Heart of the Valkyrie


Life in the outer systems of the known galaxy is hard. The crew of the Valkyrie do what they can, salvaging, making cargo runs, and sometimes smuggling, just to earn a day’s wage of gold bars. Not under the rule of the Quanios Empire, the outer systems are considered a lawless wilderness to those who consider themselves “civilized”, but to Nathan and his crew, life away from the Empire is freedom. Despite all that, the crew would have it no other way.

Yet, fate seems to have something else in store for the Valkyrie and her crew, when what should be a simple smuggling run ends up becoming much more complicated. Saddled with a thirteen-year-old meant for a quick delivery, things quickly spiral out of control, and they Valkyrie find themselves on the run from the Empire. The girl, Sybille, is something special, and has secrets even from herself that must be solved for the crew to reclaim the freedom they once knew.

This new science-fiction novel will be available June 22, 2019, but you can reserve your copy today and enjoy a 25% discount off the retail price of $3.99. Pre-order now for only $2.99! This offer is good until the end of the day on June 15. 2019, so don’t delay! Lock in this awesome price and secure your copy of the new novel from Tom Fallwell.

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In a future among the stars, the origins of mankind have all but faded into the past. Nathan and his crew aboard the Valkyrie, an extraordinary but ancient ship, enjoy the freedom of the outer systems, away from the despotic rule of the Quanios Empire. But when they suddenly find themselves saddled with an equally extraordinary teenage girl, Sybille, who is now being sought by the Empire, things take a very unexpected turn. They are thrown into a desperate race to locate the lost planet of mankind’s origin.

To stop the Empire, they must solve the mystery of Sybille’s past and locate Earth first, or it could mean the end of freedom for the known galaxy.


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Information: http://tomfallwell.com/books/heart-of-the-valkyrie/


Early in life, Tom Fallwell discovered a love for fantasy and science-fiction, delighting in the wonderful escape into realms undreamed of. Weaned on the greats like J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert E. Howard, Roger Zelazny, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock, just to name a few, Tom’s imagination was forever inspired by those marvelous tales.

One day, he discovered a simple book of rules called ‘Chainmail’, by Gary Gygax, and found a new love: the love of creating adventures and stories of his own. ‘Chainmail’ evolved into ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, and Tom played consistently with friends as both a player and a dungeon master (DM) for decades. Such activities helped him develop his ability to create worlds and stories for others to enjoy.

Now retired from his long career as a software developer, Tom writes all the adventures and characters that constantly fill his mind and shares them with the world.

Author Links

Web Site: http://tomfallwell.com  Facebook: https://goo.gl/6KjdHz

Twitter: https://goo.gl/mhdzrZ  Goodreads: http://goo.gl/hYZOso

Amazon: http://Author.to/Tom

A YouTube channel for Book Lovers & Writers



Yes, you read that right. There is now a YouTube Video channel dedicated to book lovers and writers.

It is called the Electric Press channel, which is part of Electric Eclectic books.

Now, for those of you who do not know about Electric Eclectic books, I’ll give you a brief outline…

Electric Eclectic books (EE) are written by several of the best indie authors from around the globe, such as Michael J Elliott, Karen J Mossman, CA Keith, PJ Roscoe, Karina Kantas, Ann Harrison Barnes and many more, including yours truly.


Each EE book is a novelette, a short-ish book designed as an introduction to an EE author, so when you read one, you get a feel for the author’s style and narration.

Electric Eclectic has a large range of genres, which stretch from children’s books to crime stories, through to romance and psychological drama. There really is something for everyone in the Electric Eclectic library.

Once you find an Electric Eclectic author (or two) you enjoy, we are sure you will want to seek out their other books to read.

You can visit the Electric Eclectic website here.

However, now there is the Electric Press YouTube channel.


This channel will help you choose which books you select.

Electric Press has many book trailers to give you taste of ‘what’s inside’, but that is not all… oh, no.

