Cover Reveal : The Ordshaw Vignettes Vol 1 by Phil Williams

Today I’m really pleased and excited to be hosting a cover reveal for Phil Williams Ordshaw Vignettes.  You may have noticed the blog tour recently in which a number of bloggers shared small snippets of life from Ordshaw?  If not my post is here for a quick taster.

The Ordshaw Vignettes Vol. 1 is the collected short stories from Phil Williams’ recent blog tour, complementing the release of The Violent Fae. This eBook anthology includes 12 self-contained flash mysteries where strange goings-on impact the lives of otherwise ordinary (mostly!) people. All the stories are already available to read online, so this book is offered for convenience, and for the sake of a spangly new cover (because we all love a spangly new cover).

Note the eBook will be up on Amazon for a nominal fee, and will be shared free for members of Phil’s mailing list.

Anyway, enough chat, this is the part we really want to get to – THE COVER:

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I’ve included some useful links below and also here are the rest of the books in the series so you can check them all out together:

Useful links:

Amazon: (https://smarturl.it/eyvl6s)

GoodReads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48842405-the-ordshaw-vignettes-vol-1)

Author’s master post: https://phil-williams.co.uk/violent-fae-tour-ordshaw-vignettes/

Have fun reading everyone and thanks to Phil for including me in this reveal.

 

The Ordshaw Vignettes by Phil Williams

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Today I’m so happy to be taking part in a blog tour for the third book in Phil Williams urban fantasy series that got off to a great start with Under Ordshaw.  (My review of which can be found here.)

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To celebrate the release of The Violent Fae, the closing chapter of the Ordshaw series’ The Sunken City Trilogy, Phil is sharing twelve short stories from the city of Ordshaw. The Ordshaw Vignettes are tiny insights into life in the UK’s worst-behaved city, each presenting a self-contained mystery.

You can read today’s story below.  For the full collection, visit the other wonderful blogs taking part in the tour (see the banner above).  I’ve provided the details for the other books in the series below plus a link to Phil’s author page but for now let’s get to the fun part – the story:

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The Banker

Fighting the urge to run the light, Freddie Procter hit the brakes with a curse. West Farling, 2am on a Tuesday, there was no one around. The light had no business changing. And he’d been on the road too long already. He swallowed, reassuring himself it’d been worth it. The Chinese were a cinch for PickLathe Finance. Those rosy-cheeked tykes were drowning in giggles after five pints, delighted by Procter’s ability to hold alcohol, oblivious to the loan terms they’d agreed to.

That, my friends, was how you made millions.

Now if the light would kindly change, he could celebrate with another Macallan back home. But something metal clicked behind his ear. A sound familiar from films: a cocking gun.

“Don’t move,” a voice said. “Not one inch.” Procter flashed a look at the rear-view mirror, and the voice got rougher, “Eyes ahead, prick.”

Procter stuttered, “Look – look here – I don’t – don’t know –”

“Cram it!” the man snarled. “Wanna die here?” There had been nothing in the mirror. And the voice was strangely distant. How could someone possibly be – “I’ll put a hole in your brain, you don’t do exactly as I say.”

This couldn’t be happening. He couldn’t speak, and Procter talked huge deals all day – won over the hardest bastards –

“Phone, wallet, gaudy rings, all on the passenger seat. Longer you take, deeper it’ll hurt.”

His rattled body took over. Nodding as he emptied his pockets, Procter painfully wrenched the rings off.

“Now leave the keys and get the fuck out. Walk away, don’t look back. I see your eyes, there’s a bullet in them. Understand?”

Procter hadn’t stopped nodding. He grappled the door handle and tried to stand, trapped by the belt. With a high-pitched “Ah!”, he clawed at the release and fell onto the road. He skittered up, mouth moving voicelessly, mind raging: he could negotiate, why wasn’t he talking the lunatic down? But he was moving away fast. Half a block away.

The car revved loudly and he turned back.

The shining BMW crossed the intersection with the door still open, yellow interior light floating through the dark. There was no one inside. It jolted out of view, then came a loud bang of impact. Twisting metal screeched short pain as the engine coughed a death stroke.

