Dylan and Dougall’s compendium

Dylan's Yuletide Journey

I said earlier in the year I’d be putting the three Dylan and Dougall adventures into one book this summer.

That gives me about a month to do so!

Dylan’s Yuletide Journey has been free on Smashwords, iTunes, Nook and Kobo for some time. It will be withdrawn when the new ‘Adventures of Dylan and Dougall’ comes out.

Dougall’s Reindeer Adventure has only ever been available in the BookElves Anthology Vol. 2. It’s still there, and will continue to be there.

Dylan and the Lights of Ulva is now withdrawn from sale at Smashwords and distribution partners. I don’t think anyone will miss it! The story is summarised in the Chronicles of Marsh, as I discovered it completed a loose end that had been left dangling from a couple of the books. I wonder whether I subconsciously realised that when I wrote it?

The Princelings of the North is OUT


The Princelings of the North

princelings-north-kindleby Jemima Pett

Book 8 of the Princelings of the East series

genre; older middle grade mystery adventure – age 10 and upwards.

ebook: 47,000 words, ebook ASIN B0785RY891 / ISBN 9781370899159

paperback: 237 pages; ISBN 9781389104404

The Princelings of the North is the eighth in The Princelings of the East series. Princelings Dylan and Dougall, who live in the far northwest of an island off the northwest coast of the Realms, rescue an exiled prince, and battle against the odds to restore him to his birthright.

Irrepressible Dylan and steady Dougall are inseparable denizens of the tiny castle of Haunn, so far away from the rest of civilisation that it’s almost off the map. And maps are one of the key elements of this intricate adventure. Dylan finds a treasure map inside a bottle washed up on the shore – and he reckons he knows where X is. Instead of treasure, he finds the exiled Prince Kevin of Castle Deeping, antagonist in the Talent Seekers, bit-player in Bravo Victor, and mystery prince in Willoughby the Narrator. Kevin has had time to realise what a fool he’s been, and now wants vengeance and his castle back, which is just the sort of adventurous challenge that Dylan craves.

Lovers of the series will devour this latest adventure, but newcomers may find it best to start with the box set of books 1-3 or book 5; book 7 links to Kevin’s disappearance. This is a mystery adventure in a world not quite like ours, suitable for age 10 and upwards. The series is set to conclude with book 10.


“It’s a map, look! A treasure map!”

Dougall looked at the scrap of paper his brother Dylan had smoothed out on their bed.

“How do you know it’s a map?”

Dylan sighed, and pointed out the lines. “There’s the outline of the island, and the rocky inlet where the boats go in, and the wiggly lines are where the creek goes into the marshes. And there’s an X for where the treasure is buried!” he finished, leaping off the bed. “Oh, why can’t we go now? It might rain tomorrow!”

“But where did you get it?” Dougall was not one to act without all the facts.

“It got washed into the tide pool down near the Ensay Burn. I fished it out. It was in a bottle. I saw it glinting green and bobbing about.  I thought it had a stick inside it, but it broke when I dropped it on the way back and I found the paper!”

“But why do you think it’s a treasure map?” Dougall had not yet caught his brother’s enthusiasm.

“It’s got an X on it, look!”

“It could mean anything, X.”

“Like what?”

Dougall thought for a bit. He wasn’t familiar with maps, except of the night sky, since he was one of the star-watching team at the castle.  He didn’t go out of the castle much, except onto the crags above to check the solar cells or the turbine flow. It was Dylan who went all over the island, running messages. He’d been most places.

“Have you been to this place?” he asked Dylan, wondering whether he really did know what he was talking about after all.

“Umm, not exactly.  It’s pretty much on the way to Tober Hold, but I usually go a bit further up the glen, and keep to the high ground.  This bit’s all wet.” He pointed to the network of lines he’d described as the creek.

“And there’s nothing there that could be marked as a cross?”

Dylan thought for a bit.  Then he looked at the map again and then at his feet. “There’s ruin on a rock. By the crossroads,” he mumbled.

Dougall looked closer at the map. “Well, nobody’s marked the roads going into and out of the cross. You might still be right. Is it the right place for the crossroads?”

It was Dylan’s turn to study the map closely. “Yes,” he concluded. He stared at it for a moment. “Why would anyone…”

“Mark a cross on a map and not the roads leading up to it?” finished Dougall, his eyes sparkling.  “How long will it take us to get there?”

