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Pitman Tales Open to Submissions

Okay, I’ve decided to make the Pitman Tales all fiction and already have some stories.

So what I’m looking for is stories from below the surface: heroism, incompetence, murder, escapism, love, basically anything considered. Stories have to be entertaining, horror not a problem.

Stories could also be from within the mining community. Think “Brassed Off”

Submissions to gary.compton@ticketyboopress.co.uk

Run your idea past me if not sure.

Please share. 🙂Good luck!

Sample Chapters from Venus Ascending

Sample chapters for our February 2017 releases, Beneath the Skin and The Beguiler,  can be found at the Speculative Fiction Forums here: http://forums.ticketyboopress.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=13  These will be our first books from Venus Ascending and we are extremely proud of both of them.

If you love romantic science fiction, check out Carolyn Hill’s amazing far future novel, Beneath the Skin.  If you are looking for romantic fantasy with a gothic flavor, take a look at the first chapter of The Beguiler, by Suzanne Jackson.  (If your tastes are eclectic try them both!)

These books are now available for pre-order at a special pre-publication price here and here.

Aliens – The Truth is Coming: Officially Available!

 

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And it’s out there and selling up a storm!

Click here for Amazon UK and here for Amazon US to get your copies, and spread the word – we’re all very proud of this anthology and hope you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

From all of us here at Tickety Boo Press,

Happy Reading!

 

Cover Reveal for Leighton Dean’s, Gunboy…

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The cover is by the sci-fi legendary artist, Jim Burns. His work is spellbinding and he has captured the essence of this book with one image. This is a great read with great art. Coming out early 2017.

Leighton Dean’s Cyber-Thriller, set in a divided Britain, (very apt in the current aftermath of Brexit and the disintegration of the political opposition) where politicians grind the country between the cogs of their machinations.

An idealist, lost in war torn streets, a cybernetic enhanced soldier at odds with his mission and a child who knows nothing but murder, must stand together to United a Kingdom.

“Evan had a simple job; enter the anarchist London and bring back Window, the leader of the ‘Free London’ movement. But when a Red Cross transport helicopter is shot down over Hounslow, the tenuous truce between the governing gangs is broken. His mission doomed, he finds an unlikely ally in Bo, a thirteen year old assassin born of the streets.”

 

Stewart Hotston Joins Phantasia with his Wonderful Novel…

919306_10152832173565534_1861196273_oFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

31st October 2016 | Worldwide

Visit Phantasia for contact details, review copies, submission-calls, and more.

Dave de Burgh and Andrew Angel are  said to be delighted at this acquisition. It’s good for Tickety Boo Press and good for Phantasia, its fantasy imprint. They said in chorus. “Stewart Hotston has written a tale of mythic depth and keen insight – worlds open up beneath his pen, and readers are sure to be ensnared; get ready to lose sleep and be late for work!”

BIO

Stewart Hotston is a writer with a number of short stories to his name. He is also the keeper of story and world building on Age of Ascent, a massively multiplayer space combat game due for release in 2017 from Ilyriad. His first novel, A Family War, the first book of The Oligarchy, was published in May 2016. The sequel, A People’s War, is due for release in late 2016. When he’s not writing he’s passionate about Historical European Martial Arts, particularly rapiers, side swords and their companion weapons and takes every opportunity he gets to have a good fight.

Blurb for Dreams of Darkness

Millennia ago, man walked the Dream with creatures now dimly remembered in myths and legends. Then came the Darkness, for which all believe man was responsible. To defeat it, man was banned from the Dream, cast out into the world of dumb matter.

Chris Elkin knows nothing of this – he’s more concerned with failing his degree, being dumped by his girlfriend and losing access to the inheritance left to him by his late mother. When his mother’s best friend gives him a stone with a hole in it everything seems to change. Suddenly he’s being forced from his home and discovering that if he doesn’t deal with his mother’s legacy, both worlds will go to war.

On the edge of the Dream, Maela, a Fae ambassador, finds humanity flouting the ban. She travels home to warn her people but her news is not welcome. Maela is sent to determine if man truly is to blame for the Darkness and if he is, to unite the Fae in a war against all mankind.

Shaal, an ancient fox spirit, is a survivor who mourns the loss of his lover in the last war. He still haunts the shattered lands where they once lived. Stumbling across a deliberately forgotten memory. Shaal wants to return home and use its power to restore his land. Instead he finds the Fae want what he has and will sacrifice thousands to get it.

Chris, Maela and Shaal converge in a climactic battle against those forces who would wipe out mankind to stop the Darkness.  Even if they win, shadowing the edges of their confrontation, the Darkness is plotting its first moves.

Dreams of Darkness is an epic fantasy spread across our world and the world of the Dream, that place where all our myths, all our legends are real. It is the first book of a new Epic Fantasy series, The Fox’s Hope and asks, if all our dreams are true, what would happen if our two worlds collide?

Super short blurb:

Dreams of Darkness is an epic fantasy where twisted myths and legends crash headlong into the life of a failed student, Chris, who discovers he’s the one they’re all expecting to save their world from the rest of us.

Genres:

Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

The Fourth Reich – Head of the Snake by Gary Compton

the-fourth-reich-largeFor followers of the Tickety Boo website and its new imprint, Critical Density. We have a great deal for you.

Save £3/$3 and get Critical Density’s first book and get this crackingly good read for 99P/99C. If you like Tom Clancy or Dan Brown, you will love this.

Published on 11th November 2016.

Here’s the blurb:

“September 1st 1939 – Germany invades Poland, thus triggering the Second World War as well as laying the foundations of German leader Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, which was intended to last for a thousand years.

