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The HAVOC Files Cover Revealed and New Story Announced

Candy Jar Books is pleased to unveil the cover art of The HAVOC Files 2, collecting seven short stories and a couple of extras!

candy_jar_thf2_final_cover_smallHead of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says, “With the previous volume we collected the many short stories published in 2015, but it was a little different this time since we have released fewer short stories this year. However, as we like to spoil our readers, we decided it would be nice to produce new exclusive material for the collection, as well as give a couple of extras. And, just to make this collection even more worthwhile, and a collector’s item, we’ve decided to add yet another story to the mix.”

The story in question has something of a twist to it. Written by Andy Frankham-Allen, The Lost Skin is a novella that is set concurrently with the forthcoming Lethbridge-Stewart novel, Times Squared. “The plan was originally to release the novella alongside Times Squared, but time kind of ran away from me, so I suggested instead we release it as part of The HAVOC Files as a three-part story over three volumes. I mean, who doesn’t like a cliffhanger or two?”

The Lost Skin focuses on a several of the regular cast of characters, including the return of journalists, Harold Chorley, Larry Greene and Charlie Redfern. More importantly, it features the first full appearance of Professor Edward Travers, last seen in 2015’s The Schizoid Earth, who heads to John o Groats to investigate a bit of Scottish lore.

Adrian Salmon once more returns to Lethbridge-Stewart for cover art duties, for the second time this year. As well as previous Lethbridge-Stewart covers, he has also done artwork for a multitude of publications, including Doctor Who Magazine and Big Finish Productions. The cover art for a collection of short stories presented a unique problem; how to touch upon the various stories and yet still have a striking image to attract readers’ attentions. Adrian says, “A unifying cover idea for a mix of stories was never going to be easy but the central idea of an incredible shrinking Lethbridge-Stewart made small work of it!”

The short stories include the previously available, 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, The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock, and brand new stories House of Giants by Rick Cross and Ashes of the Inferno by Andy Frankham-Allen.

Not only these short stories, but the collection also includes Schädengeist’s First Love by Jonathan Cooper and Exodus from Venus by John Peel, deleted material from The Showstoppers and The Grandfather Infestation respectively.

The 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. The cut-off point for pre-orders is fast approaching, although the actual date will only be announced at the time, with no pre-warning. So PRE-ORDER now, directly from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk. It will be released at the end of September.

World War II Hero and Candy Jar Author Passes Away

Hayley Cox, Eileen Younghusband, Andy Frankham-Allen, Shaun RussellCandy Jar’s very own Eileen Younghusband has died in hospital in Cardiff 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.

After the war, she spent most of her life in hotels and catering. She moved to Wales in 1984 and became known for her campaigning on health and education issues. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2012, for her tireless work against cuts to adult education.

At the age of 87, she completed a degree from the Open University and was named as one of its Students of the Year. Her autobiography, Not An Ordinary Life, was published the following year and began a series of books and talks about her wartime experiences.

Her television appearances included BBC Breakfast, The One Show and Eggheads, as well as 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. Her book, One Woman’s War, won a People’s Book Prize 2012/13 – something she was always incredibly proud of.

A life size figure of Eileen as a 21-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 latest book, Eileen’s War, was written for children and was completed and published only weeks before her death. Eileen saw Eileen’s War as her ‘legacy’ book. On the day of its release she said: “It is my hope that all children will read my book. I think it is really important to engage with young people about World War II. It’s a pivotal moment in our history. If my story can live on from generation to generation this will be wonderful.”

From those who only met her on occasion to those who knew her well, Eileen made a remarkable impression on everybody she spoke to. Shaun Russell says, “We at Candy Jar knew her as a fiercely determined author, a brave and inspiring woman, and a very dear friend. We will miss her lots, but we feel very lucky to have known her and played a small part in the adventure of her life.”

The Band of Evil, included in The HAVOC Files 2, features the first appearance of Captain Derek Younghusband, created in honour of Eileen Younghusband…

 

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New Free Story by Sarah Groenewegen

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.