Flashback – A never published scene from The Alchemist of Paris

When I was sorting through my papers, I found this scene from an early draft of The Alchemist of Paris.  Young housemaid Elise and her mysterious master are walking through the pre-dawn streets of 19th century Paris. Although there are familiar points, this scene has an alternative plot line. Can you spot three changes fromContinue reading “Flashback – A never published scene from The Alchemist of Paris”

Sequels, Prequels and Interquels

Be careful, the note said, for I had found a phantom. Albert Price had been known across Europe for the past fifty years, although if he were real or a legend, no one knew. – The Alchemist of Rome When your main character has lived for centuries, are your books sequels, prequels or interquels? TheContinue reading “Sequels, Prequels and Interquels”

Leaving home

At twilight I slipped out of the convent and into the herb garden. Unlocking the gate, I strolled under the old stone arch to the fields beyond. The sky was blue violet, and a golden moon was rising over the hills. The air was sweet with the scent of the rustling grasses. Wildflowers, some bloomingContinue reading “Leaving home”

“Midnight in Dublin” – new cover reveal

    Here is the amazing new cover for “Midnight in Dublin” created by Adriana Haganu at adipixdesign.com. “Midnight in Dublin” is a supernatural thriller with magical realism elements, set in Dublin, Ireland. Here is the plot: When Lizzy James flies to Dublin, all she wants is to forget her worries and have a relaxing weekend.Continue reading ““Midnight in Dublin” – new cover reveal”

20. The End of the Twenties

I’m back with another “Fiction by Numbers” tale.  We are now up to number 20. *  *  *  *  * In her apartment high on the hillside above Hollywood, Lotte raised her glass of champagne to the twinkling lights of the city. The air was sweet with the scent of hibiscus and geranium. The lowContinue reading “20. The End of the Twenties”

Don’t Let the World Pass You By

  It’s the return of the cartoons! Writing, blogging, indie publishing, not to mention day-jobs, night-jobs, pets, kids, etc often seem to leave no time for anything else. So don’t forget to take time out, and don’t let the world pass you by. *  *  *  *  * And.. a promotion! “Midnight in Dublin” isContinue reading “Don’t Let the World Pass You By”

“The Wary Traveler” – news and reviews

  I just had to share this comment on my ebook page from the all-blogging, all-writing, all-drawing, all-book-reviewing, all-podcasting, creative powerhouse Anneque Malchien! Is there anything this girl can’t do? Here’s what Anneque said about “The Wary Traveler”: The Wary Traveller was very, very excellent. The pacing was perfect, it just dripped with tension andContinue reading ““The Wary Traveler” – news and reviews”

“Midnight in Dublin” – A strange night out in old Dublin town

A few years ago, I lived in Dublin, Ireland, the setting for my short story, “Midnight in Dublin”, a tale of fate, destiny and chance, which all unravels in the course of one evening. Earlier drafts of the story were planned for London or Sydney, but changing the setting to Dublin made everything fall intoContinue reading ““Midnight in Dublin” – A strange night out in old Dublin town”