Five on Friday revisited with Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4

Whilst I was recuperating I decided to reschedule some of my earlier posts to reach the wider audience that they have now. They’ve been ‘made-over’ to include the YouTube videos that are now a standard feature and the booklist has been brought up to date. My regular feature will be back in January.

Today I’m delighted to feature proud to be self-published author Terry Tyler. As well as her fiction, Terry writes many blog posts about writing and self- or indie publishing in general. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer as part of Rosie Amber’s reviewing team.

Terry is a vegan, loves The Walking Dead, Netflix, winter, history, South Park and the countryside. She lives with her husband in the North East of England.

Over to Terry:

Which 5 pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?

‘Freebird’ by Lynryd Skynryd.  It reminds me of the 1970s and being in my teens, the pubs I used to go to (no one asked for ID in 1976!), the bands I saw, when everyone wore denim everything.  It’s one of those songs that makes you want to be hitching down a desert highway at sunset, and has remained a favourite.


‘Hangman Jury’ by Aerosmith.  I was a fully signed-up rock chick during the late 80s and early 90s (!!), and went to see bands all the time, but none were greater than the mighty Aerosmith!  I still love them now ~ this is my all-time favourite track by them, I think, from the 1987 album ‘Permanent Vacation’.  It’s the rock and bluesy side of them that I love the most.


‘The Lark Ascending’ by Vaughan Williams.  I discovered this piece of music when I lived in a lovely house in Northampton, that we called the Enchanted House.  I bought it with my ex-husband in 1999, and we knew as soon as we walked through the front door that we had to have it.  It had an enchanted garden, too.  In the summer, I often had this music on loudly, with the windows open, so we could hear it in the garden, too.  It’s just so beautiful.


The theme tune to The Walking Dead, by Bear McCreary.  Simply because it’s my favourite TV show ever, and if I was far away it would always make me think of being at home watching stuff we love on our stupidly huge telly, which is probably where I am happiest!


‘Nimrod’, Elgar’s 9th Enigma Variation.  Played by the Band of the Royal Marines (CD version) at my father’s funeral in October 2017; he’d said this was the music he wanted.  There were representatives there from the Royal British Legion and Royal Engineers, with standard bearers; it was perfect.


What 5 things (apart from family and friends) you’d find it hard to live without.

The means to write.  Even a biro and notepad will do.  I’ve always written, from childhood, and not just novels; I’m talking about letters, articles, lists, funny bits and bobs, diaries ~ though I haven’t kept a diary since 1990, when a boyfriend read it, and discovered how madly in love with him I really was.  Six months of playing it cool, all gone in a couple of pages!

Twitter.  Seriously.  I love the site, it’s an endless source of entertainment to me.  Where else can you find links to so many interesting articles, news, etc?  I’ve met people on there who have become real life friends, my sister has built her entire, successful business via it, it’s ever-changing, a place to discover new books, films, art, photography, funny stuff, and a wonderful way to get my books ‘out there’.  When I’m having a self-imposed internet break, I always miss it.

My tablet with its Kindle app.  I read every day, and always on this.  It’s light to hold, convenient, I can download on a whim, store all my books, highlight good bits ~ and have a quick game of backgammon when I need a break from reading.

My hair straighteners.  My hair in its natural state is frizzy corkscrews.  The time it takes to straighten it after every wash is so worth it.  Come the zombie apocalypse, when power fails, I have already decided to have it all braided.  If I can find a hairdresser to do it before The Dead start knocking on the window, that is.

My photographs.  I’ve been snapping away since 1976.  Years ago, friends used to say, ‘oh God, she’s got her camera out again’… now, they’re pleased I captured all those random nights out in 1984, or whatever.  The older I get, the more I treasure pictures of my family, too, especially of those no longer with us.

Can you offer 5 pieces of advice you’d give to your younger self?

Develop good eating/drinking habits.  What you put inside yourself matters.  Now that I am older and more careful, I wonder how much better I would have felt/looked all my life if I’d always been so.  Also, all those pigeons can come home to roost sooner than you think; I think I stopped treating myself as if I was immortal just in time.  Get rid of any excess weight, and exercise enough.  NOW.  After 30, it’s harder to maintain any sort of reasonable weight without employing methods that are bad for you.  After 40 and 50 it’s REALLY hard.

Appreciate your parents.  Find common ground with them, visit them, understand how much they love you and everything they do for you.  When they are gone, you’ll wish you had.

