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All Things True – Preview

Out on Friday 9th March!

Amidst the evening gloom of the Seaforth Flats, they called out for the lost centaur maiden to no avail. Their cries echoed back on themselves or drifted away, lost in the thickening reek.

“We must take care,” Laene said, “there may be Behemoths abroad. They rarely travel alone.”

Willow moved before the other two, using the light cast by the thule’s blade as a makeshift torch against the encroaching dark. Night creatures croaked and brayed from out of sight, confusing their shouts so that Yirae might not know her friends were looking for her. At least, that was how it seemed to Willow. She wondered how paranoid it was to think the nocturnal fauna might be in league to the Lamia. There was no way to know for sure.

Suddenly, a high voice cut through the night’s chorus. Laene and Viril pushed past Willow in reply. It was Yirae. Willow trudged after them through the water-logged ground. This was heavy-going. Catching up with her companions, she held the thule up on high and illuminated a diorama of light and darkness at play with one another.

There was Yirae – with a bundle of sticks in her arms cantering towards them. Emerging out of the gloom on either side were No-men. Behind, dripping with water and weeds, was a Behemoth. Willow felt sure it was the one that passed herself and Laene by earlier that day.

The centaur cried out piteously. Her eyes were wide and weeping. Willow moved to intervene. The thule burning bright in her hands, drawing spiteful hisses from the gathering No-men, driving them back. The Behemoth kept on coming. A hand reached down and snared Yirae between its fingers, lifting the centaur maiden clear of the ground. She bucked, thrashed and whinnied against its tightening grip. Her bundle of sticks scattering as a dry rain.

She was out of reach. There was nothing Willow could do. Laene and Viril were staring numbly at their sister-kin, paralysed by the sight of her approaching fate.

Willow dashed through the broken ground ahead. She could not cut Yirae free but if she could cut the Behemoth’s legs, then there might be a chance.

Mist and shadow surged into her path. The No-men had not retreated. The first children of the Lamia had pulled back and formed themselves into a Great No. The air smouldered and flared as Willow tried to cut her way through. Her breath was catching in her throat. Sobs were escaping. Her eyes were streaming with tears as she fought against black flux and obsidian tide – but it did not good. The Great No was strong, fed the despair and ruin of the land, and she could not turn it aside. Willow fell into a crouch, using the thule to brace herself against their dismal hunger – so eager to consume her, body and soul. There was no more she could do than this.

Looking up, she watched as the Behemoth’s mouth opened and Yirae, kicking and crying, was raised high above the chasm of its open throat. Its fingers began to come away from the centaur maiden one by one until she was held by forefinger and thumb alone.

Stillness. A breath. No-one moved.

The Behemoth’s forefinger and thumb went slack. Yirae was falling.

Her scream was cut off by teeth clashing shut and a wet smacking sound.

Pain vibrated through Willow as she imagined that she heard Yirae’s muffled cries as the Behemoth swallowed her, and she reached its stomach. The vibration intensified as pure fury is wont to do.

White light exploded out of her, scouring a path ahead, clearing away the Great No as the night retreats before dawn – and thundering into the Behemoth, which tottered and stumbled on its feet but remained upright.

Willow stared up at it as the surge she’d unleashed subsided. It looked back down at her with empty, dumb eyes. Where the No-men were malevolent, insidious and clever, the Behemoths were little more than a monstrous hunger. There was nothing behind those eyes, not even the Lamia’s will, and she found herself fearing these Behemoths more than their dark mistress. Without her, they would keep going; destroying all life. She wondered if that was the point – had the Lamia seen her death coming? Could the Behemoths have been created to send a message to Willow?

Even if you kill me, you will not destroy my legacy in this world.

Was evil forever as much as good?

The Behemoth was reaching for her and the other centaurs. There was no time to think on that now. She swept in, passing through the tunnel she’d carved through the Great No, ducking under the giant’s grasping fingers, and struck at its left ankle with all the force she could muster. The flesh separated and recombined, not bleeding a drop of blood. She could hear the whinnies and cries of her companions.

I must be swift and put an end to this.

Desperate, she drove the thule up to its hilt into the monster’s right ankle.

A tremor went through the thing that made the ground shake. The Great No scattered into No-men that fled into the mist. A groan escaped the Behemoth’s lips and she felt it sway, throwing her off-balance. She tried to draw the thule out again, but it was stuck fast, she could feel it grating against bone. Foul ichor was gushing out of the wounded flesh and she knew that she’d hit her mark – but she could not abandon her sword with it. Willow tugged and pulled. Her hands slithering off the hilt as it became slick with the Behemoth’s disgusting lifeblood.

