Pot Luck

This page is different!

The books featured on the rest of this website are all either published by publishers, or are self-published but have reached sales that qualify their authors for Society of Authors membership.

The books listed on this page are all self-published and have yet to sell in droves. But who knows, one of them might be the next 50 Shades of Grey

So if you fancy taking pot luck, here are some titles to choose from – all written by writers in York.

Fiction and non-fiction books by the following authors are  featured on this page:

  • A.L. Bell
  • Chris Bridge
  • Adrian P. Fayter
  • Jacky Fitt
  • Amy Flint
  • Set Sytes
  • Helen Stothard
  • Alys West

Mr Friedman's Fireside TalesA.L. Bell (Alison Linda Bell)
Mr Friedman’s Fireside Tales: Seven Adventures from Parallel Dimensions
November 2012 Hardback / Kindle
Genre: Folk Fantasy Fiction, teens and above
Set in York? No
Description: It’s Christmas Eve at the orphanage and Mr Friedman has gathered his beloved children around the log fire for his traditional annual storytelling.
As the children listen, they recognise themselves in the tales and are transported on journeys of self-discovery to parallel dimensions to face their own quest.
Read a sample: Here (Click to look inside on Amazon page)
Find out more and buy from: Amazon (Kindle) Amazon (Hardback) Publisher’s website  l Author’s website

Cover Back Behind Enemy LinesChris Bridge
Back Behind Enemy Lines
November 2014, Kindle
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mid List
Set in York? No
Description: When Anna returns to England from Normandy in 1944, she is sure her spying days are over, but old age feels like being back behind enemy lines. To keep her independence she must bring her intelligence skills back into play and face up to the ghosts from her wartime past.
Reviews: ‘Gripping and unusual … I read this in less than a day as I could not put it down.’ ‘Brilliantly written, well researched … I was entirely hooked in from the start, wanting this brave feisty complex woman to win all her battles.’ ‘Very poignant and totally engaging … Fully deserving of five stars.’
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Amazon

Cover of Fayter - Death BenefitAdrian P Fayter
Death Benefit
September 2013. Paperback and e-book
Genre:  Crime / Mystery
Set in York? No
Description:  Larry Di Palma always wanted to be a detective; sadly, he’s stuck investigating benefit fraud.  But this case isn’t about a person disappearing off the unemployment register, it’s about people disappearing without trace.  And anyone who stumbles over the reason for it will end up going the same way…
Reviews:  ‘I read it twice; it really stayed with me.’ Isabel White, Literary Agent
Read a sample:  Here
Find out more:  Author’s website
Buy from:  Author’s website  l Publisher’s website  l  Amazon (Kindle) l Amazon (paperback)

Cover of How_to_Get_Inside_Someones_Mind_and_Stay_There_J.FittJacky Fitt
How to Get Inside Someone’s Mind and Stay There
The business owner’s guide to content marketing and confident copywriting
2014. Paperback eBook
Genre: Business
Description: This easy to read, practical guide to content marketing and good copywriting demystifies and explores content marketing and how best to use it for advantage and profit. Establishing your growing business as the go to brand of choice, it gives you the tools to establish, build and benefit your brand in person, in print and online.
Reviews: ‘You’ll find sound advice on everything from defining your brand through to advice on design via all the different ways in which you can connect with potential customers… It completely changes your way of thinking.’ Best New Books Sue Magee TheBookbag.com
Quite excellent, and sets the standard in this marketing genre. A perfect guide to content marketing and communications…10 out of 10 from me.’ Ross Hewitt, Author Savvy Social Media
Awards: Winner of 2015 Small Business Book Community Choice Award for marketing
Read a sample: Here 
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website | AmazonPublisher’s website 

Flint - The Haunting of Delavere HallAmy Flint
The Haunting of Delavere Hall
2016. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Paranormal
Set in York? Partially
Description: Paranormal investigator Porter Biggleswade agrees to investigate ghostly sightings at Delavere Hall, a crumbling estate on the Yorkshire coast. Porter discovers that rumours are rife, with monks and a murder at the heart of them. The Haunting of Delavere Hall is the second book in Amy Flint’s Porter Biggleswade series.
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website | Amazon |Publisher’s website 

