My Books

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 (Medium)

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.

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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) TOP 50 REVIEWER. Amazon.com

 

I have recently added my three books to the excellent promotion site askDavid, This is the link to Shadow of the Raven:

Shadow of the Raven (Sons of Kings Book 1)

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Sons of Kings Book Two: Pit of Vipers

Pit of Vipers Final (Small)

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:

Pit of Vipers (Sons of Kings Book 2)

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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 (Small)

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:

A Dash of Flash – A Collection of Very Short Stories

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All three books are available as eBooks, or in print, courtesy of CreateSpace.

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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 that was proudly displayed at every battle.

Book Three continues Alfred’s battle to keep Wessex free from occupation by the Viking Danes, whilst Eadwulf pursues his burning desire for revenge on his most hated enemy: the man who destroyed his home and family and caused him to endure a life of slavery for many years…

Watch this space, as they say…

 

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9 Responses to My Books

  1. I love the Bernard Cornwell Saxon Tales series, so I will have to get yours, too! I look forward to reading them! 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      That’s wonderful! I love Bernard Cornwell, too, but haven’t read his Saxon series yet, on purpose. Nor have I yet watched ‘Vikings’. I don’t want to be influenced by either until I’ve finished my trilogy. I’ve been told I have similar themes in my story to both Cornwell’s books and the TV series but I refuse to look. Similarities are inevitable, I suppose, when we’re looking at the same period and characters. I’ve read Bernard Cornwell’s Arthurian books and loved those.
      You’ve made my day today, Timi. Firstly by being the first person to read my Book page – which I only got round to putting up two days ago – and secondly for your kind comment . Thank you! 😀

      • Oh, joy! How exciting to have read your book page so soon after it was posted! 🙂 I certainly understand your not wanting to be cross-contaminated by either The Saxon Tales or the Vikings series while you are writing your trilogy. But when you are finished, you will probably want to check them both out!
        I think Cornwell has done much the more astute job of research, but then the Vikings writers and producers are under a different kind of pressure to entertain to a mass TV-watching audience. For myself, with no cable TV, I’ve had to watch Vikings either on Amazon Prime or on DVD. This season, I watched the opening episode last week with some friends at their apartment. They are from India and were totally bewildered, not only by all the Viking tropes, but also by the fact that it is in a very advanced state of plot development and convolution, not all of which I could explain handily! LOL 🙂
        We probably won’t watch any more episodes, as they will be returning to Delhi soon, so I will wait till next year when the new boxed set comes out. Suffice it to say that I’m a major fan of the brother of the main character (who is the semi-legendary Ragnar Lodbrok) Rollo, aka Robert the first Duke of Normandy, largely because he is played by the British heartthrob, Clive Standen. 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        Wow, you really are a Viking fan. Me too! I can’t wait to read Bernard Cornwell’s books or watch the series. Bernard Cornwell is such an experienced writer. His ‘Sharp’ books /TV series are almost legendary. From what people tell me, the Viking series is quite spectacular and, as you say, it aims to attract the masses. I’ve seen the blood eagle scene on YouTube simply because everyone was talking about it. (I also used it on a post ages ago.)
        Ragnar Lodbrok features in a lot of Viking myths, some of them putting him in the time frame of my books, some having him later on. His death is well known, albeit a thing of myth (just like the blood eagle ritual). I suppose the mysterious, mythical side is one of the things I love about it all.
        I’ll try to be very brave and post a photo once I get round to having the chop! I’m not convinced pixie style will suit me as much as it suits you. It will probably make me look even older than I am. (I’ll hit the big 7-0 in a few months!) Somehow, having hair round my face makes me believe I can hide the wrinkles. Lol

      • When I was 60, I had four major surgeries in under 15 months, including one for thyroid cancer, in which they removed my entire thyroid. Before that period, I looked quite young–people usually thought I was in my 40’s–but afterwards I looked my age and then some. I can be taken by surprise, in strong daylight, by just how very many wrinkles I do have. Luckily they seem not to show up that much in photographs. A plus for technology. 🙂
        I find that nothing hides my wrinkles, so my attitude now is to sport them as badges of courage and, hopefully, wisdom!
        Do try the haircut–the great thing about hair is that it grows back! 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        Timi, you look so sophisticated with that hair style and I don’t think you look as old as me. If you are, then you disguise it well, despite what you say about rapid ageing recently.
        I’m sorry to hear about your past surgeries. What a lot to contend with -and so very scary. But you pulled through and I’m sure your determination not to be beaten would have played a major role in that.
        I’m not afraid old growing old, either. I have far too much I still want to do and so many places I want to see, to consider I might ‘pop my clogs’ in the near future. (I’m a Lancashire lass, land of cotton mills, clogs and shawls a century ago.) But, since I can do nothing about the dreaded wrinkles, I suppose I’ll just have to grin and bear them. And the new hairdo will come … quite soon. You really have inspired me to try it.

      • Yay for a new hairdo! 🙂

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  3. MG WELLS says:

    Best wishes with all your books, Millie. Enjoy the day.

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