Giveaway: The Royalist (15/9/2014)

William Falkland is a dead man.

A Royalist dragoon who fought against Parliament, he is currently awaiting execution at Newgate prison. Yet when he is led away from Newgate with a sack over his head, it is not the gallows to which they take him, but to Oliver Cromwell himself. Cromwell has heard of Falkland’s reputation as an investigator and now more than ever he needs a man of conscience. His New Model Army are wintering in Devon but mysterious deaths are sweeping the camp. In return for his freedom, Falkland is despatched to uncover the truth. With few friends and a slew of enemies, Falkland soon learns there is a dark demon at work, one who won’t go down without a fight. But how can he protect Cromwell’s army from such a monster and, more importantly, will he be able to protect himself?

The Royalist comes out a week on Wednesday. What is it? A historical crime thriller set in the depths of winter during the first English Civl War. This isn’t my first forray into “straight” fiction – the Bulldog Drummond stories are historical adventures with no elements of the fantastic – but it’s the first one that’s a proper novel that will be sitting on the shelves of proper bookshops one day. For anyone interested, the opening chapter is available here.

I guess I’m well and truly back from my Summer break, and one thing I promised myself was that I’d start giving books away again once I was up to speed and caught up with the backlog. So with the last Bulldog Drummond novella now delivered and my Nathan Hawke alter-ego firmly in the writing driver-seat until I get back various editing notes, here goes – to celebrate its publication, I’m giving away one first edition hardcover copy of The Royalist, signed and dedicated however the lucky winner desires.

The Royalist shiny

Is this a pretty crappy picture of the cover? Absolutely. But at least you get how SHINY it is (there’s a decent copy of the cover art here). Yes. SHINY and LOVELY. I’ve never felt a hardcover that felt so nice and silky. Though I might be biased.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is comment on this post before the end of  September 20th and I’ll randomly select a lucky victim (the usual deal if you’ve been here before). If you have a favourite historical period in which you’d like to see a novel set, or a historical novel you’d really like to see written, I’d love to hear about it, but a simple “hi” will do.

This is open worldwide. Although though no one has yet complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, it can take a while and if you live abroad then it can take even longer. Sorry about that, but they do get there eventually. I am currently up to date with posting things.

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12 Responses to “Giveaway: The Royalist (15/9/2014)”

  1. Jane Winter says:

    Very shiny! I’d love to see something set in the period before/around the Norman Conquest, maybe the viking side…

  2. Katherine Nyborg says:

    This looks fantastic! It will be on the *shall read* pile for certain.

  3. Marius Danielsen says:

    Hey! Keep up the good work! Your books are inspiring! :)

  4. Danielle C says:

    The cover looks great! I’d like to read a novel set in the 1300s around the Black Prince or Edward III :) Perhaps with a fantastical twist?

  5. Raymond Just says:

    Hi Stephen, This sounds amazing, can’t wait to read it. I myself am partial to the dark ages just after Rome abandoned Britain.

  6. Su Jolly says:

    A swift peek at all the costumes on my website will probably reveal that my first love is the 18th century.

  7. Shane Kiely says:

    I think Early Medieval Germany is interesting, the 10th century to be slightly more specific. Frederick Barbarossa’s adventures in Italy, Ireland in the age of Brian Boru, The Spanish Civil War, Alexios Komnenos/Anna Komnene, the sack of Constantinople from a Greek perspective, there’s a bunch of things that don’t pop up in English language literature a lot.

  8. Aaron says:

    1800’s,that’s what I like.

  9. Ren Kuroya says:

    I love your work, (although it is a real pain to get a hard copy here in America)and would love to get my hands on the next memory of flames and the first thief book along with this one. My favourite time period for a novel setting would probably be the era of the ancients: Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, and Feudal Japan.

  10. Paul Walsh says:

    I’d love to see an epic set around the Mongols when Temur/Tamerlane was reuniting the empire

  11. Jenna Oh says:

    I love the 18th century England!

  12. Stephen says:

    Whoever it was who asked whether the first person to comment ever won, the Gods of Random heard you. Miss Winter wins, which is probably appropriate given what a wintery book it is.

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