Paul Andruss contributed a monthly post from late 2016 to the summer of 2018. He is busy with work and his own projects but we do hope that he might pop in occasionally with one of his exceptional articles on myths, legends and music. He also contributed a fabulous Gardening column and the links to that are at the bottom of the post.
You can find out more about him here and discover his archive of wonderful post on virtually any subject under the sun.: http://www.paul-andruss.com/paul-andruss-author/
About Paul Andruss.
Paul Andruss is a writer whose primary focus is to take a subject, research every element thoroughly and then bring the pieces back together in a unique and thought provoking way. His desire to understand the origins of man, history, religion, politics and the minds of legends who rocked the world is inspiring. He does not hesitate to question, refute or make you rethink your own belief system and his work is always interesting and entertaining. Whilst is reluctant to talk about his own achievements he offers a warm and generous support and friendship to those he comes into contact with.
Paul Andruss is the author of 2 contrasting fantasy novels
When Fairy Queen Sylvie snatches his brother, schoolboy Jack is plunged into a sinister fantasy world of illusion and deception – the realm of telepathic fairies ruled by spoilt, arrogant fairy queens.
Haunted by nightmares about his brother and pursued by a mysterious tramp (only seen by Jack and his friends) Jack fears he too will be stolen away.
The tramp is Thomas the Rhymer, who only speaks in rhyme. Lost and frightened Thomas needs Jack’s help to find his way home.
The race is on for Jack and his friends to save Thomas from the wicked Agnes Day (who wants to treat Thomas like a lab rat). And save Jack’s brother from Sylvie.
To do this they need the help of Bess – the most ancient powerful fairy queen in the land.
But there is a problem…
No one knows where Bess is… or even if she is still lives.
And even if they find her… will she let them go?
When the fairy folk deliver a soldier called Finn (the first outsider in plague-stricken Ireland for a decade) Erin believes he is Finn Mac Cool – returned to kill the tyrant King Conor Mac Nessa of Ulster. and free Great Queen Maeve – Ireland’s true ruler & Erin’s dying mother.
The druids kidnap Finn – planning to turn him into the hero Finn Mac Cool – who will save the world by destroying it.
Erin goes in looking for Finn – so he can kill Conor Mac Nessa before her mother’s dream of a free Ireland dies with her.
Erin’s quest draws her ever-deeper into Ireland’s ancient mythological landscape; a place…
… Where dream and reality merge
… Where a man’s fate is written fifteen hundred years before he was born
… Where books are legends & a library a myth
… Where people hate Christians for defying the gods
… Where phony druids use real magic
Find out more and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Finn-Mac-Cool-Paul-Andruss-ebook/dp/B018OJZ9KY
Here is my review of Thomas the Rhymer
Challenge your senses with a rival to Harry Potter by Sally Cronin
After 60 odd years of reading it is easy to get into bad habits. By this I mean sticking to the tried and tested with regard to genres and authors. This is not healthy when you are a writer yourself, as I have discovered when reading Thomas the Rhymer by Paul Andruss.
I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling when it was released. Whilst I enjoyed it as a children’s story, I really did not find myself engaged or inspired to read the other seven books or watch the movies. I felt excluded from the millions who did and usually keep my silence in the face of fans.
However, Thomas the Rhymer had me hooked from page one and continued to keep me engaged the entire 319 pages.
This is an ensemble piece with a cast of characters that would be happy in starring roles in Alice in Wonderland or any Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. Jack Hughes, Ken, Catherine and the delightful Rosie, along with Thomas with his foot in this world and that of the Fairies; draw you into their inner circle and hold you fast.
Each of these wonderfully drawn characters face challenges in their past or present that make them feel isolated until they join forces to protect the most vulnerable amongst them and bring a brother home.
The story will challenge your beliefs in spectacular fashion. Is there another world or worlds running parallel with ours, are fairies sweet and delicate creatures or demons; is that tramp outside the Post Office real or an illusion? As you travel with Jack, Ken and Catherine on their quest, hurtling along ley lines and battling fantastic monsters and evil temptresses, you will find your heart beating a little bit faster. And probably checking under your bed at night!
The scenes set in London that criss cross centuries are filled with historical facts distorted with fairy dust. Next time you are in the city and walking the streets you will be looking into dark doorways and wondering if behind that old oak door with chipped paint lies a nest of elfin waiting to rob you of your senses.
The writing is superb with wit, humour and an edge that turns this from a children’s fairy story into a multi-generational adventurous fantasy that I believe knocks Harry Potter into a cocked hat!
I recommend reading Thomas the Rhymer and at £1.22 it is a steal worthy of the elfin themselves with a value of very much more in my opinion. There are more books to come in the Jack Hughes series and I would love to see the movies.
Challenge you senses and pick up a copy today.
Currently for a limited period Thomas the Rhymer is FREE to download via Paul’s website. It would be a great service if you could download the book and review and put it on Amazon and Goodreads.
Links to download and buy Paul’s books can be found here :http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/
A Christmas Tale of Woe
Stevie Smith – Still Waving (After all these years).
The Birch Maiden
Or a Horse Might Talk
The Proto Indo-Europeans.
The Gospel Truth
What’s Opera Doc?
The Dream Team – Doyle and Houdini
End of Summer Party – Hysterical dancing and party poopers!
The Tor At Glastonbury – the ancient rituals and legends.
The Legend of King Arthur
Paul’s birthday and a story of someone who looked a gift horse in the mouth on principal.
The Myths surrounding the legendary Glastonbury Zodiac
A detailed research into the true background of Constantine the Great.
A Two part Story for Christmas – The Three Sisters.
Five Part Story – The House by the Sea
According to the Muse (A dialogue in 2 halves) Part 1: What is Poetry?
According to the Muse Part Two: Born to Die.
Coffee – A Noxious Concoction.
Barbara Villiers – Part One – The Return of the King.
Barbara Villiers – Part Two –
Persuasion – Jane Austen and Book Covers.
Three Minutes Forty Nine – the value of writing to the writer and the reader.
Cabaret – The Evolution of a Musical
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Mother
Delighted that wordsmith and avid gardener, Paul Andruss has agreed to write the gardening column for the new look blog magazine. Turn your thumbs green with his expertise.
About the Gardening Column
Bill & Ben the Flowerpot Men (with little weed) BBC-1952
Light up your life with brilliant bulbs – Part 1: Early Spring Bulbs
Spring Bulbs part two – Daffodils- Narcissus – Jonquils
The best thing to come out of a chicken.
Late Spring Bulbs
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