Big Vultures and Cold Callers

Well, despite my decision to lay off the novels for a while, I seem to have written a new one. Not quite sure how that happened. I didn’t mean to. I suppose it comes back to that old writer adage of ‘write the book you need to write’ at least that seems the only logical explanation. I didn’t intend to write it, the damn thing demanded it. I trace it back to the short play ‘Cold Calling’ that I had performed on the Salisbury Fringe. That play was, in essence, this novel in micro-play size, and that play, in turn, was a tiny little piece of a feature film script that had been languishing in a drawer for several years. It was always a story I loved, had characters that I wanted to write for, and ideas I wanted to explore, but I never really had a home for it. The positive response to the play made me revisit the film script, and then from that the start of the book developed itself.

Tyler Coombes & Kerry Stockwell in 'Cold Calling'

Tyler Coombes & Kerry Stockwell in ‘Cold Calling’









For anyone that has seen the play and also read my previous novels, you will know that it is a pretty big departure for my writing; a romantic comedy, albeit one laced with biting cynicism. I’m incredibly proud of the novel, and hope that the rocky road to publication doesn’t knock the joy from it. More updates on the novel when I have them.

Augustines performing at The Roundhouse December 2014. Incredible gig!

Augustines performing at The Roundhouse December 2014. Incredible gig!








In other news, the boys at Big Vulture are hard at work compiling together hours of concert footage and interviews for ‘Rise: The Story of Augustines’ the documentary film I am involved with. From talking to Todd, the director, I think the end result is going to be something quite incredible, certainly not your usual music documentary – Augustines aren’t your usual sort of band anyway – and having seen a little bit of footage, I have to say I was slightly in awe of it. Really can’t wait to see the end result and watch the film unleashed on the world. For more film updates you can follow Big Vulture here

Darkshines Seven trilogy now complete

Darkshines Seven Part 3: Storm Tail











The final part of my Darkshines Seven series ‘Storm Tail’ has now been published, and all three novellas are available exclusively on the Kindle. A big thanks to all those of you that have already read them and left reviews, it’s been great to hear that so many have taken to Mia and Blarney (especially Blarney, it seems, which I’m very pleased about!) Writing Urban Fantasy has been a fun departure from my usual genres, and I hope that sometime there will be more stories for Mia and her cohorts. In the meantime, if you haven’t yet taken the trip beyond Bleeker Hill, to City 17, Darkshines asylum and Storm Tail cove, I hope you do. So do The Party, and you wouldn’t want to disappoint them…

Filming begins – Rise: The Story of Augustines

Rise: The Story of Augustines, filming at the Berlin wall








Filming has now begun on ‘Rise: The Story of Augustines’ the wonderful documentary film being made by Big Vulture on which I’m an associate producer. Speaking to the director and listening to their plans, I think this is going to be an incredible film, and I’m delighted to be involved with these very talented people. Filming is underway across Europe during the last leg of the band’s tour, and then will continue in America from January.

The film will be released next year.


Rise – The Story of Augustines

Rise - The Story of Augustines











Having been looking to put the novel writing on the back burner and return to film after many years, I’m delighted and honoured to be involved in the forthcoming film documentary by Big Vulture, ‘Rise – The Story of Augustines’ directed by my good mate, Todd Howe, ex-guitarist with my beloved The Boxer Rebellion.

Those not familiar with Augustines, apart from immediately checking out their music, would do well to read the excellent Brother’s Keeper by Ryan Berg. I also wrote a bit about them back in 2011 and interviewed singer Billy McCarthy, you can read that here

I first found Augustines through Todd, a friend of the band for many years, and then saw them supporting the Boxers. It was one of those strange musical experiences where the connection was immediate. Connection is something Augustines do very well. No matter the size of the venue or the crowd, there is a remarkable intimacy to an Augustines show, and it is most definitely a two way love with their audience. Having followed their journey since that first gig, I look at the astonishing strides they have made, the huge audience they have picked up along the way, and most importantly the smiles on their faces, and it makes me feel proud.

