Issue 1 – February 2018
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I shall be launching my next book, Uther’s Destiny, on Thursday 15th March. I intend to use the Amazon pre-order facility for the first time and promote it from the beginning of March as available for pre-order at 99p/99c e-book. 15th March is the official launch date when the e-book will be priced at £1.99/$2.99 and the print-on-demand paperback at £5.99/$6.99.
Uther’s Destiny is the third book in A Light in the Dark Ages series, and can be read as a standalone (although I’m hoping new readers will be motivated to go back to read book one – Abandoned – and book two – Ambrosius: Last of the Romans.
Here’s the cover and book blurb:
Fifth century Britannia is in shock at the murder of charismatic High King, Ambrosius Aurelianus, and looks to his brother and successor, Uther, to continue his work in leading the resistance to barbarian invaders.
Uther is a powerful warrior, proud of his reputation as the slayer of Saxon warlord, Horsa. A pragmatic soldier, he feels he has lived too long in the shadow of his high-principled brother. Uther has brushed aside the claim of his young nephew, Dawid, and is endorsed by quarreling Briton tribal chiefs, who know he is the best man to challenge the creeping colonisation of the island by ruthless Saxons.
Uther’s destiny as a warrior king seems set until his world is turned on its head when his burning desire to possess the beautiful Ygerne leads to conflict. Could the fate of his kingdom hang in the balance as a consequence?
The court healer, and schemer, Merlyn, sees an opportunity in Uther’s lustful obsession to fulfill the prophetic visions that guide him. He is encouraged on his mission by druids who align their desire for a return to ancient ways with his urge to protect the one destined to save the Britons from foreign invaders and lead them to a time of peace and prosperity. Merlyn must use his wisdom and guile to thwart the machinations of an enemy intent on foiling his plans.
Meanwhile, Saxon chiefs Octa and Ælla have their own plans for seizing the island of Britannia and forging a new colony of Germanic tribes. Can Uther rise above his domestic problems and raise an army to oppose them?
Uther’s Destiny is an historical fiction novel set in the Fifth century, a time known as the Dark Ages – a time of myths and legends that builds to the greatest legend of all – King Arthur and his knights.
Our guest authors this month are two talented historical and fantasy fiction authors, E.M. Swift-Hook and Jane Jago, whose ‘Dai and Julia’ stories I have enjoyed immensely…
Jane Jago – author.to/JaneJago
The Enchanted Isle
By Tim Walker
I shall arise and go to the enchanted Isle,
Where my mind shall be soothed in quiet reflection,
Through the still waters of the lake, a mirror of the soul;
Ripples spread like pages from my life,
The warmth of the sun on my upturned face,
The freshness of the breeze upon this placid place;
Oarlocks groan to the steady rhythm of endeavour,
As my guide’s instincts deliver us safe,
We alight and tread the little-worn path,
Passing wildfowl and frogs, birds and bees,
Gnarled oaks randomly bend as thick grass encroaches,
On a procession through nature to the sacred stone.
Its weathered grey face leans at an uneasy angle,
Protruding from the earth where the ancients placed it,
The inscriptions in a long forgotten hand speak no more
Of the lives and beliefs of those who have passed;
But their spirits live on in the wind and the rain,
An indelible part of this patchwork landscape,
Without colour or cares, a slight moan of regret,
That their brief lives passed in a blink of an eye,
Through seasons’ change, what withers must die,
But soon replaced by a similar life,
That commits to the struggle to grow and survive,
On this earth where beauty elicits a smile,
And we strive to succeed for a very short while.