April 30th, 1945 – Adolph Hitler allegedly commits suicide in the Führerbunker as Allied Forces close in, Hitler’s dreams shattered and Berlin in burning ruins around him.

Early 2010 – A man with CIA connections is found brutally murdered in his apartment. Global financial systems have collapsed, plunging the world into recession. The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupts, closing European airspace but was it natural or induced? Air Force One, carrying the US President, has its operating system hacked and the plane is controlled by unknown enemies. Threats are made. Prominent figures and leaders from the political, industrial, and religious circles across the globe are systematically killed within three frenzied days of murder. These seemingly unconnected events throw the whole world into turmoil.

Freddy Bartlett, a police detective at SOCA, is given the task of solving the murder, but it turns out not to be as simple as expected. As the clues and events pile, the conclusion is drawn that a Hitler bloodline exists and everything is connected by a vast web of conspiracy, tracing itself back to World War 11; a time the world would rather forget. Truths are uncovered which threaten to shake the very foundations of the modern global village, as a long-hidden secret society from the 30’s harnesses dark occult forces and unleashes Hell on Earth for one purpose and one purpose alone: to institute the Fourth Reich.”

Get your copy on Amazon here.

New video book trailer for Goblin Moon and Hobgoblin Night

 

Just finished this last night …

Goblin Moon – https://www.amazon.com/Goblin-Moon-Mask-Dagger-1-ebook/dp/B00NA9YCDO/

Hobgoblin Night – https://www.amazon.com/Hobgoblin-Night-Mask-Dagger-2-ebook/dp/B0147CMT3C

 

 

Announcement: Table of Contents for Aliens: The Truth is Coming

aliensThe time has come to reveal the final Table of Contents for Tickety Boo Press’ inaugural Aliens anthology, The Truth is Coming.

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Foreword and Acknowledgements by Andrew Angel

Stories:

In Plain Sight by Juliana Spink Mills

Geometry by Alex Davis

Gods of the Ice Planet by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Island Visit by Nathan Hystad

Even the Klin Are Only Human by Bryn Fortey

A New Dawn by Liz Gruder

Rent by Steven Poore

Salvage by MJ Kobernus

The Devil’s Rock by William Anderson

The Man Who Wasn’t Dead by Terry Grimwood

We Three Remain by Stewart Hotston

Welcome to Cosmic Journey by Michael Chandos

The Zoo of Dark Creatures by Leslie J Anderson

Here by Tim James

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We’re exceedingly proud of each of these tales and we’re looking forward to publishing this anthology; there really is something for everyone in this book, with many different explorations of aliens and their effect on humanity.

Look out for posts spotlighting each author and story in the run-up to publication – the 20th of October is a bit too close for comfort, so we’ll be releasing this anthology on the 30th. Keep an eye on the site and on our Facebook Page for pre-order details.

Tickety Boo Rises!

 

3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories – Dust Jacket

sbohs3-hb-absolute-finalIn 2013, Mark Morris, well-known author of such novels as Toady and the Obsidian Heart trilogy, put forward the idea to Spectral Press chief editor Simon Marshall-Jones the idea of a Pan Book of Horror-style annual anthology. Mark had always wanted to edit such a series, and luckily Simon immediately loved the idea, so, at FantasyCon 2014, the first volume was launched to much acclaim. Press-wise, it received many positive reviews and was nominated for various awards the following year.

Volume 2 was released the following year and now, at Halloween 2016, Volume 3, edited by Joseph Rubas, carries on the tradition very ably started by Mark. Already two further volumes are planned for 2017.

 

The hardback edition is limited to 200 copies so get your orders in now!

The Saiph Series Hardbacks – Books 1 – 4 by PP Corcoran

saiph-x3It’s not very often you can say that I am so excited by signing a new author, But today I am beyond that. Tickety Boo Press’ imprint. Space Dock has acquired the hardback rights to the hugely successful Saiph series that sold nearly 100,000 copies in ebook format and was a #1 best seller in multiple categories.

PP Corcoran is a much respected and prolifically successful author of military SF novels.

Book 4 is being polished as we speak: more news by signing up for our newsletter.

AUTHOR BIO

Paul P Corcoran is the author of several books, including the Amazon best-selling science fiction Saiph Series: Discovery of the Saiph, Search for the Saiph, Hunt for the Saiph and the forthcoming Legacy of the Saiph.  The first three books in the Saiph series are currently available on ebook, paperback and audiobooks. ‘Legacy of the Saiph’ will follow in all of these formats in 2016.

At the beginning of 2016 Paul collaborated with three other British military science fiction best-selling authors to release a four-novel anthology entitled ‘The Empire at War’ which became an Amazon best-seller within weeks of it’s release.   He is currently working on ‘Invasion’ the first instalment of the K’Tai War trilogy.  This trilogy will be published over 2016 and early 2017 and all three books will again be available as ebooks, paperbacks and Tantor Media, the largest independent audio book publisher in the US, has already optioned the trilogy.

Most recently Retropunk have optioned the Saiph Series and will soon be publishing the ebook and paperback in Portuguese.

Paul grew up in the British Army having joined at just 17 ½ years old and spent the next twenty plus years there while devouring any and all science fiction he could get his hands on. Post army he stayed in the security and intelligence worlds and with more time on his hands put his military skills and experiences to good use by combining them with his lifetime love of sci-fi to create stories of space marines, space battles and fantastic technologies for his reader’s enjoyment (and his own).

With the success of his début Saiph series Paul has turned his one-time hobby into a career and now concentrates on writing, much to the horror of his wife who puts up with him at home on a full-time basis.

You can visit him at:
http://www.ppcorcoran.com
http://www.facebook.com/ppcorcoran