In Victorian England, John prepares for a birthday celebration. The celebrant, Victoria Jane, gazes down into the room, from a magnificent portrait on the wall; bewitching and haunting him in equal measure. A storm rages outside, whipping the rain against the windows. A maelstrom matched only by the furious tempest raging within John’s mind.


He balled his fist as his voice cracked and then drank to calm himself. Behind him the picture seemed to be larger, closer; her beauty surrounded him but stayed beyond his reach. Keeping his back to the room he felt his shoulders heave and he sobbed. No matter that he held himself tightly, his tears were beyond control.

‘I’m sorry, so, so, very sorry. It was all for you my love. It has always been all for you.’

The windows rattled loudly as the storm blew ever more fiercely and John shrank in the window, a shaking silhouette of a broken man. Searching for words he leaned in towards the glass and spoke breathlessly.

‘It was love, always love. It is love. Now as much as ever. Don’t you see that my darling? Surely you see that?’




New Formats,New Problems

So this whole e-publishing, design your own cover lark is a bit of a doddle now? Well surprisingly no, not when you can find new and interesting ways of getting it wrong. Enter Feedaread.com – A Picture of Beauty


I thought they might be an interesting avenue for getting some work out there, but neglected to look too closely. To be fair the cover and presentation are good, especially as it is a very short story. Also, there I am on the spotlight page, which is admittedly far from exclusive, but better than not being there. So what is wrong? Well firstly, my e-book is not an e-book; it is a book. I’m certainly not ashamed of the story, but I would not shell out £2.79 for 20 pages. Secondly, should you wish to pay such an outrageous sum, you can’t as they have not made it available for purchase yet.
So, my career in book marketing may be shelved for just a while longer; after all it is no fault of feedaread.com if I can’t read instructions. Don’t worry though, it still beats working.
Until next time


Well progress can be slow, but it is something of a relief when it is achieved. It’s only baby steps for now but I finally have some work available (in a marketplace where people can buy it). I have finally managed to put some stories on Amazon.

Two short tales A Picture of Beauty and Nocturn are now on the site, along with three short stories combined as Tall Tales, Short Stories.




There is also a (supposedly humorous) book called Undressed to Kill: The Investigations of Ralphy.

Please take a look and see what you think?