Books I have self-published through Amazon:
Bernice: If life is a dream, what is real?
Bernice Reed, a thirty-something African American woman from Arizona, appeared in the street of a small Canadian town some two hundred years in her future in the body of a white male. She, or rather he was totally naked. Arrested for public indecency and thrown in a cell, he/she was rescued by Jonas, a worker with the Homeless and Transients Union.
Now known as Bernie, he quickly settled into a high-tech life. But it didn’t end there! Not by any means.
Any change to the ‘past’ after her/his translation would (and did) rewrite the future – his present.
And then it became more complicated…
From the annals of the Royal Space Regiment
Part 1: Waist of Space
Part 2: The FLATUS drive
Part 3: GTI
Commander Meredith Winstanley and Lieutenant Commander Tarquin Stuart-Lane, generally regarded as the poshest of those who had purchased commissions in the Royal Space Regiment, had been selected by a ballot of their peers for a special mission to the moon.
Their brief was to find out for how long two people could survive on that dead world in an artificial habitat that they were to construct themselves, in situ, from materials they had with them. To allow them to take as much food and equipment as possible, with a view to extending their stay, their craft carried only enough fuel for a one-way journey. That, according to the brief, was also necessary because their craft would form an essential part of the habitat they were to construct.
When they reached the point in the mission where their return was indicated, the higher-ups said they might send someone to collect them.
What happens next no-one was prepared for.
Part 4: Andrea: in search of space
Fresh from her work on Project Prodigialis, Rear Admiral Andrea Smithson takes command of the Terra II project.
The largest in-system luxury cruise liner had been refitted and recommissioned in the Royal Space Regiment fleet as HMDSV Clive Pillmore. Its mission? To identify, locate and survey a habitable but uninhabited planet which can be populated over time to take pressure off Earth and its resources.
Is this likely to happen without a few surprises along the way? Probably not.
Will they find what they seek to save Earth? Perhaps we should expect some difficulties, some dangers and, hopefully, more than a few lighter moments before it’s finished.
The fifth book in the series, Back Paige, will explore their exploration.
Part 5: Back Paige
The crew of His Majesty’s Deep Space Vessel Clive Pillmore have successfully identified a planet where up to a third of the human population of an overcrowded Earth can potentially relocate. Commander Paige Boyle must leave her post to take up a vital task on-planet.
Supported by Rear Admiral Andrea Smithson and Commodore Ishmael Al-Kawazi on board the vessel, Paige’s job is to create a civilian structure, physical and political, based on the best humanity can achieve, a structure that must ultimately be scalable for a substantial human population.
How will she deal with what her colleagues learn from the current and past occupants of the planet? Will the new knowledge help them to settle – or unsettle them?
What is this new knowledge? What are these new challenges? And who are the Ringans?
I’ll bet you didn’t know that Paige Boyle was, briefly, married to Dr Jack Turner, did you? Or that she kept her maiden name, Boyle, because she refused to be called Paige Turner! And that’s (probably) just the beginning of the revelations this story has to offer.
Part 6: fusion – to follow
Hannice Knight: A life in three parts
Part 2: A bump in the Knight
Part 3: Knight after Knight
Hannice Knight had been running the African operation of his father’s global business for many years, a business that he would inherit on his father’s death.
When a freak accident at home robbed him of the use of his legs, he and physiotherapist Sophie Deigh tried 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. He learns to dive and starts diving shipwrecks off the Hawaiian coast, where he discovers treasure that is much more recent than the wreck. Those who hid the treasure; the proceeds of crime; don’t want Hannice to make his discovery public and will go to any lengths to prevent it. Trouble ensues, and Hannice and Sophie end up in hospital.
Other adventures follow including skydiving, powerboating 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 stem-cell technology?
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 adventures as he tries to juggle business, hedonism and family life.
Hybrids: a boy’s adventures in space and time
Ten-year-old Alexander Grahamson was chatting with his great uncle Albert in the garden of the family home.
Albert lived in an old shepherd’s hut at the bottom of the grounds. Albert opened the door to his hut and invited Alex in. As he passed through the door, Alex saw that the hut was much bigger inside than outside, and asked Albert how that worked.
“I can’t tell you that, lad,” the old man explained, “and there’s a reason I can’t tell you how it works.”
Thus began a series of adventures involving dogs, a lost sibling and worlds that a boy of ten couldn’t even dream of. Adventures across space and time. Adventures that introduced the boy to temporal paradoxes, trans-dimensional jaunts – and slugs.
Kena Nchango was born in a small village in East Africa that lived through massive changes.
The daughter of a shaman, her early life was unexceptional. Until, that is, progress reached the area and with it, education. Kena’s ability was recognised and brought opportunities that she did not squander.
From shaman’s daughter to student to locally famous counsellor and internationally feted academic and with more than her share of highs and lows, this is Kena’s story.
Oh! plus half a dozen other short (and very short) stories
Oh! – Kannot, the generally mild-mannered, forgetful King, together with his rather scary wife, the queen and their teenaged son, the Prince Mite rule over the Kingdom of Oh! with the help of the king’s retainer, Velcro. An assortment of kings and queens from the neighbouring states of Ah!, Ee!, Aye! and Yu!, a knight from the subcontinent and the abbot of a local monastery make up the cast of this sometimes hilarious, sometimes groanworthy tale.
Martinus mendax – Widower Victor Sullivan was racked with guilt because of his son, a convicted homophobic murderer. When he visited an ancient shrine, he was easy prey for the incarcerated psyche of Martin, a mason who had been possessed by evil spirits leading to his banishment within a statue of the Madonna. Martin’s spirit directed and controlled Vic’s every move, but was there a way to rid himself of it?
Around the campfire – A group of teens tell scary stories around the campfire
Imaginary friend – What’s it like to be a child’s imaginary friend? Is it really a thing? And what happens to them when the child outgrows them?
It’s about time – If you’ve read Hybrids: a boy’s adventures in space and time, this story will be familiar. If not: Dan is taken out of his time and transported four centuries into the past to prevent a simple act that would, if allowed to continue, have disastrous results.
Photographic Memories – Alf Palmer was living alone and not doing too well after losing his wife. His son and daughter-in-law, Wilf and Eddie, took him on a trip to the part of America where he and his late wife Lil had their honeymoon, where they met Bel, the current occupant of the house they had stayed in sixty years previously. His doctor had suggested this might help him. But would it?
Forever Autumn – She was the daughter of an overbearing and protective military officer, he the son of a local businessman. Theirs was a pure young love initially resisted by her father. This is a story of love, loss and finally of acceptance.
Rory Rogerson is 67; an overweight, unfit, retired ‘protection officer’ (that’s PC for hired muscle). He is also a prolific and, by his own reckoning, successful author of crime fiction. Penny (60) is his headmistress wife and Charlie Watkiss is the bloke next door. Together, they make a formidable team!
When Rory and Penny came home to find their house broken into, they reported it to the police. Overstretched after years of austerity, the police could do nothing to help, so Rory, aided by his wife and the bloke next door, set about investigating the crime themselves. They had no idea where this would lead them and what twists and turns they would experience.
Neither did they anticipate the friends they’d make, the enemies they’d encounter, the enemies that would become friends and the friends that would come close to turning into enemies.
And this is supposed to be retirement!
Max 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, an orphanage that she is legally obliged to fund and support.
Max soon finds that although the finances are okay, some disturbing things are 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.