• In the fall of 2016, journalist and documentary filmmaker Robin Benger felt the overwhelming resolve to pack in a forty year career based in Toronto, during which he covered events in some of the world’s most dangerous hotspots, and move into a caravan with his wife in North Yorkshire. This book is his journal about a genteel English summer stopping life to walk, dream and look around.
  • A STORY OF LOVE AND HARDSHIP IN THE 1860s Married to a brutal man more than twice her age, Hannah is young, pregnant and despairing. One day she can take no more and one single action forces her to flee. Accepting help from a stranger, she escapes to a new life where she finds happiness at last. But the consequences of her desperate decision haunt her and when she is asked to repay that kindness, she is set on a harrowing journey that threatens to take her away from everything she loves. Paperback, 182 pages, RRP £7.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-79-6 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, November 2015
  • MY STORY: Nunthorpe Academy 2018 A story of friendship and courage My name is Abbie Potkins and I have a most unusual family. You see, my father is an explorer and our house is full of amazing things. I never know what’s going to happen from one day to the next! Paperback, RRP £6.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-32-5 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
  • Kindle eBook £3.99 or FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited The war against the alien horde is all but lost… human-occupied space is overrun while the Thieves’ Guild tries desperately to hold together a fragile alliance of Earth and Wintran resistance. As the freak mutation of the alien virus continues to ravage his body, Zach Hilyer can’t be detected by the telepathic invaders. And with NG and LC out of the picture, he’s the most powerful remaining weapon the guild has against the Bhenykhn. Their only weapon. Sent ever deeper into enemy territory on mission after mission, the demands of the Thieves’ Guild, the resistance and the Seven super AIs are pushing him to breaking point. But Hil isn’t just hiding from the aliens. His greatest fear isn’t losing the war, it’s losing himself. Arunday’s Convergence is the sixth book set in the high-tech Thieves’ Guild universe of galactic war, knife-edge intrigue, alien invasion, thieves, assassins, bounty hunters and pirates. Paperback, 336 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-80-6 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2019
  • Kindle eBook £4.99 or FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited Bad Blood Rising… the gritty debut crime novel from Eva Carmichael.

 When a young prostitute is murdered by her pimp, Karl Maddox, he thinks the terrible secret she had threatened to expose is buried with her. 
But when the murdered prostitute’s daughter arrives in Leeds eighteen years later, she is seeking answers. Slowly but surely, Karl’s life as the wealthy, powerful kingpin of his clubland empire begins to unravel as loyalty is replaced by treachery, and friendship is replaced by hatred.
Is Karl about to find out that no secret can remain buried forever? “Gripping, gritty story where everyone’s past threatens to catch up with them. The author manages to spin the threads together so that you end up needing to know how it’s all going to turn out for everyone.” Pre-order Bad Blood Rising now on Kindle.

