ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.

Publisher info

ThunderPoint Publishing is based on The Isle of South Uist, in the Western Isles of Scotland.

The company will publish fiction and non-fiction, with four new titles currently being prepared for publication.

Submissions of well-written fiction are welcome, in any genre, with the decision to publish being based on whether the editorial team enjoys the submission.

Non-fiction submissions should include chapter list & summary, sample chapters and author bio.

Smashwords Interview

Interview with Huw Francis. author of Mule Train - What's the story behind your latest book?
The inspiration for Mule Train came from an extended holiday I enjoyed in Pakistan many years ago. I travelled from Karachi, in the south of the country, to the Hindu Kush mountains in north, and then over the Khunjerab Pass to China.

The locations in the book are all places where I spent time, though the story woven around those locations is entirely fictitious. The plot line of drug smuggling and the use of unwilling drug mules came from the regular stories reported in the press of European and American travellers caught at airports with quantities of drugs, who then claimed they had been forced to carry the drugs by some unknown person. I built on those reports during conversations I had with a number of policemen I met when living in Hong Kong, to create Mule Train.
How long did it take you to write Mule Train?
A long time. I always wanted to write fiction, but over the years I wrote three non-fiction titles and working on these meant Mule Train was pushed to one side. In the end, I was probably working on Mule Train for well over 10 years.
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Desperate Times
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,260. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2018 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Desperate Times is the third historical novel in Ethyl Smith’s series, following Changed Times and Dark Times, about the lives of ordinary Scottish people in extraordinary times.
The Deaths on Black Rock
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,880. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2018 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
It’s been a year since Rima Khalaf died in a fall from the Black Rock, deemed to be a tragic accident by the police. But her grieving parents are dissatisfied with the police investigation, so DS Amanda Pitt is sent north from Glasgow to the small town of Clachdubh to re-examine the case.
Gemmano
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,770. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Covering a period of ten days, Gemmano is a compelling and inspiring story of people caught powerless in their own land, told from the perspective of two young Italian men.
The Last Wolf
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,680. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2018 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Moving from 1930s Capri to Paris, London and the Isle of Glass off the Scottish coast, The Last Wolf is a subtly crafted tale of lies and betrayals.
Mere
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,300. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2018 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
For Lynn Waters, New Cut Farm is the life she has always dreamed of, though her husband Dan has misgivings about the isolated farmhouse. As they settle into their new home, the past that is always there takes over and Lynn discovers the terrible hold that the land exerts over people - and the lengths to which they will go to keep it.
Shadows
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,410. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
When DI Donna Davenport is called out to investigate a body washed up on Arbroath beach, it looks like a routine murder inquiry. But then the enquiry takes on a more sinister form.
Madness Lies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,620. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
This second novel of Highland Noir from Helen Forbes continues the series with a crime thriller that moves between Inverness, North Uist and London, reaching a terrifying denouement at the notorious Black Rock Gorge.
The False Men
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,620. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
As the uncompromising brutality of the Clearances reaches the islands, and Jess MacKay sees her friends ripped from their homes, she must decide where her heart, and her loyalties, truly lie. Set against the evocative backdrop of the Hebrides and inspired by the true story of Jessie Balranald, The False Men is a compelling tale of love in a turbulent past.
Dark Times
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,130. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2017 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Dark Times is the second part of Ethyl Smith’s sweeping Times series that follows the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
Dead Cat Bounce
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,960. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2017 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Set between gangland Glasgow and banking London, Dead Cat Bounce is a black comedy that narrows the gap between two supposedly different worlds. An assured and audacious black comedy of sibling rivalries and a satirical comment on the failures of modern society.
The Wrong Box
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,000. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Manically funny, The Wrong Box is a chaotic story of lust, money, power and greed, and the importance of being able to sew a really good hem.
The Oystercatcher Girl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,100. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2017 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Orkney Islands, Gabrielle Barnby's skilfully plotted first novel is a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption.
The Bogeyman Chronicles
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 138,630. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2016 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
In 14th Century Scotland, amidst the wars of independence, hatred, murder and betrayal are commonplace and ordinary people are driven to extraordinary lengths to survive, whilst those with power exercise it with cruel pleasure. From the horror of the times and the changing fortunes of the characters, the legend of the Bogeyman is born.
Changed Times
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,500. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2016 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Adventure » Action
1679 - The Killing Times: Charles II is on the throne, the Episcopacy has been restored, and southern Scotland is in ferment. From the Battle of Drumclog to the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, John's platoon of farmers and villagers find themselves in the heart of the action over that fateful summer where the people fight the King for their religion, their freedom, and their lives.
QueerBashing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,330. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
From the revivalist churches of Orkney in the 1970s, to the gay bars of London and Northern England in the 90s, via the divinity school at Aberdeen, this is the story of McGillivray, self-centered, promiscuous hypocrite, failed Church of Scotland minister, and his own worst enemy. Raw, uncompromising. A viciously funny account of a man's desire to come to terms with himself.
Talk of the Toun
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,020. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Effortlessly capturing the religious and social intricacies of 1980s Scotland, Talk of the Toun is the perfect mix of pathos and humour as the two girls wrestle with the complications of growing up and exploring who they really are.
The House With The Lilac Shutters: And Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,040. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
With a keenly observant eye and a finely detailed pen, Barnby illustrates the minutiae of life in this moving but unsentimental collection of short stories predominantly set in a small town in France.
The Bonnie Road
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 140,120. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Richly detailed, dark and compelling, d'Corsey magically transposes the old ways of Scotland into the 20th Century and brings to life the ancient traditions and beliefs that still dance just below the surface of the modern world.
The Birds That Never Flew
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,010. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Urban
Battered and bruised, Elizabeth has left abusive husband Patrick. Again. In the bleak and impersonal Glasgow housing office Elizabeth meets the provocatively intriguing drug addict Sadie, who is desperate to get her own life back on track too. The two women forge a fierce and interdependent relationship as they try to rebuild their shattered lives.
Toxic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,600. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Compelling and authentic, Toxic is a tense and fast paced crime thriller inspired by the Bhopal disaster.
Over Here
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,130. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
An eloquently written novel tracing the social transformations of a century where possibilities were opened up by two world wars that saw millions of men move around the world to fight, and mass migration to the new worlds of Canada and Australia by tens of thousands of people looking for a better life.
In The Shadow Of The Hill
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,780. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In The Shadow Of The Hill skilfully captures the intricacies and malevolence of the underbelly of Highland and Island life, bringing tragedy and vengeance to the magical beauty of the Outer Hebrides.
A Good Death
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,480. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Helen Davis deftly weaves the 1980's readjustment of British social boundaries into her novel as she transports the reader from coming of age student life in England, through adventure, death and life changing experiences in Peru, to a disastrous attempt at rediscovering lost youth and innocence, nearly thirty years too late.
Mule Train
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 113,230. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013 by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A fast-paced novel following young backpackers on their first international adventure to Asia. Romantic notions of foreign travel quickly turn sour as they unwittingly become entrapped in the plans of a young drug-smuggler intent on making himself rich by exploiting naive young travelers.


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