My New Website is now Live: Please Tell Me What You Think

Hello again

My new website is now live. While I won’t be shutting down this one, I think some of the links no longer work (they just send you to my new website). I’ll also be posting any news, updates, book reviews, etc to my new website from now.

If you’ve subscribed to follow me via email, you’ll still be subscribed (although you might get a new welcome message). If you’re following me through a WordPress account, however, you’ll need to join my mailing list.

Now for my request. The new website has quite a different feel to it, and I’d really love your feedback. What works? Is there anything you don’t like?

I hope you’ll want to stay connected with me, and look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks so much for your support to-date.



New website coming soon…

Hi everyone

I’m in process of updating my website. That means that for the next couple of days, you won’t be able to reach me on Everything is still here, but you’ll need to use instead.

The new site will be live in the next 2-3 days.

There are a couple of reasons I’m making the switch. One is that the new site gives me much more flexibility over site appearance, and what I can upload. Another change will be changing the way my mailing list works. It will mean I’ll be able to send out emails exclusively to subscribers, enabling me to send occasional freebies that won’t be available on the public site. (I’m working on something now :))

I’ll post again when the new site is up and running. I’d love your feedback on it.


Author / Novel Spotlight: R.V. Johnson, Beyond the Sapphire Gate

In this spotlight, we hear from R.V. Johnson, author of Beyond the Sapphire Gate, the first book in the Flow of Power series.

RV JohnsonR.V. has desired to write a good story—an epic tale chock full of wonder and imagination on a rich, planetary scale. He wanted a fantastical adventure where the characters come as alive as the new world they travel through, and he wanted it for everyone.


What made you decide to publish a novel?

With the passing of long-time favourite authors—Robert Jordan, Roger Zelazny, and J.R.R. Tolkien to name a few, I craved something more traditional that conveyed a strong sense of wonder.

Where do you get you inspiration to write?

There are so many inspirations it would take hours to list them all, lately though, Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings enthralled me. I love becoming immersed in a new world and learning a new magical system.

If you could pick just one phrase from your writings to preserve for future generations, what would it be?

Strive to be the gem the dragon hoards. Continue reading

Discount Weekend for Dreams and Shadows

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If you plan to pick up a copy of Dreams and Shadows, but haven’t yet, it is discounted this weekend in the US and UK Amazon stores.

Saturday 4th July:

US $0.99

UK £0.99

Sunday 5th July:

US $2.99

UK £1.99

All special prices start at 8am (PST in the US, and GMT in the UK), and last 24 hrs.

It remains free if you are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

For all those who have already read Dreams and Shadows, thank you! I really hoped you enjoyed it. As always, I’d love to get your feedback, whether it is through a review on Amazon, or directly to me on this website (where I can more easily respond to you if you like).

First chapters free here.

Link to US Store

Link to UK Store

Grexit Stopolopolus Gets In A Fix

If you like clever humour, then Peter Wells’ “Counting Ducks” blog is one you should follow. You may, or may not, agree with the theme of this one. But it’s hilarious nonetheless…


Don’t know how it happened but Grexit, a fly by the seat of your pants kind of guy who liked nothing more than sitting around in the evening drinking wine with his family and friends received a letter from a Heirich Ackermann that his loan had been approved and the sum of 10 million euros would be deposited in his account by close of business on the following day.

“Nice” thought Grexit, not one to read the small print on boring documents so he just went with the flow and ordered a Ferrari for each member of his family including his thirteen year old son because, let’s face it, even if you can’t drive, having a nice set of wheels puts a bit of stride in your step.

A quick million or two and he had secured a new home complete with a swimming pool in every room and enough garages…

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Book Review: The Emperor’s Edge

Emperor's Edge

The Emperor’s Edge is the first book in the Emperor’s Edge series (of eight books), by author Lindsay Buroker. I have only read the first two books in the series, so don’t know whether book eight (Republic) is the conclusion or whether more books are planned. This review is solely of Book One.

