So, here we are, in the launch week of another Templar Series story. But this time it’s going back in time to the siege of Acre, my first prequel to explain why Baldwin became the man he did.

It was huge fun to write this book. The main story was complicated to work through, but the period and scenes were so clear in my head after thinking about the story for twenty years, that it flowed really easily. It was a joy to sit and let the words flow. And now, I’m looking forward to seeing how the book gets received.

For those who’re interested, other writers said this:

“His best book yet. A cracking read in the best style of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell …” Manda Scott

“A breath-taking adventure which sweeps the reader directly into the heat, passion and horror of the infamous siege… Utterly enthralling” Karen Maitland

“as good as it gets” Susanna Gregory

“Compellingly brought to life – both bloody reality and glorious courage” Julian Stockwin

“I want more” Robert Low

I’m out all over the place from Thursday this week, first with signings in both Exeter Waterstone’s, then off to Newton Abbot, and finally there’s the official launch in Plymouth:

Thursday June 6th

 9:30am – Waterstones – Exeter Roman Gate

 10:30am – Waterstones – Exeter Cathedral / High Street

 2:00pm Waterstones – Newton Abbott

 4:00pm – Waterstones – Plymouth George Street

 6:30pm – 7:00pm Waterstones – Plymouth Drakes – Evening Launch Event

 Friday June 7th

 10:00am – Waterstones – Truro

 After all this, there’s going to be the thrill of me dancing Morris at Padstowe on Friday, and at the Royal Cornwall Show on Saturday, so if you’re around, and see Tinner’s Morris, drop by and say hello.

Now, to a serious final point: some people (can’t imagine why) rather like free books. If you are one of those sorts, you can help me. I need some new characters’ names. If you would like a free copy of Templar’s Acre in exchange for helping me to write my next story, and an acknowledgement for your help, go to http://www.cultpens.com/blog/category/diary-of-a-writer/ and enter the competition.

I hope to see you at a bookshop somewhere soon!



4 Responses to “TEMPLAR’S ACRE Out This Week”
  1. Love the cover!


  2. Old Trooper says:

    13 June 2013 — I was supposed to receive it this week and suddenly get a vendor’s e-mail (rather last minute). Sorry, it’s not available. You order well in advance because you know this is going to be good and you get the short end of the stick from a vendor who had promised delivery.


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