Creative control of my own work is a truly glorious feeling. Yes, it has its scary moments, but I trust my own judgement and that of the team I have assembled to bring my books to life. The editors, the proofreaders, the designer, the artist and the readers. I also trust the people who sell the book and place great value on their opinions.

I’ve published three paperbacks.

BCD kindleBook One, Behind Closed Doors, is my bestseller. Possibly because it’s a Zurich-set crime novel, and has the powerful support of local bookshops, which in turn attract Swiss bookclubs, who recommend it to their friends and so on. Word of mouth.

Tread Softly pb coverBook Three, Tread Softly, sells almost as well. This one, which deals with crime and corruption in Rioja country, found a curious market via the wine trade. Good job I took my research so seriously. I know from booksellers that the cover is a major attraction. People stroke it.

Raw Material_Cover_Paperback_MEDIUMNow what has happened to Book Two – Raw Material?

The story works – the feedback tells me it’s a favourite – and the ebook is selling on a par with the other two. So why is the paperback selling 50% fewer copies than the others?

I asked questions. Readers and booksellers alike told me that the cover simply didn’t carry the same appeal. Now, I love that cover. I commissioned it from the same brilliant artist who painted books one and three. But whether I love it or not is immaterial. If it doesn’t appeal to readers, I need to make a change.

Thankfully, I can. No one else but me can decide what my books look like. I talked to cover artist James, and we discussed why the original image wasn’t sufficiently alluring. The dawn beach scene illustrates a moment from the book, although the majority of the story is set in London. My other two covers create an atmosphere – they don’t try to tell the story. The cover image should trigger the reader’s imagination, not replace it.

Because James is one of the coolest people I know, he took this in the same spirit as I had and threw his energy into finding an image that would work. We referenced the work of Edward Hopper and drew on the observatory nature of his work. The themes of Raw Material are all about watching, covetousness and interpretation. James has an incredible skill with light and shade, which also played into the final image.

We bounced ideas and sketches between Switzerland and California before finally agreeing on composition, colour and atmosphere. When he’d finished, I squeaked with glee and genius graphic designer JD Smith worked her magic in adding the final elements.

So here it is. The new-look paperback cover of Raw Material.

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With heartfelt thanks to James Lane, whose video of the painting can be found here – 90 seconds of creative process to the noir feel of Gavin Bryars.


At this time of year, statistics abound. Many of those relating to the publishing industry have been queried and debated, but one thing is certain – the number of self-published (or indie) books is growing. Whether you see that phenomenon as the citadel stormed by the great unwashed, or an opportunity for more readers to find good books, the problem remains – how to find the best ones?


Bloggers offer opinions, indie assessors offer stamps of approval, newspapers ask readers’ opinions such as Guardian Readers Recommend, but mostly a book succeeds in finding readers via word-of-mouth.

I’ve read a lot of indie authors this year. They weren’t all good. Several ended up being hurled at the wall (not advisable if reading on Kindle). Many were excellent and deserve a wider readership. So here you go – I’m ending 2013 with 13 of the best indie books I’ve read this year in alphabetical order of author names. Sharing the goodies.

Let me know if you have any recommendations of your own.


Seeking Sophia by Ariadne Apostolou

Surprising and unpredictable, this story of a woman’s journey to find her roots.

The author takes us on a geographical journey to New York, Geneva, and Greece, but the emotional parallel is far less predictable. This book, despite its polish and sophistication, feels raw – in a good way. Emotions are on the table with the olives, tomatoes and a jug of rough wine.

Feral Youth, by Polly Courtney

Few books I’ve read can carry such weighty themes with such a unique voice and distinctive accent. Courtney attacks the enormous social issues of contemporary Britain by giving the voiceless a voice. A real voice. This is a different slant on Britain’s 2011 ‘BlackBerry Riots’, looking at the causes, lacerating the media and using the most beautiful tool of all. Language. This book made me cry, grit my teeth in frustration and realise that up till now, I only had one side of the story.

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Secrets of the Italian Gardener by Andrew Crofts

Difficult to define and delightfully unexpected, this novella has many levels. A contemporary adventure and literary experience, which makes the reader both introspective and on the edge of your seat. The eponymous gardener is rather more than he seems, sharing observations and philosophies on the personal and political. Robert Harris meets Paulo Coelho in a thoughtful, intelligent story.