 Paperback, 318 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-65-3 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, November 2019
  • Illustrated by Graeme Wilkinson Mammy and Daddy Rook are always busy feeding their babies, Percy and Penny, and while they’re out and about they sometimes see the strangest things. When they come back to the nest, high up in the treetops, the two baby rooks love to hear their stories of funny shaped eggs, strange nests, mischievous magpies, silly pheasants and wobbly woodpeckers. FIVE ENCHANTING STORIES TO READ TOGETHER AT BEDTIME. 52 page illustrated picture book 8.25" by 8.25"
  • The infamous Thieves' Guild, the most secretive organisation in the galaxy, doesn't recruit kids... and with good reason. But now circumstances force their hand. When an undercover operation goes wrong, they have no choice but to bring in two potential recruits they've been watching. Pulled from the chaos of the rebellion on Kheris, thirteen-year-old Luka finds himself thrown into the intense arena of field-op training alongside Zach Hilyer, another kid with a troubled past. Still struggling with injuries, and sent into a place far more dangerous than even the guild realises, Luka doesn't know who he can trust and has no way out. The stakes rise fast, and he is faced with a decision that could prove fatal for them both. The second book in the Thieves' Guild Origins series, following directly on from Kheris Burning... Paperback, 300 pages, RRP £7.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-00-4 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2017
  • What do Pamela Anderson’s ex-husband, a Los Angeles street gang, a trans-European smuggling plot and 64 acres of sugar cane have in common? They all became inextricably linked with Will Nett, that’s what, as he tangled with Balinese customs officials, almost died in the Australian Outback and foiled his own kidnapping at the hands of Fijian furniture salesmen during his chaotic year-long excuse for a holiday. Will’s scarcely believable follow up to My Only Boro will have you hoping you never find yourself sitting next to him on a plane. Or a bus. Or anywhere… …And if you’re planning a round-the-world gap year trip in the near future, whatever you do, don’t let your mum read this book.
  • Cameron Silvera runs a threat intelligence agency in 2040s London. While defusing a routine cyber attack in a city bank, the team uncovers a warning of chaos to come. How will Cameron’s team, and their friends and families, prepare to battle the oncoming storm? Paperback, 256pp £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-09-7 eBook £5.99 ASIN B074KFS72T Published by Sixth Element Publishing, August 2017
  • LC Anderton is running out of places to hide. He’s the best operative the Thieves’ Guild has ever had… or at least he was until he screwed up his last job, the one he was blackmailed into taking. And that’s just the start of his problems. The entire galaxy wants the package he stole and will pay any price to get it. As bounty hunters close in, LC doesn’t know who he can trust. In desperation, he throws in his lot with the chaotic crew of a rundown freighter on the edge of colonised space. And from there, it can only get worse. Amidst the growing threat of war between Earth and Winter, the Thieves’ Guild is desperate to find LC before anyone else can get their hands on him. The trouble is, he doesn’t trust them either. Paperback, 304 pages, RRP £8.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-40-6 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2012
  • Continuing the tradition from the summers of 2017 and 2018, Crossing the Tees Book Festival launched its third short story competition and attracted over a hundred spectacular entries from writers nationwide. With no specified theme again this year, everyone’s imaginations were once more freed to create a richly varied collection of thoughtful and downright entertaining stories. This anthology presents the winner, runners-up, and highly commended stories, as judged by Rob Scragg (author), Amy Lord (author) and Carol McIntosh (librarian), as well as the rest of the short-listed entries. Paperback, 238 pages, RRP £10 ISBN 978-1-912218-75-2 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2019
  • Continuing the tradition started in the summer of 2017, this year’s Crossing the Tees Book Festival launched its second short story competition and once again attracted almost a hundred spectacular entries from local writers. With no specified theme this year, it seemed that everyone’s imaginations were freed to create a richly varied collection of thoughtful and downright entertaining stories. This anthology presents the winner, runners-up, and highly commended stories, as judged by Mike Edwards (writer and performer), Carman Marcus (author) and Carol McIntosh (librarian), as well as the rest of the short-listed entries.   “Amazing to see the festival build on last year’s successes and inspire even more people from our region to write such fantastic stories.” Mark Freeman, Stockton Libraries and former Crossing the Tees competition judge
  • In the summer of 2017, the Crossing the Tees Book Festival invited local writers to enter its first short story competition. With the theme, ‘Crossing the Tees’, the competition struck a beautiful chord and elicited almost a hundred entries that varied from whimsical ponderings to poignant memories, from fantastical tales to gritty commentaries on life in Teesside.

    This anthology celebrates the winner, runners-up, and highly commended stories, as judged by Becci Sharrock, John Nicholson and Mark Freeman, as well as the rest of the short-listed entries.

    “Brilliantly written creative reimaginings of a region rich in writing talent.” Tracey Iceton, Writer in Residence

  • In the midst of the Covid-19 global lockdown of 2020, the Crossing the Tees Book Festival Short Story Competition carried on regardless, and gave the writers of the Tees area and beyond a chance to take part in Zoom workshops and work hard to craft their stories.

    With many thanks going to this year’s judges, Peter Barron MBE (journalist and author), Laura Degnan (writer and film maker) and Kay Tranter (librarian), this anthology showcases the winners along with the rest of the brilliant stories that were short-listed from over ninety great entries.

    Serious, poignant, funny, thought-provoking… there is no particular theme but all were written from the heart during the pandemic that stopped the world.

