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The Sunsurge Quartet

 

The first book of The Sunsurge Quartet will be launched on 9th March 2017 (global, large formats and e-book).

The Emperor is dead - Long Live the Empress...

EMPRESS OF THE FALL - BOOK ONE OF THE SUNSURGE QUARTET

Emperor Constant is dead, and his rivals are scrabbling for power. Already devastated by the shocking outcome of the Third Crusade, the last thing Urte needs is a calamitous civil war.

The Imperial Throne is not the only one in jeopardy. Two brothers, imprisoned veterans of the Crusades, finally return home to find their father's kingdom being plundered and, in the East, Sultan Salim, peacemaker and visionary ruler, faces his greatest challenge as his people demand an invasion of the West in retribution for the Rondian Crusades.

And lurking in the darkness, orchestrating both the power struggles and the inevitable conflicts, is a shadowy group threatening to destroy civilisation itself.

Once more, Urte stands on the brink of cataclysm.

 

Book Watch

  

NEW BOOK: Release date 1st September 2016

A new teenage novel, entitled "1916: Dig for Victory",  is a novel set around the historical deeds of the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion in 1916, at Armentières and the Somme. It is part of a five book series, with five different New Zealand writers, about New Zealand's participation in the Great War 1914-1918.

 

1916: Dig for Victory follows two young soldiers in the Pioneer Battalion, one Maori and the other Pakeha, as they dig trenches and learn about life in 1916 war-torn France. Thrown together with nothing in common but a homeland, they bond while dealing with bullies, foreign lands and customs, being away from home, and dodging shells and bullets in Armentières and the Somme offensive. 

Traumatised veterans and wide-eyed new recruits have come from all corners of New Zealand, a country so young it barely conceives of itself as a nation, to fight for Mother England, a place most have never even seen. They’ve arrived in a war like no other: the Great War, a maelstrom of fire, poison gas, artillery, and newly created weapons such as aircraft and tanks. The men of the NZ Pioneer Battalion are armed only with their picks and shovels, but are determined to dig their way into history, yard by yard. 

Eighteen-year-old Leith McArran knows who he is: a Scot from Dunedin, the son of a soldier. Orphaned sixteen-year-old Tamati Baines, on the other hand, knows only that soldiers get fed and paid, and that’s enough for him to lie about his age and join up. They form a unlikely friendship based on shared humour, hardship, and shared dangers. 

But on the war-wracked fields of the Somme, they’re going to have to learn fast or die. Especially when Tamati discovers an inner landscape of signs and portents that could be the difference between survival and annihilation for the entire battalion.

Recent News

 

RECENT INTERVIEW - MAGPIES MAGAZINE

I was recently interviewed by MAGPIES Magazine, an online publishing magazine for the Australasian market - here's the interview (pdf format).


The Adversaries - David Hair

'Genuinely dark and unsettling . . . The story-telling within the novel is outstanding' - The Historical Novel Society on The Pyre, book 1 of the Return of Ravana. A thrilling timeslip historical fantasy from award-winning author David Hair.

Mumbai, 2010

Everyone's talking about Swayamvara Live! This brand-new TV reality show is recreating the ages-old custom where young men compete for the hand of a noble bride. In this case, the bride is Bollywood stunner Sunita Ashoka, who is pledged to marry the man who wins the on-screen contest. For Vikram Khandavani, it's a chance to draw out his nemesis Ravindra, the reincarnated sorcerer-king - but he's taking a deadly gamble.

Delhi, 1175 

King Prithviraj Chauhan is about to storm the swayamvara of the beautiful Sanyogita - but he's not the only one fixated on the bride-to-be: Ravindra-Raj is coming too, and he's riding at the side of a fierce invader. Only Chand Bardai, in another life known as Aram Dhoop, the Poet of Mandore, stands between Ravindra and all the thrones of India.

The Adversaries is the sequel to The Pyre and the second book in award-winning author David Hair's Return of Ravana series.