The Behemoth took a step forward, then one back, and it was toppling towards her. Willow flung herself to one side; half-running, half- tumbling, hauling herself across the marshy ground, out of its way. It fell with a crash that sent a thick rain of water and soil surging into the air. Willow was spattered with it as she lay in the murk, catching her breath.

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All Things True – Publication Date Confirmed

Coming soon…Friday 2nd March!

Willow Grey returns to Tirlane and finds it a place of darkness and despair. The Lamia has laid waste to the land. Its people are in hiding, waiting for the end of all things true. Hope appears to be lost. But, as she journeys towards the Lamia’s lair, Willow meets two brave new companions; Viril, a Centaur warrior, and Nastonik, a Beorhan wanderer. Will they be able to survive the perils that lay ahead? Can they face the monstrous Behemoths and defeat them in battle? Or, will they fall under the Lamia’s spell and become servants to her evil forever?

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Publishing Schedule 2018…so far

All Things True – March 2018

Neuroseed – April 2018

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End of Year Round-Up

So, I’m finishing 2017 with targets set having been met. I have over twenty books published. Sales haven’t really gone up but this year has been one for finishing things off so that’s okay. I will be starting the new year with two books ready for publication and, after that, something else old yet new (for me, anyway) will be coming out.
There have been ups and some very deep downs this year but the fact that it’s been a year of solid writing has helped get me through the downs.

Out of the reading I’ve done this year, three titles by up-and-coming ladies in the horror genre have stood out for me. C L Raven’s darkly poetic Soul Asylum, Dani Brown’s grotesque headtrip Broccoli, and Kayleigh Marie Edwards’s collection of tales that features a bit of everything you know and love about the genre. Recommended reads, all!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – see you in 2018!

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Halloween Giveaway!

The Eyes of the Dead is part of a Halloween Book Giveaway over the next few days.

If you want something to get you in the mood for the season, check all the books in the giveaway out at the following link before All Saints Day rolls around:

Halloween Giveaway

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Some thoughts on Bladerunner 2049 – or, why it worked for me


Bladerunner 2049 has split people and polarised reviews, much as its predecessor did. Everyone has their own reasons for loving it, hating it, or falling asleep to it. These are mine.

I love that it’s long. Now, duration isn’t something we’re strangers to these days as the ninety-minute flick has become a thing of the past in favour of two-hour epics and multi-film franchise universes. However, where BR2049 differs is that it uses the extensive time limit in a different way. Its contemporaries use it to hammer us with frenetic action whilst BR2049 uses its time to immerse us in its world. Tracking shots go on whereas in another genre movie they’d cut away or be interrupted by a piece of snappy dialogue. The director has the confidence to leave us alone with the soundtrack and the visuals to tell the story of LA in 2049, the Wallace Corporation and the wastelands of Las Vegas.

I love the pacing, which is stately. Some might call it slow. But I think it allows the characters to grow so that even the minor ones feel like people we’ve met and got to know by the end. Sapper Morton’s demise would have taken place in half the time, with more puns in the dialogue and twice as bombastically elsewhere. Lt. Joshi would have been a barking stereotype if the scenes between her and K weren’t allowed to linger long enough to become tense, uncomfortable, to suggest another layer to their relationship beyond that of fellow officers. Luv and Joi would have been compressed into submissive love interest and bad-ass henchwoman without the extra time to give them nuance as beings who feel lesser because of their artificial nature and so desperately want to prove themselves – to be equal, to be more.

Finally, I love its ambition. It could have been more generic. It could have been a poor retread of past glories – see this year’s Ghost in the Shell remake and Alien Covenant. It could have taken a safer path and leaned more heavily on the star power of Harrison Ford and Jared Leto, as The Force Awakens and Suicide Squad did respectively. Instead it chose to try and match the original in every way. Maybe, they knew they’d gone over the top with their faithfulness to the legacy. They made those excellent and distinctive prequel short films to whet our appetites. We were given a poignant cameo of Rachael. Those water-ripples were there again. Every minute of BR2049 was sown with love and respect for what had gone before – and that’s why it worked for me.

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Neuroseed Cover Reveal!

Coming soon … 15 December …

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Once upon a time … there were a lot of fantastic fairytales going FREE!

Good evening all.

I’m participating in a second promotion this month. If, like me, you yearn to be a princess, live in a fairytale and have your very own tiara. You can find out more by clicking the link below and downloading as many fairytale fantasy stories as you like. Enjoy and do share with your friends – or I’ll find you and turn you into a newt 

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September Fantasy and Magic Instafreebie Promo!

This month I’m taking part in my first Instafreebie promotion.

If you want to sample some free Fantasy and Magic titles, click the banner below and start downloading – couldn’t be simpler, could it?




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