Saturday, 10 February 2018

Oops. My Bad

Somehow, in the whole mad-panic to get my Hengist prequel out on the 21st December, (you know, Yule!) I kinda forgot to let people know exactly how it fits into the Hengist series. It goes something like this. The story of how the Hengist world came about spans several centuries of history and masses of earth-friendly technological developments. Not really something I could do in a single novel. I'm hoping it will all come out in three books. Famous last words.

I started with the before: - Twelve Days of Yule tells the story of Senna, a midwife living in the village of Avebury in the centre of medieval England. 💖 The eagle-eyed among you will notice I've played fast and loose with the timing of certain incidents, but heck, it is just a story, right, not a a chronicle of actual events.

Next is Eight Sabbats of the Sun, which tells the events leading up to the "big bang" - because of the terrific responses to Senna, I will keep her in it, but it's no longer her tale to tell. The Pagan "Wheel of the Year," is all about the growing season, so it kinda made sense this story should feature farm-based characters. I can reveal you have already met them! 😉 The link just tells you a little more about Sabbats and Esbats, but as soon as I have more, I'll add some pages.

Finally, we get to a kinda dystopian aftermath. Thirteen Esbats of the Moon starts with a people waking up in a new world, but because it has to span several centuries, will not have a coherent time-line - rather fast forwarding though time like "Back to the Future's" Doc Brown on speed. Mmmm, hold that image for a moment and figure why it's so wrong! So, as you can imagine, it will take a wee while to sort out, which is why I think it may not hit the virtual stores until 2019.

Please bear with me - I hope it will be worth the wait. In the meantime, I have a couple of short stories set in Archer's world which will only be available to those who sign up to my newsletter and request a copy.

And it doesn't end there. I already have a sixth book, and a third of a seventh book, which follow Archer's adventure as a young man. There are a lot darker than the initial series, so will be NA, rather than YA. But we are definitely looking at 2019 for Aurora (the grown-up version of Rory).

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Top 20 drabbelist? Kudos indeed

A few weeks ago, I'd never heard of a drabble. Now I'm hooked.
It's basically a complete story in 100 words (no more, no less). No mean feat, let me tell you.
You can check mine (and others) out here.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Book Hippo Featured Author

As Featured on I'm pleased and proud to be a featured author on BookHippo, not once, but twice, for Archer and Twelve Days of Yule.
Thanks guys - all I need now is to get a coupla drabbles under my belt.

What's a drabble? I hear you say. A story in 100 words. You can read some here.

Such a thrill - thanks to these guys, 12 Days is now the #7 Hot new Release in Medieval Historical Romance. Archer is hanging on at #3 in Teen & Young Adult Medieval Fiction, with Geraint @ #6. What a great start to 2018!

Thanks to all the wonderful BookHippo Crew.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Old-fashioned recipes

I bet you've scoffed a few mince pies in the past month, and I'm pretty sure you know the name comes from the fact they originally used to be savoury pies made with minced meat.
But have you ever thought about trying one?

In Twelve Days of Yule, the heroine, Senna, makes batches of the things as part of her yuletide celebration - if you're curious to try it out, I have a recipe based on one of the original ones from the thirteenth century - are you brave/daft/curious enough to try it out?
If so, click here. And let me know how you get on with it.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Yule Blessings to you all

So, now I've finished the editing madness, I can raise a glass of Wassail and munch a mincen pie to  mourn the Holly King and greet the infant Oak King.

If you've no idea what I'm on about, checkout this truly magical story. Hope you have as much fun finding out about these awesome customs as I did.

For the rest of this year! you can snap it up as the silly price of 99p/99cents. Twelve Days of Yule - A Magical, Medieval Romance.

Billed as Call the Midwife meets Poldark, this magical, medieval romance explores the origins of many of the modern-day Christmas customs. You can find out a little more here.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas Reading - Fill up your Kindle.

Feast your eyes on these fantabulous festive stocking-fillers for those of you looking to fill your empty kindle. Choose from enchanting fantasy, sumptuous romance, tantalising mystery and many others - there really is something for everyone. Find out more by clicking on the piccy.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Launch of Edge of the Blade

Wow, what a day! I love it when a plan comes together.

The organisational effort was more than worth it as several of Coventry's finest young ice skaters helped to give the fourth Bryant Rockwell book, Edge of the Blade, a great send off at Planet Ice on Saturday. Jacky is grateful to the rink manager, Chris Carpenter, and Richard Beamish, one of the international coaches, for their help and expertise in correcting technical aspects of the story.
On the day, several of the club’s skaters added colour and style to the event, and Jacky was overwhelmed by their interest as she explained the obstacles her character overcomes to realise her dream. They were thrilled to receive an autographed copy of her book; some even started reading while posing for the photos. One of the older girls, Lauren, explained why. “There are very few stories about ice skating, especially in the UK. I often find writers do not check their facts and have skaters doing a triple jump after only a few weeks’ training. It’s great to have a story about a believable character in a realistic setting.”

John Leon, the Coventry Figure Skating Club (CFSC) chair, spoke of the awesome commitment from the youngsters (and their parents), some of whom had 3am starts as they travelled from all over the country to train with the country’s top coaches in the International School of Skating (ISS). Karl Sparrow, who photographed the event, took it a step further. “You have kids as young as eight having the nerve-wracking experience of being alone on the massive expanse of ice, facing a panel of judges, an audience and the silence before the music starts.”

To read the full story of this event, click here.
You can find out more about the Bryant Rockwell series, perfect for fans of "10 Things I Hate About You" and "13 Reasons Why" here.
Click this link to read the first few chapters of any of Jacky's books.