The Joy of Hex – Part Two -Witchcraft

From prehistoric times some form of ‘witchcraft’ has existed, but then, unlike now, the casting of spells was more to do with the art of healing than any association with devilry. Most ‘witches’ were herbalists, wise women, or, ‘cunning folk’, who were adept at making potions to cure a range of illnesses. Often providing charms and offerings alongside incantations to protect livestock from predators by using these ‘blessings’ to keep them safe.

The belief in the power of magic has existed since mankind created social settlements where large numbers of people lived and worked. Fearing the forces of nature, inevitably, someone would try to make the unknown less scary by using rituals and spells to ward off evil spirits, whether natural or supernatural. Cave drawings often show people dancing wearing animal costumes alongside images of a ‘witch’ as seen in the photograph below.

Once, such ‘magical’ folk were revered, but as time went on people became wary of these magicians that could seemingly perform supernatural feats. From the 7th century, attitudes changed and terms such as ‘black magic’ spread fear into the hearts of god-fearing folk. With Christianity taking over from paganism as the main religion, it wasn’t long before the church found such powerful shaman a threat. Witch hunts in the name of God became a way to frighten people into turning against their own to preserve the status quo and get rid of annoying, possibly subversive women and men in the community. These poor people didn’t stand a chance against the prejudices and hatred from fanatics who turned communities against someone who was not quite like everyone else. So began the long centuries of demonising the innocent.

During medieval times being accused of witchcraft was a death sentence. Anyone who had a black cat, a mole, some kind of physical tick or blemish, and could conjure up an effective poultice for a wound or boil, would be suspected of being in league with the devil. The caricature of the old hag with a broomstick became the norm.  Wise women in a village were the subject of scorn and accused of evil deeds.

 In the UK, The Witch Finder General, Matthew Hopkins, made it his life’s work to seek out and destroy those accused of witchcraft. Through gruesome torture, he and his allies gained forced confessions from terrified men and women who would often be accused of the crime by friends or family. From the 15th to the 16h century over 100,000 people were hanged or burned at the stake for being witches.

This fear of sorcery lasted well into the eighteenth century when the cruel and unjust system of identifying a witch was abolished, courtesy of – The Enlightenment. A period in history which advocated the use of reason over superstition, and in 1736 the laws against witchcraft were repealed.

Witches and warlocks exist to this day but are no longer seen as dangerous. Often known as Wiccans, these people regard themselves as spiritual folk following pagan beliefs, incorporating mystical sorcery such as divination, herbalism and, Tarot reading. Casting spells not to summon demons or ghouls but to help find a true love, get promoted at work, or simply to engage more with nature and the universe.

You can read more about Wiccan magic in this article:

The idea of possessing supernatural powers is deep-rooted within our psyche. Whether it comes from a religious source or from the belief in our own need to connect with natural forces, magic and the casting of spells will never go away. Now, we accept it as part of our everyday world, whether it is reading our astrological predictions or buying Himalayan Salt Lamps, we need to believe that we are more than the sum of our parts, and can control the elements to do our bidding. Does it work? It might. The power is in the belief that it will.

Go to this blog to find out how to cast spells for good luck here:

Since it is Halloween, I thought I’d post an extract from one of my ghostly horror short stories – Daub – it’s in my anthology Glimmer, which just happens to be on offer for only 99c! You can purchase a copy here:

From Daub:

Isabelle fell back onto her ankles and covered her mouth with her hands. She heard a muffled sobbing come from the place where she had seen the child squatting the night before, and shuffled away. She looked at the wall. The yellowing plaster moved in and out like sickly lungs and Isabelle saw a small mouth appear. It opened and closed as if trying to suck in air and said, ‘When can I come out?’

‘What? Who’s speaking?’

‘It’s me mama, Roland. Can I come out now, it’s too hot and I can’t breathe. Mama? Mama, where are you? Mama!’ The child’s voice became hysterical and it shrieked the last, ‘Mama’ so loud that Isabelle thought her eardrums would bleed. She felt something tickle her wrist, looked down and saw the imprints of five small fingers on her skin.

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Free Short Story Anyone?

It is nearly the weekend and I thought that I would see if anyone out there would like to have a short story from my Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Action Adventure series – The Song of Forgetfulness – to read for FREE!!!!

