A big thumbs up to ECHO McCOOL

ECHO McCOOL MAKES IT INTO GOODREADS TOP TEN!

Contact the author – echo.mccool@gmail.com

ECHO McCOOL 

 

By Roger K Driscoll

 

ISBN 978-1-908105-26-4

 

 

About the book:
Echo McCool is a magical, medieval girl with attitude. Don’t get on the wrong end of her jump kicks, flick-flaks and open-palm strikes. In her own time, Echo escapes death from a poisoned arrow and hides inside a hollow oak tree. She lies dormant for hundreds of years but in the present day she is awakened by Jason Fleeting, a twelve-year-old runaway from a children’s home. Together they set out to solve the murder of Jason’s mother and to rescue his kidnapped sister Lauren.

About the author

 

After being made redundant by a large law firm, Roger Driscoll dusted down some half-finished manuscripts stored under his spare bed. He got to work, and ECHO McCOOL, OUTLAW THROUGH TIME was the result. Roger lives in East Yorkshire, England, in a little house near the old oak tree and disused railway line where he used to play as a boy in the 1970s. He believes that the most important part of any book is its reader. Without a reader, a book can never come alive.

 

 

 

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Excerpt from the book:

 

“The bit where Echo attacks the policewoman.”

 

Jason had no time to run. Everything seemed to happen in a split-second. PC Knaggs lunged forward, taking hold of him, spinning him around. Now her arm was around his throat, her other hand securing him in a powerful arm-lock. They both faced Echo who took up a fighting stance.

“Let the boy go, thou meddlesome hussy.”

The policewoman twisted harder. Jason cried out. Any more and his arm would break.

“I will give thee one final chance, thou sow-faced drab.”

“Cheeky little brat,” said PC Knaggs. “Think you can fight me, eh? No chance. We do self-defence in the police.”

Echo ignored the warning, taking two careful steps backwards before sinking into a low crouch. With a sudden shriek she sprang up in a high-speed, flying kick. Jason ducked his head as Echo’s boot shot above him, the heel slamming into the policewoman’s forehead, sending her cap flying. PC Knaggs yelped, letting go of Jason as she slammed back-first into the nearest pillar. Jason crashed to the ground and began to crawl away. PC Knaggs recovered, her hair dishevelled, and she dusted down her uniform. Swearing and cursing she charged at Echo, fists flying.

Echo avoided the first punch before countering with a quick left to the policewoman’s stomach. The force knocked PC Knaggs to the ground, but she wasn’t finished. Her right leg whipped out in a wide arc to take Echo’s feet from under her. Both combatants were up and facing one other an instant later. The policewoman aimed a snap-kick at Echo who blocked it with a kick of her own. The girl-dryad then attacked in a blur of motion, landing more rapid-fire punches before her open palm struck the policewoman’s chin with a dull crunch. PC Knaggs reeled backwards into the pillar again, her knees sagging before she collapsed to the ground half-dazed. Jason scrambled to his feet and could only stare in horror.

“We’re in big trouble now!” he gasped.

Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd

For full information see the Shelfari entry: http://tinyurl.com/6eqt6ul

Copies of the book can be purchased via most retailers including WH Smith, Waterstones, Blackwells, Tesco, Alibris and here on Amazon.co.uk: http://tinyurl.com/6ksysab

Also available on Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/6cuv8ev

The book is further available in ebook format including ePub and Amazon Kindle.

For a free reading sample see: http://cheaplit.com/sample/42658/echo-mccool-outlaw-through-time

Email the author: echo.mccool@googlemail.co.uk

 

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DISNEY PIXAR’S BRAVE

In the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, stories of mystical legends and epic battles have been passed through the generations since ancient times. Disney Pixar’s “Brave” a new tale, joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. ”Brave” tells the story of Merida, a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

BRAVE TRAILER

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Echo McCool – Thu Barton Review

 

 

The character of Echo McCool reminds me very much of the Princess Merida character in the Disney Pixar film BRAVE. Both are feisty and strong and red-haired and grew up in a British folklore world. Echo McCool was first published in January 2011 but Pixar must’ve been working on Princess Merida for a long time so I’m not sure which came first – but both are totally awesome!

