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New Details on forthcoming novel

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Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the third Lethbridge-Stewart novel of 2017.

The Dreamer’s Lament sees Lethbridge-Stewart team up once again with Harold Chorley, to investigate the case of a missing train. The trail leads to the Keynsham Triangle, and the year 1815. Together they are thrown into a story of body snatching, slavery and animals that refuse to stay dead.

It is written by newcomer to the range, Benjamin Burford-Jones, who previously wrote the children’s novel Beware of the Mirror Man for Candy Jar Books.

Range editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “The Dreamer’s Lament started off as an unpublished Second Doctor Doctor Who novel that Ben wrote some years ago. Shaun (Russell, head of publishing) brought the story to me during the early days of the series, but it took me a while to get to it. I was impressed by the core story, and realised that an almost page-one rewrite would be needed, but there were enough key elements contained in the original story for me to see how it would fit Lethbridge-Stewart. The hardest part to work out was the time travel aspect.”

Ben, who now lives in Manchester, has had an extremely varied career that has ranged from clerical work, television production to puppet making. He was more than happy to rework the story, and collaborate with Andy in how to turn it into a Lethbridge-Stewart novel. Ben says: “When I was asked to adapt my unpublished book, how could I resist the challenge? It was an honour to add to the continuing adventures of Lethbridge-Stewart. Of course, I couldn’t resist setting the adventure in my home town of Keynsham.”

The cover art is by Martin Baines, doing his second piece of Lethbridge-Stewart work after last year’s Times Squared. Martin says: “I really wanted to do justice to such imaginative story. The mixture of voodoo and time travel, plus zombie animals makes this a story a gift for a cover artist. Coming from an advertising background I usually draw cute dogs and cats, so I found that the main focal point of the cover was a real test for me having to make them as horrific as possible.”

Ben has this to say about the cover: “When I first saw the wonderful artwork, I was over the moon. The cover sums up the story perfectly. It was almost as if Martin had read my mind.”

The Dreamer’s Lament has a foreword by Candy Jar’s Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell. He says: “I’ve known Ben for thirty-two years, after a chance meeting at a Bristol sci-fi shop. Alongside Doctor Who, Ben has always had an interest in all things zombie. He has even made his own zombie puppet. It seems quite natural for him to combine his two loves in this book.”

Blurb:
While visiting his mother, Lethbridge-Stewart is a little perturbed when Harold Chorley calls to ask for his help. A train has gone missing near Bristol, and Chorley is convinced it has something to do with the Keynsham Triangle, where over fifty people have vanished without trace since the early 1800s.

Elsewhere, Anne Travers is coming to terms with a loss in her family, and sets about preparing for a funeral. However, news reaches her that both Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley have gone missing, and her help is required to find them. And, hopefully, solve the mystery of the Keynsham Triangle.

What connects the missing train to the Triangle, what has it got to do with a Wren from World War II, and just why does it appear that Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley are in the village of Keynsham in 1815?

The answers lie in the Dreamer’s Lament, and a strange being called the Loa.

The Dreamer’s Lament 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 £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.

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

Candy Jar is also launching its very first Candy Jar Summer Bumper Sale. Deals include:
• 2 for 1 on selected Lethbridge-Stewart novels
• 2 for £10 on selected Candy Jar titles
• Low-low discounts on selected other books
• Plus a couple of freebies available too!
For more information please visit: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

Eileen Younghusband’s Last Duty

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11825114_10153125017520197_830877026515756718_n-1After the recent news of the brand new exclusive short stories in The HAVOC Files 2, Candy Jar is proud to announce a special free Lethbridge-Stewart story, released in tribute to Eileen Younghusband, who died on September 2nd at the age of 95.

Born in London, Eileen joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War Two and worked in the Filter Room, the top secret hub of Britain’s air defence, which processed information from coastal radar stations to give air raid warnings and enable the RAF to intercept German bombers. After D-day, she was sent to Belgium with a small team of women using their mathematical skill to locate the mobile launchers for the V2 rockets then raining down on London and Antwerp.

A life size figure of Eileen as a twenty-one-year-old WAAF officer stands in a replica of a filter room at the Battle of Britain museum at Bentley Priory. Her advice on the WAAF was sought by historians, documentary makers and even a Hollywood scriptwriter.

