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…Taexali Game… a great new title from Authoress, Nancy Jardine…

…my Crooked Cat Publishing scribbling chum, Authoress Nancy Jardine has sum’thing to share with yeez, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land… a new title, no less, and as per her usual terrific background material narratives. this one’s captured stuff and goings-on in the Highlands of Scotland around the year 200 AD… yes, yes, Mabel… I know I could’ve helped her with first hand knowledge of the period…

The Taexali Game officially launches on the 22nd May 2015.

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Everyone loves playing advanced interactive computer games, don’t they?

Callum Fraser’s games are totally awesome but when his Rubidium Time-Leap flips Aran Bruce and his best friends—Brian and Fianna Fraser—back to AD 210, the reality is incredible. They have a task list to fulfil, which includes solving a local mystery, but it’s a nightmarish business when Ancient Roman Emperor Severus and his legions heap death and destruction on the Taexali Celts of northern Britannia.

Giving help to Celts and Romans alike becomes a lethal assignment—some Celtic chiefs are as foul as Severus and his beastly son Caracalla. Dicing with death becomes the norm for the time travellers from Kintore, Aberdeenshire.

Will they complete the mission and return to Callum unscathed?

The action of The Taexali Game —Book 1 of Nancy Jardine’s Rubidium Time Travel Series of Adventures for Middle Grade/YA readers (and anyone older who loves a good fast-paced yarn)takes place in ‘Aberdeenshire, Scotland’ in AD 210, during the invasion of the legions of Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome. The local Taexali Celtic tribes of this far north in Britannia have already had dealings with the soldiers of Rome, back in AD 84, but they haven’t been good subjects. They’ve been causing such a lot of grief to the Governor of Britannia that the Ancient Roman Emperor, Septimius Severus, has come to Britannia to flood the north with his super-trained army to teach the wayward Celts a harsh lesson.

During their adventure, Aran and the twins— Brian and Fianna— are initially in awe of the Roman fighting machine but they find Emperor Severus’ is a horrible man. That’s only till they meet the emperor’s son Caracalla who is even nastier. None of them want to be skewered by a Roman gladius or slapped into Roman slave chains but avoiding that fate is nearly impossible.

As well as uncovering the answer to a local contemporary mystery, the time travellers have a task list to fulfil but how can they when the some of the Celts they encounter are just as deadly wielding their Celtic longswords?

This adventure novel is designed as a rollicking good read with the added bonus of being a companion novel to younger readers doing a study of Celtic Roman Britain. There’s a wealth of historical data used in the novel, gleaned from archaeological interpretative information, wrapped up in a fast-paced, readable, adventure mystery quest.

The fantastic cover design is by graphic artist Neil Saddler who has done a great job to encompass the main aspects of the novel- its impact both local and global.

The novel is available across Amazon in paperback and ebook formats.

Amazon UK Amazon US  Amazon France   Amazon Canada  Amazon Australia

Amazon Germany

More about Nancy Jardine

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Her Celtic Fervour Series of Historical Romantic Adventures (3 books to date) is set in first century AD northern Roman Britain. Book 3 (AD 84) culminates in a horrendous clashing of Celtic Sword and Roman Gladius on the foothills of Beinn Na Ciche (Bennachie) where the amassed Celtic warriors of the north, led by tribal leader Calgach, take on the mighty Roman legions led by General Gnaeus Julius Agricola. Book 2 of the Celtic Fervour Series was in the long list of books read for THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION 2014.

Nancy Jardine also writes contemporary mystery romantic fiction which gives her the opportunity to include fabulous world wide locations in her novels—Amsterdam, Vienna, Heidelberg, Barcelona to name only a few. She has also had great fun using her love of ancestry research when creating the family trees for two of her contemporary mysteries. Take Me Now, a humorous mystery/thriller will be re-launched by Crooked Cat Publishing on the 5th June 2015. Topaz Eyes, a mystery /thriller was a Finalist in THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE 2014.

Please contact Nancy/ or find updates on her writing at these author links:

http://nancyjardine.blogspot.co.uk   http://nancyjardineauthor.com/   Twitter @nansjar Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XeQdkG and http://on.fb.me/1Kaeh5G (for The Rubidium time Travel Novels.) email: nan_jar@btinternet.com

Amazon Author page for books and to view book trailer videos:

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancy-Jardine/e/B005IDBIYG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Most novels are also available from Barnes and Noble; W. H. Smith.com; Waterstones.com; Smashwords; TESCO Blinkboxbooks; and various other ebook stores.