It is called Changeling Fog


I’m going to put it up on Amazon and other sales platforms in the next couple of days for $0.99 and £0.99. So this is a chance to get it for FREE!!! 

All you have to do is either go to my website: and click on the ‘here’ button under the headline ‘FREE DOWNLOAD’.

Or you can buy a copy of Whisper Gatherers: and click on the link on the Free Download page. I know, cheeky of me eh? It is a good book, but don’t take my word for it. Here is part of a recent Amazon review:

“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense! This book is amazing to read and you will not want to put it down!”

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Still not sure?

Well, why not read this extract from Changeling Fog and decide for yourself.

Changeling Fog

The air became more natural the further away I sneaked from Puritytowers. My nostrils twitched as smells of rot replaced the artificial floral scents that were perpetually pumped around Cityplace. Despite my tum flip-flopping with nerves, I continued on towards the outskirts of my home. A part of me wanted to venture further, out beyond the perimeter fence and into the Wilderness where Carnies and Praisebees wandered. Where Woodsfolk dwelt deep inside the forest, and the elusive Ladies had their hidden dwellings. But, I would not dare go to a place so wild and fraught with danger. Wolfies also abided there. Nope, my trip to this forbidden outer-city location was adventure enough.

The light changed too. From a glaring radiance to a sinister, gloomy glow. Now, I was used to brightness everywhere, both inside, from the many round lanterns recessed in the walls and ceilings of our abodes, to the always switched on street lamps and towering info boards that lit up the sky so much, that we never really saw the moon and stars, unless we dared to wander away from the security of Cityplace Central. Like I was doing now. I peered ahead and saw the dark enclosure I needed to get to.

As I walked towards it, the gas tubes that were stuck in the ground to illuminate the path to the perimeter fence, dwindled until there were no more. I was left with nowt but the setting sun to guide me on. The ground changed from a smooth and even stone walkway to a cracked and gravelly trail devoid of any familiar landmark buildings. All became a bleak and empty area I did not want to be in.

To rid myself of the feel of lonely, I turned my head and gazed at the dazzling concrete structures of Centralplaza in the distance. How small it appeared to be. It looked like a vid I’d seen in history class. Teach had shown us a reconstruction drama of when NotSoGreatBritAlbion was not mostly under water, and was populated with many more folk than it is now. When trees grew in cities and animals still lived in the wild, and in people’s homes as playthings and companions. When birdies landed on the ground and let folk feed them without the fear that they would be snatched and gobbled up; since they are now the only animal-type thing left in this sorry land. Except for Wolfies, but they don’t count, they are too ferocious and mean to be caught. Poor birdybirds, doomed to live in the tops of trees and in constant fear of being ate. Just as well no one knows about my gift. Although I am not so good at calling the birdies down as yet, I am getting better, and one day soon, I will be able to sing and make the birdies come to me.

There were lots of birdybirds in the classroom vid. Pigons I think they were called. They were everywhere, plopping and flapping and making a “Hoohoo-hoohoo,” sound. But that was not the main thrust of this playacting vid. This drama was about some kind of ceremony thingy, a coronation, or something. It showed a fem sitting inside a strange wooden box that was perched on big wheels being pulled by massive horsles all dressed up with ribbons and feather plumes. She wore twinkly clothes and a tiara, and was sitting next to a manlyman, her hub, and both were waving to more folk than I could ever imagine even existing in all of this puny land, never mind just in the place called Lundon.

Teach said she was the Queen of Hingland and ruled the land until she was one hundred and twelve years old. Then her grandbub took over, and apparently, things started getting worse. Now, I’m not saying that this new and last king was to blame for the plagues, famine and diseases that began to sweep the nation and beyond, but like I said, it began when he took over.

Still all that was so long ago, who can say what is fact or fiction.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Have a lovely weekend!

Want to Come to a Fantasy Sci-Fi Dystopian Steampunk Bargain Books Party? Then Read On – Meet the author – Nicola McDonagh

Prior to the Facebook Extravaganza – Fantasy Sci-Fi Dystopian Steampunk Bargain Books Party I am spotlighting each author taking part. Today, the day of the event, I am spotlighting – Myself!

In June, my publishers closed down and I gained the publishing rights to my YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi series The Song of Forgetfulness. So I self-published the books with an addition of a Prequel, Whisper Gatherers.