Electric Press has authors reading excerpts from their stories. There are articles about Electric Eclectic, we talk ghosts and chat about horror, words, the supernatural, fantasy, stories and much more.

Watch Electric Press now

Take your time, check out all the playlists, watch the trailers, listen to our authors, decide which books you are going to read first.

New content is being added to Electric Press YouTube frequently, so keep coming back and finding out what’s new.

Better still, subscribe to Electric Press and be notified when new books, video’s and articles are posted by our authors.

Please, let your friends know about Electric Press YouTube so they too can find their next favourite read and new authors to follow.


The Electric Press YouTube channel is now on the Electric Eclectic android app.
Download to read some amazing stories, find great books and watch the Electric Press Video channel.
It’s ALL FREE, so what are you waiting for? Download the app now from Google Play. http://bit.ly/FreeEEapp

If you are a writer you too could become an Electric Eclectic author and have your own playlist on the Electric Press channel, Interested? Email us. EEbookbranding@mail.com

But hurry, there are limited places available.




Get undercover with Jane

It gives me great pleasure in highlighting this book, Undercover, written by my friend, Jane Risdon. Hopefully, this brief article will entice you to grab a copy.

Undercover Crime Shorts by Jane Risdon

Under one cover for the first time, a collection of crime shorts from Jane Risdon with more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction – a must for those who enjoy gripping yarns.

Undercover: Crime Shorts features new short stories written with strong female protagonists at its heart, and includes Sweet Sable – a redheaded nightclub singer with sex appeal and a sting in her tail, and The Look – a hit woman with an agenda for revenge and a talent for hire.

There is an extract from the first novel in the series, Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka – where former MI5 intelligence officer, Lavinia Birdsong, is asked to look for a missing woman and finds herself embroiled in murder, the Russian Mafia, and Ukrainian gun-runners.

My readers say:

Roger A Price: a former detective and crime author says: Crime Shorts is a wonderfully satisfying anthology of seven short stories which transcend above the crime fiction genre providing a ripping yarn irrespective of the reader’s crime fiction preference. Jane Risdon has cleverly stitched together a mix of tales to suit all fans of the genre.

Gloria Clulow: reader says: As with all Jane’s stories I find them intriguing and unpredictable, leaving me wanting more; I don’t want them to end.

Professor Margot Kinberg: Associate professor and author of the Joel Williams crime novels says: Undercover, what a gripping story, so well written. You’ve packed so much ‘punch’ into it, loved it. I really felt the rising tension and suspicion! You’ve captured the suspense of it beautifully and it is such a great set-up with good characters.

Charlie Plunkett: reader says:
Fast-paced, well written, page-turner that had me so engrossed my train journey flew by. The author clearly has done a lot of research, these short stories all felt very authentic and each had me gripped and on the edge of my seat wondering how they would play out. It’s been a long time since I read anything quite so intriguing and twisty. It certainly got my heart beating faster and I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great murder, mystery.
Jane Risdon – my pleasure lovely, praise where it’s due, you have written a fabulous selection of short stories and I will definitely look out for Ms Birdsong.

You can go undercover with Jane by following your preferred link.





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Jane Risdon’s career began in the international music business where she managed recording artists, songwriters, record producers, and where she has been instrumental in placing music on to soundtracks of many TV series and Movies, working alongside her musician husband.

After years of promoting talented young artists, Jane decided it was time to do what she’s always wanted to do: write. She began writing in earnest some ten years ago, starting with flash fiction and short stories – mostly crime/thrillers – and her writing was soon included in various anthologies – to date 15 different publications, some award-winning. She has written for numerous online newsletters and magazines and is a regular blogger.

She has also written a best-selling novel with author and lifelong friend, best-selling, award-winning author, Christina Jones, set in the UK music scene of the late 1960s. Only One Woman is published by Accent Press with whom Jane signed in 2014.