All are welcome to pop into the official Facebook Event that’s on-line to launch the novel on Friday 22nd May. Participate in fun quizzes featuring Celts and Romans and win a novelty prize. The grand prize of a signed paperback of The Taexali Game could be yours, or if you only read on kindle a few review e-copies will also be on offer as prizes. https://www.facebook.com/events/839159202815971/

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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…not one, but two upcoming book launches for my dear friend, Authoress, Nancy Jardine…

…it’s a delight when the ‘usual suspects’ drop by the blog to say ‘Hi’ and give me a heads-up on what they’re up to (and I promise not to tell the police)… the prolific Authoress, Nancy Jardine, has two pending titles, which you can read about here… enjoy…nancy 2


Hello Seumas, and thank you for allowing me to share my writing news.

Sometimes that bus stop at my door is very busy…

The last time I popped in to visit you may remember I was deliberating over whether to use my own name, or a pseudonym, for The Taexali Game – my first time travel historical adventure novel for middle grade/early teens. It’s just as well that I made the choice to use my own name for all of my writing, regardless of the intended market, because I’m pretty sure I’d become demented in the next few weeks trying to remember who I am.

My planned self-publishing date for The Taexali Game was the end of February or early March, but unexpected delays happened.

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…My cover design wasn’t completed till last week but I’m so…. glad I waited for it because I think it’s fantastic and perfect for the early teen market. In a global way, I hope a reader can immediately see from the cover that my intrepid trio of teenagers – Aran, Brian and Fianna – are about to confront soldiers of the Roman Empire in their adventure set in AD 210. The location of the novel is northern Roman Britain, currently Aberdeenshire, Scotland (my part of the world). Since part of the intended market is also local, I think my cover designer- Neil Saddler – has done a fantastic job because that bumpy hill you see is an iconic shape in Aberdeenshire, the hill range of Bennachie very recognisable to those who live in the area. I’ll now be publishing The Taexali Game in April. Further details will soon be on my blog but before then…

Like your Jack Calder Series, I’m also in the wonderful position of having Crooked Cat launch a new edition of Monogamy Twist, a contemporary romantic mystery. My fantastic, quirky cover for this was revealed a couple of weeks ago and I adore this cover design, too. 27th March 2015 is the date now set for its launch and I extend an open invitation to join my festivities at the Facebook Launch Party. Goodies can be won and lots of information on my protagonists will be divulged.


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The setting for Monogamy Twist is Yorkshire, England, where Luke Salieri has been bequeathed a dilapidated old mansion. Though he’s no idea of why he’s the beneficiary, he’s determined to fulfil the quirky Dickensian conditions attached to the bequest but he desperately needs a woman- though not just any old female. Rhia Ashton is perfect to help him solve the mystery since she’s an ancestry researcher but Luke finds her help comes with more conditions. Luke and Rhia were lovely characters to create and if you like a bit of history with more twists in your mystery, you’ll love Monogamy Twist. Dog lovers are also drawn to my wonderful Irish wolfhound, Thor, who was a delight to create.

Once again, Seumas, it’s great to visit you- thank you!


Nancy Jardine lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She currently shares a home with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, 3 year old granddaughter and 1 year old grandson. It’ll continue to be a busy household till late summer of 2015 when the new build home will be completed for the young ‘uns on what was Nancy’s former back garden. The loss of that part of the garden won’t be missed since there should now be more writing time available this spring and summer! Childminding is intermittent over the day and any writing time is precious. (If interested in how a new house is built these days, follow my blog posts named ‘Gonna build a house’ )

 All matters historical are a passion; Ancestry research a lovely time-suck. Nancy regularly blogs and loves to have guests visit her blog. Facebooking is a habit she’s trying to keep within reasonable bounds! Any time left in a day is for leisure reading and the occasional historical series on TV.


Author links:

http://nancyjardine.blogspot.co.uk   http://nancyjardineauthor.com/    Twitter @nansjar Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XeQdkG

Amazon Author page for books and to view book trailer videos:

US http://amzn.to/RJZzZz   UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancy-Jardine/e/B005IDBIYG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Novels also available from Barnes and Noble; W.H. Smith; Waterstones.com; Smashwords; TESCO Blinkboxbooks; and various other places


…thanks for coming in, Nancy, always good to have yer company…

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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…a ceilidh visit to my friend, Authoress, Nancy Jardine’s blog…

…fellow Scotspersonage, the redoubtable, m’Lady, Nancy Jardine, Authoress of the terrific Celtic Fervour series, held the ceilidh door open for me to visit her blog, WEBSITE which is always worth popping into, … this is what went on:

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

It’s that man Seumas Gallacher who’s dropped in today!

