Monday, 3 April 2017

I Am Fury


Product Description

All will be revealed in the fury of the flames…

    A perfect life, a perfect day, all comes crashing down around Mary-Anne, just when everything seemed perfect. A loving husband, an adorable son, and a positive pregnancy test, have her walking on cloud nine. And then, in a single moment, everything changed…

   After being brutally kidnapped off the streets, Mary-Anne finds herself cast into the fiery pits of Hell. Kept against her will and relentlessly tortured, the demon's of Hell solicit her fear to fuel her kidnappers' dark, terrible magic.

Secrets and lies from her past begin to resurface as she is exposed to the flames of Hell. In the eternally smouldering abyss, Mary-Anne must summon whatever strength remains to her to save herself and her loved ones. She must accept the fury and fear within. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

I am Fury - blurb

Blurb release

All will be revealed in the fury of the flames…

    A perfect life, a perfect day, all comes crashing down around Mary-Anne, just when everything seemed perfect. A loving husband, an adorable son, and a positive pregnancy test, have her walking on cloud nine. And then, in a single moment, everything changed…

   After being brutally kidnapped off the streets of her hometown, Mary-Anne finds herself cast into the fiery pits of Hell. Kept against her will and relentlessly tortured, the demon's of Hell solicit her fear to fuel her kidnappers' dark, terrible magic.

Secrets and lies from her past begin to resurface as she is exposed to the flames of Hell. In the eternally smouldering abyss, Mary-Anne must summon whatever strength remains to her to save herself and her loved ones. She must accept the fury and fear within. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

I am Fury - Chapter 1

My latest project is nearing its end. I hope to release around June/July 2017.
In the mean time here is a draft first chapter. I hope you enjoy. I will release further sample chapters, book covers and blurb as it is ready. I am looking for beta readers as well.

CHAPTER 1

Mary-Anne

The houses on the narrow terrace street looked familiar to her. But instead of the normally organised parking along each kerb, smashed and burnt out cars littered the road. The front car a twisted smouldering wreck; another had a bullet hole through a blood splattered windscreen. The houses carried similar violent scars of broken windows and smoke billowing out into the dark. The house on the corner had the entire first floor missing. Its debris swirled across the street, whipping about in the cold night air.
A breeze cut into her body and brought with it a rotten smell. She curled up her nose and tried not to breathe through it. She wrapped her arms around her body to keep warm. Her flesh on flesh squelched and alerted her eyes down to blood coated arms. She held them out in front. Her red hands trembled and pulse raced. Her naked body was soaked in blood. She screamed and bolted down the street to her house. As she ran, her blood matted hair slapped into her face and bare feet burned on the cold rough concrete.
Ahead, the body of a woman lay twisted with the torso facing the opposite way to her legs; her eyes and mouth stuck wide and hands held out as if to defend. On the other side of the street, a man lay face down, with blood pooled around his head and severed leg a few yards up the street. Bodies torn limb from limb littered the rest of the street, their rotten stench assaulting her nostrils.
She sprinted harder, but in her path, a middle-aged woman and pre-teen girl, with ripped and blackened blood splattered clothes, were crouched over a prone man. They sobbed over him, and his laboured breath steamed upwards. The woman placed her hand on his cheek, and his last breath blew out. The women broke into a stream of tears and slumped over the body, taking one last moment altogether.
Mary-Anne approached, bloodied hands held out. “Please, help me.”
They turned around; lines of tears marked down their dirty faces. The young girl screamed.
“Get away,” the woman shouted and hauled the girl onto her feet.
“Please, help me,” she said.
The woman yanked the young girl’s arm, and they ran down the street into darkness.
“Wait,” she shouted after them, but two screams echoed back from the darkness and then abruptly stopped. The dead man’s hand slipped off his stomach, showing his fatal injury, a stab wound through his gut.
 Footsteps dragged along the street and groans echoed around. She twisted around as dark figures shuffled forwards. She spun to run away. But the twisted torso of the woman jerked into the light. Her body and head fixed at an angle to her legs. A man, with a bullet hole in his head and glass embedded into his face, lurched into reach. The dead man on the floor jerked limb by limb to his feet. His eyes veiled in a white cloud. The newly dead had arisen and closed in on every side. The whites of their undead eyes glared at her and hands groped inches away.
She curled up in her arms ready to die, but they stopped, recoiled and pointed. “You.”