The Augustines are an important band to me. I would expect that they are to pretty much anyone that has ever seen them live. How they came to be, how they survived the many obstacles and life-changing experiences flung at them along the way, is a quite incredible story, and that they are here now, doing what they were born to do, and not just surviving but thriving, is a testament to the fact that a strength of will, a bond of friendship, and a wave of love can overcome most things. The music industry, much like the publishing industry, is littered with talent felled by the bullshit, the tortuous process of creativity in a world ruled by fad and fortune, and those sucked dry by the bureaucratic bouncers standing in front of your audience. I have nothing but the utmost respect for anyone who can become a success in such an industry. That Augustines can do it, having had to overcome all they have, is remarkable. Whether a music fan or not, for any creative, anyone who has battled to bring their dreams to life, their story is something that will resonate and inspire.

For those who may want to get involved in what promises to be a very exciting film, there is currently a Kickstarter campaign with lots of great, exclusive perks over at RISEFILM.COM – watch the trailer, feel the love and come and join the community!

Darkshines Seven parts 1 & 2 now available!

Darkshines SevenDarkshines Seven Part 2












My next story ‘Darkshines Seven’ will be released on the Kindle in installments, the first two parts ‘Beyond Bleeker Hill’ and ‘Savage Little Angels’ are now available to download. As the first subtitle suggests it is a story that links heavily with Bleeker Hill (and also to Stone Bleeding) and can be read as a follow up. However it is intended to be the start of a stand alone story in its own right and although prior knowledge of the stories would be good, it isn’t essential. As with those two novels ‘Darkshines Seven’ is its own beast existing in the same fictitious world. It’s also a different style of book, just as the other two are, focusing more on the dystopian angle and dipping its pages into that bloated pool of YA literature.

Part 3 is coming along well and hopefully it will also be ready for download soon.

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts, either via social media, the comments section here or, preferably, in a review. You can download the stories at Amazon UK or Amazon US


The Party still loves you…


Announcing new book – Darkshines Seven

Darkshines Seven

So my next story is to be called ‘Darkshines Seven’ and will be published in installments (at the moment two, but there is a chance there will be more) Part 1 ‘Beyond Bleeker Hill’ will be published on the Kindle very soon. Although the story can be read as a follow up to ‘Bleeker Hill’ it is very much a story in its own right. Certainly there is more there for those who have read ‘Bleeker Hill’ (and ‘Stone Bleeding’ too for that matter) but I hopefully haven’t made enjoying or understanding the story dependent on it. I would assume, anyway, that if you are the sort of reader that needs everything laid out and coloured in for them, then I’m not really your sort of author in the first place.

Although each part will be released individually on the Kindle first, there will also be a paperback issue that will combine the whole story.

More publication news soon, in the meantime have a look at the really rather cool design by Stew Taylor.

The Party Loves You…

Ginger Nuts of Horror names ‘Bleeker Hill’ a novel of the year + interview

Bleeker Hill

It can be a really difficult process getting reviews for your books when you are an indie writer. At least that’s what I have found. Maybe it’s because my first two books didn’t really have easily identifiable genres, but even with Bleeker Hill, a novel that does, it has been hit and miss. I’ve been dangled around with the promise of reviews a fair few times and I guess that’s just part of the deal, but I also have to say that with all three books I have encountered some really great reviewers and review sites. Jim McLeod at Ginger Nuts of Horror is one of those. It’s hard not to love Jim’s obvious passion for horror. Ginger Nuts is a great site for the horror fan. Fun, personal, and covering all manner of horror sub-genres, with interviews, reviews, articles and so much more, it oozes love for its subject.

I was so pleased Jim agreed to take a punt on Bleeker Hill and absolutely honoured that he liked it enough to name it one of his horror novels of the year! (Some pretty decent company there too) I also did an interview for Ginger Nuts of Horror which you can read here (I tried to keep the ranting to a minimum)

Huge thanks to Jim, and anyone else that has taken the time to review any of my books. Reviews are essential – good, bad or indifferent. Sometimes the hardest part of doing this job is the silence, so hearing from readers and knowing that they liked your work enough to write a review, send an email, or a tweet is just about as wonderful as this job gets.



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