Release Event - The Hopfield Tales by Mike Evers

Book Title: The Hopfield Tales
 Author:  Mike Evers
 Release Date: June 17th
 Genre: Urban Fantasy/Historical
GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours


There's always more to a town than meets the eye. You just need to scratch the surface.  The quiet town of Hopfield is no exception. There are everyday people  doing everyday things-just like where you live. But history has a way of coming back to find us. And the voices of the past can change our lives forever.    

 Three fabulous fables for your delectation and delight:

 The Spirit Archer
 Campaign of the Gods 
Mark  of the Legion


 The Hopfield Tales is a trilogy of three novellas.  Each story is set in a town in present day Yorkshire and involves people who have encounters with characters from English history and legend. The tales include the final, as yet unpublished story, Mark of the   Legion.  

 The blurb for the unreleased novella, Mark of the Legion:  

 Bentham Cawley enjoys and quiet and humdrum life as a monk at the Brotherhood of the Resurrection in Hopfield, Yorkshire.   But this is all about to change - when he unwillingly embarks on the   monastery's new friendship program me and meets remarkable octogenarian Ernest Teale.

 Just how does Ernest know so much about the past, and how is he connected to the legendary but doomed Roman Ninth Legion?    

 Some secrets wait centuries to be unlocked ..

Review samples for The Spirit Archer and Campaign of the Gods: 

"This is a novella that is entertaining, informative and imaginative. It's a  wonderful story that put a smile on my face."   (The Spirit Archer; Ann Werner, Amazon 
"This is a good fun  read which I really enjoyed. I particularly liked the way the scenes cut back to the gods  and  their fated board game and the effect that had on our world of 'Midgard'. A great.light-hearted bit of fun."  (Campaign of the Gods; Ignite, Amazon)

The voices of the past can change our lives forever

 From The Spirit Archer:

 The boy checked his voice recorder was still running and   the story emerged through the mists  of time: I estimated by the moon that it was the middle of the night. Pembroke had reckoned on the moment when the French were in their deepest slumbers as the best time to attack. And we   had all agreed with him. My Welsh archers were in the  trees near a lake, nearly six thousand good men and horses ahead of us. High to our left lay the massive ramparts of Château Gaillard, its portals dimly glimmering in the still, chilly night.   Approximately a hundred score yards, or so, in the distance were the French lines.  Philip s men were stationed all the way to the castle walls, and concentrated near the river.  You had to admire them they had replaced the ruined crossing with their   own bridge made of boats.  We could even see strange wooden towers floating near the bridge, their torches acting as  beacons as to moths. The mighty French siege force slumbered away, oblivious to our threat.
           We had been assured that a fleet of  nigh on seventy Anglo-Norman ships were heading up the river to deal   a  hammer blow to Philip s crossing - at the very moment of our land assault.  King John s tactical master stroke was sure to win the day.  We were poised to attack.
 Jamie listened intently; his breath held in anticipation.
          And then the attack began.  A horn was sounded and we swarmed out of the forest.   The infantry, led by sturdy men at arms, marched steadily onwards towards the French encampment, and the mighty cavalry units cantered around in a great arc to deliver a flanking blow. On we went.  My archers  jogged behind the infantry until we reached our position, and readied our bows to fire. The minutes seemed  like hours. We fired our first volley, and then another.  We could only assume we were hitting our targets at that  point.  We could not tell in the mingled shouts and screams ahead of us. A few volleys later, a great thunder of hooves announced  the arrival of the  horsemen and a shift of the lines as a huge hole was  punched in the side of the French.  What a noise - such terrible sounds.
           I sensed the French retreating and I signalled my men   forward.  We were near the river by now.  I ordered more shots, and my men replied the best way they knew how: dense clouds of arrows fell upon the enemy - wounding and slaying.  Never had I seen anything like it.  We sensed victory  was near and I felt my elation growing as saddened as I am to say  Robin sighed.  But the ships never came.  They were stuck down the river the tides, currents and winds against them  the   foolish had foundered on their folly.
But - you were  about to win, were'n t you? It sounded like you would, said Jamie.  Never assume anything in war, young man, replied the archer. 

Mike often  taps out stuff on his keyboard in the fantasy, urban fantasy and  paranormal genres: a habit which his wife finds  fairly  musing - and sometimes a  little bit strange.
 So far he has published two novellas - The Spirit Archer and   Campaign of the Gods - with GMTA Publishing. Along with Mark of the Legion, the novellas are due to be published as The  Hopfield Tales in summer 2013.
 Mike's debut novel, The Chaosifier, is also available on   Amazon, where it is ambushing unsuspecting fans of contemporary  fantasy with its general mischief and mayhem.
 Mike's educational background is in History, International  Conflict Analysis and Education. He is qualified as a teacher in ESOL and Adult Literacy, and lives and works in  West Yorkshire. He's married to a long-suffering wife, Joanne, and  they have a young son called Joseph. 


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