Tuesday dawns grey and dark, the sky threatening some new snow in my part of north-east Scotland but…no matter!

My first guest of February will cheer us up. Today I’m welcoming Seumas Gallacher – thriller/crime author –  who needs to get his thick coat out of storage for his visit here, an item he probably rarely uses in his current part of the world. Get yourself a nice cup of whatever you fancy and settle in – there’s a real treat coming…

Seumas might not want to be labelled one of the ‘young Crooked Cat kittens’ (then again he might be *grinning* at that title) but there are now so many new ones that it makes me feel like an ancient old cattie! (no comments please) However, I first ‘met’ Seumas in 2013 when he became my Scots Gaelic Guru and helped me with a few Gaelic phrases for Book 2 of my Celtic Fervour Series.

‘atween you an’ me an the cat’  Seumas has the gift of the gab so let’s get to know him a bittie better…

Welcome, Seumas. It’s lovely to have you visit me. I ‘ve read that you’re a born and bred Glaswegian like I am – sometimes also termed a ‘Weegie’ now. If I were still living in Glasgow, I might take offence at being called a Weegie but since I’ve not lived there for 40 years it’s not a problem. I’ve read that you’ve also lived elsewhere for a long time, but where in the world are you based now?    

I’m in the Middle East, currently shuttling between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf.

I’ve visited both of those places but only for fleeting visits during school summer holidays from my teaching job, and they were HOT – stiflingly HOT enough to singe the feet in sandals! +43 degrees centigrade takes a bit of getting used to. 
Okay. Moving on. Your author bio, below, has some information but please tell us something exclusive (!!) that wouldn’t appear there.

Former front singer/harmonica player in a beat group in my early teens. Winner of several medals in Gaelic Mod singing competitions in my later teens. Played football in the then top Scottish Division with Third Lanark.

Wow! That was well done and quite diverse in Glasgow being a ‘footie’ player and a Gaelic Mod singer. I remember when the football scouts came to my secondary school to sign up a couple of boys for their ‘boys training programme’ – it was mega news for them and for the school. (‘fraid my sport was hockey and not the girls’ football team which we actually did have back in 1966)  

But I digress… You’ve given me a fantastic review for Bk 1 of my Celtic Fervour series, which is  seriously appreciated since reviews are so hard to come by, but I’m wondering if you have any favourite reading genre, or are you fairly eclectic in your choices of reading material?

Extremely eclectic. I admire authors who demonstrate a command of the ‘business’ of telling their narratives.

Has any particular author been an influence on your writing style, or influenced your choice of genre to write in?

Not sure if they influenced my own ‘Author’s Voice’, but I devoured almost everything written by Dickens, Steinbeck, Ruark and O’Hara in my twenties.


I often re-read Dickens. Only remember reading O’Hara in one set text during my course at Jordanhill College – if you’re referring to the poet? Do you mostly read on a kindle/ e-reader now or still veer towards a paperback/hardback? 

I’m now comfortable with a kindle, once I overcame the ‘oh, I must have a book in my hand’ thing… but I also enjoy a paperback/hardback copy.

Before your retirement, had you ever done any fiction writing? 

What retirement? I’ve tried to retire three times already, and currently in non-retirement again. I enjoy being actively ‘engaged’ in commercial stuff as well as in my writing. I never did any paid writing before completing The Violin Man’s Legacy, just over five years ago.

Retirement is overrated- I agree!  Keep the brain cells active is wot I say… with a *grin*. 

What was the pivotal moment that set you on a writerly path and made you begin your first draft of a novel?

It just hit me that it ‘was time’ to write ‘that novel’ we all supposedly have in us, and I haven’t stopped since.

Brilliant…epiphany! What was your first piece of writing called?

Years and years and years ago, I wrote some poetry, a couple of which I still like, called The Night Rain and Time Was.

Has living out of the UK for many years had any impact on the choices of locations in your Jack Calder thriller series?

Without a doubt. Not just the locations, but interaction with people in their own countries and with their own cultural quirks has been priceless experience.

I’m totally delighted that Crooked Cat are about to re-launch two of my contemporary romance mysteries, since I included fabulous places like Barcelona, and Paris, and Tallinn. These re-launches have been an interesting process, going through edits again for my reworked versions. 

Crooked Cat is also re-launching your Jack Calder Series which you formerly self- published, so what’s it been like for you? 