With over 100 short stories needing a home, Jane has recently published Undercover: Crime Shorts with Plaisted Publishing House, which went into the UK Amazon ratings at #18 and into the USA Amazon ratings at #333 upon publication.

She is writing the sequel to Only One Woman and is completing a series of novels about a former MI5 intelligence officer; ‘Ms Birdsong Investigates.’ These crime/thrillers are set in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire, and Jane digs into her early career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the height of the Cold War for her inspiration and knowledge of Britain’s Security Services.

Jane’s interests include photography, history, and science and she and her husband enjoy walking and visiting places of interest – something they never had time to enjoy when ‘babysitting’ singers and musicians whilst travelling all over the world.

For Jane’s Books: most digital platforms incl. Amazon worldwide, and in paperback

Only One Woman:

53 5* reviews from guys and gals. Available in most countries too.
Paperback and eBook on most digital platforms
Paperback Waterstones and good indie stores.

ISBN: 9781783757312



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Still hungry for your crime fix?

Then try these hard hitters for size. Tales of Crime & Violence are not a series, they are a collection of three short (& not so short) storybooks whose tales focus on the human elements of being involved, or caught-up, in criminal activities.


UK http://amzn.to/2zZFWFN        USA  https://goo.gl/Q0DXRq

Also available from other online stores, including Barne & Noble, iTunes, Google Play, Kobo etc.

A free book… for free

I am supposing you are reading this blog for one of two reasons, if not both.

Reason one is you are looking to read a short story… if so there are plenty here, mine and some guest posts, just scroll on down and read away.

Reason two is, you are looking for a good book to read.

If that is so, you have hit it lucky.

Because today I am presenting an anthology called Mayfly Recitals, which is the third such book in the Electric Eclectic collection.Mayfly recitals

For those of you not yet familiar with Electric Eclectic, allow me to elucidate.

Electric Eclectic is a book brand which lets authors write a short-ish story, a novelette, as an introductory work. This allows you to sample the works of ‘new-to-you’ authors and possibly try out a new genre, or both, at the low-low cost of just 1.00 (Pound/Dollar/Euro).

The idea is, you can read several authors works for the price of a large coffee and find the one(s) you like most.

Of course, the authors hope you like their Electric Eclectic books so much you will then buy their other books. Which I am sure you will if you fall in love with that authors’ writing style and storytelling.

Which brings me back to the anthology I am speaking of, the Mayfly Recitals. This book is a collection of ten excellent tales, written by eight of the Electric Eclectic authors and what is more, it can be yours for absolutely nothing.

That is, 10 short stories by established indie authors for FREE, zilch, nada, 自由, nothing, gratis, פרייַ, besplatno, Безплатно, vapaa, bezmaksas, wolny, fri, സ്വതന്ത്ര, khulula, maimaim-poana, liber.

Yep, whatever language you use, Mayfly Recitals, book three of the Electric Eclectic collection, can be yours for free.

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Simply Email us at Electric Eclectic; EEbookbranding@mail.com (Write ‘Mayfly’ in the subject bar & tell us which format you prefer, Mobi, ePub, or PDF.) We will then email you a copy of Mayfly Recitals as soon as we can.

That’s it. Simple.

No catches. No bull.

No cost. No fee.

No strings. No commitments.

Just a genuinely free book… for free.

If you would like to find out more about Electric Eclectic books, our authors, browse our genres or download the free app, then feel free to visit our website; http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks


The Abduction of Rupert DeVille

The Abduction of Rupert DeVille is a full-length novel by Paul White

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The protagonist is a bit of a bumbling lad, a ‘normal’ regular bloke, who is pretty much drifting through life.

He meets Carla, who becomes the love of his life; the girl he is to propose to the very day he is snatched off the street and his adventure begins.

Through flashbacks and memories, Rupert’s dysfunctional childhood is slowly revealed, as is Carla’s traumatic past and George’s (Rupert’s boss and friend), previous life.

You are taken from moments of laugh out aloud, to high drama, before being plunged into tear-jerking depths of despair, as you travel through each of the characters’ lives.

