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HAVOC Files 2 – Pre-order now!

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Candy_Jar_THF2_Cover_SmallCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce the release of the second volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting the short stories released during the first half in 2016, in print for the first time!

Early this year Candy Jar Books released the first volume of The HAVOC Files, an instant hit among fans. And now with The HAVOC Files 2 they bring together another batch of short stories previously only available in digital format:

In His Kiss by Sue Hampton, The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegen BEM, The Black Eggs of Khufu by Tom Dexter, The Band of Evil by Roger J Simmonds & Shaun Russell and The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock.

As with the previous volume, The HAVOC Files 2 also includes new stories exclusive to the book. Once again range editor Andy Frankham-Allen returns, this time with the short story Ashes of the Inferno. “As the title suggests this story is connected to the 1970 serial Inferno; indeed it begins the same day the Doctor returns from the alternative Earth,” says Andy. “A lot of readers have asked how the expanding mythology of the Lethbridge-Stewart series fits into the UNIT era of Doctor Who, and this story goes a little way to explaining that. But it’s much more than just a response to readers’ questions, it’s a story about loss and coming to terms with losing everything that matters to you. A theme that I often come back to, and one that is even more poignant right now as only recently I lost a friend in very tragic accident. This story serves as something of a tribute to that young man, who was not only a friend but a huge Doctor Who fan, and the family he left behind, who are trying to cope with such a monumental loss.”

The second brand new story is House of Giants by newcomer Rick Cross. It picks up on a thread referenced in the most recent Lethbridge-Stewart novel, The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel, and deals with aftermath of the Doctor Who serial, Planet of Giants. Rick Cross says, “Planet of Giants is a personal favourite of mine, an inventive and unexpected First Doctor experiment that has resonated in my mind since I first saw it, so it’s been fun writing a sort of coda to it. I’m thrilled and honoured to bring the Brigadier and Anne Travers onto the scene of this classic Doctor Who story, and can’t wait for fellow fans to see what awaits them there.” Rick may be a familiar name to some, as he had a small piece published in the first volume of The HAVOC Files. That vignette was the prologue to his forthcoming Lethbridge-Stewart novel, Times Squared, which was written before House of Giants. Says Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, ‘Rick was brought in by Andy, a result of successful networking on Facebook. We’ve been so impressed with Rick’s abilities as a writer that we thought it’d be nice to have him write us a short story while Andy works on his forthcoming novel.” On the subject of having his second piece of Lethbridge-Stewart fiction published first, Rick says, “’I’m actually quite pleased that House of Giants will arrive ahead of Times Squared. I hope it will serve as an appetizer of sorts to the entree to come, one that will introduce Lethbridge-Stewart readers to my particular Yankee style, borne of a lifelong obsession with Doctor Who, sci-fi films and Stephen King novels. Hopefully, they’ll come away eager to explore the labyrinthine streets of late-‘60s New York City… and what lies beneath.”

Not content to simply provide new stories for their readers, Shaun and Andy have also added two special extras to the book. The first is the unpublished interludes from The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper. Andy says, “I decided to remove the interludes from the novel because, in my opinion, they slowed the pace of the story down too much. However, the background on Schädengeist and Commander Shepstone was too good to simply consign to the rubbish bin, so it’s a great pleasure to make the interludes available as one short story.” The second extra is the original prologue from John Peel’s The Grandfather Infestation, which reveals why the Ymir brought their Grandfather’s to Earth in the first place.

It will also feature brand new cover art by Adrian Salmon, which will be unveiled soon!

13686769_10153684572416190_5339647797179615501_nThe whole collection is dedicated to the memory of Rhys Rubery, friend of the range editor and Doctor Who fan, a sixteen-year-old who lost his life in a tragic accident in July 2016. You can find out more about Rhys, and how to support the RR81 Legacy by going to this website: http://jonrubery.wixsite.com/rhysrubery

As with the first volume, The HAVOC Files 2 will only be available as a strictly limited edition print run, available directly from the Candy Jar Bookstore. It will not be available for sale in any shop, on the high streets or the Internet, and is due to become a collector’s item. PRE-ORDER now!

