Sticks & Stones Books presents the first novel by E. V Faulkner. Rottnest is the tale of Peter Dawes, a never-quite-made-it music journalist and his quest for a final chance at fame.
He heads to the remote estate of Rottnest in the Yorkshire Dales, in the hope of getting an unusual band to sign with him. Peter seems to have stepped back in time when he arrives at the decrepit titular mansion. The residents are equally bizarre - trapped in a hippie-esque lifestyle.
A delightful exploration of middle age, loss and the nature of failure.
'Rottnest is an absorbing and layered story, with a small cast of realistic, interesting and flawed characters. It is moving, intriguing, mysterious and at times very funny. This is a book you don’t just put down at the end; it’s one that will stay with you. Highly recommended.' Mike Wood, Author of Travelling in a Box.
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The Floating Church is the first novella written by the author, Alexandra Peel.
Historical fiction with a hint of magical realism, a charming coming of age tale. Set in 1603, in an isolated village in Cumbria, it follows the sedate life of thirteen-year-old Susanna Assheby. All a young girl could wish for on the cusp of womanhood - a sweetheart, popularity, to be the May Queen, seem trivial once the new clergyman, Creedance Halley arrives.
His presence heralds a change for the villagers, and especially Susannah.
'The plot is perfectly paced...and the prose is lyrical. The writing seems simple and effortless which is a testament to the writer's skill.' Daja, reviewer.
The Floating Church
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Beneath the Skin is a Steampunk adventure that follows the travails of airship courier, Shakti O’Malley, who takes on one last job before heading home. It will be a job she deeply regrets. Shakti is drawn into a world of international politics and espionage. France’s Empire has overtaken the British and has a strong alliance with India, and a covert group of Gentlemen have ideas to alter the balance of power. There is something Shakti has that they desperately want - and will go to great lengths to acquire. She has a loyal crew, but they are only, to all appearances, simple couriers, and with multiple nefarious hirelings and a deadly, angelic assassin in pursuit, it seems an almost impossible task to remain at liberty.
Short Story Collections
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A collection of nine short stories on the theme of witches. In Cwmdonkin Park, a young Dylan Thomas meets the witch Ceridwen who grants him the gift of poetry. The Cusp has a young witch making a decision that will affect the lives of many, and Rescuing Robert explores spirits in connection to mental health.
This humorous collection of twelve Penny Dreadful style tales traverses continents as the treasure hunting duo steals from just about anybody, including the Pope!
Some saucy scenes and violence,
"There’s someone in the fireplace.” He squeaked.
Will snorted derisively, and stuck his head in. “Coo. It’s big, isn’t it? Nothing there, squirt.” He said.
“I want to go home, Alan.” Davey whimpered.
“In a minute. I promise.” Alan sighed, “Me and Will won’t be long. Look. Why don’t you sit down here?” Will settled David on the floor in the angle of the fire mantle and wall, “And we’ll be back, soon.”
“Honest?” David looked into his brother’s eyes.
“Honest.” Said Alan.
“You won’t leave me?”
“I won’t leave you.”
“Cross your heart and hope to die?”
Will crossed his forefinger over his chest, spat sideways,
“Cross my heart and hope to die.”
Apples to Ashes, The Asterisk Anthology
"A real page-turner that left me wanting more - and there is a sequel due soon, I believe.
A great read - recommended."
Beneath the Skin
Mick Kelly, writer and musician
"I’ve now been initiated into the world of steampunk, and I love it! Alexandra’s world-building is astonishingly easy to visualise, the details impeccable, her characters vibrant and believable. I was so keen to get back to this book each time and most certainly will be reading more!"
Beneath the Skin
Julia Colbourn, author of The Glass Knight and The Kill Shot
"Compelling short stories, an original and intelligent take on witchcraft."
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