Procter was running back – thoughts catching up. The idiot had crashed his car – amateur – he was not fleeing. He raced into the crossroad. The car’s bonnet was folded around a bent, sparking lamppost. The lights blinked on and off. It was empty. Thirty grand of machinery destroyed, no one to account for it.

What in hell? There was no one nearby – just the driver’s door open – but he saw on the passenger seat, his things were gone. All that remained was a drunk’s ruined ride and him standing confused. A click in his ear and an angry voice. A gun he never saw. Who would believe it?

To hell with this – Procter turned and ran again. He’d report the car stolen from home – to hell with this, and to hell with the faint peal of laughter somewhere in the sky. Ignore it and go – ignore that flurry of batwings passing a rooftop – he was imagining things, scaring himself, had to get the hell away. He was bloody drunk. Imagining, even that tiny, joking voice up high. “Told you you couldn’t damn drive.”

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Ahh, don’t you just love the fae – probably not if they stole your valuables and crashed your car I suppose.  Although Freddie doesn’t exactly come across in the best light does he?!

I love this story and I think it gives a great feel for the style not to mention it’s a perfect little taste of what you can expect from the series.  I can’t wait to read the other stories being shared as part of the tour.  The next instalment is ‘The Troubled Child’ – colour me intrigued – and will be shared by Space and Sorcery tomorrow.

And, because I love covers, and because the covers for this series are so good, here is the complete set for you to feast your eyes upon:

Plus a lovely novella to add to the collection:

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About Ordshaw and The Violent Fae

The Ordshaw series are urban fantasy thrillers set in a modern UK city with more than a few terrible secrets. The Violent Fae completes a story that began with Under Ordshaw and its sequel Blue Angel – following poker player Pax Kuranes’ journey into the Ordshaw underworld. Over the space of one week, Pax unravels mysteries that warp reality and threaten the entire city.

The Violent Fae will be available from Amazon on Kindle and in paperback from November 5th 2019.

If these vignettes are your first foray in Ordshaw, I’m pleased to share with you that Under Ordshaw is on offer on Kindle in the US and UK between 28th October – 1st November and for ease I’ve listed the links to Goodreads and Amazon below.

Under Ordshaw Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40092074-under-ordshaw

Under Ordshaw UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07CXYSZVN

Under Ordshaw US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CXYSZVN

Blue Angel Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43232280-blue-angel

Blue Angel UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07L33XJZ7

Blue Angel US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L33XJZ7

The Violent Fae Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48246084-the-violent-fae

The Violent Fae UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07Y7CRV1L

The Violent Fae US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Y7CRV1L/

Finally – more information about the author can be found here.

Happy reading everyone.

#SPFBO Author, Cover Share: The City Screams by Phil Williams (An Ordshaw novella)

Today I’m really pleased to share with you the cover for a forthcoming novella written by Phil Williams.  The City Screams is a standalone novella set within the Urban Fantasy world that I first read of in Under Ordshaw.  You can find out more about the book below but first here’s the cover:

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Tova’s getting her hearing back. She’s going to wish she wasn’t.

Alone in Tokyo for experimental ear surgery, Tova Nokes is finally shaking up her life. But when she starts to hear things she shouldn’t, all she wants is to make it home alive.

There’s a voice saying it’s where she comes from that makes her special.

If she can only survive violent stalkers, and the terrible screams, she might figure out why…

The City Screams is a stand-alone thriller in the Ordshaw urban fantasy series.

This sounds great and it’s due for release on 9th April.

Goodreads link provided here.

And, here are the first two books in Phil’s UF series and my review for Under Ordshaw:

 

#SPFBO Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams

Under OrdshawUnder Ordshaw was one of the nine books that I read completely from the first stage of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off competition.  Urban fantasy is a genre that I really enjoy and this book was no exception.  The writing is on point, there’s a city with a labyrinth lying beneath full of monsters lurking in tunnels, an easy to engage with MC, cheeky fae and a secret undercover agency reminiscent of Men in Black.  What’s not to like?  This is an other book that had me going round in circles when it came to choosing a winner and I have no hesitation in recommending this.

