Welcome to Greyhart Press

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I welcome you to our site where you will find details about our professional-quality eBooks. We specialize in speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other settings away from the banality of everyday modern life.

We always offer a selection of eBooks for free. See our free e-books page for details. We are also running a promotion called READ… REVIEW… REPEAT! If you are quick enough, you could read all of our eBooks for free. Continue reading

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Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone — audiobook and a SEQUEL!

Don Franklin was busy selling his horror novel, "Reaper's Walk: Hellstone"

Don Franklin selling his horror novel, “Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone”. Get ready for the sequel…

Great news for Don Franklin fans.

First up, Don will be releasing an audiobook edition of his paranormal thriller, Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone.

Secondly, the news that fans of the first book have been waiting for… he’s working hard on the second book in the series, Reaper’s Walk: Bloodstone. Can’t wait.

If you want to check out the first book, the Kindle edition is free for a limited period on Amazon by following this link.  Offer ends midnight Monday, 13th July. Spread the news! Don was at #13 in the amazon.com horror charts earlier today. Let’s see if we can boost him higher.

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Limited offer: get this acclaimed supernatural thriller for free

Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone is one of the fastest paced and most disturbing books Greyhart Press has yet published. For a limited period, you can download the Kindle edition of this acclaimed horror thriller for free. Follow this link.

Offer ends Monday July 12th

Reaper's Walk

Reaper’s Walk

Not sure? Read this sample of reviews. Then download the book and reserve some time, because you won’t want to put this book down.

A selection of reviews

“…does an amazing job of pulling you into the story and giving you people to love … and hate!” — amazon.com review

I loved the mixture of cultures, the blend of European and African magic…” — amazon.com review

“…has all the elements of a top-notch horror story and a thriller.” — amazon.com review

“…draws on a melange of sources from European, African and American mythology to construct a dense weave of a tale…” — Goodreads review

“If you like things like werewolves, vampires, Bruja, and Brujura then this is the book for you.” — Immortal Crimson Reviews

“…incorporates just about every conceivable form of monster there is and turns them on two young women, Lita and Lydia.” — Goodreads review

“I flew through it because it kept my attention and there was no lack of action/drama going on during the story.” — Goodreads review

Download this book now.

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Red Sky in the Morning – it’s launch day!

RedSkyMorning_400px“… be prepared for tears as I challenge you not to fall in love with these characters…” from an Amazon 5-star review

Get your copy of the latest novel of romance and rebellion from #1 bestselling author, Bob Atkinson.

Available now in paperback and Kindle editions.

Don’t allow the Jacobite dream to die. Read this book today.

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Red Sky in the Morning gets 5/5 stars at RBD Reviews

Reviews by Dayna picked up Bob Atkinson’s new release and gave Red Sky in the Morning top marks. Here’s one of the comments:

The vivid scenes he paints will take you there, where you’ll witness the struggle that could change everything.

You can read the full review here.

Well done, Bob, and thanks to Dayna for picking this up.


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Waterloo and remembering our veterans

Today, as you’ll probably have noticed, is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. One aspect of the battle that isn’t often mentioned is the reason for its name. The naming of battles isn’t always consistent and can tell you much about cultural assumptions. In the aftermath of Waterloo, the Prussians referred to the engagement as the battle of La Belle Alliance to signify the allied victory (La Belle Alliance is also the name of the inn where Napoleon had spent the preceding night). The French as befits their practical nature of the time called it the Battle of Mont-Saint-Jean, because the Mont-Saint-Jean ridge was where the French and Anglo-Dutch armies slugged it out.

British soldier of 23rd Foot  (Royal Welch Fusiliers). At Waterloo  they fought under Mitchell's 4th Brigade stationed near Hougoumont. With the heavy rain of the night before, the white trousers were said to be stained pink from dye running out of the jacket.  Image (c) Jakebnb (own work).

British soldier of 23rd Foot (Royal Welch Fusiliers). At Waterloo they fought under Mitchell’s 4th Brigade stationed near Hougoumont. With the heavy rain of the night before, the white trousers were said to be stained pink from dye running out of the jacket. Image (c) Jakebnb (own work).

The British didn’t like either of those names and settled on Waterloo, the name of the village where they’d placed their headquarters. The fighting was several miles away, but Waterloo sounded more British, apparently, and so that is the name we call it in the English-speaking world.

I know this trivia because thirty years ago I was mad keen on studying the Napoleonic Wars. Wargaming it too. I rediscovered something of a love of the period recently, when my brother gave me a collection of the stories of Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Today I write military science fiction for a living and love doing so. Yet somewhere within the writer of 2015 is still the fourteen year old boy who stomped up the Lion’s Mound on one vacation to Belgium and surveyed the ridges, lanes and hamlets of the Mont-Saint-Jean ridge laid out before me.

Nonetheless, despite all the colorful paintings of perfect dress uniforms of the period that still impress today, the Napoleonic and Revolutionary Wars were a brutal meatgrinder that blighted Europe across three decades.

