SCAT – free for the Memorial Weekend

I’d like to thank all the readers of BIRDIE DOWN (all 1000+ of you) and the readers of this blog, by giving  SCAT away for FREE this Memorial Weekend. Yes, that’s right – an epic 160,000 word, hard SF thriller for free. Go grab yourself a copy from Smashwords using coupon VW44Q
Chapters 1-100 of SCAT describe the backdrop to the rebellion and the first rebel strike. BIRDIE DOWN picks up the rebellion from there. The remaining chapters of SCAT push past the rebellion to a bigger story.
A GOODREADS review describes SCAT as a ‘hard SF thriller‘ with a terrific late plot twist. It goes on to say: ‘Scat is a big, intelligent, interesting novel. If you enjoy hard gritty sf with plenty of well-handled dialogue, you will not go far wrong with this one.’ Another review says it is ‘clever, topical and thought provoking and the characters, especially the lead character, Scat, are skilfully drawn.’ By this I think they mean it doesn’t suck.
So now you can enjoy both stories for free. All I ask is that you please go back and leave an honest review of either book when you’re done. I hope you think that’s fair.

And to my US readers, I hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Weekend.



‘the dialogue-driven plot revolves around ruthless resource-based political machinations worthy of Frank Herbert’s Dune
 ‘a big, intelligent, interesting novel
‘If you enjoy hard gritty sf with plenty of well-handled dialogue, you will not go far wrong with this one.’

Available from Smashwords for iPad, Nook, Sony E-reader and Kindle for pc
or from Amazon for Kindle, iTunes for iPad and Sony for Sony E-reader

Are eBooks Too Cheap?

Just caught Melissa Foster’s tweet and read her excellent piece for Huff Books: Are eBooks Too Cheap?: Indie Authors Question 99 Cent Price.
It truly is ‘A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma’.
And as I can’t solve it, BIRDIE DOWN stays free on Smashwords and Amazon…for now

Also available for free from Barnes & Noble, Sony, iTunes and Kobo

Wanted – Beta Readers. Must love SciFi…

What is a beta reader?

Well, Wikipedia describes a beta reader (also spelled betareader, or shortened to beta) as “a person who reads a written work, generally fiction, with what has been described as “a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public.”

So that’s what I’m looking for: someone who can second guess my work before I foist it onto an unsuspecting public. Although in this case, I’m not looking for an editor-type who has a meticulous eye for fulls stops and semi colons, more for the generalist who understands characterization and can comment on the general style of a story.

There’s no benefits and it can be quite stomach-churning at times. But there is the satisfaction of knowing you contributed to a better book, and you do get a mention on the acknowledgement page, along with a free e-copy of the book when it’s published. 

If you love to read SciFi, and would like to give this a try, please message me on my FB page at or email me on