The veil had been lifted. She had seen the demonstrations, the protests. They had spread from America, all the way across the ocean to her doorstep. At first she didn't understand. This wasn't a problem here. The police didn't do things like that here. People were treated equally here. Her black friends never spoke about … Continue reading VEILED
He ate the last crumbs, rolled up the wrapper and tossed it in the back. Still hungry. Should've stopped at a store for provisions on the way. Across the street nothing happened. He stared at the unmoving windows and door. How long had it been? Three hours. Another five before the night shift took over. … Continue reading THE STAKEOUT
The minister finished the eulogy. Quiet, soft piano music faded up and filled the hush. A low electronic hum started, the wheels of the conveyor gradually turning. He was supposed to have protected him. That was his job, to be the rock, the guardian against all that the world could throw at them. He had … Continue reading THE GUARDIAN
They found him lying between the petals of the ornamental pink flower that was the centrepiece of the fountain. A little too much consumed at the masked ball. Nymphs and faeries ruled the gardens that night, dancing in the shadows created by the fireworks. He had been in good humour, blessing all with goodwill, even … Continue reading THE KING’S HEIR
To coincide with the release of my new novel ‘State Of War’, I’ve written a guest blog post over on Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo about some of the challenges and inspirations involved in writing a trilogy of novels. Do hop over and give it a read.
Two years ago I managed to finish my first novel and publish it on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. While basking in the satisfaction of completing the book, ‘A Justified State’ (and receiving the odd couple of gratifying reviews), I got a nagging sense that the characters I had created had more of a story to tell beyond ‘THE END’ of the first book.
Pretty quickly the basis of a plot for parts 2 and 3 of a trilogy came together. ‘A Justified State’ is a detective thriller set in an imagined near future world, loosely based on my home city, Glasgow. I wanted to avoid repeating what I had written in the first book, not only because I thought readers would be bored reading the same sort of story again, and also because I knew I would be bored writing something similar. So I set about taking the characters from…
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