  • MY STORY: Nunthorpe Academy 2018 A story of friendship, adventure and determination Having adventures with your best friends is one of the best things in the world. But when Tommy, Mac, Joseph and me saw that dusty old board game through the broken window of a deserted old building, I just knew we shouldn’t have gone in there. And when we set it up and Tommy rolled the dice, I just knew something terrible was going to happen… Paperback, RRP £6.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-33-2 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
  • £1.99 on Kindle or read FREE on Kindle Unlimited
    Darkest Fears is the first book in the Thieves’ Guild: Bhenykhn Wars series of fast-paced action adventure sci fi novels. Carrying on the story from Wilful Defiance, Darkest Fears can be read as the fifth book in the Thieves’ Guild series or the first in a new episode of its own. Paperback, 324 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-20-8 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2018
  • A Family History in Wales and the North East of England Diagonal Ties is a fascinating account of one family’s connections throughout the generations with both the North East of England and the South of Wales. Susan Lewis relates the tale of her search for ancestors with humour, an eye for detail and an intriguing insight into life during the times in which they lived. Starting with rural Welsh life in the 1700s, the story moves through the heart of the industrial revolution and on into the foundries of the North-East. Susan considers with poignancy and compassion how events including a war in South Africa, a riot in Llanelli, a general strike, and two world wars, affected the lives and fortunes of those concerned. The story spans the reigns of nine kings and queens as one person from each generation makes that diagonal journey that will determine whether he or she will live as a Welsh person or a North Easterner. Paperback, 200 pages, RRP £14.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-46-8 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, May 2013
  • Disturbing Bedtime Tales is an anthology that takes the medium of the fairytale and fable to new dimensions of dark and twisted, comedic surrealism. Dark and twisted, comedic surrealism. From the story of Brasnips The Pisswitch who terrorises a village by slashing on it's vegetable yield, to the fable of The Chronic Arsestronaut, the first sexist man in outer space. These fragmented parables will leave you wide eyed and wondering if there really is a God. The Liar The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Angels Of The Garden Shed and Wee Willy Knicker Sniffer are the cautionary tales the Brothers Grimm nearly wrote but thought better of it, and the ideas Hans Christian Andersen dismissed as the onset of madness. Enjoy. And unpleasant dreams.
  • Divers is the true story of Jon May, a dive medic, whose journey started with the Piper Alpha disaster, and took him from the North Sea to the Kuwait War, to Bombay, the South China Sea and Vietnam. It is a story shot through with the drama, gallows humour and suspense of one of the world’s most dangerous professions, carried out by an individual breed of men in some of Earth’s toughest corners. Jon was called upon to help rescue a skipper trapped below deck on a sinking ship, treat a latterday victim of mustard gas and encountered boat people who could have been mistaken for pirates. He learned never to expect any gratitude from a Bombay beggar and, in this book, tells of encounters with angry sea snakes as well as a phantom oilrig. It may sound like the stuff of fiction, but for knife-edged excitement, nothing beats the truth. Paperback, 208 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-78-9 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, September 2015
  • Dollar, a beautiful grey horse, lives on Farmer Grey’s farm together with his friends, Maurice the Magpie, Barbara the Ewe, Mascara the Cow, Sid the Squirrel and of course Sandy the Donkey. The farm is very busy with a yard, a stable and Dollar’s field which is big enough for a good gallop. And best of all, there is a railway track running at the bottom. The trains TOOT as they go past the farm, there is a busy little stream, and all the animals love living there. Why don’t you sit down, get comfy and I’ll tell you all about the adventures Dollar and his friends get up to on Farmer Grey’s farm.
  • MY STORY: Nunthorpe Academy 2018 A story of overcoming fear and making friends Have you ever thought that being at a new school, a new boring school, with no friends at all was just the worst thing ever? Believe me, being left at home, alone, in the dark, when your mom goes off to work a nightshift, and there’s a scary clown banging on the kitchen door to be let out, it’s very easy to think that life can’t get much worse. Can it? Paperback, RRP £6.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-34-9 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
  • Practical hints and tips on how to pass the UK driving test from an experienced driving instructor.
  • Ancient Britain. A Roman General falls helplessly in love with a Celtic Princess, triggering tragic events that will echo down the centuries. Regency England. A spoilt aristocrat must find himself a bride before his thirtieth birthday in order to inherit the wealth of his father’s estate. With his childhood sweetheart and lover married to another, he is forced to look amongst the ranks of the Season’s debutantes. Callista Wingrove, feisty and wilful, is not only eminently unsuitable but is also far from the demure milksop for which he was searching. But despite themselves, the young couple are drawn to each other, and as the mists of time begin to lift, Callista finds herself in mortal danger as history threatens to repeat itself. Echoes of the Stones is the second novel by the author of The Blade and The Dove. Praise for Christine King’s debut, award-winning novel: “Gripping and twisting storyline with vibrant and vivid characters…” “Superbly written book with a cracking story line - I couldn't put it down.” Paperback, 402 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-01-1 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2017