#

She jumped awake, sitting bolt upright in bed, heart pounding. Her arms wet, blood? She twisted around and turned on the bedside light to check. Thankfully, sweat coated her arms instead. Her whole body was soaked from the night terrors. To her side, her husband, Thomas turned around. His muscular shoulders and chest uncovered. His black hair ruffled. He opened one eye. “Your nightmare?”
“Yeah,” she said, trying to control her breathing.
“How scary is being naked on the bus? You nearly hit the ceiling that time.”
“I know,” she replied, lying back down.
“Take a deep breath. It’s just a dream. Night,” he said and wrapped an arm around her.

“Night,” she replied and slid into his embrace.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Vampires Vs Aliens



Product Description

A fragile truce exists between Human and Vampire.
The peace brokered by Damien Argent; ex-SAS Captain, ex-Slayer Leader and currently the Vampire King for thirty years.

But Aliens arrive and with it the opportunity to win the feuds between humans and vampires, and internal vampire factions.

The first contact is soon realized to be an invasion by the alien empire.
For Humans and Vampires, it's 'better the devil you know.'

The Humans and Vampires with other supernatural forces of Witches and Werewolves, must come together in a dark alliance to save the planet.

Vampires Vs Aliens: Dark Alliance, is a mash up of when the worlds of science fiction and supernatural collide.

