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Deathsworn Arc 6: Emergence is coming soon!

I don’t have a release date yet, but I can tell you my next fantasy novel Deathsworn Arc 6: Emergence is getting close. I now have some amazing cover art for the next installment. Previously all the covers were done by my good friend, the Brazilian artist Isis Sousa 

I would have had Isis do all my covers, but since completing Deathsworn Arc 4: Rise of the Archmage she retired from doing covers. She did a final one for me: Deathsworn Arc 5: The Temple of the Mad God as a favour. That was a long time ago though. Life has been tough since the release of ‘The Temple of the Mad God’. I DID manage to release my excellent, subversive YA Vampire story: Ofelia in that time, and I have finsished Deathsworn Arc 6, but it’s not quite ready to publish yet.

If you’ve been waiting to see what happens – my apologies. I hope the next installment of the Deathsworn Arc fantasy series won’t take so long to release.

In the meantime, here’s the new cover art for Deathsworn Arc 6: Emergence. Painted by Uwe Jarling his webpage is down at the time of writing, but you can check out his other work on his facebook page

I’m really pleased with how this cover is going to look. Uwe is an amazing artist and a pleasure to collaborate with.

Vashni and Korhan on Griffon

Deathsworn Arc 6 Dragon, Griffon

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Ofelia is Literary Titan Silver Award Winner!

Literay Titan have awarded The Book of Davoth: Ofelia, their silver award for 2021!

It’s great to see Ofelia recognised. This is a book I’m particularly proud of. You can see Ofelia and some of the other books given the award this year here:-

Literary Titan Book Awards December 2021

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New YA Vampire Story

My forthcoming  new YA Vampire Story.

First of all, apologies for not getting Deathsworn Arc 6 to you sooner. It’s a complex book and it’s still a work in progress. I have been working on it off and on since I published ‘The Temple of the Mad God’ but once I got into this YA Vampire Story, I fell in love with it and had to finish it.

The Basic Premise:-

Basically the story is about a girl was made a vampire in 1452 at the age of 11 and never aged. The story is set circa present day but features flashbacks and scenes from all over medieval Europe. At the start of the book, she’s been hiding out in a Romanian village, but has come to England to restore her humanity. Of course, things don’t go to plan and she soon finds herself posing as a British orphan whilst being drawn into the British social care system. To complicate matters further, it turns out she wasn’t the last vampire as she thought.

Here’s the cover:-

Ofelia: A new YA Vampire Story

The Blurb:-

Here’s the blurb I’m intending to use:-

For centuries, a hidden clique of vampires ruled Europe from the shadows. Then they created Ofelia. Turned into a vampire at the age of 11 in the 15th century, Ofelia has never aged.

After centuries of hunting vampires she’s on her way to Stonehenge to perform a ritual, which she hopes will restore her humanity. However, an unfortunate turn of events will see her taken for an orphan, placed in a children’s home and forced to attend school.

When her copy of the ritual vanishes, she loses all hope of lifting her curse.

Worse still, it turns out she hadn’t defeated all the vampires, and the one remaining vampire needs her blood to rebuild the vampire dynasty with him ad the head.

Now Ofelia faces a choice: embrace her immortality and usher in a new generation of vampires, or finish what she started.

I’m really excited about my new YA Vampire Story. I can’t wait to finish it, release it, then see what readers think!

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Deathsworn Arc paperbacks now in bookshops!

The Deathsworn Arc has been available as a paperback for a long time now. For the first time though, it’s now on the shelves in a small, independent bookshop and coffee lounge.

Where? The Last Dragon Slayer and The Verkreath Horror are now on sale at the Nantwich Bookshop and Coffee Lounge.

They are a small independent bookshop in the heart of Cheshire, which offers regular author events and more.

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Support The Nantwich, Local Independent Bookshop
46 High Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5AS, UK. Tel: 01270611665.
To complement our existing bricks and mortar store,
we’ve got ourselves a complete online store as well.

On a side note, the proprietors: Steve and Denise are both lovely and this is probably the nicest place to stop for a coffee in Nantwich.

Deathsworn Arc is in Secondary School Libraries!

It has come to my attention that a local secondary school now has my book in the Library! I am not responsible for this, I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I am quite stoked about it. Though also a little bit worried about it. I really had 14+ in mind when I wrote the series. It has some mature themes in it. However, on balance, I think it’s pretty awesome that a school has my book in their Library!