Listen and learn.  Now, I wish I had enough time to learn about everything, and I simply don’t have enough years.  Read, think, take note.  If you have an interest, develop it.  Your life will be far richer for it.  And travel, if you have any inclination for it.  Because your teens, 20s and early 30s, when you’re young, fit, and have no responsibilities, is the time to make the most of that youth, energy and freedom.  Get on that train, now!

Don’t waste time and emotional energy on rubbish relationships.  The boyfriend who will never love you as you love him, or the one who wants more of you than you can give, who you’re trying to convince yourself you like more than you do … the ‘fair weather’ friends, those who persuade you into activity that doesn’t feel right, the people you don’t really like much but don’t like to say you don’t want to see.  It’s all a waste of time, and when you’re spending valuable hours with them, you’re shutting out the possibility of all the people you could meet, who will add to your life, not detract from it: the radiators, not the drains.

Don’t try to fit a round peg in a square hole.  What your parents and teachers want you to be/do might not be right for YOU.  I spent years and years trying to fit into ‘straight’ jobs, but was happiest when I was self-employed or doing something a bit more fun.  I suspect I’d have been happier going to live in some off-the-grid commune than working in HM Inspector of Taxes (see below!).

Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you

I am terrifically anti-social.  Mostly, I hate going out and socialising.  Which is weird, because until I was in my late 40s, I loved it.  I went off it at the same time as I went off drinking; I am sure the two are related!  Now, I just want to be at home, and I only go out a few times a year.

In the 1980s, I had a shop.  Gifty stuff.  With my first husband, who was a goldsmith.  I used to make big fluffy mohair jumpers, and sold loads of them.

I am possibly the worst driver in the world.  I had 30 lessons in a gear car, until the instructor said, “I think we’ve gone as far as we can go”, and suggested I try an automatic.  Took me about 70 lessons before I took my test.  I passed it, but haven’t driven since, because I know I am not safe behind the wheel.

I used to be a civil servant.  HM Inspector of Taxes, Unemployment Benefit Office, and JobCentre.  The first was incredibly, horrendously boring.  ‘Have the new paperclips come yet, Enid?’ ‘They’re over there, Mr Mellish’.  (Quote: Monty Python)

Despite my outgoing social media persona, I don’t like talking to people in real life about my writing/books.  The other day, someone I’d only just met said, “X told me you’re a writer, is that true?”  I just said ‘yes’ and changed the subject.  On the same day someone else asked me what sort of thing I write, and I stuttered and mumbled through a vague explanation that probably ensured the person would never buy any of my books.  One of the reasons I dislike talking about it is that at some point, a person will always ask how many I sell, or if I make a living from it, which I find rude.  I always want to reply, ‘I’ll answer that if you’ll tell me how much you earn.’  Or that person, who knows nothing of the 2017 publishing industry, will be sniffy once they discover you are not published by Simon & Schuster.

Tell us 5 things you’d like to do or achieve.

Can this bucket list be things you would love to do, not things that are actually possible?  If so…

Visit Iceland, Greenland, New Zealand, Bolivia, and so many other countries, but I am sure I will never do any of this, for various reasons I won’t go into.  Should have done all that travelling when I was younger!

Write historical fiction.  I adore history, read loads of historical fiction and would love to write it, but I am wary of doing so because the research will be an enormous task, and I am sure I could never write it as well as my favourites.

I’d love to live in a log cabin, by water, just me and my husband, miles away from the rest of the world.  As long as it had Wi-Fi…!  I keep thinking that it must be possible, somehow…

Time travel.  Wouldn’t that be marvellous?  I’d like to go back, not forwards.  Too frightening.

I don’t have a fifth one.  I think I must, therefore, be pretty contented!

Terry’s Books

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Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) Kindle Edition

Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3)

The UK’s new megacities: contented citizens relieved of the burden of home ownership, living in eco-friendly communities. Total surveillance has all but wiped out criminal activity, and biometric sensor implants detect illness even before symptoms are apparent.

That’s the hype. Scratch the surface, and darker stories emerge.

Tara is offered the chance to become a princess amongst media influencers—as long as she keeps quiet and does as she’s told.

Aileen uproots to the megacity with some reluctance, but none of her misgivings prepare her for the situation she will face: a mother’s worst nightmare.

Radar has survived gang rule in group homes for the homeless, prison and bereavement, and jumps at the chance to live a ‘normal’ life. But at what cost?

For all three, the price of living in a megacity may prove too high.

Megacity is the third and final book in the dystopian Operation Galton trilogy, and is Terry Tyler’s twenty-third publication.

