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My books are thrillers with a twist. Click the picture of the book below to learn more.

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Short Stories

What’s coming next?

It’s been a few months since the release of my last book, The Colour of the Soul, so I thought it was worth writing a few words about what’s coming next.

One of my short stories, The Offer, is included in The Corona Book of Science Fiction. You can buy it from 15th October 2018.

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Evolution of a cover

The Colour of the Soul recently received a gold star award in The Book Designer April cover competition. They even sent me a badge (woo-hoo!).

My badge

Most of the credit belongs to my cover designer, Michelle Arzu, not least for her boundless patience as I dithered between alternatives. As it happens, the cover design went full circle, ending with one that was very similar to the first she proposed. I thought it might be interesting to show the evolution of the cover.

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Free book competition

OneStopFiction are running another book giveaway competition. Win 60 paperbacks and eBooks (including a paperback copy of Decimation). The competition is free to enter and is open until the end of June.

Click here to enter.

Good luck!

Thriller Giveaway

A paperback of The Rage is included among the prizes in the Thriller Giveaway at OneStopFiction. It costs nothing to enter and you automatically receive six eBooks. The 14 paperbacks for the lucky winner include The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza.

The full list of paperbacks is as follows:

  • Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison
  • Deadly Still Water – Roger Stelljes
  • The Girl in the Ice – Robert Bryndza
  • One Night In Tehran – Luana Ehrlich
  • The Best Friend – Shalini Boland
  • Time to Play – K.A Richardson
  • Ward Zero – Linda Huber
  • The Rage – Richard T. Burke
  • Talisman  – David Evans
  • No Safe Home – Tara Lyons
  • Tears of Sand – Sandra Bass Joines
  • Loose Cannon – Jack Steele
  • Stone Dead – Kelvin Jones
  • Nemises Roger A. Price

The free eBooks include:

  • Death in a Dirty Afternoon – Colin Garrow
  • Stealing Elgar – Andrew Barrett
  • Altered Genes: Genesis – Mark Kelley
  • Storey – Keith Dixon
  • Shadow House – A.J. Sendall
  • Re-Wired – Greg Dragon

Dark Minds – An anthology by Bloodhound Books

I am honoured that one of my short stories has been included in Dark Minds, an anthology of short stories to be published by Bloodhound Books. A Christmas Killing is a dark tale set over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with several twists that will keep you changing your assumptions. All proceeds will go to the charities Hospice UK and Sophie’s Appeal.

The book will be on sale from 13th December as both eBook and paperback. I believe an audio-book version will also be available.

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It seems I am in some esteemed company. For example, the list of authors includes Louise Jensen.  Her debut novel, The Sister, reached #1 this year in the Amazon UK charts.

The full list of stories and authors is as follows:

Ten Green Bottles –  B A Morton
London’s Crawling – Emma Pullar
The Shoes maketh the Man – Louise Jensen
Never tell a Lie – Tara Lyons
A Christmas Killing – Richard T Burke
By the Water – Betsy Reavley
A Cup of Cold Coffee and a Slice of Life – Tony R. Cox
Slow Roast Pork – S.E.Lynes
A Lawful Killing – Ross Greenwood
Sticky Fingers – JT Lawrence
You will meet a tall dark stranger – Ron Nicholson
The Wages of Sin – Lisa Hall
Hidden – KA Richardson
The Sydney Dahlia – A.J.Sendall
Pop Dead – The Pension Papers – Pete Adams
The Sins of Muriel McGarry – A.S.King
The Shepherd’s Bothy – L J Ross
Life after Life – Paul D Brazil
The Smallest Acorn – April Taylor
An Onion – Joel Hames-Clark
I’ve Gone – Anita Waller
The Bridge – Simon Maltman
The Moth Jar – Jim Ody
Jimmy Jimmy – Steven Dunne
Be Careful what you Wish for – Peter Best
My Own Eggsecutioner – Tess Makovesky
One Last Job – Alex Walters
A Stranger’s Eyes – Paul Gitsham
Dangerous Actions – M.A.Comley
Captive – Stephen Edger
Left Behind – Nick Jackson
Horror – Roz White
Mary and Joseph – David Evans
Love you to Death – Lucy V Hay
Fastball – Alex Shaw
The Retreat – Jane E James
Out of Retirement – Mark.L.Fowler
Don’t go to Marsh town, Johnny Ray! – Charlie Flowers & Hannah Haq
Everything Comes – B.A.Steadman

This book would make the ideal Christmas gift!

