Blood of Atlantis

New Cover Revealed, Plus Easter Offers!

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Candy Jar Books is pleased to release the cover art for the second Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off novella, The Flaming Soldier, designed by Richard Young.

Richard says: “For this second cover I wanted to create a full colour image rather than my usual mix of colour and black and white. I had also backed myself into a corner with The Life of Evans. I found it quite difficult to fade the hand-drawn train explosion into the background, so here for the first time I decided to create the fire effects digitally, though Travers and Eileen are still pencil drawings.”

Written by Christopher Bryant, the book features a younger Travers, alongside real-life World War 2 heroine Eileen Younghusband, who passed away in September 2016. Christopher says: “In The Last Duty Eileen was only a cameo. Her inclusion came quite late to the mix, and despite her character hinting at a past fighting aliens, we didn’t fully explore this, so when the opportunity came along to delve deeper, I jumped at the chance.”

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says: “Eileen worked in the Filter Room, the top secret hub of Britain’s air defence, and tracked the first V2 rocket into the country! Before she died, I had a brief conversation with her about our Lethbridge-Stewart series. We joked about her being the first person to track an alien rocket into the country and this sparked an idea. Her sad death prompted us to include her in The Last Duty, but now we feel the time is right to discover more about Eileen’s alien fighting exploits during WW2.”

Eileen made an appearance in The Last Duty alongside her fictional cousin, Captain Younghusand. Quentin Younghusband, Eileen’s real-life nephew, is really pleased that Eileen’s legacy will live on. He says: “My aunt would have been tickled pink at the fact that she is a central character in this the latest book in the Lethbridge-Stewart series.”

Richard Young continues: “I was aware of Eileen from seeing her on the TV, but I never knew just how famous she was until I did my preliminary research. It turns out that she lived quite a life, so there was no pressure to get her portrait right… not! I’m pleased to say that the feedback I received from the family totally blew me away. I just hope that I have done her justice for all her fans.”

Eileen’s numerous television appearances included the BBC series, Britain’s Greatest Generation, Channel 4’s WW2: The Last Heroes, and the ITV Wales programme Welsh Heroes of World War Two, as well as BBC’s Breakfast, The One Show and Eggheads. Her book One Woman’s War won a People’s Book Prize. Her final book Eileen’s War was written for children and was completed and published only weeks before her death.

Bringing in a younger Edward Travers is all part of range editor Andy Frankham-Allen’s grand plan. He says: “Travers’ life between The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear is still pretty much unexplored, bar a few hints here and there. It has already been established that he worked for a previous version of the Home-Army Operational Corps during World War 2, but this is our first look at what his work entailed. It’s all part of a much larger canvas, as we slowly unveil the hidden mysteries and secrets of Professor Travers’ remarkable life.”

Blurb:

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is investigating a series of cases of spontaneous combustion. How can an inferno start inside a brick wall? Who or what are the ghost-like creatures spotted in the area around Imber base? Does it have anything to do with Eileen Younghusband, hotel proprietor, whose ordinary day is about to be interrupted by secrets from her past? Traumatic events from the Second World War impact upon the present day and a mysterious aircraft could hold the key to the identity of the flaming soldier.

The Flaming Soldier is available for pre-order now, for £12.99 (+ p&p), and will be which published in hardback, with a strict print-run of only 400 copies. You can pre-order individually or as part of the discounted novella UK bundle for only £38.40, saving £9.57, or an international bundle for only £55.59, saving £7.40. Order early to avoid disappointment.

With the launch of series ten of Doctor Who starting on Saturday, Candy Jar is making the third series of Lethbridge-Stewart (Times Squared, Blood of Atlantis, Mind of Stone) and Connecting Who: Artificial Beings available for free via Kindle across the Easter weekend.

Only available directly from Candy Jar Books at: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/theflamingsoldier.html

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Christmas Sale NOW ON!

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It’s Christmas, and if there was any time to get your friends into the Lethbridge-Stewart series, it’s now. Candy Jar Books have some great offers on six of the Lethbridge-Stewart titles, as well as two other Doctor Who related works.

First up are the latest titles; pre-order the forthcoming Mind of Stone, and get the latest novel, Blood of Atlantis, for only £5!

Or, for those fans who loved The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear, or 2013’s The Name of the Doctor, why not pick up The Forgotten Son and Times Squared for further encounters with the Yeti and their master, the Great Intelligence. Both for only £8.99!

