Release Day!

The Shoot’s” release is here!

It forms a prequel to other Eternal Press release, “The Wood”. The books have two common characters: Kath Mahoney, a young and gifted archaeologist, and Pippa Laws, her best friend. “The Shoot” is erotica, while “The Wood” is mainstream horror.

(Thanks to fellow EP author Gianna Bruno)

Interview (Thanks to Carole Ann Moleti)

I’ll be online at EP from 9-10pm EST.

Here’s an excerpt from “The Shoot”:

“And how about you?” Robyn asked.

Kath’s brows rose. “Me?”

“Well, it’s just as easy to take pictures of two as it is of one. And if she’s with someone she knows, it might ensure that your friend—Philippa, isn’t it?—is totally relaxed.”

“I haven’t got anything to wear.” Kath pointed to her casual clothes. “It’s hardly modelling material.”

“Don’t worry about that. I’ve got a wardrobe through there. You can choose whatever you like.” Robyn nodded toward the door Pippa had disappeared through. “Have you ever been photographed before?”

“Not since I was a kid. Mum hired someone every year so she’d have a picture of me and my sister to send to relatives at Christmas.”

Robyn regarded her. “You’re a gorgeous girl, Kath. I’m pretty sure you’d be really photogenic. I’d really encourage you to give it a go.”

Kath’s cheeks warmed. “I want to be an archaeologist, not a model,” she said. She pushed her hair behind an ear in an embarrassed gesture, but agreed to pose. She followed Pippa into the changing room.

She told me I was gorgeous.
A smile curled Kath’s lips.

Releae Day Approaches!

The Shoot” will be released by Eternal Press in less than a week – Monday 7th December! Be sure to come back on the 7th, when I’ll have some celebratory prizes to give away.

I’ll be doing a live chat on the Eternal Press website between 9-10pm EST on Monday, and I hope to see loads of people there. There’s also Eternal Press’s monthly launch party at their Reader’s Yahoo Group. These are always fun events. And Eternal press also have a secret surprise in store. It’s so secret that even I don’t know what it is! Sign up for EP’s eZine to find out.

Thank you to Carole Ann Moleti who has interviewed me to celebrate the release. Fellow EP author Gianna Bruno, for a preview. Gianna’s “Hot Chocolate Kiss” will be released by EP early in 2010. I want to give Gianna a public thank you for her help with “The Shoot’s” early drafts – I doubt it would have got published without your help.

Finally, check out “The Shoot’s” video trailer on my YouTube channel. There are trailers for my other books there, too.

"The Shoot" - Coming Soon!
The Shoot has now been put up on Eternal Press's Coming Soon Page, along with all their other December releases!

The Decemebr releases are here:

Click on "The Shoot's" cover for the blurb and an excerpt.

'The Shoot' - Launch Date Confirmed!

I’ve had confirmation from Eternal Press that ‘The Shoot’ will be launched on 7th December. 


Eternal Press always have a virtual party on launch day – why not join us all at EP’s reader’s Yahoo Group?


And finally, a plug to remind everyone that ‘The Shoot’ is a prequel to my other EP release, ‘The Wood’.


Guest Blogging and a Wood Review

Thank you to fellow horror writer Carole Johnstone (author of ‘Frenzy’) for asking me over to her blog to talk about the mythological aspects of ‘The Wood’.  Carole has also written a review of the book, which I’m pretty chuffed with.


Please come and join us at:


Thank you Carole!

"It's a Cracker!"
"Like it says on the box of fireworks: light the blue touch paper, stand back and enjoy this sparkling narrative. Its a cracker!"   

Thanks to Phil McCormac (author, Black Horse Westerns) for these early thoughts on "The Shoot."

'The Shoot' and Other Updates

I’ve got ‘The Shoot’ back from my editor now, asking me to look at some of the proposed changes.  I’m expecting it to keep me quiet over the weekend!  I’ve not had any new news on a release date, so December 7th is still looking likely.  It’s only 11,000 words, so at least the editing should be a breeze compared to ‘Andraste’s Blade’ and ‘The Wood’!


I’ve still got a couple of other ongoing projects that are at the redrafting stage, so it’s going to be a while before I get to sit at a keyboard and produce anything new.


‘The Well’, a story about a young woman who wakes in a dried-up well, needs another proofing.  For reasons I won’t bore you with it’s had to be set in the American Mid-West, and early feedback from Critters is that the story is okay, but I need to work on getting the American accents right.


‘The Doe and the Dragon’ (or DD) also needs another rewrite, mainly getting the characters just right, and I think the writing quality needs to be beefed up in places.  This one is more fantasy than horror, which I think makes it harder to keep the reader reading – so it needs to be particularly good.  DD is a historical one set in North Wales a generation or so before Arthur (hence I affectionately call it, ‘King Arthur’s Parents’).  Again, early feedback is that the plot works, although the characters need to be stronger.