Cover of Flint -Shadows in the MistAmy Flint
Shadows in the Mist
2014. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Paranormal
Set in York? Partially
Description: Dr Porter Biggleswade, a paranormal investigator, finds herself tangling with supernatural shadows and more human quirks.  The mysterious occupants of the Bronte Parsonage, a woman haunted by her living mother and a farmer plagued by spectral ewes show Porter that the living are as troubled as the shadows she investigates.
Reviews: ‘Ghost hunting for sceptics and believers alike’ John on Goodreads
Read a sample:
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website l Amazon l Publisher’s website

Cover of Sytes - Moral ZeroSet Sytes
Moral Zero
2014. Ebook
Genre: Dystopian thriller
Set in York? No
Description: Mr White. Kidd Red. Johnny Black. Three deviants in a violent, sickly dystopia where completely opposing laws and moral codes are just a short walk away. Guided by a corrupt sense of moral subjectivism, they form an uneasy friendship. Each tormented by his own existence, always seeking something more. But the greatest danger is making sure they don’t lose track of what is real…
Enter the city of Rule and the world of the moral zeroes.
Reviews: This is rock n roll writing. Its energy reminds me of early Amis, its articulation reminiscent of a Tarantino screenplay… Each paragraph leaves you breathless, each moving with such runaway-train speed you almost expect one to crash into the next. And it’s very funny.’  Paul Davenport, author of Not Like The Other Boys
‘I read this sitting next to my wife and after the first three paragraphs I said, “This guy can write”… In a word, this is uncompromising, brutal and pulls no punches.’ Joe Carter, author of The Corruption of Michael Blake
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website l Amazon


Cover of STOTHARD Its just four times round the villageHelen Stothard
It’s Just Four Times Round the Village (A non runner’s journey to her first marathon)
May 2003; Paperback/e-book
Genre: Autobiography
Set in York? Partially
Description: Running a marathon can seem overwhelming but ‘it’s just four times round the village’.
It’s Just Four Times Round the Village takes you on my five-year journey, sharing the ups and the downs along the way, and is for people like me who don’t have the natural inclination to run, and those surrounded by people telling you that you can’t or you shouldn’t.
Because there is one thing that I have learned, if I can do it, then anyone can!
Reviews: ‘Truly inspirational story to any runner out there whether a beginner or a ultra runner I couldn’t put it down loved it would recommend to anyone brought tears to my eyes!’
‘A great, easy read detailing a personal perspective of one woman’s personal journey from novice to marathon runner! Amusing and emotional, it is a great motivational read!’
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Amazon (Paperback) l Amazon (Kindle)

Cover of Beltane by Alys WestAlys West
2016. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Urban fantasy romance
Set in York? No
Description: A mysterious green man, a healer who doesn’t heal and dreams that foretell the future. For artist Zoe, her stay in Glastonbury just seriously weird. And that’s before she discovers there’s real magic happening around her… A gripping urban fantasy romance which will keep you spellbound until the last page.
Reviews: ‘If you are looking for a romantic read that is a little different, with the supernatural thrown into the mix and wickedly entertaining characters who stay with you long after you have finished the book, then Beltane is the book for you. You won’t be disappointed.’ Brew and Books Reviews
Read a sample: Here
Find out more from: Author’s website l Publisher’s website
Buy from: Amazon

Cover of Alys West's The Dirigible King's DaughterAlys West
The Dirigible King’s Daughter
2016. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Steampunk romance
Set in York? Partially
Description: An amorous Alderman, a mysterious Viscount, a fake engagement and an arrest for attempted murder: Harriet Hardy’s life just got seriously complicated. Can she clear her name and marry the man she loves or is it already too late for the Dirigible King’s Daughter?
Reviews: ‘Victorian Steampunk with kickass pistol-packing Victorian feminist… The Dirigible King’s Daughter is a quick entertaining read for those who enjoy romance, steampunk, or just a charmingly-written and beautifully edited little book that makes few demands and delivers exactly what it promises’. Rosie Amber’s Book Blog
Read a sample: Here
Find out more from:  Author’s website l  Publisher’s website
Buy from: Amazon


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