Friday, 17 April 2015

Paperback Parade

For a while now, I've been slowly putting my self-published books through the Createspace rigmarole. and I have finally completed the process. Some of the covers are completely different from the eBooks, where those didn't quite fit the Createspace templates... So here are all my paperbacks, including the two from Totally Bound. 

I've attached the buy links to Amazon UK, but the books are available across the Amazon sites.


DARK WATERS - Buy from Amazon UK HERE

Flein is a wanderer by instinct and need, roaming the known world as the fancy takes him. In the Highland village of Glenfinnan, women have been raped and brutally murdered. The killer is a waterhorse, a monstrous shapeshifter by all accounts. But when Flein meets Donnchadh, first in its equine form, then its man-shape, he knows the waterhorse is innocent. Flein is drawn to the shapeshifter, but he finds it difficult to acknowledge it's more than a monster. Donnchadh, though wary, shares the same attraction. They join forces to hunt for the real murderer, but time is short. They must find the killer before more women die. Then suspicion is turned on them and the hunters become the hunted.


FACETS OF LOVE - Buy from Amazon UK HERE

Three Love Stories - HOME AND HEART A new love - Ben is taking care of old Mrs Bonney's house and dogs while she's away over Christmas. Adam has no money. Black sheep of his family, he has no job, nowhere to go, except his grandmother's house. When he learns an unpleasant truth about his father, Ben is there for him. FALLING AGAIN A rediscovered love - Thanks to a lucky win on the Power Ball Lottery, Joel has fulfilled his ambition - an island of his own. All he needs now is to show it to Gray, his best friend and ex-lover, who had shared that childhood dream. But life moves on and people change. So do connections. They can transmute into something wonderful and lasting, but only if both men feel the same. NEVER TOO LATE A May-December love - For six years Stuart has been alone. He feels he's had his chance at love, and doesn't expect to find anyone else. Then he meets Tom. But Tom is twenty years his junior, and Stuart can't take that in his stride.


Melusine's Cats #1 GREYMALKIN - Buy from Amazon UK HERE

The mutual attraction between Jesse and Will is a bonus for Melusine when her enemies close in and she needs to rebuild her war band—starting with Jesse, Will, and Greymalkin. Jesse Adams is an ex-rugby player who's gone into seclusion to avoid the media following a guilty verdict in a court case. Jesse has come to live for a year in Greenlynn, where he is supposed to be writing his biography. Will Blake is an out and proud policeman, respected and liked by the community he helps to protect from rural crime. When the two men meet their attraction is instant, but they have no idea their love will draw them into a centuries' old conflict. Melusine, a deity of rivers and seas, long ago lost the Battle of the Betrayal and is imprisoned in a nexus centred on the source of the Lynn River. She can only travel in the flowing water of her river, and cannot set foot on her banks. Her cats are not so bound. Neither pets nor familiars, they move freely between the realities, her agents among the humans who live along the Lynn. When Melusine's enemies come to the valley in search of revenge, Jesse and Will discover they have a part to play in the ancient feud. Do they commit to becoming part of a mythical triad, or leave the valley and forget they ever knew that magic exists?


STARFALL - Buy from Amazon UK HERE

Ash is looking for his sister. He refuses to accept she's dead and he's come halfway across the galaxy to the lakes of Vermont in search of her. Faye and Conn are on the trail of an underage runaway who has no intention of going back to Florida with them. They all meet up in Amassol, Vermont. When Ash and Conn encounter each other, the attraction is immediate and almost overwhelming. It's also impossible. Ash's mission and Conn's assignment, as well as rival street gangs, make sure of that.




PARADOX - Buy from Amazon UK HERE

Phil's job is full of danger and excitement most of the time, and he trusts his partner with his life. Until Ryan kisses him. It’s a diversion tactic to convince the heavies they’re two harmless gays, but that kiss shakes Phil’s world to its foundations. He doesn’t do commitment, doesn’t need or want a long-term lover, but that’s what his heart is reaching for. Drifting in and out of a dream-haunted coma, trapped in his wrecked car waiting for rescue, he's sharing a parallel life. Many centuries ago, someone is trying to kill Caius Marcellus Niger. Phil must find out who and why before they succeed. But he’s alone. No partner, no backup, and nothing is the way it seems.