Often hilariously funny and charming, this fast-paced, suspenseful, unbelievable, honest and truthful book probes your own soul and asks questions of your humanity, your fears, uncertainties and beliefs before making you cry with laughter once again, both tears of joy and sadness.

This is a story of realisation, of finding oneself, of intrigue, humanity and, above all, love.

But don’t just take my word for it.Rupert coll1

This is what readers of The Abduction of Rupert DeVille, have to say…


Toinette says,

“This is a very British dark comedy and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I was emotionally disturbed at times. This book takes you on an emotional journey, traversing every possible feeling, sometimes with no transitions or segues to ease the mental whiplash. Yet, somehow it all works together to make the story wonderful, in a very specifically dark, funny and unique way. The writing is impeccable, almost lyrical at times, making it an easy and engaging read.

This emotional adventure starts with Rupert early in his day, contemplating the step-by-step (literally) plans he made for this special evening. Then he is snatched off the street and the story begins.

As the description explains, there’s a girlfriend and an employer worried about Rupert’s disappearance, and after you get to know him, you can totally understand why they’d worry so only after a few short hours.

Attempting to avoid spoilers, none of the characters in this book are quite what they seem. While Rupert is definitely mild-mannered, he’s also calculating, considerate and most definitely a lover, (not a fighter). George is probably my favourite character in this wacky tale of random events that all fit together perfectly, actually making sense in the larger scheme of things. He’s older and calmer than Rupert and Carla, but he might also be a bit scary, (in the best possible way). Carla’s a simple girly-girl on the surface, but after peeking into her past you learn her perfect simplicity is hard earned.

Moments in this story made me blush, made me feel a bit queasy, made me laugh out loud and even made me feel sentimental. I imagine it was like reading the screenplay of a Guy Richie modern adaptation of a classic whodunit. There was violence, sex, mystery and all the complexities of family dynamics.

This is an adult only read; perfect for fans of dark humour and British humour, tales of calamity and upbeat characters in odd and sometimes violent situations. I hope this author has more stories like this.”


Elizabeth writes,

“The Abduction of Rupert DeVille is a delightful combination of suspense and witty humour that kept me reading well past my bedtime.

What begins as a thrilling abduction evolves into a love story with a side trip into intrigue. Paul White’s characters are full-bodied, true to life people whose interactions are sometimes puzzling and often humorous.

Right from the moment Rupert is snatched from the bus stop where he waits daily for his transportation to work, this main character is obviously a charming and bumbling nerd. Fixated on his planned evening when he plans to propose to his girlfriend Carla, he misses his bus. In a matter of minutes, he is grabbed and hustled into a waiting van by a threatening duo of thugs. Whisked into the country, boarded onto a plane and flown to an unknown destination, where he meets ‘The General’.

As Rupert awaits his fate at the hands of his captors, he ruminates on how he came to be in such an unlikely position.

Meanwhile, the love of his life, Carla becomes concerned when Rupert doesn’t make his regular morning call to her. After several attempts to reach him by phone, she telephones his employer, bookstore owner George. This is followed by an often-hilarious attempt by George to locate his usually reliable employee while attempting to reassure Carla.

The adventures of these three become entangled with the police and spies in a sometimes unbelievable but always entertaining read.

White manages to keep the reader fully engaged in this fun story with an intricate plot. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an exciting read.”


Libby’s comment is,

“I have read this intriguing abduction story, of an indecisive rather insecure Rupert Deville, who plans to announce his love to his girlfriend Carla this evening with an engagement ring, hoping she will say yes to his marriage proposal.

Unfortunately, Rupert’s day ‘carefully planned’ day starts with an unexpected abduction.

Paul has plotted the Abduction of Rupert DeVille very well, together with its satisfying aftermath. His style is flowing and well written.

I enjoyed reading this book. Very down to earth and unpretentious.”


