My books

The Sapphire Solution (Accidental Capers, Book 2) – just out!

Book cover for The Sapphire Solution. Vial with blue liquid in the foreground. Background silhouettes of a young woman in profile and a man in a top hat

A disgruntled young chemist. A reformed noble thief. A cranky, middle-aged lord. What could possibly go wrong?

Apprentice chemist Iggy’s uncle won’t sign her off as competent, even though he trusts her with Project Sapphire: researching a formula to erase forensic evidence. When she finds an alternative route to sign-off, she applies her energy to that, neglecting her assigned duties to do so. In a stroke of luck, this decision leads her to a sponsorship deal, but her benefactor has secrets she’s unaware of.

After his recent adventure abroad, Lord Richard Hayes is now home: and on probation to keep his seat on the Council of Lords. He has plentiful funds, detailed instructions and a boring plan for honest living, but despite his efforts to fit in, everything starts to go wrong. He loses his only household servant, he antagonises a young chemist the first time he meets her, and he gets blamed for a burglary he didn’t even do. The only bright spot is that making new enemies keeps life from being completely dull.

Stiff-necked Lord Huntley Angus detests frivolous young nobles who dodge responsibility for their actions. But when he secretly pawns his wife’s jewellery to pay an unexpected debt, he gets entangled in a spiralling set of misfortunes.

Available on Kindle Unlimited right now, and soon as a paperback.

The Diamond Device (Accidental Capers, Book 1)

Currently a semifinalist in the 2022 Self-Published Science Fiction Contest 😊

After diamond power promises to replace steam, an unemployed labourer and a thieving noble unite to foil an international plot and avert a war.

Alf Wilson resents the new technology that cost him his factory job, especially as his clockwork leg bars him from army enrolment. He daren’t confess his unemployment to his overbearing mother. Desperate over the rent, he ends up in a detention cell with a hangover.

Impoverished Lord Richard Hayes maintains his expensive parliamentary seat by a mixture of charm and burglary. During a poorly planned break-in, he inadvertently witnesses a kidnapping. To cap it all, the police arrest him for the crime. At least he’s using a fake identity. The real criminals make off with not just the professor who discovered diamond power, but her plans for a diamond-fuelled bomb.

When Rich encounters Alf in the neighbouring cell, he sees an opportunity to keep his noble reputation intact. He persuades Alf he’s a secret agent who needs an assistant. This chance association will take them to the oddest locations. But law-abiding Alf’s first assignment? Break Rich out of jail.

Available as an ebook and in paperback.

A Quiet Rebellion: Guilt (Numoeath trilogy, Book 1)

When infectious paranormal powers aren’t a gift but a threat to society, a man’s conscience leads him into increasing trouble as he opposes a corrupt official.

Convoy captain Jonathan has a guilty secret: he killed a traveller who was cursed while under his protection. The killing wasn’t to defend the innocent, but to hide governmental employment of curse victims—like Jonathan—who have developed paranormal powers. To assuage his guilt, he bends the rules to help another, younger victim. His growing fatherly affection for her leaves him vulnerable to pressure from an unethical researcher. Can he navigate the bureaucratic web, do his duty and still keep his conscience intact?

Available on Kindle Unlimited and also in print.

A Quiet Rebellion: Restitution (Numoeath trilogy, Book 2)

Jonathan burns for revenge after fleeing the city with only a stolen uniform and shoes—and a murder charge hanging over him. Unscrupulous scientist Silvers imprisoned him to experiment on, because Jonathan’s cursed with a secret, dangerous power. Jonathan will have to survive, reach Silvers and kill him to prevent him from doing further damage.

Rural herbalist Annetta is mortified after accidentally triggering Jonathan’s power the last time he visited her town. Convinced he’s a threat, she throws her efforts into developing a remedy to prevent him from killing again.

An escaped murderer is just another headache for Eleanor. It’s not easy being queen. She needs to negotiate the moral maze that curses raise and avoid being assassinated like her father.

With such disparate goals, will the right people come out on top?

Available on Kindle Unlimited and also in print.

A Quiet Rebellion: Posterity (Numoeath trilogy, Book 3)

In a land where paranormal powers are transmissible, but their recipients condemned as a threat to society, Queen Eleanor struggles to improve life for all her subjects including the afflicted. Rocked by a recent betrayal and disillusioned by her late father’s secret scheming, she fabricates threats of an external attack to push for social reform.

Her ploy meets with initial success, easing her guilt about misleading the entire realm. However, evidence comes from an unlikely source that the threat is real. The realm must prepare for war, and Eleanor stands to lose everything she has fought for.

Available on Kindle Unlimited and also in print.

A Quiet Rebellion: Short Tales

How did an uneducated commoner become the king’s Chief Guard? Why did the town of Maldon end up with such an inept mayor? What really happened in the undocumented incident that left two powerful captains dead? And was the top councillor completely honest throughout his career?

Enjoy these behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of A Quiet Rebellion.

This is a collection of four flash fiction stories, each under 1000 words. If you’ve read the novels, they may answer some questions about Numoeath’s history. If you haven’t read the novels, why not get a taste here?

Available from a variety of ebook retailers here. It should be free, but the Kindle pricing is inconsistent.

All my other books are currently available on Kindle Unlimited.

A Friendly Rivalry: A Numoeath Short Tale

After I published the Numoeath trilogy and the flash fiction collection, a couple more minor characters decided they wanted to tell their stories. This is a slice-of-life piece set in capital city Ascar, twenty years before the main books.

Ebook available for Amazon Kindle. Currently on Kindle Unlimited.