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Press Release For Immediate Use (10/9/16)


The Bogeyman comes to life


Craig Watson, writer and award-winning journalist, brings the legend of the Bogeyman to life in his debut novel.


In 14th Century Scotland, amidst the wars of independence, hatred, murder and betrayal are commonplace. People are driven to extraordinary lengths to survive, whilst those with power exercise it with cruel pleasure.


Royal Prince Alexander Stewart, son of King Robert II and plagued by rumours of his illegitimacy, becomes infamous as the Wolf of Badenoch, while young Andrew Christie commits an unforgivable sin and lay Brother Brodie Affleck in the Restenneth Priory pieces together the mystery that links them all together.


From the horror of the times and the changing fortunes of the characters, the legend of the Bogeyman is born and Craig Watson cleverly weaves together the disparate lives of the characters into a compelling historical mystery that will keep you gripped throughout.


The Bogeyman Chronicles is based on genuine historical figures and events, as well as legend and folklore. It is a shadowy medieval mystery set in the period after William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and a historical reminder of Scotland's enduring constitutional struggle with itself and with England.


Craig Watson says, "As a journalist, with a keen interest in history and politics, I wanted to explore the concept of the 'bogeyman syndrome', the perceived and/or real fears and evils of political and royal rivalry, military intrigue, and the bitter competition between religious and academic scholars, through the history of ordinary people and those not usually featured in the portrayal of a country."


Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing writes, "With precise detail and poetic language, and without shying away from the impact of major historical events on the lives of ordinary people, Craig Watson has written an historical novel that brings to life 14th Century Scotland and the origins of a legend we have all grown up with. It is a political thriller, mystery novel and reminder of the consequences that the unrestrained exercise of power and influence can have on a country."


Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-910946-11-4 (Kindle)
ISBN: 978-1-910946-10-7 (Paperback)
Publication: November 2016
Extent: 414 pp
Price (Kindle): £4.99/$4.99
Price (Paperback): £13.99/$19.99
Genre: Fiction - Historical; Thriller; Mystery
Cover images and author images are available HERE



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Changed Times (published April 27th, 2016): 1679 - The King, Covenantors, religion and rebellion

"...a remarkable and compelling debut novel" - Jan Fortune


How would you react when the safe world you have always known becomes dangerous, and everything you have been taught to believe in is suddenly treasonous?


In Changed Times Ethyl Smith eloquently and powerfully writes of the fear, violence and upheaval that spread across Scotland as the resistance movement, driven by the ordinary people of Scotland, opposed King Charles II's attempts to install himself as the infallible Monarch of the country.


Changed Times brings to life this notorious period of history that culminated in the invasion of Britain in 1688 by William of Orange, the consequences of which are still felt in Scotland and Ireland today.


Ethyl Smith says, "I have always liked stories, always admired a good storyteller, longed to become one. As a child I told my stories through pictures. Later as an illustrator I interpreted the words of others before daring to link my own words with my own pictures. In Changed Times I have worked to portray the images of turbulent 17th century Scottish lives in words, and give them their voice."


Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing writes, "Ethyl conveys the impact these traumatic events had on individual peoples' lives with clarity and insight, forcing the reader to consider how they would react when ideas and laws they fundamentally disagree with are being imposed on society."


Synopsis of Changed Times:


1679 - The Killing Times


Charles II is on the throne, the Episcopacy has been restored, and southern Scotland is in ferment.


The King is demanding superiority over all things spiritual and temporal and rebellious Ministers are being ousted from their parishes for refusing to bend the knee.


When John Steel steps in to help one such Minister in his home village of Lesmahagow he finds himself caught up in events that reverberate not just through the parish, but throughout the whole of southern Scotland.


From the Battle of Drumclog to the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, John's platoon of farmers and villagers find themselves in the heart of the action over that fateful summer where the people fight the King for their religion, their freedom, and their lives.


Set amid the tumult and intrigue of Scotland's Killing Times, John Steele's story powerfully reflects the changes that took place across 17th century Scotland, and stunningly brings this period of history to life.


