Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Last King by MJ Porter - Book Tour + Giveaway

The Last King

From author M J Porter comes a thrilling new hero.

They sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough.

Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.

Coelwulf, a fierce and bloody warrior, hears whispers that Mercia has been betrayed from his home in the west. He fears no man, especially not the Vikings sent to hunt him down.

To discover the truth of the rumours he hears, Coelwulf must travel to the heart of Mercia, and what he finds there will determine the fate of Mercia, as well as his own.

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Author Q&A

1.     When did you write your first book?
I started it ‘for real’ in 2008 and it took about 2 years to write.

2.    What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
Many of my books are historical, and so I think the ideas come from the history, but that’s not really right, as the history doesn’t give me the characters, only the events that affect them. So, my characters often just emerge – I don’t ‘work on them’ – they’re often quite bossy.

3.    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
ReadingJ I also spend time walking and visiting historical places. I’ve recently done a little bit of pottery – I’m not very creative with things other than writing – so although I’m quite rubbish at it, I enjoy it.

4.    What’s a typical writing day like for you?
A typical writing day begins at about 7.30am, with a strong cup of tea and a bit of checking on emails and social media. I try to get a 1000 words written by 9am. And another 1000 by 10am. I also try and do a bit of exercise before getting back to the writing. If I can write 5000 words in total by about noon, I can spend the afternoon editing, but it doesn’t always happen. I have a leisurely lunch of, sometimes two hours, and then get back to writing or editing until about 5.30 or 6pm. I would say this is my ideal day. I don’t do this five times a week unless I’m on a deadlineJ

5.    Do you listen to music when writing?
Yes. The music I listen to is often opposite to what I’m writing. I listen to Faithless, Morcheeba and things like that. When I finish a book, I put on SuperStylin by Groove Armada, and have a little dance.

6. If you had to pick a celebrity to cast for your main character, who would it be?
I have no idea. I can’t envision my main characters in any way other than as my characters.

7. If you could travel anywhere in the world to write, where would you go?
Iceland. But, I don’t like to travel.

8. Would you ever write under a pseudonym?
I do, and I have.

9. How do you choose your book covers?
I often have firm ideas on book covers, or I ask my cover designer for some help. With my mystery books, it’s often the image that comes before the book. With my Saxon stories, it can be a bit more of an effort to convey my book with just a cover.

10. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my books. And, if they’re offended by the swearing in The Last King books, sorry, and please – read the Cleaner EditionsJ


Author Bio – I'm an author of historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest, as well as two 20th-century mysteries). I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it's little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!

I write A LOT. You've been warned!

Find me at and @coloursofunison on Twitter.

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