In Pages Found

between the pages

that’s where you’ll find the real me

gazing at the stars

just catching snowflakes

in dreamworlds of icy chills

whilst others shake heads

 

Thank you for reading

Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series

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#VignetteSeries – Merryweather

Author’s Note: Here we find Sir Walter Merryweather charming the ladies — sort of. I liked the idea of this but ditched it from the beginning of The Eternals as unnecessary. I’ve added the names here so you know who’s talking. Still makes me laugh though.

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Merryweather: “Ah, Jean, the blackhole to these ladies’ lovely planets. Are they trapped in your gravity or lost?”

Jean: “Oh, God. What are you doing here, Merryweather?”

Merryweather: “I came to join the party, sourpuss. I thought I might take one of these lovely ladies off your hands.”

Jean: “Please do, I’ve tried depositing Portia on everyone else.”

Portia: “Why must you feign insouciance, Jean. You know you want me, my dark raven. Why not admit it.”

Merryweather: “Yes, Jean, why not admit it.”

Jean: “Button it, Merryweather.”

Merryweather: “Why? Because I appreciate Portia’s charms when you don’t? Honestly, I don’t know why you treat her so badly. She’s everything a man could want: educated, stylish, voluptuous, knows all the right people, has eaten the rest, likes you — I can’t understand that one — and provides excellent ballast in a balloon. Who else could offer so much as a singular individual? Eh, riddle me that? So what do say, Portia, shall we take a roll? I mean stroll! My apologies, your merangueness. I mean, your thighness! Oh, my!”

Jean: “Might be for the best if you shut up.”

Merryweather: “I agree. I’m quite tired with all this chatting the girls up malarkey. Best leave it to an expert.”

Jean: “Yes, please do.”

Merryweather: “Jean?”

Jean: “What.”

Merryweather: “Where can I find one?”

Thanks for reading

Richard

Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series

The Eternals

Hunter Hunted

Announcement & Apology

As I’m sure some of you will have noticed, I’ve been rather more absent from the blogging world of late than normal. The reason for this is my writing. I’m only really happy when I’m writing and due to external factors I don’t want to talk about, I’ve poured myself into it lately. The result is a lot of words. So, I apologise for not getting around to as many of your wonderful blogs as I would like and wanted you to know that it’s not that I don’t care. I do. However, due to the books that are now begging for my full attention, it’s only going to get worse. This is why:

Into Eternity the climax to The Eternals Trilogy has been submitted to my publisher TODAY. I would hope this will hit the shelves very soon. This is the culmination of almost five years work and a story I am very proud to call my own. You won’t ever have read anything like it. Not many people can say that in the world of Fantasy authors, but I can.

Britannia Unleashed is also almost ready to go. Britannia Unleashed started life as individual Steampunk/Alternate History short stories. Fortunately, due to having a terrible memory, I reused the same characters in multiple tales. All of these have now been collated and rewritten into one unfolding drama. There are a few finishing touches to be made but not many. Because I actually started with some of these shorts long before The Eternals, the characters have become quite dear to me. Hence, I found myself writing more, then more still and suddenly realised I’d thousands of pages of extra tales. So, I can now also say that Britannia Unleashed will spawn a second trilogy of Fantasy books tentatively titled The Theatre of the Moon Trilogy fronted by the Victorian investigator Mortimer Headlock and his good friend Miss Grace Grace.

The Snow Lily was the story that got me noticed but also almost killed me through exhaustion. I kid you not. I couldn’t bear to even look at it once it’d won me my Authonomy Gold Medal. However, the children in the book, Lily and Bobby, have slowly worked their magic on me. The Snow Lily is now being completely rewritten to the higher standards I have set myself and I’m pleased to say I’m enjoying it. Thank you all who told me to get on with it when I alluded to what the book had done to me some months ago. I wouldn’t have gone back to it without your encouragement.

Writing these stories makes me happier than anything I’ve ever done. I was born to write but just didn’t have the courage to do so for the longest time. I’m too old to mess about with regrets, plus I need to earn to eat, so from now on the writing will have to come first. I hope you all understand, and that I shall still do my utmost to see as many of your wonderful blogs as I can when I can.

Your friend always

Richard

Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series

The Eternals

Hunter Hunted

Into Eternity (Coming Soon)

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Mouldering in Time

Author’s Note: When I first started writing The Eternals Series one of the major stumbling blocks I attempted to overcome was one I felt others authors had neglected: the true effects of time. If one could not die, how would it affect one’s sanity, especially if the minds in question deteriorated where the bodies did not? As a consequence, I wrote hundreds (literally) of text snippets. They were nothing flash, but it was like swilling my mouth with them until the taste was right. This is one such piece.

