Thursday, March 31, 2022


 Very pleased to reveal the cover for the second book, From Sorrow's Hold

Cover by Jayne Mapp

Due for release summer 2022

More details coming soon...

Saturday, March 26, 2022

A Long-running Plan

This post was originally sent to my newsletter subscribers on March 20th. Join the mailing list to get the monthly newsletter sent every third Sunday, as well as a FREE short story: ONE NIGHT IN MANCHESTER, the thrilling prequel to DIRTY LITTLE SECRET released on May 31.

Following on from the exciting cover reveal, I am still buzzing with excitement from all the messages of support I was lucky to receive.

It seems you all love the cover and can't wait to get reading about Louise Miller and her first case as a Detective Constable in her hometown of Ossett. The fabulous cover design, Jayne, is now working on the cover for the second book in the series, FROM SORROW'S HOLD, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with.

And speaking of series, lets talk briefly about my plans for Louise Miller.

Not Just A One Off

When I started writing the book, I knew I wanted this to be part of a long running series, and not just a one-off story. As I got further in, a lot of story ideas started springing up and I wrote these down in a file which quickly became a document all of its own.

Characters, story threads, potential crimes to investigate, historical events of the time, cultural references; these all got jotted down and a story-arc that spanned not just a trilogy but a potential forty book series was developed, and a unique structure constructed.

The first story line is covered over nine books, starting in 1987 and ending in 1995. After that is a trilogy of books set between 1984-1986 when Louise first joins the force, and her time in Manchester as a rookie. Following that we will pick up Louise's story in 1999 with another nine-book storyline.

That's all I will say for now, but I wanted you to know I have BIG plans for Louise, Hines, Karla and the rest of the Ossett Station CID team.



Tuesday, March 15, 2022


 I am so excited and pleased to be able to reveal the full cover for DIRTY LITTLE SECRET. 

Cover design Jayne Mapp

Due for release 31 May, 2022. 
More details coming soon...

Friday, March 4, 2022

It Finally Happened!

So it finally happened; I became an official statistic of the pandemic. Wednesday, after feeling lousy for a few days and having taken Tuesday off from work, I took a COVID test and it came back positive. I've taken dozens of these tests over the two years and seeing that double red line appear was a weird, surreal, moment.

I'm very lucky to be fully vaccinated and boosted, so if I was ever going to get the virus, now is probably the best time to do so, as the effects should be a lot less severe than if I hadn't had the shots.

It's now Friday as I finish this short post - keeping focus is tricky at the moment, even for something less than a thousand words in length - and I've now got three positive tests. Obviously I took time off work and hopefully things get back to normal soon: I hate sleeping on the sofa and even worse; I can't taste anything. Even worse on top of that, I can't focus long enough to do any writing, so I really want this to end sooner rather than later.

So please, if you haven't already, get your vaccines; I'd hate to think what this would be like if I hadn't. And please, still wear a mask where you can - I didn't at work and that's obviously where I caught it from. I won't be making that mistake again when I return.

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