My inspiration

My inspiration in writing and photography comes from the dramatic view of Dartmoor as I sit at my desk to write.

 

It is there when I walk along the quay at Exeter, in the footsteps of my Grandfather, who crossed the river there on the Butts Ferry each day on his way to work.

 

It comes from holidays in our campervan, and time spent with family. From best friends and coffee, and laughs and jokes.

 

And maybe even in a song that tells a great story.

 

From these things and more, I breathe life into my characters. 

 


 

 

 

             ANNOUNCING THE BRAND NEW BOOK. AVAILABLE NOW ON KINDLE

 

It has been a long journey, but I got there after plenty of twists and turns, and a lot of hard work and I am delighted to announce that my new book "1959 Secrets of the Valley" has been published today on Amazon Kindle.

 



 

THE THIRD BOOK IN THE DECADES SERIES

 

 

 

1959

Secrets

of the Valley

 

 

   Nicholas Leech faces enemies old and new in the third book of the Decades series.

 

 

 

 

 

    Nicholas would love the chance of a quiet life, but living outside the law means that he sees danger everywhere. So when an old friend begs for help, Nicholas knows he must act for the sake of his family. Even if it means killing again.
Reluctantly, he embarks on a journey into a murky past, where he learns the hard way that nothing can put right mistakes made so long ago.

    Success will bring its own rewards though, and Nicholas looks forward to a life where he can finally put the ghosts of the past behind him, where they belong.

 



 

THE FIRST BOOK IN THE DECADES SERIES

  

 

 

1939

A View

from the Hill

 

    The date is August 1939 and with Europe on the brink of war, Nicholas Leech leaves his home in the Devon village of  Marleham to  join the Royal Air force, in the desperate fight against a terrifying enemy.

 

 

   

 

    In those early days of World War 2, nobody was prepared for the speed and overwhelming power of the enemy forces as they smashed their way through Europe. The race was on to rescue the scattered remnants of the British army, but an ill prepared mission over occupied territory goes badly wrong.
    Abandoned in a dangerous world, where he is running for his life, Nicholas must learn who to trust, before he can rely on the courage of strangers. He begins to wonder how he got it so wrong, when he finds himself hiding on a French hillside, waiting to kill a train. He didn't learn about that during training, nor did he expect to be lying in a stinking muddy ditch, talking with a dead man.

 

 

 


 

THE SECOND BOOK IN THE DECADES SERIES

 

 

 

 

1949

The Other Side

of the Hill

 

 

    In the sequel to "1939 A View From the Hill", feelings are running high on both sides of the English Channel, and Nicholas Leech is in trouble from the moment he steps off the ship at Dover.

   

 

 

    Isolated and friendless, Nicholas soon learns that he has no chance of ever getting home, and he must fight his own battles, until help arrives in a most unlikely disguise.


    Four years after the end of the war, Britain is a very different place to the one Nicholas left behind. After that desperate fight for survival, old wounds are slow to heal and there are scores to settle, both here and in France.