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I’m uploading Brother Jan in Magdeburg to Kindle. It should be available on Amazon.com, etc., shortly.

This story is definitely for Adults Only and not suitable for those of sensitive disposition! You have been warned.


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Star blaster: cover design by the author

Tiana-riane Dfosa is a threat to everyone in Gray Bradley’s Galactic Empire because she’s an idealist without a heart; a totally reasonable, rational person who doesn’t believe in society. If she was alone she wouldn’t be a problem, but a lot of people like her ideas — particularly her belief that the Emperor is a myth, so his laws can be ignored, and only humans should rule the galaxy. How does she intend to get rid of the other intelligent races? Do you really want to know?
Gray and his friends have a good idea of what the Rationalists intend, but by the time Gray catches up with Dbfosa the damage is done and it’s already almost too late …

… I’ve just uploaded The Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy to Amazon Kindle, so it will be available to download shortly.

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Watchers 4: Explosive is now available on Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watchers-4-Explosive-Julie-Smythe-ebook/dp/B01LZXXVGF/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1475007129&sr=8-2&keywords=helen+Lerewth

and on amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Watchers-4-Explosive-Julie-Smythe-ebook/dp/B01LZXXVGF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475007416&sr=8-1&keywords=helen+lerewth

As the story explains, the plot of Watchers 4 is based on an historic siege, which ended explosively. As no one survived the explosion, it’s not clear what happened. Contemporary writers attributed the explosion to a young noblewoman who chose martyrdom over dishonour.

Many modern youth might agree with her choice — after all, a large number of western European youth have been heading to the Middle East recently, to join the group that calls itself Islamic State. But although the young members of the ‘Watchers’ team cheer on the would-be martyr, Julie Smythe asks whether anyone has the right to wish martyrdom on to others. Surely martyrdom has to be voluntary?

Somehow Julie and her friends keep getting themselves into these difficult questions!

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I’ve just uploaded the most recent ‘Watchers’ story to Kindle, so it should appear on Amazon.com (etc.) shortly. Regular readers will know thattemplate-cover-watchers-4-redrawn
Julie Smythe and her friends and family are Watchers, with the task of trying to stop humans ‘making complete fools of themselves’. When Julie’s daughter Caroline and her best friend Tonja go out together one evening, Julie realises that they’ve gone to Watch the end of an historic siege. Julie and her friend Sue rush after the girls to try to stop them turning a disaster into a catastrophe, but can they stop the two young idealists before everything goes explosive? …

… the story considers different attitudes towards war: while Julie and her friend Sue are horrified by what they witness, Caroline and Tonja are determined to get involved and ensure that ‘justice’ is done. But what is justice in war?

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Concept cover, awaiting an appropriate centrepiece.

It was all the fault of Tiana-riane Dbfosa. She started the Rationalist political party that was the source of all the trouble. Luckily Gray had recruited Jane, who always knew that Tiana was Bad News; and Madi Porter and her sons also played their part in unravelling the mess. Penny and Trace headed the key investigative work, auditors unfazed by the threat of interstellar war and galactic destruction. Part of the problem was that Gray was too soft-hearted, although Tiana realised when it was almost too late that his heart could be hard enough when it mattered …

… I’ve just completed the first draft of the next ‘Gray’ book. After a spell check it will be on its way to my friend who reads, for her comments.

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Watchers 3: The Library is now available on Amazon.com (here) and on Amazon.co.uk (here) and on any other Amazon near you. It will be free from 12-14 August, but otherwise will cost $0.99 or the equivalent in local currency.

Synopsis: Julie Smythe and her friends are Watchers, with the task of trying to stop humans ‘making complete fools of themselves’. When Julie’s daughter Caroline needs some extra books for a school assignment, she and Julie set off to find a suitable library. Their search leads them to a library under threat of destruction; but can they save the books? — or at least rescue what Caroline needs for her assignment?

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Fantasy writers are fond of libraries. We loved (and continue to love) the librarian in Terry Pratchett’s Unseen University; Liz Williams made a library the centre of events in Worldsoul … this is hardly surprising. We write books: of course we love libraries. Both of the above also ponder the fate of lost libraries (as does Connie Willis at the end of To Say Nothing of the Dog) and whether there is any way, at least in fantasy, of rescuing the books before they are destroyed.

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Cover for Watchers 3: The Flying Book.

I’ve just uploaded on to Amazon Kindle the latest Watchers story, in which Julie’s eldest daughter Caroline goes in search of a missing book so that she can finish a school assignment. The story is based on a passing comment by a colleague, which sent me in search of more information about a lost library that turned out to have been merely redistributed. One account of the library’s break up involved some books being thrown into a lake and retrieved by concerned citizens. Of course such a strange image had to get into this Watchers story somewhere!

As soon as the book is up and running on Kindle I’ll make it free for a few days. It’s very short!

(The book on the cover is a modern edition of the Septuagint, which doesn’t appear in the story but seemed appropriate in the context.)

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