So, this is me:

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Nicola McDonagh is an author, creative writing tutor, and photographer. She lives in Suffolk, UK, with her musician husband and a plethora of rescued/feral cats. She came to writing prose late in life and is trying to make up any lost time by dabbling in more than one genre.

Nicola won the Suffolk Book League’s Short Story Competition 2011 with her story, ‘Glimmer’. The anthology of short stories – Glimmer and other stories was given a Certificate of Excellence by All Authors Publications and Promotions in June 2015.

Nicola was short-listed for the Escalator Genre Fiction Competition 2012 with an extract from Echoes from the Lost Ones; book 2 in her YA dystopian/sci-fi series, The Song of Forgetfulness.

You can contact Nicola and learn more about her work below:


 Author Website:

Book series site:


Blog Page:     

Twitter:                      @McDonaghNikki

Re-Launch of The Song of Forgetfulness-Dystopian/Sci-fi Series  

“A story of trust and faith…it is an adventure that takes you to a time and place like no other.”

“A brilliant and unique read for adults and young adults alike…reminded me of Patrick Ness’ Walking Chaos Trilogy.”

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 The struggle to survive just got harder.

In a land disfigured by famine and disease, fear spreads throughout the scattered population of NotSoGreatBritAlbian when the Agro Empire cuts food supplies and kidnaps special children – The Meeks. But there is hope. Adara, with her secret power.

 I’m Adara. I’ve got six fingers on each hand, and a secret I cannot share.

There is a rustling in the wind. Lights beyond the boundary fence.

A sign of Agro threat.

A murmur haunts Cityplace.

Something is coming.

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“The moon shone bright. A shock-faced ball in the black sky that looked down on the three of us as if to shout, “Prevail. Stand steady.” The wind whipped around our feet and legs, and a swirl of ash and dry earth spiralled up before us. I coughed and spat out the filthy soil that bore the taste of Agro boot.”

Synopsis of The Song of Forgetfulness:

The Song of Forgetfulness is an unsettling and mysterious vision of the future where animals are almost extinct, humans are subjugated by the sinister and secretive Agros, and gifted children know as Meeks, are going missing.

After her brother is snatched and her Santy is injured during a ruthless raid on Cityplace, Adara embarks on a dangerous quest to find Deogol. But her journey through the ravaged terrain of NotSoGreatBritAlbion is fraught with danger when her search is jeopardised by lustful Woodsmales, savage Wolfies, and sinister monks in the Monastery in the Clouds.

Yet Adara finds friends and allies who help her to realise her true potential as a Bringer and deadly weapon. When she encounters powers greater than hers, Adara must use all her courage and skill to battle against evil forces to save herself and those she loves from being slaughtered by Agro spies.

As filthy battles ensue and loved ones perish, Adara must sing The Song of Forgetfulness one last time if she is to save not only the Meeks, but all the folk of NotSoGreatBritAlbion, from a life of slavery and despair.

There is hope. The Meeks have a hidden weapon that only Adara can unlock. Outside the Agro headquarters, folk are gathering. A legion of Woodsfolk, Clonies, S.A.N.T.S, Holy ones and Ladies, are on their way.

There’s just one problem Adara’s bro – Deogol.

You can purchase your copies of the books in The Song of Forgetfulness series on Amazon.

From 18th July to 25th July, all three books will be on sale for $ 0.99 and £ 0.99 What a Bargain!

Plus! there is a short story Changeling Fog Free to Download when you purchase a copy of Whisper Gatherers.

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I hope you found my books interesting.

Don’t forget – join the other authors and me Today – 18th July for – Fantasy Sci-Fi Dystopian Steampunk Bargain Books Party

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Glimmer and other stories is on offer!!

I have decided to celebrate my short story collection being published for six months by offering it for £0.99p on and for $1.68 on


Glimmer is a collection of compelling and darkly humorous stories from the author of Echoes from the Lost Ones. Nicola McDonagh’s seven tales of mysterious liaisons, supernatural intrigue, deathly hauntings and disturbing fixations will enthral and unnerve the reader. Hidden secrets, forbidden urges, necromancy and a rebellious housewife dwell between the pages of this fascinating anthology.


