Brand new short story “The Royal Runaway” – FREE to download!


I’ve now finished and uploaded my second short story. It’s free to download in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords here. It’s also available on Amazon Kindle, although it’s surprisingly difficult to give away stuff for free on greedy Amazon, but from tomorrow for five days it will be for free! And you can always freely download it in Kindle format from Smashwords at any time.

“The Royal Runaway” is a direct prelude to my novel “Eladria”, set during the eponymous heroine’s childhood. It’s a short, character-driven tale about coping with a devastating childhood loss and learning to face your problems head-on. I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to hear what you think of it.


Princess Eladria is devastated to learn that her mother has been officially listed as missing. Extensive planet-wide searches by the Royal Military have failed to yield a trace of the queen. Shocked that her father seems to think she won’t be coming back, the wilful seven-year-old sneaks out of the palace and prepares to embark on a desperate quest to find her missing mother. It’s a quest that’s fated to end badly, but a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger could mark a turning point in the princess’s life…


10 thoughts on “Brand new short story “The Royal Runaway” – FREE to download!”

    1. Thanks! It’s been a really cool journey, the novel which this story leads into was published last month and I think it’s been very well received! 🙂

  1. Salam ,I’ve just finished reading ‘artan’s night .It’s a breathtaking story .I loved your choice of the name ‘artan” it’s charismatic .I was wondering if you chose that name at random or on purpose ,because i found out that “artan ‘means little bear ,and bear is a symbol of courage and ,unpredictability and strength according to Native Americans that warriors revered him i mean the bear .It’s a good choice indeed ,I loved the story ,really I did.

    1. Hey there, thanks for reading my story, really glad you enjoyed it!! I chose the name at random, it just kinda popped into my head. I had no idea it was already a word! That’s really cool to know!! wow. I really like the name actually…it sounds nice.

      Thanks again, really great to hear from you and to know you enjoyed the story 🙂

      1. Salam .The title is alluring really. Thanks for the link ,it’s kind of you =) I love reading short stories so much ,thank you again Sir. You too have great moments .

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