“Samuel struggled through the roots and brambles; he tripped often and grovelled in the dark tearing his trousers on the thorns. In time he reached the place, down on the bank, where the ground was damp and smelled of moss and decay. At the base of a massive willow he threw his load to the ground and paused to catch his breath.
When he knew for sure that he was untracked he bent to the task. The moon shone silver through dark branches as he turned the sod. With each swing of the long-handled pick a grunt escaped his gut, deep and guttural in the quiet. Muscles in his back and shoulders flexed and strained and he stopped often to wipe the dirty sweat that ran across his brow and stung his eyes. He stood back occasionally to assess the work shaking his head at the small results of his efforts.
Though time was short he had to have it deep enough to deny access to the wild things. The arc of the pick glinted as it caught the moonlight over and over and the ground opened a great maw that took him in further than his knees, further than his hips. He was getting there. Now he used the spade, the better to scoop the dank soil and toss it onto the growing heap.
A shrill note tore into the silence, sharp and shocking. He thrust again with the blade and again the noise rang out assaulting the silence as metal struck stone. He peered into the murk to see a boulder gleaming, bone white, like a half-erupted tooth in a blackened and decaying gum-line.
With a grunt of impatience he knelt in the soggy pit and groped at the boulder digging and pulling till his nails tore and his fingers bled. The mud and the blood congealed clubbing the ends of his fingers and he wiped them on the tail of his shirt, cursing as the sticky gobbets smeared the sweat drenched fabric.”
Meet Samuel and peer into The Grave – Free on Amazon Kindle
Leaving George has been having a lovely time giving itself away for free on Amazon. So if you fancy a freebie, set in Cornwall with some peril and a couple of cuddly moments !!!! Don’t miss the chance. (It is available on all the Amazon platforms so this link is to .com but just stick in your own extension – phnar phnar -ooh missus)
So, here it is. Some of you many remember this as Pauline is Missing but I am thrilled to share the news that the pampered and polished version Leaving George has now been published by The Book Folks
If you do remember reading it as it grew and developed on here or on Authonomy and can spare a moment to do a little review on Amazon I would be mightily grateful – if not – well Just enjoy the cover !!!!
Who Follows :-
A passing glance leads to obsession in this dark story of love, loneliness and secrets.
From the very first glance nothing is as it seems. Lies and obsession lurk beneath the surface and as the relationships develop disaster seems inevitable.
Just a few of the reviews on Amazon
A dark and awful story – free for another two days on Amazon.
Free for Kindle and Kindle Apps – go on click on the Angel !
Okay, starting on Christmas day I have made all my books free – one after the other like a little train. Free to download for reading on your lovely new Kindle that you got for Christmas.
You didn’t get a Kindle for Christmas – well blow me down, roll me in sugar and call me a doughnut – why-ever not!!!
Oh well, it doesn’t matter – download the free app, download my free books and eat your left over mince pies curled up by the fire – You know you want to – well even if you don’t – I want you to – go on. Aw gowwan
Free on Kindle from 25th May 2014 for three days
Now available in paperback from Createspace or Amazon
Now in Paperback from Amazon or Createspace
Now available in paperback.
Although this hasn’t had the best reviews on Authonomy etc it is one of my favourite stories and so, taking full advantage of modern life, which means that we can publish if we believe in something the novella, Ghost Written is now available on Kindle.
Free from tomorrow for three days
The cover is a picture of my father in laws squadron during the Second World War. The book is not about him.
A quick plug for this new anthology published by Shortbread Stories writer James Mc Ewan.
If you like shorts why not have a look and James has pledged a donation to Shortbread if his books sells well.
Reviews for Smithy
Smithy is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. Dickson is a marvelous, captivating author.
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Seventeen year old Phil is homeless and living on the streets after a run of bad luck and family problems. He meets another homeless man, the enigmatic Smithy – a wonderfully drawn character, gentle and strange, who helps Phil to realise that there is hope, and goodness in human beings.
An entertaining, quirky and oddly cheerful read.
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Smithy is a fable, perhaps a modern fairy tale, that shows us the very best in human nature. It’s a story about trust, about friendship, and about the resiliance of the human psyche. There’s a slightly derogatory phrase often used about films–“a feel good movie”–and I think I could describe Smithy “a feel good story” although, if I did, I would mean it in a totally positive way. I’d challange anyone not too feel happier and more uplifted after reading this novella.
Free for the next three days on Amazon Kindle.
Free on Amazon Kindle