Knight of the Cross audiobook sample!

The full audiobook will be available from Audible/Amazon within the next couple of days. For now, here’s a short sample. Have a listen and share with your histfic loving friends!

The full production lasts just 2.5 hours so it will be, I imagine, very cheap. If you ever fancied trying out an audiobook but didn’t want to pay £15 or whatever, this will be ideal!

The Elder Sign…

 Not my pic, it's from a pendant you can buy here, just to give the artist/photographer credit where it's due:

“Here, take this and sleep with it by your side.” He pressed a small, flat stone into Sir Richard’s gauntleted hand and the knight examined it curiously. It was inscribed with the symbol they’d seen on the house on the outskirts of the town; a line with five smaller lines branching off it, like a tree. “It’ll protect you,” the merchant promised, “as it protects the buildings you’ve seen with the same stones outside. I must go now – if they discover I’m helping you they’ll kill me as they did my wife.”
He pulled away from the knight’s grasp and headed off into the shadows. “Come to me again if you need me. But act quickly – Dagon is coming!”

Knight of the Cross – just 77p/99c on Kindle, now! Paperback also available and audiobook will be on Audible within the next day or so!
And carving yourself a few stones with the Elder Sign on them might be a good idea in time for Hallowe’en

Not my pic BTW, it’s from a pendant you can buy here, just to give the artist/photographer credit where it’s due:…/hp-lovecraft-elder-sign-pendant…

A Day of Fire – A Novel of Pompeii by Ben Kane et al

I’ve been very lucky to get an advance copy of a new book, Day of Fire – a novel of Pompeii by some of histfic’s finest writers, including Ben Kane who’s supported me since before Wolf’s Head was even published.

I wasn’t sure how well the book would work, being a collaborative effort with sections written by different authors and, to be honest, I’ve never read any of the contributors’ other work (apart from Ben, obviously).

I’m glad to say I’m loving it. I mean really loving it. I think it’s safe to say this one of the best books I’ve read in the past five years at least – it’s fantastic. Which is just as well, as it would have been pretty awkward for me if I’d thought it was shit after agreeing to review it…

You can look forward to a Q&A with me and Ben in the next couple of weeks, before I post my review.

In the meantime, you can pre-order the novel on Amazon. It’s only £3.15 in the UK (I assume it will be the same ludicrously low price in the rest of the world). Click the cover image below to check it out!

Another new review with a GIVEAWAY!

Here’s another fantastic review of Knight of the Cross, this time by Stuart S. Laing from The Review blog group. If you leave a comment after the review you’ll be entered into a giveaway to win a signed copy of the paperback. What are you waiting for?!

“One aspect of this book which is wonderfully refreshing is how McKay uses modern folklore, created by the Internet generation, in such a way that it feels like genuine legends from the medieval age. Just as our ancestors once gathered around their fire-pits in roundhouses to tell stories through the long, dark winter nights, the Internet has become its modern equivalent where 21st century folklore is spawned and spread until it becomes familiar to many. “

Steven A McKay: Knight of the Cross (Review)


Another great review from another hugely respected reviewer for Knight of the Cross!

Originally posted on parmenionbooks:

My name is Steven A. McKay and I’m a writer from Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow in Scotland, heavily influenced by the likes of Bernard Cornwell, Douglas Jackson, Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane et al.

My first book, Wolf’s Head, is set in medieval England and is a fast-paced, violent retelling of the Robin Hood legends. I think my take on the theme is quite different to anything that’s been done before. It hit the number 1 spot in the UK “War” chart, reached the overall Kindle top 20 bestsellers list and is available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon here:  . The sequel, The Wolf and the Raven was also a “War” chart number 1 as well as hitting the top spot in the US “Medieval” chart.

The third book in the series is coming along nicely and should – all being well – be available around late 2014/ early 2015

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New interview with me by Layered Pages, take a look!

Here is an interview by Stephanie Hopkins of the Layered Pages website. This was mostly supposed to be about Wolf’s Head and my first Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion but some other stuff is covered too. Since The Wolf and the Raven has now also been awared the Medallion you can look out for another interview with Stephanie focused on that sometime in the next few months.

Here’s an excerpt from our chat:

Stephanie: How did Robin meet Sir Richard-at-Lee and Stephen?

Steven: I stuck to the original, well-known legend for the most part. Sir Richard is passing through the forest and the outlaws stop him, to rob him basically although it doesn’t end up like that. I thought it would be a nice twist to make him a Hospitaller Knight and Stephen, his grumpy sergeant-at-arms followed on from that. They’re a couple of great characters and they bring a nice new dynamic to the outlaw group. You can find out more about them in the new novella Knight of the Cross which follows Sir Richard as he goes up against ancient evil in Rhodes…

You can read the rest of the interview here:

Otik’s spiced potatoes!

One of my favourite series of books when I was growing up was the Dragonlance trilogy. More than 20 years later, I still remember how the characters all loved a particular dish: Otik’s spiced potatoes!

Otik was an inn-keeper and his spiced potatoes were legendary. So much so, I decided to find out what they were like for myself, using a recipe I found online (the internet is amazing!).

Basically they’re fried potatoes with cayenne pepper and black pepper. I’d never used cayenne pepper before today so I was interested to find out what it tasted like. This dish was legendary after all, it had to be pretty tasty!



Now, the recipe I found online for these said to use a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of black pepper. The idea of using so much black pepper seemed ridiculous, so I just used a pinch, so it wouldn’t be too hot.

Still, I might as well have just eaten a few jalapenos then set fire to my face.

Otik was clearly a smart inn-keeper. He made his potatoes like this so people had to buy a load of drinks to put out the fire in their mouth!

Let this be a lesson to fiction readers: writers don’t always plan every little detail in their book. Sometimes we just make shit up! This recipe obviously falls into that category. Thanks Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickmann.

I’d like to see Friar Tuck cooking up some of these around the campfire in Barnsdale…I don’t think Will Scarlet or Little John would enjoy them much, but it’d be a good excuse to down more of the local ale!


Anyone ever tried cooking up any other fictional recipes? LotR must have a few? Share them here if you have!



Some news…

Two big things to report! First of all, I’m listening to the final part of the Knight of the Cross audiobook that Nick Ellsworth has just sent to me. Once we sign it off it’ll be available for you all to download. It should be really cheap, since it’s only about 2.5 hours long. Good way to try out the audio format for anyone that’s interested but doesn’t want to pay £16 or so.  Look out for it over the next few days!

In the meantime, here’s the Kindle version, just 77p/99c! Click the pic!

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And, secondly…The Wolf and the Raven (like Wolf’s Head before it) has been awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion! This is a prestigious award and I’m really proud to say both my Forest Lord books have now been recognized by their team!


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