10 Questions with… Steven A. McKay

Brand new Q&A – stuff about the new book and the like. Go on, take a look!

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Today i bring to you an interview with the awesome Steven A. McKay author of the brilliant Wolf’s Head which is book one of his Robin Hood series.

The series is currently made up of 3 novels and 2 novellas. If you’ve not had a look at them please click the images below to be directed to my reviews 🙂

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Now on with the questions!!

1) For anyone who follows my blog I’m sure they will be aware of your work but for anyone who’s not read any of your books yet what would you say to them to get them to give them a go?

It’s historical fiction without the “gadzooks” or “prithee” bollocks. I wanted to write stories set in medieval times but with people you and I could relate to. Normal people, rather than high born knights and ladies…

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Amazon’s Kindle Singles Programme

I’m very pleased to see my new novella  Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil displayed prominently on Amazon’s “Kindle Singles” page!

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It’s a great honour to be part of this programme, which Amazon describes as “Compelling ideas expressed at their natural length.” They receive thousands of submissions from authors every month according to the Huffington Post and, of those, apparently only a tiny minority are – like me – indies.

On top of that I get a 70% royalty on each sale, compared to the 35% from each sale of my previous novella Knight of the Cross. Not to be sniffed at!

I was also offered cover art but I’d already asked my usual designers to come up with something and, although it would have been nice to get a freebie from the Amazon designers I think you’ll agree my own guys did a fantastic job.

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Also in the Kindle Singles programme are shorts by the likes of Lee Child, Dean Koontz, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Cornwell and Stephen King. Some serious company for a humble Glaswegian meter reader I’m sure you’ll agree! They’re all very nicely priced too (mine is just 99p/$1.49 and the others are all about the same).

If you enjoy short works of fiction or non-fiction you should check out the Kindle Singles page. You’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

And if you’re an author, why not submit something yourself?



Want one of these for free?!

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Still celebrating the release of Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil, I’m giving away signed books – already given out five signed copies to lucky winners and more to come over the weekend!

These three copies of my HP Lovecraft-inspired novella Knight of the Cross with brand new cover art just arrived so if you’d like to win one, it’s easy enough…

To enter, just follow the instructions I posted here yesterday:

All I ask is you spread the word on social media. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or wherever else you can, and email me to let me know you’ve done it at stormwatch1977@hotmail.com

I’ll draw names from the hat at random and I’ve a big pile of books to give away so…Folks on my mailing list will have other chances to win more so if you haven’t signed up yet, click here!

Buy Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil here for just 99p/ $1.49!

Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil out today, Friday 13th November!

kindle singles programmeThat’s right, today, Friday the 13th, sees the publication of my new novella Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil, which includes a foreword by Phil Rose who played Tuck in 80’s TV show Robin of Sherwood!

You can buy it for just 99p UK, $1.49 USA, and it’s also available as a paperback and from Audible. As with all my books, if you buy the paperback you get the Kindle version FREE and if you buy another format you get the Audible version much cheaper so treat yourself – or your friends and family – to a nice story for the winter celebrations! If you’re still not sure, check out some of the reviews on Goodreads from the people who were sent advance copies.

Click here to buy your copy – getBook.at/FTXD

To celebrate the release I’m going to be giving away signed copies of my books over the weekend. All I ask is you spread the word on social media. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or wherever else you can, and email me to let me know you’ve done it at stormwatch1977@hotmail.com

I’ll draw names from the hat at random and I’ve a big pile of books to give away so…Folks on my mailing list will have other chances to win more so if you haven’t signed up yet, click here!

Normally only a small number of people enter my giveaways so you’ll be in with a great chance of winning. Please don’t be shy! Share and tell!

I will even be giving away a couple of copies of Knight of the Cross with it’s brand new artwork so hit that Facebook share button…

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New cover art for Knight of the Cross

For some time now I’ve not been happy with the cover for my first novella, Knight of the Cross. It was my own design, pretty much, and I loved it at first, but it’s started to look kinda dated or something to me so I asked my cover designers to modify it somewhat, check it out.

The hooded figure in the background was their idea – I just wanted it plain black but I like that sinister hood now, it adds interest, I think.

This will be on the Kindle, paperback and Audible versions. Looking forward to seeing it on a paperback – it will work well!

Let me know what you think. I much prefer this to the original but my wife says the old one was better. Can’t win really!

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Don’t forget too, Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil is available to pre-order now and will be published this Friday, November 13th! Go here for it – getBook.at/FTXD

AND, the Rise of the Wolf audiobook is out now from Audible, head over there and treat yourself…

Steven A McKay: Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil (review)

Nice review from Parmenion Books here!


Author bio from his own web site

My name is Steven A. McKay and I’m a writer from Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow in Scotland, heavily influenced by the likes of Bernard Cornwell, Douglas Jackson, Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane et al.

My first book, Wolf’s Head, is set in medieval England and is a fast-paced, violent retelling of the Robin Hood legends. I think my take on the theme is quite different to anything that’s been done before. It hit the number 1 spot in the UK “War” chart, reached the overall Kindle top 20 bestsellers list and is available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon here:  http://smarturl.it/2636  . The sequel, The Wolf and the Raven was also a “War” chart number 1 as well as hitting the top spot in the US “Medieval” chart.

The third book Rise of the Wolf is out now and, as I write this, at number…

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Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil by Steven A. McKay

Another new review for Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil, this time from the Hoover Book Reviews blog. 5 stars!

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Friar Tuck is hiding under an assumed name having run afoul of a powerful member of the church hierarchy and finds himself living in a small village that is being plagued by visits from demons and devils.  The author has given us and Tuck a mystery to solve; one that has the good Friar utilizing all of his skills, both mental and physical to rid the village of the cloven-hoofed, horned devil.  The tale is well told with a steady pace, action aplenty, and a deeper look into the character of Tuck.  Couple that with a fine Christmas feast and you have a 5 star winner.

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Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil audiobook PRE-ORDER up now.

The Kindle and paperback versions have been up for a couple of weeks, and now the audiobook is available to pre-order from Audible. Includes a foreword written AND read by Phil Rose from Robin of Sherwood, you don’t want to miss this, it’s the perfect thing to listen to in the festive period!





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