Peter notes,

“Wow. This book takes on a physical and emotional journey.

You get to feel the characters’ emotions as the story unfolds.

This is a hard book to categorize, except to say don’t have expectations of any particular genre, because it envelops them all. Just read it, NOW!”

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Here is a random, short excerpt from ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’…


…Rupert’s father, Peter, left home when Rupert was ten years old. It was neighbourhood gossip he eloped with a young Filipino girl who was the cleaner at the local morgue. Peter, a Vending Machine engineer, first met the Filipino girl after a cup of oxtail soup became jammed in a dispensing funnel in one of the hot drinks vending machines which Peter serviced.

The girl, it has been alleged, held a penchant for dressing for work in nothing more than a mini skirt fashioned from a single layer of Clingfilm and a pair of nipple tassels made from the tail of a squirrel she had caught and skinned with her bare hands.

Whether it was the young Filipino girls dress sense, her ample bosom or the fact she and Peter copulated on the cold steel of the dissecting table several times during the night which gave Peter the idea to elope with her has never been made totally clear, but elope they did.

The story continues, some months after Peter and the Filipino girl arrived in the Philippines, Peter was brutally murdered in a back alley in the city of Manila after refusing to give the girl to a local pimp, in return for a ten per cent share of a genetically modified Haggis farm located in Swaziland. Peter’s body, they said, was never found.

Old Harry, the local drunkard at the Rose & Crown, who professed to have been a very close friend of Peters explained to Rupert one evening, for several of pints of best bitter and a few whisky chasers, the pimp in question informed Peter that Wild Scottish Haggis was first introduced to Swaziland in the 1890s by Jock MacKenna to help control the Japanese Knot-weed which was ravaging unchecked in the northern mountain region.

The problem was Swaziland is in the Southern Hemisphere and the Wild Haggis were from the Northern Hemisphere. The Wild Haggis naturally walked around the mountain clockwise because they had shorter legs on the right side of their bodies. However, being moved to the Southern Hemisphere somehow interfered with the Haggis’s natural sense of direction, causing them to walk anti-clockwise, this led to the Haggis constantly falling, injuring themselves and being unable to sufficiently feed. It also gave them an awful time trying, unsuccessfully, to copulate. Hence their numbers began to decline to a critical point and the Japanese knotweed once again became an ecological disaster.

The genetically modified Haggis were designed with longer legs on their right, allowing them to transverse in an anti-clockwise direction, thus enabling the Haggis to graze without falling. This helped in controlling the problem with the ravages of the Japanese Knot-weed. It also allowed the Haggis to breed most successfully.

The pimp, Harry said, continued to explain to Peter, because of the abundant grazing and constant sun in Swaziland, the Swaziland Haggis were now favoured in Scotland above their own Native Haggis. It seems the Swaziland breed are larger, meatier and have a far superior flavour. The Swaziland Haggis export business was now booming and bringing in very large amounts of foreign revenue.

The rumour also had it, Old Harry continued, although Peter was intrigued by the opportunity of investing and reaping the rewards of the Haggis farm and its export business, he did not wish to be parted from his Filipino lover and wanted to continue his current venture of importing high-quality Clingfilm, destined for the clothing industry, into the Philippines. Hence Peter upset the Pimp and consequently was brutally butchered, his body being hacked into small chunks by machete-wielding gangsters and the meat sold as a delicacy to the kitchens of the local tourist hotels…

The Abduction of Rupert DeVille is available as both a paperback book and an ebook.

For the Paperback edition these are the links you need:

Amazon UK  https://amzn.to/2VNINPa

Amazon Worldwide https://mybook.to/AbductionRupertPaper

For the ebook & Kindle versions you need:

Amazon Kindle UK https://amzn.to/2LoWtw9

Amazon Kindle Worldwide https://books2read.com/u/4XReK9

All other eBookstores worldwide http://authl.it/4×0

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To find out more about Paul White and to see all his books, visit Paul’s website HERE