That thing is back in the sky. You know the thing – big, orangey, hard to look at. And for people here in Scotland that means a solid week of shorts, ice cream, sun burn, daytime drinking in the park, burnt burgers, knock-off Ray Bans… all the things that make it worth getting through the rest of the year-long winter.
I have divined that that perfect week will begin Monday 28th May.
To celebrate summer, I’m running a free ebook promo. From Monday 28th to Friday 1st June all my kindle books will be FREE to download, including for the first time, my latest collection of short stories, Fresh Blood Orange.
It’s holiday time, and whether you’re off to Florida, off to the caravan, or just off work, you’re going to need a book or two, or three. Why not give these a shot?
Beaten to a Pulp 2: Fresh Blood Orange
Come and meet the Queen of Junkyard Dogs: Clem Astor lives in the desert, the mirage of Vegas on the horizon, where she breeds dogs for fighting. She dreams of the Astor family junkyard where monsters ran, monsters she has brought to life.
Meet Layla, fresh out of cryo stasis at Bar-L detention centre. A child murderer, she has been released back onto the streets of Glasgow after twenty years with a new name and a new face.
Say hello to Gale, a child of Caribbean immigrants and slaves, who does battle for dominance among the Gorbals razor gangs. With her man – the Cut-Throat King – dead, she must decide if it truly is better to reign in hell…
Which brings us to Mateo Báez, condemned to Dante’s Inferno for the Catholic sins of being gay and committing suicide, now escaped to the Purgatory of summer in LA. If he can get justice for newly-murdered Lexie he might just see Paradise.
All this and more! So roll up, get close, and drop the money in the hat!
Dead in Autumn, Buried in Winter
Old Blue Eyes, Madonna, Chewbacca and Frankenstein’s Monster go trick-or-treating in the upmarket part of town. They find a lavish three-storey house lying empty, the keys left in the lock. They should post them through the letterbox, they should hand them in to a neighbour, they should leave them under the doormat. But they don’t.
It is Hallowe’en after all. The time, if any, to do the wrong thing…
David and Carol Tempest involve their two young children in a spontaneous burglary with consequences farther reaching and more severe than either of them can imagine.
Teenage loner, Cameron, and his infant sister, Alesha, take to the road in their parents’ car, heading anywhere Cameron’s daydreams and nightmares lead them.
Police Constable Warwick fails to keep his breakfast down when he finds a pair of mutilated corpses. Taken under the wing of a zealous senior detective, he has stumbled upon a case where it isn’t only the suspects who have secrets.
Beaten to a Pulp!
A manuscript discovered on a broken hard drive reveals a tale of secret societies, drugs and murder in Victorian Glasgow.
In ancient Japan a scarred servant plots to take down a dragon slumlord while in modern Tokyo gangster Hiroshi is stalked by a seemingly invincible samurai.
Smugglers from an independent Scotland cross Hadrian’s Wall – now a military border – to sell contraband single malt whisky down south, and further in the future a blight leaves the world on the brink of apocalypse.
Beaten to a Pulp! is a collection of short stories that travel widely across location, genre and time, all tied together with distinctive pulp style.