The Witchling

The Witchling

The follow-up to my best-selling novel, ‘The Saddling’, is now available on Kindle, in paperback and free on Kindle Unlimited.

“The sins of our ancestors have committed us to the flames.”

The WitchlingSaddling is cursed and dying. The village will be lost unless someone burns at the stake on solstice morning. Six months after the life-changing events of The Saddling, Tom Carey must solve the witchling mystery and risk his life to save his lover.

Mystery and action combine in a sweltering thriller set on the Romney Marshes.


Praise for The Saddling
“Superbly descriptive.”
“Gripping from the start.”
“Full of intrigue and danger.”

The WitchlingThe Witchling is a follow-on from ‘The Saddling.’ You don’t need to read The Saddling first, but you will get more from The Witchling if you do.

‘The Saddling’ took the water element, sacrifice and winter solstice as its background. ‘The Witchling’ takes the fire element, acceptance and summer solstice. The main characters return, you will meet new ones, but is William Blacklocks really dead? That’s just one of the mysteries to be solved as the story hits the parched ground running and doesn’t let up until the fire-pile is lit. The question is, who will burn to save Saddling?

Buy The Witchling here. If Youv’e not read The Saddling, it’s best to start with that one.



My latest novella, ‘Honestly is out there and doing well. Actually, it’s my first novella and it’s a pre- ‘Remotely, Miss P comedy story. Here’s the cover and the link. It’s only £0.99 on Kindle only.

I also have good news about ‘The 13th‘ the script that I wrote that was filmed on the Greek island of Symi in 2013. It has now won 17 awards in the film festival circuit and has been entered for many more.


On top of that, a British book club is to read ‘The Saddling’ for its monthly book and I am looking forward to hearing what the readers say about it.

It’s been a busy month as I am also putting the finishing touches to a new book of travel tales, to be called ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ which I hope to have out in November. And on top of that, I am now working on draft two of ‘the Witchling’ which is the follow-up to ‘The Saddling.’

More awards for ‘The 13th’

Meanwhile, over in Denmark, a couple of my Symi books are being translated into Danish for the book reading market there.

A writer’s life for me!


It’s been a while since I have put up a post on this blog. If you want to follow my day to day life, bookmark my island blog,

Here’s the catch-up on my news.

One of the reasons I’ve not had much time to blog here is that I have been writing. I have just finished the first draft of a follow up to The Saddling, and I am in the process of preparing Honestly for Kindle publication. Honestly is a Miss P novella. If you have read Remotely, then you will have met Miss P, the slightly magical, timeless protagonist who does a couple of unusual things. She is sent by unseen higher powers to places where there is a problem. She identifies the issue and places a cigar-smoke-based spell on those who need to sort this problem out. In Remotely it was the feud between two ex-best friends, and she swapped their bodies, so they learned what it was like to be each other and that leads to… Well, you should read it. In Honestly there is an issue of writer’s block. Having sorted out William Shakespeare’s writer’s block, she finds herself in a small fishing village where an incoming family have not been made welcome. This is set in the present day. So, she places a spell that makes the villagers speak honestly to each other until the situation is resolved.

RemotelyI am hoping the book will be ready within a couple of weeks. It’s a 24,000-word novella and, like Remotely, is fun and a bit bawdy.

By the way, my fabulous cover artist at Red Raven Book Design has redone the Remotely cover and is working on the Honestly cover. The new Remotely cover will be there when Honestly goes on sale.

The Witchling
Meanwhile, my first draft of The Witchling is complete. This is the follow up to The Saddling, and you’re advised to read Saddling before Witchling. This title won’t be out for several months yet, probably next year. The first draft took me four weeks, it was a bit of an outpouring of story and needs lots of work, but at least it’s out of my system now that I have told myself the story. I now need to improve it by 100%, and I will do that when I have the next book published, and that is…

Symi, Stuff & Nonsense
This is going to be my fourth book about living on Symi, in Greece. It will contain some writing about Symi and life here, plus some other travel stuff (stories from previous travel adventures of mine) and some nonsense (mainly observations of daily life, meaning of words and other… well, nonsense.) I am aiming to have that ready for November 2017 in time for Christmas gift buying.

The 13th
Meanwhile… The film I wrote, ‘The 13th‘, is going through the rounds of film festivals and has picked up 14 or 15 laurels now. These are awards for best actors, editors, music, etc. I attended part of the Cyprus International Film Festival where ‘The 13th‘ was being shown, and had a great time there. The Greek premiere of the film will be here on Symi this coming Monday (24th July) in front of the mayor and islanders.

That’s the news for now, but just a reminder: please remember to leave reviews of my books on Amazon if you can, and if that’s where you bought it from. They are very helpful to me as they are to all authors.

Thank you and there will be more posts here when I have more news.

