Authors without Borders have all agreed to write short stories in daily instalments on Facebook. They're free and, in most cases, will appear five days per week until their conclusion. Participants - aside from me - include Ben Kane, Simon Scarrow, Christian Cameron, Simon Turney, Douglas Jackson, Gordon Doherty, Ruth Downie, LJ Trafford, Alex Gough, Sam Taw, Josh Provan, Carol McGrath and Robert Low.
I have two stories on the site:
Britannia – New Dawn which is set in 455 AD and features the hero of The Last of the Romans, Ambrosius Aurelianus... find this story
Shadow of Doubt which is set in March 1485 and features the Elder family and is set in the Craft of Kings series between Echoes of Treason and the final book in the series - out later this year - Crown of Fear
Though the characters appear in my novels, both stories are standalones.
You can find the new story, as it grows, on my facebook page from Monday, 18th May 2020: http://on.fb.me/1dO0KSI as well as all the links to other authors' stories.
COMING SOON - THE SEQUEL TO THE BESTSELLING LAST OF THE ROMANS: BRITANNIA: WORLD'S END
BRITANNIA: WORLD'S END
Even after years of Roman rule, Britannia is a conflicted and largely untamed land.
Disgraced Imperial Officer, Dux Ambrosius Aurelianus, flees to its shores seeking sanctuary in the land of his deceased mother. His years of loyal service to the emperor count for nothing now. He must carve out a new life beyond the empire. Accompanying Ambrosius is a disparate group of fellow refugees: Inga, a freed Saxon slave, his bucellarii – warriors sworn to him - and the surviving members of his estranged family.
The burden of command weighs heavy on his shoulders, for when he lands in the country, winter is fast approaching. But the weather is not the only thing inhospitable towards the newcomers. Plagued by troubles, Ambrosius faces opponents among both the native Britons and Saxon settlers. He discovers that no-one in Britannia - least of all, the High King, Vortigern - still fears the soldiers of the decaying empire.
When those he loves are savagely abducted and betrayal divides his company, Ambrosius is left with only a handful of his bucellarii. Though heavily outnumbered and unfamiliar with the land, Ambrosius remains undaunted. Pitted against powerful opponents, the Roman will need new allies if he is to free the hostages and make Britannia his home.
There will be blood.
Book 2 of The Craft of Kings series, The Blood of Princes, is out now in paperback and ebook.
When twelve-year-old Edward V inherits the throne, the kingdom is plunged into crisis, so his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, takes the reins of power. But is Gloucester the king’s saviour, or his enemy?
"A masterpiece of adventure and intrigue." Read the full review here.
The Elder family returns in Scars From The Past, book one of a new Wars of the Roses series. What can the next generation of the Elders do when trouble strikes very close to home?
"Derek Birks has taken his usual high standard of storytelling to a whole new level. Scars From the Past is impossible to put down... I defy you to enjoy this book and not want to go back to Feud, where it all started." The Review
Rebels & Brothers: The Complete Series is out on Amazon.
Books 1-4 tell the whole story of the Elders' struggle for survival during 1459-71.
The digital boxed set is a considerable saving on the cost of all 4 books!
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