‘Harvest’ 99p/c October Halloween Sale!

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Craig Digby lives in a high-rise block of flats at the heart of Camden and is striving to make a life for himself away from the family business. But when a child goes missing from her locked ninth floor home he realises he is sitting on a story and an opportunity to begin the writing career he yearns for. The mystery deepens and becomes more sinister as other residents disappear, become uncharacteristically violent, or are killed. Something has been unleashed within the tower. Craig and a handful of disparate residents must overcome their personal beliefs, conflicts and fears, to unite against an evil that can reach into homes, control minds and corrupt flesh, for they alone realise the true nature of what is happening, and only they can stop the Harvest…

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‘The Pack’ 99p/c October Halloween Sale!

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DI Joe Carter is called upon to investigate the deaths of two fellow officers who are savaged by dogs while pursuing a criminal organisation. However, it quickly becomes apparent that this is no ordinary investigation or isolated incident—all across London man’s best friend begins biting and tearing at the hand that feeds it. The dogs are forming a pack that grows as quickly as the victims it creates; the dead, the injured, and the people the dogs infect with their madness. Yet, to Joe the attacks still seem to be connected to the criminal organisation, and he has a fight on his hands to keep the case and make sense of what is happening. He is convinced that behind the vicious pack of animals is the hand of man, but is unprepared for the truth that will shake his understanding of the world…

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‘Ivory’ 99p/c October Halloween Sale!

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Martin Roberts has made a successful career from painting as an artist and lecturer. Yet he is finding that his creativity is slipping away—stifled by family life. That is, until he is responsible for running a teenage girl down in his car. Miraculously the girl survives, but stranger than her lack of injuries is her striking physical appearance; stark white hair and skin, and jet black eyes. Being mute, her condition and background remain a mystery. That night should have been the last Martin saw of this girl called Ivory, but he finds he is haunted by her looks, and she has stoked the embers of his creativity. He realises he must paint her and seeks her out in London’s streets of vice, facing dangers of this world and another, pursuing an obsession that he discovers has led to the deaths of others before him and could unleash bloody chaos upon the world…

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‘The Room’ 99p/c Halloween Sale!

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After an assault at work, Tom Willis is left with Post Traumatic Stress-Disorder: noises and closed doors arouse debilitating bouts of irrational dread as to what might lie behind them. He is at risk of losing his job and his girlfriend, but when those closest to him start to share his terror of something lurking behind closed doors, he realises it is not only his sanity at risk, but his life and the lives of those around him. To unlock the secret of his fear Tom must revisit a childhood he has done his best to distance himself from. A time when he was an orphan living in a children’s home. In his hometown, with his childhood best friend, and in the basement of their ruined home, he will face a battered and scarred door. To challenge the room that is haunting him, he must confront the past, and ignore the persistent warning in his mind—“Don’t open the door…”

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May & June in Writing: Pushing Through The Block & Writer-Kids Growing Up…

BEHIND THE WRITING DESK_optAfter my previous downer of a post where I admitted I was struggling with motivation towards my writing, I can happily say I’m back on track. My solution was to find a better place for my writing to fit into my life, so that I can balance my hobbies and my time more comfortably. I now write on Friday mornings only. Up at 6, work from 7 until 12. With tea breaks of course, I mean, let’s not turn writing into hard labor… I’m tapping out about 3000 to 4000 words, and in my current project that seems to be a chapter a week. So it feels satisfying enough for me.

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February (2018) in Writing… A Sneak Peek at Chapter Two of ‘The Darkwood Mysteries (17): The Slaves of the Underworld’…

BEHIND THE WRITING DESK_optFebruary was a good month for writing. I managed to reach the end of part 1–a third of the way through–my latest project. At 40 pages, “The Darkwood Mysteries (17): The Slaves of the Underworld”, is shaping up nicely as a novella, perhaps even a novel length by the time I have completed parts 2 and 3. My plan, which I talked about in my last post, has held up. Chapters are pretty short, which is what I wanted, and the story I have had in my head for a few years now is getting onto the page without too much effort. I’ve managed to get a few full days of writing in, starting at about 6:30 or 7 am and then working through until 5 or 6 pm (with lunch and plenty of tea in between of course!). This was always how I used to write, and I’m glad to be getting back into the swing of it. It feels much more satisfying than a morning or afternoon, and an hour or so in an evening here and there a couple of times a week.

I’m going to share chapter two with you now. And disclaimer time again–I don’t consider I have a first draft until I have finished the whole story, as I often revisit sections and chapters as I am writing to make tweaks or changes, or move things around, so these shares are very much the rough that comes from the writing desk before they’ve been studied and edited. Please forgive typos and any wonky writing that comes through. After the ‘hook’ of finding Jack Hobbs committing himself to the workhouse, chapter two reveals why he is in this situation, and sets up the inciting incident–entering the workhouse–which will propel the story forward, with Hobbs in a very different place to the usual Darkwood Mystery.

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