This weekend saw the launch of the latest novel in the Touchstone series. Bright Star Falling picks up Kath Bright’s story following the mysterious events at the end of Touchstone (6. Fade to Grey)…
And it’s a major departure from previous Touchstone stories, all of which have been located in Birmingham, UK. The series so far has pretty much been whistle stop time travel tour of Birmingham’s history over the last 130 years.
But Bright Star Falling expands the Touchstone universe to America.
Kath Bright plunges from the sky onto the Montana plains in 1874, is taken in by Sitting Bull’s tribe and named Bright Star Falling.
Torn between dark dreams of the past and bloody visions of the future, might she be the spirit whose re-appearance spells the end of the Lakota people?
From the Battle of the Little Bighorn to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, from Wounded Knee to the sidewalks of New York, Bright Star Falling is an epic journey through the West, a sweeping historical fantasy of life on the plains, and one woman’s desperate, bloody struggle to find a way home.
The novel comes with a beautiful cover designed by Birmingham graphic artist Sean Strong, who is already working on the next book as well as re-designing the cover for Buried in Time. He really has brought a very classy look to the series.
My Punk Publishing book (co-written with David Wake) is nearly ready, but not quite, so the UK tour is still at the planning stage. But we’re scooting along to the Tamworth Lit Fest to talk about how self-publishing indie authors took over the book world and how you can do it too.
Come along and see us.
First, it’s not a new novel — it’s about 25 years old. Second, it’s not by me. Third, it’s by a writer who went missing for twenty years and who still remains something of an enigma.
The tale of how I tracked down Chuck Loyola is almost as mysterious as the brooding, dark, angry, noir-ish novel, Blood Libel, itself. Almost, but not quite. But as publishing stories go, it has a few twists and turns and a whiff of mystery. Continue reading
Andy Conway interviewed by Adrian Goldberg on BBC Radio WM’s breakfast show (13 July 2015).