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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Tea II is on free promotion on Amazon

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”

Tea II

Tea II

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

A Storm Filled Night

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

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

Just Had My Second Bad Review

Just Had My Second Bad Review

I have always try and be 100% honest, so to balance all the good reviews (which I am always happy to post up) I have just had my second bad review.

It was on Goodreads and was for “Tales for a storm filled night” a lady gave it 2 out of 5, there was no written review for why she thought it was only worth 2.

How do I feel about it? To be honest – everyone is entitled to their own opinion and as long as it was an honest review. Then I don’t have a problem with it.

When you create anything, be it a book or a picture or a sculpture and you show it to the world then there will be people who like it, are indifferent to it or hate it. That’s just life : ) All you can do is hope more people like your work than don’t.

However, saying that there are people who criticise and belittle everything, just to make themselves feel important or good. You know the types – the ones that talk the talk but can’t actually do anything. Well they make me laugh and smile. Why? Because they are just not worth the effort of worrying about.

Alan

My Character – Nathanial West

The Character of Nathanial West

Warning: will contain major spoilers

Nathanial West appears in ‘Echoes of a Storm’, ‘Scions of the Storm’, two stories in ‘A Storm Filled Night’, two stories in Tales of Solomon Pace, & ‘My Name is’ (see notes) The following is a character summary of Nathanial West, using around 900 words.

The Early Years

Nathanial West was originally known by a different name which has been lost in history. He grew up in the Star Mountains and had a fairly normal life up to the age of ten, when he broke his leg. He was given special herbs to make him sleep and take away the pain. However, a witch called Jennifer, who had been spurned by Nathanial’s father, cancelled the effects of the painkilling and sleep-inducing aspects of the herbs, and, instead, replaced them with a paralysing effect. Young Nathanial spent two days locked in agony within his own body.

Later on, Nathanial was picked to become a ‘Chosen’; this meant that an Air Spirit would possess his body, turning him into an unstoppable warrior. However, there was a heavy price to pay, as the Chosen would die when the Air Spirit left his body. By sheer force of will, Nathanial kept the Air Spirit inside him and, hence, survived where all others had failed. For this, he was exiled from his tribe.

The Exiled years

Very little is known about Nathanial West during these years, only that he changed his name to Nathanial West during this time and that he fought with a mercenary band for a few years.

Zarekland years

When Nathanial reached Zarekland, he was a much-changed man – a battle-hardened veteran with cold hard eyes and a death-wish approach to battle. He quickly rose to the rank of Captain and took charge of the 3rd Lowland Infantry – a regiment known for its lack of discipline as much as its fighting ability. They fought many campaigns, but it was the Battle of Bridgehead where they and their Captain earned their deadly reputation.

The Bodyguard years

At the Battle of the Swallow Hills, whilst defending a gorge, Nathanial was mortally wounded and whisked away by Solomon Pace. The 3rd Lowland Infantry, along with the church soldiers, successfully held the gorge, but were decimated in the process. Barely eighty of them survived the battle.

Nathanial returned six weeks later, fully fit, and took up the post of Bodyguard for Queen Alexandra. They quickly became lovers. The affair was brief, but fruitful, as they became parents to Princess Kathleen. The King, though, thought Kathleen to be his own.

Nathanial’s Secret

Within Nathanial, the Air Spirit had gone insane and, although it granted him great powers as a warrior, it constantly tried to chip away at his sanity. After the Battle of the Gorge, Solomon Pace places an Earth Spirit within Nathanial, which caused him to become a Dev’ver, or werewolf, at will. The Earth Spirits name is Red Claw. From then on, Nathanial fought a constant battle between himself, the beast, and the evil one.

The Peaceful years

For two years, Nathanial finds peace with a woman called Elizabeth; whom he marries. However, that peace was ripped apart when he had to make a choice between saving his daughter, the Princess Kathleen, or his beloved wife. Nathanial chose to protect his daughter.

The Return of the Warrior

With the death of his wife, Nathanial returns to his old self and dedicates his life to protecting his daughter. (See Echoes of a Storm for full details)

Scions of the Storm

At the end of Echoes of a Storm, Solomon Pace had successfully destroyed most of the royal family and exiled Nathanial into the wilderness, leaving only Kathleen and her new husband as his puppet rulers.

At the start of Scions of the Storm, Nathanial is losing the battle of wills with the insane Air Spirit, who is now known as the Midnight Man.

The Prophecy

Knowing there is a prophecy that a young woman called Jane Hughes will kill the Midnight Man, Nathanial deliberately hides himself away in the woods until Jane becomes strong enough to kill him and, hence, the Midnight Man.

The Rise of the Midnight Man

Nathanial eventually loses the fight and the Midnight Man comes to the fore. Now loose, the Midnight Man begins a subtle campaign of pure evil, spreading his hate of life across the entire continent.

The Fall of the Midnight Man

In the grand finale of Scions, a battle takes place in a huge underground cavern. During this battle Jane Hughes is on her knees before the Midnight Man, utterly defeated and about to die, when, through the strength of his will, Nathanial manages to overcome the Midnight Man. He tells Jane that he can only hold back the Midnight Man for a short time, but that should be time enough to allow Red Claw (his werewolf) to come to the fore. Nathanial tells Jane to persuade Red Claw to die by attacking alone the enemy ranks  

The Death of Nathanial West

Whilst Nathanial’s struggle for control with the Midnight Man. Jane persuades Red Claw  that to save everyone  the Midnight Man must die. Red Claw’ howls out a challenge and charge into the ranks of the enemy, only to be cut down in a flurry of claws and teeth, hence, killing himself, the Midnight Man, and Nathanial West.

Notes – ‘My Name is’ was only released for 4 months in 2013. I am planning to add it to a collection of short stories sometime in the future.