While the WiP Shelf is the messy, creative part of my office, the Coming Soon shelf is the orderly side. Books listed here are either contracted or in production and only need polishing and buffing before they’re ready. Now that I’m getting the hang of this book-writing malarkey, I’m hoping to always have something on this page for you to look forward to…
The Power of Zero | A Jack Horwood Story
Due out at the end of June
When a homeless boy meets an ace hacker…
Twelve-year-old Jack Horwood has run from the pimp his mother sold him to, preferring to take his chances on the streets. A house with a cheerful red door – and a classic convertible out front – prompts him into a spot of breaking and entering, and soon he has a warm, dry basement to squat in.
Until the owner of the house, Jamaican hacker Rio Palmer, discovers his hideout. Rio offers him a safe place to stay, but Jack doesn’t believe a word the man says and runs.
Rio can’t forget the youngster who is scared and vulnerable, and stronger than many men Rio has met. Finding Jack is a tiny challenge. Teaching him to trust is like climbing a mountain. But when faced with a true zero and its power, Rio can do nothing else.
This 12k novelette was initially written for inclusion in the Kickass Anthology to help Eric Arvin and his family when Eric became seriously ill. Now it’s helping me to get the hang of self-publishing a story. Jack’s tale has gotten a hefty extension, and will get an edit and polish before it goes up on amazon to help raise funds for the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity that helps LGBTQ teens who are homeless or in danger, and the Banbury Young Homelessness Project, who supports homeless youngsters in and around Banbury, Oxfordshire, with shelter and training. The book will be available free to all my newsletter subscribers – a little thank you from me for all your support!
A Rathbone & McGowan Story
Me and Mrs Jones. Ian Rathbone hates the song with everything he has. When he risks his life to shut down illegal weapons labs in a country still recovering from a military coup and six years of anarchy he doesn’t want to come home to hear it blare through his apartment, a wordless confession that his partner Tom has strayed once more.
After eighteen months and too many infidelities to count, Ian can’t help but wonder why he stays with Tom. Especially when his new work partner is loyal, genuine, and genuinely tempting Patrick McGowan.
Ian’s had his eye on Patrick for months. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but Ian doesn’t cheat. Before he acts on his growing attachment, he needs time to sort out his relationship with Tom. Patrick is willing to give him that time, but in a danger-filled job like theirs, with a boss who disapproves of any kind of relationship between them, and with an unseen enemy who works to take down the Sweepers before they can get to him, will they even stand a chance?
Swings & Roundabouts | The Power of Zero #4
Jack Horwood doesn’t do things by halves. Once he’s decided to build a home and family with Gareth, Nico, and Daniel he’s all in, whether that means helping with homework, arguing with banks and builders or taking care of Gareth, who is snowed under with work and his freelance job for Aidan.
Stressed, tired and barely home, Gareth doesn’t believe that Jack finds looking after his home-made family as enjoyable as he claims. Doubts creep in and arguments soon follow until Jack organises a weekend break in Northern Sweden just for the two of them to sort out their issues.
What starts as a good idea turns into a murder hunt when they discover a dead body, frozen into the “furniture” of the famous Ice Hotel, and both Jack and his friend Oskar are implicated in the dead woman’s disappearance. Jack can only watch from the sidelines as Gareth steps up to help solve the murder, sure that it will bring all Gareth’s doubts back full force and put him once more on a collision course with Jack and their feelings for each other.