publications

To Be Sure (HBTC Novella)

16th November, 2017
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Expected: Late 2017 Length: 25,000 words (110 pages) approx. Saorla Tierney's sons are conspiring against her, and at their age, they should know better. After all, she's nearly seventy-one herself, and, quite frankly, whether she still 'has needs' is none of their business. OK, so, maybe she was a bit harsh with Sean when all he did was ask if she and Aileen... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


So Long, Little Black Diamonds

8th July, 2017
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Published: 8th August, 2017 Length: 5,500 words (40 pages) approx. So Long, Little Black Diamonds A short and glorious true tale of friendship, and a dog on wheels. NOTE: what you will read here is not embellished in any way. These are real events, and they may cause some readers distress. Thus, whilst I've tried to capture the character, sense of... [READ MORE]


The Making Of Us (CHO #4)

20th June, 2017
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EXPECTED: June 20th, 2017 LENGTH: 97,000 words (366 pages) approx. When English Lit. student Jesse Thomas meets Leigh Hunter, he has to reconsider a few assumptions he's made about himself. Two years ago, Jesse joined Pride - the uni's LGBT+ society - to support best friend Noah, and Noah's boyfriend, Matty. As a straight, cismale ally, Jesse keeps a low... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Reunions (HBTC #7)

19th April, 2017
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Expected: 19th April, 2017 Length: 237,000 words (850 pages) approx. (Temporary blurb) When greed, fear and obsession rule the senses, danger is never more than a heartbeat away. A night of celebration affords the perfect opportunity for an unlikely band of criminals to make their move, but as details emerge, it soon becomes clear the crime is far more... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Of The Bauble

15th December, 2016
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Published: 15th December 2016 Length: 37,000 words (140 pages) approx. When nineteen-year-old Kieran O'Sullivan takes a trip to the attic for the Christmas decorations, it proves to be an illuminating experience. Box includes: - a hapless but not altogether helpless student - a pedantic supernatural being (or two, or...well, quite a few) -... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Class-A (HBTC short story)

1st December, 2016
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Published: 1st December, 2016 Length: 10100 words (50 pages) approx. Simon is young and handsome. To the people around him, he looks like he's got it all - money, looks, a future with a wife... All mapped out by his parents. But Simon is gay. And Simon is high. And when Simon sees his fake girlfriend Jess alongside a boy... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

1st August, 2016
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Published: August 1st, 2016 (second edition) Length: 67,500 words (248 pages) "This is the natural order of things: for each decision we make, there is an infinite number of possible outcomes, only one of which comes into being. It is an infallible truth; our future is born, singular. But for you, that is no longer the case." Jack Davies led an unremarkable... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Those Jeffries Boys (HBTC Novel)

26th May, 2016
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Published: 26th May, 2016 Length: 101k words (344 pages) approx. Three brothers: doting dads, dealing with the everyday challenges of fatherhood. Following the imprisonment of his ex-girlfriend, Mike Jeffries has one priority: his six-month-old daughter, Bethan. Between caring for her and being a self-employed painter and decorator, he's already got enough on... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Chain of Secrets (HBTC Novella)

14th February, 2016
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Published: 14th February, 2016 Length: 35k words (120 pages) approx. Josh and George have always shared the special bond of friendship. From days in primary school, to holidays spent riding their bikes along the canal, theirs is a promise to remain best friends forever. But can that promise withstand the trials of adolescence, and the changes in their feelings... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Checking In (CHO #3)

15th December, 2015
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Freelance engineer Sol Brooks is in hot demand. He's landed a couple of big contracts and is all set for a business trip back to the other side of the pond. The last thing he needs is an unexpected visitor to complicate his departure. Especially when that visitor puts his relationship with husband Adam on rocky ground. Determined to fulfil his contractual... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Taking Him On (CHO #2)

5th September, 2015
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It's almost a year since Noah told Matty they needed to cool it, believing it was the sensible thing to do. After all, they were too intense, and they were both failing uni. Now, with Matty just weeks away from taking up his place at a prestigious London dance academy, Noah is desperate to make the most of the little time they have left. It's only temporary separation, and they are... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


When Skies Have Fallen

8th July, 2015
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Part of the Love is an Open Road event (MMRomanceGroup.com). Published 8th July, 2015 For many in war-torn 1944, love blossoms in the dance hall, and airman Arty Clarke is no exception. He's a thinker and a dreamer; however, it's not the beautiful, talented dancer in his arms - his best friend Jean -... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Leaving Flowers (SOT #1)

