TAKING SHIELD E-boxed set goes live today! And other news, some of it soggy and wet…

The Taking Shield Boxed set has gone live today. I’m thrilled to have finally brought all five books together into a single volume, and at a great saving for readers – around 40% cheaper than buying the books individually.

If you’re anything like me, you hate starting an unfinished series because either you wait around for years for the final book, or you wait around for years and the final book still hasn’t appeared. Looking at you, George Martin. At least, with the Rainbow Award-winning Taking Shield series, I can guarantee it’s done!

For *a limited period only* all five volumes are published today in an e-book boxed set. I’ll keep the boxed set live for three months, then I’ll review to see if this experiment has been successful or not. I hope it works out!

Find your nearest e-book store via this link: https://books2read.com/Taking-Shield-Complete-Series.

Also if you fancy your chances of winning a $20 Amazon gift card, then go here. Good luck!!
About the Taking Shield series:
Earth’s a dead planet. Her last known colony, Albion, has grown to be regional galactic power in its own right. But Albion’s drive to expand and found colonies of its own has threatened an alien race, the Maess, against whom Albion is now fighting a last-ditch battle for survival in a war that’s dragged on for generations.

Taking Shield charts the missions and adventures of Shield Captain Bennet, scion of a prominent military family. Bennet, also an analyst with the Military Strategy Unit, uncovers crucial data about the Maess to help with the war effort. Against the demands of his family’s ‘triple goddess’ of Duty, Honour and Service, is set Bennet’s relationships with lovers and family—his difficult relationship with his long term partner, Joss;  his estrangement from his father, Caeden, the commander of Fleet’s First Flotilla; and Fleet Lieutenant Flynn, who, over the course of the series, develops into Bennet’s main love interest.

Over the Taking Shield arc, Bennet will see the extremes to which humanity’s enemies, and his own people, will go to win the war. Some days he isn’t able to tell friend from foe. Some days he doubts everything, including himself, as he strives to ensure Albion’s victory. And some days he isn’t sure, any longer, what victory looks like.

More information and background on the Shield Universe
What the reviewers say:
***** …the Taking Shield Series is hands down the best sci-fi series I will be reading this year! – The Jeep Diva

***** I desperately hope Anna Butler decides to further this series. But if she doesn’t, then I’ll be happy with Taking Shield as it stands. It’s the kind of work that, as a reviewer, I have been privileged to read. – Joyfully Jay Reviews

***** Grief. It’s what I’ve been feeling for a couple of days…and I’ve tracked it back to finishing this series. I loved the Taking Shield series … Ms. Butler is one of my favorite sci-fi authors… If you’re a sci-fi reader, and you haven’t read this series, you need to start it right now… I could go on praising the author all day … I can only give 5.0 stars, but I’d give it more if I could. – Love Bytes Reviews.



The second editions of The Gilded Scarab – with revised cover! – and The Jackal’s House are now available at Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Payhip in addition to Amazon. There are also paperbacks available from Amazon only. In either form, they are at a lower price than the first, Dreamspinner editions, so yet more savings!

Use these links to find a copy:

The Gilded Scarab: books2read.com/The-Gilded-Scarab

The Jackal’s House: books2read.com/The-Jackals-House





Ah, the misty, moisty morning part of this post…

I’m very privileged, I know, to live in an old house deep in the English countryside. Most of the house is Georgian – we know it was here in 1770, but we don’t know how long before that date – with the ‘new’ addition built in the 1830s. It’s an old vicarage, set on the edge of a village in the Dukeries, the area of Nottinghamshire where four Dukes had country estates. I’m a five-minute drive away from Sherwood Forest, and every Robin Hood legend and story your heart could desire. We’re up to our ruddy necks in history.

We’re also up to our necks in that misty, moisty bit.

I’m beginning to think I live in one of the rainiest parts of the UK – winds sweep in from the west bringing a lot of the Atlantic with them to break over the Derbyshire Peak District a few miles west of me, and then they dump most of said Atlantic on my head. Or more accurately, on the 300-year-old roof of my house which has decided that three centuries of rain is more than enough, thank you. I spent this morning mopping out the bathroom and beseeching overworked roofing companies to come and save my metaphorical bacon. Or at least my bathroom. I see scaffolding, several men clumping over my roof, and making a lot of builder’s tea in my immediate future. Not to mention a severely depleted bank balance.

The image? Me, earlier today.

Photo Jan Buchholtz, Flickr under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Ah well, publication day cheered me up!


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  1. Oh, I am SO sorry to hear about the roof–that sounds like an ongoing nightmare! But yay for all of Shield being in one place! I’m so excited for readers to find this series!

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  2. Thank you! Your long support for Bennet and Flynn is so much appreciated, I don’t think there are words.

    As for the roof… well, I’m more sanguine now. We’re essentially having to replace over half the roof on one side of the house. The rest seems okay, which is a relief as replacing the whole thing would have been ruinously expensive. It’s a few weeks’ of work, too, at the worst time of year. But it has to be done, dammit.

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