New Website!

Dear God, I pity all of you web designers out there – I have just spent the five most torturous days of my life re-doing my website and it has driven me to hard drugs, drink, and petty cattle rustling* as a consequence. The address is the same – CLICK ME TO BE WITNESS TO MY GLORIOUS WONDER  so check it out – it’s pretty cool, and has a few new things in there that I am pretty excited about.

First of all, every book or series has its own page, and a few of the larger books have free three chapter PDF’s to download. (“Anyone” and “Overboard” are the two in question.) I don’t ask for your email address either. Or your blood group, favourite seventies band ** or preference of alcoholic beverage. It’s a good old fashioned, no obligation freebie.

I have also included for a lot of my books a “Behind the Scenes” section where I talk a little more about the book, inspiration for it and so on.I think it’s pretty neat so please check it out – any feedback is more than welcome! Follow the link above and enjoy!

*I may quite possibly have just made that up

** I am old. I admit it. I remember the doodlebugs like it was yesterday. ***

*** Google it.

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Tales From Under The Lightning Tree!

Two new stories published today at a pretty good price, too! Details are as below:

Beneath the Eaves of the lightning tree sits Old Mother; waiting. When the cold ground thaws and brings the rain that sets the grasses hissing and the twisting shoots bursting from the earth still she sits and listens for each approaching dawn and the promise of fresh life and the children of the earth that it will bring.
As the ground grows warmer and the days longer she sits beneath the branches of the tree that shall always be hers she hides from the rays of the warming sun, dozing amongst the droning insects and the twittering birds that come to watch her; and they too wait.
As the leaves begin to fall and rustle and play at her feet she hardly seems to notice the wind tugging at her shawl at all. Nor does she pay heed when the birds begin to disappear and the creatures of the wood at the edge of which she sits begin to squirrel away their food, expecting any day now the cold winds to blow from the north.
When the snow falls and the air is crisp and still, the days short and the stars at night so bright still she sits in the moonlight, frozen crystals of ice and snow in her hair reflecting the light of the weak sun later after a thin dawn has broken, but the chill in the air has not. Still through cold day and colder night she watches, and waits for those that will come, they that take leave to ask things of her.

So it is with the Artisan Cook, who approaches Old Mother for her help one sunny spring morning. Sal is a woman who feels that the King has been beguiled by a foreign cook, Shar-i, who creates tasting menus with inspiring titles such as, “The Lettuce that saw a slug” and the like, and Sal is not impressed. Sal is more a meat and two veg kind of cook, and so she seeks help from Old Mother to set the King back on the straight and narrow. Yet things do not always head in the direction that you intend them to…

So it is too with the minstrel Absolom, who feels that the old songs on which he had made his name are no longer in fashion and are replaced by piecemeal lesser tunes that are no more than shouting in time with a drum, containing hardly any tune at all. A new lute would set things right he feels, and who else to ask but Old Mother, for she will charge no pennies for a new instrument. Yet as the minstrel will shortly find, the wood may exact a much higher price than mere pennies… a much higher price indeed…

There are four stories that make up the collection, “Tales From Under the Lightning Tree”. They  are:

Spring: The Artisan Cook’s Tale

Summer: The Minstrel’s Tale

Autumn: The Miller’s Tale

Winter: The Gravedigger’s Tale

They are available to purchase separately or as a complete collection of all four stories. They can be read stand-alone and in any order that takes your fancy. The final two stories will be published shortly. As usual, enjoy!

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Website & Email Issues

Many apologies if you have been trying to access my website or have tried to contact me via email this month. Unbeknownst to my good self there was an issue with my domain name that meant you were not able to either view my site or email me. The problem, sadly, was sat firmly between the chair and the mouse. Many apologies. Normal service has now resumed. Enjoy!

 

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INTO THE LIGHT NOW AVAILABLE!

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Over the hills and far away, a man suddenly finds after being struck by lightning that he is no longer walking in the Cumbrian Fells but is somewhere else entirely. Where that is, however, he does not know. The hills and mountains, lush green forests and the sea pounding at the shore are all unfamiliar and seem to beckon to him, drawing him from the paths and into the land itself. Yet he has little time to familiarise himself with these tantalising new sights and sounds that call to him before an unfortunate accident ends with him destroying a lighthouse and soon after a trading vessel that belongs to a mysterious ruler known only as, “The Keel”.

Soon he is abducted by the shipwrecked crew and they decide to take him to their master to stand trial for the wanton destruction of his property. There is, however, one problem. The journey overland through the countryside that is a mystery to him will take weeks to cover, and the journey grows hazardous as they walk further across the fertile green plains and mountains of a place he now knows to be called, “Felastia”.

It all started with the mysterious woman: the red-headed girl who would arrive at his place of work unannounced and ask to be fed. Yet she is more than she looks, for he cannot seem to either shake her from his thoughts, but neither can he find her. She seems to have vanished into thin air. Or has she?