Amazon only

Sample Chapter

http://www.thornsneedles.com/2016/05/vampires-vs-aliens-sample-chapter-1.html

Vampires Vs Aliens - Sample Chapter 1

http://www.thornsneedles.com/2016/05/vampires-vs-aliens.html

Chapter One

As the sun began its cooling descent, Eva felt the humidity of the summer day finally begin to lift from her head, a pressure had built around it all day. Normally the oppressive atmosphere signalled to her a storm was coming, but she couldn't see a cloud in the clear blue sky. She rubbed her temples to clear her mind and gently pushed herself back and forth on the swing in the park, allowing the breeze from her motion to wash away the stifling humidity.
Her friends sat crossed legged on the floor in front. They swung in and out of her view whilst they tapped away on their phones, texting, face-booking or twittering. She didn’t know which, or cared much. The day grew late, and she would have to say goodbye to another summer’s day and head home for a late tea. 
 She closed her blue eyes, swung back and forth, and continued to enjoy the cooling breeze on her face, while her dark bobbed hair floated away in the air. At home she imagined her parents would be enjoying the peace and quiet now she'd reached those dreaded teenage years. She got on with them okay, for parents they were good and they had allowed her to go to the park by herself.
She had spent most of the day with her friends exchanging gossip about school friends and celebrities. They had teased her a little about her crush on Josh, and encouraged her to finally try and do something about it this year. She had tried as they broke up for summer holidays to arrange a get together, but he was in such a rush to go off and play football with his friends, that she hadn't gotten the chance. Eva had been told through a friend of a friend that he was interested. That was as far as it went.
Definitely this year. She idly daydreamed about being his girlfriend and her pulse raced faster. She pushed her legs harder back and forth on the swing, gaining extra height and speed with each movement.
“No way,” Gemma, her friend, shouted out.
“What?” Jean answered, looking up from her phone.
“Check this out,” she said, and shoved her phone into her friend's lap.
A moment passed and she guessed they had stumbled across some celebrity gossip. She waited the news without any excitement - who's dating who, and who looks fat? That kind of trashy celebrity headline.
Jean gasped. “No way. It’s been photo shopped. They are messing with you.”
“Yeah, what about all the others. It's tweeting everywhere, follow the hashtag #aliens,” Gemma answered, her voice quickening.
That wasn’t the sentence she expected to hear, and leapt off the swing and staggered over.
On the phone in front of her, a multitude of photos of huge shiny white rectangle ships forcing their way through the Earth’s atmosphere. She dropped to her knees by their side and drew in a sharp intake of breath while placing a hand to her chest.
They flicked through the pictures being reported all across the world and posted online. A huge space ship had cast a shadow over the Whitehouse in America, and then one over the Houses of Parliament in London.
London! That meant they weren't far away. Her immediate reaction was a hoax. Maybe a CGI stunt to advertise the latest Sci-fi blockbuster. But that hope had evaporated when the BBC streamed live pictures from the Houses of Parliament as the massive white spaceship drowned out the sunlight. She rubbed her temples again, the oppressive atmosphere was squeezing her head further and the tension in her body mounted.
The storm broke and thunder banged over head. A shock wave squeezed her face first into the soft tarmac of the playground. Eva rolled over onto her back and looked up into the sky. The summer’s clear blue sky had darkened as a huge white spaceship masked the warming glory of the Sun and a cold shiver shuddered through her spine. They are here.
She wriggled her phone free from her jean’s pocket and held it up. Her hands shook making the image of the space craft wobble on the screen. She swallowed at her dry throat and tensed up to click a few photos, and then sent them to her social media accounts. Her friends did the same as the ship continued to descend bellowing plumes of smoke into the sky from which ash rained down.
Eva lay next to her friends transfixed at the descending space ship. She couldn't think of anything to say. Aliens had arrived and all she could think to do was take a photo.
The first of the ash floated within reach, and Eva raised her hand up to greet it but it wafted through her fingers. The next piece of ash floated down onto her gaping mouth and she wiped it away.
Behind, shouting and screaming came from the road, and a smashing of metal and screeching of tyres. Soon sirens began to whirl and the old air raid warning wailed out. It was a sound she had only ever heard in second world war films, but she knew what it meant - get somewhere safe.
The chaos made it real, this wasn't some fantastic special effects or 3D movie, this was real life. Aliens were coming and no one knew what that really meant. She stared at her friends laying either side of her on the soft tarmac of the playground, hoping they had an answer, but they stared mouths slacked and eyes enlarged.
“I am going home,” Eva said, and jumped to her feet as more ash drifted down into her face.
She ran, her heart pounding and muscles on fire. Her two friends had likewise taken the hint and headed their separate ways back to what they would normally consider safety. She wanted to get home to tell her parents and feel protected. As she ran home, the ship dominated the sky bringing its reality shattering bulk closer to the ground. Home and safety, mum and dad, was all she could think of as she sprinted through the chaotic streets.
A blue Ford fiesta skidded across the road towards her and she leapt out the way as it collided with the lamppost. In front her teacher, Miss Clark, staggered out into the road and stared up at the ship. A car skidded across the road as it swerved to avoid hitting a man in the back as he ran home, only to smash Miss Clarke onto its bonnet. Other cars screeched to a halt and shunted into one another as too distracted by the spaceship overhead, or trying to avoid the collision.
She should have stopped, but the reactions of the people spiralled her into a panic. Instead she sprinted harder, pushing past people to get home as quickly as possible. Tears rolled down her face, but she wouldn't slow to brush them away.
The road quickly became littered with cars and people as they stopped in their tracks to watch. She carried on weaving her way through the mass of people staring mouths open and eyes wide to soak in the space ships, like zombies caught in a trance. She continued down the street, through the alley and avoided the red post office van turning right as it hit a motorcyclist. Her heart jolted again and body jerked away from the accident.
She burst through the front door and straight into the living room to find her parents sat on the sofa glued to the TV set showing the alien space ships. She jumped on to the sofa and into the safety of her parents arms.
“It will be okay, Eva,” her father said, as he looked down into her tear filled eyes.
But she could tell from his frown he was as scared as her. The safety she craved from her parents wasn’t something they could offer. It occurred to her no one could guarantee her safety. The planet lay at the mercy of these unknown space ships and the entities that had brought them here. Any technology that could travel across space, would have powerful weapons that Earth could never match.
She silently passed him the phone and brought up the pictures.
“Here?” he asked.
She just nodded, swallowed and pointed outside.

Book News

New book on the way  - "Vampires Vs Aliens"

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F60ONHO
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F60ONHO

Guess what it is about?

It is due to be published for the 16th June 2016.
The book will only be available from amazon for the first 6 months.
It will be on the kindle unlimited subscription and I will make the first 2 days FREE.

I have been working on this book in the background between other writing. This year I set aside time to finish it off.

I hope you will all enjoy reading it. It was quite a challenge to think how these two worlds could collide.

In the forth coming weeks I will publish the blurb and the cover via these pages.

This should be 1 of 2 books I will publish this year.

The second is called "I am Fury".
Another supernatural and paranormal story with new characters. More later.