The Scenes and Sequels Podcast: Episodes 4 to 6

Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of the Scenes and Sequels Podcast for readers and writers of genre fiction are available over at over at (and on  iTunes and Stitcher).

It’s been great fun putting the show together and my guests have shared some wonderful insights for readers and writers alike. I’m really keen to share these interviews with readers looking to discover new books and writers looking to learn more about the craft.

Here’s the links as promised. Enjoy!

In Episode 4 of the Scenes and Sequels Podcast I chat with high fantasy author Victoria Grefer about reading, writing and her excellent Herezoth trilogy novels The Crimson League, The Magic Council and The King’s Sons.

In Episode 5 of the Scenes and Sequels Podcast I chat with the exceedingly cool Chris F Holm about his brilliant Urban Fantasy/Noir novels Dead Harvest, The Wrong Goodbye and The Big Reap (The Collector Series).

In Episode 6 of the Scenes and Sequels Podcast I chat with author Taylor Eaton about her new flash fiction collection, The Suicide of the Moon.

The Scenes and Sequels Podcast: Episodes 1 to 3

S&S Podcast Artwork - 300 X 300The Scenes and Sequels Podcast for readers and writers of genre fiction is in full swing. I’ve now posted six interviews over at (and on  iTunes and Stitcher) with talented authors including Peter Cruikshank (Fantasy), Richard Newsome (Middle Grade Action/Adventure), Mur Lafferty (Urban Fantasy), Victoria Grefer (Fantasy), Chris F. Holm (Crime/Noir/Urban Fantasy) and Taylor Eaton (Flash Fiction).

It’s been a lot of fun putting the show together and my guests have shared some wonderful insights for readers and writers alike. I’m really keen to share these interviews with readers looking to discover new books and writers looking to learn more about the craft. With this in mind, here are some links to the first three episodes of the show (I’ll post episodes 4 to 6 in a few days):

On Episode 1 of the Scenes and Sequels Podcast, I chat with epic fantasy author Peter Cruikshank about his debut novel, Fire of the Covenant (Dragon-called Legend, Book 1).

Peter is a really interesting guy and was just awesome to talk to. He released Fire of the Covenant in late 2013 – about 40 years after first dreaming of becoming a published writer! Peter’s is an inspirational story, he is a wonderful example that it’s never too late to pursue your writing dreams.

On Episode 2 of the Scenes and Sequels Podcast,  I chat with middle grade author Richard Newsome about his latest novel, The Crystal Code, book 4 of his outstanding Billionaire series.

Richard also does a reading from the yet-to-be-published fifth book of the Billionaire series, tentatively titled, The House of Puzzles. Just awesome!

On Episode 3 of the Scenes and Sequels Podcast, I chat with the insightful, witty and passionate Mur Lafferty about her brilliant new urban fantasy novel, The Ghost Train to New Orleans (The Shambling Guides #2).

Mur is also a pioneer in podcasting and it really shows when she reads a few passages from her new book.

Thanks very much for you attention! I’d love to hear any comments you might have about the show.




The Scenes and Sequels Podcast : For readers and writers of genre fiction

S&S Podcast Artwork - 300 X 300I’m really excited to announce the impending launch of the Scenes and Sequels Podcast!

Scenes and Sequels is a podcast and resource for readers and writers of genre fiction. Every fortnight, I will talk about reading and writing with established and emerging authors.


The podcast will launch in mid-April but I’ve posted Episode 1 to give you a sense of what the  show is all about.

Also, please feel free to have a look around the site for book reviews and other great resources aimed at helping readers discover new books and authors and inspiring writers to learn more about the craft.



Book Review: Dead Harvest by Chris F Holm

Recently, a  friend of mine insisted that I immediately go and read Dead Harvest by Chris F Holm. It took me a few weeks to get around to reading it, but now that I have, I am eternally grateful for the recommendation. It is the best novel I’ve read for some time.

