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Previous roles include radio newsreader, phone-in host, and presenter.
Married to Sue, with two grown-up children, Chris and Charlotte, and a budgie called Smokey.
Lives in Leicestershire, UK.
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In Shadows Waiting
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
During a spate of burglaries in their village a family start seeing fleeting movements in their garden. Then things happen in the house. The police can find no sign of intruders. What was simply annoying becomes frightening. Then dangerous. Then deadly. It’s clear there are supernatural forces at work.
For young Simon Reynolds and his family, the shadows are fading, the waiting is over.
(4.33 from 6 reviews)
The Timeshaft is a path through time from pre-history to the end of the world, under the control of environmental protection group WorldSave.
Its operatives travel through the Timeshaft preventing ecological disasters, but that's more of the back story. The plot focuses on leading agent Ashday's Child. What is his hidden agenda, why has he really spent his life flitting through the ages?
The Jigsaw And The Fan
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Light-hearted ghost story with constant bites of satire. A strike prevents a dead trades unionist taking his place in the afterlife. He returns to Earth to haunt a stately home, and angry that the wealthy owner makes money from tourists, he sets out to frighten them away.
Two roguish guardian angels look upon the whole proceedings. But what is Destiny's true plan for the haunting?
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
In a distant, simple society which rose after a nuclear holocaust, a young couple realise with horror that they have inadvertently transgressed a major, but unjust, law. Their baby is due to be born in the forbidden second quarter of the year: it will be an accursed Ashday's Child.
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
A time paradox story.
Following a devastating explosion in a pioneering new energy system, its creator is taken several hours back in time by a mysterious tramp, to prevent the critical malfunction.
Then things take a sinister turn...
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- Strange Tales
on Jan. 01, 2013
Definitely worth a look. My favourite was The Cats of Athens, but I was intrigued by The Great Snipe Hunt, which I can only describe as experimental literature. All five stories held my attention right from the first sentence through to the final word.
The book is a nice mix of stories each angled around reality just being a fraction off-key, which is enough to unsettle the key character in each case.
- One Soul To Share
on April 06, 2013
Well, how good is this book? The fact that I've given it 5 stars says it all. Two beings, of different species, both after something from the legendary sea hag. Both using each other to get it, not realising that they're each being used.
The fluent style moves the tale along nicely without the writing getting in the way of the story -- my view is that anyone who can do that is an excellent writer, and Lori Devoti certainly does that. The reader's not being told what's happening, the reader's there under the sea with them watching it.
And one phrase will stay with me for a long time: "mission to insanity."
Absolutely loved this book.
- Demonic Double Cross
on May 27, 2013
The style of the early pages reminds me of Raymond Chandler in his Phillip Marlow books. Then the narrative becomes slightly less hard-boiled as Arthur Broker's character develops. Although Broker is an out-and-out conman his finer points quickly shone through, and B. Branin was adept at making him an anti-hero, ensuring we take a genuine interest in his fate.
Comedy-horror; a fast-moving tale; and I loved the final battle between good and evil.
on June 22, 2013
The superbly-described battles in other dimensions reminded me of the great battles on the astral plain in the sadly forgotten occult novels of the great Dennis Wheatley, brought bang up to date. I loved this book...its premise, its plot, its storyline, and Veronica's skilful storytelling. Thoroughly recommended!
on June 22, 2013
In Gladstone, John A. Miller shows his skill at developing his characters and their relationship, while teasing the reader with the wider plot...all the while building to a great climax and totally unexpected revelation.
This book posed a bit of a conundrum for me: I desperately wanted to get to the end to find out what the big secret was -- John lays down some fascinating clues with conversations between the townsfolk -- while on the other hand the story was so good I just didn't want it to end.
I hope this is the first of a series of books about the wonderful town of Gladstone.
- Reaping the Harvest
on June 22, 2013
So now we know we're in safe hands....we mere mortals are watched over by a race of warriors battling the bad guys.
I loved the opening sequence -- Robbie Cox doesn't pull any punches right from the off, where our hero faces up to the Big-Daddy of demons in the first paragraph. Talk about grabbing the readers' attention: mine was grabbed and held from start to finish.
The relationship between the mortal who finds himself fighting with the good guys, and his mystical helpers Tryna and Kree, is explored with finesse and humour.
And that humour is skilfully interspersed with drama and well-described battles, including the final battle that takes up the whole of the last chapter, and indeed gives us an unexpected conclusion.
- Born of Water
on June 22, 2013
Okay...I'm biased, because this is exactly my sort of book. But maybe that bias should make me more critical...but there is absolutely nothing to dislike about Born Of Water. Just as naiad Niri is born of water, then Autumn Birt is born to write.
Her story skilfully tells of an epic journey, while developing the characters of our heroes and heroines. The looks and gestures that pass between them help to transport the reader to the deck of the ship or the seat of the camel. We're not simply reading about this quest...we're there with them.
- The Guest
on June 22, 2013
As a short story intended to drive readers to the author's series of full-length novels, this definitely hits the mark.
