Jacky Gray's first career was engineering and after 23 years writing software for telephone exchanges, she spent 10 years teaching children, occasionally introducing them to the joy of mathematics.
She lives in the Midlands with her husband (children having flown the nest), where she enjoys walking in nature and any kind of live entertainment. She watches a lot of movies and some great TV shows like Merlin, Robin Hood, Dr Who, Ashes to Ashes and Being Human. She also listens to a lot of Journey and Queen and reads (apologies to the adverb police) voraciously, especially Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, George RR Martin and Wilbur Smith. But her favourite author will always be the master of history, Bernard Cornwall.
acky is a member of the World Wise Writer's group - talented ladies committed to engaging, first-class stories.
Archer is the sort of boy that things happen to. Orphaned as a baby, he has certain qualities that make him very different to all the other kids. He doesn't understand why he's so much stronger and faster than other boys his age, why a sword just feels right in his hand, or how he can fire an arrow at a target and it will hit the centre, even if his eyes are closed. He does know that he has to fight his friend Finn in a joust and compete against his best friend Fletch to see who is the most worthy.
Whoever wins the competition will become King of the May, rewarded with fame, honour and plenty of female adoration. Edlyn has been a big thorn in Archer's side for many years and he will go to any lengths to win, but his lack of respect for the natural order has dangerous consequences. Archer is the only one who can save him, but after the way Edlyn has treated him, does he really want to?
Archer’s reward for being the most worthy student in his graduating class is to lose his home and all his friends. The place he is sent to is a world away from home and he must get used to many different aspects of this new life, starting with daily torment from Peter and his henchmen. The first day at his foster home is so bad he wants to leave but the first day at his new school is so bad he is forced to leave.
At the new foster home, Rory and Tom are much friendlier and things finally seem to be improving. Not for long. He is back on guard with the arrival of two antagonistic sisters but his normal defences are useless against an adversary like Mandy. Archer is dragged further into the shady world of Stiff and his gang of teenage shoplifters, but how can he hope to survive when the people he thought were his friends betray him?
Reagan didn't think he was anything special, lots of boys could sense ley lines and knew the healing properties of plants and trees. Whatever he did would never be good enough for his mother, not even when he won the Garlanding or scored 100% on his graduation tests. With the help of his white horse spirit guide Blaise and a master trainer Kalen, he tries to determine the position of the next white horse.
After an unsteady start they were aided in their quest by Reeve, daughter of the leading authority on white horses. Reagan's mathematical skills help him to decode the complex patterns of ley lines and crop circles but it becomes a race against time as the dangerous accidents in the village lead to more serious casualties. Then children are struck down with a mystery illness. Can Archer help him to find the missing pieces of the puzzle or will Reagan's perilous gift destroy him as it destroyed so many other chosen children?
Slater is the son of Mason, but he will never be a chip off the old block. Although his father is responsible for Aveburgh henge, Slater is more interested in learning about the ceremonies held amongst the stones.
Torn from a solstice celebration into a real-life nightmare, Slater's talent for reading ley lines upsets dark forces.
Ancient magic pulls him back in time to reveal his connection to primeval secrets. There, he is teased by formidable priestesses who teach him the power of earth energies. Slater’s ability to solve problems under pressure is his strongest weapon against terrifying shamen who want only one thing from him – his death.
Only Slater knows the prehistoric temples are not built correctly, but what will happen if he interferes in the past?