A. H. Johnstone

Independent author making the world a slightly weirder place, one book at a time… 

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Charon Unguarded

‘My friend, if the story is written against you, what you need to do is—’
‘Change the story?’
‘I was thinking more like hunt down the author and gut him in front of his family, but your plan works too.’

Charon was once the Ferryman of the Underworld. Now he’s the doorman of a disused office block. If only the old Gods hadn’t lost that drunken bet all those centuries ago, things would be very different. For a start, Ragnarök probably wouldn’t be on its way.

Ra is looking for a way of escaping the mortal realm, but there’s something about his plans he isn’t telling everyone.

Maybe Charon is the only one who’s noticed. He certainly seems to be the only one who cares. But can he do anything about it? It looks like he’s going to try. But there are others who might profit from the situation, and the last thing he wants is the Fae Courts breathing down his neck.

In Charon Unguarded, A. H. Johnstone tells an unlikely story that somehow seems all too likely and confirms what we have always known; that the Gods of our Ancestors were often all too human.

Harry Dewulf

Editor, Densewords

A Supernatural Adventure of Olympic Proportions!


If you like American Gods, you’ll love this

J. Duducu

Author, History Jems

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Publishing under Bolide Publishing Ltd.


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A young woman tells the story of her journey, Into and out of slavery.

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Feeling the loss of her family she attempts to escape, but misfortune finds her again…

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18 Days to Go!

The ARCs for the Bet will be out at some point today, and the Kindle edition is due to go out on the 29th. Reader reviews will be going on Goodreads over the next couple of weeks.

The 2nd edition of Charon Unguarded is now available in paperback!

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Nearly there!

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Apologies for the delay in posting last week, but I promise I have a good excuse.

Call-out for Beta Readers

On the look-out for beta-readers.

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ARC Etiquette

This post is primarily aimed at readers who are considering becoming an advanced/beta reader for an author or publisher, Experienced readers and Booktubers will already know this stuff. This isn't meant to be an exhaustive list of hard and fast rules that...