Monday, 5 December 2016

Paperbacks are up

All my books are now available for purchase as paperbacks. If you're a fan of that old fashioned 'book smell', go grab yourself a copy at Amazon. They're pretty cheap too! Or, subscribe to my newsletter and enter the Giveaway I'm currently running exclusively for subscribers. You could win up to three paperbacks.

The Viscount's Son Trilogy – a dark paranormal mystery series (vampire fiction)

The Borderlands Trilogy – a young adult contemporary fantasy series

The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic – an epic fantasy collection

Monday, 21 November 2016

I sit before the fire and think – J.R.R. Tolkien

I hope this poem from The Fellowship of the Rings brings some 'connection' to anyone feeling sad this week.

Monday, 14 November 2016

It was a dark and stormy night ... How important are first lines?

Many writers turn themselves in knots about this one. The golden rule of writing dictates the first line must grab the reader. This seems like common sense, but it also sounds like a bucketful of pressure! Really? A book MUST hook readers with the first line?

Must a book grab you from the very first line?

Monday, 7 November 2016

Who gets your vote – Sauron or Cersei? (The intriguing matter of politics in fantasy)

Everyone's either talking about politics, or trying to avoid talking about politics. It's a tricky subject. One that can bring on a rash. I know. I'm still itching from a recent dinner party (yes, sometimes I attend these sophisticated soirees – very adult of me) in which a political discussion got rather heated. That well-regarded rule 'never talk about religion or politics' is there for a good reason it turns out.

But there is one place where politics is safe and infinitely intriguing to contemplate – in the world of fantasy fiction.

Politics in fantasy – so intriguing!