The HAVOC Files 2 is now available for pre-order, for £8.99, directly from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk.

The next series of Lethbridge-Stewart begins in October with the release of Times Squared by Rick Cross, followed by Blood of Atlantis by Simon A Forward and Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin.

Connecting Who

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connectingwhoCandy Jar Books is thrilled to announce the release of Connecting Who: Artificial Beings – a Doctor Who reference book.

Written by Peter Grehan, this authoritative book is a perfect read for those who want to delve deeper into the hidden mysteries and secrets of the Doctor Who universe.

Peter says: “Imagine Doctor Who as a tree trunk that keeps growing taller and taller, fed by roots that reach down into history, mythology, psychology, folktales, religion, science and the wealth of science fiction that exists in the world. It’s not surprising therefore to find that Doctor Who connects with a lot of other stuff. “

Connecting Who: Artificial Beings examines some of these connections; specifically in regards to those artificial beings (clever computers, robots, androids and cyborgs) we find in Doctor Who.

The book investigates artificial beings such as the Cybermen, Daleks, Autons, Weeping Angels, Gangers, Morbius, Xoanon and the Yeti, making connections to literary and scientific sources.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, feels that Connecting Who: Artificial Beings offers a fresh perspective on the Doctor’s travels through space and time. He says: “Peter has been a fan of Doctor Who since day one and his take on the Whoniverse offers a personal outlook on growing up with the series. His childhood love of robots coincided with the introduction of the Daleks and, despite the Daleks not really being robots, their cries of exterminate cemented his love for all things Doctor Who.”

Peter is no stranger to Doctor Who, having worked as a host at the Doctor Who Experience and penning the audio drama Sontarans: Silent Warrior for BBV. He says: “In my book I have enjoyed making the connections between Doctor Who and real-life computers, robots and cyborgs. These connections run deep into culture, history and science. It is my hope that fans will not only enjoy reading my book, but begin to connect the dots themselves.”

Connecting Who: Artificial Beings is exclusively available to pre-order from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk. All pre-orders come with a free copy of Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock.

Super Weekend Deals!

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CJ_LS_BogofCandy Jar Books are offering free fantastic deals for new and old readers alike. The offers are available from today (Thursday 21st July) through to Sunday (24th July).

1: Buy THE SCHIZOID EARTH (by David A McIntee) and get BEAST OF FANG ROCK (by Andy Frankham-Allen) free!
2: Buy MOON BLINK (by Sadie Miller) and get THE SHOWSTOPPERS (by Jonathan Cooper) free!
3: Pre-order THE GRANDFATHER INFESTATION (by John Peel) and get it 50% off, plus free short story THE PLAYING DEAD (by Adrian Sherlock)!

Just click either banner to place your order!

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The Playing Dead – New Free Short Story

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CJ_TPD_SmallCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce the release of their latest free digital-only short story, The Playing Dead by newcomer Adrian Sherlock.

Adrian Sherlock is an Australian author who created the popular web-set Damon Dark and the Kindle series Sherlock Holmes: Time Detective.

“It’s been a long held dream of mine to write a story about the classic era of Doctor Who and the Lethbridge-Stewart series is a hugely exciting way to do that,” said Adrian. “It was also personally very exciting to write a story which harkens back to classics like The Twilight Zone and The Last Man on Earth, but with a very Who-ish twist. I’m eternally grateful to Andy for the chance to push the brave but unsuspecting Bishop into a world of shadows and dangers.”

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen said: “Adrian came to my attention via John Peel. He’s one of the many new voices we’re encouraging through our short story initiative, although we kind of did it backwards with Adrian. A novel pitch (set in his native Australia) led to this short story.”

Blurb: Lieutenant Bishop has survived a dangerous mission in Australia and is looking forward to going home. But he wakes up to find the streets of Darwin are empty; he seems to be the last man on Earth. Until from the shadows come strange creatures. The dead are walking, and they want Bishop. But Bishop has more to worry about than just himself – where is Anne Travers?

