The fourth book in the series takes us back to Castle Hattan. Lord Mariusz, peeved by being cast as the villain in the first book, attempts to set the record straight. He narrates, in his own Humphrey Bogart fashion, how he found the time tunnel, and his adventures when he started to exploit the business opportunities he found on the other end.
Fom his first morning at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness, where he has introduced himself as Hugo del Novo, he feels a strange disorientation. What is going on in this world? The papers are twelve years out of date, they speak with a strange accent, and write dates the wrong way round. The barkeeper’s cute hyperactive son tips him off as to the best stagecoach to take to start exploring, and then his troubles really start.
Trouble could have been Hugo’s middle name, since he certainly attracts it. Murder, vampires, dodgy business people, secret agents… Mind you, the upside is that he attracts beautiful females, too. And all the while he’s just trying to work out how to sell his drinks – and how to get them shipped down the time tunnel, stored in a safe and secret place, and keep his trusty agent Willow from falling asleep on the job. What is the secret of Vexstein’s bottling plant? Who knows what shady deals have been done before Hugo arrived? And how many contracts have been taken out on him while he’s just been trying to get contracts for drink deliveries set up and signed?
Meet old friends as their younger selves and make new ones as you follow Hugo’s adventures in the Princelings world – before Fred and George had even dreamed of leaving Castle Marsh!
Ready for a taste? You can sample the first few chapters by clicking the Preview button above or at AmazonUK or Amazon.com and at Smashwords complete with their illustrations, or see the illustrations [coming soon]. The Traveler in Black and White is written in US English, as befits Lord Mariusz’s background. Add it to your Goodreads list too!
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Facts about the book
First Published: November 2012 on Amazon, March 2013 elsewhere (ebook); May 2015 by Blurb (paperback)
Publisher: Princelings Publications
Language: US English
Words/Pages (approx): 42,000 words; 128 pages (estimated)
Age range/reading skill: confident reading skills needed for ages 11 and upwards (PG rating due to the activities of the ladies of Arbor )
Words/Pages (approx): 42,000 words; 128 pages (ebook), 192 (paperback)
Age range/reading skill: ages 12 and upwards (PG rating due to the activities of the ladies of Arbor )
Illustration of the original Mariusz on the first cover: Dawn Cavalieri
EReader formats: Kindle on Amazon, ePub, Kobo, Nook, iPad at Smashwords and estores
ISBN (Smashwords and other online stores): 9781301748976
ASIN (Amazon): B008NXEP5C
please note that the paperback from Createspace with the guinea pig cover is no longer available in online stores