Branches scraped against a window pane and suddenly she realised she didn’t know where she was. The last thing she remembered was a ship, the cold, the ice, the brittle sea. Then the thought slipped away into the darkest recesses of her mind, to sit there, elusive, waiting to tantalise her waking moments with unknown and unremembered images and thoughts.
The Brittle Sea – Book One is currently standing at 90 pages in length fully completed and edited and should be around 140 pages on completion and publication. Books Two and Three will be of a similar length and the final and full version,The Brittle Sea Omnibus, will be close to 450 pages in length.
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, […]
It’s been about three months since I wrote and published the latest chapter in The Brittle Sea and this isn’t due to writer’s block or running out of ideas. This is purely due to my own personal drama unfolding since the beginning of Autumn. One of my two springer spaniels, the ‘H’ Team, was taken […]
Technology in the early part of the 20th Century was a new and wondrous experience for many people. But the infancy of any technological expansion will inevitably lead to human error, often with catastrophic and deadly consequences. The Paris Métro fire of 1903 also known as the Couronnes disaster, after the station where most deaths […]
Ballantine Learns the Truth. It had taken Harker weeks of enquiries, bribes and threats, to find his quarry and his tireless work and diligence had finally paid off. Having confirmed a few weeks ago that Magda, or rather Maggie, was living with Mary James, Harker had started wondering about why she had moved from Blackmore’s […]