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The Serpent

A Sunday sample from The Children of the Seventh Son The new Dark Age novel Coming Friday, the 13th of November Javor’s left hand found a place to grasp in the soft, crumbling sandstone. His boot slipped once, then caught on the cliff face and he pulled himself up, over a lip of stone onto […]

When trees explode, duck

“Steven Sangster. I can’t believe I’m investigating his death. Did you like his music, Detective Ferreira?” “Call me Lani. Yeah, I had one of Steven Sangster’s albums as a girl. I loved trying to figure out the hidden meanings in the words. Did you like him, too?” Vanessa could not repress a smile. “I was […]

Cover image for Under the Nazi Heel

It’s a tough time to get through, but we have gotten through tough times before. And a sense of humour never hurts. So in the spirit of the day, here’s an excerpt from Under the Nazi Heel, Book 2 of the Eastern Front Trilogy. In this, Maurice shows how his sense of humour was irrepressible. […]

Enjoy an author's reading during isolation

The covid-19 pandemic is changing everything. Staying indoors, staying two metres from other people, cancelling events … on one hand, I don’t really mind more opportunity to sit in front of my computer. On the other hand, I am missing some friends and colleagues. And I understand how boring it can be to hear only […]

Six-sentence Sunday: Philip and the dragon

From Part 3 of The Bones of the Earth As I mentioned in a few earlier posts, I am reposting samples from my original blog (way back on Blogger), with six-sentence samples posted on Sundays. These come from my first-published novel, The Bones of the Earth. The dragon opened its mouth, revealing terrible, long, pointy […]

A Hallowe'en treat: The Witch Queen's Son

For your chilling pleasure, here is another little excerpt from one of my works-in-progress, Dark Clouds. This is a little bit forward from the story you can get for free, Chapter 1: The Mandrake Ruse. It again features Helen, the Witch Queen, and her son, Matt, the only many immune to witchcraft. Helen’s prison Shadows […]

Frightful Friday: The Vampire machine

This #spooktober, I’m re-publishing some light, Hallowe’en-related stories. This one first appeared on another blog some years ago, and I present it again here for your spooky pleasure. Let me know in the Comments whether you liked it. The power went out with drawn-out squeaks from every electronic device in the house. Rodney noticed the […]

Six-sentence Sunday: The Bones of the Earth

Once upon a time, when blogging was still young and the World Wide Web was comparatively innocent, there was a thing called Six Sentence Sunday. During this epoch, authors would publish six-sentence samples of their books, either published or works-in-progress, onto their blogs on Sunday morning, along with a link to a central site called […]