Three stories, separated by five thousand years, united by one deadly secret: Somewhere, sometime, the stone is waiting.
Trespass combines gritty, edgy modern-day action with a thrilling adventure across time. Discovered over 5,000 years ago, the Darkeningstone affects everyone who finds it.
Jake was too smart to believe the rumours about Scaderstone Pit, but when he ventures inside and meets the beautiful Cally, all thoughts of danger are dismissed from his mind. But the risks are very real, and Jake is meddling with forces he cannot understand. What is the Black Stone of Scaderstone? And how can he explain the strange things that happen when he touches the stone?
In 1939, as World War II looms, Scaderstone Pit is a working quarry. But when two men venture into a forbidden area, their lives will be changed forever.
Over 5,000 years ago, a hermit worships the stone and the power of the Shades. He'll do anything to protect the stone's secret. But someone is watching him - someone with murder in his heart. Soon, he must decide how to act.
What will happen when these different worlds collide? How will the tales unfold? And when it finds you, what will you see when you look into The Darkeningstone?
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The Darkeningstone books span a number of genres.
They are suitable for a YA audience but most of my readers so far seem to be adults. They have elements of time-slip and time travel but they aren't generic science fiction adventures. The stories take place across several time periods but I wouldn't identify them as historical fiction, which I often find too dry.
The Darkeningstone books are:
·Time travel for people who don't usually read sci-fi;
·Period drama for people who don't usually read historical fiction;
·A blend of myth and superstition for people who don't usually read fantasy;
·Fast-paced mystery and suspense for people who don't usually read thrillers;
·Richly drawn character-based stories for people who don't usually read literary fiction.
Something for everyone!
What were the challenges in bringing this book to life?
Since The Darkeningstone books have multiple plot lines with the action spanning so much history and with certain intersections between the storylines, the planning is very challenging. It's very important to me that I don't cheat the reader, and so the plots must hang together and make sense. That's not to say that my wok is plot-driven. Yes, the stories must be rich, varied and complex, but it's vital that the characters don't take a backseat. I want the reader to go on a journey with the characters, so I work very hard to give the characters some room to develop and grow. Sometimes, the characters take me in directions I didn't expect and then I have to tear up my carefully made plans and think again. When you're dealing with elements of time-slip, it can be frustrating but hey, that's what I'm here for. I love a good challenge and I hope that it makes for a richer experience for the reader.
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