The Darkwood Mysteries Collection…

This Halloween something wicked this way comes… For the first time, all nine tales which begin The Darkwood Mysteries are collected in one volume.

FB Square Kindle Collection 1The Darkwood Mysteries is a series of short-stories and novels which can be enjoyed as individual tales or as part of a deeper mystery.

Emily Darkwood, guided by a mysterious stone, investigates the supernatural and the criminal in the gaslight and shadows of Victorian England. Assisted by her faithful young servant-companion, Jack Hobbs, she risks all in her search for answers to the mystery of the stone and the fates of her parents who left it to her.

Tales 1 – 9 of The Darkwood Mysteries collected in one volume:

The Thief of Faces: Why is Darkwood keeping vigil at her friend’s tomb? Darkwood hunts a serial killer with a gruesome signature execution. What does a murderer want his victims’ faces for?

The Posthumous Child: Darkwood receives messages from the other side whilst a family experiences a ghostly tormentor. What does a spirit child want to be known? What secret haunts the country estate of Cecil House?

The Luminous Marks: Glowing marks are left at the sites of petty thefts. What are they for? Darkwood and Hobbs search out the meaning of the marks in London’s fog shrouded night.

The Wrath of the Dragon: Just who or what is causing terrible fires in the slums of London’s East End? Superstitious fears on the street claim the Chinese are to blame—but could there really be a dragon in London?

The Peacock Cabal: Just what drained a young man of his vitality and left him dead? Men who love men are dying, as something takes advantage of the secrecy surrounding their hidden love. Darkwood’s investigation reveals a conspiracy and a sinister threat…

The Cult of the Scarab: How does a mummified body, missing from the British Museum, connect to Darkwood’s nightmare of beetles in a foreign red land? The answer is found at the end of a trail of bodies…

The Hag on the Heath: Is an acquaintance of Darkwood the victim of supernatural attack? Darkwood, Hobbs, the victim and her gypsy kin—her father and his companions—embark on a hunt for a witch, but all is not as it seems…

The Spindly-Snatcher: Why is a writer burning down bookshops? Darkwood and Hobbs investigate a creeping madness, but in doing so the hunters become the hunted…

The Conspiracies of Shadow & Fire: Conspiracies in the past unfold in the present and pitch Darkwood and Hobbs into a desperate struggle where they are uncertain of who they can trust, and drawn to a confrontation with the ultimate evil…

Available for pre-order on Amazon now.

Darkwood and Hobbs will be returning in a new run of nine stories in 2018. Get ahead now. Don’t be left in the shadows–they aren’t what they appear to be…

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Reflecting on March (2017)… Sneak peak at a new look for ‘Get Over It’…

BEHIND THE WRITING DESK_optMarch has been another month of non-writing writing stuff. I have rewritten the synopsis for ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’, and the character profiles for the two main characters, Darkwood and Hobbs. It’s amazing how much I love writing, but HATE writing synopses and summaries like that. This is for the upcoming condensing of all my work under one website and social media under my name instead of my titles. The new covers for ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ are now uploaded to Kindle and Smashwords. With those done, I turned to my self-help title ‘Get Over It’. I’ve slightly tweaked the title, and decided to have a bit more fun with the cover. It was quite plain before, and while it’s a bit busy now, it’s more colourful and playful, which I like. Go on, I know you want to have a look. Check it out and see what you think…

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Reflecting on January… (2017) Non-writing writing…

BEHIND THE WRITING DESK_optThe first month of 2017 is gone already. Free from studying, I’ve been a little slower at getting back to the writing desk than I expected myself to be. I’m taking time to look after my inner child after a year of neglect. I have a lot of making up to do to the poor guy. So, there has been lots of flumping into my bean bag, drinking tea, eating, and watching ‘He-Man’. That’s been a bit of a rediscovery for me. I love that show. Sometimes, when things have been complicated, it can feel good to go simple. You can’t get much simpler than cartoons. Well, maybe not anime… And there has been lots of fun and games with the husband. Board games that is, you filthy people. Because, I’ve felt that I’ve been neglecting him too. He thought me being on another planet with writing was bad, then I pitched myself into studying and he probably found I was even less present. But, I’m back now, in life, into my interests, and I’m back at the writing desk too…

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Reflecting on November (2015)… Unleashing ‘The Pack’

November has been a BUSY month. Studying. Editing. Oh, and Christmas shopping. Which seemed to involve buying myself lots of board games. I think my month off from saving went to my head. And my money went to various games companies… Thankfully I haven’t got to pass off any obscure games as presents for other people (like buying my four year old niece ‘Fury of Dracula’), and I actually bought the presents I was meant to. Phew.

The big thing this month was receiving the edit of ‘The Pack’ from… well, my editor… thankfully she didn’t suggest any major rewrites, but being a masochistic perfectionist I decided to cut it about it. I’ve read it, and re-read it. Again. Edited and re-edited it. Again. And it’s now shiny and launched on Amazon. Yeah. I was going to do a build-up pre-order thing, but this is the last of my work that needed to be edited and re-released, and I couldn’t face the slog of trying to get interest in it through social media, and just wanted to unleash ‘The Pack’.

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War of the Worlds: Aftermath…

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‘War of the Worlds: Aftermath’ is Tony Wright’s direct sequel to H.G. Wells’ alien invasion novel. I love ‘War of the Worlds’ and I’m still waiting for a faithful movie adaptation set in the Victorian period–so a direct sequel?! I downloaded it on my Kindle as soon as I spotted it.

In ‘War of the Worlds: Aftermath’, Wright returns us to the narrator from the original novel, in a world rebuilding itself after the war. The narrator, John Smith, due to his public viewpoint of the war, is called upon by the government to bear witness and document the progress in Britain’s work with the Martian’s abandoned technology–in what is a race to be ready for another invasion attempt. But while our eyes are on Mars, a threat is building on Earth…

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‘The Room’ is Out Today on Kindle!

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Colin Jobson smiled in an act of humour he didn’t feel as he watched Solly leave. He was keen to get back to the recordings and there was trepidation too—Willis’ story was creepy. He waited for the door to close behind Solly, then glanced around the gloomy office, lit by a dozen desk lights. He was alone. Hunching over his desk, he popped the earbuds back in his ears, closed his eyes against the room, and pressed play. Willis’s voice filtered into his consciousness.

‘…Is the door to the room you’re in now closed? It doesn’t matter; if it isn’t closed now, it will be at some time, or there will be another closed door somewhere near you… Sit there and listen… Go on, take a moment and listen… Hear anything?

‘Imagine that if you hear a noise—it could be something moving behind the door, ready to rap at the door or try the handle… If you try and reassure yourself that it’s the wind, your pet, or the house settling, remember it could be those things… Equally, it could be something else. If you don’t hear a noise, then it could be that some-thing is lurking on the other side… Waiting.

‘That’s what it’s like for me… Now go and open the door without any trepidation… I dare you…’

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