Here today is a short excerpt of my book, Evertrue: An Underworld Fairytale, which is available in paperback and kindle from Amazon. Read on to find out more.

To save Grandma Crick from being fed to the ravenous Monger turtles, Mila must journey into the underworld to steal the Evertrue Emerald from the demon, Malrook. Joined by a motley bunch of experts through the deadly, dragon-infested caves, they meet Captain Tuna the accordion-playing walrus, a karate-kicking fairy, and a colony of strange and grumpy troglonomes. As time runs out, Mila discovers that friendship and ingenuity can unearth the greatest strength of all and win her heart’s desire.

Evertrue is a fairy-tale for readers young and old, and will appeal to fans of Philip Pullman and J. K. Rowling’s The Ickabog.

Falliiing! from chapter 6 of Evertrue:

A wind blew up around them as they edged across the bridge, catching their breath and making them gasp. The bridge seemed impossibly narrow and so old it was a wonder it hadn’t fallen down years ago—something Mila kept expecting at every step.

The end was in sight, but then Tomas slipped and suddenly they were falling. Tumbling down and down, their hearts in their mouths as they screamed. Mila saw something dark coming up toward them and they found themselves caught in a net.

“Hang on,” boomed a voice.

The net inched into what looked like a basket hanging suspended from a balloon, or rather, many balloons tied together. Inside the basket was a walrus, or something like one.

“I don’t normally catch things like you,” said the walrus. “Normally it’s just fish, but welcome aboard the Misty Queen. My name is Captain Tuna. Can I take you on a cruise of the pit? To be honest, it doesn’t really go anywhere exciting, just up and down, on and on in an endless kind of way. I’ve drawn a map of the pit if you’d care to see?”

He showed them a drawing of a tube that disappeared off the edge of the page in both directions. Apart from the places where Captain Tuna had marked out shoals of fish, and the occasional exit into a cave, it was a very dull map.

“Can you take us to Malrook’s Lair?” Mila asked.

Captain Tuna rubbed his chin.

“Let me check the map,” he said. “There might be a shortcut.”

On the map was a doorway further down, marked with the word ‘shortcut’.

“Yes, there it is,” said Captain Tuna. “It’s a bit below us, but once we get to that door it won’t be far to Malrook’s Lair. Can I ask why you want to go there?”

Mila explained about the king and the emerald.

“That’s bad luck,” said Captain Tuna. “Malrook is a tricky one. Lots of people have tried to get his emerald, and he’s fooled every one of them. You’ll need to be quick not to get caught in one of his games.”

Captain Tuna cut loose some balloons and the basket sank downwards.

“What kind of fish do you catch?” Mila asked.

“Flying fish,” said Captain Tuna. “A few climbing fish, but I hunt for the Great Swordfish of the Deep, though I’ve only ever seen the top of his great fin. I’m also learning the accordion,” he added.

He played for them as they travelled down the pit. The tunes were lively but loud, like a group of angry parrots arguing. Mila and Tomas had heard enough by the time Mila spotted the door some way below them.

“It even has a ‘shortcut’ sign,” she added as Tomas came over to look.

The captain brought them up to the door and let out a plank for them to walk across, and this time they made it without falling.

“I hope you manage to catch that swordfish,” Mila called out.

“Good luck getting the emerald,” Captain Tuna called back, and he sailed away, the squawking sounds of his accordion growing ever fainter.


Evertrue is available to buy here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08X4SJYDD

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zThWDcNx14

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Published by Jill London

Hi, I’m Jill, a writer and teacher living in the UK, usually behind a desk but sometimes on a sofa with a book or a film. I began writing at around age three, legibly by five, although I didn’t write any stories until I was older. Aged eleven, I began writing children’s fiction, mostly middle-grade fantasy and I’m still doing it to this day. I have had stories published online and in My Weekly magazine. The best bit about writing is when ideas pop into your head (from the writing fairy presumably?) and everything starts clipping together like a jigsaw puzzle. The worst bit? When you start to get the feeling there's a piece missing from the box...

14 thoughts on “Evertrue

      1. A Jack Bumbold novel? Are you releasing any sneak previews? I say that but I guard my WIP until the last possible moment 🙂 I’m doing ok, finished my latest novel and sending it for a critical read, hence why I’ve resurfaced again. Social media is too needy when I’m writing 😀

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      2. Thanks Matt, I really appreciate it! Will the graphic novel be available anytime soon? Now seems to be a very good time for artists! Do you have a new website to announce it on?

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      3. It will hopefully be on Amazon in a couple of months. I’m working on the second draft now, which is going pretty smoothly. Then I just have to ink it. I don’t have a new website, but I plan to make some YouTube videos about it. I’ll post them on WordPress.


      4. That’s great news! Do you have a YouTube channel yet? I started one, kind of by accident, as I couldn’t run the link to a video I made without it having a YT url for a widget on my home page. I’m trying to get my head around FB too, as my family have been posting there, but for some reason it makes no sense to me 😀

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      5. I know what you mean about YouTube. I have a YouTube channel, but I just tinker with it from time to time. When the new book is done, I hope to post videos on there regularly…. I like your FB author page. You seem to know what exactly you’re doing. 🙂


      6. I seem to have the greatest reach through FB, and have sold a few books there, so I kind of have to get my head around it. Things like timeline and story make no sense to me but it’s the crossover from profile to page that’s causing headaches. After a few hours googling it I managed to work out how to like and follow another page from my page, but today’s problem is working out how to interact with a profile from my page which, thank you FB, is different again. If I work out how to do that I’ll come visit you 😀

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