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  • Countdown to publication: Rupture Day 8

    Countdown to publication: Rupture Day 8

    It’s DAY EIGHT of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the eighth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Skyr Gobbler (Skyrgámur in Icelandic)! It won’t surprise you to learn that he has his eye on the skyr – a delicious strained dairy product, a bit of a cross between yoghurt and soft cheese – that is traditionally served with milk and a sprinkling of sugar. Skyr Gobbler perches on the rafters to await the moment when he can slip down and polish off any skyr in the house. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY 7

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY 7

    It’s DAY SEVEN of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the seventh of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Door-Slammer (also known as Hurðaskellir) who arrives on the 18th of December and departs on the 31st. This disruptive Santa isn’t a thief, but nocturnally naughty! His favourite activity is slamming doors, particularly in the dead of night, when everyone is asleep. He travels throughout town, moving from house to house, and waking hapless homeowners (and scaring them half to death) with his prank. He slams the doors so ferociously, he’s also known as ‘Skirt-Swinger’ because of the draughts he causes. For the record, locking your doors makes no difference. He manages to get them open, no matter how well they are secured. The solution? Ear plugs. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY SIX

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY SIX

    It’s DAY SIX of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the sixth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Bowl-Licker (also known as Askasleikir) who arrives on the 17th of December and departs on the 30th. Another thief! This crafty  Santa hides under the bed and waits for someone to put down their dish … he’s there in a flash to steal the bowl AND lick it clean. Not surprisingly, fussy children are big fans of Bowl-Licker! In the olden days, Icelanders ate from a wooden bowl with a lid, known as an askur. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FIVE

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FIVE

    It’s DAY FIVE of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the fifth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Pot Scraper (also known as Pottaskefill) who arrives on the 16th of December and departs on the 29th. Unlike skinny Ladle Licker, he’s rotund, and spends far too much time scraping pots to steal all of the leftovers! Watch out for him, if you were planning to save something for lunch the next day! He has a special trick. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FOUR

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FOUR

    It’s DAY FOUR of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the fourth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Ladle Licker (also known as ‘Spoon Licker’ or Þvörusleikir) who arrives on the 15th of December and departs on the 28th. He’s a skinny Santa, and he never gets enough to eat. For this reason, he’s usually skulking around the fire, waiting for someone to turn their backs so that he can grab the ladle from the pot and give it a lick! Ladle Licker lingered on the road, long and thin he looks like a flagpole. Hurrying in the dark he found a pot at once and greedily started to lick the ladle. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY THREE

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY THREE

    It’s DAY THREE of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the third of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Shorty (also known as ‘Stubby’ or Stúfur) who arrives on the 14th of December and departs on the 27th. He’s best known for lurking in the kitchen to grab a pan of food when the cook’s back is turned! Icelandic chefs keep a close eye on their kitchens during Shorty’s stay … he’s small and can slip away unseen! Poor Shorty kept his undivided attention on the kitchen pans, coveting their contents. On stubby legs he hovered near the larder, ingenious in finding ways to get near the roast. Waiting in a corner where he was unseen, for a chance to snatch a pan of juicy meat. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY TWO

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY TWO

    It’s DAY TWO of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the second of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Gully Gawk (Giljagaur), who arrives on the 13th of December and departs on the 26th. He’s best known for hiding in gullies, and waiting for a chance to slip out and steal the milk from the cowshed! Gull Gawk slid silently into the cowshed, saw the bull and didn’t want to come closer. Looking into every corner he didn’t see a soul and thought he might try and get some milk. He took hold of a teat, and milk ran into his palm, but the cow was annoyed and gave him a kick. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE

    There is a beautiful tradition in Iceland, which involves giving books as gifts at Christmas time. In the months before Christmas, the Jólabókaflóðið – the annual flood of books that are imported into or published in Iceland – takes place, and it is a period of great excitement for everyone. Gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, and Icelanders curl up with their new books, nibbling Christmas chocolate and sipping jólabland, a delicious Christmas punch. To celebrate this tradition, we’ll be releasing Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates) in ebook on Christmas Eve! And every day until then, we’ll be telling you about one of the 13 Icelandic Christmas Santas (The Yule Lads), and offering a special giveaway from the Orenda stable! So here we go! The Yule Lads have their origins in Icelandic folklore, and they are believed to be the sons of trolls, who live in the mountains. Read More

  • Kate Daniels returns … and this time it’s personal #GallowsDrop

    Kate Daniels returns … and this time it’s personal #GallowsDrop

      We are honoured to host a Q&A with the amazing Mari Hannah, talking about her latest Kate Daniels’ *mystery* Gallows Drop. I should start by saying that I’m an unashamed admirer of this series, and also Mari’s standalone, The Silent Room (see our review here), and this latest instalment is no disappointment. Feisty, focused Kate returns to solve a crime that has perplexed the team – and the village. A young man is found hanged, but this is no suicide. A victim of bullying, he has been (quite literally) strung up, and someone is making a very sinister point. A variety of credible potential culprits enter the fray, and Kate battles with a bullying ex-boss who has designs on her job, a fraught series of decisions on the home front, and a litany of dark secrets from her past that threaten to overwhelm her. Read More

  • 1 … 2 … 3 … It’s the LONG COUNT by JM Gulvin

    1 … 2 … 3 … It’s the LONG COUNT by JM Gulvin

        It is an absolute honour to host a Q&A with Jeff Gulvin, author of one of the finest, most evocative, original thrillers I’ve read in quite some time. Once again, Faber has nailed it. Sitting alongside fabulously memorable USA-set fiction from Rod Reynolds, Tim Baker, Cal Moriarty and Chris Pavone, The Long Count drops us into the American wild west in the 1960s, and there are tensions. The Vietnam War is in full throttle, and people are starting to object. Texas Ranger John Q, a veteran of the Korean War, is a single dad to James, who is also cared for by John Q’s loyal friend Pious. A series of crimes make their way across John’s radar, the most perplexing of which is an apparent suicide by another vet. Read More