Just as well that I am not superstitious.

Just as well that I am not superstitious.

I’ve just noticed that in the UK on Amazon, my novel  “Echoes of the Storm”:

a. Has 13 reviews
b. is 666 in Dark Fantasy (kindle)
c. is 666 in Low Fantasy (kindle)

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The eBook version of “Stories for a Storm Filled Night” is now free offer for the next 5 days via Amazon

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.

The Agreement

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?

Wife

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.

Teash

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.

Thank you

Alan

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A Storm Filled Night

A Year has passed. Blimey where has that gone?!

It was a year ago, when I started this blog to try and raise the profile of my self published books, and blimey hasn’t time flown by quickly, especially in the last five months, where real life overtook the writing of a fantasy one.

In that time frame – I’ve changed jobs, had seven kidney stones ( the seventh is still hiding away in my right kidney – the little blighter) been on holiday and enjoying a wonderful relationship with my girlfriend and her kids.

I think there is a direct correlation between being your relationship status and the amount of writing you can do : ) When your in a relationship suddenly Saturdays and Sunday afternoons are no longer available for writing, nor are most week day evenings. However, I have managed to still write and self publish my ninth book in Jan 15, which will be called “When a Kingdom Falls”

Whilst looking forward, I am also going to look back, to my first novel “Echoes of a Storm”  as I am still in awe of Saskia Schnells’ fantastic book cover. I still remember as it slowly revelled itself on the computer screen (I have a very slow connection) and thinking “Wow, that is perfect.”  I can’t wait to see what Saskia will produce for “A Kingdom Falls.” : )

All my work can be found on Amazon simply search for  “The Storm Series Alan Scott”

Alan

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The Storm Series – The end

With the publication of “Tales of Salvation and Damnation” I have finally finished the Storm Series, a project I started just over six years ago.

 It’s actually a very bitter sweet moment. On one hand I have had done what I set out to do, which was to write dark fantasy tales aimed at adults, whose plotlines and story arc’s reflected the audience they were aimed at.

However, now it’s finished, I will miss writing Twever the Magnificent and Ardo and the chaos they create, I will miss writing the deep pain that hide behind the arrogance of Solomon Pace, or the struggle of Nathanial West trying to be the best father he could whilst battling the beast and devil within him.

I can honestly say that I am now a far better writer than I was when I started the series, and that I have learned a lot about myself, writing and the need to keep notes, lots of notes, as you write; especially as your character list grows!!!

The question I have been asked the most is – “What is the Storm Series about?” the simple answer is “Relationships” but that is only the simple answer, you will have to read the books for the full and complicated answer.

So what next? Well I need to finish the “Y front” series (that’s my sci-fi books) and I have a couple more ideas for various books.

I suppose I will just have to put Pen to Paper and see what happens : )

Alan

 

The Storm Series consist of:

Echoes of a Storm – Novel

Scions of the Storm – Novel

A Dark and Hungry Storm – Novel

Tales for a Storm Filled Night – Book of short stories

Tales of Solomon Pace – Book of short stories

Tales of Salvation and Damnation – Book of short stories

 The Moonlight Dance – Book of 3 stories

 

All available from Amazon – Search for “The storm series Alan Scott”

A Good Book Needs a Good Villain – Part two

My next villain from the Storm Series Trilogy is the Midnight Man. Now is Solomon Pace is a James Bond type of Villain, then the Midnight Man is the polar opposite he is the Villain nightmares are made of.

The Midnight Man

The following extract is taken from “Scions of the Storm” and shows the Midnight Man at his worst. Please note that in the extract the Midnight Man is going by the name Tom.

“…With his hands in his pockets, Tom wandered aimlessly among the trees until he heard a ‘meow’ coming from up ahead.  Slowly and quietly, he made his way to the sound and spotted a small cat.

“Here, Puss-Puss,” Tom called, “here, Puss-Puss.”

The cat made its way to Tom and started to purr as he knelt down to scratch its ear.  Tom laughed with pleasure as the cat rubbed itself against him and flung itself on its back.

“There you go, Puss-Puss,” said Tom as he rubbed the cat’s belly.  The cat’s paws raked Tom’s hand.  Tom snatched his hand away and looked down at the cat, his face suddenly cold.  His hand was like a blur as he grabbed one of the cat’s legs and broke it.

The cat screamed in agony and tried to get away.  Tom’s hand shot out again and he broke another leg.  As he watched the cat and the great pain it was in, tears started to flow down his cheeks.  He tenderly stroked its small face with a gentle finger.  “Such pain,” he said quietly, his face a perfect picture of empathy.

“Oscar!  Oscar!”

Tom raised his head and saw two young children, a boy and a girl, coming towards him as they shouted out together, “Oscar!  Oscar!”

 

Tom looked down at the pain-stricken cat.  “Oscar?”

The cat gave a small and pitiful cry.

Standing, Tom brushed off his trousers and made his way towards the children with a playful smile. “Ah children; they will be much more fun that a cat,” he mused….”

So there you have it, villains love them or hate them you have to have them in a book, Otherwise who is going to make the hero look good?

Alan