Having decided from the outset five years ago, that I must approach all of this as the ‘business of writing’, it has become apparent to me that I’ve reached the next phase of that ‘business’, which is to engage in a partnership with a reputable publishing firm who ‘get’ the modern hybrid way of bringing authors to their various readership markets, eBooks and print. So far, the experience has been painless. I’ve been allocated an excellent editor to work with, and the interaction with the principals at the publisher, Crooked Cat Publishing, has been trouble-free. The launch party online was a first, and I had great fun with it.

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I’ve found my Facebook launch parties exhausting but fun as well. You’ve plenty of social media experience already but do you see yourself employing any new techniques during these new launches with Crooked Cat?

I’m always open to trying to discover/invent new techniques to utilise the social networks, but for the present, I’m happy to continue to take a significant participation in the marketing and promotional end of the ‘business’. Crooked Cat Publishing will introduce my name and my work to a broader range of markets (plural), and if opportunities arise to be innovative in these, I’ll embrace that also.

How many books will you have published by the summer of 2015? (Already published, re-launches and new work).

Four novels in the Jack Calder crime thrillers series, three collections of blog posts, which sadly Amazon deemed to be in contravention of their rules by having ‘previously appeared on the public web arena’, so I had to withdraw them, notwithstanding the ‘public web arena’ was on my own blog!). I also published a guide to how this old author uses the social networks to enhance sales of my books.

Yep! I definitely remember reading that last one and I’ve got Savage Payback in my kindle queue. *insert smiley face here* Have you any writing goals set for the second half of 2015?

At my time of life, I am not prepared to set myself unnecessary pressure targets. My writing will flow as it should, or else… or else it won’t!   However, the ideas for plot lines for the continuation of the crime thrillers series continue to jump around in my head.

Great answer! You’re no stranger to after dinner speaking – perhaps ‘Toastmaster’ style? Can you tell us a little bit about that? How do you fit public speaking in with your writing schedules?

Having been involved at senior executive levels in the corporate and financial worlds, presentation skills are part and parcel of business life. I’m comfortable in speaking in front of an audience, especially if it’s interactive. I delight in being passionate about what I do speak on, and the issue of the social networks in business and in writing is something this old Jurassic has been successful in delivering to others.

Those skills definitely have to come in useful as an author. And finally… for fun- one word answers, please:

Favourite Scottish food

Cod and chips.

Favourite Abu Dhabi food

Butter chicken (Indian, I know, but there’s tons of Indian personnel employed in the Middle East).

Do you like Wadi bashing? (I loved it, and other dune driving, and camel riding to the oases- though I hate camels spitting me in the face- yuck.)

Definitely not. I’ve never even owned a Driving Licence, so that’ll give you some idea.

Favourite location to visit

So many, but in Europe it’s Vienna, in the Far East it’s still Hong Kong, in the States, San Francisco.

What tartan is your kilt? (You wear one on your blog) 

Anderson, by dint of relationship to my first wife.

I included Vienna in my novel Topaz Eyes! And…my first kilt was an Anderson one. That was for no other reason than my aunt being a kilt maker (her work not far from where you were brought up, Seumas)  and she got her hands on some Anderson tartan at a lovely cheap price. A little later on she made me a Dress Mackenzie kilt since I had a maternal great-grandmother who was a Mackenzie. 

You’ve brightened my day, Seumas – thanks for giving us great answers.  

SEUMAS GALLACHER escaped from the world of finance five years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.

As the self-professed ‘oldest computer Jurassic on the planet’ his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer’s need to ‘build the platform’, and from a standing start began to develop a social networking outreach, which now tops 18,000 direct contacts.

His first two crime-thrillers, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY and VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK blew his mind with more than 75,000 e-link downloads to date. The third in what has become the ‘Jack Calder’ series, SAVAGE PAYBACK, was launched late 2013.

He started a humorous, informative, self-publishers blog less than two years ago, never having heard of a ‘blog’ prior to that, was voted ‘Blogger of the Year 2013’ and now has a loyal blog following on his networks. He says the novels contain his ‘Author’s Voice’, while the blog carries his ‘Author’s Brand’. And he’s LUVVIN IT!

Contact Seumas via…

Blog : seumasgallacher.com

Twitter : @seumasgallacher

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/seumasgallacher

Email : seumasgallacher@yahoo.com

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Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/514352


A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe. 

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback.

Thanks for visiting today, Seumas.  My very best wishes for great sales of your Jack Calder Series.