Her 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 latest book – Eileen’s War – was written for children and was completed and published only weeks before her death.

the-last-dutyRange Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says, “We’ve had plans for a while to bring Eileen into the series, and the news of her death made us decide to make it happen sooner, to pay tribute to this great legend of World War II. It’s not often one meets a bona fide hero in one’s life, and the difference Eileen made to the security of the UK cannot be stressed enough; it was a natural thing to bring her into contact with the Doctor Who legend that is Lethbridge-Stewart.”

The Last Duty is set shortly after The Grandfather Infestation and is written by newcomer to the range, Christopher Bryant. He says: “Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart has always been one of my favourite characters from Doctor Who, so it’s a privilege to be part of bringing him back to have new adventures.”

Bryant is no stranger to the worlds of Doctor Who, having served as editor and contributor of several Doctor Who charity books such as the You and Who collections, Seasons of War, and the forthcoming You on Target. When not contributing to charity books he is an English teacher in Woking.

The free PDF, available from the Candy Jar website, also features excerpts from Eileen’s War and One Woman’s War. Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says: “We have included these excerpts to illustrate how important Eileen was in the defence of Britain. Apart from arguably saving Winston Churchill’s life, spending time with Dylan Thomas and acting as a guide at a Nazi concentration camp, I would encourage all fans to read these excerpts as a document of our times.”

The story features a cameo by Eileen, immortalised as the cousin of Derek Younghusband, a character created with Eileen’s blessing for The Band of Evil, who appears in The HAVOC Files 2 . Christopher continues: “I loved writing this story because it’s a great mix of monster-filled action scenes with a more thoughtful examination of how we lead our lives. It’s a particular honour to be able to pay tribute to Eileen Younghusband, who lived such an amazing life.”

The Last Duty can be downloaded HERE.

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

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.

New Free Story by Sarah Groenewegen

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Candy_Jar_T_L_I_SmallCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce the release of their latest free digital-only short story, The Lock-In.

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell says; “Our free short story incentive has proven to be very popular with our readers, and have met with many rave reviews, and so we’re very happy to announce that we’re continuing that incentive throughout 2016 with stories too intimate for the larger books.”

The latest is The Lock-In by newcomer to the range, Sarah Groenewegen. Sarah was born in Sydney, Australia, but now lives in London, UK. She has had essays published in various anthologies including the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords. Most recently she contributed over twenty entries in 1,001 TV Shows You Must Watch Before You Die. Her short fiction has won awards (Scarlet Stiletto, 2002) and been published in Big Finish’s Doctor Who line, including the award winning Short Trips: Zodiac.

Sarah says; “I grew up with the Brig. I am of that Aussie generation who enjoyed multiple repeats of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker stories, many of which included UNIT. Writing for Candy Jar has been fabulous, letting me dive into the character and bring to light some different facets of who he is. I loved exploring the relationship between him and Pearl, a slightly older woman who has a lasting effect on him and his life.”

The Lock-In takes the form of a series of letters between Pearl and Sir Alistair, a man at the end of his life, as they reminisce over an adventure they shared just after he graduated from Sandhurst in 1956. It is a story of the impact one man can make, a story of perception of history and the importance of those who pass through our lives.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says; “As well as the usual romps, I thought it would be fun this year to use the short stories to explore the more intimate moments of our characters’ lives, the kinds of stories that would never work in a full length novel. Sue Hampton’s In His Kiss was the first of this new type of story, and Sarah’s is the second. I love what Sarah has done with her story, the personal tone to it all. So impressed was I, in fact, that on the back of this story Sarah is now writing a Lethbridge-Stewart novel for us.”

The short stories now form part of a initiative by Candy Jar Books to bring new talent into the worlds of Doctor Who. “Short stories are a perfect testing ground for new, untried, authors,” Frankham-Allen continues. “A way to introduce them to readers, who may not normally be willing to part with hard-earn money on authors they have not heard of. And, if the reception is positive, we then talk to these new authors about possible ideas for novels.”

Shaun Russell agrees. “Candy Jar has always been about encouraging new authors, and we regularly publish novels by first-time authors, including the children’s favourite, Anthony Ormond, and World War II hero Eileen Younghusband. So it seems a natural thing to extend this to our Lethbridge-Stewart range. Continuing the work pioneered by such people as Andrew Cartmel and Peter Darvil-Evans in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.”

The Lock-In will be given free to every person who pre-orders the first of the new series of novels, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller, which is due to begin shipping May 13th. All subscribers will receive the short story automatically, as will those who purchase any of the bundles for 2016 series.

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

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