As promised, page 1 of ‘The Non-Stop Dancer’
In the beginning…
The light fantastic swayed before him, pulling him closer, like a semi-drunk date at a high school dance. He raised his arms to the ceiling and closed his eyes. The rhythm held him, and shook him to the core, a tsunami of life, a margarita of triumph, riding a wave of consciousness to the steady shores of understanding.
The colours danced before his very eyes, twisting and spinning, and turning and groaning, like a kaleidoscopic yogi dead set on impressing a much younger student. His legs, legs that resembled chicken drumsticks upon closer inspection, moved on their own, an entity separate from the motors that drove him. The arms that flailed before him, drew celestial shapes in front of him.
The dancer was no longer mortal, no long human, he had transposed, he had reached a new level, he was electric. He plucked items from the imagination of the carbon dioxide that surrounded him as his heart pumped a heady rhythm. There were big fish, there were little fish, there were cardboard boxes. It was the sermon on the mount, and he was Jesus, he was hope, the light and our salvation.
And the Lord said ‘let there be light’ and there was.
To celebrate the forthcoming election I will publish ‘The Non-Stop Dancer’ on June 8th. Check back here on the day to find out how to get your copy.
Ladies, Gentleman and those of you in between I present to you my latest tale: Mia. A story so short that it would struggle to climb aboard an ant. Nonetheless, it is a story, and a story worth investing 5 minutes in.
Mia was born out of the realisation that sometimes it’s easier to be brutally honest within the boundaries of fiction than spelling it our directly. Recently I found myself drawn to a topic again and again, and I never felt able to address it without my emotions getting the better of me. Somehow I have managed to shoehorn them into a story which I hope will make each of you stop and think.
Without saying anymore I shall leave you with a teaser:
Mia, a troubled young woman is tired of the way her life is. In the blink of an eye she is swept into a moment which changes the course of her life and has serious implications for her future. If only someone would come to her rescue. Unluckily for her, Nobody did.
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Finally I am both relieved and excited to announce that ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ is now available directly from Smashwords. Just in case you have forgotten what it is all about, check out this short description:
Halloween. The one day a year people wear ridiculous outfits, and drink for reasons they don’t understand. Unless they are British. Then they do that every day.
In a trendy London bar, three friends meet up at a fancy-dress party, in appropriately silly clothes for such an occasion. Each of them content to hide their true selves behind their costumes. The trouble is there are some things you can’t hide from. Like fate.
The good news is that Smashwords now offers the story in a wide variety of formats including Epub and mobi, for those of you that have an e-book reader and a PDF for those of you that don’t. The less good news is that if you don’t have a Smashwords account, you will have to sign up for one. However don’t panic, it only takes a minute and is incredibly straightforward.
To get ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ click here.
P.S. Don’t forget to leave a review on Smashwords and Goodreads once you have read it. And share it with every human being you ever come in contact with!
When my mother suggested that I try to write a costume drama, I don’t think she meant a short story about three men in fancy-dress at a Halloween party. Therefore I suspect she may not enjoy my new short story, entitled ‘All Hallows’ Eve’.
Recently I realised that I haven’t written anything new in bloody ages, so I decided to commemorate a year since ‘Existence Is Futile’ hit people’s bookshelves by writing a short story to publish and give away for free. The trouble is, giving away things for free is not that easy anymore. The likes of Amazon, and Apple do not allow independent writers to publish their work for free. In fact it massively limits your ability to reach readers. When I first wrote ‘The Story of Albert Ross’ I had hoped to do the same. In the end I decided to put it our for the absolute minimum to enable the story to get the widest possible availability. This time, I really want to do this as a thank you to all of you wonderful people out there that have volunteered your own time to read something with my name on. It means a lot, but mostly it means that you are awesome.
To celebrate the forthcoming release of ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ I would like to… drumroll please… present the cover which will be appearing all over the internets very soon
I don’t have a release date yet, so you will have to keep checking back here. I hope to have a final version uploaded to smashwords.com by the end of the week. It will be free, although you will need to sign up for an account, if you haven’t already. And for those of you that haven’t yet picked up ‘Existence Is Futile’, I have some good news. I have added the first few chapters to the end of this short story as a sample, in the hope that I can yet persuade you to invest in a book featuring ninjas and absolutely no jokes about toilets.
Are you ready?
Are you sitting comfortably in front of your tv?
I have some news. I have published a short story on Smashwords.com, and it is available for a whopping $0.99. Not even a dollar. For the Britishers amongst you, that amounts to an extortionate 75p. The catch is that it is an eBook, so you need some kind of electronic device to read it on. The good news is that it is available in a wide variety of formats, so you can read it on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony Reader, Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital editions, iPads and iPhones, Smart and Clever phones, Blackberries and Blueberries as well as some relic of the past known as a computer.
And here is the cover
In the coming weeks ‘The Story of Albert Ross’ will be released on more platforms. Keep checking back for more information.