Author’s book praised on literature website

BEVERLEY author Roger K Driscoll has seen his first published work named as one of this year’s top ten books.
Echo McCool Outlaw Through Time was praised by independent literature comparison website www.goodreads.com
The children’s fantasy novel aimed at 9 to 12-year-olds is now on sale at WHSmith book store in Toll Gavel, Beverley.
Mr Driscoll, of Curlew Close, Molescroft, said: “I’ve been scribbling for years, but this is the first one that’s been published.”
The author grew up in the Beverley area and was inspired to write because of his enjoyable childhood.
His story about a magical medieval girl linking up for adventures with a 12-year-old runaway is set in a mythical place called Oswaldley.
But the author said: “It’s based on Beverley and the East Riding. I’ve used different place names, but they’re all linked to this area. “Oswaldley is really Beverley, Witch Wood is Burton Bushes and Hazelby is Driffield.”
The book is published by Grosvenor House Publishing, one of the directors of which is respected Yorkshire author GP Taylor.

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GOODREADS TOP TEN

Losing his job helped Roger

realise dream

 

 

Published on Friday 13 May 2011 12:26

REDUNDANCY forced a Beverley man into realising a life-long dream of becoming an author.

Roger Driscoll’s first book, Echo McCool, Outlaw Through Time, is now rated as one of the top 10 best reads of the year by the website www.goodreads.com.

The book is the tale of Echo McCool, a magical, medieval girl with attitude.

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, until the present day when she is awakened by Jason Fleeting, a 12-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.

Roger’s work is heavily influenced by 1970s TV writer Richard Carpenter, who created series including Catweazle and Dick Turpin.

After some success in England when he was first published in January, Roger’s Amazon rating in America started to go up.

More recently, the book was rated in the top 10 best books of 2011 by the users of American site goodreads.com.

“That was quite unexpected,” Roger said. “I thought it would start in my own back yard and spread out, but it’s done the opposite and really taken off in America.”

Roger said being made redundant from a large law firm in Hull was the push he needed to finish half-written manuscripts he was storing under his spare bed.

“Trying to write on a weekend and evening takes its toll. Being made redundant gave me the chance to write full-time, which is so much better for me,” he said.

Roger first became interested in writing after meeting a children’s author whilst on holiday as a child in the Yorkshire Dales.

“I thought ‘that’s the life for me’,” he said.

However, Roger turned to law, although he did complete some writing work during this time and sent it off to various publishers.

“It’s very difficult in this country to get taken on by the big guys, so many people aspire to do it,” he said.

Roger eventually had success with Echo McCool, Outlaw Through Time, seeing the book picked up by Grosvenor House Publishing, a small company based in North Yorkshire.

He is now working on the sequel to Echo McCool, Outlaw Through Time and also plans to write a short novel.

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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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