The Maltese islands on which Xaghra’s Revenge is based is faring well in these times. My friends there tell me tourism between Gozo and Malta has reopened so that will help to stimulate their economy a little. Of course in the main they need overseas tourists but I know several folk living on the main island of Malta who have holiday lets on Gozo, who until this week have not been able to travel there. I miss the gorgeous scenery and history there so much. So lucky that I was able to visit Malta and Gozo before the lockdown. Today, May 20th 2020 Malta had only 569 confirmed cases, sadly 6 deaths with 460 recovered.
Ironically, in 1551, the island of Gozo had lockdown procedures as did many islands in the Mediterranean. Were they preparing for epidemics like they’d had in plague years? In a way, only the plague were in the form of Ottoman and mercenary pirates. When the citadel bell rang on that fateful day in August 1551 all the inhabitants had, by decree, to get inside the city walls. Not all did, such as Stepjan and Lidia in Xaghra’s Revenge. Even those that did were captured because the bailiff saw that with 150 ships with well-armed janissaries and crew, they were not going to win a siege.
It’s certainly true that when pirates arrived, life changed on Gozo for ever.
As we speak you can sign up for Kindle Unlimited for free and download pages for free during this pandemic. Not sure for how long so if you want free reads do it soon.
Xaghra’s Revenge is set in Malta Libya, a harem in Constantinople and in France.
Review of Xaghra’s Revenge here in the Times! (Times of Malta)
It’s a romance, thriller and historical fiction and fantasy published by Solstice Publishing
Or via the publisher’s site Solstice Empire
Other Nelder news
I was an April Featured Writer in The Horror Zine with my COTARD short story set in Venice. I’m honoured also because the Bram Stoker Award winner Elisabeth Massie is in there too.
Cotard is a real syndrome where people think they are already dead – what a theme for a short story, I couldn’t resist it. FREE for those of you who fancy a mild horror tale to escape the more grim real life horror out there.
A list of my publications in this last 17 years
2003 first short of the decade was called 2020 Vision (ironic)
2003-05 ESCAPING REALITY: a humorous thriller http://hyperurl.co/nyjaiv
2005-08 EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEE: sci fi http://hyperurl.co/du4s3h
2009 HOT AIR: literary thriller http://hyperurl.co/di4y0h
2009-12 ARIA LEFT LUGGAGE: sci fi pandemic apocalypse http://smarturl.it/1fexhs
2013 ARIA RETURNING LEFT LUGGAGE http://hyperurl.co/tgtid6
2014 ARIA ABANDON LUGGAGE http://hyperurl.co/26trxv
2014-17 XAGHRA’S REVENGE http://myBook.to/Xaghra
2018 INCREMENTAL: 25 short, surreal stories http://mybook.to/Incremental
2019 SUPPOSE WE: scifi https://mybook.to/SupposeWe
2019 FALLING UP: scifi https://mybook.to/FallingUP