Keeping with the experimental nature of the free short stories, The Playing Dead is the first story to focus on Bill Bishop, the ever-popular adjutant to Lethbridge-Stewart. Adrian Sherlock said: “I had a lot of fun getting into the mind of Bishop, a character created especially for this series. It’s telling that he is just as rounded and as interesting as Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers. He is a worthy addition to the role-call of heroes we know and love from the classic era of Doctor Who. A joy to write for.”

Although set within the current narrative of the book series, The Playing Dead moves the story forward half a year. Shaun Russell, Head of Publishing, said: “It’s nice to dip in and out of Lethbridge-Stewart’s life with the short stories, and as we know where the characters will be six months later, namely Australia, we thought it would be fun to give a few hints to our readers.”

The cover art is by Richard Young. “How could I say no to creating something a little different from my usual style? It’s always nice to show people your range. Different strokes for different folks. And, of course, a chance to turn the Brig into a zombie… What’s not to love?”

Candy_Jar_TGI_Cover_SmallThe Playing Dead will be given free with every pre-order of The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel, which is due out at the end of July. All subscribers will receive the short story automatically, as will those who purchase any of the bundles for the 2016 series.

In addition Candy Jar has created a Spotify Lethbridge-Stewart playlist. http://tinyurl.com/hyynbth

The Grandfather Infestation is now available for pre-order, for £8.99, directly from www.candy-jar.co.uk.

 

Lethbridge-Stewart series 1:

  • The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen
  • The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee
  • Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen
  • Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters

Lethbridge-Stewart series 2:

  • Moon Blink by Sadie Miller
  • The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper
  • The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel

Lethbridge-Stewart series 3 COMING AUTUMN 2016:

  • Times Squared by Rick Cross
  • Blood of Atlantis by Simon A Forward
  • Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin

Introducing to the World…

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IMG_1776As you all know, a couple of month’s ago Candy Jar Books released Moon Blink, the debut novel of Sadie Miller.

Now, how does one top a debut novel? Sadie knows how. Give birth to your first child.

And that’s precisely what Sadie did (with a little help from husband, actor Jonathan Stanley). Sadie had been kind enough to authorise us to reveal details, and share with you the first picture of her son.

So, with amazing pleasure, we introduce you to Theo Stanley, son of Sadie and Jonathan Stanley, and grandson of Brian Miller and Elisabeth Sladen. He was born on Saturday 25th June, at 5:35 am, weighing 7.5lbs.

So, please join us in welcoming bat-baby, Theo, to the world! Huge congratulations to both Sadie and Jonathan!image1

Raising a child isn’t cheap, so please help out by picking up a copy of Sadie’s novel, Moon Blink, still available individually or part of the new bundle.

John Peel Returns!

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Candy_Jar_TGI_Cover_SmallCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce the return of John Peel to the worlds of Doctor Who prose fiction, as they release the cover art and blurb of the forthcoming Lethbridge-Stewart release, The Grandfather Infestation.

John Peel has a long affiliation with Doctor Who prose fiction. In the late 1980s he was personally picked by Dalek creator Terry Nation to novelise the remaining 1960s Dalek serials, including the epic twelve-part story The Daleks’ Masterplan and Patrick Troughton’s debut, The Power of the Daleks. He was also the author chosen to launch the very first original Doctor Who prose novel, Timewrym: Genesys in 1991, and twenty-five years later he’s back!

John Peel says: “There’s always been something rather special for me when I’m writing in the worlds of Doctor Who. When I wrote Timewyrm: Genesys twenty-five years ago, I was excited the entire time – I couldn’t wait to get to work on the story each morning. And here I am, a quarter of a century later, and the same excitement is still there.”