Looking for a strong female-led story? Why not check out Beast of Fang Rock and Moon Blink, both of which see Anne Travers take the lead. In the first, a sequel/prequel to the 1977 classic Doctor Who serial, Horror of Fang Rock, Anne uncovers the secrets of her family history. And in Moon Blink she’s called upon to help an old friend of hers, Patricia Richards, who has returned to England with a baby. An alien baby! Get both of these for only £8.99!

Or, if you’re up to date on the Lethbridge-Stewart series (but don’t forget your family and friends! Don’t keep the fun to yourself!), why not check out the reference book Connecting Who, which looks into the roots and influences of Doctor Who throughout film/TV and literature? And then learn some fun facts in Space, Time, Machine, Monster, a book of fun for all the family, specifically looking at Doctor Who. Get both for only £8.99!

And if that’s not enticing enough, all purchases automatically enter in the competition to win an original piece of artwork by Richard Young (cover artist of several Lethbridge-Stewart titles).

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New Free Story Announcement

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Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce its latest brand new free story!

wishing_bazaar_cover_smallThe Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell will be sent out to all subscription customers, and those who pre-order the forthcoming novel, Blood of Atlantis by Simon A Forward.

Sharon Bidwell was born in London on New Year’s Eve. She has been writing professionally for many years, with her first short story receiving praise for being “strong on characterisation, and quite literary, in terms of style”.Her work has appeared steadily in both print and electronic publications, such as Midnight StreetAoife’s KissNight To Dawn, and Radgepacket. She has written several romance novels under the name Sharon Maria Bidwell, including Snow Angel and A Not So Hollow Heart, as well as dark fiction under the name Sharon Kernow. She was propelled into the universe of Steampunk as one of the writers for Space: 1899 & Beyond, winning the approval of series creator and award-winning game designer, Frank Chadwick. She wrote three books in the series, one of which was co-authored with editor (and writer) Andy Frankham-Allen.The Wishing Bazaar is her first piece of Doctor Who related fiction.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “I first met Sharon via the wonderful world of social media back in, I think, 2009. I was very impressed with her work, and soon enlisted her for my Space: 1889 & Beyond series. Her work ethic was proven to me when a novella fell through at the last minute and she agreed to co-author a replacement with me – which we did, in only two weeks! Sharon’s first drafts are often better than a lot of published works out there, and from the off I told her that I would get her writing for the Lethbridge-Stewart series. She resisted for all of five minutes.”

Sharon says: “I’ve written for and with Andy before with great success, so I was not entirely surprised when he got in contact about his latest project. For one thing, he’d been ‘hinting’ for some time that he wanted to rope me in and Andy isn’t someone who understands no as an answer.Whenever I hear from Andy, I never know whether to cheer or groan. All those who write novels for well-known television shows now have my utmost respect. Some find it easy; for others the experience feels difficult and involves a lot of angst. I’m one of those worriers. Despite the responsibility, Andy has dragged me into incredible worlds and stories that are part of history and there’s no way not to be grateful for that.Invariably the experience of writing for Lethbridge-Stewart was, for me, daunting, exciting, fun, and adventurous…a bit like the character himself.”

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says: “Sharon was an unknown quantity for me, but I knew that Andy had worked with her before, so I was more than happy to see what she’d come up with. Having read her short story, and looked up her other work, I now believe she’s going to be a wonderful addition to our stable of authors on this series.”

This story is set between Times Squared and Blood of Atlantis.

Blurb: Back from New York, Lethbridge-Stewart is investigating one of the strangest cases that has come across his desk yet. Wishes are coming true, and if there’s one thing Lethbridge-Stewart still doesn’t believe in it’s magic. But what if he’s wrong?

The cover of The Wishing Bazaar is by regular cover artist, Richard Young. Richard says:“I adore working with Candy Jar, and their cover briefs are always so specific, but this one was rather ambiguous as there were several elements that I could have used on the cover. I decided to concentrate on the alien of the piece.One passage of the story mentioned its burning eyes. Using a combination of traditional drawing and then colourisation in Photoshop (to really get the blazing eyes right), this is what I came up with.And I’m pleased to say everyone loved it.”

The Wishing Bazaar will be sent out to every person who pre-orders Blood of Atlantis (as a single book, or as part of our bundle/subscription offers).

candy_jar_boa_cover_smallBlood of Atlantis can be pre-ordered individually, or as part of the Series 3 Bundle (both UK and overseas), which includes the previous novel, Times Squared by Rick Cross, and the forthcoming novel, Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin, or the subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five.

