The books both look fabulous with their newly branded covers. These were designed by the hugely talented Tom Johnson, which not only enables me to crow about the wonderful artwork that introduces the first two titles in my supernatural/thriller trilogy, but also as his proud father. The whole endeavour has been an inside job, with my wife Judith providing her support since the completion of Wilhelm & Laszlo’s second draft (the point at which I allow her to view new work) as unpaid editor. I also called on the knowledge and expertise of a number of friends for help. I must choose my friends wisely, because everyone approached not only said yes immediately, but never once complained about the task (least not to me!). Some of these good people must have spent hours at work on the book’s behalf and for this I am indebted to them. I am not going to produce a list here, but they are all named in the book’s acknowledgements. I should also mention fans of Niedermayer & Hart (and Roadrage) who have always kept faith with the project despite some lengthy delays at times.
Wilhelm & Laszlo is a fairly chunky read at just under 162,000 words - only about six hundred words shorter than Niedermayer & Hart. Here’s its blurb:
In this second part of the trilogy which began with Niedermayer & Hart, the story once again unfolds within two time frames. The Guardians under Aref’s leadership reach Albi, where de Frontignac and his crew soon gather, intending to steal that which the Guardians have striven long and hard to protect.
While Jim Latimer and his friends mistakenly believe that the Niedermayer & Hart affair is concluded, three thousand miles away in Newark, New Jersey, a number of fresh corpses are discovered, all minus their heads and hearts.
A new foe emerges, highly organised, corrupt, powerful, able to spread its influence widely. The choice that remains for Latimer and co. is stark: take the fight to the enemy, or perish.
Having gained the confidence of readers with the first title, they will hopefully deem me capable of once again dovetailing two seemingly disparate sagas. Overall, I am happy with the new book; it continues the story where the first one leaves off, but may see its readers a mite baffled and intrigued for a while.
I hope it works as effectively as Niedermayer & Hart appears to have done for the majority of its readership, and for those who are yet to discover the series, that it will become a thrilling experience.
My thanks once again to everyone who assisted me, whether it was by proof-reading, editing, advising, or just casual readers who discovered the book by chance and took the trouble to post an honest review, or supporters on social media like Facebook and Twitter. Believe me, as an indie author with a marketing budget that’s pretty close to non-existent, every little bit helps.