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 Welcome to my blog cum website thingy. It's about all things related to fiction writing, however tenuous the connection. Here's a brief biog:

After doing an economics degree at Southampton University, I spent sixteen years in the Royal Air Force actually getting paid to have fun by flying aeroplanes. Since then I've worked in wholesale financial services and am now based in the UAE. I also provide consultancy and software development services to a small group of global financial institutions and am lucky enough to be a regular speaker on the international conference circuit.

I've always had a passion for history, languages and archaeology. These elements came together to create Flora Kemble, Oxford University palaeographer and heroine of my first novel, The Seven Stars, a thriller that weaves a tale of deception and murder stretching from ancient Rome to the present day.

My second book, The Manhattan Deception, is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

My third book, The Minerva System is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Book number four, Death to Bankers, has just been released on Kindle and the paperback, from Mauve Square Publishing, will be out soon.

My latest book is a ghost story, set in the misty fens of Lincolnshire. It's called Bomber Boys and has a very big twist in the tale!

I'm a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and split my time between work in Abu Dhabi and a far more relaxing time with my wife, Wendy - who's also published by Mauve Square Publishing - with our two cats at home in south-west France.

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Special Offer - The Manhattan Deception now only $0.99 on Amazon

As part of an upcoming promotional campaign, The Manhattan Deception is now available for only $0.99 from the Amazon Kindle Store. More details to follow...

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Finally Finished Book #5

Months later than I'd hoped, I've finally finished the first draft of book number 5 - probably going to be called Bomber Boys - A Ghost Story.

I'd hoped to have it ready to catch the Ghost Story for Christmas market. Ghost Story for Sometime Around Easter doesn't really have the same ring to it. Still, it was great fun writing it and now comes all the boring stuff like editing, proof reading, coming up with a blurb etc.

I'm still not sure what my next project's going to be. I've started a detective novel set during the reign of Richard III, but the scope of the research, let alone finding time to write is a bit daunting now that I'm back to working full-time and some more. The other alternative, depending on how well Bomber Boys goes, is to write another ghost story.

Here's the first couple of paragraphs. Hope this short excerpt whets your appetite...

Chapter One

My eyesight is fading – just like the rest of me. Darkness is closing in, its fingers pulling me ever deeper; so deep that no one will ever see or hear me again. Even writing these words is draining what little strength remains to me. No more access to a computer, just the agony of pushing a pencil stub across the pages of yet another exercise book. How many books on the pile now? Too many to count, but the fact that you are reading this means that someone has found and transcribed what I have written. Too late for me of course, but at least the truth will now be told. Not just my story – my passing won’t even make the footnotes of history – but the story of men who died for something they cared about, something that those who came after seem to have forgotten.
If this sounds like talking in riddles I quite understand. A few months ago I would have felt the same way. Logic, common sense and science tell us such things cannot happen. That’s what I thought too, until it happened to me.
Let me explain so that you can avoid my fate.