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Pegasus Falling’s new look

It is with great pleasure I present to you all the new cover of Pegasus Falling.

Pegasus Falling's new cover artwork

I’m really pleased with this new look for the first part of the Cypress Branches trilogy. It has taken a long time to get to this point, this being the fifth (and hopefully final!) version of the cover.

The previous four covers were all very similar, with small changes to the original picture of Lesley holding Sammy’s Paratrooper’s cap in her hands. Although I liked the image, and readers kept telling me they liked it too, I was never entirely happy with it as a cover. There was a certain something lacking which I couldn’t put my finger on.

For a while I had had the idea of using the image within a wider context. When I created the cover for The Bridge (William’s short story available to download for free), I considered using the haunting image of falling paratroopers on the cover of Pegasus Falling as well. I had a play around, but didn’t come up with anything satisfactory and left things as they were.

However, a few months ago, I opened up Photoshop again and had another play. This time, inspiration must have struck and I was much happier with the result. The original image of Lesley holding the red beret (captured brilliantly by photographer Dewi Clough) remains, but as part of a much more dynamic whole.

With the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem coming up next month, I’m really pleased that I have been able to include two bold key images portraying the British Parachute Regiment on the cover. The regiment, then newly formed, played an important part in the infamous and controversial operation which forms the backdrop for the opening scenes of the book. Even more poignantly, the author was a witness to those appalling scenes he describes so vividly – he was 18 when he fought on the front line at Arnhem, and used his experiences to tell his story.

I’d love to know what readers think of the new cover, so please do leave a comment or get in touch.

Happy New Year!

Happy new year, everyone! As ever, this is a time for reconciling the old, and thinking about what will happen in the year ahead.

Last week, I took a look back at some of the highlights of 2012 on Facebook and Twitter. If you missed it, here are the links to the highlights. They include posts from this here blog, some reviews from amazing blogs from both sides of the pond, and a series of interviews I did as part of the Best Indie Books blog tour in September. They’re all well worth a read, so feel free to look around. 

Tuesday 18th December: We started with one of Pegasus Falling‘s best reviews, courtesy of Zohar at ManOfLaBook.com
Wednesday 19th December: Author Juliette Hill’s interview with yours truly from September’s #BestIndieBook Festival
Thursday 20th December: Award-winning author Melissa Foster’s article about the power of cross promotion, and the huge success of the #BestIndieBook competition.
Friday 21st December: Another great interview with Mike by Amanda 
Socci on her blog, SocciWriter
Saturday 22nd December: The day Mike was invited on to Nick Coffer’s show on BBC Three Counties Radio to talk about Pegasus Falling

Sunday 23rd December: A look at the fantastic response the book has had on Goodreads. Check out some of the great reviews readers have left.


Monday 24th December: Anne Cater’s wonderful review on her brilliant blog, Random Things Through My Letterbox. If you haven’t seen Anne’s blog before, it’s well worth a look. Earlier in the year, one random thing
landing on Anne’s doormat was Pegasus Falling. As you can tell from the
review, I think she liked it!


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I owe a huge thank you to everyone who read, reviewed, commented on, hosted and supported the book throughout the year. I could not have hoped for a better reception to William’s work, and I certainly couldn’t have made 2012 such a success without the myriad of people who gave up their time to help us out. I wish I could have included all links to all reviews here, because frankly, every single one means a heck of a lot. 

So what of the future? Well, tomorrow I’ll be posting about what you can expect from acute Angle books in 2013. 2012 was quite spectacular in many ways, and with the second and third instalment of the Cypress Branches trilogy due out this year, 2013 promises to be even better.

Stay tuned!

Happy reading,
Mike