Science Fiction, Romance and Thrillers
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Just Released: BODIES IN RUINS - Full length British Novel.
An horrific yet compassionate psychological crime thriller:
"The plots, of which there are many, are suspended between affluent, city life and an isolated village in the West Country. It is the story of a love that develops between a respectable paediatrician and a young, female social worker; an affair to be deviously manipulated by a beautiful but deranged widow.
In part, it explores the windings of male sexuality from the view point of four female characters, while the compassionate and confused man in the middle, cursed with being unable to understand nor control his sexual urges, is left open to extreme exploitation. He is a child, serial killer.., living a double life. However, with care and great tenderness, our social worker, on discovering the appalling truth, finally breaks through and finds the answer to the madness haunting him."
... Will her efforts be enough? With the police closing in and that infatuated widow becoming more malevolent by the minute, his time is running out – his sanity, too."
EXCERPT from Chapter Two: Laurie Endecott regained her poise and veered left in between two broken sections of wall, disappearing into cloisters. At the far end of the many limestone archways she mounted some fallen rocks and fed herself fearlessly through a huge first level window. She was now on all fours, clinging to worn ledges with almost feline agility. Following the main wall of the chapel vestry, she leapt the emptiness of a crumbling doorway, then dropped down onto the remains of an external wall which encircled the lower terrace. She was twenty feet up.., could feel the wind under her skirt as she crept out into the dim moonlight. Peering down at the deeply shadowed stage, she spied movement. The figure was now walking, aimlessly it seemed at first glance; but then perhaps, with purpose, head low, as if looking for something. The ground was even, grass well grazed by sheep, though dotted with immense, granite boulders... “Nicky, am I late?” Laurie cackled, loudly.
April 2018 RELEASE, a thrilling romantic romp:
"Tony is a Brit in his early 50s. It is 1982 on the Caribbean island of Margarita. He knows Sylvia has had a troubled past, though strong willed she behaves oddly. However, he needs her to keep his own sanity, even though she is a danger to him and herself. So what can he do? He is madly in love with this gorgeous 36 year old American woman. He struggles to cope while she bubbles with utterly adorable enthusiasm.
Though a carefully constructed narrative delivering tons of humor, it's not all laughs. Things get ugly when she starts to deal cocaine at the beach bar to the tourist clientele. Then her mother dies, sending her and their affair into a tail-spin. Tony seeks help from a psychiatrist who had treated her some years before, and the shocking truth is laid bare. Could Sylvia have killed her own mother?
One episode after another throws Tony down a path of self-destruction until finally he is at his wits end. Revelations surface: Her instability spawned from years of horrendous childhood trauma. Sylvia finally loses it completely; is taken to hospital. Tony is now contemplating suicide. He doesn't know it, but he needs a miracle - can Sylvia deliver?"
EXCERPT from Chapter One: She expertly stretched out three, thin lines of coke with her paring knife, across a picture of a horse's penis, with almost surgical precision. A wispy thread of fair hair dangled before her eyes. She looked up and smiled, almost killing him on the spot. Though he had seen her smile many times before, it didn't make any difference; it didn't matter how many times he saw that smile it was always devastating. As the smile evolved, horizontal creases above and either side of her mouth formed a cascade of three, thin lines running all the way down to the chin, each rippling with tension as they were forced out in an arc towards her cheeks, like waves breaking up some sandy cove. The smile was wide and luscious, within a face that could have belonged to a teenage blonde, though it was actually owned by a thirty six year old cocktail waitress.
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"Someone is inside her head and it is not her. A young girl who had lost her parents when she was barely in her teens now suffers from a traumatic though largely unnoticeable personality disorder. It seems, the divisive and sarcastic narrator is telling her story from within her own mind, while a second voice is trying to impart reason. Is she delusional? A duel is being fought between them and it is not until the very end that we realise who the narrator really is and to whom the other voice must belong.
From street urching to superstar we follow this woman's globe-trotting life story, in her quest for love that tragically, always seems to allude her. When she gets arrested for murder at age 60, her only chance of emotional rescue must come in the form of a childhood sweetheart – the man she has secretly adored her whole life, but who always manages to let her down.
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EXCERPT from Chapter Sixteen: Helicopters were swarming above as a police car pulled up towards the front entrance of the building. It slowed to a crawl, easing apart the crowds, trying to get as close as possible to the steps. Dozens of cameras ogled; peering from windows; some mounted on vans, others shouldered and jostling for position; even more on tripods stretched out along the terraced promenade in front of the hospital. Presenters and journalists fought to retain their posture and their mics within a throng of perhaps five thousand screaming fans. It was a heaving, emotional scene. Media coverage had gone ballistic, and within minutes the usually empty car park of this secluded and private institution near Baltimore had filled to bursting.
She raced up the steps in a flowing, pink dress, practically pulling a police officer shackled at the wrist behind her. She had been dreading this moment, to be out in view, the public staring at her, not knowing what horrible things they might be thinking about her. As she reached the top of the stairs she pushed aside reporters, turned and spoke just once: “Thank you all for being here today.”
