Due to the half-term holiday, I’ve been able to quickly finish editing Tigers at Cambrai. It is available for pre-order on Amazon as of today. Tigers at Cambrai can be downloaded from 3rd March 2017. This is the fourth book in the Royal Zombie Corps series and the final one in the initial sequence covering 1916-1917.
Their greatest challenge, so far, awaits the men of the Royal Zombie Corps at Cambrai. After a successful demonstration, the British plan to use the zombie tactics formulated by Alfie Marsh, alongside the other advances of the war. However, the enemy is determined to fight off this new horror of trench warfare, in an increasingly industrialised war.
Book 4 of the Royal Zombie Corps continues the story of Alfie Marsh, and his friends, as they face the might of the Triple Alliance in the trenches of Western Europe. Following a zombie outbreak in 1916, the British have been developing the zombie as an offensive weapon to break the deadlock of the trenches. Following the accidental discovery that zombies can be controlled by a select group of individuals, the men of the Royal Zombie Corps have been developing the tactics that they hope will bring the war to a successful conclusion in 1917.
This story is written in British English and is approximately 23,000 words long.
At last ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’, the third instalment of the Royal Zombie Corps has been uploaded to Amazon and is available now.
I’ve been sitting on this book for quite a while as it was finished in July, but I’ve only just got around to completing the editing. The great news for anyone following the series is that the fourth book is in the final editing stage. Also the covers for the fourth book have already been created.
I had quite a bit of fun with this book as the events are closely linked to the developing expertise in the British Army, during this stage of the war. This was especially interesting due to the ongoing debate about whether the Tommies were ‘lions lead by donkeys‘. This is a concept that has become shorthand for mainstream British remembrance of the subject. With the centenaries in recent years, many historians have been challenging this consensus. It was therefore an engaging academic exercise to investigate these arguments and then assign different characters to represent some of the more obvious points. By 1918, the British Army was almost unrecognisable. The failures and experiences of 1915-1917 had created an effective force that married new technology to hard-won experience in a way demonstrated by no other country at the time.
Following the failure to break through the German lines at Arras, the British look for new ways to turn their fearsome Tigers into a weapon that can turn the tide of the war in the trenches.
Book 3 of the Royal Zombie Corps continues the story of Alfie Marsh, and his friends, as they face the might of the Triple Alliance in the trenches of Western Europe. Along with the horror of zombies, Marsh has to content with the terrors of trench warfare and the ineptitude of some on his own side.
This story is written in British English and is approximately 23,500 words long.
Why did the butcher die? Was it his wife or one of his many enemies? Intent on delivering justice, friends Judd and Law become entwined in a situation far more complex than they first realised. As they delve deeper, they soon find themselves at risk of harm.
The Butcher’s Funeral was initially published as a series of short stories on Amazon, before being compiled as an electronic book.
Obviously as a writer, it’s one of the landmark moments you look forward to, your own book in print. I have now published several stories electronically and it would have been easy to go down the old fashioned route of vanity publishing. Indeed some friends have done this in the past. One friend has a very nice collection of beautifully bound hardback books mouldering in his garage.
Fortunately, it is Amazon to the rescue yet again for the independent writer. Amazon have recently integrated their CreateSpace offering into the self-publishing toolkit, it is now really straight-forward to convert electronic books into a print offering. Furthermore, as it is print-on-demand, the up-front costs to the writer are a few hours of work. This is much better the thousands of pounds that may be required for a vanity print run.
Regardless of how many books sell, I am one happy author. I am now off to put a paperback copy of my own work on my bookcase for the first time.
I am pleased to announce that Tigers on the Western Front is now available on Amazon UK and Amazon.com. In part 2 of the Royal Zombie Corps series, the Allies continue their development of the zombie as a war winning weapon. Alfie Marsh, and his friends, are in the thick of it as the British find ways to harness the power of the flesh-eating creatures found in the front lines.
Book 3 in the series, ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’ is now in the final editing stages and I will probably release it in one month. The fourth, and final book in the series, is almost finished. It is likely that I will likely release it in November or December.
The British have a new war winning weapon to break the deadlock of the trenches. The zombie knows no pain and inflicts terror on the enemy. The Allies pin their hopes on a great victory at Arras.
Book 2 of the Royal Zombie Corps continues the story of Alfie Marsh, and his friends, as they face the might of the Triple Alliance in the trenches of Western Europe. Not only are they facing the brutal conditions of the front line, but they continue their development of a new form of warfare – that of the reanimated dead.
