Books currently in progress

These are the books I am currently working on. The cover images are for illustration only, and may change before the books become publicly available as, indeed, may the titles. All the information on this page is, of course, subject to change as storylines develop and as texts are reviewed and revised.

The Orphans

The Orphans_resizeMax Matham is a self-employed freelance forensic accountant living in a quiet village in Buckinghamshire. Della Jont is a hard-nosed businesswoman who presses Max into working for her, investigating alleged financial irregularities at an orphanage in East Africa. Max soon finds that although the finances are okay, there are some disturbing things going on at the orphanage, and becomes involved in a set of intriguing events involving orphans, government agencies, witch-doctors, an old university chum and a multinational pharmaceutical company.

This is the first story involving Max Matham, but is unlikely to be the last!

The Orphans has been serialised on this site [link].
Published electronically by BookBaby ($1.99 or equivalent on major ebook platforms including Kindle, iBooks, Kobo and Nook).


Knight & Deigh

Knight and Deigh_resizeHannice Knight had been running the African operation of his father’s global business for many years, when a freak accident at home left him unable to walk. Together with physiotherapist Sophie Deigh, he tries to bring into his life the excitement and adventure he missed in his formative years, due to the need to be tied to the business.

A number of adventures and activities follow including scuba-diving, sky-diving, power-boating and camping, and a half-brother he never knew about; but even these can’t lift Hannice’s spirits.

What, or who can? Will the developing closeness between Hannice and Sophie come to anything, and what of the rumoured advances in medical technology?

I wrote Knight & Deigh for NaNoWriMo 2014 as a re-telling of and spin-off from The Orphans. It has been serialised on this site [link].


Kena’s story

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A fictional memoir. Kena Nchango is the daughter of a shaman, living in an area that sees much change. Subtitled “one woman’s journey on life’s roadway”, this is Kena’s story.

Kena’s story was my offering for NaNoWriMo 2015 as a re-telling of and expansion of I think it’s called progress…, a story from 2014.


A bump in the Knight

A bump in the Knight_resizeIn Knight & Deigh, confirmed bachelor and businessman Hannice Knight suffered a back injury that left him without the use of his legs. Sophie Deigh, physiotherapist and recent widow, devoted herself to supporting him.

On his father’s death, Hannice inherited a global business and great wealth. Then, together with Sophie, he embarked on a series of activities designed to give him some of the excitement and the freedoms that he felt he had missed out on, by being tied to his father’s business for two decades.

As Hannice’s body recovered, he became ever closer to Sophie, and found himself drifting into a relationship with her that neither had anticipated or intended, and for which neither was fully prepared.

This book follows Hannice’s new adventures as he tries to juggle business, hedonism, marriage and ultimately parenthood.

A bump in the Knight was written for NaNoWriMo 2016 and is serialised on this site.


FLATUS

Waist of Space, part one of the Unlikelihood series (posted in 32 weekly parts on this blog between August 2015 and April 2016), followed Commanders Tarquin Stuart-Lane and Meredith Winstanley; hapless heroes of the Royal Space Regiment; who were sent on a mission to the Moon from which they were not expected to return. There they met with a group of aliens, descendants from the occupants of one of a number of ships sent from the planet Borbor many generations earlier, who had forged a living of sorts under the surface of the moon. These aliens, Borborygmi, were matchstick thin and stood in excess of three metres in height.

It became apparent, not only that the Borborygmi remaining on their home planet were testing a new kind of spacegoing vessel: one that, incredibly, had the ability to be in many places at the same time, but also that the group on our moon had received a full backup of the plans on their computer when the vessel passed close-by during its maiden test-flight.

Part two, FLATUS (Fantastically Large Assembly for Travel at Unbelievable Speeds), follows our dynamic duo as they help the Borbor diaspora to build their own multi-locatable craft (and the Royal Space Regiment to build one, too).

Will the ships be built and if so, will the drives work? If the Borborygmi’s pinching of their forebears’ plans amounts to plagiarism, what term can be used to describe the RSR’s pinching of the pinched plans? What are the possible effects of having potentially three such vessels in finite space at one time? Will the apparent ineptitude of key personnel inadvertently result in disaster, or will it unwittingly avert it?

FLATUS —  The most unlikely spacecraft never built? was written for NaNoWriMo 2017 and is serialised on this site.


As Knight follows Knight


As Knight follows Knight will trace the stories of Hannice Knight, his wife Sophie, their son David and his wife Jess. It will explore their relationships with each other and with the family business that Hannice inherited from his father, Maurice, and that he will eventually pass on to David.

I’ll know more about is as I write it…

As Knight follows Knight will be written for NaNoWriMo 2018.


GTI


Waist of Space, part one of the Unlikelihood series, followed Commanders Tarquin Stuart-Lane and Meredith Winstanley; hapless heroes of the Royal Space Regiment; who were sent on a mission to the Moon from which they were not expected to return. There they met with a group of aliens who had forged a living under the surface of the moon, and whose forbears were testing a new kind of spacecraft.

In part two, FLATUS, our dynamic duo help the aliens (and the RSR) build their own multi-locatable craft. Will the ships be built and if so, will the drives work? What are the possible effects of having three such craft in space at one time? FLATUS — Fantastically Large Assembly for Travel at Unbelievable Speeds. The most unlikely spacecraft never built?

Part three follows the preparation and development of the Gap Travel Initiative (code named GTI) and the developing relationships among and between species, races and genders. Will humankind achieve the nirvana of limitless travel and if so, at what cost. Stick with Tarquin and Meredith as they navigate their route through an uncertain future.

GTI —  currently serialised on this site whilst being written.


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