Review by Jan Fortune:

Changed Times is a remarkable and compelling debut from an accomplished name to watch. A superb story with distinctive characters who are complex, and convincing; the novel is rich in research that renders it authentic whilst never becoming intrusive. It's a joy to read a historical novel with real dialect that is also easy to follow and always engaging. A narrative with huge scope and superb pacing, reading Changed Times will leave you impatient for the next two volumes in this evocative, moving and absorbing trilogy.


About the Author:

Ethyl Smith is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde Novel Writing course and the Stirling University MLitt Creative Writing course.


Smith has had numerous short stories published in a range of publications, including, Scottish Field, Spilling Ink, Stirling Collective Anthology, Mistaken Identities Anthology (edited by James Robertson) and Gutter Magazine. Ethyl is also winner of the Dragon's Pen for Mixing The Colours, from Glasgow Women's Library.


Ethyl has also been a finalist three times, and winner once, in the Dragons Pen competition, and a Finalist in the Wigtown Book Festival Short Story Competition.


Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-910946-09-1 (Kindle)
ISBN: 978-1-910946-08-4 (Paperback)
Publication: April 27th 2016
Extent: 242 pp
Price (Kindle): £3.99/$4.99
Price (Paperback): £9.99/$13.99
Genre: Historical Fiction
Review copies are available on request: info@thunderpoint.co.uk.




Launch Event for The Birds That Never Flew by Margot McCuaig to be hosted by Sara Sheridan


Waterstones, Argyle Street, Glasgow on May 7th at 7pm. Free admission.


The Birds That Never Flew by Margot McCuaig was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize before it was published and subsequently longlisted for the 2014 Polari First Book Prize.

The second edition of this beautiful, moving and sometimes shocking novel will be launched at Waterstones, Argyle Street, Glasgow on May 7th at 7pm. Well-known Scottish author Sara Sheridan will host the event and introduce Margot.

Set in Glasgow The Birds That Never Flew has a strong sense of place and is full of 'gallus Glasgow patter'. The novel is a gripping story of two women fighting to reclaim their lives for the sake of their children, and their own sanity.

Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing said, "Margot McCuaig has crafted a daring, challenging and moving novel that has rightly drawn critical praise across the UK. The Birds That Never Flew will move you to tears and have you laugh out loud in turn, and this 2nd Edition is well deserved recognition for a talented writer."

What they say about The Birds That Never Flew:
'...dark, beautiful and moving, I wholeheartedly recommend' - scanoir.co.uk
'Margot McCuaig writes novels that capture the spirit and thrill of crime solving, while transporting you into the pages to experience the real deal' - forensicoutreach.com
'...a powerful and sometime shocking story of sexual abuse and domestic violence...' - Paul Ciddihy

Novel Description

'Have you got a light hen? I'm totally gaspin.'

Battered and bruised, Elizabeth has taken her daughter and left her abusive husband Patrick. Again. In the bleak and impersonal Glasgow housing office Elizabeth meets the provocatively intriguing drug addict Sadie, who is desperate to get her own life back on track too.

The two women forge a fierce and interdependent relationship as they try to rebuild their shattered lives, but despite their bold, and sometimes illegal attempts it seems impossible to escape from the abuse they have always known, and tragedy strikes.

More than a decade later Elizabeth has started to implement her perfect revenge - until a surreal Glaswegian Virgin Mary steps in with imperfect timing and a less than divine attitude to stick a spoke in the wheel of retribution.

Margot McCuaig Bio

Margot leads a busy life away from writing, being MD of mneTV where she works as a TV Executive, Scriptwriter and Documentary Filmmaker. She is also a mentor for the Womentoring Project, set up to provide mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers.

Margot lives in the city of Glasgow and the home she built on Rathlin Island in County Antrim, Ireland.

@MargotMcCuaig
Margot's Blog



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In The Shadow Of The Hill, by Helen Forbes


The first novel of Inverness author Helen Forbes will be released on October 29th 2014. In The Shadow Of The Hill, is a crime novel set in Inverness and Harris.

