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HAVOC Files 4 Up for Pre-order

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Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce its latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting short stories from early 2017 (in print for the first time) and brand new exclusive material!

The HAVOC Files 4 contains three short stories only previously available in digital format and released early 2017: United in Blood by Mark Jones; The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters, and The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (runner-up of the South Wales short story competition 2015). It also contains five brand new stories, including the final episode of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episode one and two of which were published in The HAVOC Files 2 and 3).

Of HAVOC 4, Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “This is probably our most exciting volume yet, because it features five stories that are a direct result of our recent open submission period. We had such an amazing response and received so many varied ideas, most of which made it as far as the one-page outline stage. Many of those led to a commission, and HAVOC 4 presents the first five of those commissions, all by authors new to the range and, some, completely new to profesionally published fiction.”

Among the authors new to range are Andrew Allen (not to be confused with Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen), who is a Brighton-based writer, actor, director and workshop leader, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Cast Iron Theatre. This collection also introduces to the range, Wink Taylor, who was a writer/actor for both Sooty and Basil Brush, as well as creator of the popular childrens’ character Theo the Mouse. He is also well-known for his voice impersonations of various Doctor Who characters, notably the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The cover has been designed by Richard Young. He says: “Shaun had promised me The HAVOC Files cover since book two came out, so I was over the moon when he said that I was doing book four. I’ve always had the idea of using the Brig and a filing cabinet, but my initial ideas just weren’t working for me. I then came up with another idea, but it was felt that this new idea was too similar to another cover I had done. Shaun and I then bounced several other concepts back and forth, trying to make the ‘4’ the main element, and after some very minor adjustments just to tighten things up, we had something we both liked.”

Blurb:

Strange goings on in a small English village, training for new members of the Fifth Operational Corps, and the two Brigadiers meeting up to take on the most notorious aliens in the galaxy…

Lethbridge-Stewart encounters a unicorn in Linfield, Anne Travers and Bill Bishop go on their first official date…

Just some of the strange tales that make up HAVOC 4, which features five brand new short stories, including one by Wink Taylor, who has written for both Sooty and Basil Brush. Plus three stories previously only available in digital format, including one by popular author Nick Walters, and the final installment of the exclusive three-part novella, The Lost Skin, by Andy Frankham-Allen.

A collection of short stories from the classic era of Doctor Who, starring Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers, based on the characters created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln

The HAVOC Files 4:

  • The Contented Mind by Wink Taylor
  • The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters
  • United in Blood by Mark Jones
  • The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper
  • All the King’s Men by Alyson Leeds
  • The Great Magician and the Spirits of the Vasty Deep by Gareth Madgwick
  • The Slow Invasion by Andrew Allen
  • The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho
  • The Lost Skin: Episode Three by Andy Frankham-Allen

Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 4 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store for £8.99, and is a strictly limited-print run. Pre-order now to avoid disappointment.

The HAVOC Files 4 is available from: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

HAVOC 1 and 2 are sold out, but Candy Jar still has a handful of copies of HAVOC 3 left.

The HAVOC Files 3 is available from: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

HAVOC 1, 2 and 3 are also all available for digital download on Kindle.

Candy Jar is also pleased to announce that the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book will contain an exclusive story written by Tim Gambrell.

Lethbridge-Stewart is called back to Bledoe to help an old friend he barely remembers, and memories of quiz night with the Bledoe Cadets soon surface…

The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book is available from: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

The next novel in the series, The Daughters of Earth, is currently at the printers.

Series Four Launches Anniversary Year + FREE STORY!

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Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the second free Lethbridge-Stewart short story of 2017.

Hot on the heels of last month’s United in Blood, comes a brand new story from Nick Walters, The Runway Bomb!

Nick Walters is no stranger to the worlds of Doctor Who, having written for BBC Books in the 1990s, and penning two spin-off novels, one for the Bernice Summerfield series, and one for Lethbridge-Stewart back in 2015.