‘As long as some of us are still living free, they have not yet won. Anyone who refuses to live as they want us to has beaten them. That’s how we do it. That’s how we win.’


The Visitor: A Post-Apocalyptic Murder Mystery Kindle Edition

The Visitor

In 2024, a mystery virus ravages the entire world. ‘Bat Fever’ is highly contagious and one hundred per cent lethal.

A cottage tucked away in an isolated Norfolk village seems like the ideal place to sit out a catastrophic pandemic, but some residents of Hincham resent the arrival of Jack, Sarah and their friends, while others want to know too much about them.

What the villagers don’t know is that beneath Sarah’s cottage is a fully-stocked, luxury survival bunker. A post-apocalyptic ‘des res’.

Hincham isolates itself from the rest of the country, but the deaths continue―and not from the virus. There’s a killer on the loose, but is it a member of the much-depleted community, or somebody from outside? Paranoia is rife, as friend suspects friend, and everybody suspects the newcomers.

Most terrifying of all is that nobody knows who’s next on the list…


Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2) Kindle Edition

Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2)

“Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.” The year: 2061. In the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free—an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages. Rae Farrer is the ultimate megacity girl – tech-loving, hard-working, law-abiding and content – until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12. On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever… 


Blackthorn Kindle Edition

Blackthorn

The UK, year 2139.

One hundred and fifteen years ago, a mysterious virus wiped out ninety-five per cent of humanity.

Blackthorn, the largest settlement in England, rose from the ashes of the devastated old world. It is a troubled city, where the workers live in crude shacks, and make do with the worst of everything.

It is a city of violent divisions, crime, and an over-populated jail block, until a charismatic traveller has a miraculous vision, and promises to bring hope back to the people’s lives.

Blackthorn falls under Ryder Swift’s spell, and the most devoted of all is the governor’s loyal servant, Lieutenant August Hemsley.

Twenty-one-year-old Evie has lived her whole life in the shacks. She and disillusioned guard Byron Lewis are two of a minority who have doubts about Ryder’s message. Can they stand against the beliefs of an entire city?


Hope (Operation Galton Book 1) Kindle Edition

Hope (Operation Galton Book 1)

Blogger Lita Stone and journalist Nick Freer live and work online, seeing life through soundbites, news TV and social media. Keeping the outside world at bay in their cosy flat, they observe the ruthless activities of the new PM and his celebrity fitness guru wife, Mona (hashtag MoMo), with the mild outrage that can be quelled simply by writing another blog post.

Meanwhile, in the outside world, multinational conglomerate Nutricorp is busy buying up supermarket chains, controlling the media, and financing the new compounds for the homeless: the Hope Villages.

Lita and Nick suspect little of the danger that awaits the unfortunate, until the outside world catches up with them – and Lita is forced to discover a strength she never knew she possessed.


Legacy (Project Renova Book 4) Kindle Edition

Legacy (Project Renova 4)

‘Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’

A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2.

Seventeen-year-old Bree feels stifled by the restrictions of her village community, but finds a kindred spirit in Silas, a lone traveller searching for his roots. She, too, is looking for answers: the truth behind the mysterious death, forty years earlier, of her grandmother.

In 2050, Phoenix Northam’s one wish is to follow in the footsteps of his father, a great leader respected by all who knew him…or so his mother tells him.

In 2029, on a Danish island, Lottie is homesick for Lindisfarne; two years earlier, Alex Verlander and the kingpins of the Renova group believe they have escaped the second outbreak of bat fever just in time…

Book 4 of the Project Renova series rebuilds a broken country with no central government or law, where life is dangerous and people can simply disappear…but the post-Fall world is also one of possibility, of freedom and hope for the future.


UK2 (Project Renova Book 3) Kindle Edition

UK2 (Project Renova 3)

‘Two decades of social media had prepared them well for UK2.’

The pace steps up in this penultimate book in the Project Renova series, as the survivors’ way of life comes under threat.

Two years after the viral outbreak, representatives from UK Central arrive at Lindisfarne to tell the islanders about the shiny new city being created down south.  UK2 governor Verlander’s plan is simple: all independent communities are to be dissolved, their inhabitants to reside in approved colonies.  Alas, those who relocate soon suspect that the promises of a bright tomorrow are nothing but smoke and mirrors, as great opportunities turn into broken dreams, and dangerous journeys provide the only hope of freedom.