© J M Pett 2018 The Princelings of the North ch 1

Buying Links

iTunes ** B&N ** Kobo


Amazon.com ** Amazon.co.uk ** Amazon.ca ** Amazon.com.au ** Amazon.in

Paperback: Amazon.com ***  Book Depository

Raising money for the Ulva Buyout Appeal #UlvaBuyout

The little island of Ulva is just to the south of the area where Jemima has placed Castle Haunn, Dylan and Dougall’s home on the Isle of Mull.  The community of North West Mull have the opportunity to buy the island from the current landowner, and use it as a sustainable resource, securing their own futures. Jemima invites everyone to join in her part of the fundraising effort on her JustGiving page, where you can get more details.  Anyone donating on her page will get a copy of a new novella written especially for the appeal, Dylan and the Lights of Ulva, with Jemima’s thanks.

Please help to promote this massive appeal for the small number (in the tens rather than the hundreds) of islanders.

Now for the Giveaway!

I’m giving away prizes include copies of the new paperback and the ebook of the Box Set internationally, with an extra prize for a UK winner. There will be four prizes in all. The raffle opens on 28th January and runs until 14th February.

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Two weeks to go!


Just two weeks to go until the launch of The Princelings of the North!

We’re still inviting people to join our book launch season.  You can use all the material at Jemima’s blog sign-up page—blurb, excerpt, author interview , bio, buying links, rafflecopter code, and pictures.  Complete the form, and Jemima will email you for the link you want on the Rafflecopter.

Order the Princelings of the North

princelings-north-kindleThe ebook is on pre-order at

iTunes ** B&N ** Kobo

It’s available to buy in all formats from 30th January at Smashwords

and of course available for Kindle from your country’s Amazon store including these:
Amazon.com ** Amazon.co.uk ** Amazon.ca ** Amazon.com.au ** Amazon.in

It’s also available in Paperback now at Amazon.com and we’re still awaiting confirmation of it at Book Depository. ISBN 9781389104404

Please note that all the ebooks are on promotional pricing until the end of January for some, and for the rest until end February.

Goodreads Giveaways

ALL the Princelings series are in Goodreads Giveaways to members in non-US countries (due to the change in Goodreads giveaway set-up these will be the last ones available outside USA until further notice.)

You can se them all on this Goodreads page, but take note that the book 1 giveaway ends 29th January, and the others progressively about one week later until 28th February.

Ulva Buyout

Dylan and the Lights of UlvaWe’re also raising money for the Ulva Buyout Campaign with the book launch.

The attempt to raise enough funding to buy the island of Ulva, Mull, by the community was confirmed after a 64% vote in favour of the project by the community of NW Mull, so it’s full steam ahead to raise enough money and put the final paperwork in order by the deadline which is now in June.

To help this project, which is close to the fictional Castle Haunn, the setting for the Princelings of the North, Jemima has written a novella starring Dylan and Dougall, as a reward for anyone contributing to the fund on her JustGiving page. If you don’t want to go to JustGiving, you can also buy the novella on Smashwords and Jemima will donate at least $4 to the fund.



Princelings of the North now on pre-order


princelings-north-kindleYou can now pre-order the Princelings of the North (POTE #8) ebook at the main retailers:

Paperback links will follow, probably in time for New Year presents!

The Princelings of the North (The Princelings of the East, #8)

You can also buy the book at Smashwords, but not until 30th January as Smashwords don’t do pre-orders.

Dylan and Dougall are princelings at Castle Haunn, a remote place to the far northwest of an island off the coast of Scotland.  So when they discover a prince locked in a tower, their thoughts turn to rescue and returning him to his rightful place in the Realms.  But nothing is ever that easy, and what starts as a simple mission turns into a nightmare that rocks the foundations of the Realms.

If you’d like an Advance Review Copy, and can commit to a review by the end of January, let me know.

Would you like to join in a book blast for the launch?  You get a follow slot in a giveaway as well as all the bits and pieces needed for your blog post.  See this page on my blog.

ulva buyout island pictureUlva Buyout

Please don’t forget our Ulva Buyout Fundraiser, to help the local people of Ulva and North West Mull secure the future of their tiny island.

You can find the details here.