Two Great Reviews for “The Y Front Chronicles”

After my wonderful review for “The Y Front Stand Off,”  I have now got 2 great reviews for “The Y Front Chronicles”.

It is interesting that all the reviews for both the “The Y Front Chronicles” and the “The Y Front Standoff” are from ladies.

Have I been pitching the advertising for this book at the wrong target audience?  It’s a thought.

Alan

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully dark and funny short-story 22 Aug. 2015
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Alan Scott has written a wonderfully funny and dark story about murder and mayhem.

I suppose it could be read as a warning about the consequences of training our soldiers too well. The thought did not enter my mind until the classroom situation. But, yeah, that could work.

A man with his own brand of conscience and his pet hamster, TF. A killer with a pet hamster. Not much like the hamster I used to own and adore. SCoT-01 is a fun and terrifying person I would hope to always keep on my side. His hamster, too.

Definitely recommended.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly bonkers and absolutely hilarious! 25 Jun. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I can’t compare this to any other sci-fi novels because I haven’t read any but I really enjoyed humour with elements of violence thrown in.The main character was interesting and there are parts where you start to feel empathy for this cold hearted killer who longs for a comfy pair of pants. I found this short story laugh out loud funny but then I do have quite a warped sense of humour!

The Storm Series – The Authors Thoughts

The Storm Series has been out long enough now to allow me to explain my ideas behind it without being too worried about spoilers.

How it all began

For a very long time I had this scene in my head – It was raining, and a woman was crying as a man walked away from her.

I tried for ages to work out why she was crying and why he was walking away. Had they had a fight? Had they just broken up? Had he hit her? etc etc. I then came to me one night as I was lying in bed trying to get to sleep – she was crying because he could not, and he walking away to perform an act of revenge.

So that got me thinking – What had just happened? Why could he not cry? Why was she crying for him? What was the connection between them?

And that was how the opening paragraph from the Prelude to ‘Echoes’ came about:

“Her softly falling tears echoed the rain as she watched him walk away. He did not cry, but then, his life had made him forget how. So, in the gentle rain, just past midnight, she found herself crying for a man – a fool – who could not.”

Setting the tone and feel of the books

I knew from the start that I wanted the books to be dark and gritty, have adult story lines, and have a masculine feel about them. I also knew that I wanted the characters to be as real as possible, or as possible in a fantasy setting. I wanted the men in my books to act and sound like real men. I want the women in my books to sound like and act like real woman. Hence, I have done my best to write characters that are believable, realistic, and that the reader can relate to

On a personal note – I do feel that in modern fantasy, clichéd, and politically correct characters are far too common and are spoiling this wonderful, rich and diverse genre.

The Fantasy Element

There is a very strong fantasy element with ‘The Storm Series’ we have Werewolves, Witches, Wizards, Monsters, Castles, Keeps, Vampyres, Undead etc. For me the fantasy elements should enhance and empower all the storylines and characters, they should never overpower or over shadow them.

On a personal note – I do think that some writers are so busy trying to invent 18 new languages and whole sub cultures, that they forget about the characters and the stories that they are trying to tell. For me, the characters and the story are the two most important things in any story, be it fiction, non fiction, fantasy, romance etc.

Compliments and Reality Checks

The greatest compliment I have received, mainly from women,is from people saying that they would normally never dream of reading Dark Fantasy however, are really enjoying my books because of the characters and the storylines. as an author you really can’t ask for more than that.

To balance that out, I have also had people who say they don’t like my work (and I’ve had a couple of bad reviews). But that is ok, because that is simply life and I don’t expect everyone to like what I write. Everyone reading this will have an author that they really like and one they just cant stand.

If You Would Like To Know More

If you would like to know more about my books or just see the wonderful covers Saskia Schnell has created for them, please visit my website http://www.alankscott.com

The thought proccess behind writing “Echoes of a Storm”

Echoes of a Storm – Book One of the Storm Series

 Warning – contains spoilers

I have always been a huge fan of dark fantasy in all its wonderful forms since I was small boy. I suppose it all stems from the love of fairy stories – not the family-friendly fairy stories of Disney, but the dark gothic tales of the Brothers Grimm, and Celtic and Scandinavian myths.

One of my favourite childhood memories (aged about 10) was sitting in the shed at the bottom of the garden, reading my book of dark fairy tales. Occasionally glancing out the window and through the rain (it was Scotland, after all) to the tree-covered mountains, I would wonder what creatures and monsters lived up there. I may be dyslexic, but I always had an excellent imagination.

