Beware ancient coins, they’re not always what they seem – warns Dave Weaver, author of Timekeepers

When loner Jack Johnson touches an old coin he suddenly finds himself transported back to a distant and perilous past; then forwards to a dark, dystopian future where rebels struggle to overturn an ancient and ruthlessly oppressive empire.

DARTFORD, KENT – 14 February 2018 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of Timekeepers by Dave Weaver, a new twist on a time travelling adventure.

Artwork by Alison Buck

Artwork by Alison Buck

Jack Johnson has an exceptional gift: a remarkable ability to absorb and memorise facts instantly and without effort. A lonely teenager, he has had little control over his life, having to leave behind friends and everything familiar, in the move to a new town, a new school, a new start. Jack misses his old life. He knows that his immediate future will not be easy – his astonishing memory has not always helped win him friends – but he can never have anticipated the incredible events that are about to befall him. Discovering what appears to be an ancient coin, Jack finds himself abruptly hurled back and then forward through time, by a technology and an intelligence beyond his control. Jack’s extraordinary memory, and his fascination with history, are to prove vital as he is thrown back across the centuries, to the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain, then forward to the heart of a vastly powerful totalitarian state. In both past and future, manipulated by opposing factions, Jack’s life is under constant threat. He will need all his ability and courage to survive. Whom can he trust? Can he save those he cares for? Will he ever return home?

Author Dave Weaver lives in St. Albans, near the ruins of the Roman town of Verulamium. He has long been fascinated by history and his writing has often explored the relationship between reality and the popularly imagined past which invariably borders on fantasy. His first published novel, Jacey’s Kingdom, explored Dark Ages Britain as it was being imagined by a history student who lay in a coma. His latest novel Timekeepers is a dark dystopia, more science fiction than fantasy. His hero is briefly sent back in time to Roman Britain, but then forward to a future Britain which is still part of an expanded Roman Empire that now dominates the whole world. Combining time travel and alternate realities with both history and a disturbing future, Timekeepers follows in the footsteps of HG Wells’ (ironically timeless) classic The Time Machine.

Timekeepers will be available on all popular eBook platforms from 2nd March 2018, and can be pre-ordered now. It will be available in paperback on 25th May 2018.

Notes for Editors

About Dave Weaver

Dave WeaverDave Weaver, a graphic designer, was born in darkest Surrey but now lives near the ruins of the Roman town of Verulamium with his family and a cat called Trillian. He took quite a long time to begin writing, but eventually joined the local Verulam Writers’ Circle and had a number of short stories published in various anthologies and webzines. Much of his writing hovers on the shifting borders between fantasy and reality, but he also indulges a love of science fiction. His first novel, Jacey’s Kingdom, explored the uncertain times of Britain’s Dark Ages. His latest novel, Timekeepers, explores Romano Britain, but not just in the past; it is his fifth novel to be published by Elsewhen Press.

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Oddball, enjoyable and original – an interview with Mike French at the Alternative Magazine Online

Mike FrenchCover Art: Tony Allcock; Logo Design: Craig NashMike French was recently interviewed for the Alternative Magazine Online by Marty Mulrooney. Although it was predominantly to talk about Mike’s new book, Fictional Alignment the sequel to An Android Awakes, they covered a few other topics too (like house extensions, birthdays, and Blade Runner 2049). All in all an entertaining and informative interview, with a sneaky teaser at the end.

Oh, and “Oddball, enjoyable and original” was Marty’s description of Fictional Alignment not Mike. But there again…

Read the interview at the Alternative Magazine Online website here.

 

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“excellent in every regard” – review of The Wages of Sin on Risingshadow

Cover: Alex StorerOn Risingshadow.net, Seregil of Rhiminee has recently reviewed The Wages of Sin by Zoë Sumra – the second book in her Underside series. Having enjoyed the first book Sailor to a Siren, Seregil was pleased that this book was “just as entertaining and epic”. In fact Seregil writes: “I’m glad to say that, in this novel, the author fulfills the promise that she showed in her debut novel and delivers a rewarding, satisfyingly complex and action-packed story that feels wonderfully fresh and exciting. I was positively surprised by it, because it exceeded all of my expectations.” Seregeil expands on this later: “Just like Sailor to a Siren, The Wages of Sin is a prime example of how to write compelling, fast-paced and gritty space opera for adult readers who want to be entertained by a good story. There aren’t any boring or stale moments in this novel, because the author makes sure that there’s always something going on to satisfy the needs of readers who enjoy action scenes.”