I suppose I should get these out of the way before carrying on with any new writing.  That might take until mid-October.

Gianna Bruno

Congratulations to Gianna Bruno, whose ‘Hot Chocolate Kiss’ has been accepted by Eternal Press!  I hope Gianna will guest blog at some stage to tell us all about it.


Find out more at:


I really struggle with love scenes, and I must acknowledge Gianna’s help in getting ‘The Shoot’ into a submittable condition before I submitted it.

The Final Frontier

Guest Blogger: Carole Johnstone

First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to Andrew for inviting me to guest on his blog today, and for giving my novella Frenzy such a glowing review on Sunday's post!


When I was thinking about what to write today I was reminded of a question I was asked recently about why the ocean is so often used as a medium for dark fiction. I answered the question badly. This is what I wanted to say.


From a personal point of view, I've always had a fairly healthy terror of the sea, but I know I'm not alone in that. We have long been obsessed by what we imagine lurks in the deep. Novels like Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Conan Doyle's The Maracot Deep, celebrate lost worlds and civilisations - and discoveries that always come at a price.


We recognise that we can't ever know what alien creatures exist too far beyond our reach or knowledge, and so create legends and monsters that we are better able to understand. To control. Classic tales like Moby Dick, Megalodon, and H.G. Wells', The Sea Raiders, describe a sense of awe usurped; a human need to conquer that is arrogance as much as obsession. But there are a great many more stories - most notably true accounts - that speak of neither wonder nor vanity. Novels like Adrift or Staring Into the Abyss, which describe only our own powerlessness when set against the might of the sea.


As Andrew quite rightly realised, I wanted to convey all of these opinions through the development of Frenzy's characters. All are very different; all exhibit differing responses to their predicament: awe, respect, fear, arrogance, anger and obsession. And these reactions are not static. They change as the story changes - as people always change.


Ultimately there are two stories within Frenzy. On the surface, there are the physical and mental battles to survive an indifferent host and its monsters - lurking among which is a far greater horror. And under the surface, there is the hidden spectre of what the ocean represents. Our own demons, our own fears. An insurmountable sense of what it is to be alone and a recognition of our own insignificance.


Principally I wanted Frenzy to frighten, of course I did. But it was also very much my intention to affect, to move. I wanted anyone picking it up to be invested, excited, saddened, even amused. Because so little in this world is truly black or white.


And that is what the ocean has always been for me.  A monster of its own that redeems as often as it takes. A monster that forces introspection, and reminds us that for all our achievements there is still much that we can't ever know or control.


The sea is the last great unknown on this Earth. It is fear and it is wonder. And it is not a place that you are ever likely to bump into me!    


"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far."

The Call of the Cthulhu; H.P. Lovecraft


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Eight men wake up alone in a life raft, in the middle of the ocean, with no idea how they got there.  That’s the premise in Carole Johnstone’s thought-provoking debut novella, Frenzy.


The story is true horror, but anyone looking at the cover and expecting to see the thrust of the story being the characters bloodied and devoured by sharks and other marine nasties is going to be disappointed.  Or perhaps pleased, because although big fish add to the effect, this story takes you into the true fears lurking in the recesses of the characters.  At one stage I was really inside the mind of the hero, Pete, as he looks down into an almost bottomless depth of water beneath him.  I could feel his frustration, surrounded by sea, but unable to drink.  In the almost exquisite characterisation, as we see what makes each of the characters tick, and the personal demons driving them. 


Johnstone has put together a mishmash of people, cleverly using characters who play off each other to increase the tension.  Some get on, some don’t, but all serve their purpose.  The story pulls no punches in playing on the character’s relationships.  It is very raw and maybe near to the knuckle in places, a feeling helped by the stark writing style and the decent pacing.  It had me questioning myself, asking, ‘would I behave like that?’ given the stress of the situation.  The author has obviously done her research on the effects of exposure at sea, and the deterioration in mind and spirit comes over excellently.


I have – rightly, I think - enthused over the book; but was there anything that didn’t work for me?  Well, I always felt slightly in the dark about the ‘why’ of the men’s captivity – I would have liked to have the hints thrown at me earlier to avoid the nagging feeling of not quite knowing everything I wanted to.


The novel includes a lot of flashbacks.  These are notoriously difficult to incorporate into any work, and to a large extent Johnstone skilfully pulls them off.  In one or two places, though, I did feel the flashbacks butted in when the now was more important.


My criticisms are only minor nits, though.  All in all, this doesn’t read like a first stand-alone release.  Frenzy is a mature-looking work from a writer who clearly enjoys the craft and who hits the keyboard with confidence. 


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