Monday, July 8, 2013

Release Event: The Hopfield Tales by Mike Evers


Book Title: The Hopfield Tales
Author:  Mike Evers
Release Date: June 17th
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Historical
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours



BLURB

There's always more to a town than meets the eye. You just need to scratch the surface.  The quiet town of Hopfield is no exception. There are everyday people doing everyday things - just like where you live. But history has a way of coming back to find us. And the voices of the past can change our lives forever. 

Three fabulous fables for your delectation and delight:

The Spirit Archer
Campaign of the Gods
Mark of the Legion

BACKGROUND INFO

The Hopfield Tales is a trilogy of three novellas.  Each story is set in a town in present day Yorkshire and involves people who have encounters with characters from English history and legend.  The tales include the final, as yet unpublished story, Mark of the Legion.

The blurb for the unreleased novella, Mark of the Legion:

Bentham Cawley enjoys and quiet and humdrum life as a monk at the Brotherhood of the Resurrection in Hopfield, Yorkshire.  But this is all about to change - when he unwillingly embarks on the monastery's new friendship programme and meets remarkable octogenarian Ernest Teale.

Just how does Ernest know so much about the past, and how is he connected to the legendary but doomed Roman Ninth Legion? 

Some secrets wait centuries to be unlocked...

Review samples for The Spirit Archer and Campaign of the Gods:

"This is a novella that is entertaining, informative and imaginative. It's a wonderful story that put a smile on my face."  (The Spirit Archer; Ann Werner, Amazon)

"This is a good fun read which I really enjoyed. I particularly liked the way the scenes cut back to the gods and their fated board game and the effect that had on our world of 'Midgard'. A great, light-hearted bit of fun."  (Campaign of the Gods; Ignite, Amazon)

The voices of the past can change our lives forever…



EXCERPT

From Campaign of the Gods:


The effects of Thor and Týr’s game in Asgard were having a strange and very real effect in the present day.  And whilst they were aware that things were taking a turn for the worse, they had little way of knowing what was happening precisely.  They just knew it was bad. And they knew they couldn’t stop it, despite their best efforts.  To make matters worse, Thor had rolled double one – his first ever stroke of bad luck.  Thor’s forces were entering the battlefield in a random and ramshackle fashion, scattered and disorientated. 
One such case was Ivar Ragnarsson, who after experiencing the very strange effects of a space-time portal, found himself in a very odd place indeed.
On arriving, confused and terrified, the Viking leader was experiencing an overpowering cold and darkness.  An ungodly humming noise filled his ears and the icy blast of an arctic wind chilled his exposed flesh.  Fearing he had died and failed to find paradise in Valhalla, Ivar thought the worst - he had ended up in Hel – to be punished for eternity.  A fact he did not face very well. He let out a moan.
“Oh, Odin, have mercy!” he pleaded to the icy darkness in his Old Norse tongue.  He was surprised by the reply coming through the gloom.



AUTHOR BIO
Mike often taps out stuff on his keyboard in the fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal genres: a habit which his wife finds fairly amusing - and sometimes a little bit strange.
So far he has published two novellas - The Spirit Archer and Campaign of the Gods - with GMTA Publishing. Along with Mark of the Legion, the novellas are due to be published as The Hopfield Tales in summer 2013.
Mike's debut novel, The Chaosifier, is also available on Amazon, where it is ambushing unsuspecting fans of contemporary fantasy with its general mischief and mayhem.
Mike's educational background is in History, International Conflict Analysis and Education. He is qualified as a teacher in ESOL and Adult Literacy, and lives and works in West Yorkshire. He's married to a long-suffering wife, Joanne, and they have a young son called Joseph.


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