The Scrapdragon, Now In Paperback!

The Scrapdragon, my first childrens/young persons fantasy-adventure book, previously only available on Kindle in 4 parts, is finally available as a complete novel, both in paperback form and as an eBook!  Both the paperback and the e-book are now available through Amazon.co.UK and Amazon.com, and the paperback should soon start appearing in other on-line stores – let me know if you spot it anywhere!

Book cover for The Scrapdragon

Book cover for The Scrapdragon

Here’s  an extract from the back cover:

On his 12th birthday, Tom Burrow (Tom-Tom to his friends) visited a fairground with his two best friends, Tinker and Tariq.  Unfortunately, they were spotted by some bullies from their school and had to run for it!  A November mist aided their escape and they found themselves at a shooting gallery, where Tom-Tom spotted a prize on a shelf and made his mind up he was going to win it.  He paid his money to the man behind the counter, picked up the air riffle and…

In addition to the story itself, the novel also features a map and a spell-book:  The Beginners Book of 30 Best Spells and Potions.  Remember to use those spells responsibly!

Happy reading!

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Anonymity and the Internet

Anonymity and the Internet.  :)

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Terry Pratchett

TPWhat can you say?  A great mind and brilliant talent is gone.  RIP Terry Pratchett.

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The Scrapdragon Book 1 – An Adventure Begins – Review

The Scrapdragon Book 1 – An Adventure Begins – Nigel Edwards.

Naomi (the Reader in the Tower) has reviewed book 1 of my children’s fantasy adventure series.

Actually, Naomi’s blog is a growing repository of really good, independent, quality reviews and is well worth checking out before you decide what to read next.

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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy, the Legend who was Spock

And so a legend passes. Mr. Spock, aka Leonard ‘Eyebrow’ Nimoy, is no more. He will be long remembered as an amazing character who helped spark the imagination of countless numbers the world over, and certainly fuelled my love of SF.

Leonard Nimoy

Spock is dead. Long live Spock!

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Reminder about Snorky’s Moll…

Snorky's Moll

Snorky’s Moll. exclusive to Kindle.

…still available on Kindle from Amazon.  A ghost story with a difference!

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The Scrapdragon, Free on Kindle for 1 Week Only

Thought you might like to know that

A Metal Dragon drawn with Inkscape

will be available for free from Kindle from March 1st for 1 week only!  Enjoy!

 

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A Sneak Preview of the Opening Chapter to Shun House

As I mentioned previously, I hope to publish Shun House in summer 2015.  However, for those who would like a little advance on the delivery, click the image to read the opening chapter.

Shun House

Cover for book, hopefully release in summer 2015

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Preview of new Book Cover

Not that the book is complete, yet, but I thought you might like a quick preview of the cover I’m planning for Shun House, which I hope to put up for adoption in the Summer.

 

Shun House

Cover for book, hopefully release in summer 2015

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Snorky’s Moll, Independent Review

Can’t help bragging about a review from The Reader In The Tower.  Here’s an unedited extract:

The characterisation of Snorky’s Moll herself – Julia – was particularly inspired, and Edwards’ control of both his POV character and the focus of the piece were probably what held it together the best. The protagonist is undoubtedly attracted to this vision, and vice-versa – they have sex together in the back of a cab. But one of his initial observations of Julia was that she was not really pretty – mouth too wide, nose too long – and, particularly delightfully, that she ate bratwurst and onions and:

“…the way she ate reminded me of a dog snuffling after food in its dish.”

I like this writer.

I like him a lot.

And the woman’s unattractive eating habits speak to more than her own character. Such scenes are part of the way Edwards textures his novel with vibrant detail, both modern and historical. A fashionable young woman who’d dream of eating something as heart-attack-inducing as greasy sausage in public? We’re not in the twentieth-century anymore. It contrasts starkly with earlier mentions of the society beauty Celia, with her “white diamond caviar and blue lobster.”

Edwards plays fast and loose with history in Julia’s explanation of exactly why the protagonist needs to kill his wife, but the casual reader won’t notice and the more informed one probably won’t care. This is a work of fiction, not a textbook.

With some elements that are inevitable and some that are completely unexpected, the last scene is real ignore-the-phone reading, with a final line that I love more than is probably healthy.

Definitely worth the read.

BIG GRIN ! ! !

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