The story revolves around Amaranthe, a woman in her mid-twenties. She is an Enforcer (Enforcers are the police), and to her knowledge is the only woman in the force. Within the Turgonian Empire in which she lives, women run businesses, but don’t get involved in security services, so she is often discriminated against in terms of her career.

When she gets noticed by the Emperor and subsequently is offered an opportunity for promotion if she succeeds in a dangerous mission, she therefore accepts. And thus begins a roller-coaster journey for the heroine as she crosses a deadly assassin, discovers treasonous plots, fights magicians from foreign lands (magic officially doesn’t exist in Turgonia) and gathers together a small band of outcasts to embark on a wild plan to save the Emperor.

I surprised myself in thoroughly enjoying this book. Why was it a surprise? Well, there is virtually no character development, and my favourite books are those that delve into the main protagonist’s inner world. There’s not really any of that in The Emperor’s Edge. There is also nothing here to make you stop and think about the world we live in: something I also enjoy.

It is, however, utterly fun. Amaranthe is a wonderful character who has a delightful way with words as she coerces… sorry, gently persuades, others to provide her with information or to undertake tasks that further her aims. She would be a complete nightmare to live with, but I found her a totally lovable character (from the distance of a book cover). The other main characters also all have their own distinctive personalities, and participate in some great banter. The book is a perfectly good standalone novel, but at the very end it is set up well for future books.

As far as the plot goes, there were some interesting quirks, but I didn’t find the overall plot especially unusual – and I had worked out the big reveal early in the book. But none of that mattered. It was an enjoyable romp of a read, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. If you like a fun read to distract you from life, I would recommend The Emperor’s Edge.

My rating: 

4 Stars

Necessary Risk

“At times in our lives, we are all forced to risk much if we are to be true to that which we hold dear.”

At times in our lives, we are forced to


The ebook for Dreams and Shadows is out today! In the US, Kindlematch is in place meaning if you buy the paperback you will get the Kindle version for free (I’m checking whether that is the case for the UK – I hope so!) link here. link here.

Available in other Amazon markets, too.

I hope you enjoy it. Please give me feedback: what did you like, what could be improved, and are there any characters you’d like to know more about? If I can’t include them in the next books in the series, maybe I can write a short story about them.

Thanks so much for your interest.


Dreams and Shadows Paperback now available

dreams and shadows - ebook onlyBeing new to this self-publishing thing, I’ve made a mistake or two. The paperback version of Dreams and Shadows was supposed to be out on the same day as the Kindle version – i.e. 5th June. But as I did something wrong in a tick box somewhere or other, it’s out now!

Now, I’ve gone for something called Kindle Match. That means anyone who buys the paperback can get a discount on the Kindle version. As I’ve long believed that if you buy a physical copy of a book you should get the Kindle version for free, I’ve opted for that (of course, if you’re enrolled in Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free anyway). The caveat on that is that I’m not sure whether that 100% discount applies just yet because the Kindle version isn’t available for another week. I’m clarifying it with Amazon and will let you know when I get an answer, but for the moment, if you want to take advantage of that offer, it is best to wait for a few days.

If you just want the paperback, though, you can get yourself a copy now.

US readers can find it here, and UK readers here.

The first two chapters are available for free here.

Thanks so much for your interest in my writing, and if you decide to get yourself a copy, I hope you enjoy it!

“With brilliant writing, well-developed characters, and a fantastic storyline, I could not put this story down… this was a great surprise and a breath of fresh air for finding a whole new world that you want to know everything about.” –


My Short Story on CALM

A couple of weeks ago I published a short story – Four Words. It deals with a moment in time, with a depression that suffocates. I also submitted it to the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), and they have now also published it.

CALM is an organisation that focusses on preventing suicide in males. In the UK, roughly 75% of suicides each year are male. Please visit their web-site and check out what they do.

Four Words can be found on the CALM web-site here.