OK, so I have nothing to shill at the moment (although I’m due to have an accepted non-fiction article in print soon). But work has decided to wait until this week, the week I need to be busy packing (have I mentioned I need to pack for the move? Really? I was sure I’d never mentioned it!), to throw issues that keep me logged in until 10pm. So rather than bore you with articles on how certain servers lose all their DNS settings after reboot, or how you go about packing a Millenium Falcon (or *cough* three), or how I need to do a couple of things today or the whole move will fail, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about a couple of books friends have just released.

The Alchemist of Souls is a book I’m really looking forward to. I’m on a bit of a Swords and Sorcery kick at the moment, and this seems to be a book that will scratch that itch. It’s Anne’s first book and you have to admit that it has a really striking cover. The plot was what sold me though:
“When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods—and a skrayling ambassador—to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital? Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally—and Mal his soul.”
Alchemist of Souls is out now for Kindle and due out in paperback next week
Department 19: The Rising is the second book by Will Hill. I recently read the first book and found it to be a great YA read. It read like a YA sequel to both Dracula and Frankenstein and what impressed me was how it was gruesome and bloody in a way that teenage boys (and girls) would think to be really cool. I guess what I really liked is how it didn’t patronise its younger readers by holding back, without trying to be just a gorefest.
“After the terrifying attack on Lindisfarne at the end of the first book, Jamie, Larissa and Kate are recovering at Department 19 headquarters, waiting for news of Dracula’s stolen ashes. They won’t be waiting for long. Vampire forces are gathering. Old enemies are getting too close. And Dracula… is rising.”
I’m hoping that this second book will be as fun a read as the first.
Department 19: The Rising is out now