Knight of the Cross FREE!

I managed over 4,000 words of the brand new book today, “The Druid” is coming along very nicely, hopefully have it finished by the end of summer/autumn. Also…

FREE on Kindle, worldwide, until June 2nd. Get your copy NOW!

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Rhodes, 1309 AD

The good Knights of St John battle ancient evil as mysterious disappearances and insane devil-worshippers threaten to turn the island into a bloodbath…

When three heavily armed Hospitaller knights go missing from a sleepy village their Grand Master sends legendary hero Sir Richard-at-Lee and his sergeant-at-arms to discover their fate. Met with resistance from terrified locals, and whispered rumours of a blasphemous sect performing strange rites underground, Sir Richard finally realises he must defeat not only the cultists, but the faceless, unstoppable demon that haunts his dreams.

Fans of the Forest Lord series will enjoy this explosive spin-off novella that sees the much-loved English knight up against a foe that threatens his life, his sanity, and even God Himself!

“A fabulous action-filled read that manages to pack an epic punch into a novella-sized story.” Matthew Harffy, author of The Serpent Sword

Click here for your copy —->>> getBook.at/KotC-Kindle

 

Finally, you will probably know I used ACX to produce the Audible versions of my books. Well, starting today, June 1, 2017, ACX is now available to audiobook authors, publishers, narrators, studios, and producers in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. To get started, check out the ACX blog (http://wp.me/p1q5Wp-1bw) for more info.

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Very good news for authors in Ireland and Canada methinks.

Roll on the weekend, have a good one all!

Blood of the Wolf audio approved!

This morning I have approved all the audio files for the Audible version of Blood of the Wolf and it’s going through the ACX quality control process. All being well it will be available to download within the next couple of weeks!

I proof-listened to it twice, which can be a bit of a chore in a short period of time, but I enjoyed it greatly. Nick Ellsworth really does this final instalment in the Forest Lord series justice with his reading.

I hope you’ll check it out once it hits Audible (I believe it will be on iTunes too) and do let me know what you think of it. If you bought the Kindle version already you will be able to get the audio at a greatly reduced rate so bear that in mind.

 

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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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Q&A with my narrator Nick Ellsworth – James Bond and more!

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Rise of the Wolf is out NOW from Audible, so hopefully you haven’t used your monthly credit yet. It should also be available on iTunes soon. And that’s not all – Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil is also available to pre-order from Audible, you’ll be able to listen to it on November 13th!

To celebrate, here’s a Q&A I did with my excellent narrator, Nick Ellsworth. Enjoy!

 

Collaborating with someone on a project has to work in more than just the obvious ways. Anyone that’s ever been in a band will know it doesn’t matter how good your music sounds if you just don’t get on with the other musicians!

I’d heard some horror stories when I first started looking for a narrator to produce Wolf’s Head so I was very pleased to find Nick Ellsworth. Someone who not only sounded great but completed the project quickly with very little input needed from me. He’s since produced all of my books (five so far) and has been a pleasure to work with each and every time. If you’re looking for someone to read your novel, check him out on the ACX website, but first, read this…

You’re a busy man – can you list your resume in terms of acting/voice-over work?

As an actor I’ve worked for the RoyalShakespeare Company, The Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre and various theatres up and down the country. I’ve done some TV stuff including a recent episode of The US series, ‘Bones”. As a young actor I had small parts in the movies, “The Spy Who Loved Me’ and ‘Force Ten From Navarone’.

What was your favourite job, ever?

Probably playing a despicable villain in a play called, ‘Heaven and Hell’.

What’s it like doing voice-over work compared to TV or film? Is there much difference?

Voice over work can be much more concentrated as the scripts tend to be much shorter than performing in TV or film, but voicing a TV commercial for example, you can spend up to an hour just working on a few words and getting it exactly how the client wants it.

robin hood booksWhen I’m writing a book I have a file with a list of characters and what they look like, height, hair colour, etc. Do you have similar audio files, with snippets of each voice you do for characters, so they’re consistent?

No, but if a character comes up again later on in a book or a later book in the same series, I’ll refer back to previous voice files to refresh my memory, regarding the voice I used.

Speaking of your accents – are you a Yorkshireman? You do a very convincing version of that one, almost as if it’s natural, which is, obviously, perfect for my books. One listener told me she thought your Yorkshire accent was sexy!

Well, I was born and brought up in N. Wales, but my family on my mother’s side are from the Manchester area, so I grew up around people with strong northern accents.

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You’ve produced all of my books now, including the Xmas novella. Which did you enjoy narrating the most?

I’ve enjoyed reading all of them, but the last one, the Friar Tuck novella, I thought was totally captivating with its blend of religion, folk-lore, courage, humour and adventure. All set around the magical time of Christmas!

Who would you choose to narrate a book you’d written?

I really like Peter Firth’s voice, who was one of the leads in the spy series, ‘Spooks’. I think he has a great reading voice.

Of course you HAVE written books – my own daughter read one or two of them even before we started working together. Tell us a bit about them.

I’ve written picture books for very young children and short stories for older children. I’ve also written an anthology of bible stories and a re-telling of famous fairytales. You can find most of them on my Amazon homepage.

robin hood novelWhat future projects do you have lined up (until my final Forest Lord novel needs your talents)?

I’ve written a comedy series for radio which I’m trying to sell and have a booking for a radio commercial for the ‘Most Haunted’ TV series and am presenting an awards ceremony for the Heathrow Academy. Most excitingly, at the beginning of November I’m heading off to the US for 7 weeks. I’ll be visiting friends in LA and San Francisco, playing a little poker in Vegas, then shooting off to Washington DC to spend Christmas with my brother and his wife. Should be fun! (providing I don’t lose too much at the poker tables!)

Thanks for doing this interview, enjoy your Christmas!

You can contact Nick via his website

The Wolf and the Raven audiobook out NOW!

The Wolf and the Raven is now available as an audiobook from Audible – it seems to be part of their Xmas sale too, so get it cheap now!

Wolf’s Head is also in the sale if you still haven’t heard that one.

http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Fiction/The-Wolf-and-the-Raven-Audiobook/B00RC28FXS/

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Want a signed copy of The Wolf & The Raven?

To celebrate the imminent release of The Wolf & The Raven audiobook I’m giving away a couple of signed copies of the paperback version on Goodreads. Free to enter so click the link and good luck!

The audiobook has been completed, just waiting on it being approved so it should, all being well, be available from Audible and iTunes within the next few days!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/119664-the-wolf-and-the-raven

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Today is a good day for reviews! KotC audiobook review!

After I posted my review of the cracking new book A Day of Fire I found this fab new review of my Knight of the Cross audiobook on the Bernicia Chronicles blog. Check it out, I think he enjoyed it…!

http://bernicia-chronicles.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/review-of-audiobook-knight-of-cross.html

Knight of the Cross audiobook sample!

The full audiobook will be available from Audible/Amazon within the next couple of days. For now, here’s a short sample. Have a listen and share with your histfic loving friends!

The full production lasts just 2.5 hours so it will be, I imagine, very cheap. If you ever fancied trying out an audiobook but didn’t want to pay £15 or whatever, this will be ideal!

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!
http://www.bragmedallion.com/medallion-honorees/2014-brag-medallion-books/the-wolf-and-the-rave-the-forest-lord

 

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