Music for Writing

How do you write? In silence? Or with heavy metal blasting out at full blast? I used to be able to write with my favourite music playing (usually on my headphones, especially if the kids were in bed). But in recent times I've found it increasingly hard to concentrate with music, particularly music with lyrics. Quite often now I will play a movie score soundtrack. Batman Begins is a favourite, as is John Carter . Recently, though, I've discovered some even more useful musical accompaniment on YouTube. The video below is a good place to start. Not quite 'ambient', more... 'atmospheric'. Puts me in just the right mood for composing prose. ['Comprosing'? Err, no.] Check it out. And if you don't like this one, there are plenty more to choose from.

'Lazarus Island' - Free Kindle Offer

If you enjoy a good supernatural thriller, this could be for you. From tomorrow, Friday August 18th, you'll be able to pick it up for free on Kindle. This offer lasts until Sunday the 20th. Grab a Kindle copy while you can. Tell your friends. Tell your enemies! Tell the strange bloke who lives down the end of your road who's always a bit cranky. Tell the world!

I'm Still Here

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”  ~ C. Joybell C. The past two years have been a difficult time for me personally. But I'm still here, still fighting the good fight. New updates coming soon . . .

"Hope is found": Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

I remember way back in 1999, as the world was gearing up to return to the Star Wars Universe for the very first prequel, the anticipation reached fever pitch. In the midst of all the excitement, one commenter had wise words to share - that no film could possibly live up to the expectation being heaped upon this movie. Star Wars is a phenomenon, and the arrival of a new movie is always an event, regardless of whether you're a fan or not. That call for caution was not only wise but also prescient. After watching The Phantom Menace , it took me a long time to realise just how much was wrong with it. The war in my heart between wanting something I loved to be great and the disappointing realisation that it wasn't lasted several years. Now we are at a similar point. In a month's time, a new Star Wars film will hit cinemas and, once again, the anticipation and excitement is infectious. But I believe we have good reason to be excited. For a while, their was an air of caution

Anything But Zombies

Very proud and excited to have a story in this great new anthology! From the publisher's page: "For decades we’ve had vampires, werewolves, Jason, Freddy, and Michael. And now zombies have gone all Hollywood. Out of a need to figure out what is the next classic monster, publisher and lifelong horror enthusiast Gerald Dean Rice has assembled this fresh and downright disturbing collection of short stories featuring some of the most clever and imaginative horror writers of the day including Tim Curran, Jeff Strand, Armand Rosamilia, Rebecca Besser, MontiLee Stormer, Lee Moan, Tonia Brown, Jake Bible, Faye McCray, and Jimmy Pudge. Inside, the diverse cast of contributors introduces new breeds of monsters such as sentient sex dolls, anti-zombie terrorists, suicidal cultists, the woman who can smell sin, and more. These monsters come alive within the pages, and they are blow-your-mind frightening. They are just what the horror world needs. They are Anything but Zombies!"

A few thoughts on Doctor Who, and 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi

A few thoughts on Doctor Who, and 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi (Den of Geek Article) Whilst Den of Geek has pretty much nailed it all on the head in the above article, I just wanted to add my own thoughts on the casting of Peter Capaldi in the iconic role of the Doctor. First things first, now that the news is sinking in, I am very very pleased. Buzzing, in fact. Peter Capaldi's name was linked with the role over the past few days and even Den of Geek dismissed the idea as a little bit of misdirection, and I was quite convinced it was. But as soon as I saw his hand on the live TV show I shouted out, "It IS Peter Capaldi!", and I found myself suitably thrilled and confused at the same time. Considering the ages of recent Doctors I just didn't expect to see a new Doctor being cast who was over 40, let alone over 50. (Mr Capaldi is 55). But I am soooo glad they did. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of the Doctors since the show started anew in 2005, and although


Light years from home. Bonded to an alien for survival. A dark secret is about to be revealed . . . The planet Verdana was supposed to be their new home, their new Eden. But shortly after arriving the human colonists were faced with a dilemma - join with the alaahi or perish. In the end, they chose the process of symbiosis, a physical conjoining with the native alaahi. But now there are whispers amongst the colonists. The alaahi are not the benevolent beings they made themselves out to be. Before long a dark secret is about to be revealed, and young Jena must make a terrible choice . . . If you haven't read Symbiosis yet (now with a brand spanking new cover), download your Kindle copy for free. But hurry, it won't be free for much longer. Amazon US Amazon UK