You can read the whole of Seregil’s review on Risingshadow here.

 

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“excellent, fresh and wonderfully satirical science fiction” – review on Risinghadow of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There

Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis MilesSeregil of Rhiminee recently reviewed Ira Nayman’s latest Multiverse novel The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There, the fifth book in the Multiverse (aka Transdimensional Authority) series. Seregil starts by writing “Ah, Ira Nayman has done it again!” and goes on to say that although this is the fifth book in the series “it is still as amusing, fresh and highly entertaining as the previous novels (to be totally honest, in certain ways this novel is even better than its predecessors).” Later Seregil writes that he finds Ira’s ability to parody popular culture absolutely brilliant and he was “once again amazed at his shameless way of writing genuinely funny and thought-provoking satire about TV series etc. Just like the previous novels, this novel has quite an amazing amount of references to popular culture, which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed reading it.” As he adds, “Virtually nobody and nothing is safe from his quirky humour and that’s an extremely good thing.” Seregil concludes his review with a plea to Ira: “More, please!”.

Read the whole of Seregil’s review on Risingshadow.net here.

 

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Much-anticipated new epic fantasy from award-winning bestselling author Christopher Nuttall

Master story-teller Christopher Nuttall weaves a new epic fantasy series. Five years after the earth-shattering events at the end of his Bookworm series, the Golden City has fallen, the Empire is no more, and ancient magic threatens the land.

DARTFORD, KENT – 02 February 2018 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of The Promised Lie the first book in a new epic fantasy series, The Unwritten Words, by Christopher Nuttall set in the world of his bestselling Bookworm series.

Cover artwork by Alison Buck

Cover artwork by Alison Buck

Christopher Nuttall, one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors on Amazon, is an accomplished writer of epic fantasy. His bestselling, and award-winning, Bookworm series has achieved worldwide success as ebooks, paperbacks and, more recently, as unabridged audiobooks from Tantor Media. The first book was published by Elsewhen Press in 2013 and the final, fourth, book in the series was published in 2015. Since then fans have been clamouring for more stories set in the same world. Now, in 2018, Christopher has obliged with a new series that begins five years after the events at the end of the original series. Shifting focus away from the Golden City and the powerful magical families who lived there, The Unwritten Words looks to what is happening in the other kingdoms that are suddenly no longer in thrall to the Empire. The few sorcerors who are left have no authority, so land grabs and power plays rely on might rather than magic. Which means that anyone who can wield magic has an immediate advantage.

In The Promised Lie, the first book of the new series, five years have passed since the earth-shattering events of Bookworm IV. The Golden City has fallen. The Grand Sorcerer and Court Wizards are dead. The Empire they ruled is nothing more than a memory, a golden age lost in the civil wars as kings and princes battle for supremacy. And only a handful of trained magicians remain alive. One of them, Isabella Majuro, Lady Sorceress, is little more than a mercenary, fighting for money in a desperate bid to escape her past. But when Prince Reginald of Andalusia plots the invasion of the Summer Isle, Isabella finds herself dragged into a war against strange magics from before recorded history … And an ancient mystery that may spell the end of the human race.

The Promised Lie will be available on all popular eBook platforms from 23rd February 2018, and can be pre-ordered now. It will be available in paperback on 25th May 2018.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his tenth fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The first instalment in a new series, The Promised Lie introduces us to new characters and new kingdoms in the world of his bestselling Bookworm series. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their two sons.

Visit bit.ly/ThePromisedLie

Praise for the Bookworm series

Bookworm was winner of the GOLD Award in the Adult Fiction category of the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards.

