September will be a busy month for us with four book launches. First up will be The Last Sunset, a timeslip Romantic adventure novel set in the Scottish Highlands.
Nuclear Armageddon blasts through time itself, dragging people from different eras into a turning point in history.
The year… 1746.
Around Fort William, the Scottish Highlanders are in revolt and the Redcoats are coming…
But this time they will face more than flintlocks and claymores.
Can history be changed, or is the future doomed to witness…
The Last Sunset?
Here are the author’s comments about his story:
The Last Sunset was conceived amongst the empty glens and ruined townships of Lochaber. The events of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries still scar this land, and indeed continue to scar the psyche of many of the older inhabitants.
There are glens within ten miles of Fort William where you can walk all day without seeing another living soul. Once heavily populated, these places have long been left to the wind and heather.
The past hangs heavy here, and occasionally – just occasionally – you can sense moments from those days. A brief scent of peat smoke in a ruined settlement. The tang of manure amidst the green swathes of a shieling that haven’t seen cattle in two hundred years.
Indeed, Sam’s tale from Gettysburg is closely based on the story told to me by a rational, well-educated woman who watched the spectres of two ragged clansmen materialise around her campfire by the shores of a remote loch some years ago.
The world is dotted with places around which the wheel of history briefly turned: Stalingrad. Waterloo. Gettysburg. The skies above England in 1940. Likewise for a few months in 1745/46, the Highlands occupied one of those crossroads of history.
Who knows what kind of world we would inhabit had events transpired differently here?
And on some other shore perhaps lies Tir Nan Og
The land of the Gael.
Where Highland hills no longer mourn their brood
Of empty ruined glens.
Where bleating sheep no longer rule where Highland hearts
Have tried and failed.
And where at last Culloden’s graves
Are empty of their Highland dead.
— Bob Atkinson, Fort William, May 2012
The Last Sunset will be published mid-September in the following formats:
Paperback (US and UK)
Kindle eBook (US, UK, EU, and India)
ePUB eBook (Smashwords, to be followed by iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony Store, and Kobo)