It’s like buses… You wait around for ages for a book release then two come at once… catch you unawares and you have to do a little self promotion…
In case you were unaware, the first of my A Ballad of Maybes trilogy is been released this Sunday, which is that most auspicious of dates ‘The Ides of March’ on which famously if you know your Shakespeare we are told to BEWARE!!! Julius Cesar was murdered in the roman senate, and also, as it happens, fifty years ago I was born. So it seemed a fitting date to release the first book, Maybe… The kindle version is on pre-order now… and the print version will be available later this week
The government of Her Britannic Majesty, Queen Victoria, struggles against a criminal conspiracy that threatens to destabilise the Empire. A conspiracy that reaches from the riverside slums of London, to Whitehall and the palace itself.
History stands at a crossroads. The Empire may rise to new heights or fall into ruins.
Meanwhile, Benjamin West searches for the truth about his long-lost father who disappeared in the Amazon basin some fifteen years before. His search has led to Cheapside and the funeral of the famous Polynesian engineer Mr Maybe, the man who had held the answers Benjamin seeks.
The death of Maybe, and how it is connected to the disappearance of West’s father bring together West, his former manservant Gothe and the mysterious woman standing by Maybe’s graveside. Fate entangles them in a struggle against criminals, murderers and the agents of those forces that threaten to bring down the government.
Can they hope to win out against the odds stacked against them?
Meanwhile, not to be left out old Hannibal has a short story in the forth Harvey Duckman Presents anthology, which I am delighted to be a part of once again. The Story is called ‘The Elves and the Bootmaker’ and is an episode from Hannibal’s early life before the novels, when as a young man still calling himself by his given name ‘Harry Smith’ he is about to sign on as a junior officer on his first Royal Air Navy command. Its a tale which explains a lot, and involves the delightful Miss Karma from Croydon, who was alluded to in ‘From Russia With Tassels’
As ever the fourth Harvey contains story’s from a plethora of talented indie authors, some new, some established names, as well as a foreword from the delightful Amy Wilson which would be reason enough to buy a copy even if Hannibal wasn’t in it… Again the kindle version is on pre-order now and the print version will be out in early April
Welcome to our worlds…
Harvey Duckman presents the fourth in a series of collected works of suspense and mystery in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and steampunk.
This anthology features work by exciting new voices in speculative fiction, including both established authors and previously unpublished writers.
These short stories give a glimpse into some fantastic worlds that are already out there for you to enjoy, as well as a taste of more to come.
Volume 4 includes stories by: Adrian Bagley, Crysta K Coburn, Thomas Gregory, Christine King, Peter James Martin, John Holmes-Carrington, A.L. Buxton, Zack Brooks, Fred Johnson, Ben McQueeney, Keld Hope, Deborah Barwick, Jon Hartless, R. Bruce Connelly, and Mark Hayes, as well as a bonus ‘Harvey Duckman’ story by Andy Hill, and a foreword by Amy Wilson.
Edited by C.G. Hatton.
The Links, because there is little point telling you all this if I don’t put links down…