News from my desk

Screenplay and film news

Here we are heading into another weekend and what’s the news from my desk? As readers of my day-to-day blog about my life on the Greek island of Symi ( may already know, I’ve been a bit involved with the London Greek Film Festival. The recent news there is that our film, ‘The 13th’ won three awards. Best Actress for the wonderful Rebecca Grant, Best Music for the very talented Michael Bishop, and a Special Award for the whole film itself. Basically, as far as I can make out, it came second in the Best Film category. All great news for the film. There is also a distribution deal in the offing which will see it released to the public in time. My novel, The Judas Inheritance, is the original story based on my original script for the film. The film is now being considered for the New York Greek Film Festival; fingers crossed.

My ‘Without a box’ bio; this site is where films are put when they are being submitted to film festivals.

Novel writing

As for the next novel… Where do I start? Since finishing The Saddling, (seven five-star reviews now, the latest one being: “A real page turner. From start to finish a great read. Right up to the last page the ending couldn’t have been predicted”) I have plotted out two new novels, started work on an adaptation, and written a few first draft chapters for two others. As you can see, I am not sure where to go next. The one I started talking about in a recent post has been put aside as another idea crowds in, and I think what’s happening is this: I’ve finished one major work, 100,000 words (The Saddling) and so my mind is free to create more worlds and characters, situations and plots. Trouble is, there are so many to get out. I am aiming for 2,000 to 3,000 words per day on something, but need to focus on one idea at a time. That’s always been my problem, knowing what to leave for now and what to work on next. Maybe next week I will settle down to just one thing.

The Saddling


I have also been trying to get to grips with publicity and have put out a few feelers for someone to do this for me. It’s not because I am lazy, though I can be, it’s more to do with not understanding the process. Every time I look at a site that says it will publicise your books, I start to switch off. It’s not the cost, though I don’t have a budget for publicity, it’s all the fiddly bits and pieces you need to understand. So many sites, all with their own rules, so much advice, and so many ways to do things, I’d rather be writing than worrying about keywords at Amazon, freebies, Insta-something this, and book-blurb that, weekly deals and giveaways and all those other marketing tools. It’s a nightmare without a team and budget behind you, but we press on.

The Judas Inheritance


I have also commissioned a new cover for Lonely House, one of my more gory horror stories, and I am again using Red Raven Book Design in Portugal for this. I highly recommend Diogo and his work and am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with over the next week or so. He’s also pretty quick and asks in-depth questions about your book and your vision before giving five mock-ups. He also builds into his price some extra work for edits and changes, and still the cost comes in at under €200.00 (depending on how many changes you want.) Check out his website and see what he can do for you.

Lonely House, James Collins
Original cover – looking forward to seeing the new one soon.

 And onwards

So, it’s the weekend now, and I have 101 things I want to write and so little time to do them in. I’ll leave this post here and go back to my notebooks and maybe roll a die. I have six project ideas, some started, some plotted, and maybe I should number them and then roll the die and settle on that one.

Awards and reviews

Here’s a new update. I’ve been writing a lot this past couple of weeks, so have not had much time to attend to the blogs I also write for. Every day seems to be about typing, which is no bad thing, but there is some news to impart.

The Saddling’, my latest mystery/thriller set in the wilds of the Romney Marshes in Kent, has picked up three five-star reviews on Amazon already and has been going reasonably well in the sales department. Not enough to retire on yet, not enough even for a decent dinner, but well enough. Me, being me, have already plotted out a follow-on story and am now thinking of having a series of four (earth, wind, air and fire themed, vaguely). The Saddling, with its climactic storms and floods, would cover the water element, now I just have to create the following three stories.

The SaddlingThe film that I co-wrote, ‘The 13th’, had its world premiere at the London Greek Film Festival last week and picked up three awards at the awards ceremony at the end of the film festival. Best Actress, Best Music and its own Special Award. Great news there!

I made a list of what I am working on right now, and it goes to show how the mind works. It’s in one of its creative phases at the moment which means, for me, lots of ideas and not many actual chapters. I keep flitting from one idea to the other and need to tie myself down to work on just one. At the moment I have, on my list of things in the planning and plotting stage, with some chapters drafted for some, we have: An adaptation of a musical I wrote years ago, telling the story as a novel. A follow-on for The Saddling, called ‘The Witchling’ (fire theme). A short YA romance novel, or novella. A full-length comedy/farce as a kind of follow-on toRemotely, again featuring the mysterious Miss P. A story about old school friends meeting up after several years for a camping trip that has a few twists and turns in it (thriller). And an idea where the narrator talks to people from his past in letters, called ‘Letters To The Past’; that one is along the lines of, ‘What would you say to people from your teenage years if you could go back and speak to them now as they were then? So many ideas, not enough time.

So, it’s back to the typewriter.