The Tears of Memory

There was a time. But then there usually is… or was. As you get older, you find that more and more the new days resemble the old days. Or, at least, I think so. Sometimes it is hard to know if I’m remembering something, or if this is another new day. Most of the time, I hope it is a memory. A day I have already lived through and survived. The only way I know it isn’t a memory is by the aches and pains that age and a soldier’s life leave on the body. The scars and old wounds…

What’s Going On Here?

‘What’s going on here?’ ‘I don’t know, I’ve only just got here myself.’ Jim paused. ‘Anyway, who are you?’ ‘I’m Natalie… apparently.’ She looked down at herself. ‘Natalie?’ ‘So it says up there. So you’re Jim, then?’ ‘It seems so. Do you ever wonder where he gets these names from?’ ‘I think it is often what first comes into his head.‘ She was quiet for a moment. ‘Although, I just had a quick peek into his subconscious. It does seem he once knew a girl, a young woman, who was called Natalie. So maybe there is a bit of ‘y’know……

A World Written on it

There was nothing there. Zeka stood in the doorway, looking back at her flat. It was normal in its chaotic untidiness. Her work briefcase lay where she’d dropped it last night as she came in late, struggling to juggle it and the takeaway she’d picked up as she’d come past the shop on her way home. The one carton she’d opened before she’d fallen asleep on the sofa still had the fork standing up in it. The room smelt of curry. Zeka had woken up, stiff and aching on the sofa with the TV snowing dead air across the screen.…

Get The Dirty Book Now – Only 99p

Today is the final day of The Dirty Book special introductory offer. Get The Dirty Book today for only 99p/$1.28 before it reverts to full price tomorrow. Available here: Amazon UK Amazon US Universal link When his novel becomes a surprise bestseller, author Robert Block thinks all his problems are over… but they have only just begun. Robert Block wants to be a famous and successful published author more than anything else in the world. But none of his books ever gets a publishing deal. Now, his wife, Rachel, is tired of supporting him. She gives him a year to…

Ingar was a Shadow

She walked only in the shadows and held the secrets of the darkness in her hands. She could take the night and wrap it around herself, becoming a deeper darkness in the deeper shadows of the night. She knew how to move so her passing was a cool night time breeze from an open window, or the chill of the frost as it settled down on a winter’s night. When she met the people, she was sent to meet; they died in the night as calmly and as quietly as their own one last sleeping breath. Ingar was a Shadow.…

Held in the Darkness

It was a long dark. It was a lonely dark. Lona lost track of the time, she lost track of her place. The darkness went beyond the mere darkness and beyond the shadows where she knew not to tread. Helda had told her that it was for Lona to come to know the darkness, to know the emptiness, to know what the old Wise Woman called The Void. ‘But I’m scared,’ Lona had said. ‘Good.’ The old woman had looked deep into the young girl’s eyes. ‘It is good to be scared of this. Many things can kill you, but…

Universal Woes

‘It’s this universe you sold me last week.’ ‘Oh, yes. The NuCreation 159B - Model x1W? What’s wrong with it?’ ‘It doesn’t work.’ ‘Really? That is unusual. The x1W is usually very reliable. Most of the supreme beings we’ve sold it to down the aeons have been very satisfied with it.’ ‘Well, this one. It just sits there. The planets don’t even orbit.’ ‘Really. Would you mind stepping into the back, into the workshop, and I’ll get one of our quantum mechanics to have a look at it.’ ‘Couldn’t you just give me a new one?’ The counter assistant sucked…

Out Now: New Comedy Novel – The Dirty Book

The Dirty Book My new comedy novel is out now at the special low introductory price of 99p/$1.29 Available here: Amazon UK Amazon US Universal link When his novel becomes a surprise bestseller, author Robert Block thinks all his problems are over… but they have only just begun. Robert Block wants to be a famous and successful published author more than anything else in the world. But none of his books ever gets a publishing deal. Now, his wife, Rachel, is tired of supporting him. She gives him a year to make a success of being a writer, or he…

Learning the Secrets

‘Is that it?’ Stena crossed her arms and the ball dropped, bouncing off the desk and into the corner of the room. Smeg, Briston’s cat, watched the ball roll past him with some interest, but made no move to chase it. He had been a wizard’s cat long enough to learn what seemed like a good idea sometimes wasn’t. Instead, he licked his paws and resumed his contemplation of the eternal verities. ‘You have to start somewhere.’ Briston bent down to retrieve the ball before Smeg changed his mind and decided the ball was worth killing after all. ‘Usually at…

Coming Soon – The Dirty Book

When his novel becomes a surprise bestseller, author Robert Block thinks all his problems are over… but they have only just begun.   Robert Block wants to be a famous and successful published author more than anything else in the world. But none of his books ever get a publishing deal. Now, his wife, Rachel, is tired of supporting him. She gives him a year to make a success of being a writer, or he must go back to teaching. So Robert secretly publishes an old erotic story, he wrote many years ago, under a pen name. He hopes it…