DarkIsle: The Final Battle – ebook now available

The final instalment of D A Nelson‘s brilliant DarkIsle trilogy is now available as an ebook as well as in paperback. Inspired by a huge stone dragon in Irvine, on the west coast of Scotland, this series has captured the imagination of readers around the world with its combination of fantasy, adventure and humour.

The eISBN is 9781905537976. The paperback ISBN is 9781905537952.

ICEFALL now also available as ebook

Icefall – the breathtaking 4th book in Gillian Philip‘s Rebel Angels series – is now available as an ebook as well as in paperback.


If you haven’t read any of the series yet, our advice is this: before you start, tell your friends (and even your family!) you’ve gone on holiday for a few weeks, to somewhere you can’t be reached, not even by carrier pigeon. Because you will become hooked on these books. And then the last thing you’ll want is interruptions.

The eISBN (that book’s unique identifier) is 9781905537648. Just search for that if you have any problems.

CONJURING THE INFINITE now available as ebook

Kirkland Ciccone‘s Catalyst Book Award winner Conjuring The Infinite is now available from all main ebook suppliers. So you can read it on your e-reader or tablet.


If for any reason you can’t find the ebook, try using the ISBN (the book’s unique identifier) to search. It’s 9781905537686.


Conjuring The Infinite beats Carnegie Medal-winner to win Catalyst Book Award 2014

We’re thrilled for Kirkland Ciccone, whose debut Conjuring The Infinite has followed in the footsteps of Linda Strachan‘s Spider, which won the Catalyst Book Award in 2011.

Kirkland dons the Catalyst crown...
Kirkland dons the Catalyst crown…

We don’t normally post full media releases here, but Kirkland is always good for a quote. Plus, this way you can find out what’s next from him. It has an extraordinary title! (More details will follow soon.)

Kirkland Ciccone’s debut Young Adult novel Conjuring The Infinite, published by Strident, has won the 2014 Catalyst Book Award ahead of Kevin Brooks’ Carnegie Medal-winner The Bunker.

The Catalyst Book Award is voted for by the pupils of North Lanarkshire’s secondary schools.

Conjuring The Infinite tells the story of the dazzling and outwardly faultless Seth Kevorkian. No ordinary teenager, Seth’s fixation with an ethereal power has driven him to terrible acts against those closest to him.

But now the Eyes of the Sky have opened; and the story begins with Seth’s funeral. Have his antics driven someone to take revenge? Can his housemates trust each other? And why is the rain seething with life?

Commenting on winning the award, Kirkland said, “This feels amazing. Over the last few weeks I’ve spent hours posing gracefully in my roller skates with pretend Catalyst Book Award trophies – it was a box of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes the other day – just in case. And now it turns out that my practising wasn’t in vain. I’m thrilled.

“A huge thank you to all the teenagers around North Lanarkshire, so many of whom voted for me, and also to all the school librarians who allowed me to appear in person.”

Strident Publishing’s Keith Charters, says, “I was knocked out by the manuscript – the story is deviously clever and intriguing, and kept me on tenterhooks right to the last page.  But what makes this book is that Kirkland tells the tale as only he could, in an accessible – sometimes outrageous – satirical style. He’s really funny in person and that comes through strongly in his writing.”

Kirkland’s second novel will hit the shelves in late October. “It has a short title, but the subtitle is everything,” he says. “Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide to Dictatorship in the Fictional Nation of Enkadar.  It features nurses smuggling potatoes, as well as evil unicorns, mass murder and bingo.   Though not necessarily in that order.”

(See, we told you it’s an extraordinary title!)


Lee and the Consul Mutants – free sampler

Nothing in life is free. Or so they say. But they’re wrong. Because here’s a free sampler for Lee and the Consul Mutants, the first book in the hilarious Lee series.

Lee and the Consul Mutants extract chapter 2

Lee and the Consul Mutants extract chapter 2

If you don’t know the story, it starts with Lee’s appendix exploding. Ouch! They say all first novels are partly autobiographical (you’ll get a lot of points for that word in Scrabble)…from which you can guess that Keith Charters‘ appendix once also went BANG.  The (amazing and weird) things that inspire authors!

You can find out more about Keith and his books on this site or at www.keithcharters.com.


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Matt Cartney: Action Man

Is it a bird, is it a plane…? Actually, it’s probably Matt Cartney researching his next Danny Lansing Adventures novel.

Matt may not have the Swivel Eyes of the Action Man below, but he’s got a lot more get up and go, as demonstrated by this short film.

(Click link to view. You should be taken to YouTube in a new window.)


(And yes, there is a reason for this Action Man being between 2 slices of break, but that’s for another day…)

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