What people are saying about Glimmer:

“…With all of her stories, there is a connective fabric. The author uses the reader’s mind as an easel and puts dots, splashes, and strokes of color along with deep incorporation of nature and locations. The end result took me away. The metaphorical richness was akin to the joy of childbirth in which a healthy, vibrant baby is the result.

Verdict: These snapshots of writing are lovely from start to finish. There is something in here for everyone. The only thing I would like to add is that the author should definitely write more short stories. There are some types of talent that are natural and others which are learned. Her use of language in this work is a testament that she is in fact a natural in the writing world. All of this gives this work 5 out of 5 stars!”    

“I’m a big fan of short stories; but writing them successfully is a unique skill, and Nicola McDonagh definitely has it. The stories here are well-crafted and told with verve. In particular ‘On the Eighth Day’ really gripped me with its dark occult-themed undertones, but there’s something here for everyone. Thoroughly enjoyed.”


So why not get a copy and let me know what you think.

Author Spotlight – Nicua Shamira

I am very pleased to introduce a talented poet, artist, and prose writer, Nicua Shamira.

NicuaNicua Shamira is a wildlife management student who loves writing and reading good books. At the moment fantasy/adventure genres are her favourite but she also loves a good historical fiction. Growing up in Africa, on a farm, Nicua had wonderful opportunities to be out in nature and surrounded by animals. She now resides in Western Australia. She has two beautiful horses and a collection of adorable, naughty birds.

Nicua’s favourite authors of fictional works are J.R.R. Tolkien, Juliet Marillier, C.S. Lewis and many others.

Being an ‘outdoorsy’ person she love archery, hiking, horse-riding, swimming, snorkeling, running, etc. and her ‘indoor’ hobbies include painting, ballroom and Latin dancing, ice-skating, reading, writing and drawing.

Nicua has published a YA fantasy book under another name, but ‘Otherworldly’ is her first collection of short stories.

Several other books are in the works as well as booklets of poetry (one already published under the title ‘African Heartbeat’)


I would like to begin by asking Nicua some questions so that we can get to know her a little better:

Tell us about yourself and your typical working day.

I am a South African living in Australia at the moment. I love animals, adventure, travel, nature and books among so many other things. My work days are actually not typical at the moment as I am studying, volunteering and working on different days. Having said that, I am enjoying being busy and have just signed up for a public speaking course to add into the busy equation.

Having read both your poetry and prose, I get a sense that you have a deep love of nature, would that be true to say?

Most definitely! I love nature and find most of my inspiration in it. Animals have been a massive part of my life, having cared for so many abandoned kittens, puppies, and helped to heal owls and all kinds of animals that people brought me out on the farm; as well as being surrounded by dogs,horses, rabbits and so many other wonderful creatures growing up.


The wild places of the earth also speak to me and I am never happier than when I am in the heart-breakingly beautiful African bush or wandering through a misty, ethereal forest.Image

What inspired you to write Otherworldly short stories?

At first it began as a project to try my hand at short stories, and as I continued and realized how much I enjoyed it, it became more about sharing things I believe are important. Some themes I wanted to highlight were the importance of preserving nature, loyalty, open-heartedness and also to fuel the flame for old fashioned fairytales to stay alive.100_1927

Which do you prefer, writing poetry or prose?

I prefer writing prose as I find it very hard to share my poetry, it always feels too personal. I write a ton of poetry but I think I rather have the heart of a storyteller than the heart of a poet.

Do you have a favourite author/s? If so, who are they and why do you like them?

I have several favourite authors, but I think my top two would have to be J.R.R. Tolkien and Juliet Marillier. Tolkien because he created such an unbelievable and beautiful existence in Middle Earth. I also find his writing without equal and I think he has been my main literary influence for not only which books I read but also how I write. Juliet Marillier is such a brilliant author and her work is faultless. Her books have that magical quality that when you start reading them, it’s almost impossible to put them down. She creates strong female characters without them becoming annoying which is rare to find. I find a lot of inspiration in her work, I would like to be able to follow her lead in how balanced she keeps her characters, settings, etc. A few more I would love to mention as they have also been great inspirations are; C.S. Lewis, Gene Stratton Porter, the Bronte Sisters, Jane Porter (Scottish Chiefs), Suzanne Collins and Christopher Paolini.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I think I would choose New Zealand or the Scottish Highlands. Anywhere that is wild, filled with untouched nature, far away from the cities and has a Middle Earth feel to it. Hopefully in a small castle in the middle of a forest or beside a loch.


