The long and grinding road

George Orwell‘s quote: Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. . . . has never rung so true. I am almost at the… Read more »

The Ultimate Crime

Murder – what’s to like? What is it with us and murder? Ever since Cain killed Abel the human race has been fascinated by homicide. Is it because taking another life is the ultimate sin? Or does this fascination come from something more primal? To deliberately send another human being into the unknown, into the… Read more »

Aquae Sulis

What do Kindle readers want to read?

Good question, huh? The answer, of course, is the same as for the old adage (can a question be an adage? Ed.): ‘How long is a piece of string?’ In other words, it depends who’s buying. I, for instance, would buy thrillers, crime novels, anything about the Great War, anything set in Roman Britain or… Read more »

This is how murder begins . . .

There was nothing remarkable about him. People passed him in the street without a second glance. That was good; his anonymity was his biggest asset. He moved purposefully, arms swinging in time with his footsteps, every nerve in his body tingling. He plunged through a puddle, enjoying the slapping discharge of water from his state-of-the-art… Read more »

Black December

‘Black December’ – released 19th November 2011

DCI Brendan Moran, world-weary veteran of 1970s Ireland, is recuperating from a near fatal car crash when a murder is reported at Charnford Abbey. The abbot and his monks are strangely uncooperative, but when a visitor from the Vatican arrives and an ancient relic goes missing the truth behind Charnford’s pact of silence threatens to… Read more »

A breakthrough month . . .

Sales, sales, sales A few months ago I promised to let you know how sales were going on Amazon KDP. Well, so far I have three titles published on KDP: The Trespass The Ley Lines of Lushbury The Serpent and the Slave I’ll give a breakdown of ‘The Trespass’ for now, as the other two… Read more »

Late again . . .

OK, so it’s been another long gap in blogs – apologies . . . but I haven’t been idle: ‘The Serpent and the Slave’ has been published on Amazon in Kindle format only for the moment, and I’m hoping to release my adult crime thriller, ‘Black December’ in . . . yes, December. In the… Read more »

The Serpent and the Slave – prologue

Here is the prologue for my soon to be released action adventure novel set in Britannia, 367AD Township of Leptis Magna, Province of Africa, 361AD The stars were brighter than usual tonight, Publius Albanus Tutor mused as he made his way down the colonnaded main street of Leptis. Funny how cold it could get after… Read more »

What do you do if your novel isn’t working?

Here are some quick bullet point suggestions to get you back on track. The theme   Does your theme have a wide enough appeal? Are you rehashing a hackneyed, well-trodden theme?  Give it a twist – surprise your readers. Make ’em think! The central character(s)   Have you chosen the wrong protagonist? How would it… Read more »

Self-Publishing – sales and marketing

It’s time for some summer madness – or it could be summer sanity, actually. Those in the know advise that it’s a good idea to experiment with your eBook sales and marketing strategy.  So, I’ve decided to reduce the price of my novel from $2.99 to $1.50 – that’s around 95p in GBP. This also… Read more »