Decimation: The Girl Who Survived – Coming soon

How far would you go to save the human race?

The Decimation logo

This is the first post relating to Decimation. Hopefully the book will be out later this year depending upon how long it takes to edit. The premise of the story is as follows:

In 2032, pregnancy is a death sentence. A virus has infected every living person, lying dormant until a woman gives birth – whereupon she dies.

Sixteen-year-old wheelchair athlete Antimone Lessing thought she would be competing at the Delhi 2032 Paralympics. Instead, she is nine months pregnant and going into labour. When she unexpectedly survives childbirth, she becomes a vital clue in the race to develop a cure before the world’s population declines beyond the point of no return.

But survival comes at a price. As her doctors try to understand why she is still alive, she must choose between saving herself and the future of the human race.

How far would you go to save the human race?

Decimation now has its own Facebook page

Thinking About the Future
One of the more fun aspects of writing this book was thinking about how life might have changed fifteen years from now. I work for an electric motor company so self-driving cars (or autonomous vehicles as they are known in the trade) were a must. One problem with this technology is the likelihood that it will be abused by other drivers and pedestrians. If you knew a vehicle was going to stop for you, wouldn’t you be tempted to pull out / walk out in front of it? I introduce a solution to this problem early in the book.

User interfaces are going to change over the coming years. In the book, phones and computers use haptic technology where devices project ultrasound to provide tactile feedback in mid-air. See www.ultrahaptics.com for details of a company that is working in this area right now.

Smart watches seem to be gaining new features by the month. For example, heart rate monitors are already commonplace. By 2033 I expect that such gadgets will be able to tell whether you are pregnant (I’m sure you can guess why from the blurb!).

Finally I had some ideas relating to new fashion trends but you’re going to have to read the book to find out more.

First Book Club

Spoiler Alert – The following article gives away some plot elements from The Rage.

The Rage was recently chosen as the book of the month at a book club in Hook, Hampshire. Sue Morrow kindly invited me to attend their meeting and on Thursday I finally met my public! It was with some trepidation that I turned up clutching a copy with the newly designed cover. My nervousness increased when one of the club members arrived with a long list of typed questions. Were they going to rip the book to shreds and lambast me for my poor prose? Were they going to throw my book on a literary bonfire and torture me with cries of derision?

I exaggerate slightly; I play badminton with Sue’s husband, Owen, and most of the members were either friends of friends or their partners. Owen and I discussed beforehand the code word to bring him running and rescue me should things turn nasty, but we didn’t actually get round to choosing one, except maybe “Help!”

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Caroline trying  to look intellectual with her list of questions. From left to right: Lou, Sue, Alison, Clive, Caroline and Liz

I needn’t have worried. We sat outside looking onto Sue and Owen’s immaculately kept garden, kept warm by a patio heater (technically it’s not yet the start of summer). Our hosts plied us with alcohol and snacks and the conversation soon turned to whether a woman who suspected her husband had just been murdered would sleep in the same room as a paramedic who had just saved her life three times in the space of four hours; or whether the pub landlord would be happy for the same paramedic to spend the night locked in the cellar with his psychotic wife and daughter.

I have included a scanned copy of the questions below:

Hook book club questions

Caroline’s list of questions

I have to admit to not knowing all the answers. For example, I hadn’t really thought through what all the characters were doing when they weren’t the focus of attention. After all, you have to leave some things up to the reader’s imagination.

It was interesting (at least for me) to chat about what people thought worked well and what worked less well. There was even some talk about what direction a sequel might take, not that I have one planned at the moment. The next book (Decimation) has nothing to do with The Rage.

In conclusion, it was a very enjoyable evening. Thanks to everyone who attended for making me feel welcome and especially to Sue and Owen for their hospitality. I also greatly appreciate the offer to act as beta readers for the next book.

After meeting my readers, I finally feel like a real author!

From left to right:

From left to right: Liz, Me, Caroline, Lou, Sue, Alison, Clive

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