Dead Harvest (The Collector, #1)Sam Thornton is cursed for all eternity to collect the souls of the damned. But when Sam goes to collect the soul of Kate – a girl accused of brutally murdering her family , something doesn’t feel right and he decides to follow his instincts and keep her alive until he can work out what the hell is going on (no pun intended). The problem is, no Collector has ever refused to collect a soul before and Sam’s decision threatens to start an all-out war between Heaven and Hell.

It’s a cool premise and Holm delivers a clever, fast-paced story that is difficult to put down. The world is believable, the characters complex and engaging, and when you’re asked to invest emotionally in Sam and Kate’s plight, you do so willingly and without question.

Dead Harvest is a wonderfully written dark, urban fantasy with a generous helping of noir that grabs you by the soul and doesn’t let go until the final satisfying conclusion. I may be getting on the train a little late with this series but frankly, I’m just glad I’m on it. Bring on books two and three!

You can pick up a copy of Dead Harvest here and go and visit Chris F Holm’s website here.

Book review: The Shambling Guide to New York City

There is something inherently funny about monsters named Phil and Paul and it’s this kind of humour that makes (Campbell award-winning author) Mur Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide to New York City a fun read.

The Shambling Guide to New York City

Zoe is a travel writer/editor, forced to return home to New York after things didn’t quite work out in her previous job. Looking for a fresh start, she talks herself into a job with a publishing company putting together a travel guide for some of New York’s more interesting and dangerous tourists – Coterie (Monsters for the uninitiated, but don’t say that to their face).

And if working with colleagues that want to drink her blood and eat her brains wasn’t enough of a distraction, Zoe soon finds herself at the centre of a mystery that threatens to upset the delicate balance separating the human and coterie worlds (and prevent her from meeting her deadline).

The Shambling Guide to New York City is a well-written urban fantasy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And while it doesn’t ask much from its readers, its characters and unique take on human/monster relations offer plenty of appeal. It’s well worth a look – especially since the next book in the series, Ghost Train to New Orleans is due for release in a couple of weeks.

You can pick up a copy of The Shambling Guide to New York City here (Amazon) and here (Kobo).

Mur also has a fantastic blog and podcast for wannabe fiction writers which you can find here.

Book review: Realmshift by Alan Baxter


Alan Baxter’s Realmshift (The Balance #1) is an intriguing read that is well worth a look.

Realmshift (The Balance, #1)

It’s the story of Isiah, a powerful magician and agent of a spiritual entity called The Balance, who is charged with protecting a murderous scumbag from the Devil (no less), and preventing a chain of events that would destroy all humankind.

With its supernatural themes, this story was right up my alley and while it contained some horrific elements (I haven’t read much horror), it wasn’t gratuitous and served the story well.

Realmshift is at once an entertaining and thought provoking dark fantasy romp. I’m very keen to get my hands on the next book in the series, Magesign (The Balance #2).

You can pick up a  copy of Realmshift here and check out Alan Baxter’s blog here.

A pleasant surprise

I got a very nice surprise a couple of mornings ago when I woke to discover that I’d been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Massive thanks to Alecia from the Alecia Writes blog for the nomination!


After a little research I’ve discovered that a Versatile Blogger Award nomination brings with it certain responsibilities:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

With this in mind, I’d like to nominate the following blogs:

Sunflowers and Ink – writings and photography by Erica M. Christensen

Clair Elizabeth Cruddas

It is what it is – Peter Cruikshank

Little Write Lies – Taylor Eaton


Jodie Llewellyn


Vers Les Etoiles

Pablo Solares Acebal

Just. Plain. Writing

Daily (w)rite

The Padded Castle

Fatma Alici

manuscripts and marginalia


7 things about myself:

  • I love reading and writing
  • I am launching a podcast for readers and writers in the coming months
  • Fantasy is my favourite fiction genre
  • I can play 4 different musical instruments
  • I’m a dog lover but I own a cat
  • Rugby league is my favourite sport (let’s go Broncos in 2014)
  • I have no idea how to use a semicolon properly

Thanks once again for the nomination Alecia!



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