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Ever been in the process of creating something you think is pretty unique and then realise it’s all been done before? Well, that’s what I’m in the process of re-inventing, but with a modern twist. Although I’m congratulating myself on the idea of publishing The Brittle Sea (read extracts from the start here) in three […]

Why a Serialisation? I have been asked about my decision to publish The Brittle Sea in three parts, and what exactly a serialised novel is. A serial novel is a work of fiction published as sequential installments. These can be published in weekly or monthly installments, or indeed at any interval the author desires, but […]

The Titanic disaster is the catalyst that sparks a bloody feud between two families in early 20th century America. Captain Richard Blackmore, the master of The Lady Jane, rescues an unseen survivor of the Titanic disaster. The young woman, close to death, cannot remember who she is of why she came to be on the […]

Book Two Darkness She woke with a start and gulped for air. She lay on her back, her mind a blank. Tears welled in her eyes as she opened them to an ebony darkness. Panic plucked at her heart and suddenly attacked her mind. Her hands gripped convulsively, coarse wood scratched her fingers. She had […]

Lost at Sea Long distance communications became a reality in the early 19th century with the invention of the Telegraph. It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations and nowhere were the benefits more evident than in the vast developing country of the United States of America. It was in July […]

Kidnap Matthew Ballantine, as always, believed he oversaw his own destiny, he felt his fate in life was not a pre-determined thing, but something he forged for himself. As always, he was wrong on that score and fate had a different outcome awaiting Matthew Ballantine III to that which he envisaged. It’s a famous saying, […]

Today is my 64th birthday and it’s also a day of remembrance. Today we remember the murder of an estimated 6 million people at the hands of racist extremists. Today is International Remembrance Holocaust Day. This day has a somewhat special connection for me as well. My father, J.G. Sowler, was a sergeant in the […]

It was 140 years ago today, on 22nd January 1879, that Lieutenant John Chard was writing a letter home when he was disturbed by two men riding into his camp at the Rorke’s Drift Garrison in Zululand, South Africa. The two men were survivors from Isandlwana, where 1700 British soldiers had been killed by an […]

Lady Jane Under Fire The Lady Jane’s map room was a scene of frantic searching. David James had searched high and low for a map or simply any information on shallows and rock formations to the port of Lüderitz, but to no avail. Eventually Blackmore and George Nance had joined the search, but they too […]

  There’s a classic 1950s Science Fiction movie called When Worlds Collide, which tells the story of a rogue planet entering our solar system on a collision course with Earth. The resulting worldwide mayhem leaves a group of scientists to go it alone and build a rocket ship to escape before the world is destroyed. […]