Meanwhile, far away in the southern hemisphere, a new terror is gathering momentum…

‘I walked through that grey afternoon, past fields that nobody had tended for nearly three years, past broken down, rusty old vehicles, buildings with smashed windows.  I was walking alone at the end of the world, but I was a happy man.  I was free, at last.’


Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories Kindle Edition

Patient Zero

The year is 2024.
A mysterious virus rages around the UK.
Within days, ‘bat fever’ is out of control.
Patient Zero is a collection of nine short stories featuring characters from the post apocalyptic Project Renova series. All stories are completely ‘stand alone’.

1. Jared: The Spare Vial
Jared has two vaccinations against the deadly virus: one for him, one for a friend…

2. Flora: Princess Snowflake
The girl with the perfect life, who believes in her father, the government, Christian charity and happy endings.

3. Jeff: The Prepper
What does a doomsday ‘prepper’ do when there is nothing left to prepare for?

4. Karen: Atonement
She ruined her sister’s last day on earth, and for this she must do penance.

5. Aaron: #NewWorldProblems
Aaron can’t believe his luck; he appears to be immune. But his problems are far from over.

6. Ruby: Money To Burn
Eager to escape from her drug dealer boyfriend’s lifestyle, Ruby sets off with a bag filled with cash.

7. Meg: The Prison Guard’s Wife
Meg waits for her husband to arrive home from work. And waits…

8. Evie: Patient Zero
Boyfriend Nick neglects her. This Sunday will be the last time she puts up with it. The very last time.

9. Martin: This Life
Life after life has taught the sixty year old journalist to see the bigger picture.


Lindisfarne (Project Renova Book 2) Kindle Edition

Lindisfarne (Project Renova 3)

‘You’re judging this by the standards of the old world. But that’s gone. We don’t live there any more.’

Six months after the viral outbreak, civilised society in the UK has broken down. Vicky and her group travel to the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, where they are welcomed by an existing community.

New relationships are formed, old ones renewed. The lucky survivors adapt, finding strength they didn’t know they possessed, but the honeymoon period does not last long. Some cannot accept that the rules have changed, and, for just a few, the opportunity to seize power is too great to pass up. Egos clash, and the islanders soon discover that there are greater dangers than not having enough to eat.

Meanwhile, in the south, Brian Doyle discovers that rebuilding is taking place in the middle of the devastated countryside. He comes face to face with Alex Verlander from Renova Workforce Liaison, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse. But is UK 2.0 a world in which he will want to live?


Tipping Point (Project Renova Book 1) Kindle Edition

Tipping Point (Project Renova 1)

‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’

Year 2024. New social networking site Private Life bursts onto the scene. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made – and that Private Life might not be as private as it claims.

Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.

As the country descends into chaos, there are scores to be settled further north….


The Devil You Know Kindle Edition

The Devil You Know

Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child….

Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for.
One of them is right.

Juliet sees an expert’s profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks all the boxes.

Maisie thinks her mum’s new boyfriend seems too good to be true. Is she the only person who can see through Gary’s friendly, sensitive façade?

Tamsin is besotted with her office crush, Jake. Then love turns to suspicion…

Steve is used to his childhood friend, Dan, being a loud mouthed Lothario with little respect for the truth. But is a new influence in his life leading him down a more sinister path?

Dorothy’s beloved son, Orlando, is keeping a secret from her—a chilling discovery forces her to confront her worst fears.


Best Seller Kindle Edition

Best Seller

Three women, one dream: to become a successful author.

Eden Taylor has made it—big time. A twenty-three year old with model girl looks and a book deal with a major publisher, she’s outselling the established names in her field and is fast becoming the darling of the media.

Becky Hunter has money problems. Can she earn enough from her light-hearted romance novels to counteract boyfriend Alex’s extravagant spending habits, before their rocky world collapses?

Hard up factory worker Jan Chilver sees writing as an escape from her troubled, lonely life. She is offered a lifeline—but fails to read the small print…

In the competitive world of publishing, success can be merely a matter of who you know—and how ruthless you are prepared to be to get to the top.


The House Of York Kindle Edition

The House of York

When widowed single mother Lisa Grey meets wealthy businessman Elias York, romance blossoms. Alas, she is marrying into a complicated family. Her new sister-in-law doesn’t want to know her, middle brother Gabriel’s marriage flounders under a cloud of infidelity and gambling debts, while the youngest, Richard, keeps his dark secrets well hidden—and his wife suffers in silence.

Lisa and her mother are bonded by a powerful intuition, but on some subjects they dare not voice their fears; neither can explain the terror Lisa feels whenever she walks through the doors of the ancient, imposing York Towers.

