Every Saturday ALLi will tell the world about our members' latest book launches, news, awards, freebies, workshops and updates on the writing life and take a look at the projects and businesses of our partner members.
Tristan and Iseult has been shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2015. The winner will be announced at their annual conference in June.
In a land of fog and desperate tribes, Tristan fights to protect western Briton from Saxon invaders. In the wake of battle, he returns to Kernow bearing grave news, and the order of power shifts.
As Tristan defends the west, his uncle, King Mark, faces enemies to the east beyond the sea: the Irish Bloodshields. Mark is determined to unite the tribes of Briton and Ireland and forge an alliance that would see an end to war and the beginnings of peace.
Iseult, the daughter of Irish kings and a woman of the blood, resigns herself to her inevitable fate: marriage to Lord Morholt. A bloody duel changes her course, and she finds herself stranded on the coast of Kernow bringing with her the possibility of peace. But when she loses her heart to one man and marries another, her future and that of Briton flutters grey.
Three people and a hope that will never fade, this is a story of promise; the legend of love.
A Speculative Fiction Anthology (150 pages)
This collection of seven speculative fiction stories, Rhythms, explores the rhythms of life both external and internal on our planet and in other places in the universe.
From identifying a single individual’s challenges with identity to that of a supernatural being whose sole purpose is to embed its soul into the experiences of all people, each story asks you to question what you see, who you are, and how to think outside of your personal experience.
If you are able to adapt to a new rhythm, you will be given a chance to do more than survive. You will find a way to thrive.
I have just published Book 6 in my romance series Geraldine's Gems. It is called A Friend in Need and is priced at £1.99/$2.99.
When Faith's Aunt Geraldine says she is ‘A friend in need' and should find a ‘friend in deed' after more abuse from her boyfriend, Darren, it proves life-changing. Her colleague Jenny suggests she takes self-defence lessons with their colleague, Ben.
Over lessons, Faith falls in love with Ben, who helps her to defend herself and encourages her to start a career in counselling. Ben is that ‘Friend in deed'. It is currently live at
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It should be available from Smashwords and Kobo by the end of the week
Watch out for a free Kindle download on 5th to 7th Feb of A Relative Invasion, Book 1 (Intrusion)
5* reviews on Amazon plus an excellent one received from Harper Collins that can be read here.
While the adults worry about Hitler’s invasions, young Billy has one of his own to face. This is a coming-of-age trilogy set in WWII.
In 1937, as the adults worry about the onset of war, Billy’s has just begun. He so wanted a play-mate but it came in the form of a manipulative cousin, the frail and artistic Kenneth.
The adults only see the porcelain looks of Kenneth and not his darker soul.
Emotionally neglected or misunderstood by parents and aunt, and bullied by uncle and cousin, Billy imagines he owns the precious Cossack sabre of his father’s work colleague. This sabre becomes an icon that sustains Billy through Kenneth’s psychological invasions, through disruption and evacuation and then the shock of war, but might it damage as well as protect?
Book 1, Intrusion, is out in Kindle with paperback versions and Books 2 and 3 to follow shortly.
The Confessions of Becky Sharp is in the swim for an Indie Award with the Historical Novel Society (HNS).
The Confessions of Becky Sharp as reviewed by Anne McNulty in HNS Reviews
Fans of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair and its unforgettable anti-heroine, Becky Sharp, will delight in David James’s smart, intensely readable, funny, and surprisingly moving take on that classic novel’s plot.
In the pages of James’s novel, Becky Sharp (the semi-tragic Lady Crawley) jumps to center stage and tells her own story, culminating in her marriage to Rawdon Crawley, her disastrous affair with Lord Steyne, and her own take on the decidedly scandalous characterization Thackeray gives her throughout his book.
Last October, I published my first book, Mudlark River, which tells the story of a Victorian map and how it took me on an intriguing journey down the Thames. At the beginning of this month, I launched a website to help promote it.
Floating in the ether, the site provides links to the Mudlark River page on Amazon, and also features some of my other travel writings.
EVENTS, COURSES, COMPETITIONS
New MA Creative Writing & Publishing starting September 2015
A new MA for writers, taught by award-winning authors, Mick Jackson, Lesley Thomson, Elly Griffiths and me, as well as a strong line-up of industry professionals.
The course is part-time over two years, taught in once-monthly intensive three-day blocks (six blocks per year), in stunning surroundings at West Dean College, Chichester. Accommodation is available for anyone living out of the area. For more info –
Submissions are now open to find ten outstanding authors to launch their books simultaneously at one, highly-publicised event in London on June 3rd, 2015.
This event is open to writers publishing both traditionally and independently, and will celebrate ten books from emerging authors writing on the theme of ‘Inspiring People and Places’.
Authors can find out more and submit their books here: http://completelynovel.com/press/one-big-book-launch
And this, of course, comes from ALLi partner member CompletelyNovel.com
If you are a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors and you would like to showcase your work on our ALLi Showcase, please send it to [email protected] to reach me no later than the Thursday proceeding the Saturday you would like it published.