The Black-Eyed Susan

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A short story from the world of the "On Dark Shores" fantasy series.

Ten years before the action in that novel, a ship's captain goes to Scarlock to see the moneylender Copeland, pleading for more time to pay off his debt.

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Words: 2,480
Language: English
ISBN: 9781908212030
About J.A. Clement

J.A. Clement lives near London with her partner and as yet, no dogs. She has been writing her fantasy series ‘On Dark Shores’ on and off since 2002, and more intensively since 2009 (thanks to NaNoWriMo). The first novella was uploaded to Kindle in 2011, and it has been mostly lurking on or near the bestseller lists ever since, much to her gratification.

The first two novellas, ‘The Lady’ & ‘The Other Nereia’ are available singly in ebook, and packaged together in ebook and paperback form. The third book, ‘On Dark Shores: Mother of the Shantar’ will be full paperback length and is currently three-quarters written. And after that? Well, there’s still a deal of tale to be told, countries to be explored, people to meet or escape from, and a long and exciting road ahead, before Nereia and friends reach their destination. JAC is looking forward to sharing the journey with you...

In the coming months she also hopes to release a couple of other short stories and novellas for her accompanying series, ‘Parallels’ (tales and short stories about events, characters or places from the main story).

When not commuting or writing, JAC can be found on Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter, or via email at jaclement [dot] ondarkshores [at] gmail [dot] com. She loves to meet readers, so do get in touch and introduce yourself!

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Reviews

Review by: killie81 on April 23, 2013 :
“The Black-Eyed Susan” is a short story that serves as a prequel to JA Clement’s “On Dark Shores” series. I decided to read this short story as I have enjoyed the series so far and I did have some time to waste as I wait for the 3rd book in the series to be written.

The story is set ten years prior to the events contained within the first book in the series and it details the meeting between the Captain of a ship called the Black-Eyed Susan and a moneylender known as Copeland. Basically, Copeland has set up events to ensure that the Captain would be unable to repay his debts and would therefore forfeit the ship and this short story details the initial outcomes of this.

This really is a very short piece of fiction and therefore for someone new to the series I am not sure there is enough time to really detail the characters that will go on to influence the series of novels. However, the basics fundamental morals of the characters are there to see which should pique the interest of any reader. In addition, the writing is concise, descriptive and formatted well which is of course a good advert for the series as a whole.

To be honest, I believe that this book will appeal most to those who have already started reading the series and are familiar with the characters and rich setting. It really does fill out some of the key characters and further explains some of the motives for their future actions. However, there is still be enough here for new readers to gain a nice quick introduction to what is a varied and interesting world. So I can only advise that people go and pick this up, especially as it can usually be found for free on various websites.
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Review by: Sheila Deeth on April 12, 2012 :
J.A. Clement’s short story serves as a prequel to the On Dark Shores series and paints a vivid picture of sailing ships, land and sea at a certain time in imagination / history. A scheming money-lender enjoys the fruits of his “labors” but the enemy he makes might turn out much stronger than he seems. I long to see someone get the better of this schemer and hope the longer volume—On Dark Shores, the Lady—will bring him closer to his downfall.
The story’s short. The writing’s smooth. Scene-setting and backstory are quick and natural. Characters are vivid. I really enjoyed this piece and the series should be a really good read.

Disclosure: I found a free ecopy after agreeing to review the Lady, which I will read next.
(review of free book)

Review by: Georgina Anne Taylor on Jan. 02, 2012 :
Despite the brevity of this story, the characters and scenes quickly come to life. I enjoyed this author's writing style and will definitely be reading 'On Dark Shores 1: The Lady', next.
(review of free book)

Review by: A. F. Stewart on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Parallels: The Black-Eyed Susan is a quick and satisfying taste of her world of On Dark Shores. It is a great standalone story, but also gives a bit more depth to some of the events in On Dark Shores 1: The Lady.
For those who have read her ongoing book series, this story has familiar characters, some new ones and that same rich setting and prose that makes her work such a treat (plus it serves to feed reader’s appetites while we wait patiently for the next book). For those who are new to her writing, this tale makes a lovely introduction. Either way it is a story worth reading.
(review of free book)

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