This story is written in British English and is approximately 24,000 words long.
I’ve finally had the artwork made for ‘Tigers on the Western Front’. Actually I’ve been sitting on the finished product for a week as the release date for the book has slipped. Over the last few weeks I’ve been tied up by a rather strung-out, and convoluted, house move. At the start of the month I also started at a new, and challenging, coastal school, so the day job is keeping me rather busy.
Back to the book then. The final edits just need to be completed, the artwork needs uploading, and then the book will be live on Amazon for the whole world to read. I’ve just got to fit that around marking 150 pupil’s exercise books this weekend.
I like this cover, by the same artist as who did the cover for Blood, Mud and Corpses. This cover has a far more pulpy feel, which fits well with this type of story. I’m looking forward getting the artwork done for the third book, ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’ and also the, as yet unnamed, final book in this first sequence. I’ve not yet come up with a name that I’m happy with for the final book, although I do have a couple of ideas. Moving further afield, I’ve already got the second and third sequence of books roughly planned, probably a further eight stories of 25,000 words each.
So over the next few days, hoping to get the final edits finalised. Stay tuned to this blog for the latest information.
Tigers on the Western Front, as the second book in the series and picks up from the end of book one. Marsh and his friends are getting to grips with the new weapon they stumbled upon. The British have a new war winning weapon to break the deadlock of the trenches. The zombie knows no pain and inflicts terror on the enemy. The Allies pin their hopes on a great victory at Arras.
I’m just finalising the artwork on the new book, ‘Blood, Mud and Corpses’. The book should be released before the end of this month. I’ll upload the cover sometime over the weekend.
‘Blood, Mud and Corpses’ is the first book in the Royal Zombie Corps series. Book 2 is at the proofreading stage and book 3 is in final editing. A teaser for the new book is below.
“No one knew when the endless bloodshed and grindingly futile toil of the trenches would ever end. Then a miracle came from a source totally removed from even the most fantastic of dreams.”
The series is set during the First World War, following a group of soldiers as they are conscripted into the British Army during 1916. The brutality of the war becomes far greater during their first experience of combat as they stumble across something unexpected in no-man’s-land.
The butcher is dead and his wife is the chief suspect. Yet Col Butcher had many enemies, who killed him and why?
Follow Law and Judd as they try to resolve the death of the butcher in Medieval England, there intent to deliver justice to the killer. Could the murderer be the Carniter, who had been pursuing the butcher for his corrupt business practices. Or maybe the Barber Surgeon, a traveller to the city? Could it really be true that the butcher’s wife was the killer? Who is the murderer? Find out among a backdrop of medieval crime and punishment, a world of food adulteration, sharp business practices and the traditional medical practices of the period.
Previously published as a series of short stories during 2014 and 2015, The Butcher’s Funeral is available now as a complete and single volume for the first time. This volume contains all the individual parts, each also available on Amazon. Originally written as it was published, the book is the first extended piece of work published by C. M. Harald.
Early in December, the final part of the Butcher’s Funeral will be released on Amazon. This is the concluding episode of The Butcher’s Funeral set in Medieval England, a story of murder, medicine and intrigue.
In this concluding episode, The Trial, the thief and the surgeon are on trial for their lives having been accused of crimes for which the death penalty applies. The thief is charge with theft of sufficient coin for it to become a capital offence, the surgeon is accused of the murder of a King’s official working for the Court Leet. Law struggles with his conscience, as the surgeon is tried for the death of the Carniter, knowing full well his own guilt in this affair. Will the murderer of Col Butcher be unmasked at this time, will the guilty parties receive justice?
The Butcher’s Funeral is a serial of short historical murder mystery stories, reaching a conclusion this December. A special book collection of all the short stories will be released later in December on Amazon.
Find the latest releases by C.M. Harald at Amazon.
The Butcher’s Funeral – The Thief is out today on Amazon.
The Thief is part 6 of the medieval short story serial (approx 5,100 words). In The Thief, a boy struggles to survive in the city, using his wits, charm and skills as a thief. Things go wrong for the boy.
The Butcher’s Funeral is a series of short episodes covering medieval crime, punishment and health. Who killed the butcher and to what ends? Was it his wife, the surgeon or maybe the carniter? Who was his love rival and could it have been him?
The final part, The Trial, will be released late in November or early December 2015. An anthology of the whole series will also be released before the end of the year.