To her utter amazement there was a cheer from the crowd. It rippled down the stairs and out into the car park. A news channel microphone had picked up her voice and broadcast it to the entire world and a thousand listening smartphones in the vicinity. She froze... There were people down there who did care, who still loved her, prompting her inadvertently to raise a hand to her gaping mouth.
Nov 2017 RELEASE, ebook for KINDLE Novella
"When a man travels a few hours into the future for mischievous purposes he has no idea that he will accidentally kill himself.
Now it will take the incredible ingenuity and foresight of his colleagues and his own future selves to right the wrong.
Success relies upon the fact that time is already written, nothing can be done or undone. So the trick they need to pull off is quite simply breathtaking."
EXCERPT from Chapter Tomorrow: Nestor smiled, perhaps for the first time with true intention. He stepped back and looked at Bails under a wing. “How the hell did you know?”
“Hey. I didn't. I just worked through it. There was no way another Nestor could be here. I checked everything, I ran diagnostics.., nothing. So I proposed a concept, hoping that fate would accept. I just put it out there, for consideration. We all do this everyday of our lives. Sometimes destiny rejects our efforts and sometimes we get it right. Nothing more than that. I just set the pieces in play."
June 2017 RELEASE, thrill-packed desert sci-fi romance:
"Set in the far future, on a desert planet, Merk is a government agent: killer by profession. Ordered on a mission to eliminate a commune leader out beyond city limits, his first priority is to hire a guide but, instead, he gets mugged. Miraculously, he is saved by a young woman who appears wispish and childlike and yet has incredible, un-armed combat fighting skills. Her name: Meisha.
He hires her, and over the coming days of desert driving they begin to fall in love. She is dirty and disheveled, but somewhere inside that false facade he knows there is a beautiful woman; his fantasy - his uncut gem. However, she has a secret she cannot bear to tell him. Her jealous sister then lets it slip, breaks them apart - but it is only half the truth.
Merk agonizes, wants to forgive Meisha yet must do his duty. He tells her he will return for her when it is over. Unfortunately, someone has tipped off his target. Merk is now in trouble; will Meisha come for him? Only she knows the real truth; an unbearable suffering that can only lead to one horrifying conclusion."
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EXCERPT from Chapter three: She patted him lightly on the back, then dropped down off the bench and squatted in front of him, arms on his knees. She gazed up into his eyes. Now she knew how she felt about him. She was positive. If she could at least tell him half the truth, then the rest would soon follow. She trusted him. He did not flinch in battle, he did not leave her side, and he stayed to protect her. Truly, no one had ever given her so much comfort.
Nobody she had ever met was simply nice. There was always some ulterior motive, some gain to be had. Here was a man that asked for nothing more than kinship. He was a killer, yes…but it seemed he was able to separate his job from his personality. It was merely a thing he could switch on when needed. Unlike mercenaries who lived brutality, craved killing, and had nothing inside but seething disrespect for the world, Mercury was different. What he did was not who he really was. He was good and decent inside.
May 2017 RELEASE, sci-fi thriller
"Alexandra is an AI code analyst who has been developing an android named Coggi for over ten years. Though they have never met, Xandra loves Coggi dearly, regarding her as her own little sister. Coggi considers herself human, has no idea of Xandra's existence, until the awful day comes when she must be told the truth.
A threat is exposed after technicians on board an orbiting space station where Xandra works discover the android personnel of their research facility on the planet's surface below have all malfunctioned. Someone has hacked the facility's network and is trying to gain access to the higher tiers. Galactic terrorism!
The Orbiter crew has only one recourse: To set a trap for the hacker, using one of the androids as bait. Coggi was chosen because of her intuitive nature, her curiosity often getting her in trouble. Yet, of all the androids, she has the best chance of surviving the truth. Xandra must confront her, is now faced with an horrendous challenge: To save humanity or instead destroy her own sister while trying."
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EXCERPT from Chapter one: There, far below, stood a figure. Though they had never met in person, she knew at once it was her precious Coggi, in the flesh. Xandra had been dreading this moment more than any other, knowing it would be the greatest single impression she would have to endure, and it took all her strength not to burst into tears. Doubts began piling up like fallen skittles in an alley. She, best in her class, had volunteered willingly to spearhead this operation. Now she was a mess. Did she really have it in her? Here she was, falling at the first hurdle. She stepped out heavily on to a platform, as if shackled by the weight of her emotions, and was lowered to the ground. Coggi looked younger by a few years than Xandra who was 35, but they could have been sisters. Both had wavy, brown hair, though Coggi's was shorter; both, soft amber eyes each with a small upright nose between. Xandra wanted so much to rush over and hug her little champion but knew she could not. She looked at her standing there in a blue body-suit, smiled, almost apologetically, then pointed at some words flashing on her chest: 'Coggi, Are You Comms Free?'.
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