As the story sets out we make the acquaintance of Pax who is brimming over with good humour following a successful card game.  She stops by a bar for a couple of celebratory drinks.  This win will fund her a stake in a large tournament and all going well help her pay the rent – maybe even win enough to be able to eat! Unfortunately, Pax’s luck is about to run out, her stash is stolen by a young man who appears to have been taken into custody by a secret Government Agency (the MEE).  Not content to sit by and brood Pax goes in search of the thief’s lair and in the process becomes embroiled even deeper in the secrets of the City.

In terms of world building. I think, in common with most UF I’ve read, this is minimal.  This is a modern world and an easily imagined city.  Where the difference comes into play is the labyrinth of tunnels that lies beneath.  There’s a whole other world going on here, one that I’m keen to explore further. The tunnels and their inhabitants have a monstrous and unique feel although at the moment I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface at this point and it feels like there is plenty more to come in future instalments.

I really enjoyed the characters.  Pax is very easy to like.  She’s resourceful and basically decent.  I found myself immediately hooked to the story and I think that’s a testament to her strong and compelling voice.  On top of this we also encounter a very cheeky, 3 inch fae character called Letty.  Don’t let her short stature kid you – she means business.  The other two main characters are Casaria and Barton.  Casaria is an MEE agent.  He’s an odd character.  He doesn’t really follow rules very well and he has a very skewed perception of both himself and Pax – it makes for comic reading sometimes to read his dreamed up scenarios of how things will play out.  He comes across as something of a wild card and whilst Pax doesn’t trust him she seems to be able to play him well and keep him just on the right side of going totally AWOL.  Barton is a civilian who has been aware of the ‘goings on’ beneath the City for some time.  He’s kept his encounters with the tunnels a secret from his wife and daughter in an attempt to keep them safe but his family are about to be thrown into the middle of things with life threatening results.

The writing is sharp, the dialogue flows well and feels natural and the pacing is very good.  I didn’t have any lulls that I can recall and I was pretty much hooked to the story from start to finish.

In terms of criticisms.  I don’t really have anything – so you may be wondering is this a five star read?  I’d say this is four stars and that isn’t because of any issues I had at all with the read but more what I would call a symptom of UF and also a refelection of the future potential.  Personally, I feel that the first in any UF is the hook, there will always be areas left unexplored to be revealed in future story lines and in this instant I think the author sets the scene perfectly.  He doesn’t overload the story with too much detail or reveal too much at this stage, just enough to secure your interest and whet the appetite for what is to come next.  I think it takes restraint and a notion of what you intend in terms of the bigger picture and at the moment I’d say those elements are both clearly present.  Of course, this is a double edged sword, holding things in check can leave readers feeling that things haven’t been fully explored but, for me, I think Under Ordshaw succeeds really well as a first in series.

I would rate this as a 4 star read and I look forward to reading the second in series.

 

 

 

#SPFBO Cover Share: Blue Angel by Phil Williams (#2 Ordshaw)

Today I’m really pleased to share with you the cover for the second book in Phil Williams’s Ordshaw series.  Phil’s book, Under Ordshaw is one of the books I’ve been reading as part of the SPFBO competition and in fact his book is one of the ones that I chose to take forward.

So, without further ado please feast your eyes on the cover for Blue Angel (Ordshaw #2):

 

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And here are the two covers together so you can see how good they both look:

Also I can share with you the blurb for Blue Angel (please be aware though that this blurb may contain spoilers if you’re considering reading the first book and it may also be subject to further revision):

She’s touched the underworld. Can she survive its legacy?
 
Waking on an unfamiliar floor, Pax is faced with two hard truths. A murderous government agency wants her dead – and monsters really do exist. What’s more, her body’s going haywire, which she desperately hopes isn’t a side-effect of her encounters in the city’s tunnels.
 
To survive, and protect Ordshaw, she’s got to expose who, or what, is behind the chaos – and she can’t do it alone.
 
But with only the trigger-happy Fae to turn to, Pax’s allies might kill her before her enemies do…
Due for release in January.

www.phil-williams.co.uk  Goodreads page

The link for book #1 is:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CXYSZVN/

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