I Stopped Time by Jane DavisJD-IStoppedTime

A wonderful story of a son re-evaluating everything he thought he knew about his mother. Two lives: Lottie Pye, growing up in Edwardian Brighton, and her son, James, who faces a lonely old age. Until he takes delivery of his mother’s legacy – her photographs – and with the help of young Jenny, begins to make a new picture from the jigsaw of images. A book you resent having to put down.

The Chase by Lorna Fergusson

The history of a house and the uncertain future of marriage are portrayed in this skilfully woven story. Annette (Netty) and Gerald are making a new start in the Dordogne, trying to look ahead and forget the past. Le Sanglier, their new home, also has a colourful past. From primitive civilisation, through mediaeval hunts to occupations from foreign powers, its history is both bloody and dramatic. Ideal atmospheric holiday read.

Scratch by Danny Gillanscratch

Outshines David Nicholls, Tony Parsons and John O’Farrell because Scratch is honest-funny, not synthetic-funny. This is funny, sharply observed comedy with a wry contemporary and Glaswegian slant on age-old problems. Yes, it’s laugh-aloud, but the bits that made me cry and nod came from the most unexpected quarter, and meant all the more for it. Gillan’s writing – quite literally – makes us grow up.

House of Silence by Linda Gillard

It’s a tricky book to describe. It has mystery, romance, skeletons in the closet, a decrepit family manor house and a fair few emotional truths. I read it in one weekend, completely absorbed by the world the author creates. House of Silence reminded me of several other well-loved books, such as Cold Comfort Farm, The Pursuit of Love, Janice Gentle Gets Sexy and The Little Stranger.

The Englishman by Helena Halme

Fictionalised memoirs give an insight into displacement, long-distance love, dysfunctional families, cultural differences between neighbouring countries, and the emotional journey of readjustment. The light tones of romance and adventure are deceptive. Halme tackles awkward issues such as family problems, practical bureaucracy and the reality of prejudice.

The Company of Fellows by Dan Holloway

A psychological murder mystery set among the spires of Oxford, it bristles with intelligence, refined tastes and real skill. It’s also very disturbing, in a Hannibal Lecter way. Characters, plot and setting are carefully detailed in such a way to make the reader constantly change perspective. A book I still think about and will undoubtedly re-read.

7th dayThe 7th Day by Nika Lubitsch

The only translated book on the list. A German-set crime novel with an unusual and absorbing structure. Sybille is on trial for her husband’s murder. While on trial, flashbacks tell the story of their life together and she pieces together what really happened. The ending is atmospheric and exciting, not to mention brilliantly executed. Unsurprisingly, a Kindle bestseller.

My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris

An unusual blend of the esoteric and the practical, the book follows a pianist diagnosed with RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury). Her curious condition and an accidental encounter peel back various layers of memory, truth and trust, revealing rather more than she expects. Both reader and narrator are left with more questions than answers, but plenty to think about.

Charlotte Aimes and The Great Alpine Adventure by Libby O

Exactly the kind of book I’d have loved as a kid, and nothing has changed. Fast-paced adventures in the Alps, with a smart-mouthed heroine, a terrific sidekick, a romantic interest, wicked evildoers and a plethora of background information discoverable via various media. Although labelled YA, this is a funny, sassy, cracking yarn for all ages.

The Imagination Thief by Rohan Quineimagination thief

Another difficult to classify book, but that’s precisely why it works so well. Part literary fiction, part fantasy, it is a surreal experience which makes the most of its equally offbeat location. With a cast of unforgettable characters and a central premise both intriguing and epic, this is what indie fiction does so very well – breaks boundaries and takes risks. In this case, it pays off.

Once upon a time, there were five writers.

They believed there was a third way of publishing, somewhere over the rainbow.

So they packed their books and set off to explore.

This is what happened on the journey.

The Triskele Trail is a true story.

About a writers’ collective who made some mistakes and some smart decisions; who discovered opportunities, found friends and dodged predators in the independent publishing jungle.

Fourteen books later, here are the lessons we learned.

This is not a How-To book.

This is How-We-Did-It.

This is The Triskele Trail.


