Wednesday, 29 March 2017

No Darkness

What started as a work posting to Zimbabwe with his African girlfriend, becomes a life and death struggle against the forces of despot Robert Mugabe.  Michael Page had no idea that a simple misunderstanding would have such tragic consequences.

Set in 1999 when Zimbabwe is in a slow and inexorable decline, and the political scene is disturbed by a new opposition party which has a real chance of democratic victory.  Only a tyrant deliberately destroys his own country in order to retain power and control, and Michael and his girlfriend Cathy become embroiled in what is close to a civil war.  Can they make it out alive?  And even if they do, can they survive the psychological torment they have endured?

Well written, fast paced, wonderful characters, and the fascinating setting of a country in decline turned into a police state.  There is much to like in this interesting hybrid of action, thriller and romance. LaWrence - author of Skipping Stones along the Kitchi Sibri

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The Adulterous Bride

Many noble daughters of Venice are consigned to abbeys for want of a dowry.  In 1426, Filipa Barbagio is sent to San Nicolai di Torcello, where she enjoys the hedonistic lifestyle available to her: dressed in the latest fashions, wearing expensive jewellery, attending masquerade balls, entertaining her family and taking men to be her companions.  And then she falls in love.

Dardi Zorzi loves Clario Duodo, but society expects an arranged marriage with sweet Caterina.  Their marriage is difficult at first but gets better over time, especially after the birth of their daughter Lucia.  Tragically Caterina is murdered and Dardi is the prime suspect.  Filipa comforts and helps her oldest and dearest friend, but then Dardi is accused of the most heinous crime of all.  In the aftermath of this terrible denunciation, Filipa risks losing her newly-found love while Dardi risks losing all.

What an amazing story!  Renaissance Venice told from three different points of view: bright, extroverted Filipa Barbarigo who steals every scene she's in, honest and decent Marin Curri, happily married to the wonderful Blanca, and Dardi Zorzi who has to make the best of an almost untenable situation.  Amazing backdrop, amazing story, amazing characters, and the most masterful ending that I have ever come across.  Congratulations. Sarah Holmes – author of Promise of Canaan

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Last Great Race Published

Achille Varzi: the most successful of his time; hero to his followers; worshiped by the women in his life; driven to succeed.  Told partly through the eyes of Varzi and partly by fictional Italian-Australian journalist Paul Bassi, we follow the many triumphs and tragedies of Varzi's life: his passionate love affairs, his tragic addictions, his recovery, his marriage and his re-signing to race once more.

This is a fictionalised account of a real-life story that seems to incredible to be true, only it is.

Go to my Books page for more details

The Last Great Race is available from Amazon KindleAmazon Kindle UK Barnes and Noble or print on demand from Createspace

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

One Hundred Days Published

Australian soldiers were amongst the bravest in the world, but bravery alone wasn't enough. They needed training and they needed battle plans that worked, and then they would win. And win they did; they won the Great War. Please go to my books page to order or download your copy.  View the film clip on YouTube

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Maidens in the Night Published

My sequel to the Governess and the Stalker, Maidens in the Night, has been published by Wings ePress. Please go to my Books page to order or download your copy

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Governess and the Stalker Published

My latest novel The Governess and the Stalker has been published by Wings ePress.  Please go to my Books page to order or download your copy

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Victorian-era Crime and Mystery Stories

When my first two novels set in contemporary Russia were published by Club Lighthouse, I had an idea for a different style of story and had even written two scenes for it. This story was to be a mystery set in Britain in the years 1879 to 1880, where the protagonist is a governess, and for the first time I wanted to concentrate on an antagonist. In the story, Jesse West bears a deadly grudge towards Michelle Devine and her two step-children. Also there is a relationship between Michelle and a young gentleman named Paul Lawrence. Unplanned was that Michelle Devine would come across two young, working-class women who were standing on the brink of disaster. Having come into wealth, Michelle resolves to help young women such as these two.

The resulting manuscript 'The Governess and the Stalker' is complete and I have a publisher who is interested in this story. It is set in an interesting time, and it is part-mystery and a part-treatise on class divide and the mis-treatment of those less fortunate. While doing my research and writing this story I realised how bad things once were, and why Britain went through a massive, transformational change during the Twentieth Century. Even so, ther are times when I feel that we are heading in the wrong direction, and I hope that readers of The Governess and the Stalker will digest the dark side of this story and realise that we must arrest any return towards the times that I have portrayed.

A single, fiction novel can only cover so much ground, and Michelle resolving to help unfortunate women gave me an opportunity to explore this theme further. The sequel 'Maidens of the Night' is part-fiction and part-non fiction, and includes Michelle Devine and a young woman of Irish background raised in Wales; Mary Kelly. Michelle attempts to help as many unfortunate young women as she can, but she cannot help them all. This story goes beyond genre fiction, and because it encompasses dramatic events of the time it feels genuinely real. The publisher who is interested in 'The Governess and the Stalker' is also interested in 'Maidens of the Night'.