Heavy metal song inspired by Wolf’s Head

Here’s a metal song inspired by my debut novel Wolf’s Head. The band is called Black Mountain Thunder. If I was writing a song about the book this is almost exactly how I’d have done it – soft flute and female vocal intro then the hard stuff, with double-bass drumming and a sweet lead guitar solo that doesn’t outstay its welcome.

I’m very flattered that a band took the time to record something based on my work.

Check it out here:

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New book update

I have my editor’s notes back for Rise of the Wolf, the third book in my Forest Lord series. I have some work to do, although not as much as I did with Wolf’s Head, which required a major overhaul!

I need to add some sections, tweak some of the structure and go over some of the writing in general but, other commitments (work and family) allowing, I should have it all finished within a few weeks. Then it’ll just be formatting and proofing the paperback.

So, hopefully I will be able to publish Rise of the Wolf within a month or so.

If you signed up for my mailing list you should have got your free short story, The Escape – if you had any problems downloading it please do let me know and I’ll make sure you get a copy!

And, if you were thinking about trying the Wolf’s Head audiobook, here’s a short new review on a well-respected site:

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The Wolf and the Raven (The Forest Lord #2) By Steven A. McKay – Review

stormwatch1977:

A fantastic new review of The Wolf and the Raven!

Originally posted on David's Book Blurg:

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Title – The Wolf and the Raven (The Forest Lord #2)
Author – Steven A. McKay
Genre –  Historical Fiction
Length –  327 Pages (Kindle)
Publication – 7th April 2014
My Rating – 5/5 Stars

Synopsis

In the aftermath of a violent rebellion Robin Hood and his men must fight for survival with an enemy deadlier than any they’ve faced before…

1322. England is in disarray and Sir Guy of Gisbourne, the king’s own bounty hunter, stalks the greenwood, bringing bloody justice to the outlaws and rebels who hide there.
When things begin to go horribly wrong self-pity, grief and despair threaten to overwhelm the young wolf’s head who will need the support of his friends and family now more than ever. But Robin’s friends have troubles of their own and, this time, not all of them will escape with their lives…

Review

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Short extract from the new Christmas novella

Knight of the Cross has been doing really well over the weekend in the free promotion, hitting number 1 in one of Amazon UK’s charts and number 3 in one of the US lists so a big THANK YOU to everyone who downloaded their copy. I hope you enjoy it!

Rise of the Wolf is still with my editor, so, while I await its return I’ve got back to work on my next novella. Starring Friar Tuck and set AFTER the events in Rise of the Wolf it has the provisional working title of The Christmas Devil. It’s another mystery although nothing too convoluted. It will be out in December this year.

With any luck I’ll get the editor’s notes for Rise of the Wolf within the next couple of days and can get it all ready to go in time for July! In the meantime, here’s Tuck and a friend investigating some strange reports in Brandesburton…

The closest name on the list was James Baker, whose shop had been broken into at the end of November. When they reached the building Tuck examined the lock, noting its poor quality; covered in rust and with a bent latch which was almost as thin as the parchment the headman had given them. Such a shoddy fastening couldn’t have kept one of the local children out, never mind Satan himself.

“You should get that repaired,” Tuck told the baker as he and Father de Nottingham walked in, smiling to offset the judgemental tone of his words. “Don’t want any more visits from the devil do you?”

James looked up from kneading a heavy lump of dough, flour coating his hands and apron, and smiled when he saw who his visitors were.

“Aye, I know Brother Michael, I’ve got the blacksmith making me a new one. A much sturdier one.” He lifted a big rolling pin and proceeded to flatten the dough expertly, working it into a near-perfect circle and Tuck found his mouth watering at the delicious smells in the room. “I’ve been sleeping here every night since that fiend broke in, just in case it comes back.” He smiled sheepishly. “Been shoving my workbench here against the door, right enough. Don’t want something like that sneaking up on me when I’m asleep!”

“Something like what?” Tuck wondered. “Did you actually see the thing? Eustace’s notes say you had loaves, a ladle and,” he unrolled the parchment and squinted at it before continuing, “a knife stolen.”

“Aye, that’s right,” the baker confirmed, placing his loaf onto a baking tray beside a number of others ready for the oven. “The thing took all that and, aye I did see it. Or I should say, them.

Mailing list

I’m going to set up a mailing list so I can let my readers know whenever I have anything big to announce, like the publication of a new book. I won’t spam you, it will only be for BIG things. I will also run giveaways exclusively for those on the mailing list. I won’t share your email address with anyone else because I’m not a dick.
If you want me to add you to the list, please click the link HERE,  send me a message (through the CONTACT page) or to my email address at stormwatch1977@hotmail.com
Anyone joining will be put in a hat to win a signed copy of any of my books, including the brand new one. I will also be sending out a brand new FREE short story starring Little John to everyone that’s subscribed weeks before it becomes available on Amazon!

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Eagles at War by Ben Kane

stormwatch1977:

Ben Kane’s new book, I’ll get to it eventually!

Originally posted on For winter nights - A bookish blog:

Eagles at War | Ben Kane | 2015 (23 April) | Preface | 432p | Review copy | Buy the book

Eagles at War by Ben KaneIn AD 9 there was nothing routine about taking an army into the Teutoberg Forest but commander Varus could have had little idea what lay in wait for his three legions when he led them east of the Rhine. Varus’s orders were to consolidate Roman control in this dangerous Germanic border region, to show Rome’s might, assert its authority. But history tells us of the disaster that followed. Varus would be betrayed. His close adviser Arminius, a Romanised German, was friend in name only. He secretly united the Germanic tribes and together they turned the Teutoberg Forest into a place of ambush, terror, blood and slaughter. Varus’s legions lost their eagles, their sacred standards, swiftly followed by their lives in Rome’s most infamous defeat.

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Couldn’t resist…

…sharing this! Not directly about my writing but it is related since this is the table I sat at to write most of my books and I’m just about to sit here right now to add an extra little scene to Rise of the Wolf…

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I commissioned a hugely talented artist to draw the picture here (of Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull) and just got it back from the framers today. I doubt the wife will let me keep it in the dining room, but I’ll find a place for it somewhere amongst all my guitars. I love it, just couldn’t resist sharing it with everyone!

While I’m on it, I did a couple of courses about art when I was doing my degree – I love certain kinds of paintings and pictures so, if you have anything a little bit different, let’s see it!

Self-Publishing: An Author’s Experiences

stormwatch1977:

Great new interview with me, mainly on self publishing. Check it out!

Originally posted on Layered Pages:

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I’d like to welcome back B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Steven A. McKay to talk with me today about his self-publishing experiences. Steven was born in 1977, near Glasgow in Scotland. He lives in Old Kilpatrick with his wife and two young children. His second book, The Wolf and the Raven was released on April 7th, at the London Book Fair where he was part of the Amazon stand. His début novel, Wolf’s Head, was also released the same day as an audiobook. Wolf’s Head is a Kindle top 20 best-seller and The Wolf and the Raven was the “War” chart number 1.

He plays lead guitar and sings in a heavy metal band when they can find the time to meet up.

Steven, when did you decide you were going to self-publish?

I really wanted to have my book picked up by an agent and then a publisher and see…

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