Tales from the Dubh Linn

Tales from the Dubh Linn, the second anthology of short stories from the Thaumatology universe is out now. It’s $0.99 so don’t be shy, but it’s also suitable only for those over 18. I hope you like the stories. I enjoyed writing them; they’re a change from the main stream of Thaumatology books.

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Stories from the Dubh Linn

Last night I finished off the last of the stories for the next Thaumatology anthology, Tales from the Dubh Linn. So I thought I would share them with you. I’m not sure how I’ll order them yet, but this is what you’ll be getting:

A Night on the Town: Four friends on a night out in London end up visiting the Dubh Linn, a notorious pub in London frequented by the darker side of supernatural society.

After Twilight: A teenager with a taste for vampire romance story finds herself falling in love with a teenage vampire who has just started at her school. Will the course of vampire romance run true?

Changeling: A farmer in Wales becomes convinced that his wife has been replaced by a fae changeling.

Hunt: A young couple spend Halloween night in a tent in Windsor Great Park while overhead they can hear a sound like geese calling. They are in for a very wild night.

Succubus: When Wendy discovers that her husband has been cheating on her, she summons a succubus for revenge and gets more than she bargained for.

The Body Trade: When a reporter begins investigating human trafficking into London she enters a far more dangerous world than she could ever have been imagined.

For those who have previously read the series, these are largely standalone stories, but you will be seeing some characters who have turned up before. John Radcliffe and Kate Middleshaw turn up more than once, and we’ll even be seeing Hughes and Croft, the Welsh detectives from Disturbia. You’ll also become better acquainted with Belvedere, the decadent Sidhe from the same book, and there is one more, secret, guest star from the main series.

As a side note, when Hammer of Witches comes out, it will have a bonus short story along with it. Housemates tells the story of how Ceri and Lily first met.

Progress Update

In the last 25 hours I have:

  • Finished the first draft of Book 7.
  • Done a second read through of Book 6, Hammer of Witches.
  • Written a new short story, Hunt.

I’m feeling vaguely accomplished. Book 7 now has a working title, Eagle’s Shadow, which it didn’t have yesterday. My wonderful proofreader/sanity evaluator, Ellen, came up with that one after her read through. I was having no luck coming up with anything and it’s a damn good title!

Book 6 looks like it will be out toward the end of April. It should be ready for then assuming I don’t decide on any rewrites.

I’m going to try to take a short break from writing the novels. I plan to do some short stories for the next anthology and catch up on my list of books-to-read. I’ll never catch up with the Hollows series if I don’t get on with reading them! Of course, the last time I said I’d take a break from writing, I did actually read a book, but I also wrote 40,000 words in two weeks…

Tales from High Towers’ Study

The anthology is up. This features slightly updated versions of the stories previously published on Wattpad, plus a new one, Nightshade, which features John Radcliffe and Kate Middleshaw.

You can download it here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/124026

I’ll likely get it up on Amazon tomorrow if you prefer your Kindle editions delivered the easy way.

The cover for this one was suggested by Tera over at succubus.net. I managed to get the ice-cream in there too.

It'll all end in giggles.

Progress Report, Mid-January

Last night I put an end marker on Book 5. I actually need to go back over it and add some bits its missing, but it’s a week at most from being completed to first draft stage.

I’m still having trouble with the anthology cover, but I think I’ll have something workable soon. The difficulty so far is getting the lighting right, deciding how much not covering up Lily I can get away with, and some scaling issues on Twill. That gives me a release date for the anthology of next week, probably.

On the timescales I’m looking at now, I think Dragon’s Blood will go out to Smashwords and Amazon on the 29th of January.

Another Tera Review – Legacy

Tera over at succubus.net has done another review, this time of Legacy. You can find it over on her blog: http://www.succubus.net/blog/2012/01/06/a-review-of-legacy-by-niall-teasdale/

You can also read it on the Legacy book page on Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/116370) and at the Amazon page (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006OKR8PK), and I should add my thanks to Tera for being so thorough with her reviews.

As mentioned in the review, the next book, Dragon’s Blood, is coming out soon. The exact date has not been fixed yet, but it should be around the beginning of February. The short stories she mentions in her review, along with a new, unpublished one will be collected into an ebook and released free on Smashwords and possibly Amazon within the next couple of weeks. (The biggest delay on the short stories is likely to be the cover. I haven’t come up with one yet.)