“A thrilling adventure packed full of magic and memorable characters. Highly recommended.” – The Wishing Shelf Awards

“one of the best authors of entertaining epic fantasy” – Seregil of Rhiminee

“the author has woven an exciting and entertaining story of secrets, dark history, books, werewolves and magic, and knows how to keep the story on the move” – Risingshadow

 

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Latest novel from Katrina Mountfort, a haunting ghost story as told by the ghost herself

The Ghost in You is a first-hand account, from beyond the grave, by an innocent girl who dies before her time and tries to make sense of what is happening to her, while helping her friends and discovering her purpose.

DARTFORD, KENT – 26 January 2018 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of The Ghost in You, the latest novel by Katrina Mountfort. A ghost story with a difference, told in the first person by the ghost herself. It addresses what awaits us when we die, the age-old concern of life after death, felt most keenly when a person is taken too soon. Along the way it also considers what it means to be soulmates.

Photographs and artwork: Alison Buck

Photographs and artwork: Alison Buck

No-one knows what happens when we die. There are theories; there are hopes; there are dreams. But eventually we all find out … Rowena had never thought about it. She was only 19 and hadn’t even experienced her first kiss. Dying was the last thing she expected; or rather, what followed was the last thing she expected. With no blinding light… no choirs of angels… it actually took her a while to realise that she was in fact dead, although seeing her own body at the foot of the stairs was a big clue.

What do you do if you’re dead but haven’t ‘moved on’? In Rowena’s case, you keep finding yourself back where you died, with very little control over when; sometimes you can be away for days, weeks or even months, and then you’re back. Between times, when you’re ‘away’, where do you go, what do you do? You’ve seen some other ghosts asleep at their graves, but you don’t even know where your own grave is. The Living shiver if they walk through you, but they can neither see nor hear you. With practice you can pass through walls and doors, but curiously you can also sit on a park bench without falling through it, climb stairs, even lie on a bed. You’re stuck in the clothes you were wearing when you died, at the age you died. Waiting. Then, after years of this intermittent existence, you realise what you have been waiting for, what it is that you have to do in order to finally move on. Just as you have found the best reason to stay.

The cover image, by artist Alison Buck, illustrates Rowena’s ghost asleep ‘between times’ and is based on a photograph, showing Rowena’s grave in her quiet Suffolk village churchyard.

The Ghost in You will be available on all popular eBook platforms from 16th February 2018, and can be pre-ordered now. It will be available in paperback on 25th May 2018.

Notes for Editors

About Katrina Mountfort

Katrina MountfortKatrina Mountfort was born in Leeds. After a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Food Science, she started work as a scientist. Since then, she’s had a varied career. Her philosophy of life is that we only regret the things we don’t try, and she’s been a homeopath, performed forensic science research and currently works as a freelance medical writer. She now lives in York with her husband and two dogs. When she hit forty, she decided it was time to fulfil her childhood dream of writing a novel. Her debut novel, Future Perfect, the first book in the Blueprint trilogy, was published by Elsewhen Press in 2014, followed over the next two years by the rest of the trilogy, Forbidden Alliance and Freedom’s Prisoners. Now Katrina returns to Elsewhen Press with The Ghost in You.
 

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Fictional Alignment is a satire by Mike French exploring a future in which androids control culture

When Sapphira writes the first human-written fiction in a century, zealot androids vow to eradicate all fiction. They fail – her book is a best seller – so they send a team back in time to realign the historical record with her fictional stories.

DARTFORD, KENT – 12 January 2018 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of a new book by Mike French. Fictional Alignment is a sequel to the ground-breaking An Android Awakes, a collaboration between Mike French and artist Karl Brown which was published at the end of 2015 by Elsewhen Press. In that book, Android Writer PD121928 is attempting to have a novel published, but is only allowed 42 failed submissions before he will be terminated. Despairing, as he waits to hear whether his final attempt has been accepted, he commits suicide; but it is accepted, so his successor, PD121929, passes himself off as the author. In Fictional Alignment we discover that, because fewer than a hundred copies of that novel were sold, PD121929 was himself terminated. The human Sapphira, who had been in love with PD121928, wrote a bestselling novel Humans (An Arrangement of Minor Defects) based on the stories he told her on the night they first met. It was marketed by the Altostratus publishing house as the first work of fiction by a human for over a hundred years. As a result, a handful of zealot androids massacred the senate and formed a new regime fuelled with a passion to eradicate the evil of fiction from android society. But however much they try, they are unable to remove the impact of Sapphira’s novel. If fiction cannot be made to align with reality, then reality must be made to align with fiction. So, in a desperate move, they kidnap Sapphira and force her to work with an oddball team that travels back in time to enact the events of the stories in her book – thus ensuring that they are historical records rather than fiction. This is the ultimate implementation of fake news.