The air of mystery builds nicely, but I was fairly smug in that I knew the direction the storyline was going. D'Oh! It was not to be: Karen Dales leads the reader up the garden path before revealing the truth just a few pages before the ending.
Did it make me want to check out Karen's award-winning "Chosen Chronicles" series? You bet.
- The Night the Lights Went Out
on Aug. 16, 2013
A frightening scenario well depicted through the eyes of a young soldier on a mission through the dangerous countryside of a Britain without electricity.
A well told story, where the reader quickly empathises with the soldier. The hardships and dangers are nicely documented, and I found myself genuinely caring for our hero, and hoping he would eventually find happiness with the woman he encounters in a commune.
The ending is just right in paving the way for a sequel.
If the author does continue the adventures of this young soldier, I will definitely be reading them.
- Barnaby's Bigger Book of Shorts
on Sep. 22, 2013
An excellent cross section of bite-sized short stories...some will make you think, some will make you smile, some will make you squirm, some will make you want to know more, but all will make you glad you bought this book.
Barnaby Wilde's imagination is in full flight here, with an extremely wide range of stories, including fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, supernatural, everyday situations, and the wonderful Shaggy Dog Story. I particularly liked the series of stories from the Vertigo Research Labs.
They are all well-written, with some excellent descriptions which take the reader right to the heart of each scene. In many cases I felt I was actually there...and in some of the stories that was perhaps a little too uncomfortable (I'm thinking of the guy trapped in the magician's cabinet, and the one in his orange onesie in a completely featureless landscape).
In short -- there isn't a story here that I didn't like...and that's most unusual for me. This book has spurred me on to produce my own collection short stories --
- I Dream of Zombies
on Oct. 19, 2013
“I Dream Of Zombies” is an ideal read for lovers of this particular genre.
While the plot has been seen in many guises in both film and book over the years – i.e. zombies over-running an area and threatening the very survival of a country or even the world – this book’s strength lies in two areas:
First: character development. I was rooting for one particular character, Ellen, right from the start because of the way Vickie Johnstone defines her vulnerability and reliance on those around her. Ellen’s vulnerability is the real backbone of the story.
And then, while I felt her protectors, Tommy and Marla, could look after themselves, their characters grew and blossomed as an increasing number of other vulnerables, including two young children and two elderly people, join the band of travellers seeking sanctuary from the zombies.
Second: the graphic descriptions of zombie attacks and their effects. Having fled London before the zombie horde really took hold, our heroes later have to make a journey back into Tottenham, and we are treated to descriptions of the carnage there, which adds intensity to what could happen to the rest of the UK if the zombie virus is left unchecked.
Vickie Johnstone intersperses the horror and action with a little humour (okay, fans of a well-known soccer team won’t find the destruction of their ground funny, but rival fans will!) and moments of tenderness – I’m thinking here of a conversation between the two sisters on a narrow boat.
While the book moves nicely to a largely satisfying conclusion as far as our band of refugees are concerned, two questions remain. However, it is extremely likely that those answers will be forthcoming as Vickie Johnstone continues her fascinating story in the next book in the series.
As a lover of this genre I give “I Dream Of Zombies” five stars, and eagerly await its sequel.
- Gladstone 2,Missing in Denver
on Oct. 26, 2013
The second book of a trilogy is often the hardest to write…the author needs to maintain interest in the settings and characters from the first one, while developing them to set the scene for the third novel. And, of course, the book has to be a self-contained story in its own right.
So, does John A. Miller succeed in this with Gladstone 2 Missing In Denver?
You bet he does. While much of the build up and all of the action takes place away from the wonderful town of Gladstone, everything that made the first novel in his series so readable and entertaining, is there.
The characters continue to develop well, as they display skills we didn’t see in the original – Susan and Stewart are surprising again; and the action-packed finale gives a feel-good factor in more ways than one.
The plot builds somewhat tantalisingly, making the reader want to zip through the pages on the ereader to see what’s going to happen. When you reach the action you realise that while it’s been building, John A. Miller has nudged character development further into the story and you haven’t noticed.
UK best-selling novelist Jeffrey Archer once said to an interviewer: “Don’t call me a writer, because I’m not. I’m a storyteller.” And that describes John A. Miller to an absolute tee. His story flows with tight description and well-paced development, building to its action-filled crescendo.
Maybe, and this is only very slight, the writing occasionally gets in the way of the story with some of the dialogue, where a contraction or two would ease the reader into the next sentence a little more naturally.
Oh, and by the way – another surprise – who goes missing in Denver was definitely not who I expected it to be!
While characters may go missing in Denver, there’s certainly nothing missing from this story – hence five stars. And roll on Gladstone 3. I’ll be at the front of the queue for it.
- Vampire Assassin (Jane #1)
on Nov. 24, 2013
As an introductory story to the Jane series, this serves its purpose in an informative and entertaining manner.
The storyline revolves largely around how Jane became a vampire, which is interesting and lively. The story also sets up a slightly different "take" on vampire mythology without pushing it too far in the "Twilight" direction.
Readers are taken along at a good pace through descriptive text and narrative -- and its perfect tone more than compensates for the somewhat scarce dialogue.
Not what I was expecting...which made it a more attractive read for me.