Monday, June 15, 2015

WIN AN EBOOK OF WATCHERS - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE!







http://www.williammeikle.com/whyvampires.html



Prize draw - enter to win an ebook of William Meikle's Scottish historical vampire trilogy Watchers! Go to the above link and get all the facts.

My friend Willie is giving away a super trilogy ebook! You know you want it.

Blaze McRob



Book description:

Watchers: The Complete Collection brings together three sword-swinging adventure novels in one volume by acclaimed Scottish author William Meikle. This collected volume includes: Book I: The Coming of the King, Book II: The Battle for the Throne, and Book III: Culloden! Three novels in one.



Editorial Reviews

Review

...superb story. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first word to the last. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style..." - The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

"I was captivated from the very first scene...Very well written." - Patricia Altner, author of Vampire Readings

"I'm always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read." - Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

"...descriptions so vivid you can almost hear the clash of the swords and smell the blood." - Murder and Mayhem Bookclub

"William Meikle does it again! The past comes alive, especially the undead! ...the perfect follow-up to his fine debut novel." - Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood series, editor of Graven Images

"...a confident and breathless romp through an alternative Jacobean history. Aims for entertainment, and hits the mark." - Simon Morden, Vector, the magazine of the British SF Association

"The author is relentless; just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what's next." - David Wilbanks, Horrorworld

"Anyone who's fond of a good story and a good piece of writing will enjoy Meikle's clever conceits, interesting and earthy characters, and well turned prose." - Dread Central

"Meikle has taken on a much abused genre and re-invented it to present us with a refreshingly different and sinister tale." - Counterculture

"The book is very well-written. The language is rich, and... I found myself carrying the book everywhere, and taking slightly longer over lunch than I should have, as I just had to know what was happening!" - The Dracula Society

From the Author

In my Watchers series I was dealing with a retelling of the Bonnie Prince Charlie story, where romantic myths have already subsumed the harsh reality of a coup gone badly wrong. I needed to strip all the romance out of the Highlanders and build them up from the bottom. Making them a shambling army of vamps and mindless drones seemed an obvious place to start. The Watchers series is a swashbuckler, but there is little lace and finery. What I do have is blood and thunder, death and glory in big scale battles and small scale heartbreak. I love it.

I grew up with the sixties explosion of popular culture embracing the supernatural and the weird. Hammer horror movies got me young. And the one that hooked me was Dracula.

I first saw this in about 1970, on BBC2, on an old black and white TV which was about 10 inches square and made everybody look like short fat cubes. But even that didn't detract from the power of this film.

This Hammer horror version sticks fairly closely to Stoker's original novel, and as such is a purist's dream.

Lee plays the Count as no one before or since. His flat demonic stare sems to ooze pure evil. The count has become a cultural icon in the past forty years, and has even been parodied and made fun of (Count Duckula anybody?) but I challenge anybody to look Lee in the eye when he's on the hunt and not feel a frisson of cold terror.

Vampires have been humanised recently (and have even got a soul in Angel's case), but it shouldn't be forgotten that they are bloodsucking bas*ards - that's what they are, that's what they do. The high cheekbones, sex-appeal and good clothes sense are just nice-to-have after thoughts. And in Lee's case you can believe that the bloodsucking is the important part, judging by the relish he shows for the deed.

And just because Buffy can stake a dozen or so without breaking sweat, it shouldn't be forgotten that the vampire is traditionally a great evil force of destruction. Lee never lets you forget it.

Which brings me round again to The Watchers trilogy, my retelling of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Britain. Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne. The "Watchers" of the title are the guards of the old Roman wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out. It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of whom become the main protagonists of the series.

I got the idea on a walk along what is left of the wall, and by the time I'd had finished my walk and had a few beers the first part of the trilogy was fully formed in my head. Think "ZULU" or "Last of the Mohicans" with vamps and you'll get a feel of what I was trying to do.

Watchers is out now in an ebook omnibus edition and three individual ebook editions. It is also available in three audio books at Audible.com



Editorial Reviews

Review

...superb story. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first word to the last. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style..." - The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

"I was captivated from the very first scene...Very well written." - Patricia Altner, author of Vampire Readings

"I'm always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read." - Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

"...descriptions so vivid you can almost hear the clash of the swords and smell the blood." - Murder and Mayhem Bookclub

"William Meikle does it again! The past comes alive, especially the undead! ...the perfect follow-up to his fine debut novel." - Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood series, editor of Graven Images

"...a confident and breathless romp through an alternative Jacobean history. Aims for entertainment, and hits the mark." - Simon Morden, Vector, the magazine of the British SF Association

"The author is relentless; just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what's next." - David Wilbanks, Horrorworld

"Anyone who's fond of a good story and a good piece of writing will enjoy Meikle's clever conceits, interesting and earthy characters, and well turned prose." - Dread Central

"Meikle has taken on a much abused genre and re-invented it to present us with a refreshingly different and sinister tale." - Counterculture

"The book is very well-written. The language is rich, and... I found myself carrying the book everywhere, and taking slightly longer over lunch than I should have, as I just had to know what was happening!" - The Dracula Society

From the Author

In my Watchers series I was dealing with a retelling of the Bonnie Prince Charlie story, where romantic myths have already subsumed the harsh reality of a coup gone badly wrong. I needed to strip all the romance out of the Highlanders and build them up from the bottom. Making them a shambling army of vamps and mindless drones seemed an obvious place to start. The Watchers series is a swashbuckler, but there is little lace and finery. What I do have is blood and thunder, death and glory in big scale battles and small scale heartbreak. I love it.

I grew up with the sixties explosion of popular culture embracing the supernatural and the weird. Hammer horror movies got me young. And the one that hooked me was Dracula.

I first saw this in about 1970, on BBC2, on an old black and white TV which was about 10 inches square and made everybody look like short fat cubes. But even that didn't detract from the power of this film.

This Hammer horror version sticks fairly closely to Stoker's original novel, and as such is a purist's dream.

Lee plays the Count as no one before or since. His flat demonic stare sems to ooze pure evil. The count has become a cultural icon in the past forty years, and has even been parodied and made fun of (Count Duckula anybody?) but I challenge anybody to look Lee in the eye when he's on the hunt and not feel a frisson of cold terror.

Vampires have been humanised recently (and have even got a soul in Angel's case), but it shouldn't be forgotten that they are bloodsucking bas*ards - that's what they are, that's what they do. The high cheekbones, sex-appeal and good clothes sense are just nice-to-have after thoughts. And in Lee's case you can believe that the bloodsucking is the important part, judging by the relish he shows for the deed.

And just because Buffy can stake a dozen or so without breaking sweat, it shouldn't be forgotten that the vampire is traditionally a great evil force of destruction. Lee never lets you forget it.

Which brings me round again to The Watchers trilogy, my retelling of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Britain. Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne. The "Watchers" of the title are the guards of the old Roman wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out. It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of whom become the main protagonists of the series.

I got the idea on a walk along what is left of the wall, and by the time I'd had finished my walk and had a few beers the first part of the trilogy was fully formed in my head. Think "ZULU" or "Last of the Mohicans" with vamps and you'll get a feel of what I was trying to do.

Watchers is out now in an ebook omnibus edition and three individual ebook editions. It is also available in three audio books at Audible.com 

 Excellent By Francisco Saavedra on August 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Good Saga. I loved the story, and you get kind of carried over by what the characters are feeling. Kudos to the author.
 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The characters were well written and remembered easily. The pace was fast and the story flowed well. A good read and fun entertainment. I enjoyed every page.

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