M J Porter

Biography

COMING SOON

The Earls of Mercia Book 4, Northman Part 2 releasing December 2014.

Dragon of Unison Book 6, Silver, releasing early 2015.

An author of fantasy (The Dragon of Unison Series) and historical fiction (The Earls of Mercia Series and Brunanburh) now available as ebooks and in print via Lulu.com and all good print book sellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones (in the UK))

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on Dragon of Unison Book 6, Silver. It's almost complete!!

I've just finished Northman Part 2, The Earls of Mercia Series Book 4.

I might also be working on a sequel to Brunanburh, but that's a secret so don't tell anyone. And i'm playing around with a side story for Wulfstan, of Earls of Mercia fame!
Who are your favorite authors?
I became a fan of fantasy in a very roundabout way, reading a Terry Pratchett book, Lords and Ladies, which I'd actually purchased as a gift for someone else (come on, we've all done it before). I'd already read The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit but that didn't quite stir my reading interest as much as Terry Pratchett and then the wonderful Robert Rankin (I like my fantasy a little bit funny and people still look at me when they discuss Elvis and I inform them that he's a sprout).
After that I started reading 'proper' fantasy and sci fi - Anne Mccaffrey is my all time favourite and I've read the PERN books many, many times (and she was always adamant that they should be classified as science fiction). I moved on to Jane Welch and her Rune books, Melanie Rawn and her Sunrunner books and Terry Goodkind with his Sword of Truth series before discovering Kate Elliott and her Crown of Stars Series.
More recently I've been reading Robin Hobb's Farseer books and quite a few indie authors I've discovered through Smashwords.
I loved Twilight (sorry - romantic at heart) but did not enjoy the follow-ups so much and I've also been reading Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series for a bit of light entertainment.
I also read historical fiction, the works of Sharon Penman, Philipa Gregory, Alison Weir (both 'factual' and 'fictional'), Bernard Cornwell (both his Lords in the North and Arthur trilogy) and I read a lot of factual history books. My guilty pleasure is to sit down with the latest Elizabeth Chadwick book (romantic historical fiction).
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Books

Silver (The Dragon of Unison book 6) Full edition
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Pre-release—available January 30, 2015. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,950. Language: British English. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Dragon of Unison Book 6 Erann, reunited with Sereh at last. The Librarian, finally able to be with Emma after half a millennia and almost free of the burden of the prophecies he once carries. Greeneyes, free from his possession, but wary of the future with the Others. Sereh, reunited with Erann, but ... something is amiss. Aras, trapped in the Communal Farm during a lethal rainstorm.
Northman Part 2 (The Earls of Mercia Book 4)
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Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,960. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Northman, eldest son of Ealdorman Leofwine, husband, father and brother almost snatched a moment of peace when King Swein of Denmark helped himself to the English throne, and Aethelred removed himself to the Court of Duke Richard II of Normandy, his brother by marriage.
Brunanburh
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Series: Chronicles of the English, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,920. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Athelstan, King of the English; Olaf Guthfrithsson, King of the Dublin Norse; Constantin, King of the Scots; Owain, King of Strathclyde, Hywel of the South Welsh; one 'great lamentable and horrible battle'. The year is 937 and Athelstan, King of the English and overlord of the British kingdoms, faces opposition to his rule, that will culminate in the great battle of Brunanburh.
The Earls of Mercia Trilogy Books 1-3
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Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 6. Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 318,130. Language: British English. Published: July 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Contains Book 1 - 3 of the Earls of Mercia Series. (991-1013) England, The Second Viking Age. Ealdorman – The Earls of Mercia Series Book 1 Five ealdormen bestride King Aethelred II’s Witan offering wise counsel whilst serving their King as his representative in the old Saxon Kingdoms, united now for nearly fifty years.
Northman Part 1 (The Earls of Mercia Book 3)
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Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,690. Language: British English. Published: July 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
England: The Second Viking Age Northman, eldest son of Ealdorman Leofwine, fostered, at the King’s insistence, by Eadric of Mercia, finds himself caught between loyalty to his father and his foster father. Fighting for his own sense of self, whilst Viking raiders and Danish King’s vie for the English King’s land and throne, he must chose his own path, and hold true to his own belief’s.
Black (The Dragon of Unison Series Book 5)
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Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,690. Language: British English. Published: May 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Unison is a land of mystery and intrigue, inspired by Viking Age Iceland. "They will bond, an unbreakable bond, and together they will unite and restore everything to how it should be." So the words of the long ago prophecy haunt Erann as his bond with Greeneyes is broken and the people of Unison are plunged further into peril with the unwelcome return of the Long Night.
Red and Black (The Dragon of Unison Book 4 & 5 combined edition)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,670. Language: British English. Published: May 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This combined edition contains Book 4 and 5 of the Dragon of Unison Series. Great for those who've purchased the Trilogy! Unison is a land of mystery and intrigue, inspired by Viking Age Iceland. Red Sereh; rescued on the cusp of death. Erann; angry to the point of incoherency. Emma; confused about her own place in history. The Librarian; tormented by his past. Greeneyes; with his loyalties split.
Ealdormen (Earls of Mercia Book 2)
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Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,510. Language: British English. Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Leofwine, Ealdorman of the Hwicce, has proved himself in battle and won the support of his King, Aethelred II, but the spectre of Swein of Denmark, the man who partially blinded him five years before, has suddenly become a harrowing reality.
Dragon of Unison Books 1 - 4
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Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 7. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 313,080. Language: British English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Unison is a land of mystery and intrigue, inspired by Viking Age Iceland. BOOKS 1-4 OF THE DRAGON OF UNISON Contains Purple, Blue, Green and Red
Red (The Dragon of Unison Series Book 4)
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Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,950. Language: British English. Published: December 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Unison is a land of mystery and intrigue, inspired by Viking Age Iceland. Sereh; rescued on the cusp of death. Erann; angry to the point of incoherency. Emma; confused about her own place in history. The Librarian; tormented by his past. Greeneyes; with his loyalties split. Rankil; fighting for his survival. Ramon; determined to clear his name. As the land rocks beneath their feet and Gemini draws
Ealdorman (The Earls of Mercia Series)
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Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,490. Language: British English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
England: The Second Viking Age Five ealdormen bestride King Aethelred II’s Witan offering wise counsel whilst serving their King as his representative in the old Saxon Kingdoms, united now for nearly fifty years. Leofwine, newly created ealdorman of the Hwicce is chosen to represent his King on a vitally important diplomatic mission, but when tragedy befalls him he must fight for his survival.
Purple, Blue and Green (The Dragon of Unison Trilogy Books 1 -3)
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Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 6. Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 245,810. Language: British English. Published: July 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Unison is a land of mystery and intrigue, inspired by Viking Age Iceland. CONTAINS BOOKS 1-3 OF THE DRAGON OF UNISON PURPLE BLUE GREEN
Green (The Dragon of Unison Book 3)
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Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,360. Language: British English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Unison is a land of mystery and intrigue, inspired by Viking Age Iceland. Erann and Sereh are reunited on the windswept Vatna Jokull but there are more hardships awaiting the small group of friends and grudging acquaintances. Traps laid half a millennia ago are about to ensnare them in yet another mystery and this time, the Librarian is a victim too and they must seek answers without his aid.
Blue (The Dragon of Unison Book 2)
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Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,930. Language: British English. Published: April 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Unison is a land of mystery and intrigue, inspired by Viking Age Iceland. Unison has not yet relinquished the answers to all its riddles. Erann, Sereh and Greeneyes, newly reunited, are still being swept along by events beyond their control.
Purple (The Dragon of Unison Book 1)
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Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,990. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Unison is a land of mystery and intrigue, inspired by Viking Age Iceland. The time is now. Unison holds many enigmas locked within its ice bound surface, and this Long Day, Erann, Sereh and Greeneyes will begin to discover them. Sereh; determined to take a chance on freedom when it presents itself, no matter the perils. Erann; desperate to save his mother’s life, regardless of the cost to his p

