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the shakers – fragmented and evocative contemporary urban fiction – free kindle download 2-6 March.

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The follow-up to NQA sees disgraced army helicopter pilot Mark Barrett reliving a three-day battle in Afghanistan, while attempting to rescue a fellow soldier from life on the street, all the while avoiding the not-so tender caresses of a Russian oligarch who suspects him of delivering more than a ‘Rubens of dubious provenance’ to his gorgeous young wife.

Yes, it’s that sort of novel.

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I have 5 books on my desk that I’ve decided to edit. Again.

The two big books have all the appropriate annotation that I did last year, plus I’m going to alter the overall layout, and the three others are small collections of short stories, so they’ll get done quickly once I start.

And I need a cover for Jago.

And that’s it for 2020. I’m planning on getting it all done by the end of April, then I’m taking the rest of the year off. For fun stuff.


I thought I’d found the correct image for the cover of Jago but I’m now realising that it might not be the right one. It’s striking cover but it doesn’t add anything, it’s a bit confusing.

I do have a plan though.


I didn’t invent the DSF genre – dystopian science fiction, to give it it’s Sunday name – but I think I’m the first to give the genre an abbreviated title.

ps – my new book, Jago, is a YA DSF.   Not sure it scans…



Writing wise, I’m a micro-brewery.


independent issues

As an independent writer, that is, I publish my own stuff, deal direct with readers, booksellers, and schools and colleges (and the occasional independent film maker). I also make my own profits.

I do not enjoy the support of a ‘team’.

Which is good in many ways but means my work suffers from typos, spellos, random words, plot holes and issues with the layout, amongst other things. To prevent this I have to edit at least one extra time, usually two or three times, to ensure there are as few mistakes as possible.

This year, apart from releasing a couple of new stories, I’ll be re-editing my old work. I’m also planning to completely re-engineer my short story collections. And when it’s all done, I’ll own it.

All of it.



Finished editing Jago.

Elevator pitch: Stranger in a Strange Land via The Searchers, with a 15 year-old female protagonist.

Publishing date soon.

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St. Claire has given up the dealing and the one-night stands; he’s renounced violence, dropped out of sight and moved up the coast. He’s living like a hermit, trying to be a good man again.

Kaska lives in a hope-free, dead-end town where the only growth industries are teenage pregnancy and low-level street disorder; she’s sixteen, a gifted artist and she’s dying by inches. She’s desperate to break free.

But as both St. Claire and Kaska discover, life gets in the way of the best-laid escape plans.


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I’m almost finished editing Jago, my dystopian YA novel. I’m not sure whether Jester catches up with Dakota. At the moment, he doesn’t, and the story ends perfectly with him not having found her.

But he needs to; Jago is the first in a trilogy and the second book begins with them back together.

Decisions to make.


post script: completed the edit, and got them back together. Question is, should I edit one more time or is it done?