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

Set Sytes
India Bones and the Ship of the Dead
Nov 2017; e-book
Genre: YA Fantasy
Set in York? No (but a fantasy York Empire is part of the story!)
Description: India Bones and the Ship of the Dead is the first book in a thrilling new pirate fantasy series for teenagers and adults, featuring the adventurous exploits of the young India Bones in an exotic yet dangerous world as different from our own as it is similar.
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website  l  Amazon


Set Sytes
How Not to Kill Yourself: A Survival Guide for Imaginative Pessimists
March 2018; paperback/e-book
Genre: Non-fiction/self-help
Set in York? No
Description: An irreverent survival guide for creative cynics and tortured artists in fighting depression and giving yourself reasons to carry on and stick it to the world.
Reviews: ‘Such an interesting book that looks into life dealing with depression and how to cope or deal with it. This is something not many, if any, authors are willing to do so without offending the reader.’ Nudge-Book
‘Sytes ensures that readers feel seen, a critical departure from books that merely offer suggestions (or, far worse, platitudes).’  The Progressive Populist
‘The best piece of literature I have ever read about depression…and I’ve read A LOT. Required reading for those with depression and those who know people with depression (which most people, I believe, fall into one or both categories).’  Nicole Shultz
Find out more and buy from:  Publisher’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)

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