A Preview of my new books for 2016, and a cover reveal

Happy New Year for 2016 to everyone, I hope that it was a pleasant 2015 for you.

I am starting the New Year with a preview of some of my new books for 2016, and, a cover reveal for one of these, which I hope you enjoy.



MAXWELL SLADE HAS VANISHED (April 2016) Cozy Mystery-Suspense Novelette

Fitness entrepreneur and personality Maxwell Slade goes missing one evening, this devastating his wife Beverley, and loyal staff at his company Maxwell’s Fitness. The police suspect he has been kidnapped, but cannot work out why the well-liked Maxwell is in this position, as he has no known enemies. A staff member at Maxwell’s Fitness, Allison Parker, firmly believes that Maxwell is alive, despite protests to the contrary by Beverley. Spurred on by Beverley’s lack of faith in Maxwell, Allison will deeply delve into Maxwell’s disappearance, but will her intervention in this matter place her life in peril?


GRANT’S ANGUISH (June 2016) Romance Short Story

Grant has just returned home to discover that his wife of fifteen years has left him, and is devastated. He was planning a romantic time with her as his vacation leave has just begun, but this is cut short. Their marriage, though, has been on the rocks for a while due to their lack of relations, which his wife Marion blames him for with a passion.

One windy evening Grant goes for a drive to get away from everything which is going haywire in his life, and ends up on the beach. He is spotted there by Samantha, a practical, sensuous woman living beachside, who takes an immediate liking to the handsome Grant after seeing him in pain on the beach. Samantha approaches the hesitant Grant, who is caught between a rock and a hard place, and tries to become friendly with him, with uneven results.

Is Samantha the antidote to Grant’s life which he cannot fully comprehend, and, will his doubts consequently drive a wedge between them forever?


Here is the cover for HEARTBREAKER, Romance Novella available February 2016.



Ethan Wainwright is a specialist in affairs of the heart – he has made a habit of loving beautiful young women, bringing them to soaring heights of happiness, and just when they believe they are in heaven, leaving them in a state of utter dismay. He has a left a string of broken hearts in his wake, but an unexpected incident brings him crashing back to earth, making him question his acts. The sister of one of his love victims seeks revenge for the wrongs Ethan committed upon her sister, but will this young woman extract her retaliation upon Ethan, or fall prey to his irresistible charm?


Expanding Upon A Theme From A Current Work In A Future Story



When recently editing a novella, a number of thoughts entered my mind about lengthening certain scenes in the story, and the overall effect of actually doing this. Would it be viable for the story, or unnecessarily take away its power by becoming redundant? One of the characters in the novella was contemplating committing adultery, and meets someone who gives him another perspective about this. Looking at the story as a whole, I decided that pursuing this would not be beneficial to the current story, as it would be introducing another character to the fray at a late stage, and I did not go ahead with this angle. This experience, though, did take matters into another direction for me story-wise.

I thought that this would be a good starting point for another story, entirely unrelated to the story from which the idea originated. Pursuing a separate story would give more space to develop another set of characters and explore their situation, which would have been impossible in the other story. The other story is a multi-character and generational narrative, while the newer book would explore the themes of marital discord and adultery in a more intense manner, with less characters, giving dimension to three characters instead of eight. I was also fortunate to find an image fitting what I envisioned for the main protagonist for the purposes of the book, GRANT’S ANGUISH, and the cover is above. (GRANT’S ANGUISH will be available in the future)

What I have learned from this is that if you feel a current story has themes you would like to deal with in another book, do not hesitate, just go with the flow, and write another story. If you do not do this, you may be shortchanging yourself of an opportunity to analyse concepts and characters that would be very much worth exploring in detail.