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May 2012

Last month I was privileged to get an interview with B. N. Peacock on the launch of her new novel, the first in a new series.

There is 1 brand new naval fiction title out this month together with one paperback edition release.

Brief information is given below with links to the full website articles.

Recent Latest Release Articles

This month articles have appeared about the following books which have been published or are available for pre-order


 A Tainted Dawn

B. N. Peacock has a new book which has just been released worldwide, A Tainted Dawn. The first book in a proposed series set during the Great War (1792-1815), it is available in paperback and ebook versions.

The Blast That Tears the Skies

Author J. D. Davies has a new novel which is now available for pre-order, The Blast That Tears the Skies. It will be released in Paperback worldwide on 15 May 2012

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at Frank Eccles.

Frank Eccles was born in Manchester. After serving in the 1st Parachute Brigade during WW2, he qualified as a schoolteacher and taught in Yorkshire, Germany and Cumbria. He was very involved in each situation as a rugby player and referee. He is now in retirement on the Cumbrian coast and able to indulge a life-long love of the sea by sailing a junk-rigged schooner out of Haverigg to the Isle of Man and beyond.

He has written two historic naval fiction novels which are now out of print and hard to come by, The Mutiny Run and The Barbary Run

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month



Conquest by Julian Stockwin (Paperback - UK)

It is due for release on 10 May 2012

The Blast that Tears the Skies

The Blast that Tears the Skies by J. D. Davies (Paperback - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 15 May 2012

Author Interviews Last Month

A Tainted Dawn

B. N. Peacock, author of A Tainted Dawn

Among the questions asked were:

This is the first book in a proposed series. What can you tell us about the rest of the series?

The book features characters from both sides of the conflict which is somewhat unique. What made you decide to do this?

Read more

Book Reviews

 The Blast That Tears the Skies

A review of J. D. Davies' The Blast That Tears the Skies by David Hayes

Read the review.

This Wonderful Year

A review of Mark E. Benno's This Wonderful Year by Julian Mackrell

Read the review.

The Prodigal

A review of S. K. Keogh's The Prodigal by Julian Mackrell

Read the review.

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