• 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

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    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
  • 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
  • Joanne is struggling to organise the wedding of her spoiled god-daughter, Amelia, to honour a promise she made to a dying friend. Amelia’s choice of church, however, is haunted by past tragedies, and Joanne seems to be their target. She finds allies in the priest of Old All Saints Church, and Greg, the estate manager of Skelton Castle, but she doesn’t expect to lose her London business, her city lifestyle and her heart in the course of preparing for this wedding. Both her life and sanity will be in danger, as she tests the power of ghostly presences and of love. Paperback, 246 pages, RRP £8.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-91-8 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2016
  • 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 Two Lives is an exciting, fast-paced thriller with dashes of love, mystery, murder and humour. Jill, a comprehensive school teacher in her early thirties, has put her dark past behind her to become a lady in control of her own life. Successful in her career, soon to be divorced and with no emotional ties, she is content. Except that one morning, while trying to find work for a recalcitrant Year 9 class, she finds herself in a dark and murky street in Victorian England. The image soon disappears and she is back in the classroom, but the children she was teaching have gone and so has an hour of her life. Soon Jill finds herself living two parallel lives, one as a teacher and the other as a Victorian governess. And this is just the beginning... Paperback, 320 pages, RRP £7.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-49-9 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2013
  • After a tragic accident tears their family apart, Anna and her son Jake arrive in the quaint village of Welham to forge a new life for themselves. Yet even as they struggle to come to terms with the strange happenings within Damara Cottage, new love beckons for each of them. For Anna, the handsome local doctor tempts her from an abyss of grief after the death of her husband. For Jake, a lovely young barmaid offers escape from his own sorrow and confusion. But everyone is not as they seem. Peculiar dreams, spectral figures, and a primordial secret draw them to the cellar of the cottage. An ancient conflict of magic and witchcraft approaches as forces of good and evil hover at their doorstep, watching and waiting… Paperback, 278 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-95-6 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, November 2016
  • Fighting for a lord you cannot trust, in a land that is not your own, is tough enough. When there’s a price on your head and you are hiding a secret no one can know, it is a dark path that lies ahead. Young swordsman Gideon Destain and his brothers face loss, heartbreak, pain and treachery as they wander in a wilderness not of their making. As war stirs in the West, they seek refuge in the East and the brothers must fight to survive, not realising that the High King Duran is stalking their every move. Paperback, 384 pages, RRP £14.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-08-0 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, August 2017
  • 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
  • The debut thriller novel from Jon May, author of acclaimed true life deep sea stories, Divers and Salvage When geological survey vessel Storm Petrel comes across the long-lost wreck of British fishing trawler, the Star Altair, where no one would have ever expected it to be, alarm bells resound across the globe. Thriller author Paul Scott knows the name of the stricken vessel only too well – his father was lead investigator in its disappearance almost forty years ago, a case that led to his supposed suicide. As evidence of more and more foul play surfaces, Paul is drawn back to a shadowy past of Cold War tension, spies, assassination, Government cover-ups and secrets that threaten not only his life, but the safety of everyone he is daring to approach. Has he got the bottle to see it through to the end, or will the truth remain buried deep in the murky depths of the ocean? Paperback, 300 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-24-0 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
  • DUE OUT 15th JUNE 2018 – Available now to pre-order The thirtieth century, and war is coming to North America. Along the Pagan Line, the Christians of the south face the heathens of the north, both sides armed with technology and deadly, arcane sorcery. When Armida Corazon, faithful daughter of the Church, discovers her own side planning to release an ancient and terrible evil into the world, she leaves behind her old life and sets out to stop them. Travelling with her companions in the sentient warship, Immaculate, she is helped by forces both mysterious and unreliable, but is assailed at every moment by a hidden but powerful enemy. How can she succeed in her quest when even time itself is against her? Paperback, 356 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-36-3 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
  • The boy Drimble is stuck in a life of violence, abuse and horror. All courtesy of the man Sigismondi. And a disembodied head called the head. Dragged around a shattered world, performing as part of the man Sigismondi’s weird musical routine for a wretched populace in the fetid music halls that offer the only entertainment left, Drimble takes his punishment, all the while never uttering a single word. But he hangs on… until, eventually, escape beckons. The third novel from world-unrenowned, non-award winning author, Graeme Wilkinson, Lost At The End Of The World is a post-apocalyptic Oliver Twist. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder just how on earth you lived without this book in your life. Paperback, 210 pages, RRP £10 ISBN 978-1-908299-99-4 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2017