Short Stories Ongoing Series
Broken Wings is a series of (mostly) SFF short stories, which will be published as a collection when complete.
LEAD ME NOT INTO TEMPTATION
Deliver me from evil.
Students George and Arthur couldn't be more different, but they are as close as two friends can be. Until Lily comes between them.
When Arthur disappears, George and Lily blame themselves. But perhaps they didn't know Arthur quite as well as they imagined.
Lead Me Not Into Temptation appears in Indie Bites Issue 6: Monsters & Masquerades, which can be downloaded FREE.
HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES
He clicked his fingers and the leaves at their feet swirled up around them like a twirling curtain of bronze. Was this romance?
When Ronnie follows her older brothers to Langburn College, she's sure she'll be living in their shadow forever. But out in the woods, behind the fireplaces, beneath the cellars, there is more to Langburn than Ronnie ever dreamed.
It's so enchanting, she might never leave.
How The Other Half Lives appears in Indie Bites Issue 4: Faes & Foes, which can be downloaded FREE.
THE MIRROR WEIR
Beware the water.
When students start going missing by the weir, the explanations are as numerous as the bodies: drunken accidental drownings, suicide, murder. But the oldest of the locals know that this has happened before, and that it will happen again.
The city has a short memory, but the river will never forget.
The Mirror Weir appears in Indie Bites Issue 5: Ghosts & Guilds, which can be downloaded FREE.
The Werepeople are becoming a problem.
When shifters start flooding Hollywood with their startling good looks and longevity, they're a threat to ageing TV starts like Lisa. A smear campaign is the only answer, which plays right into Lisa's skillset; she excels at bitching behind people's backs.
But how long can she retain her humanity while peddling hatred?
Invidious Bitches appears in Indie Bites Issue 3: Shifters & Showbiz, which can be downloaded FREE.
GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL
Beautiful boys are virtuous, but every girl is poison.
On an island in the ancient Mediterranean, Dew and her mother scrape a living. They are vulnerable to the weather, the judgement of their neighbours, and the desires of the local boys. But one day, Dew will not always be as powerless as she is now.
And on that day, she will bite back.
Good and Beautiful appears in Indie Bites Issue 2: Mermaids & Mythology, which can be downloaded FREE.
Everyone lives a little underground.
On the London Underground, you can bump into just about anyone. Sometimes it's an acquaintance you'd rather not make. Sometimes it's an old friend. And sometimes it's someone who means much more to you than that.
With sharper teeth.
Living Underground appears in Indie Bites Issue 1: Vampires and Voyages, which can be downloaded FREE.
RING THE BELL
Scale the mountain. Ring the bell. Buy your freedom. Or trade the prize to change the world.
Mia's life is defined by the Surge. The race comes every five years, and she's determined to win it. She'll make it to the top first, ring the bell and set her family free.
But victory comes at a price. The faster she runs, the more people she'll condemn to death in the valley below.
In Unterstrom, only the strongest survive.
PRAISE FOR RING THE BELL
"I can't believe how good this book was, I absolutely adored it and I will be reading it again often. We follow Mia in these 30-odd pages and we see such an evolution, really important messages, things that tore my heart out, and when I turned the last page, I was crying."
"This is one of the most intense short stories I have ever read. It's absolutely impressive."
"A bittersweet story about humanity you need to read."
"This short story packs a punch hard enough that I felt a physical ache in my chest, and when I finished I just had to lay and stare at the ceiling for a few full minutes."
Dystopian Science Fiction
Some secrets are best left buried.
With the latest land reclamation project, the Daggett mansion is finally accessible again; rich pickings for a crew like Mara's.
It was supposed to be a simple heist, planned to perfection, but there's something in the water that they hadn't anticipated. And inside the mansion: bodies and memories.
It turns out that Mara picked this mark for a reason. She's about to remember what it is.
PRAISE FOR LAST CHRISTMAS
"A short, but intense story. Pulling no punches it delivers pain, heartbreak and suspense. If you're looking for a gritty and dark read, look no further."
"Incredibly creepy and dark! A Christmas tale for those who like the darker things in life for sure!"
Dystopian Science Fiction
In a split-second, everything can change.
In Legacy A, sunlight is a privilege. Miss a day of your assigned job, turn up late or misbehave, and your rank drops. Let your rank drop too low and you'll be on the night shift for the rest of your life.
Sarah's heading straight for that final demotion when her phone starts showing her photos of things that haven't happened yet: a building, blue tiles, and a man who's more familiar than he should be.
The only possible explanation is too crazy to contemplate.
A friend is for life, not just for the holidays.
The Larsons are getting away from it all, to a cottage they've rented on the Devon coast. With them is their daughter Gemma, a reluctant twelve-year-old who'd rather be playing Animal Crossing than sitting on the beach with her boring parents.
But then Mr Larson discovers the troubled history of their cliffside cottage and things start to get interesting.
Gemma is about to make a friend.