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Cover Art: Tony Allcock; Logo Design: Craig Nash

Cover Art: Tony Allcock; Logo Design: Craig Nash

Fictional Alignment is a satire set in the fashionably-predicted future where Artificial Intelligence has replaced humans as the source of culture. But it is not the technology that is being lambasted here, rather it is the society that deploys it. Technology can be a weapon or a tool, but ideology chooses how to wield it. Whether adhering to human religion or android dogma, zealots write, rewrite and control culture; culture reflects society, yet society is shaped by culture. However, the tale of Sapphira and the alignment of reality to her fictional stories is by no means bleak. There is still love among the stars.

With a stunning cover designed by renowned artist Tony Allcock, and interior illustrations by Mike himself, Fictional Alignment is set to be as ‘cool’ and ‘fascinating’ as Starburst Magazine deemed An Android Awakes.

Fictional Alignment will be available on all popular eBook platforms from 2nd February 2018, and can be pre-ordered now. It will be available in paperback on 2nd April 2018.

Notes for Editors

About Mike French

Mike FrenchMike French was the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine The View From Here during its life from 2007 to 2014. Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward, the first book of the Dandelion Trilogy, was published in 2011 and nominated for a Galaxy National Book Award, which presumably due to an unfortunate clerical error, was awarded to Dawn French. The rest of the trilogy, Blue Friday and Convergence, were published by Elsewhen Press in 2012 and 2013 respectively. An Android Awakes was published in 2015 by Elsewhen Press and launched on the main stage of the Brighton Film & Comic Con.

Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Mike is married with three children. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not writing watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food and listens to Gorillaz.

Visit bit.ly/FictionalAlignment

Praise for An Android Awakes

“One of the coolest and most fascinating reads out there” – Starburst Magazine

“Intriguing, surreal and evocative” – Geeky Monkey Magazine

“A Blade Runner-esque future – different from anything else” – Sci-Fi Bulletin

“The questions of what makes us truly human and what life means isn’t anything new within the genre, but the presentation of those timeless questions here is exemplary and fresh” – AMO Magazine

“One of the most pleasant surprises of the year” – Upcoming4Me

“A thoughtful creation which will inspire thought in its readership” – SFBook Reviews

“Smart, challenging and well worth any jaded fantasist’s rapt attention” – Now Read This!

“Real depth and resonance: A ramified, knotted artefact, existing beyond the normal two dimensions of the page” – Blue Book Balloon

“Wizardry of character building – 2000AD meets LOBO” – Base5 Magazine

“Great imagination, telling wonderful tales” – Geek Native

“Entertaining, sexy, terrifying, and beautiful” – The Compulsive Reader

“Each story is extraordinary” – Geek Syndicate

“Had me totally hooked” – SF Crowsnest

“A cult feel” – Comics Anonymous

 

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Instrument of Chaos now available

Artwork by Alison Buck based on feather photo by KPG_Payless/shutterstock.com

Artwork by Alison Buck based on feather photo by KPG_Payless/shutterstock.com

Instrument of Chaos, the concluding book in the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy by Rebecca Hall is available from today on all major eBook platforms. Mitch, Amelie and Nikola arrive in Dunedin in New Zealand to start their first year at University. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for one thing the Angels are back and they’re looking for Nikola.

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entertaining, fresh, and some dead-on satire – The Future Fire review of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There

Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis Miles

Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell
ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis Miles

On The Future Fire Reviews, Lisa Timpf has posted a substantial review of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There the latest in the Multiverse (aka Transdimensional Authority) series by Ira Nayman.

