My short story “Tea II” is on free promotion on Amazon for the next five days. If you have never read any of my stuff, here is your chance to try it for free
Just search Amazon for “Alan Scott the storm series”
Just a quick post to say that my second novel – “Scions of the Storm” is currently free on Amazon in its Kindle format. it will be free from 4 Jan 15 to the 8 Jan 15 inclusive.
If you do download it, could I kindly ask that you leave an honest review on Amazon, it does not have to be hundreds and hundreds of words…honest : ) I would really appreciate your feedback.
Search Amazon for “The Storm series Alan Scott”
This is the just a quick post to say if you fancy trying one of my ebooks for free, I ‘ve just placed “Stories for a Storm Filled Night” on a free offer on Amazon for the next 5 days .
Stories for a Storm Filled Night is a book of short stories and within it you will find the following tales
A Firm Hand
Takes place twenty years before the events in “Echoes of a Storm.”
I will come clean at the start and say I had great trouble writing this story because of the subject matter, In fact I nearly binned it twice, but in the end, I decided to finish it and add it to the collection. However, be warned it’s not a nice story, it’s not meant to be.
Takes place roughly three years before the events in “Echoes of a Storm.”
I always wondered what it would be like if Nathanial West, The Midnight Man and Red Claw sat down and talked. This tales tells the story of the time they did that. It also is the first story to feature King Hamish Peterson.
Jennifer, Nathanial, Twever, & Ardo Go on an Adventure
Takes place roughly two years before the events in “Echoes of a Storm.”
I wrote this story for a number of reasons, but mainly because I missed writing Twever. It does however, give a lot of insight into these four characters and the early days of their friendships.
Brethren of the Night I & II
I had to include these two short promotional stories, when I realised that without them the next story would not make any sense.
The Chestnut Murders
Takes place during the events in “Echoes of a Storm.”
I have always wanted to go back and write about the Chestnut Murders as mentioned in “Echoes.” and this gave me the perfect chance. I already knew who the two main characters were going to be – Captain John Hughes and Jack Sorenson – as they were already mentioned in “Echoes”. The real question was – who was going to be the murderers and how did John and Jack catch them?
Takes place during “Scions of The Storm”
I wanted to give a bit more detail on the Siege of Idris and decided to write the events through the eyes of John Hughes Wife Alice. I think it adds a different element to the story.
Takes place twenty five years after the Siege of Idris
I wrote this story for Lisa W from Texas USA to thank her for all the help she has given me. It features two characters that without Lisa, would be dead and would not exist. Samuel Cregg and Shadow Killer.
A Dark and Hungry Storm
The final story in my book of short stories.
Quite simply this is the Prelude and the first chapter of Book three of “The Storm Series” Trilogy.
You can find the book by searching Amazon for “The Storm Series Alan Scott”
If you do download it for free (and I hope you will) could I kindly ask that you leave an honest review on Amazon. Reviews are the life blood of Self Publishers and all reviews (good and bad) are greatly received.
This will contain spoilers, if you have not read the Storm Series trilogy.
On the 2nd July I will be placing the short promo story, When Ardo Met Ozzy, on free promotion on Amazon and I thought it would be fun to look at the backstory of Ardo and how his character developed.
I originally created the character of Ardo for two reasons: As the sidekick to Twever the Magnificent and as a way of Jane getting her revenge. I knew immediately that he was going to be invisible, have the morals of a two-year-old, be a four -legged beast of some sort, enjoy having his ears scratched, and be a lean, mean, killing machine.
We first meet Ardo in Echoes of a Storm as Twever’s sidekick. He has only a small, but important, part to play in the book; however, the template for his character is set – protecting the innocent.
Although Ardo is not in The Visit, from Tales of Solomon Pace. He is discussed at length, in the story we discover that Ardo is actually a Dev’ver (werewolf) called Death Claw, who is allegedly the most dangerous Dev’ver who has ever lived.
