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Coming Soon: Penned – The Final Chapters!

“Who wants to live forever?”

Stalked by an eternal shadow, Penn is thrown into a deadly confrontation and forced to make an impossible choice. Damaged by a broken heart and a broken spirit, can he trust himself to do what’s right in the moment of truth?

Age-old mysteries are finally revealed as a grand army rises and a terrible war is waged. With the past, present, and future hanging precariously in the balance, only one thing is for certain: darkness shall fall on the day the ducks align…

Penned will conclude in the two-part finale, “Rich in Heart” and “Rich in Spirit”, coming later this year.

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Penned: The Story So Far

Need to catch up on the entire Penned saga to date, or just want to relive the last year of Penn’s adventures all at once? Then I’ve got you covered! The first four exciting chapters – from The Nutquacker all the way to Eternoël – can now be experienced in one handy, dandy bumper-length 100 page collection! As an extra special Christmas treat, I’ve even thrown in a specially-written Prologue chronicling Penn’s previous encounters with the magical rubber duck. This truly is the most definitive way of reading the whole Rub-a-Duck story so far…!

Download: Penned – The Story So Far (Chapters 1-4)

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Short Story: Penned #4 – Eternoël

“I wish it could be Christmas every day…”

Christmas has finally come for Penn. As snow and cheer begin to fill the frosty air, the lone wanderer is miraculously reunited with a long lost friend who strives to remind him what the festive season is all about.

But can happiness truly ever be eternal for somebody who never grows old…?

Download: Penned #4 – Eternoël (bookfold)

Short Story: The Christmas Present (From “Seven Wonders of the Word”)

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This story is taken from Seven Wonders of the Word, available to buy in paperback

Holidays are here again and it’s the most wonderful time of the year – for everyone except Henry. Still reeling from festive heartache the year before, he is struggling to get into the spirit of the season, even despite his friends’ best efforts to cheer him up. But when a sprightly new face enters his life, tantalisingly wrapped gift in hand, will he be able to stop acting like a Scrooge and accept the Christmas present?

Download: The Christmas Present (PDF, bookfold)

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

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: 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)