Libby O, author of Charlotte Aimes

It’s the combined wisdom of a range of independently published writers that makes the difference: practical know-how, up-to-date details about the financials and processes of publishing platforms and services, as well as other been-there-done-that tips – all of which I found in The Triskele Trail

Andrew Crofts, author, ghostwriter and publisher of Secrets of the Italian Gardner

Despite having published more than eighty books with traditional publishing houses I found the path through the jungle of independent and self-publishing peppered with booby traps for the unwary. I wish I’d had this book when I set out, it would have saved me a great deal of time, money and heartache.

This is the ultimate jungle guidebook written by people who have actually cut their own path through the undergrowth. They have weathered all the set-backs, fallen into all the traps and climbed back out again, emerging into the light, bruised but triumphant, with a thriving small business and a number of handsome books. The lessons they have to teach are priceless for anyone hoping to follow them.

Modern publishing is an industry filled with dreamers, fantasists and the plain deluded. This book is a clear, calm, factual guide from people who truly know what they are talking about.”

For one week only, The Triskele Trail is on promotion: grab it while it’s hot!




Interview with Edward Marnier, author of Brief Encounters


Edward Marnier

Ed picBorn March 1949, Fordingbridge England.  Brought up New Forest and West of Ireland. Educated state and private schools. First job cinema projectionist. Worked at BFI, before various jobs in the film industry and becoming a film editor, winning a BAFTA award 1984. Worked in Europe and USA, where wrote two short film scripts. Now an oriental carpet dealer and sometime short story writer.


What made you choose a self-publishing service, rather than going it alone or pitching to a mainstream publisher?

Realism … I realised I was not technically confident to self publish and equally my material was not ‘up to’ showing to a mainstream publisher.

How did you choose your provider and what tipped the balance?

I started looking through self-publishing sites … and what they offered. I didn’t look for the cheapest – although it is interesting the different terms and descriptions of what is part of the service for such and such a fee … and what is extra. I was keen to find a site which seemed to have an understanding of the technical difficulties, formats, formatting etc.

In the end, the Matador/Troubador’s site was so much clearer and more straightforward. They provided information that allowed you the author – to make a decision as to which parts of their service you wanted, or needed. Other sites seemed to relish the fact that one might not be able to understand technically how to self publish; Matador seem to go out of their way to let you understand the options available and the costs involved.

What services did they provide?

Everything for an eBook to be available in various formats and various countries. Very switched on group of people. Good artwork for the cover. Excellent telephone and email contact. One never felt awkward about phoning and asking your representative questions. Just a really good experience.

And which were the most valuable elements for you?

Technical, grammar and spelling. Plus nice messages.

Were there any areas you felt could have been improved?

If you are as illiterate as me, it is quite hard for all the necessary suggestions and corrections to be highlighted against your page of script – but I am not sure there is any way around that – unless I learn some English.

 What advice would you offer other authors in the position of being ready to publish?

Go with these guys …  Matador/Troubador.

Tell us how Brief Encounters came to life.Brief Encounters cover

During the small bit of education I received – one of the few things I was good at was composition (as it was called). Compressing a chapter of some book into a single page, without losing the meaning or excitement of the story. And as I used to edit films, there seems to be something in me that loves the ‘cut to the chase’.

Where’s the best place to read your stories?

In bed with a friend … then at least you can have some fun reading awful lines aloud to each other – and sex and laughter can be pretty good?


Thanks to Edward for sharing his experiences.

Now a note of warning from me, JJ Marsh: Piranhas and Sharks

Authors seeking a self-publishing service – beware. Recently, a whole range of companies sprouted, helping authors get to market. Many charge a premium price and deliver poor results. How to be sure a provider is useful/reasonable/?


As regulars to the blog know, I independently published my crime series via Triskele Books, an author collective. I wanted creative control and the best possible quality. I also wanted ebooks AND print.

I published my paperbacks with Lightning Source, the Print-On-Demand experts. As did all the Triskele authors and each of us is delighted with the results. Lightning Source Inc (LSI) is part of the Ingram Content Group, which launched its latest initiatve -  IngramSpark – at Book Expo America.

Triskele Books are always curious about the latest publishing industry developments and watched the announcement with great interest. 

So I asked Lightning Source to talk about the way they work with indie publishers like ourselves and what the future holds.  

