Publishing Schedule 2018

All Things True – Feb 2018

Neuroseed – March 2018

Crime Thriller – Summer 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

SPOILER-O-RAMA!

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?

Enjoy!

 

 

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Coming soon …

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Made for the Dark: OUT Friday 26th May!

From Lovecraftian grotesquerie to Aickmanesque peculiarity all the way along to pure pulp gross-out worthy of Guy N. Smith; this collection has something to offer every discerning horror fan.

Above a pub in King’s Cross, London, a masked performer entices a select audience to shed their inhibitions. Beneath the ruins of a castle in the Scottish Highlands, the monstrous experiments of a missing scientist still live on. Zombies hungrily roam the woods on a dark and stormy night, waiting for unsuspecting prey. A bewildered man awakens to find himself at the end of the world and in the company of the dead Japanese writer, Kafu Nagai.

On a perfect summer’s day, two young lovers are separated but when they meet again, something has been changed between them forever. A nightmarish bus takes passengers on a journey through an urban hell. And Christmas comes but once a year yet it is something a single mother on a run-down council estate will soon wish never ever comes again.

You’d better turn the lights down low before reading more as these tales are all of a kind. They are … Made for the Dark.

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Coming Soon – Made for the Dark: Collected Short Stories

Due out Friday 26 May!

Table of Contents

An Upstairs Room
The Face in the Picture
Tangerine Dream
The Curse of Amen-Ra
Fear and Wonder
Zombies by Moonlight
The Writhing
Bernice
A Soul who wrote by Strange Starlight
Ode to a Night-Gaunt
The Hives
It Follows You Home
The Lift
A Perfect Day
Pteronophobia
His Loathsome Kiss
The Shed
The Bus Shelter
Waiting Room
Last Christmas

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