In The Shadow Of The Hill skilfully captures the intricacies and malevolence of the underbelly of Highland and Island life, bringing tragedy and vengeance to the magical beauty of the Outer Hebrides.

Helen Forbes is a civil litigation solicitor based Inverness, specialising in social welfare law. She has also lived and worked in Edinburgh, Fife, and the Outer Hebrides, where she edited Am Paipear, an award winning community newspaper.

Prior to studying law at the University of Edinburgh Helen was a veterinary nurse in Inverness and at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh.

A member of the Highland Literary Salon and the Edinburgh Writers' Club, Helen has previously had work published in Northwords Now and the Global Shorts Anthology. She has also had success in national and international writing competitions, having been commended by the Highland and Island Short Story Association, Neil Gunn Writing Competition and Scottish Association of Writers.

Seonaid Francis, Director of South Uist based ThunderPoint Publishing said, "This self-assured first novel from Helen Forbes evokes a wonderful sense of place from the highland city of Inverness to the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and carries the reader to a nail biting climax."

The Birds That Never Flew, longlisted for 2014 Polari First Book Prize


The Birds That Never Flew by Margot McCuaig has been longlisted for the 2014 Polari First Book Prize.

The Polari Prize longlist was announced at the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre in London on Tuesday 29th July.

Paul Burston, chair of the judges, said: "The judging panel had a tougher job than ever this year, thanks to the increased number and overall quality of submissions. This is reflected in the fact that we have a long list of 12 books, rather than the usual 10."

Seonaid Francis, Director of South Uist based ThunderPoint Publishing said, "Margot McCuaig is a new and vibrant voice in Scottish literature and The Birds That Never Flew will challenge and enthral readers. The longlisting of Margot for the Polari Prize is a well deserved recognition for this talented writer."

Toxic, by Jackie McLean

ThunderPoint is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Toxic by Arbroath authpr JackIe McLean, scheduled for publication on November 20th.

Toxic is a crime thriller set in the Scottish University City of Dundee and nearby harbour town of Arbroath, which tensely follows the police investigation racing against time to trace an illegal shipment of the deadly chemical MIC, that devastated Bhopal in 1984.

Toxic was previously shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize in 2011 and this emotional roller-coaster draws on the horrors of Bhopal and a desperate search for the lethal toxin, from the perspective of DI Donna Davenport who is struggling to hide a secret from police colleagues and get over the break-up with her partner.

McLean weaves the story of the desperate search for the lethal toxin around the competing pressures of political wrangling and the daily lives of the complex characters.

With this explosive novel Jackie McLean joins the exciting list of emerging fiction writers at ThunderPoint Publishing.

Jackie McLean, a former government economist and political lobbyist from Arbroath, has more recently run her own business in Glasgow. She is now working on a PhD, at Strathclyde University, in fisheries science.

Toxic was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize in 2011 and Jackie has also been longlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize.



Publishing Scotland

June 30th, 2014 - ThunderPoint Publishing is very pleased to now be a Publisher Member of Publishing Scotland.



A Good Death, by Helen Davis

ThunderPoint Publishing has signed Helen Davis and will publish her first novel, A Good Death, in February 2014.

In this darkly humorous novel four young women experience the strictures and freedoms of university life, becoming lifelong friends, despite their disparate backgrounds.

Davis deftly weaves the 1980's readjustment of British social boundaries into her novel as she transports the reader from coming of age student life in England, through adventure, death and life changing experiences in Peru, to a disastrous attempt at rediscovering lost youth and innocence, nearly thirty years too late.

Since moving to Scotland, Davis, author of Understanding Stuart Hall (the Sociologist and former editor of New Left Review who famously coined the term 'Thatcherism') has turned her attention to fiction. Her short story A Kind of Justice made the short-list for the 2012 OrkCrime Festival Crime Writing Competition, judged by bestselling crime writer Ann Cleeves.

Mule Train Review


Great review of Mule Train on the excellent Trip Fiction website - 'Stunningly captures the feel of Pakistan, from Karachi to the hills, an absolute must-read for anyone contemplating picking up their backpack and heading off! - Sam Goodson'.


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