February 14th, 2017 by C. M. Harald

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.

Synopsis – Tigers at Cambrai

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.

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Gas! Gas! Gas! book cover.
February 1st, 2017 by C. M. Harald

At last ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’, the third instalment of the Royal Zombie Corps has been uploaded to Amazon and is available now.

Gas! Gas! Gas! book cover.

The third story in the Royal Zombie Corps series by C.M. Harald

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.

Synopsis – Gas! Gas! Gas!

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.

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January 26th, 2017 by C. M. Harald

I am delighted to announce the availability of my first paperback print book.  The Butcher’s Funeral is now available on Amazon in the UK, US, Germany, France, Japan, Spain and Italy.

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.

Medieval murder book

Now in paperback, The Butcher’s Funeral

Why a paperback matters?

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.

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Medieval murder book
March 28th, 2016 by C. M. Harald

Now available on Amazon, the full story of The Butcher’s Funeral, available from Amazon, is released for the first time as a single volume compiling all the different episodes of the series The Butcher’s Funeral.

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.

The Butcher's Funeral ebook front cover

The Butcher’s Funeral available from Amazon

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