Archive for April, 2014

SnowblindMy short story ‘Snow Blind’ has been published in Wordland 4, the ‘Whited Sepulchres’ issue, alongside works by Allen Ashley, Gary Budgen, Mark Howard Jones and Terry Grimwood. You can read the full issue here:

And here is my story:

And here is the premise for the issue:

Wordland 4: Whited Sepulchres
“…for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward
but are within full of dead mens  bones and of all uncleaness.” The Gospel of St Matthew 23:27

Whited sepulchres
Whitewashed and gleaming in in the sun.

Whited sepulchres
The politician’s smile
The deceiver’s handshake
The freshly painted house of secrets

Whited sepulchres
We know where to find them
Let us show you.
Take our clammy, tremulous hands, and we will lead you inside and deep into their rotten hearts.”

whp ajkCheck out my profile on the White House Press website here:

White House Press LogoWhite House Press are the publishers of my novel When Elephants Walk Through The Gorbals which is available as both a paperback and ebook publication. You can check out their dedicated ‘When Elephants’ page here:


418rFzSU92L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_My April book of the month is the dark, muscular Kidney Punch by first-time author Andy Jacobi. The book was winner of the White House Press First Novel awards and it is an utterly original work. At times painfully moving, at times exhilarating, the prose is tightly wrought, the characters well drawn, and the fight scenes are breathtaking.

You can purchase Kidney Punch here:

Here’s the synopsis:

“Shane Jackett is a fighter, born and bred.
He’s had to fight for everything, all his life.
It is all he knows how to do.

But when his family is threatened to be torn apart for a second time, Shane faces a terrible choice.

Unflinching in its honesty, and often brutal in its outlook, ‘Kidney Punch’ is the story of Shane’s coming to terms with his own masculinity in a world where there are a severe lack of adequate role models.

It’s a story about men escaping from responsibility, through drinking, fighting, running away.

It’s about trying to do the right thing when things get so bad it is not even clear what the right thing is.

This is the first novel by North-West England-based author, ANDY JACOBI, and it is already garnering high-praise from critics.”

And here’s Andy Jacobi’s author bio:

“Literary life began at 40 for Andy Jacobi. They say everyone has a book in them, but until Andy had reached middle-age that was where he believed that book would be forced to remain.

A keen MMA fighter, and exponent of the martial arts, Andy had always thought his creativity resided in more physical pursuits. But then, injury forced him to retire from the fighting scene. And suddenly Andy itched to do something else… to write…

Andy served his writing apprenticeship at the Ravenscar Mount Writing School, where he penned a number of short fictions, some of which were published. Having graduated, he began work on his magnum opus, Kidney Punch.

The novel would eventually win White House Press’s inaugural First Novel Award.

Andy is now working on his second novel, provisionally entitled Dustbustin’.”

You can purchase Kidney Punch here:

When Elephants Walk Through the Gorbals is now available as a paperback.

UK readers can get a hold of a copy here:

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When Elephants Walk Through the Gorbals has been released as an ebook, with the paperback to follow in three weeks’ time. US Readers can purchase your copy from here: and UK readers can purchase it from here:

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Elephants cover pngWith When Elephants walk through the Gorbals on the starter’s block, ready for release, this week we’ve been revisiting the first book in the JIM HUNTER series, The Magpie Trap, a book which was very well received by fans and critics alike.

Remember, The Magpie Trap is still free, here.

Here’s what ‘Kitty’ said about The Magpie Trap on, in her review entitled ‘A dark journey into the heart of the get-rich dream‘:

Buy from Kindle Image“Three men, all involved in the security industry, are manipulated by a sinister and secretive figure into undertaking a high-tech heist on a printing works. Their prize – a printer which can produce legal tender for any country in the world – seems to represent everything they’ve ever dreamed of. But the group is gradually torn apart by the failings and insecurities of its members.

“The Magpie Trap” is a great piece of contemporary British Noir, set in the urban jungle of the partly-regenerated centre of Leeds. The “magpie trap” of the title refers both to an exceptionally nasty piece of gamekeeping, and the fatal attraction that society’s shiny things have for the book’s three central characters. As we watch the three flawed but likeable men losing everything they value in their quest for riches, we’re drawn deeper into the hollowness at the heart of their dreams of success.

This could have been an incredibly bleak story, and its ending is certainly very dark, but there’s also a lot of humour along the way – including some great cameos from hideous bosses, embarrassing parents and irritating clients. The dialogue is sharp and funny (think Shallow Grave andTrainspotting) and the sense of place is fantastic (if you know Leeds, you’ll recognise it; if you don’t, you’ll feel as if you’ve been there). Like all good thrillers, it’s driven by character rather than events. The downfall of the three thieves is inevitable not because of what they do, but because of who they are. The final revelation is highly satisfying, and wraps up a fast-paced story with a suitably high-concept thought that leaves the reader wondering whether they’d behave any differently.

An excellent and thought-provoking heist story that’s well above the average.”

Buy from Kindle ImageTo celebrate the forthcoming release of When Elephants Walk Through The Gorbals, the first novel in the series, The Magpie Trap is available for FREE from today up until Monday 14th April.

You can snare your copy of The Magpie Trap here:

Elephants cover pngAnd keep watching these pages for more updates on the release of When Elephants Walk Through The Gorbals, which will soon be available in paperback and ebook versions.