Thursday, 14 February 2013


Dear Readers,

I will publish Double on Friday 22 February, Free on Smashwords (for a limited time) and on Amazon.

Here's a description of the little tale:

Alpha male David Black has the lot - a successful business, beautiful wife Miriam and two wonderful kids. That’s not to mention young Rachel Owen his sexy PA and mistress. Whilst on a family holiday David spots his double walking towards him on a pier. When he returns home from holiday David has to have a troublesome wisdom tooth removed. In order to meet the appointment with the dentist he cancels a business engagement with John Collis in Birmingham that promises much new work for his factory. On arriving back at his desk the day following the operation, David phones Collis to confirm the rearranged appointment. However he is shocked and bemused by the strange and outraged behaviour of the prospective client towards him. David certainly will not be getting this new business. Gamely he writes off Collis as a crank, but it is the dawning of his worst nightmare as Double goes on to take each and every opportunity to impersonate David with disastrous consequences for his business, marriage and relationship with Rachel. The mystery finally unravels as David is confronted face to face by Double whilst beginning a prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. David taunts his nemesis that he has overplayed his hand - taken the lot. But evil Double has one more thing he’d like from David...


Double is a disturbing paranormal mystery, the tale of a successful forty-something businessman haunted to breaking point by his double.
Best Wishes

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Northern Star published


I published Northern Star free on Smashwords.

Here's the link:

The story is also available on Amazon



Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Northern Star

Hi folks,

as promised in my previous post here is a synopsis and cover image for the fourth story in the Lucy Harlow detective series of short stories. It will be out free of charge on Smashwords this Saturday (9 Feb) and also will be available of Amazon. It is 9600 words long.


Rich wild child Carrie Marchant has made a phone movie of herself in the throes of ecstasy with a former lover Craig Stapleton, a rough diamond who she calls her Northern Star. But the clip has got into the wrong hands and a blackmailer is trying to extort a price from Carrie’s mother Rebecca. Carrie isn’t too bothered about who sees her in action, but Rebecca believing the blackmailer to be Stapleton calls in Lucy to investigate. However the enigmatic Sara Bradbury, Carrie’s elder sister, would much sooner brush things under the carpet and pay off the blackmailer. Lucy begins to understand why as she opens the can of worms that is Carrie’s life.


Northern Star is a tale of blackmail and murder and is the fourth in the Lucy Harlow detective series.

Writing etc

Hi folks,

I finished my latest novel, The Brent Street Haunting 10 January, and by 21 January I had been through it and made the necessary adustments to the first draft. I then put it away and set about revisiting a story that I wanted to publish just before Christmas, Summer Soldier. SS is a Lucy Harlow detective story and I was unhappy with it just before it was due for publication. I was too busy to give it the attention it needed as I was embroiled in Brent Street. Therefore, with Brent Street out the way for the time being, I revisited SS and made the adjustments that I thought necessary for it to be published.

However, I remain unhappy with the story. This is not a new emotion for me. I will not publish anything I am not happy with for whatever reason. A couple of my short stories from 10 years ago - Climb To The Stars and Season's End - remain unpublished for the same reasons. Never say never, and sometime if the mood takes me, I may well publish these and SS, but for the time being they will remain on the shelf.

So, that brings me round to what to do next. I am acutely aware that I have not been publishing enought lately. Opera Flowers - the third in the Lucy Harlow detective series of short stories came out in October last year. Since publishing stuff is just about the best publicity an aspiring author can get, it is about time I put something else up. Therefore, I will publish what is now the fourth Lucy Harlow story - Northern Star - this weekend. It will be free of charge on Smashwords and will also be available on Amazon. I will post seperately a synopsis and a cover image today.

Next up for publication will be Double, a mystery born out of the characters in Oxygen Restriction (the first Lucy Harlow). This is a paranormal story that I like very much and is an important landmark in my writing career. It will be out in a few weeks on Smashwords and Amazon. The Brent Street Haunting will follow a few weeks later (probably April).

Best Wishes