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Alan S. Blood is an author who worked in Advertising and the Civil Service, in London, before qualifying as a Teacher from the University of Reading. He enjoyed a long, distinguished career in this Profession.

Alan now devotes his time to writing novels, plays screenplays and poetry and has widely travelled the world, especially undertaking research in Chile where some of his novel, ‘CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk Murder Mystery’, is set. The story concerns ritualistic killings around a team of Suffolk Morris Men with a supernatural link to a Patagonian ‘Machi’ of the Mapuche Indians. There is also the involvement of organised crime. He was previously a Cotswold Morris Dancer with two different ‘sides’.

Alan’s first novel : ‘Once Upon A Castle’ is a teenage ghost story set in World War II.

His novel 'Rogue And Royal', set in 17th century Britain, although centred upon the stealing of the Crown Jewels, examines the far wider issues of political intrigue and espionage before and after their connection with this remarkable event.

Alan now lives next to the Irish sea and enjoys wildlife photography, both around the Welsh coast and countryside, as well as painting and scraperboard engraving.




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Once Upon A Castle

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Uncle Toby had said that there would be castles to explore, with ghosts and things. This helps to cheer up the glum twelve-year old Lovell twins, Tom and Mary, leaving their schools and loving parents to be evacuated to wild Northumbria during World War II. Then the adventure begins. 

They live with their Aunt Victoria and Uncle Leslie, meet the loveable ‘Mrs M’, a strange dog called ‘Scamp’ and, worst, the terrible private tutor, Miss Urquart, from whom they run away to find a mysterious castle seen through an old telescope.

Now they are drawn into bizarre supernatural events of a time-warp between the war itself and ancient warfare. They encounter dark forces, as the story twists and turns, and are even rescued by the Royal Navy. Yet, this is only the beginning of more unexpected tragedies before the twins begin to escape from it all.



What people are saying...

"Mary and Tom Lovell are twins and they are set for an adventure, only they don't realize it yet. They've been taken from boarding school and sent to northern England to live with an aunt and uncle that they have never met before. Like so many other children, they have been relocated for their own safety against German bombers over London. It's the 1940s and the world is at war. Interestingly, in their escape from battles over their home in London, they enter into a centuries-old battle, but no one believes them. Castles and ghosts from long ago, tales and legends passed down from one generation to the next - what is real and what is imagined?

Alan S. Blood is a retired English teacher. History and English literature are his passion, which is evident in this story. The author weaves a compelling tale of fact and fantasy-based-on-fact, a adventure that takes the reader across the rugged landscape of Northumbria in northern England, in search of castles which are and which once were, and the ghosts that continue to haunt them. There's also a bit of mystery to this tale, as the twins try to defend what they saw and come to some understanding of the historical ghost story's relevance in their time. It's a time of war and the ghosts are also at war. Which story will prevail? And, is there a meaning behind the mystery? a tragedy yet to unfold? The author has created an historical fantasy story, much like C.S. Lewis' popular Narnia series. I hope the twins' adventures continue. Well done!."

~ Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite


  • Title: Once Upon A Castle
  • Author: Alan S. Blood
  • Genre: Childrens
  • Length: 74 pages
  • Release Date: January 2012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478306757
  • Imprint: SUNQUILLS

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