A Gathering of Fools Launches

The first book in the Vensille Saga, A Gathering of Fools, is now available on Amazon Kindle. This is quite exciting for a new author. You slog away at a book for years, letting snippets out to trusted friends and then incorporating their feedback, all the while hoping that someone, somewhere, will buy your work. Then, after all that struggle and work, you have to press the button that launches your book to an unsuspecting audience. Fingers crossed, you hope that it sells, that it garners positive reviews and that it does more than simply sink, unnoticed, beneath the waves.

So it’s done. It’s out there and (a few) people are reading it. There’s a page on Goodreads and on Amazon there are some nice reviews. All things considered, a pretty positive launch. Now we hope for sales…

And here are the links: Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

And that’s it for now. Back to working on book 2, A Gathering of Princes, which should be out later this year.

A Gathering of Fools

Book One of The Venseille Saga

Coming in Early 2018


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Abaythian Marrinek; trusted imperial servant, commander of armies and advisor to an Emperor, Marrinek has been named traitor. Betrayed, imprisoned and abandoned, he has been stripped of honour, lands and titles and dumped in a prison cell, left to rot as the Empire grinds on without him.


Almost two years later while in transit to the prison island of Ankeron West – a dumping ground for the people the Empire wants to forget – Marrinek survives storm and shipwreck only to wake on an unfamiliar shore. Unexpectedly free, he heads west to escape the Emperor’s agents and rebuild his life.


Reaching the fortified city of Venseille, Marrinek loses himself amidst the teeming hordes and begins to build a base from which to plot his eventual revenge.


In Venseille, the twins Floost and Darek hide amongst the rooftops and scrape a living from the streets by stealing. Living in fear of the gangs, the watch and the dark remnants of the slave trade, their luck changes when Marrinek rescues them from slavers and takes them as apprentices, promising to teach them how to use their talents and power.


Marrinek’s wife, Adriavia, has spent the last two years in hiding, changing her name and appearance to stay ahead of the enemies that Marrinek has accumulated, unaware of the fate or location of her husband. When she learns that he is not only alive but free, she leaves the relative safety of her hiding place and heads west to find him, travelling dangerous roads to track him to the city of Venseille.

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