The Grandfather Infestation is inspired somewhat by the plant horror stories made popular by the likes of John Wyndham. Author Simon Clark, who wrote the official sequel to The Day of the Triffids, says: “Plants are on the march – at least in our imaginations, they are. Doctor Who embraced the theme in The Seeds of Death and The Seeds of Doom, and, no doubt, you can identify many more. And now John Peel gives us The Grandfather Infestation, a fantastically entertaining, and horrifying novel, which suggests that everything that’s green and grows from the earth might not be as harmless as we think.”

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Wyndham’s work, and I knew I wanted something in a similar vein. I asked John to give us something Triffid-esque and he did exactly that. He’s created a nice blend of genres, mixing the best elements of storytelling that you’d find in the works of Robert Banks Stewart and Wyndham, giving it Peel’s own distinctive twist. And John is no stranger to twisting tales, make no mistake. He’s been writing prose fiction beyond Doctor Who continuously for over twenty-five years, and you don’t do that without being good.”

Despite his long association with Doctor Who, this is the first time John Peel has written for the character of Lethbridge-Stewart. “Being allowed to create a new adventure for that stalwart character, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, was both an honour and a truly great pleasure. Even writing revisions didn’t seem too much of a chore!”

The cover is by Colin Howard, who previously painted the cover art for Beast of Fang Rock.

Blurb: The late 1960s and pirate radio is at its height.

Something stirs in the depths of the North Sea, and for Radio Crossbones that means bad news.

Lethbridge-Stewart and his newly assembled Fifth Operational Corps are called in to investigate after the pirate radio station is mysteriously taken off the air, and a nuclear submarine is lost with all hands.

The usual discounted pre-order bundles will be on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five!

The Grandfather Infestation is now available for pre-order, for £8.99, directly from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk, due for release at the end of July. (Subscribers and pre-orders all receive a free digital-only short story — to be announced soon.)

MONSTER OF ROCK! New free digital-short story!

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Lethbridge-Stewart_Free_Story_The_Band_0f_Evil-1Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the release of their latest free digital-only short story, The Band of Evil.

Lethbridge-Stewart editor Shaun Russell has joined forces with Candy Jar author Roger J Simmonds to pen this story of rock music aliens on the rampage in Wembley.

Shaun said: “Although I’ve had a hand in establishing the direction of the series it’s been my goal to write a Lethbridge-Stewart story myself, but this has always proved difficult due to health and work commitments, so when the opportunity to work with Roger on this short story presented itself I jumped at it. The story is a classic ‘base under siege’ tale with a rock ‘n’ roll twist.”

The book also contains a preview chapter of Roger’s autobiography Standing on the Sidelines. Roger’s life has been a rock ’n’ rollercoaster of a journey. Highlights of his remarkable career include playing the 2is club in Soho at the height of its popularity, being part of the only Welsh group to play The Cavern Club, working alongside the influential record producer Joe Meek, getting drunk with The Krays, and being present when Tom Jones got his name.

Roger J Simmonds, who was once a touring member of The Honeycombs, said: “I met some of the most influential performers during the ‘60s including George Harrison, Brian Jones, David Bowie and Tom Jones. My autobiography captures the glamour and sleaze, the hedonism and idealism and the sights and smells of the British rock scene. It was great to transfer these experiences to the world of Lethbridge-Stewart.”

Hayley Cox, senior publishing coordinator at Candy Jar Books, feels that Roger was the perfect choice to collaborate with Shaun. She said: “Currently the Lethbridge-Stewart stories are set in the tail end of the swinging ‘60s and who better to draw upon these exciting times than someone who was actually there. I believe that Roger and Shaun have captured the rock music scene perfectly.”

showstoppersThe Band of Evil will be given free to every person who pre-orders The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper, which is due out at the end of June. All subscribers will receive the short story automatically, as will those who purchase any of the bundles for the 2016 series.

In addition Candy Jar has created a Spotify Lethbridge-Stewart and Standing on the Sidelines playlist.

For Lethbridge-Stewart please follow at http://tinyurl.com/hyynbth

For Standing on the Sidelines please follow at http://tinyurl.com/go4n2l9

The Showstoppers is now available for pre-order, for £8.99, directly from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk.