Welcome to my Web-Site. On this 'Home' page you can read a few lines to get some idea of what each book has to offer. The other pages are specific to each title or each collection, trilogy or quadrilogy as appropriate. You'll get a whole lot more detail there and you can also download a Free and Minimum of 3 Chapter Previews in a virus free Mini-eBook or, as I like to call them, Me-Books. These are in Epub format so you can read them on anything. To get yours just go to the dedicated page and click on any cover.
'Fanore' is the exception. That's because you get the complete novella for free as an introduction to my 'Thin Places' series of Novellas. I also thought it might make a nice gift, seeing as you took a time out to visit me.
Return to Tir na n’Og
This is my most recent title and like all my works of fiction, it has been kept as real as possible. Covid-19 is on the wane but it's still out there ... doing what it does extremely well ... as in, it's mutating further.
Polar ice sheets and glaciers alike continue to decline with consequences that may well have been predicted but not for this decade. Murphy's Law states that when things go wrong they will not go wrong in isolation. To learn more, you are invited to join young Aaron Maxwell in the idyllic Mourne Mountains of County Down, Northern Ireland, where he has miraculously survived a chaotic four years. When you get there you'll find that he's keen to move on ... but to where?
THE ERRIS STARSHIP – Standalone Novel (SF and/or Modern Tragedy)
‘The Erris Starship’ was my last work prior to publishing ‘Return to Tir na nOg’. It’s a fearless book that doesn’t shy away from cutting edge technology, coming of age and the minefields of blossoming exotic romance.
Tragedy wrote this story of a teenager struggling to find a niche in a world determined to alienate him. Destiny, Adversity or Opportunity (You Decide) intervenes to point him towards a more meaningful existence or a merciful end. The thing is, there is so much inside this cover that I’m afraid to spoil it for you. You can find more details on the page assigned to this title.
Thin places SERIES Novellas (4)
Alternate Histories of Fantasy blurring Fact or Vice Versa
- As with ‘The Erris Starship’, there is more ‘Fanore’ detail on the ‘Thin Places‘ tab at the top of this page. ‘Fanore’ is the first of the ‘Thin Places’ series and the setting is in West Clare, where an old green road runs parallel to the current coast road. This old road however, runs uphill through the Burren and when I went looking for where it begins and ends, I was amazed to find that the original road probably connected Lahinch, Liscannor and the Cliffs of Moher area to Doolin, Fanore and Ballyvaughan. Sections of it have miraculously survived and I could almost see old donkey carts taking turf, green produce and ragged barefooted children to and fro. It was a small step to add a virtual audio track to that vision and so, ‘Thin Places’ became very real to me. My target was then to impart some sense of being there to you.
- Once on the ‘THIN PLACES‘ page, you can also collect your free copy of Fanore as well as your Three Chapter Me-Book preview of any or all of the other 3 Novellas.
- Erris – Can be subtly transformed to become a two way portal into which ‘things’ move backwards and forwards into alternate realities. People are not immune, not even a heartbroken but still besotted adolescent boy. He drifts through the porous membrane while simply surrendering to the narcotic ambiance of Erris.
- When teenagers take advantage of some rare Irish sunshine to venture outdoors, regular injections of occasionally dry humor will invariably accompany them. In this novella, you’ll find that they mix well with the melancholy more regularly associated with the ‘Thin Places’ phenomenon.
- While our vulnerable protagonist becomes subsequently exposed to life and death confrontations which are literally the stuff of Irish Legend, he unwittingly sets the stage for ‘The Erris Starship’, even though this is a standalone book and a work of fact/fantasy/fiction and not Tragedy or SF or both, like the bigger book.
SKELLIG - Has to be the 'Thinnest Place' in all Ireland, if not in the entire galaxy, thanks to the 'Star Wars' link.
- Its remote pinnacles predate the religion that appended an Archangel’s name while the first Popes presided over what would coalesce from the ruins of the Roman Empire.
- This precipitous natural phenomenon was known as ‘Tearmann’ to the people who first perceived it for what is still is, a refuge for the spiritually challenged. Like a needle to a magnet or perhaps a moth to the flame, a Jesuit priest is inexorably drawn to evaluate truths that he was so studiously trained to suppress.
- BLASKET – Where Erris is mostly a lighthearted jaunt, Blasket is quite the opposite. It is set in the darkest reality of the politically instigated Irish Famine / Genocide of 1845-47.
Jack Sullivan is subliminally summoned by this 'Thin Place' from Bangor Maine, where he ran a successful fishery. He comes to Kerry, as most visitors do, to bask in the Cead Mile Failte or traditional welcome laid out for the returning diaspora but Blasket apparently knows him much better than he does Blasket.
BOOK of PLEBS
This was/is my first non fiction work and I've just revised it with this totally revamped 2nd Edition. Despite my best attempts to ensure that retailers are not releasing older versions, I still come across the odd one, so the latest revision has 'Revelation Still Rains' AND the additional sub-title "See the Rainbows" beneath.
- Book of Plebs documents an extremely reluctant, non religious and weirdly ‘predetermined’ search for any God entity that can stand up to mediocre scrutiny.
- As my first book, that was a tall order that took me to places that challenged my then burgeoning literary capabilities. As a result, I was ‘ Instructed’ to do it again until I got it right and this is how I eventually got there.
- God and school teachers apparently have much in common. To learn more or to download your virus-free 3 Chapter Mini-eBook or Me-Book Preview, just click the ‘Book of Plebs’ tab at the top of this page.
These three full length Novels were never intended to be a Trilogy, but the story was just too big to keep between two covers. My first fiction shows that I was perhaps too naive or impulsive in putting pen to paper (Virtually) without estimating the amount of virtual paper that would be produced.
- I’m so glad that I did however, because this story is vast in every sense of the word. There’s just too much to say about these books here on this front page that I’d probably be repeating what I’ve already submitted as additional detail on the page dedicated to ‘THE CATALYSIS TRILOGY‘.
Once there, you can also download your 3 Chapter Me-Book Preview of each separate novel, Catalysis, Ochre and Imago.
- In Catalysis you you’ll meet Grace, another troubled teen but this young lady has good reasons for being different. She is afflicted by a condition that alternates between an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and various Attention Deficit Disorders. As it transpires, she is far from imperfect and is simply a result of evolution producing a superior product that has some side issues yet to be ironed out. Evolution has infinity to refine the work of Destiny. It’s written into its terms of reference apparently.
In Ochre, space travel is put into perspective and you see the purpose of those travels. You meet the Spoke and a civilization facing imminent doom. And in IMAGO, we see Grace eventually coming home full circle to attend to unfinished business. She has her love-child in tow but boy is he different. Maybe in addition to having parents who were different, there was also something about the way he grew up.
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- Every book on this site, (e-Book or Paperback) with the exception of ‘Fanore’, are available from Amazon and Amazon affiliates only. That’s because keeping up with the tiresome and often meaningless formatting peculiarities of each and every alternate platform has proved to be an impediment to production. Also and as far as I’m aware, Amazon Kindle is the only platform that offers a free e-reader application for most, if not every Operating System. In short, you should be able to read my books on anything and this is how that’s done.