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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. […]

I wonder if this is how Europeans felt in 1331

Covid-19 is far from the first pandemic the world has faced. The bubonic plague first emerged in history during the sixth century CE. Called the Plague of Justinian, it spread rapidly around the Mediterranean, the Eastern Roman Empire and the Sassanian Empire, killing off an estimated one-third of the population. Some estimates put the death […]

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 […]

Words during quarantine-time

This is one of those times that clarifies the word surreal. To qualify: I’m neither in quarantine nor isolation. I have no symptoms. I have not been near anyone with symptoms. I have not travelled in over a month. The whole family is healthy and safe. But life is certainly different. Driving to the grocery […]

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 […]

What does "show, don't tell" mean?

  Characters are what stories are about. Plot is essential—we had to have a story to tell. Something has to happen, something that matters to you, the readers. But it has to happen to someone we care about, or identify with, or connect to in some way. That connection has to happen on an emotional […]

I’m back

A lot of time has passed since my last blog post—four months. A third of a year! To tell you the truth, often during the first two months of that time, I wondered myself what was standing between me and updating my blog. I put it down to having too much other (paying) work to […]

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 […]