What is your favourite genre to write in.

I adore fantasy. I am not a fan of writing in other genres because I have so many ideas and almost all of them include elves and fantasy lands that go far beyond the constraints of our small world. I love to journey into faraway lands filled with magic and adventure, and being able to hold the reins and actually mould the tale I wish in whatever manner without boundaries of our reality’s physics, it is absolutely wonderful.sylph

What I love about your work, are the beautiful physical descriptions of setting and characters that bring the stories and poems alive. Do you think your artistic side helps when you are writing a narrative?


That might be one reason, I have not really thought of this before, but I also think another reason is that I am a very ‘visually dependent’ person. I love looking at beautiful things and descriptions colour in a picture and the more colour, the more happy I am. When reading I also always look for more descriptions so that I can properly paint the picture of the story in my head, I think that also relays into my writing.

If you could be a character in any novel and spend the weekend as that character in the book, what character and book would that be?

What a brilliant question! There are so many wonderful choices! But, I think I would love to be Arwen from Lord of the Rings, can’t think of many things that would be more wonderful than spending the weekend as an elvish princess in Middle Earth!

Finally, what are your future writing plans?

I have so many projects that I am so excited about and currently working on. I have around four fantasy novels quarter to halfway done with the rough drafts, the next book in The Dreamweaver Chronicles is begun, two more poetry books are  being compiled and I am hoping to release my next collection of short stories in a little while! There is also a novel I am working on that deals with an issue very close to my heart. It is not the usual genre I write and it is often a struggle, but I also feel that it is an important issue I want to address wrapped in a heart-warming story of friends, love, finding purpose and healing


Thank you Nicua for telling us about your varied and interesting life, loves and works.

Now let’s hear about your anthology, which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. You can see my review at the bottom of this blog, and on Goodreads and Amazon.


Otherworldly is a collection of four short stories with fantasy, romance, futuristic and adventure themes. These stories delve into fairytale and legend taking the reader on adventures filled with magic, love, loyalty, intrigue, and thought-provoking themes.

Here are some extracts from reviews. You can see the full versions on Amazon.

Jason Clark (the full one is very long and says something about each story that might be a bit of a spoiler alert)

‘These four wonderful anecdotes are quick but packed with several layers and depth… Her narrative style is wonderful, with an easy natural flow. The descriptions and the scenery are vivid, though wildly different in each. I’m fairly certain the characters, time frame, and settings are completely unrelated in each tale. However, some commonalities are found in every one…Each fable has considerable emotional depth, with a mix of wonder, happiness, sadness, and warmth. I was particularly impressed that she is able to maintain that element, while still creating an intellectually stimulating scheme.’

By Bronson Hawkins

‘Summary/First Reactions: “Otherworldly” is an assortment of four brain teasing and heart warming short stories. My favorite story among the four is Red Ribbon. With footsteps hitting me the hardest in my feel space. The thing that I liked most about this collection of short stories is that it never ceased to surprise me. Nicua Shamira was excellent in shifting and twisting these stories in my head. With the characters not really pulling the story along…

The Good: Its beautiful. It’s stunning. Its lovely. It’s heartbreaking. It’s simply amazing.

The Bad: I could find nothing wrong with the novel other that the fact that its too short. I want more.

Overall: 5/5 A Indiesently Good Read!!!

By Sahar Sabati

This wonderful collection of four short stories brings to life with almost startling realism mythical creatures. The book’s strength lies in the author’s ability to weave a tale that flows with great ease, scooping you up and carrying you into a world you will find yourself easily immersed in. I also love the way these stories touch, as gently as the author writes, on topics such as awareness of nature’s beauty in the first story, Cascade. I hope that another short story collection is already on its way!’

My review (edited version)

This collection of short stories by Nicua Shamira, are beautifully written narratives that draw the reader into fantasy worlds richly described and inhabited by tantalizing mythological creatures and humans. Written in the first person, each story has its own unique setting from a water-based land in ‘Cascade’ to the dark and harsh landscape in ‘Red Ribbon. Both tales are strangely haunting with hints of love and regret, and they do linger well after reading.

