Otik’s spiced potatoes!

One of my favourite series of books when I was growing up was the Dragonlance trilogy. More than 20 years later, I still remember how the characters all loved a particular dish: Otik’s spiced potatoes!

Otik was an inn-keeper and his spiced potatoes were legendary. So much so, I decided to find out what they were like for myself, using a recipe I found online (the internet is amazing!).

Basically they’re fried potatoes with cayenne pepper and black pepper. I’d never used cayenne pepper before today so I was interested to find out what it tasted like. This dish was legendary after all, it had to be pretty tasty!



Now, the recipe I found online for these said to use a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of black pepper. The idea of using so much black pepper seemed ridiculous, so I just used a pinch, so it wouldn’t be too hot.

Still, I might as well have just eaten a few jalapenos then set fire to my face.

Otik was clearly a smart inn-keeper. He made his potatoes like this so people had to buy a load of drinks to put out the fire in their mouth!

Let this be a lesson to fiction readers: writers don’t always plan every little detail in their book. Sometimes we just make shit up! This recipe obviously falls into that category. Thanks Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickmann.

I’d like to see Friar Tuck cooking up some of these around the campfire in Barnsdale…I don’t think Will Scarlet or Little John would enjoy them much, but it’d be a good excuse to down more of the local ale!


Anyone ever tried cooking up any other fictional recipes? LotR must have a few? Share them here if you have!



Some news…

Two big things to report! First of all, I’m listening to the final part of the Knight of the Cross audiobook that Nick Ellsworth has just sent to me. Once we sign it off it’ll be available for you all to download. It should be really cheap, since it’s only about 2.5 hours long. Good way to try out the audio format for anyone that’s interested but doesn’t want to pay £16 or so.  Look out for it over the next few days!

In the meantime, here’s the Kindle version, just 77p/99c! Click the pic!

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And, secondly…The Wolf and the Raven (like Wolf’s Head before it) has been awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion! This is a prestigious award and I’m really proud to say both my Forest Lord books have now been recognized by their team!


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Want a free signed copy of Knight of the Cross?



Free to enter Goodreads giveaway, open worldwide! Go on, have a go. The novella came out yesterday and, thanks to both beta-readers and first day buyers who managed to get through it super-fast, it has 10 great reviews on Amazon UK so far!









Knight of the Cross out NOW!

The new novella, Knight of the Cross, is now available to buy, either as a paperback or for your Kindle device/app. The paperback comes with a free Kindle version as well (as do my other books).

UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Knight-Cross-Hospitaller-Novella-ebook/dp/B00NF5JN5A

USAA link:  http://www.amazon.com/Knight-Cross-Hospitaller-Novella-ebook/dp/B00NF5JN5A


And here’s a little snippet!

“What exactly are you saying is causing these disappearances?” The big knight asked, making sure to keep his tone neutral for fear of offending the influential clergyman. The peace on the island was a fragile one at present, as the knights sought to stamp their authority on the place and the people.

The priest shrugged and muttered something in a language none of the Hospitallers present could identify before looking up to meet Sir Richard’s eyes. “It is old. Older than the world itself. Some say it came from another place, somewhere far away; maybe even amongst the stars, if such a thing is possible. Whatever it is, I can’t say, for I’ve never seen it and anyone who has is sent insane.” He waved a hand at the high-vaulted ceiling vaguely. “But these are just stories to frighten children, or entertain drinkers in a tavern.”

Knight of the Cross by Steven McKay

Wow, 5 stars, I never expected that, so pleased!

Historical Fiction reviews


Another first for me as I have never reviewed a short story and found it a bit more difficult to do than for a full length novel.  This story is a bit of a departure from the author’s two excellent novels about Robin Hood as the subject is The Knights Hospitaller and has an element of fantasy as well though it does feature Sir Richard-at-Lee who does appear in Wolf’s Head and The Wolf and the Raven.  It takes place on the island of Rhodes and concerns the mysterious disappearance of many people on the island including some of the Hospitaller personnel.  It seems that an ancient evil has arisen, the god Dagon and he requires sacrifices of the most heinous kind.  Sir Richard is charged with the task of searching out what is causing the disappearances.  I found the story to be very entertaining and the action/plot twists to…

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Knight of the Cross available to pre-order!

Knight of the Cross is available to pre-order for your Kindle worldwide. Click the links below or visit your own local Amazon to take a look.







The paperback version should, hopefully, also be out on the same day, 19th September. Can’t wait to see how people like this little departure from the merry greenwood of England!