the pagans, Abbess Jane and senior nuns are slaughtered and the younger nuns abducted into slavery. Maiden Kendra, minding the monastery sheep on the top plateau during the attack survives.
This is her story.
One other survivor, postulant Jolene finds her and together they return to the monastery. Secrets are discovered that both help and hinder, including secret tunnels, a mine and evidence of clandestine trading with Vikings. Refugees from an nearby village are welcomed but Kendra is raped by one of the villagers and finds her feelings confused. A knight from the King's army arrives but is as ruthless as the Vikings. He is driven from Bramingham but places the monastery under siege. With winter coming there is every chance that they will be starved into submission.
KNOW THY FRIENDS
One night, Kendra awakens to see a Viking standing by her bed. He is Rodmaf who tells her she is the daughter of Thorodd, a dying Viking chieftain who wants to see her before he dies. Under threat of having her friends killed, she agrees to accompany him back to his homeland. At the Viking village of Brodsted Kendra meets Hendrix, Thorodd's wife and the old man who is her father. She learns that her mother died giving birth to her and that Rodmaf is her half-brother. Thorodd dies and a terrified Hendrix tells her that they must leave otherwise they will be sacrificed at Thorodd's funeral.
They escape in a small longship but the journey back is wrought with danger. In stormy conditions, they arrive at Bramingham and are rescued before their longship is crashes into the northern cliffs.
Rodmaf's fleet arrives and attacks the king's army who are still maintaining the siege from the southern beach. The King's army are no match for the battle hardened Vikings and are defeated. The siege is over, the Vikings leave and they approach winter with enough supplies to see them through.
But what will happen, come spring with a massive Viking invasion fleet expected?
Paperback is coming soon
Posted by Unknown at 4:40 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Human Dawn is only the second deep space starship to evacuate the last residents from a dying Earth and search for a new world in which to live. Commander Sophie Copland wakes up because of an emergency drop to sub-light speed.
A human woman, Kyla Adair has caused this. She is escaping from an alien world of human type beings called benefactors. After no senior officers are found to be alive, two other crew members, Penny and Jack, are awoken. The three find the starship is occupied by human terrorists who have killed the senior officers and are torturing two benefactors. They rescue the pair and attempt to gain control of the vessel. They are only partially successful and escape in the Dawn Rescue 'lifeboat' and Kyla's damaged Zarel 29 benefactor spaceship.
Sophie finds the computers have the ability to mutate into advanced forms! Are they really the new life species that supersede the 'inferior' humans and benefactors?
Only Sophie and her four friends can keep humans and benefactors from becoming extinct in a hostile cosmos.
Ebook coming in 2010
Posted by Unknown at 8:37 AM
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The Mud Mafia are three ordinary teenagers; Kelsie, Laura and Jason who have two extraordinary adventures on offshore islands.
Abduction in the Pines
The trio are abducted and held for ransom by environmental terrorists. They are flown to an offshore island in an ancient Catalina flying boat. There, unknown to the terrorists, a hermit Glenn lives with his dog, Blackie. Is his curiosity about the flying boat of any help to Kelsie and her friends?
White Water Overhead
The trio visit Glenn on his island the following Christmas holidays. He shows them an old World War 2 submarine base on the island in a huge ocean cave. However, it has been recently used. While they are exploring the base a submarine arrives and the trio, together with Blackie the dog are caught and forced onto it. Their capture is seen by Glenn but he is powerless to stop it.
Posted by Unknown at 9:01 AM
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I am starting a blog to tell those interested about my books. I have written 35 novels over the last 12 years including science fiction like Cosmos Quest, contemporary novels such as Broken Silence and a few Young Adult novels (Mud Mafia). Also last year I wrote an historical novel set in 860 AD (When the Longships Came ).