Mindmage available now

The Wildmind Saga Continues

Mindmage, the sequel to Wildmind is available now on Amazon! (Paperback coming soon)

What’s it all about? Let me tell you….

The Empire is in turmoil and peace seems a faint prospect following the unprecedented invasion by the Dogmen.  Necessity has forced a historic about-face – the new rulers no longer burn wildminds but instead train them as weapons. The implications of so much change are as yet unknown and there is no time to ponder this as power struggles threaten to rip the Empire’s future to shreds.

Tojen displays extraordinary fighting skills protecting those he cares for and searching for those he has lost. Countess Wayfender struggles to bring positive change in the interest of both normal people and wildminds, beset by prejudices about rank, gender and magic.

Meanwhile, Respler’s secret identity as the powerful Guardian Angel remains unknown and he tries to find his purpose in life. But the Wolf Lord knows his own purpose very well, and he never hesitates as he battles and manipulates along his path to conquest and domination.

 

Need help writing short stories? Here is some inspiration…

My wife said if you want to write better short stories (I do) why not read some good examples, like Neil Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors, a collection of his works first published in 1999. What a wise woman (my wife, not Neil Gaiman, he is a wise man).

I have finished now and I am inspired. Generally I find anything less than a full-blown novel difficult to write, but Gaiman can’t stop himself launching into an extra short tale in his introduction to the book that is full of them.

Simple words, nothing pretentious or fancy, but so imaginatively and brilliantly written with such lifelike characters. I feel like I know Mrs Whitaker – I really should nip around for a cup of tea and check she is all right. And somehow it’s very credible that she came to posses the Holy Grail.

As I progressed through the collection I found the stories quite mixed, some would work for young readers and some would be unsuitable. I didn’t really get on with the narrative poems, but no doubt that says more about me than Mr Gaiman’s work.

What the book left me with , apart from excellent entertainment, was a fine demonstration that while an obvious truth, uttered tentatively or timidly, can become doubtful and unbelievable, the impossible, stated with confidence and conviction, can become plausible and even probable…

New free samples added

 

CoverI have updated the free samples of Wildmind available – here,  or use the menus at the top of the page.

The Prologue was already posted.

Now the Complete Chapter 1 is available on this site to read.

Meet Commander Varik Tojen as he directs the defence of Castle Hurriden.

Wolfhound
Is that a wolfhound?

I have also added the complete Chapter 2.

Back in Espondre, the capital city, we meet Mal Respler, an unhappy and timid bureaucrat. Not yet touched by the invasion, he has no idea about the personal and world-changing events coming his way….

The full story is available for only

£1.75 Amazon UK

$2.99 Amazon US

Wildmind

Wildmind is available from Amazon now.
Wildmind is available from Amazon now.

The book is available on Amazon now.

Wildmind is a sweeping epic fantasy packed with intriguing characters and rich with action.

Everyone knows that people using the ancient magic of the mind will go mad, lose control, and kill themselves along with anyone near them. That’s why they’re called wildminds. That’s why they’re hunted and burned in public.

So how is it that the primitive dog-breeding tribes, the Dogmen, are able to use their wildminds to help them in a highly improbable invasion? Attacking the mighty Empire of Searleddon, they magically control huge wolfhounds, deflect arrows, and even seize control of their enemies’ minds, without going wild. Continue reading “Wildmind”