The Messenger Misadventures: the Dylan, Deirdre and Dougall Collection is now published. You can find it on all your favourite online retailers.
About Messenger Misadventures
Four short stories (c 5,000 words each) for 8 years and upwards, set on the Isle of Mull, and starring my guinea pigs, Dylan, Dougall and Deirdre (who looks exceedingly like Victor on the cover).
Deirdre is pure invention. The first thing I did was write her own story in the Castle Haunn world — Deirdre and the Mermaid. I couldn’t think of a title more whizzy than that, I’m afraid! Then I rewrote the other three tales to include her in key elements.
The book starts with Dylan’s Yuletide Journey, although it’s the least magical. Dylan, the castle’s Messenger discovers some people doing strange things with stolen strawberry juice, and gets himself into big trouble. Dougall is in trouble for trying to find a substitute for strawberry juice in their power system, and ‘borrowing’ various items to test his theories. Personally I think he’s justified, since they haven’t got enough power for a Yuletide hot meal!
After Deirdre saves Dylan from a fate worse than death – with the help of a mermaid, she’s with the brothers most of the time in their other adventures. In the third Dougall helps a reindeer recover his compass, even though he doesn’t know what the reindeer means. And Deirdre takes the lead when she does some things better than them in the final story, Dylan and the Lights of Ulva, which is quite mysterious!
Buy the eBook!
These stories have not been available individually on Amazon, so this book is new for Amazon fans. You can find it here.
It’s arranged as four chapter books, (4-6 chapters in each), totalling 30,000 words. Suitable for age range 8-12 (and possibly upwards for teens that like flying reindeer and mermaids).
The Paperback comes in two versions
Chapter illustrations in their original black /white or colour: available on the Blurb website here. Price £8.25 ($ 12.57)
Note the preview is in the UK store – select your preferred country in the drop-down box top right on the Blurb store page.
The budget version with all greyscale chapter illustrations, is available from your online retailer via the Ingram distribution system. Check the link from your ebook retailer. RRP £5.99.