Thu Barton’s Review on Goodreads

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The Tally – E G Wolverson

I’ve been keeping an eye on the pre-publicity for E.G. (“Eddy”) Wolverson’s novel “The Tally” for a specific reason. Eddy hails from Hull, just a few miles up the road from me, and I thought the least I could do was to mention The Tally on its launch day. So without further ado here is the product description; I hope it grabs your attention as much as it did mine:

“Welcome to the Student Bubble.

Welcome to a world where DJs play the same songs in the same order every single night, and the one (and only) hit wonder reigns supreme. Welcome to a world of crude cartoon and misplaced melodrama, a word free of all but the most trifling of consequences, where exaggerated sensitivity is rife and a semester’s success or suicide hangs on the whim of a woman.

Young Tom-o wiles away his evenings in a purple drunken stupor, lost to the tender mercies of what he desperately wishes was a hopeless love affair, but in reality isn’t even that. Gristle, meanwhile, is enraged when his weak-bladdered housemate Spadge moves out, only to be replaced by a neurotic freak named Jamal, who dares not only to bring books into his house, but to read them too.

And for poor Will, matters are even worse. Women are staying in of a night! How’s he supposed to rack up his ‘tally’ of conquests if women daren’t leave their digs? They’re all terrified that they’ll be next to fall prey to the invisible menace that has started stealing students away from the streets of Hull. Will has nothing to fear though – after all, he has his recently-arrived destitute father to watch his back. And the fearsome Gristle. And the zealously neurotic Jamal. And the dangerously depressed Tom…

The Student Bubble is about to burst, and when it does, the degenerated residents of 146 Worthington Street will find themselves in a reality that they’re not equipped to comprehend, let alone survive in.”

You can give Eddy the recognition he deserves by purchasing and reviewing The Tally in the Kindle Store. Here’s the Amazon.co.uk link. Best of luck, Eddy!
The Tally – Amazon UK Link

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Dryads in Fiction

From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dryad

Dryads are mentioned in Milton’s Paradise Lost, in Coleridge, and in Thackeray’s work The Virginians.Keats addresses the nightingale as ‘light-winged Dryad of the trees’, in his Ode to a Nightingale. In the poetry of Donald Davidson they illustrate the themes of tradition and the importance of the past to the present. The poet Sylvia Plath uses them to symbolize nature in her poetry in “On the Difficulty of Conjuring up a Dryad”, and “On the Plethora of Dryads”.

In the ballet Don Quixote Dryads appear in a vision with Dulcinea before Don Quixote, they also appear in the classical ballet Sylvia.

Dryads are also featured extensively throughout The Chronicles of Narnia by British author C.S. Lewis and are shown to fight along side Aslan, son of the Emperor-Over-The-Sea, and the Pevensie Children.

The same characters recur in David Eddings’ The Belgariad, where Dryads live in seclusion on the Wood of the Dryads within the Tolnedran Empire and among the most prominent in the storyline is Ce’Nedra.

In the animated show Monster School, the character Rose Greendae is a dryad who can turn into a tree at will.

In the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, there is a dryad named Juniper who is the girlfriend of Grover Underwood.

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Other dryads in fiction:

Sue Maynard – Ebon Black and the Seven Dryads

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebon-Black-Seven-Dryads-ebook/dp/B005HSPMUS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319464657&sr=8-1

Frank Stockton – The Lost Dryad

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Dryad-Stockton-Frank-Richard/dp/1110970137/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1319464733&sr=8-7

The Dryad Project – James Moy

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dryad-Project-James-D-Moy/dp/1843866900/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319464820&sr=1-1

The Dryad by Justin Huntly McCarthy

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dryad-Novel-Justin-Huntly-McCarthy/dp/1103049151/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319464820&sr=1-3

The Oracle of the Missing Dryad – Kristin Groulx

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Oracle-Missing-Dryad-Kristin-Groulx/dp/0981131522/ref=sr_1_56?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319465055&sr=1-56

