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Proudly Presenting… Seven Wonders of the Word [Available Now!]

 

 

“What is magic but a sleight of hand, or a trick of the light…?”

A sorcerer on the run. A knock at the door. A knot in time. A love against the odds. An earth-shattering silence. A magical Christmas gift. And a glimpse into the future…

Richard Swain proudly presents this scintillating septet of short stories, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary using the power of the written word.

High in concept and high in drama, this collection brings the wonders of the imagination to life in a spectacular showcase of fresh talent and storytelling.

As themes like wizardry, love, and even language go under the literary lens, you may never see the world in quite the same way again…

Contains the following short stories:

  • The Wizard on the Peak
  • Who’s There?
  • February 29th
  • To the Ends of the Earth
  • Hush
  • The Christmas Present
  • The Time-Ravaged Town

Available to buy in paperback now from Amazon. For signed copies, please contact me directly.

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Short Story: Penned #3 – Quackdrophenia

Penn ventures into a world of darkness as his search for the truth reaches dangerous new heights. Deep within a forest of lost memories, extraordinary revelations are promised to those who can overcome a tense game of mind over matter. But, stalked every step of the way by his greatest fears, Penn must figure out who and what he can trust if he is to make it out alive…

Download: Penned #3 – Quackdrophenia (bookfold)

Short Story: The Time-Ravaged Town

In the middle of an arctic tundra, a small band of humanfolk live out a humble existence. Forced to flee their native land by invaders, they have struggled together to build a new town that they can call home.

However, not everyone is content with their lot, and one man soon begins to yearn for more. A selfish desire puts in motion a sequence of events that will tear the settlement to the ground.

Be careful what you wish for: a glimpse towards the future can forever change the present…

Download: The Time-Ravaged Town (PDF, bookfold)

Short Story: To the Ends of the Earth

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How far would you go for the person you love?

That is the question Toby must answer when he finally meets the girl of his dreams. It is said that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is – a harsh reality that Toby must battle in the most unexpected and impossible way…

Download: To the Ends of the Earth (PDF, bookfold)

Short Story: Penned #2 – Ruins of a Mastermind

Penn’s search for answers takes him deep into a subterranean stronghold, buried firmly beneath a hundred years of history. Little does he realise, however, the full extent that the past will come back to haunt him as he traverses through the dark and endless underground labyrinth.

Legend tells of a hidden crypt located in the centre of the maze – but just what does he hope to find inside? Powerful forces dating back to the dawn of time are about to be unearthed, and Penn’s understanding of the world around him may never be the same again…

Download: Penned #2 – Ruins of a Mastermind (bookfold)

Penned – 2017/18 Release Schedule

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Happy 6th anniversary to The Rub-a-Duck Saga!

To celebrate, I can confirm that the”Penned” short stories will form a six-part series that chronicles Penn’s extraordinary journey following the events of A Quack in Time. Where will it lead him? Well… wait and see!

The next chapter in the series, “Ruins of a Mastermind”, will launch on 25th March 2017.

Here are all six titles, with intended release dates:

  1. The Nutquacker (Christmas 2016)
  2. Ruins of a Mastermind (March 2017)
  3. Quackdrophenia (Autumn 2017)
  4. Eternoël (Christmas 2017)
  5. Rich in Heart (2018)
  6. Rich in Spirit (2018)

Stay tuned! #Quack4More

Coming Soon: Penned #2 – Ruins of a Mastermind

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“Everyone has a few skeletons in their closet… and now it’s time to unearth yours”

Penn’s search for answers takes him deep into a subterranean stronghold, buried firmly beneath a hundred years of history. Little does he realise, however, the full extent that the past will come back to haunt him as he traverses through the dark and endless underground labyrinth.

Legend tells of a hidden crypt located in the centre of the maze – but just what does he hope to find inside? Powerful forces dating back to the dawn of time are about to be unearthed, and Penn’s understanding of the world around him may never be the same again…

Expect thrills, chills, and surprising reveals… and maybe even a familiar face or two…

Penned will return later this year in “Ruins of a Mastermind”. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Short Story: Penned #1 – The Nutquacker

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You didn’t think we’d leave it there, did you?!

The Rub-a-Duck Saga seemingly concluded this summer with an exciting fourth chapter, A Quack in Time – but every end is a new beginning. The story closed with Penn wandering the Earth alone in 2076, determined to find the duck and return to his own time… and frankly, that’s too good a premise not to follow up on. While there’s no guarantee we’ll ever get around to making another Rub-a-Duck film, that doesn’t mean the story has to end there. Not if you don’t want it to, anyway.

Introducing “Penned”, a brand new series of short stories telling the tale of Penn’s extraordinary journey. They’re not essential pieces of the Rub-a-Duck puzzle, but instead will serve as snapshots that ‘drop in’ on Penn’s adventures, supplementing the narrative and pushing events further forward. We’re building to something… whether or not we make it there, well, that remains to be seen!

What better place to start though than with a Christmas special – something we’ve been wanting to do with Rub-a-Duck for a long time, but never found an idea that truly worked. Until now! Get your reading goggles at the ready, sit back and relax, and enjoy this unexpected festive treat loosely inspired by Tchaikovsky’s ballet!

On a cold Christmas Eve in Colchester, a young girl called Clara meets a strange man known as “The Nutquacker”. But just where does he come from, and what is his obsession with a magic rubber duck…?

Download: Penned #1 – The Nutquacker (bookfold)