David Taylor, President of Lightning Source UK, was more than happy to talk to us and outline the company’s plans. In a two-part interview, David explains the IngramSpark initiative and answers our questions on LSI and indie authors.

Lightning Source – From the Horse’s Mouth (Part I)

Why did Ingram develop IngramSpark?

Many of our publishers have asked us to create a service where they can easily distribute their content in all formats to our vast network of retail partners. IngramSpark is a response to those requests. Additionally, we wanted to streamline our sales, account setup, content management and customer support activities by providing publishers with a better experience through a self service, completely online portal where they manage all their activity in one place.

Does this mean Ingram is getting into the self-publishing business?

We are in the business of servicing our upstream (publishers) and downstream (retailers, library) partners. As the definition of “publisher” has evolved in the industry to “content provider”, Ingram will provide services to assist getting that content to market, as we have done from the beginning. Ingram Content Group work with all publisher segments in the industry.

What services will the IngramSpark program offer?

IngramSpark will launch with global POD service via LSI-US; LSI-UK and LSI-AU. Additionally eBook service via the CS-fulfillment channel will provide distribution to over 100 online retailers. In August, the CS+ network comes online making eBook content available for Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, Nook and 13 other major e-retailers.

Plans are underway for IngramSpark to also offer file conversion services, ISBN purchase via an arrangement with Bowker, and a marketing program that includes advertising via Ingram’s Advance catalogues, press release and book review services.

Publishers using IngramSpark will pay for services and fees by credit card they have on file in their account.

What is the difference between IngramSpark and LSI print services?

LSI is a pioneer and innovator in POD technology so all that LSI has to offer in choice of format, trim size and color options will be available to the IngramSpark publisher. The cost of printing and shipping content is the same in both platforms. LSI allows more flexibility in terms of a publisher being able to set a range of channel discounts where Spark applies a standard trade discount of 55%. LSI accounts have an assigned CSR where Spark is designed as a self service platform with limited support.

As LSI print service users, we’re wondering what that means for us.

Just to be clear – we are not trying to move customers over to Spark, just provide greater choice in the market.

IngramSpark launches Monday 1 July

Part 2 of David’s interview is out now.

So much happening out there, one can hardly keep up. Fear not, here’s your correspondent reporting from the front.

Firstly, the gradually evaporating myth of a trad v. indie publishing war. Here’s an extract from my guest piece for Words with JAM:

Far too many online spats and vitriolic entrenchment regarding the trad v. indie debate. Not pretty and neither side comes out unscathed.

Naturally, the media loves mud-slinging and muck-raking, and will stir that cauldron with a large wooden spoon. Understandable. Good news about positive initiatives and mutual support are nowhere near as attractive as a damn good row and a couple of insults.

What puzzles me is the disconnect between these ‘stories’ and reality. For years, I’ve worked as a journalist … I’ve interviewed publishers, agents, authors of every persuasion, publicists, translators, fantasists, artists, architects, politicians and anarchists.

Not one of these individuals was looking for a fight. Each was looking for the best way to bring two things together: the reader and the story. Each has her/his own agenda and might measure success differently, but the ultimate aim is the same. Story + Reader = Result.

The Guardian started its Self-Publishing Showcase by asking readers to recommend self-published books they thought deserved attention. And they kicked off with an interview with Polly Courtney, who launched her book, Feral Youth, last night. Polly is a great champion of the independent route and took the time to talk to me about her choices.

Writers and Artists’ Yearbook has also begun a series interviewing self-published authors and offering advice from the experienced and savvy Roz Morris.

And agent Andrew Lownie is doing incredibly well with his Thistle Publishing imprint, proving that flexibility and marketing nous can mean success for author, agent and reader.

Location, Locution

Location, Locution

Closer to home, Triskele Books has been raking in the reviews, accolades , interviews and awards. The Trisky blog is the place to go for illuminating interviews, a writers’ toolbox and our bookclub, discussing stories we love. Today and next week, we have an insider scoop from our favourite print-on-demand company. David Taylor, CEO of Lightning Source answers our questions and introduces new initiative, IngramSpark.

For far-flung sorts with a penchant for place, I’ve begun a new column at Displaced Nation, talking to writers about use of location. By way of introduction, I took my own medicine. If you have any books/authors you think use setting to best effect, please do tip me off.