  • Kindle eBook £3.49 The stunning new dark fantasy novella from the author of Greaveburn and The Alan Shaw Adventures. The world ended long ago. Humanity, burnt out by a global fever, is a distant memory and the creatures that came before have returned. Christopher isn’t a survivor, The Sickness killed him long ago. Still, he walks through the wild paradise that the world has become, believing that he is alone. Until he finds a little dead girl chained in the ruins of a barn. Emi. As these two unlikely companions experience the new world and it’s host of weird inhabitants together, it becomes clear that even for the undead, there is something very wrong with Emi. As Christopher remembers more of his humanity, and Emi slips further away from her own, it seems there is still something to lose for the ancient Undying. Inspired by Japanese mythology, this Apocalyptic Fantasy is like nothing you’ve ever read before. Read Emi now on Kindle or in paperback. “So weirdly atmospheric, you get drawn into this world so much that you find yourself rooting for Christopher and Emi even though they’re already dead.”   Paperback, 148 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-83-7 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2020
  • Poems from Teesside Primary Schools Two hundred and fifty years ago Middlesbrough-born James Cook sailed around the world on HMS Endeavour on a voyage of scientific discovery. In this anniversary year, the T-Junction poetry festival is celebrating Teesside's long international history by focusing on travel and discovery. As part of the festival, children in local primary schools have been writing their own poems about exploration and adventure, inspired by poets Bob Beagrie, Andy Willoughby, Julie Hogg, Chris Stewart, Harry Man, Natalie Scott and Andy Croft.
  • Kindle eBook £2.99 or FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited WHO KNOWS WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS? Sometimes you never know what goes on within a marriage, even your own, until some catastrophe happens.
From a quiet village in North Yorkshire, a story of slow-burn domestic tension, discontent and tragedy compounded by cover‑up, and a desire for survival no matter what. Not so much a whodunnit, more a will-they-get-away-with-it that you won’t want to put down. This cozy crime novel from Daniel Pascoe is now available on Kindle and in paperback. “A great read, intelligent, explosive…”   Paperback, 332 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-69-1 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, February 2020
  • MY STORY: Nunthorpe Academy 2018 A story of dealing with reality and making changes Moving to a new house is always going to be weird but, trust me, I had no idea how weird! As my sisters, arguing as always, fought over who got which bedroom, I went exploring. Finding an old diary in the basement, then a key that led to a silver memory stick, how could I resist trying that simple sparkly sliver of technology in my laptop…? Paperback, RRP £6.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-29-5 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
  • There are times in your life when you start to wonder what it’s all about. With me, I already had plans to up sticks and go, and when one of my neighbours died in a fire, I decided that was it… a new life in New Zealand beckoned. And so began my adventure. It’s funny how things work out… how one thing leads to another… and before I knew it, I was broke, stoned and flying by the seat of my pants around that lush green country on the far side of the world. Paperback, 216 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-84-0 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2015
  • Flying around the lush green lands of New Zealand is one thing… the Saudi desert, now that’s something else. With my adventures down under leaving me stony broke, an offer of lucrative work in the Middle East was just too tempting. And so I started a new escapade in a land where you can get arrested for eating a sandwich, rub shoulders with Arab princes at the Grand Prix and the only alcohol is black market home brew. Once again, I was flying by the seat of my pants. Paperback, 226 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-11-0 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, November 2017
  • MY STORY: Nunthorpe Academy 2018 A story about thinking hard and being useful Spencer is footy-mad but he’s no ordinary football fan… Spencer is a magician and he can stop time. There is nothing he loves more than helping people by putting things right when things go wrong. But when he loses his ticket to the most important match of the season, will he be able to think fast enough to put things right for himself? Paperback, RRP £6.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-35-6 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
  • Storytelling poet Steven Evetts has never shied away from sharing his deepest and most personal thoughts and Good News for the Bad News Blues is no exception as he contemplates the reality we inhabit but the message is clear 'everything is okay, in a not okay, sort of way’. Good News for the Bad News Blues is a collection of poems which vary from tragedy to comedy, written in his typically unique style of open form poetry with a gift for telling stories and playing with words to create an enthralling piece of work which takes the reader on a journey through his mind with a backdrop prominently centred around Americana. The collection is raw, honest, thought-provoking and witty. Steven Evetts, also known as The Rambling Pirate, uses his storytelling and dry wit to address a diverse plethora of topics throughout this collection which explores life, death, love, loss, cults, racism, violence and much more... The simplicity of some of the words are only matched by the complexity of their meaning. "I like the idea that anyone can pick up one of my books and have some idea of what I'm talking about. I'm not trying to sound smart, I'm just interested in sharing stories and thoughts in interesting ways which are open to the interpretation of whoever is reading them. To write complicated words for the sake of it seems a little braggadocio to me." Steven Evetts Paperback, 282 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-96-7 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, November 2020
  • The much awaited sequel to A Life Of Consequence, Beryl Robinson’s historical romance novel of love and hardship in the 1860s. For Hannah Phelan, life is hard in Australia. Each time she thinks she has turned a corner, and managed to hold her family together, something stops her. Now a widow with two small children, it seems someone knows about her life before, in England, a secret she has to keep at all costs. 