The celebrations and enactments playing out this week remind me of a perspective of a later war described by my friend, author, and veteran, Bob Atkinson. Authors write about war, in part, because life or death conflict places the people populating their stories under such intense stress that they are forced to reveal their character. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves that real wars are not generally fought for entertainment.


By Bob Atkinson

During a visit to San Diego, California, my wife and I visited the Shamu show at Sea World. The thing I recall most vividly about that day was this request made by the announcer prior to the show:

“Ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause to those men and women of our armed forces, past and present, and those of our allies”.

Now, I know San Diego is a major U.S. Navy and Marine Corps base, but I’ve never experienced anything of that nature here in the U.K.

The sad fact is the British do not hold their armed forces in the same high regard as do the Americans. The recent experiences of our troops in Afghanistan is slowly changing this perhaps, but we are a long way behind the U.S.

My father arrived home from the battlefields of France in 1945 on a hospital ship. He’d been badly injured at Nijmegen in Holland. Three years earlier he’d come home in another hospital ship, also badly injured, this time in Malta.

My dad just did not get along with the Germans.

He never talked about the war, at least not until the last few years of his life, when he began to open up about his experiences. When the boys came home from the war, he told me, nobody wanted to know what they’d been through. Anyone who tried to talk about it was seen as a bore. A blowhard. So they learnt to bottle it up and get on with life. But their experiences stayed with them all their days.

Many years ago, in the course of my work, I visited an old Highland croft-house in the back-end of beyond. The house was occupied by an old brother and sister, neither of whom had ever married. As the sister led me into the living room her brother scuttled into the kitchen, and remained there until I’d left.

“You have to excuse my brother,” said the lady. “He’s been like this since he came home from a German prisoner of war camp in 1945”. He had been captured with the rest of the 51st Highland Division at St. Valery in France, and had spent much of the next five years slaving in a Polish salt mine.

It broke my heart then, and it breaks it now to think of it: a soldier of the 51st, one of the finest divisions in the British army, reduced to this. Perhaps if he’d had counselling, been encouraged to talk about his experiences, the depression would not have taken him in his later years.

My father has been dead a long time now, but I am so grateful for the hours I spent listening as he unburdened himself. So, if there is a moral to this story it is this: If you are fortunate enough to have a family member, still alive, who served in WW2, or any conflict since then, talk to them. Today. Don’t believe this rubbish that they won’t want to talk about it. Lend a sensitive ear and they will unburden themselves.

It could be one of the most profound experiences of your life.

Bob Atkinson — 2012

RedSkyMorning_400pxBob wrote this to coincide with the launch of The Last Sunset, his bestselling time travel novel set at the time of the Battle of Culloden in 1745/6. If you enjoyed that book, then you’ll be delighted to hear that the sequel and concluding novel, Red Sky in the Morning, is out now in paperback and for pre-order in Kindle format (although it might not be available to buy for a few hours as it’s just been published).

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Red Sky in the Morning


Delicious artwork from Jon Banchick

For anyone waiting for the sequel to Bob Atkinson’s 2012 bestseller ‘The Last Sunset‘, your wait is nearly over. ‘Red Sky in the Morning’ concludes the adventures of Andy Macmillan and the other cast of soldiers and vacationers stranded in the Scottish Highlanders at the height of the 1745 rebellion.

The novel is overflowing with romance, danger, politicking, tragedy and atonement. And hovering just out of sight is the army of the Duke of Cumberland, or ‘Butcher Cumberland’ as the history books know him. The Duke’s redcoat army suffered a reverse in the first book, but no more than that. There will be a reckoning between the redcoats and the rebels, and Bob Atkinson does not shortchange his readers as he delivers a stunning climax.

The paperback is already available from Amazon. The Kindle edition will be available to pre-order shortly. Stay tuned (or press the subscribe button at the top-right of the website) for further news.


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Greyhart editor releases debut adventure fantasy with an exotic setting

Ashamet-CoverCongratulations to Terry Jackman, who did a great job editing some Greyhart titles a while ago, because her debut novel is on pre-order now, published by Dragonwell Publishing.

I haven’t read the book myself, but I have read Terry’s work before, and it is very good. Hence I’ve pre-ordered a copy myself from Amazon. I suspect Ashamet, Desert Born would go down particularly well for readers of our Greyhart fantasy series: The Lineage of Tellus.

“Headstrong was the least they said about me. Unpredictable, a wicked sense of humour? Gods, I hoped so.”

 A desert world. An empire where females are rare and males turn to each other for love.

And for Ashamet, its prince, a suddenly uncertain future…


All Ashamet wants is the warrior life he already has. But then a divine symbol appears on his arm, closely followed by an attempt on his life. Now nothing is simple any longer, even less so when a new and very foreign slave seems shocked by both his new surroundings – and his master’s amorous attentions.

Could this innocent young male hold the key to Ashamet’s survival? And to his heart?

Further details from Dragonwell Publishing.

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