I am continually amazed and humbled at how many people take the time out to read this occasional blog. Hello to all of you, and thank you for being here. That’s you in the Ukraine, plus my German, Russian, American, Canadian and New Zealand readers. Hello also to you also, kind readers, in Brazil, the UK, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and India.
It’s really nice that ‘The last Changeling’, – the novel that is, not this blog – has been shortlisted for an award. Of course I would be immensely thrilled to get it, although out of an awfully large number of semi-finalists, it’s unlikely… but… and I don’t want to sound ungrateful to the lovely people at Authors Database as I am delighted to be considered in the first place… but… I do find it a little strange that the award is for the cover, not the content!
If you want to have a nosey at the competition, and even go so far as to ‘like’ my cover, please follow this link… http://www.authorsdb.com/book-cover-awards/occult-supernatural
Kindle are doing a fantastic promotion at the moment; The Last Changeling is on offer at a whopping 67% discount! But just for the next couple of days! So be quick if you want a discounted copy. However, if you miss the deal you will still be able to get 33% off until the end of this week. It’s certainly attracted a lot of interest. For the uninitiated, anything under 100,000th. place is deemed not too shabby and, at time of writing, The Last Changeling is sitting in 2,638th place!
Incidentally… there has been some interest in The last Changeling coming from, shall I say, ‘officialdom’, which makes me wonder if I have put something in the novel that I shouldn’t have? Parts of the story are absolutely true, and it does deal with espionage and the occult, so nothing would surprise me.
Here’s the latest version of the ‘back cover blurb’, I really hope you like it -any comments would be most welcome… thanks for reading!
All of history is secrets and lies.
The present is just a cover story…
Metahominids: Mêta’hôm’i’nîdz: (pl.) n.
Ancient Greek: meta = other, hominids = men
From Dr. John Dee’s* ‘Inventory of Magickal Correspondences 1583
(*Dee was astrologer and code-breaker to Queen Elizabeth I)
Can you be sure everyone you meet is 100% human?
What if old legends and fairy stories were revealed to be encoded survival guides?
Parts of this story are true.
When a Government cost-cutting exercise goes too far, it accidentally compromises a centuries old cover up. D, the enigmatic Head of Department, finds himself forced to fight for his life against the rising of a dark and persistent enemy, a traitor within, and a reckless amateur, hell-bent on breaking open ancient secrets.
Metahominids are our oldest enemy. Throughout history there have been people who knew about these creatures and their ways – Dr. John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, Sir Winston Churchill…
Within their traditional haunts of hill-fort, woodland and barrow, metahominids are dangerous enough – but now, like urban foxes, they are abandoning the countryside to infest our city spaces and prey upon us. Our unwillingness to ‘see’ and believe in these ‘other men’ leaves us hugely vulnerable. They steal infants and leave Changelings in their places. Should any parent suddenly realize their child is a stranger, no professional would ever believe it was anything other than that parent’s aberrant state of mind.
Metahominids infiltrate our places of entertainment with addictive music and dance unwary clubbers to death. They move among us, destroying lives as they have always done, protected by the modern world’s inability to see what is really there.
Will D save the child or the venerable City of London?
His country or the planet?
Just remember, whatever happens, parts of this story are true.