It was a hanging thread from Nick’s Lethbridge-Stewart novel that inspired The Runaway Bomb, as Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains: “At the end of Mutually Assured Domination, Lethbridge-Stewart considered two soldiers for the Fifth – both helped him fight the Dominators in that book – but we’ve not heard from them since. So, this short story shows us a little of how Lethbridge-Stewart recruits new troops for the Corps. Only one of the two will make the grade, and the winner has a guest spot in Night of the Intelligence, the novel for which this short story is the companion.”

Nick says: “Sergeant Bell and (especially) Corporal Stevens originally had bigger roles in Mutually Assured Domination, so I leapt at the chance of fleshing out the characters a bit more. Stevens is a bit of a loose cannon and quite an intimidating character, whilst Bell is quieter and more reserved, so the two make a good pairing. I wanted to put them in a combat situation to see what happens. Bell, especially, went through the wringer in Mutually Assured Domination, so this story, if you like, is his ‘reward’ for all that he suffered – being tied to that chair for hours on end couldn’t have been nice!  As for the titular Bomb of the story, it is based on a fondly-remembered episode of The Six Million Dollar Man entitled Death Probe, which really captured my six-year-old imagination. Older readers (?) may remember this!”

The Runaway Bomb will be sent out free to everybody who purchases (includes any bundles or subscription featuring…) this month’s release, Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen.

Night of the Intelligence not only opens seires four of the range, but also begins the year-long celebration of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers, characters who first appeared in Doctor Who on September 30 1967 in The Abominable Snowmen by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln. The celebration continues with a special anniverary bundle – all of which act as prequels to Night of the Intelligence. Buy Candy Jar’s three Great Intelligence novels (The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen, Times Squared by Rick Cross, and Night of the Intelligence) and get The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee for free. So that’s four books for the price of three!

Hannah Haisman, Executor of the Haisman Estate, says: “It’s been wonderful seeing the resurgence of respect for my grandfather’s creations in the last few years, and celebrating two of his greatest characters is a moment of pride for me. Grandad would adore what’s happening now, and especially the way Andy (Frankham-Allen) has tied his characters’ histories together. It’s a wonderful time to be a fan of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers!”

Throughout 2017 a further three non-Lethbridge-Stewart titles featuring the Great Intelligence will be released. Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says: “We’re very proud to work alongside some great people during the celebration year, and look forward to sharing further titles and information with you as the year goes on. Great things are coming!”

The foreword is written by United in Blood’s Mark Jones. Mark Jones was co-creator of the Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton TV project Starwatch.

Night of the Intelligence is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £37.00 (excluding postage), saving £5.97.

The Anniversary Intelligence bundle can be ordered now, for £26.25 (including postage), saving £21.71, or an international bundle for only £47.00 (excluding postage), saving £12.96.

Website: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/nightoftheintelligence.html

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Announcing Lethbridge-Stewart – The Audiobooks!

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lethbridgestewart_01Candy Jar Books is very pleased to announce a new partnership with Fantom Films, to bring a new dimension to the Lethbridge-Stewart range of books – on audio.

Candy Jar Books launched the fully-licensed Lethbridge-Stewart series in February 2015, with Andy Frankham-Allen’s The Forgotten Son kicking off the venture in styleAlmost immediately fans asked to see audiobooks of the titles released, and Candy Jar Books is happy to reveal that they have listened. Fantom Films, producer of various audiobook titles, including classics by Charles Dickens and Bram Stoker and Doctor Who related titles, have joined forces with Candy Jar Books to produce a new range of unabridged Lethbridge-Stewart audiobooks read by Terry Molloy.