One thing Hannah doesn’t lack is spirit. She will do whatever it takes to keep safe all she holds dear. But can a woman make her way in a man’s world in the late 1800s, or does she have to agree to marry a man she hates to keep her secret?
  • In the 2040s, techothreats and high-tech attacks threaten society on a daily basis. In this much awaited sequel to Bitcoin Hurricane, Cameron Silvera and the cybersecurity team at Argentum Associates are busy dealing with the fallout of several apparently unrelated data breaches. Evidence mounts pointing to real-world perpetrators of the hacks, unexpected connections are uncovered, and a mystery man in a police morgue may hold the key. As the investigations reach a climax, Cameron and the team find themselves facing danger unexpectedly close to home. K.R. Baucherel’s second thriller novel is another exciting read of near future cyber security and conspiracy fiction, featuring the charismatic Cameron Silvera juggling everyday life and the very real threat of cyberterrorism. eBook £3.99 ASIN B07FYFWY28 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, August 2018
  • Someone is out to destroy the Thieves’ Guild. NG is good. Very good. But now someone wants him dead. With the guild in chaos, his best handler murdered and his top field-ops on the run, he has to up his game to find out who. Because that’s only half the trouble he’s in. As the cracks grow ever wider, the Thieves’ Guild finds itself caught between the warring factions of Earth and Winter, with no idea who is pulling the strings. And on the darkest of days, NG finds himself in a fight even he couldn’t have anticipated. Paperback, 378 pages, RRP £8.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-60-4 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2014
  • Available now in paperback and Kindle. Harvey Duckman presents a Christmas special edition in his series of collected works of suspense and mystery in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and steampunkery… This anthology features work by exciting new voices in speculative fiction, including both established authors and previously unpublished writers.

These short stories give a glimpse into some fantastic worlds that are already out there for you to enjoy, as well as a taste of more to come… all with a flavour of the festive season. The Harvey Duckman Presents… Special: Christmas 2019 includes stories by: Thomas Gregory, Andy Hill, Peter James Martin, Craig Hallam, Kate Baucherel, Cheryllynn Dyess, Marios Eracleous, Zack Brooks, Ben McQueeney, Maggie Kraus, Gerald Wiley, Lynne Lumsden Green, Mark Hayes, Ben Sawyer and R. Bruce Connelly. Edited by C.G. Hatton.
  • Harvey Duckman presents a Pirates special edition in this awesome series of collected works of suspense and mystery in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and steampunkery… This anthology features work by exciting new voices in speculative fiction, including both established authors and previously unpublished writers. These short stories give a glimpse into some fantastic worlds that are already out there for you to enjoy, as well as a taste of more to come… so get your bottle of rum ready and hunker down to read...

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