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Three stories, separated by five thousand years, united by one deadly secret:
Somewhere, sometime, the stone is waiting.
Trespass combines gritty, edgy modern-day action with a thrilling adventure across time. Discovered over 5,000 years ago, the Darkeningstone affects everyone who finds it.
Jake was too smart to believe the rumours about Scaderstone Pit, but now he's in more danger than he could ever have imagined.
In 1939, as World War II looms, the lives of two men will be changed forever.
Over 5,000 years ago, a hermit will keep the stone a secret. But someone is watching him – someone with murder in his heart.
When it finds you, what will you see when you look into The Darkeningstone?
Please note that there is an element of enjoyable suspense in the ending of this book. This is not a marketing ploy, neither is it a cliffhanger – it's a payoff.
Stories don't need a resolution but they always need a payoff. If you prefer every plot line to be tied up neatly at the end of a book, this title may not be for you. If you like something a little more thought provoking, then please go ahead – most people enjoy the book and love the ending.
I have absolutely no idea what genre The Darkeningstone books fall into.
They are suitable for a YA audience but most of my readers so far seem to be adults. They have elements of time-slip and time travel but they aren't generic science fiction adventures. The stories take place across several time periods but I wouldn't identify them as historical fiction, which I often find too dry.
Perhaps you could say that I didn't choose a genre, but that a whole bunch of genres ganged up and chose me. The Darkeningstone books are:
Time travel for people who don't usually read sci-fi;
Period drama for people who don't usually read historical fiction;
A blend of myth and superstition for people who don't usually read fantasy;
Fast-paced mystery and suspense for people who don't usually read thrillers;
Richly drawn character based stories for people who don't usually read literary fiction.
Something for everyone!
What were the challenges in bringing this book to life?
Since The Darkeningstone books have multiple plot lines with the action spanning so much history and with certain intersections between the story lines, the planning is very challenging. It's very important to me that I don't cheat the reader, and so the plots must hang together and make sense. That's not to say that my wok is plot-driven. Yes, the stories must be rich, varied and complex, but it's vital that the characters don't take a backseat. I want the reader to go on a journey with the characters, so I work very hard to give the characters some room to develop and grow. Sometimes, the characters take me in directions I didn't expect and then I have to tear up my carefully made plans and think again. When you're dealing with elements of time-slip, it can be frustrating but hey, that's what I'm here for. I love a good challenge and I hope that it makes for a richer experience for the reader.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my work. I poured my heart and soul into writing this book and I really hope you enjoy reading it. If you do, or if you'd like to ask me anything at all, please stop by and say hello at mikeycampling.com – I always reply.
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Mikey was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He was, he says, given very little say in the matter. Some years later, during his first day at school, he discovered the wondrous world that is The Book Corner, and he has never really left it.
Although Mikey grew up in Yorkshire, he refuses to be classified according to Northern stereotypes, which is just the sort of bloody-minded attitude you'd expect from a Yorkshireman.
He now lives in Devon, on the edge of the wilds of Dartmoor, with his wife, two children, and black Labrador called Lottie. He has more books than are strictly necessary, but not quite enough to have his house reclassified as a library. Apparently.
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On the subject of writing, Mikey says:
“I love the savage business of writing – it's edgy, exciting and much harder work than everyone thinks.”
Now we bring you the anecdote:
Mikey has had lunch with the late Sir Terry Pratchett a couple of times. And you'll be pleased to know that Sir Terry was just as warm and humorous as his books.
Trespass is published by Booktrope, which is based in Seattle, USA (booktrope.com).
I am a British writer and Trespass is set in the UK so I use British English.
The full Amazon.com link to Trespass is: http://www.amazon.com/Trespass-Mystery-Suspense-Across-Darkeningstone-ebook/dp/B00WOPKL8U
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