• About Me,  News

    The year that’s been and the year ahead

    (The requisite end of year post). I meant to post this yesterday (31st December 2015) but there was cricket on the telly and then we caught up with a friend for lunch and then we had to prepare for New Year’s celebrations, and so I’m doing it now, on the 1st of January 2016. I don’t do resolutions, so this is meant to be a quick look back at 2015 and a look ahead to what I want to achieve in 2016. In general, 2015 was the kind of year that cemented in my mind why I want to write and what I want to focus on. There was a LOT…

  • About Me,  Book Recommendations

    My favourite Christmas books

    One of my favourite things to do this time of year (apart from having a quiet beer in front of the TV while watching the cricket) is to revisit some of my favourite books. There’s nothing quite like cracking open the cover of an old favourite to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And since Christmas is the time for giving and sharing, I thought I’d share with you some of the books I’ll be reading again this year. Not all of them are related to Christmas, but they’re all on my list of favourite books. (Links to the amazon store in the titles). A Christmas Carol –…

  • News

    A Christmas Special

    (If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter, you’ll already know this). In the spirit of Christmas, I’ve discounted my Christmas-themed novella, Three Wishes, down to 99c for the entire month of December. If you haven’t got yourself a copy yet, now’s the time to get one cheap. It’s for sale at all the usual online stores, but some of them (B&N, Apple etc) may be a bit slow on the price adjustment as I distribute to those stores via Smashwords. It’s on sale at the following stores now: Amazon Kobo Smashwords I’ll be sending out an email next week to subscribers with my favourite Christmas reads, as well as some…

  • News

    The Story Behind the Story – How a 10 day deadline became my debut novella, Three Wishes

    Monday the 9th of December saw me press publish on my first novella, Three Wishes. It’s up on amazon, and hopefully up on kobo soon. It was a rush to see it up on it’s own little page with my name on the cover. This little book is so far from what I usually write, but I loved every minute of it. It’s conception was completely different to my other stories, so I decided to share the story behind the story. For the better part of a year, I’ve been working on 2 series (both urban fantasies) and a couple of YA contemporary ideas, and getting stuck on all of…

  • News,  Self-Publishing

    ‘Tis the season…to go a little bit crazy

    Today marks the official start of the Christmas Season, which for me means organising a visit home, booking our dogs into suitable digs for their “holiday”, and trying to find new hiding places for my wife’s Christmas presents. It also means I’m a few weeks off my promise to have “something” published before the end of the year. Although I’ve had 12 months to get stuff finished, it’s taken me that long to get into a good routine, work through the ideas I have and to find my voice. I’m still struggling with a few things but I’m getting better. I have some short stories I’m happy with so they’ll…