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March Author Update

The Beast from the East, bad weather to you and me, has swept away. All of a sudden, England has morphed from white to almost-green. Is Spring in the air?

As for me, I’ve been editing, editing, editing like the industrious literary beaver I am. The Theatre of The Moon – Nimbus takes greater shape daily as each chapter grows nearer to perfection. Who is La Contessa D’Argento, the proprietor to London’s newest theatrical attraction? Only time will tell.

The cold weather and an enforced period indoors has also helped in developing the several other projects I have on the go with no small amount of words being written in anger, as they say.

As well as the novel work, I have also utilised the Scrivener writing software I use to compile and order the short stories I am always writing. This has worked so well that given half a chance I’ll share how I did it for the benefit of others. Not only can I write and edit within one place but use the self-same database and templates for submitting work. It’s been a great help.

As regards published work, The Eternals is on promotion from the 8th – 9th of March in Kindle format for just $0.99 / £0.99 depending on your region. I hope this serves as a tempter to the other two books in the trilogy, Hunter Hunted and Into Eternity.


As always, I wish you all a great month.


Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series


February Author Update

These posts are usually reserved for my Facebook Author Page, but as seen as I’m here less and less, I thought this might explain.

February Author Update

Where’s the year going!


Second month in and as busy as ever. Thanks to almost a month of categorising, tagging and collating information, we have lift-off… well, almost. As well as cracking on with Nimbus, Book 1 of The Theatre of the Moon Trilogy, I’ve actually had a chance to insert some of the chapters I’ve been trialling into the following two books. All three novels now have sections within them as well as Nimbus being fully penned. I actually have so many spare chapters that I may even start to post some of them. I hope this will give people a taste of the stories to come. We shall see.

As regards my shorter work, after a disaster which I can’t remember if I told you all about, where I not only lost everything on my computer but the back-up exploded too, (not literally) I have managed to not only find everything I lost but also some I’d forgotten I even had. (Shakes his head!) Accordingly, some have been sent out on submission and others I’ve stashed.

The month ahead looks like one of rewrites and additional diary entries for Nimbus (Mortimer Headlock does like to pen his thoughts). I shall enjoy writing each new word.

So, until I have anything more substantial to tell you, I’ll sign off with a ‘Have A Great February’. See you soon.



Six Word Stories – The Readers

“We measured time in paper cuts.”


My Review of Breaking Into The Light: Dark Fey (Book 3)

I don’t usually post any book reviews to WordPress, but as seen as the book was by my pal who you will all know, I thought I would. If anyone out there is looking to read a good fantasy series, look no further than Dark Fey.

Breaking Into The Light: Dark Fey (Book 3)

A sumptuous end to a sumptuous series.

Breaking into the Light: Dark Fey (Book 3)

The end of a trilogy can either come as the end of a long haul or a flash of brilliance over too soon. This book was most definitely the latter.

A sumptuous end to a sumptuous series, Morgan guides the reader through her fantastical creation with aplomb and immerses them in the outcome. Never predictable, though one always has their fingers crossed for their literary favourites, the story has and continued to evolve right to the end. Plus, as an already favourite character, I was anxious to see what happened to Gairynzvl most of all and was not left disappointed.

I understand this is the last book in the series but would revisit it or any future works based in the Fey’s timelines with delight. Five stars!

Thank you for reading



Wonderful 5 Star Review (Into Eternity)

It’s always nice to get a good review for something you’ve written. Even more so for the last book in a trilogy. For that person to have read all those pages and enjoyed them right to the end is music to a writer’s ears. Thank you, Diana.


Review by Diana Amazon.com 11/12/17

5.0 out of 5 stars

Epic conclusion to the series

December 11, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition


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The final book of Anker’s The Eternals series doesn’t disappoint. Gradually, the trilogy has shifted from a story about a vampire to a story about a man seeking the truth of his life and discovering what it is to be human. This is a trilogy that must be read in sequence as the action continues without backstory through the strange and epic landscapes of a dying world.

The search for Linka leads Jean, Merriweather, and Aurora from the Arctic ice to the Baltic sea. Secrets of the past are revealed and reconciled, and at the final confrontation with his enemies, Jean endures betrayal but also learns the truth of his destiny.

Anker’s writing is stylistically poetic, the pace of the book steady, and dialog natural as well as imbued with personality. The verbal repartee between Jean and Merriweather is characteristic of their relationship and a pleasure to read. Walter Merriweather takes on a greater role in this book. Reveals about his history, personality, and motives is perhaps the most interesting and startling part of the story. The ending is an emotional and exquisite read.

If you enjoy vampires, epic vistas, tales of redemption, and stylistic writing, this series is well worth picking up.