I enjoyed the different cast of characters in each story that essentially are there to explore mankind’s connection with nature and the environment. And it was my only criticism – that on occasions they came across less well developed than the physical environments they inhabited. But, what I liked was the message behind each story; to nurture and not destroy this beautiful planet we live in, to stop experimenting with genetics, to accept our frailties and live our lives in harmony

I did enjoy reading these stories and believe that Nicua is a very talented writer that has the potential to be great. I will read more of her work, as she is a writer to look out for.


If you want to know more about Nicua or purchase her work, below are the links:

Alternative Reading For Valentines Day

Want an alternative read from all the sweetheart romances this Valentines Day?


If so, then Glimmer and other stories might just be for you.


Glimmer and other stories is a collection of seven compelling and darkly humorous stories that deal with obsession, loss, redemption and hope.


In these tales of mysterious liaisons, supernatural intrigue, deathly hauntings and disturbing fixations, characters reveal hidden secrets, forbidden urges, untold yearnings and skills in necromancy.


Available to purchase on:

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Choosing a Book Cover Image

After deciding to self-publish my collection of short stories, and rejecting the cover I wanted to use (because of copyright laws) I thought it best to use one of my own photographs. Instead of the collection being called Rousseau’s Suburban Jungle after a story in the anthology, I chose to name it Glimmer, after another tale.

This word conjured up all sorts of ideas of light and twinkling images and I spent many days rifling through my photographic collection until I saw a few pictures that I felt would be appropriate. I then narrowed it down to two.


I preferred the last one and after fiddling around for ages, chose a different photograph! Well, not so different actually. I then played around with colour:



Although I really liked the blue version, I felt that the red would have more impact. A graphic designer friend very kindly offered to format the layout and graphics for me:

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And after a few tweaks, the final result:

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I really liked it and the book was launched on 1-1-14.

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Frost and Sparkle

This morning the garden was covered in a layer of white frost. Dewdrops glittered in the sunlight and my green house was covered in crazy ice patterns.

Despite the cold I ventured out with my camera and macro lens and took some pictures. The light was just perfect and bounced off blades of grass tipped with frozen water droplets that sparkled like diamonds.

Normally I’m keen to make sure that the photos are in perfect focus, but after taking a few pictures and seeing how magical they looked slightly blurred, I decided to continue with the hazy look.

I wonder if I could use some of the images as a cover for a short story or two?

Or maybe I should pick one of the photographs and create a story around it?






Cold December – new camera – Book Giveaway

I was given a Canon 6D SLR for Christmas!!! It is AWESOME. Full frame too. I’m still getting used to all the settings, but the low light photography is excellent.

However, I’m having trouble with the white balance when I use a high ISO and low f-stop. Any help on that would be much appreciated. Below are a couple of examples and some B&W photographs:







My collection of short stories, Glimmer and other stories, is a Giveaway on Goodreads until 26th January 2014; so if you are a member you could enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of the book.

It is also available in Kindle format and can be purchased on Amazon:

Merry Christmas – Book Launch

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!

I am officially launching Glimmer and other stories on Facebook on 1-1-14.

If you would like to win a paperback copy of this short story collection, then visit my Facebook page any time during that day:

Like the launch post and leave your Facebook page address and you will be put into a random generator. I will contact the winner for mailing details.

Glimmer is a collection of seven compelling and darkly humorous stories that deal with obsession, loss, redemption and hope.

In these tales of mysterious liaisons, supernatural intrigue, deathly hauntings and disturbing fixations, characters reveal hidden secrets, forbidden urges, untold yearnings and skills in necromancy.

‘I was found in a plastic bag inside a dustbin. Dried blood and faeces stuck to my newborn flesh. Dumped by some teenage girl, too scared to say that she had given birth to a premature baby. Or so the story goes. It’s a pack of lies of course. I fell from the sky.’

Rousseau’s Suburban Jungle takes us into the world of Esther, who loses herself in the wild and colourful paintings of Henri Rousseau to escape the blandness of her existence. In The Reclaimed Merman a suicidal man is saved from a watery grave after he meets an eccentric woman on the beach. When the legendary artist Earnest Thirk dies, a grieving fan decides to honour his secret last wish. And in the Award Winning tale Glimmer, a young man reflects upon his life as he waits for messages from the stars.

Glimmer and other stories is available to purchase in both paperback and Kindle format.