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  • Beyond the Pyrene by John Williamson – A Review

    Beyond the Pyrene by John Williamson – A Review

    A wonderfully bitter-sweet and poignant tale, Beyond the Pyrene is the second and concluding part of the Chronicles of Talakhonsu. Beginning directly where the first book Beyond the Black Earth leaves off, Beyond the Pyrene see’s Talak the former Egyptian slave boy now grown into manhood as he sails the Great Middle Sea aboard a Greek trading vessel as it plies its way between the different Mediterranean islands taking abundance from one to sell as a luxury on another. Read more…

  • For the love of words

    For the love of words

    Come inside and meet the prologue. It is dark inside the prologue. Dark and cool and welcoming. Whatever is to come, the prologue welcomes you absolutely, accepts you unconditionally, receives you graciously, providing all that is necessary to endure the rest. The prologue is patient. She has been told often that she is wholly unnecessary, a growth upon the story that the wise doctor must cut off. Read more…

  • Stepping between long shadows

    Stepping between long shadows

    It’s a terrible thing to admit to as a writer, but every now and again I need to be reminded to take note of the world around me. Taking the time to observe, but just as importantly and infinitely more difficult trying to maintain a frame of mind in which I also ‘notice’. Read more…

  • Beyond the Black Earth by John Williamson – A Review

    Beyond the Black Earth by John Williamson – A Review

    Okay, so cards on the table. The author of this book is a personal friend of mine, and I was one of the editors who worked on this book when I finally managed to prize a copy out of the authors overly protective hands. I’m currently editing the second book in this two part tale, which I’ll also review in due course when its release in November. Read more…

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis – A Review

    The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis – A Review

    I know this book is considered a science-fiction classic, and the story is even more famous because of the 1976 film by Nicolas Roeg and starring David Bowie. . . but this is also a really good book, well written, good characters, distinctive settings and a simple but fabulous plot. Having said that, its not a cheerful, up tempo book, nor is it quite the same as the film if you’re familiar with that version. Read more…

  • The Ashes of Time

    The Ashes of Time

    Last night I finished writing the second book in my Flames of Time series, a book entitled the Ashes to Time, and while I still have the editing and the commissioning of the cover art to do, I’m quietly confident I can have this book ready for publication in mid to late October, well before the Christmas rush. Read more…

  • Episode Two in my Through Glass Darkly series published today.

    Episode Two in my Through Glass Darkly series published today.

    Episode Two in my steampunk-ish / retro sci-fi series was published today on Amazon, and Episode One has been discounted to $0.99 for anyone who hasn’t already read it. Here’s the blurb for anyone interested in having a read: ‘On the brink of destruction . . . A once elegant airship of unknown design appears in the storm riven night sky above New York. Read more…

  • The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells – A Review

    The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells – A Review

    It might sound odd, but I bought this book because I hadn’t read it. I’ve read quite a few of Wells’ other stories and really enjoyed them, from the well-known titles like ‘The Time Machine’, The Invisible Man and ‘The War of the Worlds’, to the less well known titles like ‘The History of Mr Polly, ‘Kipps’ and ‘The Shape of Things to Come’, but ‘The Food of the Gods’ I’d never come across before, and oddly, having now read it . . . I can sort of see why. Read more…

  • All three episodes of my Glass Darkly story published

    All three episodes of my Glass Darkly story published

    Well I’ve just uploaded the third episode of my Glass Darkly steampunk story to Amazon ready for pre-order, that’s all three episodes now available to either purchase or pre-order, as well as being available in paperback format or through kindle unlimited, and my goodness has it taken a lot of energy to get them over the line. Read more…

  • Through the mind’s eye

    Through the mind’s eye

    Researching a novel is a distracting business. I’ve written in the past about some of the odd characters and events I’ve come to understand in greater detail as a consequence of the research I do for my writing, but in addition to the historic setting for my books I also, like many authors need to build a picture of the places in which my books are set. Now when it comes to picking the places in which my books are set there are a lot of things that go into the mix. Read more…