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This Christmas teenagers will learn ‘The Secret of Skara Vhore’.

This Christmas teenagers will learn  ‘The Secret of Skara Vhore’.

Written by acclaimed debut Scottish author Jennifer M Calder

  9781784624064 (Small)

The Secret of Skara Vhore is the first in a gripping fantasy trilogy that details the battle between good and evil, as well as the loyalty among friends. Set in the highlands of Scotland, this book will appeal to teenagers interested in dark supernatural fiction.

 Katie is a lost and troubled teenager who is claimed by distant, unknown relatives and is dispatched to the remote Scottish island of Farinsay. Distrustful of the world, she slowly accepts the friendship of perceptive Morag, mischievous Robbie and the reticent Kirig, a strange boy who lives in the hills

But sinister and ghostly events threaten them as past time spills into the present. Katie bravely struggles to uncover her forgotten history but then is asked to risk the lives of those she loves in order to battle against the forces of chaos and fulfil her destiny.

Although Farinsay will not be found on any map, this island story sweeps us on a wonderful journey through the beauty to be found in the glorious Scottish Highlands. We learn about making true friends and life lessons that not everyone is as they seem.

A superbly written  page turner of a novel for any age.




 The author

Jennifer Calder (Small)

JENNIFER M CALDER studied English Language and Literature at Edinburgh University. From childhood she had a fascination with words and story-writing.

During her time as a full-time mother she wrote for her own children.

On returning to the classroom Jennifer taught in England, where her expertise lay in the field of children’s literacy.

Later came a career-change into another area of ‘word work’ : copy-editing and proofreading for academic publishers.

But when Jennifer returned to her home in the Scottish Highlands – coming back to the sea, heather and hills of the magnificent landscape that inspired The Secret of Skara Vhore –she  made the decision that she would concentrate on her own writing.

The Secret of Skara Vhore is her debut novel. The second novel in this trilogy will appear in 2017.

Jennifer’s next book is for younger readers.  Alasdair and the Green Ring is an exciting fantasy tale set in the magical Highlands. It will be available in Autumn 2016.


“From the first line, the reader is engaged. Jennifer is a writer of real promise”

Anne Zouroudi, author of the series ‘The Mysteries of the Greek Detective’


“I was totally gripped … I couldn’t wait to find out what happened in the end, nor was I disappointed when I got there”

Fiona Courtenay-Thompson, former commissioning editor with MacDonald Young Books


The Secret of Skara Vhore’ is PUBLISHED by Troubador Publishing Ltd

Publishing date:  28th November 2015

Price: £9.99

Reading level from 13 years