The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen is released in February 2016 (with a sample soon to appear on Fantom Films’ soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/fantompublishing), followed by The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee in March. The remaining two titles from series one, Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen and Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters, will be released in June and July respectively.

lethbridgestewart_02Shaun Russell, Head of Publishing at Candy Jar Books, says, “People have really been excited about the range, and have continually asked for audio versions of the titles. This was something we’ve always wanted to do, so when Fantom Films got in touch we jumped at the opportunity. It’s a great pleasure to finally be able to announce this new avenue for the series. I am very excited that Terry Molloy’s narration/performance really reflects the vision the writers had for the characters. We all couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Terry Molloy is no stranger to audio, having been a radio and voice actor for almost forty-three years. He has played the character of Mike Tucker in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers since 1973, and since 1984 he has played Davros, creator of the Daleks, in Doctor Who both on television and audio. Paul WT Ballard, director of the audio range, says, “Terry has done a brilliant job in bringing these stories to life, adding a whole new dimension to them with his skilful renditions.”

lethbridgestewart_03“The fans asked, and we listened,” says Andy Frankham-Allen, editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart range and author of The Forgotten Son. “It’s a real delight to hear Terry Molloy bring the book, and indeed the characters, to life. Even though I wrote the first book, I found myself listening and wondering what was going to happen next. Such is the power of Terry’s rich performance.”

All four audiobook titles are now available for pre-order directly from Fanton Films. £18.99 in the UK, and £22.99 overseas for the individual titles, with bundles at £60.00 for the UK and £75.00 for overseas. (Four titles for the price of three!) All prices include P&P. Order from:

http://www.fantomfilms.co.uk/audiobooks/fiction/lethbridge01.htm

lethbridgestewart_04The four titles are still available in paperback form directly from Candy Jar Books. Also available for pre-order are the series two titles; Moon Blink by Sadie Miller, The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper and The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel (released April, May and June 2016, respectively). The usual discounted pre-order bundles are on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get series two and three together. Six titles in all, for the price of five:

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/moonblink.html

Upcoming and Poll Results

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Welcome to 2016. The guys at Candy Jar Books have got some great stuff planned for this year, including six titles from the main range and a bonus novella for those who take advantage of the bundle offers (see below for details).

The series returns in the spring with three new titles; Moon Blink by Sadie Miller (co-star of Big Finish’s Sarah Jane Smith range of audio dramas), The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper (author of two Space: 1889 novels) and The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel (author of many Doctor Who novelisations and four original Doctor Who novels). Three further titles will be announced in the summer.

But what of 2015? We ran a end-of-year poll in the last few weeks to see what you, the reader, thought of the 2015 titles. The results can be seen below.

For ‘Favourite Novel’ the battle was fierce, with Beast of Fang Rock and Mutually Assured Domination vying for top position, but things changed in the last few days with The Forgotten Son rising rapidly to second place with 26.92% of the votes, with Mutually Assured Domination close behind at third place with 25.96% of the votes. Making the ‘Favourite Novel 2015’ as voted by the readers, Beast of Fang Rock.

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The ‘Favourite Short’ poll saw a clear winner, while the interesting stuff was happening lower in the poll. Initially it seemed that The Ambush was likely to grab second spot, but as the days and weeks passed it was rapidly taken over by both The Cult of the Grinning Man and The Fright Before Christmas, both written by newcomer Tom Dexter. Ultimately the former took second place with 19.18% of the votes, followed by the festive story, with 16.7% of the votes. This left The Dogs of War, which saw Lethbridge-Stewart team up with Counter Measures‘ Gilmore, as winner, and the readers’ ‘Favourite Short 2015’.

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Order details for this years titles can be found HERE, including bundle offers (worldwide) and a subscription offer for UK residents only.

Dominex Industries- Your Future Is In Our Fists!

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Candy Jar Books is gearing up to release the fourth book in the critically acclaimed Lethbridge-Stewart series.

MAD_3DLethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters is due to be released on 20th November and can be pre-ordered now for the reduced price of £7.99 (plus p+p). When pre-ordered directly from Candy Jar customers will receive an exclusive, free pdf-only short story, The Dogs of War, by Andy Frankham-Allen.

In 1969 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln created the Dominators… and the Quarks! They had hoped, with the Quarks, to create a Doctor Who monster to rival the Daleks in the affections of the public. But aside from a few appearances in comics, neither the Quarks nor the Dominators returned. Until now!

The Dominators was written as a metaphor for the then-current fear of nuclear war. With the Dominators themselves embodying the ultimate nuclear threat, and the docile Dulcians playing the part of the cautionary tale; a race so fearful of nuclear fallout that they took pacifism to the ultimate degree.

