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Meet the Characters

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You can follow what the author has to say about writing on her blog. There are also pages where you can find out more about the characters and read the first page of Archer.

These are some of the most popular questions:

Q: How do I buy Archer?
A: Click on the Archer book cover, this will take you to UK Amazon.
Or click on Archer on the Books menu and follow the link to the Lulu site where you will need to register to buy a book. If you enjoy it, please leave a comment and rate the book on either site. Thank you.

Q: How do I buy Hengist Books in the USA?
A: Click on the link Jacky Gray's Author page, this will take you to Amazon.com.

Q: How do I get a feel for what Archer is about?
A: Click on the Archer book trailer, this will show you many of the main elements of the story.

Q: Can I try before I buy?
A: Yes, all books have the look inside feature on Amazon. Or if you prefer, click on the name of the book in the Books menu and you can read extracts of the first three books by clicking on the links below the character bios.

Q: Can I buy the Hengist books online?
A: Yes, all books are available on Amazon UK and US. They are all available electronically via Lulu Archer is also available on Kindle and Nook

Q: Can I buy the Hengist books from a shop?
A: Certain shops up and down the country have stocks of Archer and Rory. These include:

  • Path To Love - Stall 102, Coventry Market.
  • Happy Glastonbury - 11, Market Place, Glastonbury. Tel:01458 833466
  • Warwick Books - Market Square, Warwick. Tel:01926 499939
  • Kenilworth Books - Talisman Square, Kenilworth. Tel:01926 855784
  • Pure Magick - 43A, St Peter's Street, Canterbury. Tel:01227 780000
  • Henge Shop - High Street, Avebury. Tel:01672 539229
  • The Well Wisher - 51, Long Street, Devises. Tel:01380 722640
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Sidmouth Street, Devises. Tel:01380 725944
  • White Horse Books - 136, High Street, Marlborough. Tel:01672 512071

They will soon be available from the following shops:

Waterstones - 50-52, Lower precinct, Coventry.

The first three books can be ordered from Amazon or any bookshop.

  • Archer ISBN no is:978-1446150191.
  • Rory ISBN no is:978-1446150214.
  • Reagan ISBN no is:978-1446748480.
  • All five books are available on Kindle:

    Book Buy in US Buy in UK
    Archer http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WZ902HA http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WZ902HA
    Rory http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011BNK3QA http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B011BNK3QA
    Reagan http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013S14OD6 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013S14OD6
    Slater http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PZWQRE6 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PZWQRE6
    Geraint http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017C5K7D0 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017C5K7D0

    Q: Why are there different covers?
    A: My designer, Anthony Askew worked with some photos I'd taken and my ideas for the original green covers. He created an amazing poster for Rory, based on the "Live and Let Die" artwork. It features Tarot-style cards and this worked so well, I asked him to create covers for the other books using that theme. I think they're incredible, hope you like them too.
    When it came to releasing Slater, Anthony had other commitments, so I engaged a new designer, Rebecca Sterling, who has created a new set of covers using the more modern theme Anthony always wanted me to have.

    Q: When will the other books be published?
    A: The target date for each book is on the books page.

    Q: When are the books set?
    A: They are set in modern day, but in the last decade. There is a good reason for this and it’s interesting to look back on how different things were only 15 years ago (before the ipod and DVDs were widespread!).

    Q: Where are they set?
    A: They are set in Wessex, in an England that co-exists with modern day England.

    Q: Who are the Hengist people?
    A: They are descendants of Hengest and Horsa, Anglo Saxons who settled in Kent in the 5th Century and used the symbol of a White Horse on their flag.

    Q: What is lehren?
    A: Equivalent to school, with the emphasis on learning rather than teaching.

    Q: What is Beltane?
    A: The feast of May Day – a fire festival where young couples jumped the bonfires to signify that they were going steady and older couples jumped the bonfires to renew their handfasting (marriage) promises.

    Q: How can I find out more about the events in the book?
    A: Look in the background pages, also the Wheel of the year. For many of the main themes such as jousting, archery and sword fighting, more information can be found by following the links on the links page. There are several organisations up and down the country offering experience in many of these skills and practices. Follow this link find out more.