Monday, December 16, 2013


Yesterday's author talk at Helensvale Library went exceptionally well, with a lively question time afterwards.  I have been asked to repeat the talk at the same venue at 11:30 am on Saturday 18 January 2014.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


This link will take you to a profile, a list of credits and other information about me at Gold Coast LitScene:


My next author talk will be at Helensvale Library, Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale at 11:00 am on Monday 16 December.  I will mainly be talking about Calvus but will touch on The Election and my journey to this stage of my writing career.

Friday, October 25, 2013


Just back from the 2014 annual literary lunch conducted by the Gold Coast Writers' Association.  It was great. Ray Martin was the guest speaker and we got to preview his new book Ray Martin's World a revelation in words and stunning photography of his journalistic career spanning 48 years.

Great talk, great food, great company. A real credit to the Association.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I have today signed contracts for publication of three novels with Custom Book Publications.  The first to be published will be Agnus Dei in time for the 2014 London Book Fair.  This will be followed by Sleeping With The Angels and A Dragon In The Snow though not necessarily in that order.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Great news!  The price for the electronic version of Calvus is now only $2.99. It's available on Amazon, iTunes and many other online outlets.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


My manuscript Agnus Dei has been awarded Runner-up in my category in an awards contest run by Custom Book Publications.  It will be published in time for the 2014 London Book Fair in early April where it will be released.

Friday, August 16, 2013


Calvus has received another great review, this time from Jill Smith, writing for Book Coasters.  

The cover of this book is dark and foreboding; however, I was delighted to find myself immersed in the mystery of the police investigation of a crucified body in modern day St Albans, England in Verulamium Park.  This was the historical site of such punishments in ancient Roman times.  Was there a band of Roman enthusiasts going about in costume with full regalia who carried out this horrific act?  Would DI Chris O'Rourke find out who the victim was and bring the culprits to justice?  How does this case relate back to ancient Romans living in the sodden, cool English climate 2000 years earlier?

This is a fascinating story of Julianus Tadius Calvus, his journey around the world serving the Roman Empire, first as a legionary, then after his marriage to his beloved Vipsania, rising through the ranks to centurion, his peace keeping duties in the Roman outpost suiting his nature.  His adoring children Zeno and Fannia, his true love Vipsania and their devoted slave Helena lived comfortably, not expecting trouble from any others than the locals he went out on patrol to subdue.  Little did he realise that imbibing with a fellow centurion, a slip of the tongue without his wits could lead to devastating consequences for himself and his family.

The investigation in the modern day is frustratingly impossible to solve.  DI O'Rourke is confronted by a crowd of religious zealots over-running the crime scene at Verulamium Park and while the police set up a vigil to watch on a rough group of Roman fanatics who dress up in Roman costumes to indulge in orgies, they don't seem capable of such a heinous crime.

I loved the way the way the families in past history and the modern world were portrayed.  Darryl has provided a page turning and engrossing tale.

Monday, July 1, 2013


I have two talks coming up on the same day on my current book tour.  The first will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday 09 July at the Burleigh Heads Library, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads; then I will be guest speaker for Southport Rotary Club which meets at the Southport Golf Club, Slatyer Avenue, Southport at 6:00 pm.  I will be talking about both my published novels The Election and Calvus.

Monday, June 17, 2013


After an hiatus in my current book tour I finally have another author talk coming up this time at Elanora Library at 11:00 am on Monday 24 June. I will be talking about my self-published novel The Election as well as my latest release Calvus published by Morris Publishing Australia. Let's hope there's a crowd and I make a few sales. Fingers crossed.

I am currently putting the finishing touches on my manuscript Agnus Dei which is just about editor-ready and I've commenced work on my most ambitious project yet, working title Bounty.  I'm really looking forward to undertaking the massive research necessary for this one.

Friday, April 19, 2013


The next stop on my current book tour will be at Kenmore Library, Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Road, Kenmore between 10:00 am and 11:00 am Friday 26 April.

Friday, April 5, 2013


My next talk will be for the Parkwood Rotary Club to be held at 6:45 am on Wednesday 10 April at the Parkwood International Golf Club.  I'm really looking forward to it and hope I can sell as many copies of Calvus as I did at the last couple of talks I did.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


I will be guest speaker at two events next week, both for Rotary Clubs.  The first will be for Broadbeach Rotary commencing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday 26 March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Broadbeach, the second the very next morning at 7:00 am on Wednesday 27 March for Hope Island Rotary at the old Sanctuary Cove Country Club.

It will be my second time guest speaking for Broadbeach Rotary having visited a couple of years ago to talk about my novel The Election and the interesting time I had self-publishing it. This time I will be focusing more on my novel Calvus published by Morris Publishing Australia.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


There is a great interview of me by Clancy Tucker on his website today.  Visit and view the page for 28 February 2013.

Friday, February 15, 2013


The Election is now available as a Kindle download from at the reduced price of $2.99.

Friday, February 8, 2013


My next author talk will be for the Rotary Club of Mermaid Beach at 12:15 pm on Wednesday 13 February.  I'm looking forward to that.  I will be talking about both of my published novels, The Election and Calvus. Speaking engagements this year are looking good.  There are plenty in the diary and I'm sure there are more to come.

Monday, January 28, 2013


I will be running another free promotion of the Kindle edition of The Election commencing at 12 am Pacific Standard Time (US) on 01 February 2013 and finishing at 11:59 pm on 02 February 2013.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I had a great morning at Probus Club, Mt Tamborine yesterday.  I talked mainly about Calvus but touched on The Election too, and of course my background and my journey to becoming a published writer.  I am currently in communication with other organisations and it looks like shaping up into a good year for author talks and book signings.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


My next author talk and book signing will be for Probus Club, Mt Tamborine scheduled for 11:00 am on Wednesday 16 January.