In his foreword Paul Finch said: “In a twist that completely delighted me, (this book) is set in precisely that era: the late ’60s, with the protest movement still at full power and the anti-nuclear ticket a hot one. It even has its own desolate wilderness – Dartmoor. Though of course at the heart of this wasteland stands not the Doctor, but his unofficial deputy on Earth (at least, that’s always the way I used to think of him), and another fine creation of Messrs Haisman and Lincoln, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, better known as ‘the Brigadier’, though for our purposes today he’s still a colonel.”

Author Nick Walters said: “I had a great time writing Mutually Assured Domination, taking as my inspiration the Cold War thrillers of John Le Carre and the 1985 BBC Drama Edge of Darkness. I have always loved the Dominators and their sinister robotic servants so it was great to be given the chance to make them live again! My favourite parts of The Dominators has always been the bickering between Rago and Toba and there’s some of that in this book, in fact there is great comedy potential in the characters. But I also hope I have presented them as a credible threat and a worthy foe for Lethbridge Stewart. I hope people find my book is to be a good old-fashioned romp – and a wham-bam ending for the first ‘season’ of Lethbridge-Stewart novels!”

Along for the ride is journalist Harold Chorley, last seen in 1968’s The Web of Fear. Head of Publishing at Candy Jar Books, Shaun Russell said, “Ever since we secured the deal with the Haisman Estate, we’ve been planning to bring back Harold Chorley. He was such a pain in Lethbridge-Stewart’s side in The Web of Fear it was a forgone conclusion that he’d return to give the colonel more grief. His return has been set up throughout the last few books, with hints as to his situation following The Web of Fear. Now we finally get to play it out properly, and Nick has done a great job with him!”

CJ_DOW_Cover_SmallNot just content with bringing back the Dominators, Candy Jar Books is also offering a free pdf-only story with Mutually Assured Domination called The Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen.

In 1988, in the serial Remembrance of the Daleks, Doctor Who fans were introduced to Group Captain Ian Gilmore and the Intrusion Counter Measures Group. Gilmore soon found his way into Doctor Who lore in the Wilderness Years (Part One) of 1990-1996 when it was revealed in two novels that Air Vice-Marshal Gilmore was partly responsible for the ultimate formation of UNIT.

For the last few years, Gilmore has lead the way in a successful series of audio dramas produced by Big Finish called Countermeasures, which shows his activities following Remembrance of the Daleks, but still the historic meeting between Gilmore and Lethbridge-Stewart has never been fully dramatized… until now!

Author Andy Frankham-Allen said, “Since day one of this series I have been mindful that there are certain milestones in Lethbridge-Stewart’s life that need to be dealt with in these books in one way or another. His meeting with Gilmore is one of those. With the approval of Ben Aaronovitch, who created Gilmore back in ’88, and with thanks to Andrew Cartmel (Doctor Who script editor 1987-89), we are finally able to make that happen with our own spin. Hopefully we’ll offer fans a little bit more meet to their meeting. It’s been a real joy bringing these two iconic characters together and letting them play in each other’s sandpits – for one night only!”

The Dogs of War follows the event of Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock and leads into the events of Mutually Assured Domination. (Although, as with all of Candy Jar’s free Lethbridge-Stewart stories, The Dogs of War is not essential when reading Mutually Assured Domination.)

Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters, is due to be released on 20th November. To receive The Dogs of War pre-order from Candy Jar Books: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/lethbridge-stewart–mutually-assured-domination.html

 

 

 

Let Slip the Dogs of War

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Candy Jar Books are very pleased to announce their next free pdf-only incentive short story.

CJ_DOW_Cover_SmallEver since the release of the novel of Downtime in 1995, it’s been established that Lethbridge-Stewart met with Air Vice-Marshal Gilmore in the lead-up to the formation of UNIT. These events have never been dramatised… until now!

“The London Event was only the beginning, or so Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart believed. Until he was ordered to meet with Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gilmore. It began in 1963 – for Gilmore, at least. But the alien codenamed Cosmic Hobo visited Earth a lot earlier than that.

