Lucia’s War – One Month On

So the book has been out a month now – published, launched and announced – and it’s been an interesting contrast with the last time! In the meantime, Ireland has gained a new government, and of course the covid-19 epidemic has inevitably shaped this publication story, just as its 1918 counterpart affected the book’s storyline.Continue reading “Lucia’s War – One Month On”

Lucia’s War – New Live Date June 5

Hello all, just an FYI that Lucia’s War launch will now be on Friday 5th June, not Monday 1st June, to give time to get proofs uploaded. Those who have pre-ordered a copy will be notified. A virtual launch will take place on Friday evening GMT, details to be confirmed. Thanks for your patience. TheContinue reading “Lucia’s War – New Live Date June 5”

“A Symphony as Beautiful as It Is Violent” – Lucia’s War ARC Review

I’m proud to announce that Lucia’s War has won a Recommended Read Award from the Coffee Pot Book Club, along with a first review I could only dream of. I had to blog this as soon as I could, so elated I was after reading it. A month or two ago, as an independent authorContinue reading ““A Symphony as Beautiful as It Is Violent” – Lucia’s War ARC Review”

Lucia’s War – Pre-Order Available

Delighted to announce that pre-orders are now available for Lucia’s War in e-book format. I’ve been working hard on this – and work continues to be done! – so it’s a delight to make this announcement. Pre-order here for Amazon UK Pre-order here for Amazon US Also viewable on Goodreads if you would like toContinue reading “Lucia’s War – Pre-Order Available”

Launch Date for Lucia’s War

Hello everyone, As discussed on twitter and here, Lucia’s War will be soft-launched online on Saturday, May 30, 2020. This will be done via a Live Event. Time and other details tbc, but the event will operate under the presumption of full quarantine restrictions. I am hoping everyone can raise their glasses / Godspeed messages to the screenContinue reading “Launch Date for Lucia’s War”

An Appeal to Goodreads Reviewers

Hello everyone, and particularly the kind readers who have reviewed me on Goodreads. I want to invite you to read and honestly review the ARC of Lucia’s War when it comes out in April. Alas, the rules of Goodreads expressly forbid me from asking you there, even though you have already read White Feathers. SoContinue reading “An Appeal to Goodreads Reviewers”

The Story Behind “Unfortunate Stars”

  Four days ago, just as the coronavirus restrictions really began to kick in, I published a long short story, “Unfortunate Stars”, on Amazon. It is about 10,000 words, or half an hour’s reading and is set in 1938 and 1915 – a story of the war just gone, and the war yet to come.Continue reading “The Story Behind “Unfortunate Stars””

She Wrote It, But…the Irish Literary Fiction Edition

Note: this is an exercise based on Joanna Russ’s How to Suppress Women’s Writing. I adapted it for my own use. Yesterday, at a time of great mental duress, I took a biro and notebook and started writing; soon I covered two pages. It was a deeply therapeutic exercise. I post the annotated notes fromContinue reading “She Wrote It, But…the Irish Literary Fiction Edition”

Free Short Story: Unfortunate Stars

Unfortunate Stars follows war veteran Friedrich as he reminisces about a battlefield encounter twenty-three years earlier that changed his life. Click on the image to subscribe and get a free copy. I have finally managed to finish up work on a short story that will be available to subscribers to my mailing list. I’ve workedContinue reading “Free Short Story: Unfortunate Stars”