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!

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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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Barf the Barbarian – OUT NOW!

Available now from Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats, a new series of heroic fantasy short stories begins, culminating in “The Chronicles of Barf the Barbarian”.

Know, O prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Hairyass, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars – Hyperbolea and Bongia with its dark-haired women and towers of spider-haunted mystery, Stingia with its shadow-guarded tombs, Funkia  whose riders wore mantles of silk and gold.* But the proudest Kingdom of the world was Aquaviti, reigning supreme in the dreaming west.

Hither staggered Barf the Barbarian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, intellectually challenged and ale-addled. He bore before him his magical sword, Humdinger, ** and was often accompanied by the female warrior known only as the Red Sonja***. She followed him partly as he was a thief, a reaver, a slayer, yet she mostly accompanied him more out of curiosity than anything, for he was a man with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, and of him the prophecies all said that one day, o prince, he would tread the jewelled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet. ****

*The Funkian raiders were extremely fashion conscious, but also equally lazy. Basically any old bit of tat would do as long as it shone when the sun hit it.

** Trademark of Hyperbolean blades New Disneyia Inc.™ applies worldwide.

*** Real name Sandra. It just didn’t go with the sword.

**** The prophecies don’t actually say UNDER as such. In fact, it is reported in “The history of feats and Majics of Hyperbolea” More as a health and safety incident. Yet the Aquavitins were nothing if not ones for embellishing a tale.

 

Torches flared murkily on the revels in the Shambles where the thieves of the city held carnival by night. It was a place where the revellers could pursue their passions to their fullest, for here there were no limits to the lengths to which the criminals of the city would not descend. Well spent coin given to the city guard and the tavern owners alike ensured that.  The shambles had its own code, but it did not match with that of the rest of the city, and that suited both parties perfectly. It was often said that it was always the case that a visitor would wipe their feet only when leaving The Shambles, not when entering it…So into the city of Zingo strode Barf the Barbarian in search of the tower of the Anas Platyrhynchos and the heart of the Anas Platyrhynchos that was held by the shadowy figure of the priest Yobo, within. With his (somewhat magical if not downright annoying) magical sword, Humdinger and a very odd encounter with the Prince of Thieves (never shake his hand), Barf definitely has his work cut out for him this time…“Barf the Barbarian in the tower of the Anas Platyrhynchos” is the first short story in the Chronicles of Barf the Barbarian, a new series of not entirely serious heroic fantasy from the slightly worrying mind of best-selling author, Michael White.

(Oh, and there’s a map.)

(We’re really sorry about the map.)

 

OUT NOW!

Released on Kindle today, Tuesday 30th august, “Overboard” is  also available in paperback format on Amazon. A not too serious pirate adventure tied in with “International Talk Like A Pirate day” – links are below! As usual, enjoy!

“When Neep Neep signs himself up for a piratical endeavours correspondence course with the aim in mind of becoming a pirate consultant  he is not aware that the Golden Octopus, the local governing piratical body see him as nothing more than a nuisance which very much is in need of being disposed of. Thus Neep inadvertently sets in motion a chain of events that will involve him, The Scarlet Daisy (who has some very odd ideas of what comprises standard pirate dress), Mr Bones (very thin), Ensephilephtor Boom (founder member of the “Sons of the Pinched Fuse”, and “Mad Dog” Jenkins (Mad. Very, very mad),in search of the fabled treasure of Capability Jones and the lost island of El Bongo which most pirates agree doesn’t exist.

Only Daisy and Bones seem to think otherwise…

“Overboard!” is a whimsical, humorous adventure set on the high seas, where to err is human, but to “aar!” is pirate…”

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OVERBOARD! Available From Tomorrow, Tuesday 30th August!

Released on Kindle tomorrow, Tuesday 30th august, “Overboard” is  also available in paperback format on Amazon immediately. A not too serious pirate adventure tied in with “International Talk Like A Pirate day”, place your pre-order or buy in paperback right now – links are below! As usual, enjoy!

“When Neep Neep signs himself up for a piratical endeavours correspondence course with the aim in mind of becoming a pirate consultant  he is not aware that the Golden Octopus, the local governing piratical body see him as nothing more than a nuisance which very much is in need of being disposed of. Thus Neep inadvertently sets in motion a chain of events that will involve him, The Scarlet Daisy (who has some very odd ideas of what comprises standard pirate dress), Mr Bones (very thin), Ensephilephtor Boom (founder member of the “Sons of the Pinched Fuse”, and “Mad Dog” Jenkins (Mad. Very, very mad),in search of the fabled treasure of Capability Jones and the lost island of El Bongo which most pirates agree doesn’t exist.

Only Daisy and Bones seem to think otherwise…

“Overboard!” is a whimsical, humorous adventure set on the high seas, where to err is human, but to “aar!” is pirate…”

UK KINDLE

UK PAPERBACK

US KINDLE

US PAPERBACK

INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY ORIGINAL WEBSITE

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