Latest news 2024-07-03: Ebook sale (1st – 31st July 2024): short story cybercrime fiction Unsocial Media free; short story cybercrime fiction Smile for the Camera free; short story noir crime fiction I’ve Heard the Mermaid Sing free; crime fiction novel The Private Enemy US$1.99; illustrated children’s story The Foolish Hedgehog US$0.99.

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[book image] The Briefcase. Convinced that his secretive wife is cheating on him, Aide investigates with an attractive young goth he meets at the pub. Pending.
Convinced that his secretive wife, Annie, is cheating on him, Aide meets an attractive young goth at the pub who helps him pick the lock of Annie's briefcase to search for incriminating evidence.

[book image] The Fourth Protectorate. Alternative history set in 1980s/90s London. Pending.
In an alternate 1984, the Brighton bomb kills the entire British Cabinet, triggering a spate of increasingly draconian laws that lead to a return of a Cromwell-style Protectorate. Amid mounting civil disturbances, Mark Barton’s sole ambition is to bring down London crime lord Raymond Brown (‘Mr Ray’) following the murder of Mark’s parents by Mr Ray’s protection racket. Mark’s actions unwittingly allow the newly emerging Protectorate to firmly establish itself as a police state, and he becomes a tool of the new propaganda department. Can he undo the damage done and restore democracy?

[book image] Muirgealia. Fantasy novel. Pending.
In a world of swords, sorcery and temporal magic, Luciana and Rupert are caught up in events that span five hundred years as two rival lost civilisations seek to restore their homelands.

[book image] Smile for the Camera. A cybercrime short story. In print. Availability: Ebook US$0.99 (available from Smashwords and other ebook retailers).
Evelyn, a CCTV operator, sees too much information while she monitors a store’s self-service checkout tills in this cybercrime short story about identity theft.

[book image] Unsocial Media. Cybercrime short story. In print. Availability: Ebook US$0.99 (available from Smashwords and other ebook retailers).
A cybercrime short story cautionary tale about the dangers of sharing too much information. Greg has unwisely accepted a friend request from “Natalie”, a stranger who starts to stalk him after failing to hook him in a scam. The stalking moves from the digital world to real life when Natalie shares a photo of Greg with his neighbour Susie, in what looks like a compromising position. Unknown to any of them, Greg’s wife (the unnamed narrator) has a secret life of her own and is doggedly following Natalie’s trail.

[book image] I’ve Heard the Mermaid Sing. 1920s crime fiction short story. In print. Availability: Ebook US$0.99 (available from Smashwords and other ebook retailers).
It’s 1928 and Albert Sternheimer, a yegg (jewel thief) from St Louis, is travelling on the RMS Aquitania with a case of stolen jewels, but unknown to him there's someone else on board with an interest in him and the contents of his case.

[book image] The Private Enemy. Crime/SF novel set in future East Anglia. In print. Availability: Paperback £11.99 (in store). Ebook US$3.99 (available from Smashwords and other ebook retailers).
In the Fenland area of Norfolk, the last Earl of Wynherne is found dead on the study floor of his Gothic mansion. His daughter is missing, having run off after stabbing the seemingly respectable Mr Allerton in the leg. Detective Inspector Charles Hadley and his partner Detective Sergeant Sarah Fenning are called in to investigate, but in this retro world of gangsters and corrupt city police a wrong move could destroy the fragile alliances and trigger war after thirty years of uneasy peace. This novel is set in a future where the Anti-Technology League collide with demands to restore former levels of technology, rival gangsters battle for dominance, and government agencies are determined to reinforce their message that the world is united in peace and prosperity — by any means necessary. Into this mix comes the last of the Coulgranes of Wynherne, hell-bent on revenge.

[book image] Cuac, Cuac, Cuac. ¡Devuélveme mi sombrero ya! Out of print.
Patito vive en el río Amazonas y adora su gran sombrero negro, pero un día el malvado viento se lleva el sombrero. Patito lo persigue y en el camino se encuentra con sus amigos el loro arara (guacamayo), el perezoso, el caimán y el chigüiro. Todos se unen a la persecución.

[book image] The Foolish Hedgehog. A cautionary tale about road safety and stranger-danger. In print. Availability: Ebook US$1.99 (available from Smashwords and other ebook retailers).
A little hedgehog promises his grandmother that he won't go onto the wasteland (the road) where the dragons (vehicles) live, but one day he's tempted onto the road by a hungry crow. Will he manage to get home safely? This story can be used to introduce young children to the concepts of road safety and stranger-danger.

[book image] Quack, Quack, Quack. Give My Hat Back! A little duck’s hat is stolen by the naughty wind. Out of print.
Little Duck lives on the Amazon River and he loves his big, black hat, but one day the naughty wind steals his hat. Little Duck chases after it, and on the way he meets his friends the arara (macaw) parrot, the sloth, the caiman and the capybara who all join in the chase.