I hope you enjoy

Richard

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Our memories decayed over time. What resistance the mind endeavoured to propose failed at every turn; I lost my sanity but never my smile. With each passing day those snippets of self were dispersed like cherry blossom in a breeze to pile in unfortunate heaps of mouldering nothingness. It saddened me whilst still I understood what sadness was. As the aeons slipped by like dew from a hedge all remnants of self faded until all that remained was instinct and sight. You were my waking sight each day and for that I needed no memory. With every rebirth our love was reborn and no traversing through time could diminish it. Love proved eternal.

Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series

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Hunter Hunted

Into Eternity (Very Soon)

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#VignetteSeries – Unravelling

Author’s Note: This was an original first paragraph to The Eternals, though at the time the books were titled Decadent Gothic. I didn’t use it as I felt it made Jean appear lost, and being lost was something he had to grow into.

Life was an unravelling mystery by which I mean I unravelled. Unravelling was a talent not all possessed, but I’d perfected. Where some had beginnings, middles and ends, I had nondescript moments of unidentifiable hints. One day, I vowed to find a start and trace it to a conclusion. Today was not this day.

Thank you for reading

Richard

Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series

Hey Look 3D! (Plus, Sneak Preview)

I got a nice surprise when I opened up my email today to find these two little beauties. The good folk at Creativia, my publisher, had prepared 3D images of both The Eternals and Hunter Hunted. Very Swanky.

This was quite freaky because yesterday, unless my last proofreader finds anything, I finished Into Eternity, the final Eternals book. Done and done. It was quite a sad moment to type ‘The End‘ to a project you’ve spent five years on.

Anyhow, I thought I’d show you my posh new cover shots and also give you a glimpse of Into Eternity before anyone else gets to see it.

Into Eternity / PREVIEW: Here we find Jean traipsing across the Arctic ice, his mood dark,  thoughts elsewhere.

I paced New Washington, strolling up the tree-lined avenues, happy in my own way. I spied my love. She watched from that window of ours smiling, happy, all I should have ever wished for. Then I remembered that would never be, not again. Alba’s face faded from behind the fogging glass, her eyes elsewhere, the shining emerald of Linka’s taking their place. She glared at me in defiance, so strong, so independent. She looked right through me, shook her head, raven hair spilling across her pale features, and retreated into a false night. I disappointed her, but no less so than I did myself. My hand reached out to her, mouth begged for her return, body trembled in the moonlit night. She neither saw nor heard me, her mood displayed by her absence. I was left alone. I was always alone. Was I born for nothing else?


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Richard

Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series

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#VignetteSeries – Violante

Violante is one of Jean’s former dalliances in The Eternals. Italian, with the most beautiful violet eyes, Violante was to play a major part in the trilogy but now only appears in the soon to be released book three, Into Eternity. She’s what some might term a pocket rocket. I wish I could’ve included her more.

“Raven.”

“Jean, not Raven.”

“You always used to like it.”

“I used to like many things.”

“Even me?”

“More your mother.”

“I am everything she was and more. You know this, but play your usual rebellious role.”

“I play me and nothing more.”

Always so predictable, I’d hoped you’d changed.”

“I’m glad I haven’t. Change is to me what height is to you.”

“Do tell, my melancholy monster.”

“Missing.”

Thank you for reading

Richard

Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series

The Eternals

Hunter Hunted

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The Winter Princess

Fields of ice and winter’s touch,

Where darkness kisses light in semi-permanent dusk;

You venture not far from here, you dare not.

Blue eyes cast to an unknown horizon

And hopes of he who forsook you.

A body that feels no chill

Shivers, wrapped in his memory,

This princess of wolves; you huddle against the Arctic storms

Fingers embedded in the fur of a friend,

Your only friend.

And you dream

There is an illusion of the woman you would be,

A transitory memory never destined to exist,

Waiting, always waiting for that dream to manifest,

To coalesce from the darkness to a deeper night: a saviour.

You, the child of the evening star,

And he who is darker than night:

Is it destiny or design?

Keep waiting, Aurora, hold on,

For all storms must pass before The End.

Inspired by the character Princess Aurora from Hunter Hunted (The Eternals Book2)

Thank you for reading

Richard

Richard M. Ankers / author of The Eternals Series

The Eternals

Hunter Hunted

Thank You

The Golden Book Awards 2017

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who wished me luck or went out of their way to vote for The Eternals at The Golden Book Awards 2017.
I'm very proud to say I was one of only six books to receive both the Readers' and Judges' commendations. I have attached the badges to show you.
To go any further and try for the top prize costs, and as seen as I'm penniless, it isn't going to happen. That doesn't change how grateful I am to all of you and whoever it was that nominated me in the first place.
The Eternals has now garnered awards in both 2016 and 2017 and I can't thank you all enough.

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Thank you again
Richard

Richard M. Ankers
Author of The Eternals Series

Book 1: The Eternals
Book 2: Hunter Hunted
Book 3: Into Eternity (Available Soon)

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