At the Gates

      Judith Lesley Marshall
At the Gates

A short story about a young man who enters an English monastery in search of a better life and ends up trapped in time.At some point in the continuum of life comes the realization that one is indeed mortal. The phrase, “today is the first day of the rest of your life”, slowly becomes more poignant. Finally, the concept of one’s days being numbered becomes a constant companion. This story relates an experience of a man caught up in the end-game. Present day demographics would suggest that a number of readers would have more than a passing interest.William Gardner is proving himself to be a wordsmith of some note. THE QUESTIONER is an easy read with bountiful and beautifully manicured dialogue. He is also the author of the well-received fictional novella, A TALE OF TWO LEGACIES. It too is available on Smashwords.
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    Land of my Ancestors

      Judith Lesley Marshall
Land of my Ancestors

Land of my Ancestors is a collection of poems inspired by the author's research into her farming and mining roots in Teesdale, Weardale and the Upper Pennine region of England. Voices found in documents, the landscape and scraps of memory are brought to life to weave together the threads of a family linked by love, loss, pain, hope and travel.Land of my Ancestors is a collection of poems inspired by the author's research into her farming and mining roots in Teesdale, Weardale and the Upper Pennine region of England. Voices found in documents, the landscape and scraps of memory are brought to life to weave together the threads of a family linked by love, loss, pain, hope and travel. They are evoked to honour the author's heritage and continue the family tradition of reading, writing and reciting poetry.
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    Zipangu, Year of the Dog 1274: The Second Wave

      Judith Lesley Marshall
Zipangu, Year of the Dog 1274: The Second Wave

Set in Zipangu (ancient Japan) at the time of the first Mongol invasion, The Second Wave is the story of Chen who survives the typhoon sent by sun-goddess Amaterasu to protect the island chain. Washed up on a beach and close to death, he is rescued by monks from the nearby temple. He evades capture by adapting to life among them until the time of the second invasion.1969. The Rolling Stones perform a free concert in London’s Hyde Park. Flying high on grass and LSD, Peter, Barnard, Bree, and Tristan rock along with nearly a quarter million people as The Stones make history. With them is Pandora, the once-famous fashion model whose downward spiral into addiction made international headlines, now clinging desperately to the belief that only a power greater than herself can restore her to sanity.After the concert, these five friends decide to take a weekend jaunt to the country to visit Hampton Close, a crumbling old country house Peter recently inherited from his Great Uncle, Basil Townsend. A former protégé of Aleister Crowley, Basil Townsend was once one of Britain’s most notorious practitioners of the Black Arts. But inside a locked room at Hampton Close, an ancient evil from a distant land lies festering in the warm, wet darkness, waiting…waiting…waiting…
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    Finding Sanctuary

      Judith Lesley Marshall
Finding Sanctuary

Finding Sanctuary is a collection of poems which evolved out of exploring the theme of 'sanctuary.' They have been interwoven with poems written following a motor home tour of New Zealand and can be read either individually or as a sequential journey. They are the author's third fantasy short story/poetry fusion.The War of the Ages ended nearly twenty years ago in the realm of Zalarion but the seeds of evil had already been sowed and finally begun to bare their poisonous fruit. The taint of darkness seeped into the great stone walls of the elfin kingdom of Galdyria and taken root within the home of heroes who pushed back the onslaught of the Dreth Knaught Legion. The darkest days had come but none was worse than the kingdom’s beloved prince Daellien Shaaldrowbane being accused of an unspeakable act that forced him to send his earth born wife and children back to the earth realm while he tried to clear his name. His family tried to lead a normal life in the earth realm but the taint had finally caught up with them after fate brought a mysterious cloaked stranger to their home one summer night. The secret past that Daellien and his wife tried so desperately to hide from their children for years will finally be brought to light ironically through an instrument of darkness which leads to an epic journey filled with non-stop adventure and even darker revelations.
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