Love and loss, abduction, incestuous desires and murderous intent form the basis of this compelling saga in which horrors float just beneath the surface, culminating in a shocking outcome.

The House of York spans the years 1993 – 2014; history lovers may be interested to know that the story is inspired by events from the era of the Wars of the Roses.


Last Child (Lanchester Book 2) Kindle Edition

Last Child (Lanchester 2)

LAST CHILD is the sequel to Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler’s modern take on the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Harry Lanchester is gone, his legacy passed on to his children:
Thirteen year old JASPER, who views the directors of Lanchester Estates as Harry Potter characters, and finds out that teenage love affairs are no fairytale.

ISABELLA, the eldest daughter; lonely and looking for love, she returns from a holiday in Spain with more than just a suntan.

Impulsive, independent ERIN, the girl of Transport manager Rob Dudley’s dreams, whose priority is not a husband and family, but the continuation of her father’s work.

You will also meet the ambitious Jim Dudley, ex-nanny Hannah Cleveley, Rob’s long suffering wife Amy, and Raine Grey, whose nine days as PR manager for Lanchester Estates have a devastating effect on her life.

LAST CHILD takes the drama, passion and intrigue of Kings and Queens into the present day, with echoes from the past ~ and a glimpse or two into the future…


Round And Round Kindle Edition

Round and Round

Four Valentine cards – from four different men!

Sophie Heron’s fortieth birthday is looming, and she is fed up with her job, her relationship, her whole life – not to mention her boyfriend’s new ‘hobby’, in which she definitely doesn’t want to get involved…

Back in 1998 she had the choice of four men, and now she can’t help wondering how her life might have turned out if she’d chosen differently.

The person to whom Sophie had always been closest was her beloved Auntie Flick, her second mother, friend and advisor. Before her death in 2001, Flick said, “when I’m up there having a cuppa with St Peter, I’ll have a word with him about making me your guardian angel, shall I?”

As Sophie’s fortieth birthday draws near, she visits her aunt’s special place: a tree by a river, hidden from the world. Here she calls on Auntie Flick to show her the way forward – and help her look back into the past so she can see what might have been…


Kings And Queens (Lanchester Book 1) Kindle Edition

Kings and Queens (Lanchester 1)

“KINGS AND QUEENS” tells of the life and loves of charismatic Harry Lanchester, which just happen to mirror the story of Henry VIII and his six wives. All the intrigue of the Tudor court, but set in modern times.

Harry’s realm is his South of England property developing company, Lanchester Estates, while his ‘wives’ are the twentieth century sisters of their historic counterparts: Anne Boleyn is reincarnated as the equally charismatic Annette Hever, and Henry VIII’s fifth wife with the shady past, Catherine Howard, lives again in 1999 as Keira Howard, a former lap dancer.

The saga is narrated by each of the six women, in turn, interspersed with short chapters from the point of view of Harry’s lifelong friend, Will Brandon.

Don’t worry if you know nothing of this period in history – “Kings and Queens” can be enjoyed as a contemporary drama, very much in the vein of Ms Tyler’s previous novels. For those non-Tudor fanatics who would like a brief look at the life of Henry VIII before reading, the author has included, in the Kindle book, a link to a mini-biography on her blog.


What It Takes Kindle Edition

What it Takes

A tale of three sisters…

Karen Kavanagh has spent her life feeling like the runt of the family.

Her two elder sisters, domestic goddess Ava and salon owner Saskia, are mini versions of their mother, a gorgeous Danish beauty. Karen has inherited her father’s droopy, dull brown hair and long nose – pitted against two Scandinavian sauna babes, she feels like Cinderella in reverse.

Danny Alvarez doesn’t see her like that. He thinks she’s wonderful.
Lots of women want Danny, but Danny just wants Karen.
He pursues her with the devotion of a stalker – but she pushes him away. Then she realises what she’s done…


Dream On Kindle Edition

Dream On

Dave Bentley was born to be a rock star.
He believes he’s a reincarnated Viking warrior, too…
When Dave forms his new band, Thor, there are plenty of sleepless nights for Janice, his on-off girlfriend and mother of his son. Not only must she deal with the thrills and spills of life as a hardworking single mum, but also the imminent return of singer-songwriter Ariel Swan, Dave’s one true love.

Poor Janice. Dave is still the love of her life.
Ariel Swan returns to small town life – and Dave’s heart.
She and her friend Melodie (whose ambition is to be “a celebrity”) enter a TV talent competition, so Dave and the rest of Thor decide to make the most of the opportunity for possible fame and fortune, too. This adventure brings about big changes in the lives of all of them – none of which Dave could have anticipated.

