Portentous Trilogy: US deal

Hi everyone. Just to let you know about an offer on at the minute. You can get the PORTENTOUS TRILOGY –  box set download of my Dais brothers books – for only 99c in the US via Amazon. After the weekend it will go back to $3.49. Apologies to readers elsewhere! However, if you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it as part of your subscription anyway.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B33W22F

I also thought I’d put some thoughts down about how it came to be, as it’s not in my usual suspense / horror niche. I just had an idea in my head about a man – a good, honest man – being torn between the responsibilities of his job and loyalty to his family. Thus Wexlen started to take shape, a government worker… but no, he felt more like someone from another time or place, so he became a governor of a settlement, under the watchful eye of a larger ruling power.

So he’s a governor, heading home after some trade discussions, only to find his brother is causing an issue for other officials from the ruling Centre. I then had to think about the brother… a bit rash, hot-headed, different in many ways to Wexlen, but linked by biology. Paxlan came into focus. He’s being stubborn and unreasonable, so it seems straightforward enough: Wexlen should tell Paxlan he’s wrong and side with his bosses… but I didn’t want it to be that straightforward. Wex needed a dilemma, an emotional tussle. It was something to do with the Centre representative that was putting pressure on his brother…

That’s how their nemesis, Croke, came into being. If he’d done something awful to them in the past, then it wouldn’t be so easy for Wex to side with him over his brother, Pax. Here was my conflict. Here was the big decision that would push the narrative on…

So I had that much in my head for weeks, but knew it didn’t fit my normal stuff. So it just stayed in there, but as it did a world grew around it, which became the country of Orbitra and the planet of Portent. Hence the title. (It was called ‘Edge’ for awhile, but now I can’t for the life of me remember why!)

Then, in between projects, I just started writing it… and then before to long it became the next project, and ultimately the biggest tale I’ve ever told. I’m not sure who its a story for – I’ve suggested fans of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’, and GRRM’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ – but the important thing is that I love it, and I loved writing it.

If you fancy taking a look, I hope you love it too.

Portentous 1: Brothers… for free!

Hey there! Just a quick post, letting you know that for a couple of days the first book of the PORTENTOUS trilogy, Brothers, is FREE to download. I’m hoping it’ll kickstart a few new fans for this other writing project, away from my usual suspense / horror.

Here are the links:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083HKKFBW
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B083HKKFBW
AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B083HKKFBW
CAN: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B083HKKFBW

It’s been free for a couple of days and is in the top three in a number of download categories. Number one free download in Post-Apocalyptic! (It kinda fits. The story is 4,000 years post an apocalypse!) Anyway, hope you give it a spin!

Portentous: Map of Orbitra

The trilogy is complete! It’s typical then that it only dawned on me recently that it might be handy for you to have a map of the locations mentioned in the books. I’ve been working off a rough sketch for months. I’ve smartened it up for you guys! Hope it’s of some use.

Map of Orbitra

Give and Take

Just a couple of updates on things…

TAKE: Well, many of the books have been at a bargain price for a while now, so I’m putting them back up shortly. But you’ve still got a few days to pick them up for 0.99.


A Very Bad Year https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SFFZT33

Corner House https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GDPT1ZY

Unlucky Numbers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0839FLBMP

The Deleted https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085KGFYKR

Bitterly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0876HWGRN

GIVE: New book on the way! PORTENTOUS 3: GODS is due to be released for download over the coming weekend. The trilogy – and Dais brothers story – is complete!

No links as yet, but here’s the cover! I hope you’ll give it a go when it’s out!

How Many Shopping Days Until Christmas?

The temperature dropped about 10 degrees today, so I’m guessing that’s summer over. Therefore it seems reasonable to remind folk about my five Xmas scares in ‘Frightful’. It’s also a nice little intro to my writing if you’re having a look for the first time.

For a few days you can download FRIGHTFUL for FREE! Xmas has come early!

Here are the links;

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082RYP7ZR

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B082RYP7ZR

‘Unlucky Numbers’ is No.1!


Hi all. Just a quick update and promo. ‘Unlucky Numbers’ – one of my suspense / horror short story collections – is currently free to download for a couple of days. Here’s the link if you’d like to get it:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0839FLBMP

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0839FLBMP

What is exciting though is that yesterday it hit number one for free horror short stories on Amazon! (Also no.2 in free single author short stories and no.3 in free horror)

Lots of people downloading! I’m truly grateful.

If you haven’t got yours, jump in!

Bitterly – new book is out!

Just a quick one to let you know that the latest ebook is out. BITTERLY is essentially a short story collection, but with a difference. All twelve stories are set in the same sleepy village.
Story 1 and story 12 are basically bookends – they act as prologue and epilogue to the larger tale of a moors fire that unleashes something ancient and evil from the hillside and into the village.
The ten tales in between are ten separate instances of suspense and horror, in some way or other brought about by whatever it is that’s ‘in the water’, or ‘blowing in the wind’. They can be read as isolated tales or as part of the bigger picture. It’s entirely up to the reader.
So, something a bit different; who knows if it’ll work, but I’m proud of all twelve pieces!

Here are the links – take a look!
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0876HWGRN
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0876HWGRN
Aus: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0876HWGRN

What’s In A Name?


Naming characters is an interesting part of the writing process. Sometimes it’s absolutely crucial to get the right sounding name – and I can agonise over it for days – and sometimes it’s just a case of picking something that sounds age appropriate, and not too similar to one that I’ve used before.

Then there is the other way of naming characters, and I’ve done this once before. Naming them after readers. Only because they want me to, of course! There’s a couple of characters in Portentous 2 named this way, and I’d like to do it again.

Here’s the situation. At the end of next week, my latest short story collection, ‘Bitterly’ comes out. All the stories are set in the same village, so it means there’s quite a large cast – quite a number of new names to conjure up.

If you would like your name – or part of it – to feature in the book, then here’s the deal. Give me an Amazon review, on any of my other titles before the end of April 15th, and I will use your name for a character. It would also be useful if you messaged me about it, so I have it confirmed that you would like me to use said moniker! Of course, it goes without saying that the character would no way represent you (no intentional similarities to people living or dead blah blah blah) as they are already written. I’ll just swap out the name.

This could be a bit of fun, so if you fancy it, let me know!