News and Diary Dates!

I have had a very busy couple of weeks since my last post. After a hectic couple of days leading up to the 20th june I finally did manage to get Vortex uploaded as an ebook on Amazon. It did look doubtful for a while as I struggled with the formatting, but I got there in the end! 🙂

If you would like a copy  its here for the Uk and here for the US.

I have had a little trouble with submitting the cover design for the paper copy, but fingers crossed I’ll be getting the proof copy next week and then hopefully it will soon be available as a paperback!

Last Saturday I spent a lovely afternoon in Market Harborough with two AWB friends William Macmillan Jones and Sam Dogra. Will was doing a book signing in Waterstones for his Banned Underground series. We had a wonderful afternoon discussing books we’d read and the books we are writing. If you haven’t yet discovered Will’s books you should really take a look they are  a great read and very funny.

 

 

He has two books out at the moment The Amulet of Kings and The Mystic Accountants with a third on the way and a fourth in the pipeline! Check him out here for the UK and here for the US.

 

 

July looks set to be an exciting month here at The Dragon’s Breath as I am hosting three posts in the Discover Fantasy Tour!

 

 

On 9th July I have an exert from Jonathan Gould’s book Magnus Opum

 

 

 

 

On 17th july I will be hosting a guest post by Jeremy Rodden, author of the Toonopolis series and The Myth Of Mr. Mom.

 

 

 

 

Then finally on 30th July I will have an exert from David M Brown’s book A World Apart.

 

 

 

So one way and another I think July is going to be a great month, so please remember to stop by and check out these fabulous authors, you won’t be disapointed!!

 

 

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Too Late!

I have struggled to meet the release date for ‘Vortex’ and unfortunately it won’t be available as a paper book till the end of the month. But I am still hopeful of getting it out as an ebook on Amazon later today or early tomorrow.

So in recognition of this event I’m posting an alternative prologue for Vortex. This takes place immediately after the original prologue and moments before the action in chapter one, hope you like it. 🙂

Prologue

The black stallion’s breath came in laboured gasps as he strained for more speed against the near hurricane force wind. The driving rain turning the earlier snow to slush underfoot, making the going as slippery as sheets of ice. The ground sloped downhill and he lost his footing, slipping and scrabbling to retain his grip as the speed he was travelling swept him along, sliding out of control.

Etienne gathered his reins and gripped tight to the young horse, in an effort to keep him upright. ‘Damn, why didn’t I think to bring Sky tonight,’ he thought angry at himself, knowing the older stallion would have been faster and much more sure footed in these conditions. But when he’d set out, earlier that evening, he never guessed that later that same night he’d be racing through the dark, battling against a vicious storm as if his life depended on it. It hadn’t occurred to him that he was going to need Sky’s knowledge, speed and agility.

The young stallion hit the bottom of the slope still upright and leapt forward sending mud and slush flying from under his hooves. Etienne placed his hand on the horse’s neck with the intention of infusing the need to go faster into the stallions mind. As he opened his mind to his mount’s conscious thoughts he was blasted with the fear and strain the horse was under. The stallion was turning himself inside out for the man on his back, straining to the very limits of his endurance. Etienne withdrew his mind, gasping, ‘I’m too old for this,’ he thought   blinking his brilliant blue eyes against the driving rain.

“It’s the Dragon, he’s gone crazy again and he’s on the southern tower, the guards have had to make a run for it.” The bedraggled young guard had reported after disturbing Etienne’s evening with his old friend, Ethelred. Not that the evening hadn’t already held it’s puzzles. Ethelred, old and wise, was the most trusted of all Etienne’s friends and advisers. This evening he’d been disturbed, worried by the unusual change in the weather, the uneasiness of the wildlife and the prediction of an old prophesy. It was that and the guards answer when asked who had gone to try and control the situation, that had injected fear into Etienne’s heart.

“Captain Damian left straight away sir, as soon as he heard.”

Disturbing prophecies, an angry dragon and Damian in the middle of it all. What, in the name of The Great Spirit had possessed Damian to go? He had to get there, he knew he was going to be too late, but he had to try.

Glancing back over his shoulder he could see no sign of the two guards that had accompanied him that evening. They must have fallen well behind and Etienne hoped they’d turned for home. There was no point in them killing their horses too.

He should give up himself, the race was lost before he’d even started, he knew that. Whatever was happening at the southern tower would be over by the time he got there. A desperate hopelessness swept over Etienne. It was probably already over. He was much too late, much, much too late.

Archery and Jousting

It’s been a very wet weekend here, which was a real shame because there were some big shows going on in our area. The Three Counties show was on at Malvern, a big agricultural show, which usually attracts large crowds. I didn’t go to Malvern though because the archery club I am a member of were running a Have-a-Go at a fate being held at Leek Wootton  Golf Course.

We had trouble setting up because there was a gale blowing across the Golf course. We needed to put up a backstop net to stop the arrows ending up in the lake that was behind the spot we’d been allocated. After some head scratching and a lot of attaching of ropes we managed to strap it down.

Large crowds had been expected, but unfortunately, what with the wind and the almost continuous rain the numbers were no where near as good as they’d hoped. Despite this we had a steady trickle of people and did reasonable well considering the weather.

As the day wore on the rain got heavier and heavier and we were all grateful for our new marque!

 

 

 

Even though the rain was hammering down people still kept drifting   over to have a go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The highlight of the fate was a display by the Knights of Middle England who gallantly put on two shows despite the weather and the dwindling crowds. They were as entertaining as always, demonstrating tent pegging, jousting  and fooling around making everyone laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It wasn’t a bad day even though we all got a bit soggy and everything’s going to need drying out now!

Cover Your Eyes

If you are not stout of heart and of strong mind you may wish to miss reading this post!

As I explained a couple of weeks ago I needed a photo of my self for my web site, blog posts etc. and as I haven’t got any descent ones I decided I ought to go and get one taken. The problem is I hate photos of myself, I’m sure I don’t look good in them, I much prefer to appear as a big silvery blue dragon. But as I really can’t hide as a dragon forever here are a few of the results! (some of the better ones!!)

I like this one best as an author photo even though it’s black and white

I think any of these three could work as well 🙂

Having some spare means I won’t have to get in front of that camera again for a while, for which I am grateful!

Spielberg Worried

Yes, this week Mr. Spielberg is shaking in his shoes after the launch of my first ever book trailer!!

I surprised and astounded myself by actually managing to sort out the intricate workings of Windows Movie Maker to produce a video for my book ‘Vortex’ which is due to be released this month.

Here it is, please let me know what you think.