Cover Reveal: THE HIDDEN FACE


This is the cover created by artist John di Giovanni and designer Shawn King for my epic fantasy novel THE HIDDEN FACE (first book in the Fifth Unmasking series), publishing 25 November 2017. Here is the Goodreads page if you would like to add it. I love what John and Shawn have done here and… Continue reading Cover Reveal: THE HIDDEN FACE

Blowing My Own Trumpet (again)


Hi everybody! My second novel will be publishing in November (ebook on Kindle, B&N, Kobo, etc and paperback). The title is THE HIDDEN FACE. This is the first in an epic fantasy (non-YA) series that I have been working on for many years. I would describe it as fast-paced, character-based epic fantasy. Pre-orders will be… Continue reading Blowing My Own Trumpet (again)

Living the Middle Ages


I posted a while back about Italian surnames as sources for fantasy character names – a recent discovery is Scannagatti (“Cat Killer”). Italian places are a source of inspiration as well, particularly for Early Medieval-style fantasy settings. At the moment, we are visiting the in-laws in the region of Lunigiana, which covers parts of Tuscany… Continue reading Living the Middle Ages

Italian Fantasy Names


ITALIAN SURNAMES: an untapped fantasy resource. I am reading Michael R. Fletcher‘s Grimdark novel Beyond Redemption which converts German words into names because they sound dark and grim to English speakers. Italian – usually thought rightly as a beautiful language – is my second language. If you know what they mean, many Italian surnames are really… Continue reading Italian Fantasy Names

FyreCon: Putting the “Con” back in “Con”!


Following the recent success of the Fyre Festival musical extravaganza, we are pleased to give advance notice of FyreCon 1 in 2018, an exclusive science fiction and fantasy convention! -Luxury accommodation in GRRM’s beard -Famous authors may or may not be present -Welcome packs may or may not include rare signed editions -An opportunity to… Continue reading FyreCon: Putting the “Con” back in “Con”!

Wider and Wider


All good things must come to an end, they say – and so has my exclusive association with Amazon through their KDP Select programme. So, as of now, my novel CHILDREN OF THE DIFFERENT is available on many different stores in lots of different countries – Australia, USA, UK, Canada, Italy, France, Brazil, Japan and… Continue reading Wider and Wider

Reviews Roundup IV


It has been far too long since I did a roundup of recent reviews of my novel Children of the Different so today I aim to fix that. Reviews are still coming in and maintain the high level of appreciation that I have been pleased to see so far:   Fantasy Book Review says “Left me wanting more… Continue reading Reviews Roundup IV