Mr Griffin and the Dryad – Frank Stockton

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Griffin-Minor-Canon-Pipes-Dryad/dp/1425468659/ref=sr_1_100?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319465215&sr=1-100

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Book Review – Zombie Girl Invasion by De Kenyon

This is the story of Neil, who hates zombies. One night he “shoots” a zombie called Max who turns out to be Maxine – a girl zombie! Soon dozens more zombies turn up to invade Neil’s house and Maxine decides to take his side, helping Neil and his parents to repel the attack. Cue swords, axes, shotguns, decapitations and numerous other injuries of the kind you’d associate with a zombie invasion. I don’t want to spoil the ending so you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out whether Neil and Maxine manage to save the day…Great stuff!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zombie-Girl-Invasion-ebook/dp/B004WLQDFO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319534921&sr=8-1

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Echo McCool – “My 11-year-old niece absolutely loved it!”

I purchased this book for my 11 year old niece, and she absolutely loved it! It was one of her books that she wouldn’t stop talking about. The other day I was sorting through my kindle library and started reading this book on a whim and I actually ended up reading the entire thing myself.

It’s a great read for kids, with lots of action and very descriptive writing. And if you happen to be an adult who appreciates a well-written story, then I’d recommend it to you also. 5 stars!

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Echo McCool – “Wonderful Book” – Ima Kindler Review

To me “Echo McCool, Outlaw Through Time” by Roger K. Driscoll, while listed as a YA, has equal appeal to both the YA and adult reader.

Echo McCool is a half-blooded dryad. At the beginning of the book, she is shot by a poisoned arrow and, to escape the villian and survive, she jumps into an old, large, hollow oak. Too tall for her to get out, she enters the big sleep–better labeled the long sleep.

Enter 12-year-old Jason Fleeting who is dying in a hospital. He meets Echo’s mother, a guardian of the gateway. She tells him she can heal Jason if he will rescue Echo from her tree before some loggers saw her in half. Jason works his own bargain, he wants to find his sister–who was kidnapped by their mother’s killer.

Bargain stuck, Jason runs away from a children’s home. Together, he and Echo set out to solve the murder of Jason’s mother, rescue his kidnapped sister Lauren, and restore an inheritance to a new friend.

This is a fast read and I look forward to Echo’s, Jason’s, and Lauren’s next adventure.

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If you like Lemony Snicket you’ll LOVE Echo McCool – Lady Gwen Review

Echo just rocks! I read it over the summer and could not put it down! Prior to reading this novel, I was a HUGE Lemony Snicket fan (I own every single book of his in my collection). Now I have a new favorite. I think that this author writes in a very similar way by means of having the ability to create a story in our world that is filled with amazing characters and scenarios. It gives you that tease that “what if this could happen”. The story flows so well that I got lost in time on many occasions and realized I was up way later than I should have been. I would absolutely lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeee to see this book made into a movie! Echo would kick so much butt!!

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Echo McCool – the Next Rising YA Novel – S Keller Review

It’s about time something comes out that rivals some of the top YA novels on the market. Echo McCool is a magical, epic coming of age journey. I was gripped from beginning to end and fully immersed in the world. The book is very well written and swept me away into an adventure I only wish I could be a part of.

Echo sets apart from most characters by having a perfect blend of magical qualities with a very tough, fighter persona. I’ve never come across any character quite like her in a single fantasy I’ve ever read. Very well played.

Echo McCool will take you on a wild ride of emotions and leave you craving more (There will be more….right? I hope so!!!!)

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Echo McCool – “Truly Loved this Book! Classic Adventure – J Malliet Review

I bought this book on a recommendation and my son and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’ll recommend it to you. A great book knows no age barrier. It reminds me of the Lemony Snicket books. The author combines crisp narrative with sharp, witty dialogue and not a word is wasted. The characters stay true throughout in this classic adventure story. This is a perfect example of well-written, well-edited fiction for ‘tweens. There’s nothing too graphic here so no worries for parents. The mystical parts aren’t too complicated and the author weaves them effortlessly into the story without pulling you out of the narrative.

Well done. We are looking forward to more adventures from Echo and Jason!

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