Valentine Contest

Coffee Time Romance is giving away a signed copy of Danielle D. Smith’s action-packed erotic horror tale BLACK DOG AND REBEL ROSE as part of their Year of The Reader, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

I critted this book before Dani subbed it. It’s a great read for those who like a little badassery and forbidden heat in their fiction.

Make sure to pop over to the contest page and enter to win a signed copy!

RIP Gary Moore

Irish blues rock guitarist and singer Gary Moore died yesterday. He was only 58. He leaves behind a brilliant body of work, but it’s terribly sad that we’ve been robbed of many more years of his magic. The man was a genius. Today people are saying he was underrated, but that isn’t the case for those of us who’ve always loved his music.

I’ve also heard it suggested that the fact he wasn’t particularly pretty kind of took the legs from under the record company marketing department. Indeed, Ozzy Osbourne once quipped, “Can you imagine having a Gary Moore poster on your wall? You might as well have a picture of a welder’s bench.” (Yes, that famously pretty boy Ozzy 🙂 ). Gary loved the line and often repeated it.

My wise friend Kate’s response is that “this was one of his strengths. There’s no doubt that his music was good because it was good, not because we were being somehow fooled into thinking it was by a charismatic image.”

I’ve always thought the best word to describe his playing is pure. If you don’t know him and have never heard his music, you have such a treat in store. Search for him on YouTube and I promise you’ll find hours of bliss waiting to be discovered.

My favourite number of his will always be Parisienne Walkways. It graced the UK top 10 all through summer 1979, which was Janette’s and my first summer together. It’s a wonderful love song. Possibly my favourite love song of my whole life.

Thank you, Gary. I love you, man.

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Hello from my new website. Same address, but with a fresh coat of paint and moved to a new location. Feels almost like I’ve gone back to my water nomad days.

So for old friends and, I hope, some new ones, this is me.

After twenty years of ocean-based fun, during which I worked as a lifeguard, a sailor, an intelligence gatherer and an investigator, I settled with my family and our two monstrous hounds in England’s West Country, where I write stories of the paranormal and urban fantasy. 

They live inside me, shining, like movies playing in my mind. Stories of good and bad and all the various shades of confusion in between.

Adventure? There is always adventure.

Mystery? It lurks in the shadows.

Love? Love is where you find it. 

My stories are for you.

Welcome to my new home! 🙂