Triskele BooksI call on all readers to strike down the insidious lie that an independently published book is the creation of an individual soul labouring in isolation. And probably delusion.

That belief threatens the quality, range and adventurism in independent publishing. It’s also bullshit.

Independent authors are just as aware of the value of booksellers, editors, marketers, designers and proofreaders. In fact, probably more so, as we interact directly with these people and understand how much value they really add.

Independent authors are also aware of the necessity of teamwork. We treasure the unflagging support, advice and guidance of those who went before and who have the generosity of spirit to share their experiences and warn others of the pitfalls.

I belong to writers’ collective Triskele Books; a team of indie authors who act as five tireless and committed editors for my work, who encourage me to make my books the best they can be, who insist on expert design and proofreading, who believe in creative freedom coupled to professional presentation.

I belong to The Alliance of Independent Authors, a non-profit organisation which offers all kinds of opportunities for writers, one of which is the industry-savvy, observant, brave, and articulate membership.

I write for Words with JAM, a free literary magazine aimed at sharing news, ideas, new writing, interviews and a sense of community with our readership. We work with agents, traditionally published authors, big and small publishers, journalists and experimenters, without feeling the need to draw a line between Them and Us.

I work with Nuance Words, a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing local writers together. We publish a regular ezine, offer workshops and events for writers and collaborate with our local bookshop to get more people reading.

So I’m not in the ‘profit-maximisation’ business. I’m in the writing, storytelling, creatively collaborating, team-working, indie publishing and book-loving business.

I’m not going to get out of that business. I’m right at the centre of an exciting sea-change in that world. And while I embrace the vistas opening up before us, I am not going to judge anyone for peddling the comfort blanket of traditionalism.

We’re building this together and we’re going to keep building it together.


(This is a response to John Green’s acceptance speech at the American Booksellers’ Association Awards.)

A week is a long time in politics.

Not to mention publishing.

Saturday saw the launch of  four Triskele Books releases at Foyles, London’s award-winning independent bookshop. This photograph shows us with all our paperbacks, each with beautiful matt covers, printed by Lightning Source UK.

Gillian Hamer, Jane Dixon-Smith, JJ Marsh, Liza Perrat, Catriona Troth

Gillian Hamer, Jane Dixon-Smith, JJ Marsh, Liza Perrat, Catriona Troth


Triskele launch authors chose to talk about their books in a series of brief interviews with Liza Perrat, whose book Spirit of Lost Angels was published in the first wave of Triskele releases.

Complicit author Gillian Hamer explained how the atmosphere and history of Anglesey permeate her contemporary crime novels with a touch of the paranormal.

Jane Dixon-Smith confessed her love for all things historical as the driver behind her retelling of the Tristan and Iseult legend.

Jill Marsh (me)  talked about Tread Softly, her crime novel set in the Basque Country, and her research into Spanish wines.

Catriona Troth discussed her novella Gift of the Raven, and how she identified with the main character’s quest for his heritage.

more info and pics here

One of our lovely guests, Polly Courtney, got talking to Catriona Troth. Polly is famous for dropping her publishers after they insisted on marketing her incisive analyses of lads’ mags and City culture as chick lit.

Whatever she said seemed to take effect. The very next day, Kat rejected a publisher. Here’s her blog post. Go Kat!

Next, Dan Holloway, representing The Alliance of Independent Authors, sent out the call to the publishing trade. Open Up to Indies is a campaign to encourage booksellers, awards and festivals to recognise the burgeoning phenomenon of popular independently published books that readers want to read. If you support the initiative, sign the petition.

EmailHeader_NEWAnd in Words with JAM published mere minutes ago, Andrew Lownie, one the smartest guys in the business, talked to me about The Lownie Agency’s adaptation to the changing environment: Thistle Publishing.

The sands are shifting.  Every day brings a new development for authors, booksellers, publishers, printers and ultimately, readers.  The outlook is uncertain, but as an eternal optimist and believer in happy endings, I’ve bought my ticket and plan to enjoy every minute of the ride.

This week has been an education.dan clock jpeg

I’ve learnt a lot about teamwork, reliability, content and support.

Mostly from writers.

Writers are pretty good at coming to the rescue when you’re in a fix. No matter which route you’ve chosen, you’ll find assistance somewhere. Whether it’s advice on agents or marketing intelligence, writers generously share what they’ve learned.