But there are others in this land that are waiting for him: mysterious spheres of light that seem to follow his every move, spying on him. There are servants of darkness that seem to be showing an unhealthy interest in him too, for forces are abroad that are seeking him out for purposes known only to themselves, and soon he will find himself embroiled in a war, his part in which is to prove to be the adventure – and journey – of a lifetime.

“Lost in Translation” is the first part of “Into the Light”, and the start of a new epic fantasy trilogy from Michael White. It is a fantasy adventure for lovers of lands strange and magical where can be found mountains to climb and forests to enter.

Over the hills and far away, Paul has travelled far into the lands of Felastia though he has yet to have his reckoning with the mysterious figure known only as, “The Keel”. His adventures have been many and the strange magical land he finds himself in continues to enchant him at every turn. Yet he knows now that there are dangers too in this land of magic and beauty.

Marked by the strange Shadow creatures and the Green Man himself, a battle rages within him for dominance, and his reluctance to choose a side sees within him the danger that he may fade and become mist, dispersed by the wind and lost to all.

Now though the mysterious woman known only to him as Aoife has been found, and it is time for him to pick a side, for she has great need of him, as do the nations of Felastia, for war approaches, and soon events will combine to over-run them all.

“The Road of the Sun” is part two of “Into the Light”, a new trilogy from Michael White. It is a fantasy adventure for lovers of lands strange and magical where can be found mountains to climb and forests to enter.

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Tales From Under The Lightning Tree

I often accuse myself of over-complicating my book titles when writing a series.  I think therefore my next little writing experiment is very simple – spring, summer, autumn and winter! Surely even I can follow that? The first (unsurprisingly) to be released is spring, and it will be out shortly. Once all four are released I will also publish them as a compendium. Titles:

Tales from Under the Lightning Tree

Spring: The Artisan Cook’s Tale

Summer: The Minstrel’s Tale

Autumn: The Miller’s Tale

Winter: The Gravedigger’s Tale

As usual, enjoy!

 

Montague, Hetty & Boo! (Out Now!)

The Mystery of the Hither Charcote Phantom

(Montague, Hetty & Boo, Ghost Hunters For Hire!)

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New title now available  which is suitable for all ages, really. Great reading as those nights begin to draw in!

When Hetty Henderson lost her last remaining parent, her school place and her home in a very short period of time she decided that it was time that she bought herself a cat, the only proviso being that it was black. “Lucky” the elegantly (If not creatively) named but sadly doomed cat regrettably lasted less than three days after the unfortunate moggie had a life changing, or to be more accurate, life ending encounter with Mister Huxtable’s bread wagon. (Motto: “Our bread rises before you do.”)
This resulted in a somewhat flat cat and a not even barely scratched bread wagon. The school had not been terribly happy about Hetty’s sudden efforts in the area of cat acquisitions but put up with it on the grounds that she had just suffered a rather unfortunate loss. Mister Huxtable, the driver of the bread wagon, had been inconsolable, Hetty merely discouraged. Lucky had sadly just been rather flat, and disappointingly not in fact, very lucky at all.
When Hetty is sent to live with her distant relative, Montague Morrison, in the backwaters of the English countryside in the village of Hither Charcote she soon finds herself settling in. Montague proves to be rather eccentric, and is the founder and president of the Hither Charcote Paranormal Society (Motto: “Ghostbuster do it in the dark” (T-Shirts available at all good stockists)), which Hetty soon finds herself warming to.
Warming to because Hetty has a secret friend. A friend that only she can see. His name is “Boo”, and “Boo” is a ghost…

Suitable for readers of all ages, The “Montague, Hetty & Boo Mysteries” is a series of humorous spooky mysteries and adventures! As usual, enjoy!

Links:

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Map!

So I did this map, see? It’s nothing special, nice little runner, though. One lady driver. Used for the drive to church every Sunday only. Honest. Runs like a dream, it does. A dream!

Actually, that’s a car, isn’t it? I will start again.

I have this map. It’s nothing special, but apart from a few minor embellishments like the textured paper and the border, it’s all my own work! I started talking about this in my blog a little while ago and here it is at last. It’s for my fantasy book series, the first parts of which I will be releasing very soon. I showed someone the series titles recently and they thought it was complicated, so I will take this chance to explain how it will all fit together.

The series is called, “The Book of Shadow and Light”.

There are 3 books:

“Into the Light”

“Back to the Light” and

“The Light Within”.

Each installment is broken down into 2 books each:

Into the Light: “Lost in Translation” & “The Road of the Sun”

Back to the Light: “The Shadow Lords of Old” & “The King Under the Hill”

The Light Within: “The Halls of Silence” & “The Final Song”.

You can buy each separately or in parts. Initially, I will be releasing the first book with the two parts in and separately too. The first part of the second book is already finished and the last part is nearly finished too, so there shouldn’t be too much of a wait for them. The last book will be early next year.

Anyway, enough of this! Here’s the map! Enjoy!

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