Sunday, 27 November 2022

Now Available: 'Ensconce', the fourth volume in the 'Kindred Spirits' series

 'Ensconce', the 4th (standalone) volume in the 'Kindred Spirits' series is now for sale! 


Life isn't easy when you're 10. Especially when you're an orphan on a new planet with alien classmates, a psychopathic teacher and a universe addicted to red weed.



A hundred years on from ‘Province’ and peace feels much easier. Even The Agrosians have become less aggressive. Well, slightly. The discovery of red weed, a new substance mined from all eleven inhabited planets, by unscrupulous adults spells bad news though – for the universe in general but specifically for the group of eleven children who have been sent to a new international school on Orpheus. They all seem to have something wrong with them, but not everything was meant to be cured and some things can never be, certainly not with red weed. New girl Robin fears her dyspraxia will stop her getting any friends, but when her friends are an introvert invertebrate Camalosian who never speaks, an insecure Belobrat, a cynical Habridat, a Glabdiharbit with multiple phobias, a Doosbury Giant with an eating disorder, a polite Agrosian, a co-dependent Clandusprod, an unbeliever Mrasianart, a Maggrumph bully and a Mekkion who keeps blowing emotional fuses she feels less out of place than she did on Earth. Though their teachers want to keep them enclosed in their Great Hall the children want to explore the universe, starting with the first ever International Games that’s just taking place on Decreeta. Will the children learn to get along? Can they trust any of the adults who seem to get stranger every day? Who will listen to them if they can find out what’s going on? Will they survive corruption, shuttle-flights, ice planets, burning buildings, bombs, pyramid sellers, Doosbury Operas, their own teachers and the scariness of approaching adulthood in one piece? More than just another novel, ‘Ensconce’ is yet another mad house, a love song to childhood and the hope that one day if adults actually stopped moaning and listened to their off-spring then it might just save us all.


Available to buy on all planets as a paperback or an e-book

Plus which alien are you? Agrosian, Belobrat, Camalosian, Clandusprod, Doosbury Giant, Habridat, Magrumph, Mekkion or Mrasianart?Take our quiz here

Thursday, 6 October 2022

Audio books Coming Soon!


Kindred Spirits audiobooks are coming next year! (1 down 4 to go!) An all-cast recording featuring your favourite other-worldly aliens. A Spareroom Studios Production...erm, made in the kitchen (where it's quieter!)

Sunday, 4 September 2022

A Word From Our 25th Century Sponsors


We are pleased to announce our new sponsorship with twelve exciting new companies. Owing to a quirk in the fabric of space and time none of these products will be available for 450 years, but that just gives you a chance to get saving





 Find out exactly what's going on with the release of our exciting new book 'Abundance', the 5th volume in 'Kindred Spirits' available on May 1st next year. 

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Now Available: 'Province', The Third Volume of 'Kindred Spirits'

 

The third volume of 'Kindred Spirits' 'Province' is now for sale!


The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire. With ten sets of friendly aliens and one ferocious enemy from outside the known universe

A hundred years on from ‘Insurgence’ and Humrasianart Eleron is the new president of The Intergalactic Peace Organisation. He should be happy – he has the perfect wife, the perfect job and lives in a near-perfect universe where nothing has gone wrong for years. However, the newly terraformed planet Decreeta is more likely to induce war in Eleron and his colleagues. That’s especially true when a new breed of species named Agrosians from the unknown side of the universe come across an Earth shuttle with a mysterious disc full of music and quickly turns his plans for peace and diplomacy upside down. Only a race against time around the ten existing planets and enlisting their co-operation stands between the newly formed peace organisation and the Agrosians ruled by their merciless Queen Calixta enslaving our half of the universe. Will everyone learn to work together in time? Just what is the mysterious Belobrat ex-head of the IPO up to? Will Eleron get to rescue his Mrasianbrat wife? Will his military general stop squeaking and come out from under his desk? Will Eleron be able to file his copy of Kinks album 'Preservation' in the Intergalactic Peace Library? Will vice-president Horace ever wake up and do some work?!? And if Eleron gets back home will things ever be the same for him again? More than just another novel, ‘Province’ is a mad house, a love song to the act of, erm, politics (what?!?) and a hope that one day it might just save us all.



Available to buy on all planets as a paperback or an e-book

Plus which alien are you? Agrosian, Belobrat, Camalosian, Clandusprod, Doosbury Giant, Habridat, Magrumph, Mekkion or Mrasianart?Take our quiz here

Monday, 1 November 2021

Now Available: 'Insurgence', the second volume of 'Kindred Spirits'

 War and Peace. With Mrasianarts. Only she’s on an alien planet – and someone wants her and her fellow off-worlders dead.


A hundred years after the events of ‘Endurance’ and the ten intelligent species in the known galaxy all know and respect each other – but some of those in charge on those ten planets are having a hard time accepting this brave new world and are still caught up in their petty global affairs. When just existing is enough to start an act of rebellion, being an off-worlder playing in a peace orchestra seems to be enough to start a revolution. That’s what worries the Mrasianart authorities, who turn the deep-thinking world of Mras on its head with petty fears and injustices through their glorified telepathical internet, ‘the universal’. Eleanor’s long journey across the galaxy from Earth to her new home is far more exciting than she ever expected, full as it is with love for a local, violence, cultural tests, exams, knitting Clandusprods, corruptible Belobrat peace delegates and giving birth to the universe’s first Humrasian. Together the Peace Orchestra find themselves socking it to the man – or in this case one particular alien – in a desperate fight to avoid deportation or worse. It’s all quite an adventure – one she isn’t sure she wants to take after what happened to her back home but which leaves her never quite the same simple human again. ‘Insurgence’ is, like prequel ‘Endurance’, another mad house, a love song to the art of music this time and a hope that one day it might just save us all. Includes extracts from the Intergalactic Song Contest and the 23rd century hit 'We Are All One Universe And We're Only Several Billion Light Years Apart'.

​​​​​​​Note: although 'Insurgence' is part of a series and is set in the same series as 'Endurance' a hundred years on, this is a stand-alone book featuring new characters and you don't need to have read any of the others to understand it.  


Available now in paperback and e-book formats



Thursday, 6 May 2021

Take our Kindred Spirits Quiz and find out which alien race you most resemble!

 

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Now Available: 'Ensconce', the fourth volume in the 'Kindred Spirits' series

  'Ensconce', the 4th (standalone) volume in the 'Kindred Spirits' series is now for sale!  Life isn't easy when you'...