As always

Thank you for reading


Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series


Special Feature / Hugh Roberts

It gives me great personal pleasure to feature my friend and yours, Hugh Roberts. Hugh is always incredibly generous with his own time in relation to others, so it’s a pleasure to be able to return the favour. Please read and enjoy.


Thank you so much to Richard for allowing me to take over some space on his blog today. My name is Hugh W. Roberts. I’m dyslexic and have a passion for writing.

In celebration of my short story collection, Glimpses, reaching its first birthday in December 2017, I’ll be publishing some short stories from the book, both on my blog and as a guest over on the blogs of other bloggers. Look out for them over the next few months.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Jonathan, one of many characters who feature in my stories.

The Bridegroom

Jonathan ironed his shirt. It was brand new, crisp, and white, but the creases he thought he’d ironed out had miraculously appeared overnight.

His stomach churned; he’d not been able to eat a thing; too afraid he would heave it all up the moment he reached the church.

His mobile phone had been pinging for what seemed like days now with messages and emails, most of which were of no importance apart, that is, from the one which begged him to call her back.

Matthew, his best man, was due back in five minutes.

The crease in the left sleeve was stubborn, refusing to budge. He looked for a bottle of water from the minibar so he could sprinkle some of it on the crease. His mother had taught him that this always helped when ironing out stubborn creases. It would have to do, even with the stubborn crease. After all, it would be hidden by his jacket so nobody would see it.

Ping, ping, ping. He picked up the phone and was about to throw it against the wall when her face stared back at him from the screen saver and stopped him in his tracks.

A tear rolled down his face. He couldn’t go through with it. She’d understand, wouldn’t she? But in five minutes’ time, Matthew would be knocking on the hotel bedroom door telling him it was time to go to the church.

Within minutes of him slipping on his shirt, doing up his tie and putting on his jacket, Matthew was knocking on the door. They hugged each other briefly.

“Are you ready?” Jonathan nodded his head.

“Take your time, mate, there’s no rush,” uttered Matthew.

As they walked out of the room and down the stairs to the ground floor of the hotel, a few more tears slid down Jonathan’s cheeks.

The tear duct dam burst the moment he stepped out of the car outside the church and saw the light oak box his ‘no longer wife-to-be’ was now laying in. Jonathan was supposed to be getting married to her, not burying her.


Taken from Glimpses. A collection of 28 short stories that will take you up a path full of twists and turns.

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NEW RELEASE! Just Rose by Leanne Marshall

I’m proud to be able to announce the release of Leanne Marshall’s wonderful new book.

Please take a look at Leanne’s work. I’m sure you’ll love it


Just Rose by author Leanne Marshall.

‘A girl, a dog, a pink car – what could possibly go wrong?’

Just Rose

The unexpected death of Rose’s beloved Aunt ends up being a driving force in her uneventful life. She gives up her lonely unfulfilled big city existence for the country home and life from cherished childhood memories. Can it live up to them? All she wants is to find her place in the world, finally find the happiness and independence she has been searching for and hopefully this move will do it… hopefully.

With her little dog Muffin by her side and a much needed new friend in the form of Abby it does seem possible. That is until a not so ideal first encounter with the handsome local Laird of the Munro Estate sends her spiralling from young professional woman to hormonal bundle of goo. The chemistry undeniable but with him not seemingly on the market this might not be the place for her after all. Thrust into the world of not so quiet country living will Rose ever find true love?

A roller coaster of emotions and a whole lot of country charm there’s one thing for sure Rose is certainly not going to be bored anymore!


Born and raised in Scotland, Leanne has lived in both the central belt and the highlands, among other areas throughout her life.

A mum to two children, she has been with her fiancee for thirteen years and currently resides in West Lothian. Scotland.

A mum, artist, and business owner, she also has an online store under the name Liana Marcel. (www.lianamarcel.co.uk) where you can also purchase merchandise for her books. As a crafter and designer, she sells quirky, youthful, colourful handmade items.

You can find her across social media as either her author name or artist name on Youtube, Facebook, Pinterest, and twitter. She encourages reader interaction and has a fan group on facebook.

She has been writing romance since her teens and had an early stint at journalism back in high school, after being offered publishing at 17 she decided to pursue a career in showbiz and was a singer in a girl band for a year. Following that with another band and representing the ‘Drink wisely’ campaign in Scotland. She was offered many opportunities in the limelight, yet finally settled as a beautician and make up artist before coming back to her passion again in 2016. Now had 5 novels under her belt and a growing fan base.

Links: Please click any (or all) of the links below to follow Leanne.

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Purchase: Just Rose by Leanne Marshall

Thanks again for reading. I’m sure along with me you’ll all wish Leanne all the very best with her book.


Richard M. Ankers / Author of The Eternals Series