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Fractured Lives

My collection of short stories – Fractured Lives – is free on Kindle for the next five days.

Fractured Lives coverFirst published a year ago, the stories here deal with the serious themes in life and the not-so-serious through seven tales about parallel worlds, a tragic romance, ghosts… and rampaging monkeys.

To download from Amazon.com click here, for Amazon UK click here.

Fractured Life: Everything is going perfectly for young journalist Danny Harper – a new flat, a career on the up and the girl he loves about to marry him. Then he wakes in hospital to find none of it’s true.

Refusing to admit he’s imagined it all, Harper tries to regain his lost life. But, while his claims are initially dismissed as delusion, he knows secrets that can’t be easily explained. (This is the original short story that became the basis for the novel Thin Ice.)

Kingmaker: Pulling the sword from the stone? That’s the easy part. What comes next is the challenge.

The Uninvited: It was a happy home once but now the strangers won’t go away.

Standing At Rest: There’s one tomb in the cemetery of Our Lady of Tears that’s different from the rest. According to local legend, its story is one of love, betrayal and immeasurable sorrow.

Monkey Madness: For Nathan Wild, escaping into flights of fantasy is much more preferable than working in a hotel kitchen. The trouble is, his boss keeps interfering and telling him he needs to work harder.

But dealing with Henry Beester is only one of Nathan’s problems. Mrs Beester is much more frightening and ‘Marcel’ the French chef from Birmingham is more trouble than he’s worth.

Sometimes Nathan thinks he’d enjoy life much more if he joined the monkeys in their enclosure in the zoo behind the hotel.

Understanding The Message: Sometimes life gets too much and there is no way back to reality.

Coming To Life: The source of a writer’s inspiration can be a mystery even for the author.

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Welcome

Welcome to my blog. It’s all very early days at the moment. I’ve ‘blogged’ before on other subjects but never one as personal as my writing.

There’s still a lot to add but the basic idea is to provide a bit of information about myself and – of course – information about my novels and short stories.

At the moment, my only published novel is The Tale of Findo Gask. This was first published in 2006 after winning the national prize in the inaugral Undiscovered Authors competition.

Unfortunately, the company behind the prize seemed to run into all kinds of problems and are now defunct! Which sadly means that although I did get my prize money, they never managed to sell many copies of my novel.

As the rights have now reverted to me, I’ve published Findo via Amazon’s Kindle. I’m hoping to also have it available in other ebook formats in due course.

I’ve also published a collection of short stories – Fractured Lives – also available on Kindle.

Later this year, I’m hoping to put out a couple of other books: Pagan’s Sphinx, an archaeological adventure set in North Africa, and The Vault, a story about the secret at the heart of an ancient English woodland.