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  • Shadowborn (Light & Shadow, Book 1) on May 24, 2013

    This book has been a slow burner for me. I have really enjoyed knowing that when I had a spare minute I could pick it up and enjoy it. I will be reading the next one (and probably the third part as well) because I am intrigued by the relationship between the two girls.
  • Shadowforged (Light & Shadow, Book 2) on June 11, 2013

    Well, now I'm hooked. This second book in the trilogy is full of unexpected twists, and for the last 50 or so pages, I had no choice but to sit and read it. No spoilers from me ... read on.
  • Shadow's End (Light & Shadow, Book 3) on Sep. 04, 2013

    What I've really loved about this trilogy is the unexpectedness of all. I'm not going to give anything away but the storyline never progressed as I thought it would and at the endof every book I was left desperate to know what happened next. The author is now working on some side stories for the main characters and I look forward to them being released. Thanks for a great read!!
  • A God-Blasted Land: The Bastard Cadre #1 on Jan. 19, 2014

    Well, this isn't my normal tipple because I prefer to go back in time rather than forwards, but the use of the word dragon sucked me in and I'm pleased it did. This is an enjoyable and intriguing jaunt through a well imagined world, with believable characters and quite a bit of action. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and having checked your website, I can advise you to write on please (oh and I thought world war z was a great movie, that never took itself too seriously (the magazines as protection!) but delivered on action and story line!)
  • Gaspar And The Fantastical Hats on June 28, 2014

    This is a fantastic little gem of a book. The storyline is fast paced, the dialogue snappy, the characters instantly either loveable or not. I love the portrayal of the wizards and in fact, all the guild members we get to meet. And somehow, it all seems entirely acceptable that it all concerns the making of a hat!
  • Always Never Global Warming on July 20, 2014

    This is an intriguing book from the beginning. I don't wish to give any spoilers so I won't allude too much to the storyline. The author uses an intriguing mixture of viewpoints throughout the novel to good effect and the main characters of Mason, Barbara, George and Miss Moneylegs interact well with the 'other presence' they encounter. The story builds quickly and by about half way through, I was hooked enough to have to keep on reading in one sitting. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Cold War espionage.