In the second book of the trilogy, Scions of the Storm, Ardo continues to be his normal self, and both he and Twever have a bigger role to play. However, it is no coincidence that, once again, Ardo becomes the protector of the innocent. It is he who saves Katrina when she is attacked by a gang. It is he who puts the cat and the children out of their misery after the Midnight Man has finished with them.
Towards the end of Scions of the Storm he and his best friend, Twever, charge into certain death to save Twever’s partner, a suitably dramatic ending for the pair… or was it?
It is in the final book that Ardo finally reveals who and what he is.
In A Dark and Hungry Storm, Rosie, a young girl with learning difficulties (I tried to write her as having mild Down’s Syndrome), has an invisible four-legged friend called Mr. Fluffy, who has the morals of a two year old and enjoys his ears being scratched!
Mr. Fluffy has broken and fragmented memories of his past which haunt him at night. As the war, which is sweeping the land, finally reaches the forest where Mr. Fluffy lives, it forces him to fight. During the fighting, Mr. Fluffy finally remembers who and what he is – He is not a simple Dev’ver, instead he is the Ver known as Death Claw, aka Ardo.
If you have read the books, you will know that a Ver is the combination of all four Spirits (Earth, Fire, Water, and Air) placed into a single body. A Ver is extremely rare and it takes a very special kind of person to cope with having all four elements in them.
When Rosie’s village is attacked by Undead hordes, it is Death Claw that saves them, before taking Rosie away and planning his next move. Because he is the Ver, Death Claw (aka Ardo, aka Mr Fluffy) cannot interfere in the war directly, and we learn why he has hidden away from the world for so long.
During the last battle of the war, Death Claw broods about his inability to help his friend, Shadow Killer. His brooding turns into anger as he sees his friend dying on the battlefield. It is then that Rosie tells him to abandon his Death Claw personality and become Mr. Fluffy again. With a promise that he shall return when she needs him the most, Death Claw reverts to Ardo and goes to save his friend.
Eighty years later, Rosie is an old woman and dying. The hordes of hell are trying to claim her innocent soul so that they can devour it, when out of the blue, Death Claw comes and whisks her away to the highest and coldest peaks of the Granite Mountains, where Rosie dies whilst admiring the spectacular views.
Her spirit, in the shape of a little girl, rises from her body and talks with Death Claw. Their discussion is interrupted, as the demons and spirits once more try to claim Rosie soul. Death Claw directs Rosie to a cave mouth where he hands her over to a woman called Jane and her companions. He tells them both to flee into the cave.
The book and trilogy ends with a very masculine savage force of nature standing firm before the evils of the world to protect the innocent . This ending and the use of Ardo is very deliberate, as it encapsulates (to me) what the Storm Series is about.
Anyway, back to When Ardo Met Ozzy: this is just a light-hearted short story that pokes some fun at certain erotic novels and all wildlife programmes.
You can find the book by searching “The storm series Alan Scott” on Amazon
I hope you enjoy.
The character of Ardo can be found in the following books:
Echoes of a Storm
Scions of the Storm
A Dark and Hungry Storm
A Storm Filled Night – Jennifer, Nathanial, Twever, & Ardo Go On an Adventure
Tales of Solomon Pace – The Visit
Just a quick post to say that ‘Tea II’ (ebook) will be on free promotion from Amazon between Thu 13 Mar and Mon 17 Mar 14.
Tea II concludes the story of Shadow Killer (Werewolf) and his unusual, and platonic friendship with an old man called Samuel (A Tailor). The tale is set exactly one year after ‘Tea’, on the coldest and darkest night of winter, and by the end of the night their relationship will have changed forever.
I’ve written this short story to say thank you to all those people around the world who downloaded ‘Tea’. ‘Tea’ It is by far my most successful short story with just under 800 downloads across the world, and when on promotion constantly makes it into the top 10 of gay fiction
Both short stories (Tea and Tea II) are set within the dark fantasy world of The Storm Series Trilogy and can be read in conjunction with the trilogy, to obtain extra background information, or alone just as two short stories.
I hope you enjoy