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Free Christmas e-book!

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15554801_10154250174050197_304994250_nCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce a special release for Christmas!

The Xmas Files contains two brand new Christmas stories, plus last year’s The Fright Before Christmas.

The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward sees the return of Private Evans in his home town of Llanfairfach. While Home for Christmas is a unique look into the lives of the regular characters, plus a few special guests, as they come together to celebrate Christmas in 1969. It is written by many of the Lethbridge-Stewart authors who previously wrote for the series in 2016, including John Peel, Andy Frankham-Allen, Sue Hampton, Adrian Sherlock, Sharon Bidwell, Iain McLaughlin, Tom Dexter, Simon A Forward and Sadie Miller.

Talking about The Feast of Evans, Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “My original plans for Evans never really took, and so he was carted off from Edinburgh to the 2nd Battalion at Imber in England. However, his appearances this past year have proven to be quite popular with fans, so I revised my plans and set up his return for 2017. Simon’s Christmas story is a small part of that. It was also an opportunity to bring Samson to the fore, too, and teaming them together is perfect, after their initial not-so auspicious meeting in The Grandfather Infestation.”

Simon A Forward says: “When Andy asked me to do a Christmas story, I was stuck for inspiration. It was September, after all, and I refuse to feel Christmassy before December as a rule. But the idea of it featuring Evans appealed to me, as I’d revisited The Web Of Fear earlier in the year and he’s such a great character. Of course, I imagined he’d been busted out of the army after that, and I think that’s where the idea of a Christmas at home scenario arose. I sort of imagined it as a Christmas episode of his own domestic sitcom.”

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says: “It’s always fun to do our seasonal stories, and this one is even more fun as it’s set concurrent with our Christmas special from last year. This story shows us what happened elsewhere while Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart was dealing with alien spheres in London in last year’s The Fright Before Christmas.”

Talking about Home for Christmas, Andy says; “I also had an idea to write a couple of scenes to show what our other regulars were up to while the Brigadier was enjoying Christmas with Sally. And after writing a couple of scenes, a new thought came to me. Wouldn’t it be fun to get as many of our authors involved as possible? I sent out an email, asking for those free to send me a scene, and many responded. And, with a bit of editorial magic, the various offerings have been medled into a little story of Christmas, and what it means to our characters, and allows Lethbridge-Stewart a moment to relax and reflect and his crazy first year fighting aliens.”

Shaun adds: “It’s quite nice to see the many nods to this past year’s stories. We’re not saying who wrote what, but rather let the fans try and work it out. It’s a gift, within a gift.”

The Xmas Files will be available for free on the Candy Jar website over Christmas. http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/offers.html

Series four will begin Spring 2017 with Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, celebrating fifty years since the Great Intelligence first appeared in Doctor Who with 1967’s The Abominable Snowmen. Bringing back another fan-favourite character from that debut story!

1481036746852_mosboacopyBundles of every series can still be ordered, with subscriptions available both for UK and international customers (however, please check if you are eligible for the subscription deal at the Candy Jar website before subscribing).

Please see http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/subscriptions.html for more details.

Candy Jar is also offering a special Christmas promotion for its online customers: Buy Mind of Stone for £8.99 and get Blood of Atlantis for £5. Buy The Forgotten Son and Times Squared for only £8.99. Buy Beast of Fang Rock and Moon Blink for only £8.99. Please see http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/offers.html for more details.

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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.

Free Short Story

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GM_smallIt’s that time again — freebie time!

Yes, the guys at Candy Jar Books have another free short story (pdf-only) to offer exclusively to readers who pre-order Beast of Fang Rock between now and October 23rd. The story in this instance is The Cult of the Grinning Man and leads directly into the prologue of Beast of Fang Rock, showing what happens to Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart between books.

Still trying to find evidence which he can use, Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart travels to Llandudno, to investigate the appearances of the mysterious Grinning Man…

Pre-order Beast of Fang Rock HERE!