The Beginning of the Æther Shadow

Just a quick post to post up the beginning of The Diaries of James Purcell Book #02 Æther Shadow.

Book #02 does not continue directly from Book#01 The End as several years and bad events that have been glossed over have passed between the two. One of these (Dragon Hunt which is part of the kindle only version) has been rewritten and will be published as Dragon World Book#00 Exiles.

The Diaries Of James Purcell
Book#02 Æther Shadow
Copyright 2012 James Purcell, All rights reserved.

The multicoloured lightning storm raged around the castle and mirrored the passengers anger as he stepped out of the carriage. There was no rain coming from the clouds as the storm was the result of wild magic that was slowly destroying the world of Albion. Highlord Norlan Bracegirdle stormed across the courtyard into the entrance of his castle causing guards, soldiers and servants to scatter out of his way. He had just returned from Camelot after having been summoned to account for the loss of two prototype ships that had cost the equivalent of seven ironclad battleships and now the partners who had invested were calling in their loans. He stormed up his tower and entered his chambers dropping his cloak on the floor. How dare they treat him like this, he knew too well how much was at stake, but if it wasn’t for his designs then the ships would not have existed in the first place. He walked over to the large table that was covered in diagrams and glowing glass spheres. In the middle of the table laid the plans for the two ships he had now lost. His hand reached out and picked up the glass sphere that was wrapped in satin and looked at the pulsing glow inside. The sphere hadn’t existed when the first ship had been converted and stranded in the other world, but they had come out of the development of the second ship and now the second ship had been missing for three years. He needed to get the first back and install the new devices that would allow it to cross back across the Vail and arrive back in Albion
Queen Victoria Pendragon had been there and was most defiantly not amused over the constant delays in the planned invasion of the other world. “Why had she been there?” he thought to himself, these things were normally below her, “I sometimes wish that stupid fool Guy Fawkes had succeeded in blowing up parliament. The Highlords would still be in control of this country and not answering to a bunch of old bureaucrats who spent all their time arguing over petty things and never getting anything done!”
“Sir?” Norlan’s guard and assistant asked.
“Where is she is she back yet?” Norlan roared.
“Where is who sir?
“You damn well know who I mean!”
“Oh Lady Alison DuBlade.
“Yes her!” Norlan shouted back.
“She just got back a few moments before we did sir, according to the stable master.”
“Summon her at once.”
The guard walked over to the door, opened it and shouted down the tower. A few minutes later, the crystal on Norlan’s desk glowed and a ghostly female voice emanated from it.
“My Lord, you summoned me?”
“Tell me you have good news, Alison.”
“My lord?” The voice had an ethereal flow to it which was a side-effect of the crystals. “The mission was a success.”
“Have you killed the target?”
“Yes, my lord.”
“And were the traitors as the information suggested?”
“Yes sir, but … “
“But?”
“He wasn’t working on his own, he was working for one of the other lords.”
“Did you find out who?”
“No sir, he took that knowledge to the grave with him.”
“Very well, I have another mission for you. You have twenty four hours to recover, then I want you in my office.”
“Yes sir.” her voice responded before the crystal stopped glowing.
“Fools, this country is run by nothing but fools!” Norlan muttered to himself as he started pacing around his study stopping to look at the piles of correspondence that had gathered on his desk.

And as aways, if you haven’t picked up Book #01 The End it is still available on amazon including a few exclusive extra’s

https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Diaries-James-Purcell-Book-ebook/dp/B00N89UNIE

Please enjoy and I will see you in port next time my fellow Airship Captains.

 

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First paperback proof inbound.

After much hard work and swearing the current file drafts passed the pre-publish review and I have ordered the proof paperback.

Its costing me nearly £10 in P&P but hopefully it will arrive in time for Christmas.

To be honest, I’m sick of tired of re-reading this book for editing so am going to move on to the next book called Æther Shadow.

Some will notice that the current book is numbered #00, this is not an error, it is intentional. Æther Shadow was always intended to be the First book in the series but the test readers wanted to know about some of the back story and so The End was written. This one shouldn’t take much to get published as it’s near complete (bar the proofreading and editing).

After the writing course there are some thing i will add and some that need removing but I am eager to move on.

Signed, sealed and awaiting posting.

Signed, sealed and awaiting posting.

Well that’s done and dusted, two steampunk short story’s for a writing competition finished making three now finished. now for the other story’s to do.

What’s holding me back from sending off the first for publishing? The cover. I can’t draw very well and my photoshop is quite literally 2nd to none, as in I have next to no ability! I have a few idea’s for covers  but nothing planned out yet.

The book is stalled at Nineteen thousand words, I have to re-read what I have written so far and make a start on editing the existing notes.

Projects 

Project 1 – Tales of the Aether ShadowJames and the crew of the Aether Shadow must fight to protect there ship and friends connected to the ship.

Project 2 – Creature/Eleanors Beast (Name changing) – The creature that killed Jame’s betrothed and been tracked done. Will he get revenge?

Project’s 3 and 4 – Writing competition entry’s.

Project 5 – Dragon hunt – James gets caught in a fight between two of Albion’s dragons hiding in our world.

Project 6 – Kitsune, A return of a friend from James and Shelly’s childhood returns seeking help.

See you in port soon, Airship Pilots.

A new Blog and a new start to the year.

A new Blog and a new start to the year.

I have started something I swore I would never do when I left school….. Write!

I hated school, I failed english (native language), had trouble trying to learn spelling and grammar (nothing changed there!) however, I find my self writing.

I’m currently working on “The Diary’s of Captain James Purcell“, this will be a long project consisting of story’s of varying lengths.

Its set in an alternative “SteampunkVictorian era but also has mythical creatures and magic. I just hope I combine it all sucsessfully.

So far, excluding artwork, I have finished  my first story, have two more ready for a writing competition and have a few wips on the go.

I still need to finish editing then send them away to the competition but I’m living in hope.

Well that’s it for the first post.

 

See you in port soon, Airship Pilots.