Lisa writes that Ira’s novel “blends the elements of a police procedural with madcap humor and imaginative characters and locales” and the reader is “treated to humor that leaves no stone unturned” where “everything and everyone is fair game for Nayman’s wit” including employing “absurdity to good effect” and “a knack for giving old expressions a new twist”.

The book is liberally sprinkled with references to popular culture and Lisa specifically picks out the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Star Trek, Mel Blanc, Jack Ryan and Canadian icons such as Margaret Atwood, Celine Dion and Tim Hortons. Aliens are also fair game for Ira’s fun, ranging from sparkling word play to slapstick humour. While some of the humour is purely for entertainment, some is intended to “pack a satirical bite based on Nayman’s observation of human nature” and “politics” as well as “observations about relationships, workplace dynamics, and our interface with technology that hit close to home”.

Lisa found the book to be “an enjoyable read, although I found myself reading carefully rather than quickly so as not to miss any of the sometimes-subtle humor”. It was, Lisa says, “entertaining, and the variety of types of humor and original turns of phrase kept things fresh”, there are “strong female as well as male characters, inventive and creative scene-setting, and some dead-on satire”.

Thanks for the review Lisa, we’re very happy that you enjoyed Ira’s book.

If you want to read the whole of Lisa’s review (and I recommend that you do), you can find it on The Future Fire Reviews here.

 

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“a well-told fantasy story that will intrigue adult and young adult readers alike” – review of Cold Fire on Risingshadow

Earlier this week Seregil of Rhiminee reviewed Cold Fire, the latest book from Peter R. Ellis (I would have mentioned it sooner but I’ve been laid up with flu for a few days). The book is the first of a series of standalone novels recounting the continuing adventures of September Weekes, the heroine of Peter’s Evil Above the Stars series.

Artwork: Alison Buck

Artwork: Alison Buck

Seregil starts by saying that it was a pleasure to read about September Weekes again because she’s an interesting and fascinating protagonist. He says that it is “just as good and interesting” as the Evil Above the Stars series, and points out that it is perfectly possible to read Cold Fire without having read the original series, adding that it is a suitable “entry point to the world of September Weekes” and although it has much “in common with the previous novels, it’s a whole new adventure and newcomers will be able to enjoy it”. He describes Cold Fire as “a well-told fantasy story that will intrigue adult and young adults readers alike” in which readers will find themselves immersed in the story as it unfolds.

Seregil compliments Peter’s good characterisation, and fluent writing. The “characters are resourceful and remind me a bit of the characters found in Enid Blyton’s novels” he says. He admits that even September’s nemesis, the Malevolence, has fascinated him since the beginning of the original trilogy – Peter has “created an ultimate evil entity, because it consumes everything it comes in contact with and leaves destruction in its wake”.

Seregil says that Cold Fire “combines elements of fantasy and science fiction in an entertaining way”, with Peter writing “intriguingly” about the alternative version of our world with creatures such as mermaids, unicorns and dragons (although they avoid men). Peter’s writing about the impact of human population growth on these other creatures and their ultimate fate has a “bittersweetness” says Seregil, revealing hidden wisdom beneath the story on the themes of extinction, indifference and fear of the unknown.

Seregil also enjoyed the descriptions of alchemy and how phosphorus and its qualities fascinated scientists. Peter manages to “convey the enthusiasm involved in the experiments to his readers in a splendid way”, which he thinks is a result of Peter’s background as a teacher “because you get a feeling that he knows what he is writing about”.

Summarising, Seregil says that what he likes most about Cold Fire and the previous trilogy is that they are intriguing and different. He is glad that the “Welsh elements – history, mythology, names etc – that readers have come to love in the previous novels can also be found in this novel. They’re an important part of the fascination and originality of the story, because they make this novel stand out among other fantasy novels.”

Seregil concludes by saying that Cold Fire is a “charming and delightfully old-fashioned yet intriguingly modern fantasy novel” that “combines the charm of classic fantasy books with modern storytelling in a successful way”.

You can read Seregil’s full review here.

 

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