Kelfor out now!

After a very difficult time, I am really happy to be able to announce that the new book, set in a completely new universe to the others, is out, both in digital and trade paperback formats.

I hope you like Remeny’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Let me know, and please consider leaving an amazon review … they are ever-more important!





A 13-year-old slave girl working as a drudge finds herself catapulted into the centre of attention.

Remeny has no idea why she and her ill-assorted group of companions must undertake such a heart-stoppingly dangerous quest. But, as they flee brutal pursuit, she soon learns that

You can be a hero at any age

Can they ever reach Kelfor, and the astonishing secret it has kept safe for thousands of years? Will Remeny fulfill a mysterious destiny she doesn’t understand?

… Or will all the sacrifices be for nothing?


“A book the whole family can enjoy”


Here is the full paperback cover:


Present or Past?

Past or Present I have been having a lot of trouble figuring out which tense to write the new masterpiece in, so here is a (fun) way to figure it out. Not to be taken too seriously, but hope it helps somebody. I still don’t know, so it hasn’t really done me much good!!


ALGORITHM TO help you DECIDE between present and past TENSE AND first and third PERSON FOR WRITING A NOVEL


1)  Is the main character(MC) actually present for the whole book?  (Is MC going to be in place to witness all we need to know?  Is the action we need expressly to know about going to be done when MC always present?)

YES – 8 points

NO – 0 points


2) Do you want to show other peoples thoughts and opinions, give their inner reasonings, get deeply into many points of view? (As opposed to being able to show everybody by dialogue and observation through MC’s eyes) Continue reading Present or Past?

Bragging rights are relative (The grass is always greener!)

Ladder to success

I remember seeing a Nathan Lowell post years ago, when he reached 500,000 downloads on the Podiobooks site. I immediately envisioned the day I would be doing that very same thing. It would be the day I would be as popular a writer as he is, I thought. It seemed the epitome of success.

Except it never quite works out as you think, does it? About ten days ago I finally reached the magic half a million downloads. As dreamed of, here I am bragging about it. I should feel a success, surely?

Well, not so much. Of course I am delighted to reach that (for me) magic number. But I have learned that success is ALWAYS relative. It is like riches … wherever you are on the ladder, there are always more rungs to be climbed.  And my 500,000, four or five years later, has not put me anywhere near the rarified air Mr. Lowell – very deservedly – breathes.  But it IS a step on the way.

What constitutes success? Is it only to be measured in monetary terms? By that standard I am a VERY long way away, still. Or, these days, is it by download numbers?

Or perhaps, writers should only hanker after just a couple of good reviews. After all, from there to infinite sales may only be a matter of scale!

To all those of you have downloaded Valhai … and the rest of the series … THANK YOU! You have helped me to climb one more rung on the way up my own personal ladder!


The making of … the audiobooks.

I don’t think anyone has the slightest idea of just how long it takes to record and edit an audiobook.  … Except me, of course!  I can tell you.

A 40 minute episode takes me nearly 8 hours to record, edit, add music to and then tag. And that only takes care of about 20 pages of a book.

Which means … seven books, at around 20 episodes per book … around eight MONTHS of work.  All that to give away the finished product on the Podiobooks site.

So why do I do it, you may well ask.  And believe me, sometimes I wonder myself! Especially when I am dragging myself out of bed at 6.00 am to get the recording in before the dawn chorus starts up.

There are two major … MAJOR … reasons.  The first is that I pick up around two to three errors PER PAGE doing it.  Since I don’t use a professional copy editor this is important. Recording really is a valuable tool if, for whatever reason, you have no choice but to do your own editing.  Even so, some things will slip through … but the finished product will be SO much better for that attention to detail.

The second reason is that I have found that the listeners who find you as an audiobook author are incredibly loyal.  They stay with you, your voice stays with them and although you don’t know them, they become part of your book “family”.  I am a marketing disaster and have never managed to make a “tribe” out of any of the people who have given me feedback about my books, but they have all become part of my Ammonite Galaxy family.  That doesn’t put bread on the table, but it does give you a warm feeling, and enough encouragement to go on when the days are long and the sales are short.

my recording studio
Recording “studio”