In a 1976 Doctor Who story called The Seeds of Doom, a mysterious pod from Antarctica is brought to a rural English estate. It melds with a human to become a colossal, tentacled, man-eating thing. I suspect that, as I watched in utter terror, the seed of this novel – and others – was firmly […]Read More Weed – A Tiny Intro…
While you’re waiting for me to finish my next novel, you can read two dark stories set in the south-west of America. If you’re a Goodreads person, it’s ready to add to your shelves. If you’d like to buy direct from Black Shuck Books, go here. Or, if you prefer those other folk, who keep […]Read More Tales of New Mexico – on sale now
Read a book recently? Do you, like me, LOVE books and stories? If so, and you haven’t had the time to do this yet, go and rate the books you’ve enjoyed. It only takes a few seconds to do and, whether you realise it or not, it makes a difference. These days, consumer-led assessment of […]Read More Rate and review call from authors everywhere!
Hoorah! A new book review! It ought to be a fair appraisal, right? But so often it reads like more than that, like a judgement. There, I’ve said it. Oh, look. Here’s another. And another. My Twitter feed, Facebook news feed and Goodreads homepage are choked with book reviews. Well, I’m a writer; what else […]Read More On writers who write about writers and the writers, like me, who write about them.
Well, the Goodreads giveaways that spanned most of January and February are over. Following half a day of printing and signing letters, personalising title pages and stuffing envelopes, all the prizes are now in the post. *pats self on back* I gave away:Read More Giveaway results
I’m delighted to announce that all my proposed Goodreads give-aways have been approved. This means that from the 11th to 24th of January I will be giving away six different titles, totalling 42 books! So entering means there’s a very good chance of winning something.Read More Give-away January!
It’s 2017. Extraordinary. Astounding. Or perhaps nothing more significant than flipping a page on a calendar… Whatever the case, I’m celebrating by giving away a load of books on Goodreads this month. These are some of the titles I’m hoping to share: So, watch for updates and get ready to […]Read More New Year Giveaways
Those astonishingly generous folk at Angry Robot Books are giving away 10 copies of The Book of the Crowman. GIVING THEM AWAY. Ten. Are they mad or something? And you don’t even have to answer a question or do a special dance or sing a song or anything. All you need to do is enter […]Read More Goodreads giveaway – The Book of the Crowman
Skeleton Leaves: A Collection by Helen Marshall My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was extremely fortunate to receive a copy of this – one of only 150 printed – from Chris Roberts, the talented artist who illustrated it. It was signed both by him and the author, and that on its own makes it […]Read More Skeleton Leaves by Helen Marshall
“A few weeks ago, I attempted to tidy up my Facebook ‘friends’ list, deleting folks I didn’t interact with in a positive way or simply didn’t know. I was trying streamline things; only linking with people whose updates I wanted to see and for whom I hoped the feeling would be mutual. It’s a lot […]Read More Life outside social media: yes, there is one, I’ve checked