Candy Jar is pleased to announce that the subscription offer is now being extended to international customers. Please see http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/subscriptions.html for more details.

Candy Jar is also offering a special promotion for its online customers. Buy Blood of Atlantis for £8.99 and get Times Squared for £5. This promotion also applies to six other Candy Jar titles. Please see http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/offers.html for more details.

Blood of Atlantis – Pre-order Now!!

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candy_jar_boa_cover_smallCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce the latest Lethbridge-Stewart novel, coming November 2016!

Blood of Atlantis is the ninth novel in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, which began February 2015, and sees the return of author Simon A Forward to the Doctor Who fictional-verse.

Simon was born in Penzance in 1967, and has, over the years, written a couple of Doctor Who novels for BBC Books, a novella for Telos Publishing, an audio drama or two for Big Finish, plus various short stories. Outside of Doctor Who he written three novelisations of the BBC’s popular Merlin series, and had created his own series of novels, Evil Unlimited.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “I was feilding around for new authors to bring to the range; authors familiar with Doctor Who but who haven’t written in that universe for a while. A couple of people, including Gary Russell, suggested Simon as someone who would ‘get’ the series and is very reliable. So, never one to ignore advice of those I (sometimes) admire, I contacted Simon.”

Simon says: “As Al Pacino says in The Godfather Part III, ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.’ When I was asked to write for the Lethbridge-Stewart range, I was a little hesitant. I wasn’t sure I wanted to return to writing anything Doctor Who-related. I’d moved on in my writing and – much as this may horrify some – I’d grown a little tired of Doctor Who. It was originally quite a different proposition to the finished book that has since emerged, but that process of development and working with Andy was part of the appeal that drew me in and cemented my commitment to the project. Add to that the fact that my (still ongoing) rewatch of Doctor Who took me through The Web Of Fear and The Invasion while I was right in the heart of writing this early Brigadier adventure, and the whole thing seemed like providence. And here I was, with the opportunity to write Anne Travers too. Bonus!”

As well as dealing with the series regulars, including Lieutenant Bishop and RSM Ware, Simon has created some unique characters, including a previous creation of his. Simon continues: “Captain Bugayev is already part of the Doctor Who book universe and it was a fascinating process to explore and contrast the two different approaches and attitudes of the leading military officers, especially two I knew so well. One (Lethbridge-Stewart) courtesy of having grown up with him as such a presence in my Saturday teatime viewing, one through having created him for my Doctor Who novel, Emotional Chemistry.”

The book also revolves around the mystery of Atlantis. An theme that is no stranger to Doctor Who fiction, having appeared in two separate Doctor Who television adventures (The Underwater Menace and The Time Monster) and having been mentioned in another (The Daemons).

Andy says: “When Simon first suggested Atlantis I wasn entirely convinced, knowing that its fate had been mentioned three times in Doctor Who (which fans often view as contradictory, but aren’t really), and in the latter Lethbridge-Stewart was present – if not at the event, then he certainly heard about it. But Simon set my fears at ease and presented a unique idea about how his Atlantis would fit perfectly, without contradiction or any need to have seen the television stories.”

Simon adds: “The story was initially going to be something else and developed over time and discussions with the editor. One of the things I wanted to do was to take the Fifth Operational Corps somewhere international, as a precursor to UNIT (even though UNIT operated in the UK on our TV screens, they ranged much further in my young imagination) and place them on a wider stage. The Atlantean connection suggested itself from a combination of that aim and from an old story idea of mine that fit the bill well. There was also a sense of, if I was going to write something Who-related, then Atlantis has been as recurring a feature of the show as some returning guest actors. Readers will be sure to spot a liberal sprinkling of homage within the novel and that’s born of the same desire.”

The cover is by Richard Young. Richard says: “Blood Of Atlantis – the difficult second album! I’d had a lot of positive feedback on my first cover, The Showstoppers, but the more I looked at it the less I liked it, and the more I looked at the covers produced by my stable mates, I knew I had to up my game. I was chatting with Simon via Facebook one evening about his ideas for the cover, and he kept coming back to The Sea Devils novelisation cover by Chris Achilleos. I was getting quite excited by the prospect of doing something along those lines.”

Blurb: Could Atlantis really have arisen in the Aegean Sea?

Lethbridge-Stewart’s nephew, Owain Vine, and a group of eco-protestor friends, are attempting to oppose an operation undertaken by Rolph Vorster, a ruthless South African mining magnate with his own private army, who is out to harvest as much Atlantean riches as he can.

