M J Porter

Biography

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The King's Earl - The Earls of Mercia Book 5 (Main series)

RECENTLY RELEASED

Of Kings and Half Kings (Chronicles of the English Book 2)
Silver (Dragon of Unison Book 6)
Northman Part 2 (Earls of Mercia Book 4)
Wulfstan: An Anglo-Saxon Thegn (An Earls of Mercia series side story)
Hæ∂feld - A Novel of 632
Swein: The Danish King (A Earls of Mercia series side story)

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

www.earlsofmercia.co.uk
www.chroniclesofthenenglish.co.uk

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a secret project and also the Earls of Mercia (main series) Book 5 - The King's Earl. I have a list of projects for the year but it keeps getting rearranged!
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

The King's Earl
Pre-release—available August 28, 2015. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: British English. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Ealdorman Leofwine, bereaved and betrayed by the new Danish king of England, hides away from the politics of the Witan, desperate to forget his past links with Cnut and his father Swein but Cnut won’t let his most trusted ealdorman go quite so easily.
Unknown
Pre-release—available July 3, 2015. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 20,190. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
She knows only two things about herself; her name is Frey and the boy with the troubled brown eyes, snatched from her arms by the soldiers in full body armour, loves her. They know everything about her and yet, they’re the one’s asking her the questions. From an iron-grey prison cell they ask her question after question, and the more they ask, the more she learns about herself.
Swein: The Danish King
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,440. Language: British English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Before his encounter with Ealdorman Leofwine on his fateful trip to Shetland, King Swein first had to wrestle Denmark from his father’s kingship and make his own name as a warrior of great renown. This side story to the Earls of Mercia series tells of the early years of King Swein’s reign, his first raid on England, his encounter with Ealdorman Leofwine and his quest to once and for all kill Olaf.
Hæ∂feld
Series: Gods and Kings. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,520. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
The year is 632 and the great Edwin of Northumbria, bretwalda over England, must battle against an alliance of the old Britons under his foster-brother Cadwallon of Gwynedd, aided by Penda of Mercia, a brutal young war leader gaining in strength and reputation. Who will ally with whom? Who will play false to their Lord? Who will turn their back on their own family?
Silver (The Dragon of Unison Book 6)
Series: Dragon of Unison. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,110. Language: British English. Published: January 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
‘A time will come when the mountains will move and the ground will tremor, when the heavens will fall upon our land and beasts with wings will erupt from the mountains and call us friends.’ ‘A time will come when one person will be given the power of our land, the power to heal and grow and melt and make new.’
Dragon of Unison Second Trilogy - Red, Black and Silver
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 231,320. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Contains Books 4 - 6 of the Dragon of Unison Series - Red, Black and Silver
Northman Part 2 (The Earls of Mercia Book 4)
Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,960. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
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
Series: Chronicles of the English, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,920. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
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
Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 6. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 318,130. Language: British English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
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)
Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,690. Language: British English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
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)
Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,690. Language: British English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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.
Ealdormen (Earls of Mercia Book 2)
Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 2. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 69,510. Language: British English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
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
Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 8. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 313,080. Language: British English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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)
Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,950. Language: British English. Published: December 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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)
Series: Earls of Mercia, Book 1. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 78,580. Language: British English. Published: August 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
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)
Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 7. Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 245,810. Language: British English. Published: July 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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)
Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,360. Language: British English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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)
Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,930. Language: British English. Published: April 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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)
Series: Dragon of Unison, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,990. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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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.