“It’s not only Lethbridge-Stewart who wishes to learn the truth of these visits. He is being watched, and soon Lethbridge-Stewart and Gilmore find themselves in the deserted tunnels of the London Underground chased by a familiar furry form…”

To get this free pdf-only book, you simply need to pre-order the next title in the series, Mutually Assured Domination, direct from Candy Jar Books. Offer applies to all bundles.

Group Captain Gilmore first appeared in the 1988 television serial, Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch.

With thanks to Andrew Cartmel (script editor of Doctor Who 1987-1989). Cover design by Will Brooks.

Revised Release Schedule for 2015, plus New Covers Revealed

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Due to the unfortunate delay of The Schizoid Earth, Candy Jar Books have revised their release schedule for 2015. They have also released the covers for Beast of Fang Rock and Mutually Assured Domination and a revised cover for The Schizoid Earth.

David A McIntee says: ‘I’m sorry nobody’s had a chance to read the book yet. I had hoped to be able to finish it earlier than originally planned so that it could be brought forward somewhat. A family bereavement has negated that hope (my mother-in-law died a few weeks ago) leading to all the irritating practical and bureaucratic interruptions you might imagine. The book, however, is nearly finished and will be coming very soon.’

TSE_Cover_SmallHayley Cox, publishing co-ordinator at Candy Jar Books, says: ‘We are determined to not let this setback affect the rest of this year’s releases, and we are committed to getting four titles out by the end of 2015 as originally intended.’

The Schizoid Earth will now be released September 25th, and features a slightly revised cover incorporating new artwork by Adrian Salmon, who has provided art for Doctor Who Magazine and Big Finish Productions, among many others. It features a foreword by Amanda Haisman, daughter of Mervyn Haisman, co-creator of Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart. The Schizoid Earth serves as a prequel to the television story Inferno by Don Houghton and David A McIntee’s Doctor Who novel The Face of the Enemy.

Beast of Fang Rock will be released October 23rd, and features cover art by Colin Howard, who has provided artwork for Doctor Who Magazine, Red Dwarf and BBC Video, among many others.

Candy_Jar_Beast_of_Fang_Rock_Small‘There’s always death on the rock when the Beast’s about.’

Fang Rock has always had a bad reputation. Since 1955 the lighthouse has been out of commission, shut down because of fire that gutted the entire tower. But now, finally updated and fully renovated, the island and lighthouse is once again about to be brought back into service.

Students have gathered on Fang Rock to celebrate the opening of the ‘most haunted lighthouse of the British Isles’, but they get more than they bargained for when the ghosts of long-dead men return, accompanied by a falling star.

Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is brought in to investigate what he believes to be signs of alien involvement. But it is not only Lethbridge-Stewart who has an interest in Fang Rock. Anne Travers is called to her family solicitor’s, who have in their possession a letter from Archibald Goff, the paranormal investigator who once visited Fang Rock back in the 1820s, and along with it a piece of alien technology.

What connects a shooting star, ghosts of men killed in 1902 and the beast that roamed Fang Rock in 1823? Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers are about to discover the answer first hand…

With a foreword by Louise Jameson, who played Leela, the Doctor’s companion from 1976-1978. Beast of Fang Rock is both a sequel and prequel to the 1977 Doctor Who story Horror of Fang Rock by Terrance Dicks.

MAD_Cover_SmallMutually Assured Domination will be released November 20th, and features cover art by Adrian Salmon.

The late ‘60s. Global power balances are shifting and the peace movement, preoccupied with the Vietnam War after the Tet offensive, has perhaps taken its eye off the nuclear ball.

Certain ‘outside interests’ take advantage of this situation and soon the world is poised on the brink of nuclear armageddon.

It’s up to Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart and uneasy ally journalist Harold Chorley to fight the forces of darkness and save the day.

Featuring the return of the Dominators and their weapons of mass destruction, the Quarks! Also features a forward by novelist and Doctor Who scriptwriter Paul Finch.

Pre-order The Schizoid Earth and Beast of Fang Rock direct from Candy Jar Books

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