Lethbridge-Stewart, along with Anne Travers, is called in to investigate a missing Russian submarine that appears to be connected to Atlantis, recruiting the colourful eccentric archaeologist, Sonia Montilla, along the way. All the while, Captain Bugayev and an undercover Spetsnaz team are investigating the fate of their government’s missing submarine. A complication that could light a major fuse on the Cold War.

Out there somewhere, Atlantis is growing, and its reach is utterly inimical to human life.

Blood of Atlantis can be pre-ordered individually, or as part of the Series 3 Bundle (both UK and overseas), which includes the novels, Times Squared by Rick Cross (available now), and Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin (coming December), or the subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five (UK only, covering the series three titles, plus the series four titles released early 2017)!

Pre-order directly from http://www.candy-jar.co.uk; Blood of Atlantis is due for release at the end of November.

Simon talks about writing Blood of Atlantis:

12743697_10153812015305325_5565970014533776234_nAs Al Pacino says in The Godfather Part III, ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.’ When I was asked to write for the Lethbridge-Stewart range, I was a little hesitant. I wasn’t sure I wanted to return to writing anything Doctor Who-related. I’d moved on in my writing and – much as this may horrify some – I’d grown a little tired of Doctor Who. Further, I wondered what more I could offer such an established character whose enduring popularity was so rooted in Nicholas Courtney’s excellent performance. But, by curious coincidence, I was asked by someone else at around the same time to write something else for Who and there’s simply no denying some forces. So I agreed to do it. It was originally quite a different proposition to the finished book that has since emerged, but that process of development and working with range editor, Andy Frankham-Allen, was part of the appeal that drew me in and cemented my commitment to the project. Add to that the fact that my (still ongoing) rewatch of Doctor Who took me through The Web of Fear and The Invasion while I was right in the heart of writing this early Brigadier adventure and the whole thing seemed like providence. And here I was, with the opportunity to write Anne Travers too. Bonus!

Ultimately, characters make the story, and this evolved into something whereby I could combine three approaches to character: writing for a well-known favourite, the Brigadier, and doing him justice; writing for existing characters, who were part of the range, hitherto unknown to me and doing my best to be true to them; and creating my own characters, which is one of my favourite things to do. Well, I say creating, but one of the characters, Bugayev, is already part of the Doctor Who book universe and it was a fascinating process to explore and contrast the two different approaches and attitudes of two military officers, especially two I knew so well – one courtesy of having grown up with him as such a presence in my Saturday teatime viewing, one through having created him for my Doctor Who novel, Emotional Chemistry. (Although that, again, isn’t strictly true, since he was created for an unpublished Doctor Who novel called Equilibrium.) My main made-for-this-story character contribution then is Sophia Montilla, crazy cat-lady archaeologist, who was inspired by a lady I met while feeding stray cats in Rhodes. She wasn’t an archaeologist and she was Greek, but Sophia was one of those characters who springs to mind fully formed. So I knew she was Spanish and I knew a great many other things about her that aren’t in the book.

Some of my favourite scenes to write are the ones shared by the Brigadier and these characters of my own invention, where the dialogue flowed so naturally it was like I just happened to be listening in on the conversations. At that point, you’re not so much working as just typing while in the company of friends.

Of course, while characters make the story, you still have to hand them a situation to deal with. So why Atlantis? Well, as I say, the story was initially going to be something else and developed over time and discussions with the editor. One of the things I wanted to do was to take HAVOC somewhere international, as a precursor to UNIT (even though UNIT operated in the UK on our TV screens, they ranged much further in my young imagination) and place them on a wider stage. The Atlantean connection suggested itself from a combination of that aim and from an old story idea of mine that fit the bill well.  There was also a sense of, if I was going to write something Who-related, wanting that tie-in to Doctor Who, and Atlantis has been as recurring a feature of the show as some returning guest actors. Readers will be sure to spot a liberal sprinkling of homage within the novel and that’s born of the same desire. A salute or several, if you will, to the reason why we have such things as a Lethbridge-Stewart range of books.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue has always been a guiding principle of mine when writing anything for Doctor Who. In this, a certain blue box is absent, but hopefully I’ve mixed in enough of a hint of Doctor Who to the recipe. This is the Brigadier’s own series, of course, but much as I kid myself I have moved on, the associations with that singular SF adventure series are always there. It’s the natural order of things and, whether you’re a soldier or an author, there’s no sense in fighting that.

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.