One member of Thor even ends up on The Jeremy Kyle Show…


Nobody's Fault Kindle Edition

Nobody’s Fault

Drama, mystery, romance: a family with secrets…
Adrienne is the love of his life. Nick is the love of her life. Six days after meeting her, Nick leaves home. He has no choice; they can’t live without each other.
Nick’s wife Ria and eldest daughter Cat find various ways of working out their anger and resentment, while fifteen year old Tara is caught in the middle. And then there is Nick’s cousin Caroline, with her own axe to grind when it comes to marital affairs…
When tragedy strikes, they are all looking for someone to blame.
Lonely and trusting Sharon, seeking love and friendship on internet dating and social networking sites, has no suspicion of the part she plays in the drama – or that the people she meets in cyberspace might not be all that they seem…


Nine Lives Kindle Edition

Nine Lives

Winner of ‘Best Short Story Collection’ in the 2014 eFestival of Words, “Nine Lives” comprises nine short dramas in the vein of Terry Tyler’s well-loved novels, some funny, some sad, with her usual unpredictable twists. The first chapter of full-length novel and tale of sibling rivalry, WHAT IT TAKES, is to be found at the end.

The stories:

Angel – The perfect wife of the perfect husband is tempted by the fruit of another.
Shut Up And Dance – Paul says he will love Laura whatever size she is. But will he?
Mia – The threat of ‘the other woman’…
Kiss Your Past Goodbye – Zoe finds out what happened to her first love, who broke her heart.
We All Fall Down – Two old friends meet for a drink – just a swift one, of course!
Bright Light Fright – A tale of vengeance, a burglary, and a nasty shock.
Mama Kin – Emma and Melanie have very different approaches to childcare – oh dear!
Don’t Get Mad – Get Even – Kevin and Marcus have been best friends, yet rivals, since schooldays; who will come out on top?
Happy Birthday – A forty year old woman looks back over her life.


Full Circle Kindle Edition

Full Circle

Singer-songwriter Ariel thought her hard work and perseverance had been rewarded when she met record producer Theo Perlmutter – then a tragic event turns her dreams to dust.

Newly married Janice was happier than she’d ever been – but the honeymoon ends when born again alcoholic husband Max careers off the wagon and into the nearest bar.

Being forced onto The Jeremy Kyle Show in DREAM ON was not enough to make ladies’ man Shane learn his lesson – will his philandering ways eventually catch up with him?

Singer and Rock-God-In-Training Dave is unhappy, trapped in a domestic situation not of his choosing. What is his girlfriend Isabel hiding?

Will there be a happy ending for any of them?


The Other Side Kindle Edition

The Other Side

Decision time. Left or right? Mr X, or Mr Y?

Imagine being able to find out what would happen if you’d chosen the other path…
Would you make the same decision?

…and, if you could, would you go back and change all the mistakes you’ve ever made
in the name of love?

“The Other Side” tells of four lives, all very different.

Glamorous Katya is certain she can “have it all”, but forgets that some people have long memories…

Cathy is trapped in a tedious marriage with the in-laws from hell – but why did the rock-chick marry Mr Pipe and Slippers?

Alexa fears that a ‘friend’ is trying to steal away her perfect life – everyone dismisses her fears as paranoia…

…while Sandie struggles with a drink problem and life spiralling downwards – but which came first, the drink or the problem?

Four very different stories – but they are all connected.


You Wish... Kindle Edition

You Wish

Do we control our own destiny – or might it be determined by fate,
coincidence, luck…or even magic?

Ruth, an amateur psychic with a husband who smokes cannabis for breakfast, is haunted by a tragic event from her teenage years which, she suspects, was the result of a wish she made on an allegedly enchanted stone. Too embarrassed to admit her fears, she keeps her secret to herself for twenty-five years.

Petra is the perennial singleton amongst her friends, unable, she thinks, to fall in love. She comes across the stone at a Psychic Fair and makes a wish, just for fun. As the wish begins to come true she wishes she had chosen her words with more care.

Spoilt, weight-obsessed Sarah wants nothing more than to be “size zero”. As her life spirals downwards into the seedy world of drug abuse and addiction, she remembers the day at the Psychic Fair when she wished for her heart’s desire.

When Ruth learns of the fates of Petra and Sarah she is forced to confront her guilt and discover the truth about the Wishing Stone…

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