Here I’m sharing a sample of terrific goodies which have personally benefitted me.

Over at the Triskele Books blog, you can dip into a selection of soundbites from writers on how to write: I just spent a good ten minutes trying to choose a favourite – impossible – although Patricia Duncker, Flannery O’Connor and David Applefield shall be printed out and stuck on my wall.

Andrew Lownie, nominated for Agent of the Year at The Bookseller Awards, is one of the smartest in the business. He regularly shares his intelligence on his website. Years of experience, plus contemporary nous make Andrew and his team one of the most informative sources around. Watch out for his article in Words with JAM on his new venture – Thistle Publishing.

On the subject of agents, AM Heath did an Agony Aunt session on Twitter last week, answering questions from writers. Rachel Monte delivered a neat summary, so no one need miss out. Thanks, Rachel!

Something which concerns both traditionally published and indie authors is Social Media. Joanne Furniss studied the subject for her MA thesis, and presented the results as a blog. (You may recognise one of the interviewees.)

And on the subject of marketing one’s work, David Gaughrean has done it again. Let’s Go Digital, his guide to e-publishing, has been invaluable to me as an indie writer. Now, we can all benefit from his intelligent insights as to e-marketing. Let’s Go Visible is concrete, clever advice on getting your book seen.

Lastly, for those brave folk considering transmedia storytelling, apps and technological experiments, go explore The Writing Platform, aimed at arming writers with techo-tools.

There. Spreading the love.





Right, I promise to shut up for a bit after this.

But I have to share the beautiful, evocative covers for Triskele Books summer releases. Launch date – June 1st.

*Happy sigh*

Jane Dixon-Smith is an incredible designer and just wait till you read her writing.

Next month, I’ll be knocking around ideas regarding artistic collaboration with James Lane, the fine artist who paints the covers for my print books.

Complicit Cover MEDIUMComplicit by Gillian E Hamer

‘On the beach stood the adverse array (of Britons), a serried mass of arms and men, with women flitting between the ranks. In the style of Furies, in robes of deathly black and with dishevelled hair, they brandished their torches; while a circle of Druids, lifting their hands to heaven and showering imprecations …’

When Roman historian, Cornelius Tacitus, recorded the invasion of the small island of Mona Insulis off the North Wales coast in 60AD – the beginnings of a propaganda war against the Druidic religion began.

Two thousand years later, that war is still being fought.

For two millennia, descendants of a small sect of Anglesey Druids have protected their blood lineage and mysterious secrets from the world. Until members of this secret society are murdered one by one.

Detective Sergeants Gareth Parry and Chris Coleman, along with new girl, DC Megan Jones, must stop this killer at all costs. What they discover will shock the whole police team and leave consequences which have an impact like no crime in the history of the force.

Set along the dramatic Menai Straits, Complicit is a story of greed, loss and obsession.

Tread Softly by JJ Marsh Tread_Carefully_Cover_MEDIUM

“You don’t attract trouble. You go looking for it.”

Disheartened by her recent performance, Beatrice Stubbs takes a sabbatical from the Metropolitan Police for a gourmet tour of Northern Spain. In Vitoria, she encounters a distant acquaintance. Beautiful, bloody-minded journalist Ana Herrero is onto a story.

Beatrice, scenting adventure, offers her expertise. The two women are sucked into a mystery of missing persons, violent threats, mutilated bodies and industrial-scale fraud. They are out of their depth. With no official authority and unsure who to trust, they find themselves up to their necks in corruption, blackmail and Rioja.

Beatrice calls for the cavalry. The boys are back, and this time, it’s a matter of taste. But when her instincts prove fallible, Beatrice discovers that justice is a matter of interpretation.

Tristan and Iseult Cover MEDIUMTristan and Iseult by JD Smith

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.

Gift of the Raven by Catriona TrothGift of the Raven Cover MEDIUM

The people of the Haida Gwaii tell the legend of the raven – the trickster who brings the gift of light into the world.

Canada. 1971.

Terry always believed his father would return one day and rescue him from his dark and violent childhood. That’s what Indian warriors were supposed to do. But he’s thirteen now and doesn’t believe in anything much.

Yet his father is alive. Someone has tracked him down. And Terry is about to come face to face with the truth about his own past and about the real nature of the gift of the raven.

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