Friday, 22 July 2016

New books

Yesterday a sample of the limited edition hardback version of my new book arrived.  These books will be produced specifically for my book launch.

Today a box of paperback books arrived.

These books are for the advanced copies and for those who cannot make it to my book launch but want a book.

The first out of the box is always reserved for a friend on mine.

Some of these books will be sent out across the world.  One to Perth in Australia, one to New York and one to Moscow.  Others will go to Scotland and other places around the UK.

More books will be ordered for my official book launch in September.

Cutting the Gordian Knot-The Final Solution is now available from Amazon as a paperback and soon on Kindle.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Cutting the Gordian Knot-The Final Solution

Now available on Amazon

The final book in the Torc Trilogy is now available in paperback from Amazon.
Cutting the Gordian Knot-The Final Solution is priced at $14.99 or £9.99 in the UK
The Kindle version will be available in a few days time.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Belgae Torc 2nd edition

The first book in The Torc Trilogy has undergone a re-vamp.  

I was not happy about a few odd sentences and grammar in this my first book, so I have updated it.   The story remains the same but hopefully now it reads a little better.

In a couple of weeks time this edition of The Belgae Torc will be available and the Kindle version will be free for a limited period only.    

Watch this space and claim your free copy.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Book Launch

I have just arranged the venue and date for my next book launch.
It will take place at the Whitstable Rugby Club on Saturday 10th September.
Invites to follow shortly.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Cutting the Gordian Knot. The Final Solution.

The meaning behind the title for my next book and a little about the previous books in the trilogy.

In Greek mythology, King Gordius of Phrygia tied a knot that defied all who tried to untie it.  An oracle prophesised that anyone who could undo this Gordian Knot would rule Asia.  Alexander the Great simply cut the knot with one stroke of his sword, hence the saying ‘to cut the Gordian Knot’, meaning to solve a difficult problem by a simple, bold and effective action.

When I began writing The Gordian Knot, the second book in the trilogy, I already had an idea for the title of the next book.  Cutting the Gordian Knot became my working title which I thought very apt because of the intractable problems facing my characters.
This final book is the story that concludes everything.  Like Alexander the Great, my characters will have to solve all the problems by a simple, bold and effective action.
I was a little worried that this title would be too close to that of the previous book so I decided on a change and it became Cutting the Gordian Knot (the final solution).

With book one, The Belgae Torc, I tried to establish a sense of history that would remain throughout the trilogy.  The mysterious torc and the powers surrounding it is a reminder of just how significant symbols like this once were.  I used this novel to establish the main characters and to get a feeling for their individual personalities.  I also set in motion a relationship between Orlagh and Jerry that would develop through each novel.

Book two, The Gordian Knot continues with the historical references but I wanted to bring these closer to home.  By introducing Harald and Freya, a direct connection could be made between the events of 1940s Germany and the Phoenix Legion.  I wanted to do this using the human element; this was also the first step in drawing many of the characters together.  
We are all influenced in some way by our pasts and history has a habit of repeating itself.