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The world’s going to end in fire… and it’s all Kyle’s fault.

It starts with a bad decision. The night Kyle cheats on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend Shira, a blaze leaves his best friends dead and Kyle disfigured for life. The fire coincides with the appearance of Obscura—a mysterious and unknown new planet. Now Kyle is trapped between two different realities. Each morning, he never knows if he’ll open his eyes to a world where Danny is alive and Shira is dead… or an alternate reality where Danny is gone and Kyle enjoys a more-than-just-friends relationship with Shira.

Bouncing back and forth is taking a toll not only on Kyle, but on the world that might perish along with him. Amid the collapse of his parents’ marriage and with realities shifting every time he closes his eyes, Kyle must discover how these events relate to Obscura… and he’s the only one who can prevent everything from going down in flames.


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In which an ex-juvenile delinquent’s dream of becoming an astronaut gets derailed when he finds a beat-up amnesiac in the Texas desert, and is forced to confront a painful truth that could shatter both his dream of Mars and his heart.

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Summer Updates

Wow, it’s been ages since I updated this home page. Sorry! So much has been happening…

1) First and second pass edits on SCARDUST are done, which means I’ll be getting a release date soon and will let you know all about that asap.

2) I attended my first Swedish SF/F con – SweCon, ConFuse 2015 – and it was awesome!

3) I co-founded the #WO2016 or Waiting-On-2016 group with my author buddy Louise Gornall and this group is proving wonderful. If you’d like to find out more about us, please head over here: #WO2016.

4) My summer holiday is officially over and I’m back at the day job…

5) And, finally, I am now the proud owner of another shiba! Jenga, the red lady on the right, is our newest family member 🙂


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Archipelacon Programme


Later this week I’ll be heading off to Åland where I’ll be attending Archipelacon, a three day Science Fiction and Fantasy event. I’ll be on some panels and I’ll also be doing some readings, one from I Heart Robot and the other, an exclusive sneak-peek at Scardust!

If you’re in Åland and want to hang out, here’s where you can find me…

Friday June 26

15-16.00 Diversity in YA

Suzanne van Rooyen lets you know why diversity is important in young adult literature, tv and movies. She also makes recommendations on what you should be reading and watching.

18-19.00 LGBT in SF/F

It was standing room only at last year’s Finncon, so we are doing it again, this time with added gay guy. The LGBT+ (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans+) panel takes us over the rainbow to see what is new and topical in queer SF&F. Where are we today, What way did we come, Where may we go? Come and join us on the way.

Saturday June 27

13-14.00 Music in SF/F

Many writers publish a playlist of music they listened to while writing, sometimes even in the book. What are the benefits of writing to music? What sort of music is suited? Does the music get you in the mood for the book, or is it just background? Our panel discuss their various musical tastes, and try not to come to blows over them.

Sunday June 28

16-17.00 Readings from I Heart Robot and Scardust

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New short story published!

It’s here! The Spring 2015 edition of Space and Time Magazine!


Space and Time Magazine is a forty year old publication of ‘strange and unusual’ fiction. I am absolutely thrilled that my short story SCIOMANCER was chosen for inclusion in their Spring 2015 magazine.

Here’s a snippet from Sciomancer:

Like human children with sticky fingers against a window pane, the darkness presses against the pale halo cast by the train lights. I feel the wraiths within that darkness watching me, their dead eyes peering from the otherworld that hovers just beyond mortal perception.

Happy reading!

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It’s been more than two years since I first started writing I Heart Robot. This has been an incredible and exhausting journey, and now it’s almost over! I Heart Robot releases tomorrow! But the fun starts today as the official blog tour kicks off. You can follow the tour and keep up with all the stops by visiting my host Chapter by Chapter over here.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me over the past couple of years, from helping me brainstorm ideas, reading early drafts, and cheering me on when I felt like my quirky little android love-story would never find a home. Now, I hope you enjoy the finished product as much as I enjoyed working on this story! Thank you so much for reading my words. I couldn’t do this without you!!

I Heart ALL OF YOU!!


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