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Books

My main stock in trade is science fiction. I have written three sci-fi novels, all part of the dark Galaxy series, and there is a fourth on the way. If you scroll down past the three sci-fi books there are other books that I have written too. The first is a zombie novel, and further down the page there is a fantasy trilogy. This is all the fiction I’ve written so far, and the most recent of them is the zombie novel, Death Sense.

Galaxy Dog

Galaxy Dog (Dark Galaxy) Galaxy Dog is an epic space opera. What starts as an ordinary invasion of an alien planet, brings to light an ancient archeological site of huge importance. A young man called Knave makes a life-changing discovery there and rises from a lowly position as an infantry trooper to become a player among the powers of the galaxy. This is the story of his rise, and the story of the fierce and independent woman and the feisty robot who help him.

It is also the story of a spaceship that can upset the balance of power across human space. A spaceship from an ancient time, built by aliens, and full of advanced technology. It is an action-packed, sci-fi page turner that goes in directions the reader just will not expect.

It introduces a lot of plot threads that gradually build as the second and third books of the series unfold. We see the Tarazet Star Empire, and we see what is rotten at its core, as we feel the desire the characters feel to tear it down and replace it with New Tarazet, however impossible that might seem.






Iron Dart

Iron Dart (Dark Galaxy) Iron Dart is a tale of action and adventure in space. It is an epic story, set against the backdrop of a huge galaxy in the far future, where there are many sprawling civilizations and empires, political conflicts and intrigue. There are epic space battles, exotic locations, and a noble battle for the heart of an empire. Iron Dart tells the adventures of three friends, a man named Knave, a woman named Altia and a robot who goes by the name of Jay. These three are forced, through no fault of their own, to take a stand against all the forces of a huge and corrupt star-spanning empire. They are bold, and trust and believe in each other, but it is an enormously challenging battle to fight.

The only reason they aren’t immediately crushed, like so many who have tried to stand against the emperor before, is that the most powerful spaceship in the galaxy falls right into their lap. As the second book starts, they are coming to terms with the enormous task that lies before them. Their spaceship is faster and has weaponry superior to any imperial craft, and it also has a teleportation system that enables transport to the surface of planets. A technology no other spaceship has, an alien technology far beyond what humanity is capable of.

They are also aided by the fact that the empire has become bloated and corrupt. Rebellion is in the air, across the human quadrant of the galaxy. They are still just starting out on their quest to create a New Tarazet, worthy of its subjects. They are starting to realize that, even though they have awe-inspiring tools at their disposal, their fight is just beginning.






Sun Chaser

Sun Chaser (Dark Galaxy) The Tarazet Star Empire is corrupt. The greed of those at the top, terraforming entire planets for their games, has reached heights never seen before. The empire is primed to explode, and it has already descended into rebellion. Altia, the most prominent young scientist in the empire, is sucked into this rebellion. Along with a young soldier named Knave and a humble logistics robot, she rises to become the leader of the forces fighting to overthrow the emperor.

There are plenty of space battles, unknowable aliens, and galactic power struggles in store, in a book that combines the action of military science fiction with the heart of good space opera.

The only reason the heroes have any chance of surviving in the face of the repression of the Tarazet Star Empire is the alien starship they have discovered. The ancient aliens, the source of the destabilizing technology of the powerful spaceship, remain enigmatic throughout, even as more is discovered about them, with just the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep the reader captivated the whole way through the book.

Just what this spaceship is capable of slowly becomes clear to the entire empire, and at least one neighboring alien culture is also slowly destabilized by this new force in the galaxy. It seems, at last, as though the empire might topple, bringing a new utopia, or possibly just political chaos in its wake.






Death Sense

Death Sense (Century Z) At the start of the zombie apocalypse you can watch what’s happening on TV. But very soon your food runs out, the TV networks go off air, your power and water drop out, and you have to leave the safety of your own home and go out into the chaos.

Death Sense is a story about people who do just that, either in small groups, alone, or in large communities, and what happens to them as the world continues to crumble under the weight of the zombie onslaught.

Each group struggles to survive and adapt in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and other bands of survivors - some friendly, some adversarial - and not every group will make it.

The cities are first to fall, huge urban centers like San Francisco falling in just a few days, so the book takes place in the coastal redwood forests of northern California. As each last bastion of society crumbles, the people of the area must more and more confront the possibility that they - and other small groups in the hinterlands around the globe - are the last humans in the world.

Death Sense is a novel about the constant battle against the end of the world brought on a tide of zombies, but there is also space for human relationships. People who would never otherwise meet are forced together, and their feelings are felt intensely, sometimes hate and sometimes love.


The Dragons of Westermere

The Dragon Series tells the story of three young women. We follow their adventures as they become more powerful - in politics, magic, lore and battle - and as they find love, make friends and alliances and discover how their fates are intertwined. They all three have a bond with dragons, but each dragon is different, reflecting the character of the owner and their relationship. They must somehow find a way to put aside their rivalries and differences, in order to overcome a huge threat to their fantasy world.

The Pet Dragon

The Pet Dragon The Pet Dragon is the first novel in the Dragons of Westermere trilogy. The book is about a young elf girl called Willowtide, and about the first small skirmish in a battle against a great evil. Willowtide is exiled from her treetop community of elves, and would soon die in the woods, if not for two friends, a young dragon she raises from a hatchling and a human boy.

As Willowtide tries to decide what direction her life will take, now that all her plans of a future among the elves have been snatched away, a great evil is once again making plans to emerge from the underworld and claim the land below the stars for its own. As the evil encroaches, a countervailing force for good also awakens, and Willowtide, her dragon Harlequin, and her human friend, Archer, are destined by fate to join this force for good and battle the evil that threatens their land. As the story progresses, we see that this evil can take a great number of forms.






The Twin Dragon

The Twin Dragon A fantasy world where three princesses contend for power. Each of the three is a magic user, each of the three has a bond with a fearsome dragon companion, though the bond is different in each case. Each woman rises further towards the pinnacle of the society within the fantasy world they inhabit. Willowtide, the instinctive wild talent, is called to help the bandits of the forest, and their bandit prince, as they try to build a new better society.

Palemoon turns on her mentor and tries to wrest control of the elven forest from his tyrannical grip. Her magic depends on making pacts with creatures of the underworld, and sometimes her methods are little different from his, but she has perhaps one of the strongest warriors at her back.

Lastly, Demiana, the most evil of the three, with her sly emerald dragon, rises the fastest. She grows her power by outright conquest. She takes castle after castle, riding ahead of her forces on the back of her fearsome mount.

But the story isn’t just about the politics of states on the brink of war, we also see Willowtide becoming closer and closer to the her good friend Archer, a human warrior who saved her when she was banished from her people. Their fates become more and more entwined as the story goes on, until their quest becomes one.