Sunday, 9 May 2021


I am delighted to have received a special runner up award for the Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction. My WIP Dog Leap Stairs was shortlisted in March and the winner (Robert Scragg) was announced at the beginning of May.

I was one of five shortlisted candidates and am honoured and amazed to have bene among them.

Thanks to LJ Ross for setting up this prize and to all the judges.

Thursday, 21 January 2021

 LOVE ME TENDER - the latest DI Sterling crime novel from Lorraine Mace

Love Me Tender by Lorraine Mace is published by Headline Accent in paperback and eBook on 21st January.


I've read all the Paolo Sterling books and this one doesn't disappoint.

As usual,, it's a mix of gritty crime, police procedure and Paolo's personal life.  

Promoted, against his wishes, to DCI, Paolo is faced with insubordination from a member of his team and disapprobation from his boss.

And if cracking a drugs ring, tracking down a murderer and finding a missing woman isn't enough, he also has worries about his daughter, out of touch in Africa, and a renewed relationship with his ex-wife to contend with.

This is a good solid story of detection and I certainly didn't guess the culprit before the end.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Friday, 9 September 2016

All Authors Blog:: Book Feature with Barbara Scott Emmett


All Authors Blog:: Book Feature with Barbara Scott Emmett: Dear Readers, Writers, and Precious Patrons, Today on All Authors Blog, we’re pleased to feature Barbara Scott Emmett, author of ...

Thursday, 8 September 2016


The ebook of THE MAN WITH THE HORN is free now and for the next day or so. I would love some reviews so please help yourself to a copy from Amazon and leave a few words to say what you think.


Saturday, 27 August 2016


Published by a small press many years ago, THE MAN WITH THE HORN has languished unloved until now.

Edited, revised and reformatted, it is now available as an ebook ftom Amazon. Other retailers will follow soon.


When Jezebel and Magdalena, a couple of whores of indeterminate sexuality, try to persuade her to host a sex party - 'not an orgy, that sounds so vulgar' - high class call girl, Passionaria, is none too keen. But when trumpeter Sal Pinksy puts her in touch with Kid McLean, a former child popstar, and Kid becomes her client, the party takes on a greater significance. 

Passionaria is a devotee of the pagan god Dionysos and the god needs a sacrifice periodically. Kid McLean - sexually abused as a child - needs to atone for what he believes are his sins. 

Perhaps all these events can be combined?

Special release price of 99p from Amazon.

General/Lit Fic/Metaphysical

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Seven brilliant novels at the price of an Easter egg.

The Green Fairy by Surian Soosay
The Green Fairy by Surian Soosay

Question 1 

What does ‘Green Fairy’ mean to you? 

A: Fauna in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty 

B: Washing-up liquid 

C: Absinthe 

The Specials by Chris Worden
The Specials by Chris Worden

  Question 2 

  I say “black and white”. You think: 

  A: Ebony and Ivory 

  B: 101 Dalmatians 

  C: The Specials

Image courtesy Creative Commons: Bioluminescence by Kris Williams
Bioluminescence by Kris Williams
Question 3  

The island across the Menai Strait in North Wales is called: 

A: Tenby 

B: Hornby 

C: Anglesey 

Image courtesy Creative Commons: Roman inside a hat by schadenfreude
Roman inside a hat by schadenfreude
Question 4 

If society breaks down and Wales goes feral, what do you want in your pocket? 

A: A gun 

B: A rat 

C: A ferret

Siria Palmira by Jose Javier Martin Espartosa
Question 5 

A woman’s place is: 

A: In the kitchen, with a spatula 

B: In the bedroom, with suspenders 

C: In battle, with a sword

Question 6  

All’s fair in love and war. But when both collide, where does loyalty lie? 

Image courtesy Creative Commons: Suite Fran├žaise by Eric Huybrechts
Suite Fran├žaise by Eric Huybrechts

  A: With your country, family and pride 

  B: With your lover and your heart 

  C: With yourself

Question 7  

Image courtesy Creative Commons: caution: itchy trigger finger by Flood G.
Caution: itchy trigger finger by Flood G.
You uncover white-collar malpractice. Do you: 

A: Turn a blind eye 

B: Blow the whistle 

C: Pull the trigger

All above images courtesy Creative Commons.
Image by Alan Levine

If you answered mostly C, we have just the thing for you:

A Time and A Place Box Set Cover LARGE EBOOK

Seven brilliant novels at the price of an Easter egg. 

 A Time & A Place is officially released on Good Friday 3rd April 2015. 

Available for PRE-ORDER now exclusively from Amazon for a limited period.

Crack these open instead of an Easter Egg. 
Who knows where you'll travel.
Who knows when you'll arrive.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Triskele Books Blog: Interview with Karen Mcleod

Triskele Books Blog: Interview with Karen Mcleod: Karen MacLeod is a Scottish writer of Highland extraction. Her novels Doubtful Blood, Counterfeit and Thorn Maker , which comprise The ...