…thanks for having me there, Nancy… and by the way, it wasn’t me who scoffed all the haggis sandwiches!… promise!…



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… Authoress, Nancy Jardine, one of my litter-mates from Crooked Cat Publishing, pops in again to say hello…

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…hi, Nancy, great to have you aboard again…

…what are yeez doing, Lassie?

These days I’m ‘encouraged’ not to overdo the use of adverbs and adjectives. That’s something I have a problem with as an ex-‘senior stages’ primary teacher who had to teach the use of both, though I know that my title has to be an overdone phrase as well.

…I’m sure that doesn’t mean ye’re floundering?

I hope not, but I am bemused by the to-ing and fro-ing these days. For a while, it seemed to me, that an author was published by traditional means or they were self-published. That distinction has, thankfully, gone and it’s perfectly possible for an author to be a comfortable mix of both.

…and yer scribbling, how’s it doing?

I’m about to embark on the road of self-publishing, having had two small publishers presenting my work since 2011. The initial contracts having come to their agreed terms on my first two published mystery romances means they are free to be re-launched by Crooked Cat Publishing this coming spring. That will bring my ‘cat’ total to six novels.

…and why the self- publishing road?

To date, my stories have been for the general adult market – romantic mysteries and historical romantic adventures but my recently completed time-travel historical adventure (superbly edited by Jeff Gardiner) is different. The Taexali Game is intended for the lower end of the YA market although there’s readability for all ages.

My biggest quandary as I wait for my cover design to be created is what name do I put on that cover to distinguish it from my writing for a more mature audience? Do I still call myself Nancy Jardine?

…are yeez thinking of adopting a pseudonym?

The problem with a pseudonym is that I’d be back to being a complete unknown in my home territory of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. That would be a downright shame because for the last three years I’ve been working hard to make my Nancy Jardine author presence (brand) more prominent through giving author talks to local libraries and community groups. I’ve been selling my print books at local Craft Fairs, and gaining recognition through being featured by the local press. Since The Taexali Game has an Aberdeenshire setting, there is a potentially local captive market.

So what do you think? Should I keep my name as Nancy Jardine on the front cover of The Taexali Game?

…my not so ‘umble opinion, m’Lady, is to keep with yer own name… it’s got plenty of ‘street-cred’ now… if yeez really want to differentiate on the JONGGR, p’raps add a middle initial on the fresh stuff to distinguish it from the existing back list… the fact that yeez are producing in a different genre doesn’t detract from the quality of yer quill-scrapping… besides, ‘Nancy’ is a smashing name!

 …and next up?… 

Anyone who wants to know what Taexali means might just have to wait and read my YA novel. Though that will be after I use the inimitable Seumas Gallacher’s fantastic tips in his wee guide ‘Self-Publishing Steps to Successful Sales’ which I happily reviewed – even though at the time of writing the review the thought of self-publishing the completed novel was a bit pie in the sky!

Thank you for giving me blog space, Seumas. I’m looking forward to fielding any suggestions and responses

clap…I remember yer review well, m’Lady. and thanks a bundle for that… we all appreciate it when people take time to drop a few lines, don’t we? …thanks a ton also, for taking time out of yer hectic diary to grace my wee blog… come back anytime… the haggis sandwiches’ll be ready for yeez… see yeez later…LUV YEEZ!…

…Nancy Jardine lives in the fabulous castle country of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A lover of history, it sneaks into most of her writing along with many of the fantastic world locations she’s been fortunate to visit. Her published work to date includes two non fiction history related projects and six novels. Three novels are contemporary mysteries (two of these are due to be re-launched in the spring of 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing) The others are her Celtic Fervour Series of historical romantic adventures set in first century Roman Britain (great covers, huh?)…

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Ancestry research is an intermittent hobby; tending her garden is in on a ‘fair-weather’ basis but her grand childminding duties are regular and take up chunks of her week. The Taexali Game, a time-travel historical adventure for the YA market is due for publishing in the spring of 2015.

Author links:


Celtic Fervour Series of Historical Romantic Adventures – set in AD 71-84

Amazon UK author page    Amazon US author page   Blog    Website   Facebook  Goodreads   About Me   LinkedIn   Twitter @nansjar  Google+ 

 Amazon Author page for books and to view book trailer videos:

US http://amzn.to/RJZzZz   UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancy-Jardine/e/B005IDBIYG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Novels also available from and http://crookedcatbooks.com ; Barnes and Noble; W.H. Smith; Waterstones.com; Smashwords



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