To date, I have the above three books published on Amazon and a fourth presently being written . . .
The first of these are Books One and Two of my historical fiction trilogy, Sons of Kings – a Viking/Saxon story set in the mid ninth century. There are two main protagonists throughout the books. One is King Alfred of Wessex – otherwise known as Alfred the Great – and the fictional Eadwulf, from the neighbouring kingdom of Mercia.
Here are brief descriptions of each:
Sons of Kings Book One: Shadow of the Raven
Shadow of the Raven is a tale of Viking raids, unfortunate thralls, noble kings and their sons, and friendship and love. But, above all else, a tale of unforgivable betrayal and the insatiable desire for revenge…
The life of Eadwulf, young son of the Mercian king, is changed forever when his family is betrayed to the Danes by his treacherous uncle. His father is killed, his mother raped, and Eadwulf is taken to be a slave in the Danish lands. His new life is hard until the return of Bjorn, who allows Eadwulf to become a part of his closely knit crew. Eadwulf’s tale plays out against events unfolding in Wessex. Alfred, son of the Wessex king, faces family tragedies from an early age, losing first his mother, then his sister on her marriage. At the successive courts of his father and elder brothers, Alfred learns the art of kingship. And, like Eadwulf, he learns that a trusted kinsman can easily turn traitor.
These are some of the five star reviews for Shadow of the Raven:
- A fantastic, well written story – Tammy L. Nesheim: Amazon.com
- …truly a remarkable historical fiction… J.L. Hutchisson: Amazon.com
- …a beautifully crafted and seamlessly linked tale… Tricia Preston: Amazon.co.uk
- You know those authors that write in a way that the reader can basically smell the soil just from the description? Well, Thom nailed it: Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I have recently added my three books to the excellent promotion site askDavid, This is the link to Shadow of the Raven:
Sons of Kings Book Two: Pit of Vipers
Pit of Vipers continues the story of Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia as the threats to their kingdoms continue to escalate. In the mid 860’s large bands overwinter again on the Isle of Thanet, breaking treaties to raid mercilessly into Kent. By now Alfred is fifteen and battling against bouts of ill health as he learns much about the art of kingship. By the following year, his last surviving brother Aethelred is king – and Alfred becomes his invaluable second in command. In this same year, the Great Heathen Army lands on the coast of the kingdom of East Anglia.
By 864 Eadwulf has been back in Mercia for four years. His newfound contentment in the home of a Mercian ealdorman is marred only by his ongoing hunger for revenge on his treacherous uncle, Burgred. But as the Mercian king, Burgred proves extremely difficult to kill . . .
Some of the 5 star reviews of Pit of Vipers:
- If you like Bernard Cornwell’s Uhtred series, you’ll like this … BJ Kitchen, Amazon.com
- Consistently elegant and polished … Nicole Fielding, Amazon.co.uk
- The greatness of the story is in the details … Galit Balli, Amazon. com
- A great find for historical fiction fans … SPR editorial review
This link is to the page on askDavid where Pit of Vipers is listed:
A Dash of Flash: A Collection of Very Short Stories
My third book is something quite different. It is a collection of 85 flash fiction pieces / very short stories, ranging from 100 to 1,000 words. Over 50 of the stories are illustrated, giving the text a bright and cheery feel. Here’s a brief description of the book:
A Dash of Flash is an eclectic mix of stories with both contemporary and historical settings, plus a few fairy tales and ghost stories added for good measure.
Step inside and join the many and varied characters at their times of joy or sorrow, remorse or loss. Laugh at their foibles, commiserate with their grief and indulge with them as they reminisce. Or simply smile at the fantasy of the tale.
Glimpse them all for but a mere flash in time…
5 star reviews of A Dash of Flash:
- Thoroughly enjoyed these (very) short stories! This is the first collection of flash fiction I’ve read. I loved the variety of stories. This, together with the ultra-short length of the stories, really keep your attention. This is a perfect collection for people who have short attention spans (like most of us these days, myself included)! Most of the stories have enticing images accompanying them – these really set the stage for each piece – and are a clever addition. I found each story (‘The Double Crosser’, my favorite) to be well-written and very engaging. Five stars & looking forward to more flash fiction! … Amazonian: Amazon.com
- “A Dash Of Flash: A Collection of Very Short Stories” is a work I highly recommend for anyone who likes the delight and brevity of the interesting, cleverly written short story. This assortment of flash fiction by author Millie Thom fits that bill … Millie Thom’s writing style is strong, her storytelling expertise wonderful, and her marvelous imagination and sense of humor brings to life so many delightful characters and plot situations all in the small space called flash fiction. This book is a joy to read, the stories brief, interesting, and cleverly composed … J.R. Cotner: Amazon.com
A Dash of Flash is also listed on askDavid, and this is the link to that:
All three books are available as eBooks, or in print, courtesy of CreateSpace.
My ‘Work in Progress’ is Book Three of the Sons of Kings trilogy, Wyvern of Wessex. A wyvern is similar to a dragon and the title refers to the symbol on the banner of King Alfred’s kingdom of Wessex. The banner was proudly displayed at every battle.
I can’t believe it’s mid-July of 2018 already! I finished writing Book 3 a while ago and it has since been edited an formatted.
So… I’m happy to say that Wyvern of Wessex is now available on Amazon as an eBook. A print version will follow soon.
Eadwulf is back in the Sea Eagle with Bjorn and his crew in a quest to discover if Eadwulf’s father, King Beorhtwulf of Mercia, is still alive after twenty years as a slave. Bjorn’s great dragonship carries them down to the searing June temperatures and strict laws in the Moorish lands of al-Andalus. But searching for Beorhtwulf proves more difficult than they’d expected, causing them more trouble than they bargained for…
In Wessex, King Aethelred is now dead, leaving his twenty-one-year-old-brother, Alfred, to succeed to the throne. Though his succession was agreed by the witan, Alfred must now prove himself worthy of the kingship, or lose it. But Wessex is in turmoil, besieged by Viking Danes intent on subjugating the kingdom – and knowing that the new king is young and inexperienced. Alfred must use all his wiles if he is to outthink and outmanoeuvre Guthrum, the Dane who very nearly becomes his nemesis.
Alfred’s victories and defeats take him on a journey of learning, during which he gains experience and strength. He experiences highs and his lows, and valiantly rises from the depths of despair to save his beloved kingdom from total conquest.
And, beside him at his greatest time of need is his new ally and friend, Eadwulf of Mercia.
The three Sons of Kings books were intended to be a trilogy, of which Wyvern of Wessex would have been the third and last book. However, by the time I’d reached 100,000 words, I realised I was never going to finish Alfred’s and Eadwulf’s stories in that book! So I am now on the road to writing Book 4 (no title, as yet), My trilogy has now become a series!