FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION EVENT – 0.99 books 5-6th November


So…Bonfire Night went with a bang. Wasn’t going to miss that one was I? And now Blood Dragons is on Fall Sale – 0.99 only.

blood-dragons-cover-large-ebookOne rebel vampire’s dangerous hidden love could bring about the end of the world – unless he can play the role of hero.

He was meant to be the predator. And she? Was meant to be the prey…

Buy Blood Dragons for only 0.99 right now: Blood Dragons

Escape into a supernatural world of love, revenge and redemption, where vampires are both predator and prey.

This weekend is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Event – click here to see.


Bonus of this event? I discovered a YA paranormal mystery by Marilyn Peake (seriously nice lady).

shade-bookShade (Shade Series Book 1):  A teenage girl and a teenage ghost. Both struggling with their own issues. And then there are the disappearances…

‘A novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she’s capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.’

And that? Can only be of the good…

This weekend it’s only $0.99. Click here to buy Shade today.

And the latest reviews for my new release Blood Shackles?

5* “…you can’t put the book down…an amazing follow up to Blood Dragons.’ – Rockchickcu Addiction Reviews

4* “One very different vampire book… This book flew through the pages…bloody brilliant!” – Leather and Lace Reviews
Blood Shackles is on sale now at 0.99 – click here to buy today

Science Fiction and Fantasy Event – 5th and 6th November


When was I not up for great new science fiction and fantasy?

Blood Dragons has been selected to be part of a spectacular Bonfire Weekend of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror – all reduced to 0.99.

Photo by Flickr User NASA Goddard Space Flight: The Blue Marble from Apollo 17

Here’s the good bit: that’s in America, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe… Or as close as 0.99, give or take.

The fantasy section in particular is on the money for recent releases. And there are some fun box sets.

So once you’ve devoured Blood Dragons and Blood Shackles and are looking for your next read? Click here on 5th-6th November and choose from the fantasy chocolate box. Hmm…that could just be how I see it…

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10 OF THE BEST VAMPIRE BOOKS – Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror

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Photo by Flickr User Ivan: Vampfinger

I’ve always loved vampire books. The best ones twist the concept of ‘vampire’. They unsettle and disturb, reflecting back something about society. Of course they must still be thrilling.

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Cave in Gibraltar

I haven’t chosen the most obvious novels – for example, BRAM STOKER’S Dracula (1897) . Or LAURELL K HAMILTON’S Guilty Pleasures (1993).

If you love vampire fiction (and what’s not to love?) it’s hard to narrow down BUT here are ten of the best:



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Photo by Flickr User Sebastien Lebrigand: boeing 777 sun

10. THE STRAIN by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hugo (2009). Its most interesting aspect is its biological emphasis. The book’s centred on a vampiric virus and what happens when infected passengers from a Boeing 777 infect New York.

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New York

9. THE FLEDGLING by Octavia E. Butler (2005)

Brilliantly written. It has a decidedly sci-fi flavour and yet another twist on the meaning of ‘vampire’. It’s a great example of how horror and science fiction can be used to hold up a looking glass to society: racism, sexism and poverty.

8. LOST SOULS by Poppy Z Brite (1992)
A horror novel. Unique, graphic and evocative. The vampires are the anti-heroes. They can even feed on beauty and love, as well as blood.

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Photo by Flickr User Jeff Turner: Walking the Dog – New Orleans – Panorama

7. FAT WHITE VAMPIRE BLUES by Andrew Fox (2003)
Who said vampire novels had to be serious? Darkly comic writing at its best. The fat, white vampire in question is Jules, a New Orleans vampire. He’s simply struggling to get by. Unexpected and original.

6. I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson (1954)
Haunting and disturbing. A study in loneliness. Robert is left as the sole survivor of a pandemic of a virus, which looks like vampirism.

5. LIVE GIRLS by Ray Garton (1987)
A cult classic. Followed by a sequel in 2005 Night Life. When Davey loses his job, girlfriend and self-esteem, he makes the mistake of visiting a seedy peepshow ‘Live Girls’…The novel is gritty and dark. Blood and sex are linked explicitly.

4. CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT by Dan Simmons (1992)
Vampirism is given a clear, scientific explanation. With a sci-fi feel, the novel is both realistic and disturbing.

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My Vampire Books

3. THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova (2005)
Kostova blends history and folklore of Vlad Tepes and his fictional equivalent Count Dracula. This is the read for anyone who claims they’ll never read a vampire novel.

2. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN by John Ajvide Lindqviste (2004)
Freaky, in just the right way…About the relationship between Oskar, a twelve year-old boy and a centuries-old vampire child, Eli. It explores the darker side of humanity: alcoholism, bullying, anxiety, fatherlessness and murder. Yet it’s beautiful, poignant and haunting.

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Photo by Flickr User Thierry Ehrmann: Anne Rice, Painted Portrait

1. INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE by Anne Rice (1976)

All right, so this is well known…but Anne Rice is one of my favourite writers. A revisionist novel, which turned vampire fiction on its head. It contains a family unit of vampires. It also shows how a society of vampires would function.

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Fantasy Book: Blood Dragons

My new vampire book – Blood Dragons – also twists the genre.

Blood Lifers are ‘the Lost’ species: a camouflaged predator. They’ve evolved alongside humans (First Lifers) but are hidden – both predator and prey.

Rebel Vampires Volume 1: Blood Dragons is released in paperback and e-book in August.


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Photo by Flickr user Eric E Castro: Stanford Prison Experiment

In 1971 Professor Zimbardo set up the now infamous Stanford Prison Experiment.

Students were separated into prisoners and guards. To see the impact these roles would have.


Zimbardo watched to see what they would do…

Zimbardo was shocked by what happened next. In fact, the two week experiment had to shut down after six days. Guards become sadistic. Prisoners became depressed.



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ROBERT J SAWYER’S latest science fiction book Quantum Night peeks behind the curtain at Zimbardo’s experiment. At real life prison and guard situations since. And then as such violence increases, why they could occur…




It caught my eye because my play, Random 12 is a modern retelling of the Stanford Prison Experiment. If the experiment was repeated now – the same thing wouldn’t happen. Would it?

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A Professor, who’d studied as a researcher under Zimbardo, wrote to me after seeing the play. He said Random 12 was closer to the spirit of the original experiment than anything he’d read or seen.

What’s REALLY interesting is what I learned, behind the scenes, whilst we were performing the play.

  1. A psychological thriller – the darkness within and what we’re all capable of (if put into different roles) – created a real buzz. The show sold out. It created exciting audience discussions – heated too.
  2. Uniforms – the impact they had on the actors. Both to those who wear them and those
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    Photo by Flickr user Robert Couse-Baker: The Toughest Beat

    who react to them. As soon as the actors started wearing them they walked differently. Spoke differently. Seemed more confident. And had less to do with the ‘prisoners’.

  3. The prisoners… were isolated from the guards. More subdued. But became very close.

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    Photo by Flickr user Charlie Smith: Prisoner Silhouette
  4. The bond – particularly after the show ended. As if we’d truly been through something together.
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    Photo by Flickr user Frank Bonilla: Inside the Brain

    Psychology – why we act the way we do – is the heart of good writing. It fascinates me. And as a reader, I love books that explore the darker side of our nature – as well as the good.

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