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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About J. A. Clement

J. A. Clement lives near London with her partner and a sneaky but handsome lurcher with a predilection for gingerbread. She writes her fantasy series "On Dark Shores" whenever she can, mostly in her lunch hour (which probably explains the excessive number of bacon sandwiches that have to be edited out later).

The main series is accompanied by the 'Parallels' series which features other stories set in the same world. Her "To-Write" list is as big as your "To-Read" list (and covers several genres, but she just needs to finish this series first...)

For advanced warning of new releases, you can sign up to her newsletter via her blog, or she's happy to be contacted by readers via email at jaclement [dot] ondarkshores [at] gmail [dot] com. She is happy to answer any questions she can without spoilers, and does love a good gossip with fellow bookworms. You have been warned...

About the Series: Parallels
Stories set in the same world or with the same characters as the 'On Dark Shores' series, but which are not in that direct storyline.

Also in Series: Parallels

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Review by: Lynxie on April 3, 2017 :
This is a very short tale about the owner of a cargo ship 'The Black-Eyed Susan' who runs into trouble with money lenders.

There's not a great deal of characterisation to go on, but I feel like a solid story could be made about The Black-Eyed Susan and its crew. Which I'm happy to say is just what J.A. Clement has done. This is book #0.3 of the On Dark Shores series. I have already read On Dark Shores: The Lady.

The emotional impact was missing from this, but I suppose it can be very difficult to pack a punch in a few pages.

If you like your sailor stories, this might be the first taste of something you'll enjoy devouring.
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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.
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Review by: Georgina Anne Taylor on Jan. 2, 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.
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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.
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