The Blurb

It’s not jumping the gun if I have ‘mostly’ finished the epilogue. In my opinion, the blurb is one of the most important parts of the marketing process and how one pitches one’s work.

What do you think of my blurb below? Would it hook you? Bear in mind that these are still the early days and the content is likely to change. Nevertheless, unlike the free stock image of this post (from pexels) my work is still copyrighted.

“That is one thing that they never tell you in the great sagas, indeed the great poets always omitted that, even Homer. Oh yes, I remember how he tells of Achilles and his dragging the corpse of the slain Hector around the walls of Ilium, and his depictions of battle were quite vivid. But not even the boasting Roman soldier on leave tells you about how they lie there when it is over, even when he is most thoroughly drunk…”

When Gaius Veturius Drusus hears the hooves of the messenger approach his estate, he knows instinctively that it brings bad tidings. Perhaps it was something about the way the sound of the galloping hooves stirred within him memories which he had hoped to bury, or the sweating and panting of both horse and rider as they approached him with the message.

Having retired comfortably in Roman Britain as a discharged veteran and having exercised his right to marry the first non-Roman citizen upon discharge, Drusus has settled into a quiet life on his estate with his long-time lover and now wife, Brigid of the Dobunni. He has formally adopted their daughters into his new household and has begun to earn the respect of the people who look up to him for leadership, both Roman and Briton alike.

Now, with the razing of the provincial capital, Camulodunum and the Governor of Roman Britain ordering all available veterans to return to service with the utmost urgency, Drusus must put aside his aspirations to raise a household and take up arms again.

The uncertainty of his future and the acts of savagery committed by both occupiers and rebels during the uprising are disturbing and unmerciful, and one thing is for certain: life will never be the same for him, his colleagues and his family ever again.

Janus was a two-faced god, a deity who represented many aspects of life including duality. Having two faces allowed him to look at the past, and face the future. Gaius Veturius Drusus is both a soldier and a loving father – a man who lives by the sword as well as his convictions, a man who has to face the atrocities of war, and come to terms with the battle he fights within: how to live with one face instead of two.

THE E-BOOK LAUNCH: “The Redemption of Anaìr”

The day has finally arrived!

My e-book version for “The Redemption of Anaìr” is now available from amazon from this buying link below:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y2KQP7Z/

If you are a reader of fantasy and a supporter of Indie artists, please download it and give it a read and a review on amazon and/or Goodreads.

I am sure that you will find it an entertaining story!

The Boleyn Countess

Well, if my own novella is still in the works, I am proud to say that my mother’s work of historical fiction is still in publication and doing the rounds!

It is a novella based on the life of Lady Elizabeth Howard, mother of Anne Boleyn and it is told from her point of view. Those who are familiar with Tudor history will recognise Anne Boleyn as a former Queen of England and second wife of King Henry VIII. Alas, it would be most unfair for me to give a review of a novella written by my mother (five stars – obviously!), but I do recommend it as a more than worthy read for any fans of historical fiction or the Tudor period of England.

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It is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Inside the Mind of the Antagonist

I cannot think of anybody who has ever read my work, or any posts pertaining to it, that would honestly think that I would write a simple villain. Some magical dark-overlord type who strikes fear into the hearts of his / her enemies, perhaps? Indeed, there are a few of those who pop up in the story line from time but I find them hard to empathise with. I actually prefer characters from whom I can derive inspiration from through their personas as people.

Enter Eahlred Branderson of Hawk’s Rest. He is a perpetrator of vile acts of violence upon civilians and one to be written off (quite accurately) as a ruthless and malevolent individual. Bear in mind that he comes from a setting based loosely on our dark ages and he entered his profession at what we would deem to be a young age (15), but is actually a reasonable age in which one can enter a trade or profession. He is a man-at-arms in the service of nobility and at the time of the story, he is one who has taken part in conflicts in his homeland before.

Now the trick was to post content which is not too explicit and unfortunately, I don’t think that I can risk it with Eahlred’s internal monologue at this stage of the novella. We are talking about somebody who has been abused since childhood and has known mostly violence throughout his adult life. He has committed acts of sexual violence and murder, and some of his experiences and perspectives will come across as repulsive (I should certainly hope so!) to readers. Although, one must bear in mind that this behaviour would have been quite common amongst dark age peoples at war – such as the Anglo-Saxons or the Norse, or even people at war today in various parts of the world.

Where on Earth did I glean inspiration for such a conflicted, wrathful and violent being, one may ask of me? “Why, Planet Earth!” would be my answer.

The First Post

This post is an introduction to my website as an author. I have recently pulled a historical fiction novelette of mine from a publisher and am in the finishing stages of a fantasy novella. The time has come to place my writing blogs and any updates related to my publications on a separate website.

finphoto.net is still active and I am posting fairly frequently regarding my photographic exploits and endeavours, having now moved over to being a Sole Proprietor of “Findlay Photography and Digital Services.”

I decided to re-post and brand my publications separately for both my own convenience and for that of exploring surfers, hence the purpose of this site which I will be developing over the coming months.