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Archaeology, ghosts, and a sweet m/m romance in brand new book 'Trench Warfare'.



Thanks for dropping in. Most of my books involve history, the paranormal and romance in varying (and varyingly weird!) combinations. They include gay ghostly romance December Roses, gay vampire romance Echoes of Blood, and my latest book Trench Warfare, a sweet m/m romance set on an archaeological excavation. So whether you like ghosts, vampires, time travel or tentacles, hopefully you'll find something new to read.

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Guest blog post

What links Time Team and a superfluous sword to my sweet archaeology/paranormal romance Trench Warfare? Find out at A L Lester's blog!

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New short story

Taking Flight is set on the shores of Windermere in the English Lake District and partly inspired by a desire to escape Coronavirus lockdown.

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New review and interview

Scottish author Carol McKay (of Incunabulum) posted an interview with me and a lovely review of December Roses.

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Trench Warfare

"After the emotional roller-coaster of the last few weeks I'd take slippers all day long."

"I highly recommend this for an entertaining read with a touch of romance and the paranormal."
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County archaeologist Steve Saunders desperately wants his latest dig to be a success. Too many people think he’s too young for the job, and besides, the chance to track down the town’s missing priory is too good to miss.

But the dig seems to be jinxed. The weather’s awful, the clients want the land back to build an apartment block, and the clients' representative tries every dodgy trick in the book. On top of that there’s a strange, unfriendly atmosphere about the place. Could that be why the priory disappeared so thoroughly? And what’s the link to the unusual stairs Steve’s assistant Jon finds in the cloister trench?

Throughout everything, Jon proves to be an invaluable support. But when he tries a trick of his own, he sets off a chain of events that lead to a result nobody, least of all Steve, expects.

This sweet, no-sex m/m romance is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Recent articles and guest posts

Garden inspiration

Check out which childhood literary classics, and which mysterious English gardens, combined to inspire the setting and backstory of December Roses, at Anne Barwell's blog.

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  • Tolkien drinking game

    See how many Lord of the Rings references you can spot hidden in December Roses! Details at Jay Mountney's blog.

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  • History, Romans, Liverpool and... vampires?!

    Yes, there really is a connection! See what links all four in Echoes of Blood at Annie Whitehead's blog.

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I live in a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance of England's largest lake. I rarely have my nose far from the pages of a good book - or a cup of tea!

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