I suppose it was during this time that the seeds of ‘Echoes of a Storm’ started to take root. Anyway, fast-forward twenty-nine years later – I’ve grown up, served in the RAF for twelve years, and was in the process of getting divorced when I decided to write for the first time since secondary school.

But what to write? For years, I had this image of a man walking away in the rain and a woman crying. But why was she crying and who was he? It took me awhile to work out what had happened, but once I had, I quickly wrote the prelude.

Next, I needed to work out where the book and trilogy was set. I decided on a fantasy world, loosely based on Europe in the Middle Ages where forests and mountains are dangerous places to roam, countries go to war as kings try to carve out kingdoms whilst the common man tries to live his life as best he can, and stories of monsters and demons are told round campfires.

I knew straight away what the book was going to be about – ‘Echoes’ is simply about fathers and daughters, and the fear every father has about protecting his daughter from the wicked and evil world. I also knew that I wanted to write ‘Echoes’ from an adult male’s perspective for two very good reasons:

 1. I am an adult male (44 at the time of typing)

 2. The book is about fathers trying to protect their daughters, so needed a masculine feel.

Since I already knew that the Queen’s bodyguard was a werewolf (it was part of the prelude), I wanted to add a small twist, so I thought I would rename Werewolves to Dev’ver. This has actually proven to be a good decision, as it’s allowed me, over the course of the trilogy, to introduce new ideas and storylines around the Dev’ver and their opposite numbers.

So, in summary – ‘Echoes of a Storm’ is a dark, gritty, adult fairy story with strong adult themes and storylines, and I would highly recommend you read it! But then again, I would.

A Storm Filled Night

A Storm Filled Night

‘Stories for a Storm Filled Night’, consists of nine short stories set within the dark fantasy world of ‘The Storm Series’, these tales add additional background to characters and events within the trilogy

Among the stories is one called ‘Tea’ which for 4 days in Nov 13 held the No. 1 position in Free > Fiction > Short Stories in Japan (sold through Amazon)

The full list of stories within the book are:

A Firm Hand – Just over 7’000 words
The Agreement – Just over 6’500 words
Jennifer, Nathanial, Twever, & Ardo Go on an Adventure – Just over 7’500 words
Brethren of the Night I – 2’000 words
Brethren of the Night II – 3’000 words
The Chestnut Murders – Just under 10’000 words
Wife – Just over 8’000 words
Tea – Just over 5’500 words
A Dark and Hungry Storm – Just over 6’500 words

A list of My Current Novels/Stories

All my work is available from Amazon – To find it, simply type the following into the Amazon search engine “The storm series alan scott” and press Go.

 Kindle versions of all my books are available in USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, India and Australia.

While, unfortunately, paperback is only available in the USA and Europe.

 The Storm Series Trilogy – The Novels

 1.  Echoes of a Storm (Book one of the Storm Series)

2.  Scions of the Storm (Book two of the Storm Series)

3. A Dark and Hungry Storm (Book three of the Storm Series)

 The Storm Series – Books of Short Stories.

    1. Stories for a Storm Filled Night (9 stories)

    2. Tales of Solomon Pace (8 stories)

    3. The Moonlight Dance (3 Stories)

 Promo releases

    1.  Tea – Taken from ‘Stories for a Storm Filled Night’.

    2.  The Black Blade – Taken from ‘Tales of Solomon Pace’

 

The Y Front Saga (Sci fi series)

 The Y Front Chronicles – Part One

Please note to easily find the Y Front Chronicles on Amazon you need to search for  Y front chronicles Alan Scott

 I also have a number of stories on Readwave.com. These are free to read and my home page is http://www.readwave.com/alan.scott.14/

 Alan

 

The cover for one of my short stories – “Tea”

The story of ‘Tea’ is about a six hundred year old werewolf having tea with a seventy year old gay tailor. However, that is just the story it’s not what the book is about.

The book is about – Being old, living with the choices you make through your life, unusual friendships, family, being brave, hiding what you are from the world and loneliness.

‘Tea’ is taken from a book of short stories called ‘Stories for a Storm Filled Night’, and is the most successful of my short stories released under their own cover. It has been downloaded just under 700 times around the world including USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and India.

For 4 days in Nov 13 it held the No. 1 position in Free > Fiction > Short Stories in Japan (sold through Amazon)

‘Tea’ is part of ‘The Storm Series’ set of books, which currently include a trilogy, three books of short stories and a number of promo stories. The ‘Storm Series is an adult, bittersweet, dark fantasy series that deals with relationships, loss, power, prejudice and ultimately, the true ‘monster’ that lurks inside of us.