Novels, Novellas and Collections

I tend to write for young adults or books that are aimed at adults but are accessible by teenagers. Below is information about books I have published, be these fully fledge novels, shorter novellas or collections of prose…

World Cup Dreams

World-Cup-Dreams-CoverWorld Cup Dreams was a challenge I set myself during the FIFA World Cup of Brazil in 2014. I wanted to force myself to write regularly as I was slipping due to other commitments. I decided to bring together my love of writing and football and thus challenged myself to write a short story or poem of between 300 and 500 words every day of the World Cup. Each story was released on Wattpad that day so the collection of short stories built during the tournament. The challenge was successfully completed and a couple of weeks after the World Cup the e-book version was released on Smashwords, it does not only contain all thirty-two short stories but has details of results for each day of the World Cup as well as a foreword explaining the challenge. The stories within World Cup Dreams look at football from many different perspectives such as fans who love the game, those that hate it, managers, players and referees. I wanted it to be a fun and insightful look at football from the angle of a fan, albeit it a fan who is trying to understand the beautiful game from other people’s points of view. I hope I have achieved this.

When I finished I found that I had six titles for short stories that I had not written due to the number of days in the World Cup. As I wanted to release a book using CreateSpace so I could also target readers who read print material I decided to release World Cup Dreams in print as well. However, knowing the e-book is free but printed copies cost money I did not want to abuse those readers who do not use ebooks and thus a second edition of World Cup Dreams was released a few weeks later. This version is only available from Amazon for a small cost and contains the six extra stories that did not fit into the original collection. This version is entitled World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition. It was original to be print exclusive but one click of a button meant I could get it on Kindle so it can be bought for a bit cheaper there.

You can download the Standard Edition for FREE here…

Wattpad

Smashwords

iTunes

Barnes and Noble (Nook)

Or buy the Extra Time Edition here…

Kindle UK Store e-book version

Kindle US Store e-book version

Amazon UK Store print version

Amazon US Store print version

Islands of Hope

Islands-of-Hope-CoverI was getting fed up with the fact that I had no published novel or novella as editing was taking a long time, and wanted to get some work out there rather than just the odd poem, short story or flash fiction. A friend told me about how he read the book The Martian as it came out in weekly installments on a website. I had started a serial novel before but it was only ever update a chapter when I could. So I decided to take ideas from the conversation and my former attempts and put together a schedule. This was to update every week, not a set amount, just something between 500 and 1000 words. I had the title Islands of Hope in my head but very little else. I am a planner and am meticulous in getting my stories to pan out how I want them too (even if there are spelling and grammar mistakes!), so I had this crazy idea of trying to be a pantster. As I am from an Island I decided to make that the central idea from the title, I also had an idea for a first chapter. So at the end of August 2017 the novel started. It has slowed down my editing for other books but at least my work is out there. The novel is set 200 years in the future where one organisation, Princips Ltd., have monopolised all industries and now control the world. The rich live in mega cities whist the poor dwell in slums. A girl, Kira, is captured for stealing bread. She is then sold into slavery to the cruelest owner of them all. Appearances are deceiving though, and with internal strife within Prinicps, the world could come crashing down at any moment. Islands of Hope is updated every Saturday and can be read on wattpad.

A Close Shave with Destiny

cover-blogIn 2015 I was doing Movember, a challenge to get sponsorship for growing a moustache. The money made goes to aid men’s health causes. I had planned to write a short comedy fantasy story set in a moustache and sell it for 99p as a way to gain sponsorship. As I wrote, it became clear that I was not going to write it in time. Two years later I did not have a short story but a novella of a little over 40,000 words. I decided to edit it and release it as a piece of work in its own right. Therefore, I donate to Movember and moved on to editing. A year later the finished novella was available. So what is it about? Melstone, a village elder, prophesies an event where a deep snow will set in and blades will come from the sky and cut trees and rip up houses. Wignut, the main village hero who is skeptical and not exactly flavour of the month, is sent out with his aide, Barnabas, to go to the Caves of Nosterak and gather a sticky substance to glue down their houses and save the village. The novella tells of their mission.

You can buy A Close Shave with Destiny as a Kindle or print book…

Kindle UK Store e-book version

Kindle US Store e-book version

Amazon UK Store print version

Amazon US Store print version

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