CARLYLE'S CROSSING - Buy from Amazon UK HERE

Jubal must face a primordial evil with only an ancient flint knife, two ancestral spirits and Sal at his side. If he fails, more than lives are lost. Jubal is the last Carlyle, and lives near Seattle, far away from his Abenaki ancestors. A letter from a lawyer draws him and his best friend, Sal, to Vermont and the town of Whitewater. Soon they are right in the middle of the old conflict that drove Jubal's parents away just before his birth. Whitewater is suffering and not just from the economic downturn. Unleashed by one man's obsession to call back the spirit of his dead wife, and by the well-meaning but flawed actions of another, dark forces are bringing depression and hopelessness. Jubal's father had neither the talent nor the wish to attempt the task of driving back the incursion, but Jubal knows he has to try. He must find a way to reverse the process before the malaise spreads. But he has no knowledge, no training, just instinct - and Sal. Always Sal, who is rapidly becoming far more than a friend with benefits. The dangers they face are insidious, and more than their lives and sanity are at risk.


CARAVAGGIO'S ANGEL - Buy from Amazon UK HERE

A seventeenth-century artwork, a portfolio of canvases and a gorgeous man no one seems to notice— Add in a jealous brother and a scheming stranger, and Paul has inherited trouble. Paul is estranged from his family, and inherits property on Malta from his artist great-uncle Lawrenz Calleja. It includes a portfolio of canvases Lawrenz painted over the decades, and an artwork that might be a seventeenth-century piece in the style of Caravaggio, but is more likely a symptom of his great-uncle’s obsession—the same man appears in every painting. Paul has grown up knowing that face, the man Lawrenz called Angelo. When he meets someone who matches the image exactly, Paul is hooked. Their friendship rapidly deepens into love. Angelo is in exile on the island of Malta—he has to learn compassion and love before he can return to his Father’s house. But he learns the lessons too well, and that proves dangerous. Nico has watched him for a long time, waiting for just this moment, when Angelo is at his most vulnerable. Nico gains an ally when Paul’s brother, Calvin, arrives in Malta. Calvin is convinced Paul inherited a fortune and is determined to claim a share of it. But the battle between Angelo and Nico is far more than it seems and the Calleja brothers are in danger of becoming collateral damage.

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

"Why don't you write proper stories?"

"Why don't you write proper stories!" my mum used to complain, "like the ones in Woman's Weekly and People's Friend!" Back then I was in my twenties with a toddler, a typewriter, and ideas that, since my earliest years, had focused on Greek and Roman mythologies and history, or cowboys, or spaceships. My years in my local grammar school did nothing to wean me off any of them, or my compulsion to create fiction. Quite the opposite - they reinforced my wish/need/hunger to write.

Unfortunately for Mum, the stories she wanted me to write were fluffy domestic romances featuring women who longed for a man in their life to take care of her, to fulfill her life by keeping house for him, cook his meals, bear his children. He would sweep her off her feet - possibly force her into a relationship or marriage. After various misunderstandings and other setbacks, he would fall in love with her, worship the ground she walked on because she was the Perfect Wife and Mother...

Um, yes. So not my thing, then or now. There are lots of great authors out there filling that particular romance niche, with or without a spicing of erotica and/or kink. Okay, I do write the occasional fluffy romance, but my leads are men - and perfect wives and mothers do not feature.


I've learned a lot over the years - and I'm still learning. It's an ongoing process, and a hell of a lot of fun as well as hard work. Yes, sitting in front of a computer screen trying to create a believable story with sympathetic characters is hard work. Who'd have thought it? Mum would never have believed it, that's for sure.



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