The Legendary B. J. Mears

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There are reviews, and then there are reviews. Yesterday, I received one of the latter when legendary author B. J. Mears posted a review of The Vanishing Room on Goodreads. As you already know, B. J. Mears is the author of the Banyard and Mingle series of detective books, set in a post-cataclysmic Earthoria, and […]

Fangfreakintastic Review

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Once again I’d like to express my gratitude. Today, Frangfreakintastic published Andi’s review of The Vanishing Room and I sincerely appreciate it when busy people make time to read my work. “So initially the writing wasn’t initially my style. The story still sucked me in and pushed me to read the rest of the book. […]

The Line in the Sand: The First Review!

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First love, first high, there ain’t nothing like the first time! And here it is at last; the very first review to be penned on The Vanishing Room. I’m so grateful to Steve Stred for taking the time to read my work. You can read the full review on Kendall Reviews, the home of an […]

Signed Book Competition Winners

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The competition to win a free signed paperback edition of The Vanishing Room has now ended, with two lucky social media followers getting a signed copy and limited edition postcard. The winners are both from Twitter, where you can follow me if you want to keep up to date with news, thoughts, and future competitions. […]

Signed Copies of The Vanishing Room Now Available

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Signed copies of The Vanishing Room are now available for purchase in my new shop. There are twenty books available, with free postage to any UK mainland address. The books are a special run of paperbacks with silky matte covers, which you won’t find anywhere else. This is your chance to get hold of a […]

Camilla’s Song

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Taken from The Vanishing Room, this is Camilla’s song. L’amour et la mort dans une étreinte perpétuelle,Observent et attendent l’heure de se dévoiler. Aux premières gouttes de rosée sur la ruelle,La femme, dans les bras de l’homme, est enlacée. Le sang s’échappe malgré sa volonté,Il serre si fort ce qu’il a trouvé. Amour éperdue ou […]

Poetic Dedication

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Rather than a traditional dedication, The Vanishing Room has instead an oblique poem. The verse describes the hollow sadness of loss and is my dedication to someone I am unable to thank in person. The short poem is reproduced below. Dust like carpet fills the hallwaystillness creeps through every roomSilent the speakers, disused the objectsthe […]

Inspiration: J. Sheridan La Fanu

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While attempting to sketch the outline of a yet unpublished novel titled Thirty Day Threat, which I intended to be the first Sophie Harlock novel, I found myself drowning in a sea of creative turmoil. For me, writing fiction is not the graceful, fluid process of spilling forth imagination onto a page. It is instead […]

Latent Ice-Box Anxiety

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The first draft of The Vanishing Room is complete; that’s more than thirty chapters of delicately spun fiction that needs to survive the critical deductions of countless smart readers. Thinking about this drowns me in an ocean of paranoia. What if something doesn’t fit? What if there is a latent ice-box moment waiting to spoil […]