Bit of an eventful week. My mate, Slim’s stag weekend was hellishly drunken. I attempted to walk home from a bar called Mother’s Ruin (if you know Bristol you’ll know the place) only to get caught in a tremendous torrential downpour. I stood under a tree in Queen Square and waited for the rain to ease off. Somehow ended going from a standing (swaying) position to laying on my back at the foot of the tree, dreaming I was having having a chat with it. It was such a vivid dream that, when I was woken by my girlfriend’s phone call, I was convinced it had really happened.
When my younger brother, Jub was a few years old he insisted he had been a tree before he was born. He also insisted that there was a tiny, green tiger living in a hole in the ceiling above our dining table. I never saw it so I couldn’t substantiate or disprove his claims. He is 26 now and he still hasn’t renounced them, and he’s going to be a psychiatric nurse, make of that what you will.
Then I had to go to hospital for a flexible sigmoidoscopy. I don’t recommend it, although I did get to see my innards on a screen which is always interesting, and it is better than seeing them through a gaping wound (also an experience I wouldn’t recommend).
Anyhoo, back to business, here is my latest cover art. Book Two of David Pilling’s historical fiction swordfest, “Treason and Guile”, is now available on Amazon. I hope you like the art, and if you like historical fiction, you will certainly enjoy the book. Here’s the synopsis:
Book Two of ‘Treason and Guile’, a historical thriller set in England in the year 1266, during the rebellion of the Disinherited. The reformist and popular hero, Simon de Montfort, is dead, killed at the Battle of Evesham in the previous year. Civil war is renewed when Henry III disinherits De Montfort’s surviving followers.
Hugh Franklin, a stonemason’s son turned soldier, comes to the attention of the crown when he captures the Earl of Derby, De Montfort’s replacement as the leader of the rebels, at the Battle of Chesterfield. Recruited as a spy and dispatched to gather information on the rebels in the north, he falls foul of the savage northern baron, Sir John Deyville, and a beautiful Jewess…one of the bloodiest episodes in medieval English history staggers onto the page in a welter of furious battles, high politics, doomed romance and low cunning.
I am now working on my fantasy fiction short story, “The Moment of Silence – A Warrior’s Path Tale”, which will be available soon on Amazon complete with evocative cover art. I will post an excerpt once it is finished.