1st May, 2015
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Co-written by Debbie McGowan and Raine O'Tierney Published: 1st May, 2015 Length: approx 250 pages (66,000 words) Shy and awkward since childhood, Aidan Degas is now a man lost. His twin - Aidan's other half, Nadia - died tragically young, leaving him with nothing to get him through his days but his job at the prestigious Grand Heights Luxury Apartments and... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Two By Two (HBTC #6)

31st March, 2015
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[Hiding Behind The Couch Series: Season Six] Two pregnancies, two babies, two troubled teens. Two psychologists hunting down the leader of a deadly cult. When Libby takes a stand against her abusive parents, Josh and George readily make her a part of their family. However, her parents may have been involved in something altogether more sinister, and now The Circle... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Hiding Out (CHO/HBTC Novella)

18th March, 2015
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[Hiding Behind The Couch meets Checking Him Out] If any adult was going to get the chicken pox, it would be Sean Tierney. That alone would be bad enough, but his illness means friend and colleague, Josh Sandison-Morley, has to step in and face his fears: guest-speaking at a university in Norwich. As Josh gathers his husband and his foster daughter for the trip, he is unaware that... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Ruminations (HBTC Novel)

14th February, 2015
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Seventeen-year-old Josh Sandison has been waiting his whole life to go to university. Gifted - and bullied for being different - he hopes moving away to study will mean a change for the better. Instead he encounters the unexpected, when strange things start happening in his room - the blinds falling down by themselves and notes from an illiterate prankster. Add to this the myth of... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Cherry Pop Valentine

14th February, 2015
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Published: 14th February, 2015 Length: 12,000 words (45 pages) approx. Their band's new single is due to be released in four days' time, and lovers Sven and Flavier are beyond excited. It's tipped to be a big hit, and Flav can't wait to see the online reaction to the promo film he's made. But when he joins Sven in bed, he can't even begin to imagine the... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Coming Up

30th December, 2014
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CO-WRITTEN WITH AL STEWART Dear Dad, God, how to start? I'm not really a girl. I know I look like one, but it's all a horrible mistake. Every day I try to hide it, but I'm so tired. I don't want to hide it. I don't think I can much longer. So what I want, Dad, is a sex change. They won't let me have one until I go to... [READ MORE]


Checking Him Out For the Holidays (CHO Novella)

22nd December, 2014
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Freelance engineer Sol Brooks doesn't do the festive season. He thinks it's boring and overly sentimental. With the rest of the household laid up with 'the flu', Sol's planned on using the time to crack on with some work. His mother, however, has other ideas. And so does Sol's husband, Adam. A stand-alone holiday special featuring Sol and Adam from ... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Red Hot Christmas (HBTC Novella)

15th December, 2014
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Shaunna has a complicated Christmas ahead of her. For more than twenty years, she and Kris were a couple. Together they bought a house and turned it into a wonderful family home in which to raise Shaunna's daughter, Krissi. Now Krissi is all grown up, and Shaunna and Kris are separated; Kris has Ade: his boyfriend of more than a year who adores him. And Andy -... [READ MORE]


A Midnight Clear (HBTC Novella)

1st December, 2014
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It's a cold, desperate December when a young girl flees home, in search of food, shelter and the real Santa Claus. Stranded in George and Josh's hometown, she discovers that the spirit of Christmas can be found in the most unexpected of places. Includes the story of The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen. A story from ... [READ MORE]


Crying in the Rain (HBTC Novel)

11th November, 2014
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For many years, Ade Simmons has been an outsider, trapped in an abusive relationship, seeking sanctuary in his job as a radio producer, and in the checklists he makes in an attempt to regain control of his sorry excuse of a life. Actor Kris Johansson is patient, gentle and passionate - everything that Ade's ex-boyfriend is not. When Kris takes a role in one of Ade's plays, the... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Sugar and Sawdust

1st July, 2014
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FREE! Don't Read in the Closet 2014: Love's Landscapes Anthology Jorje's sister worries about him. He's a successful model with a serious passion for fashion - a pretty boy, who looks a lot younger than his twenty-two years. And he's sweet and kind. Guys take advantage of him, playing him to get at his money, or just to be seen with him on their arm, which is why sister... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Checking Him Out (CHO #1)

14th June, 2014
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FREE! Don't Read in the Closet 2014: Love's Landscapes Anthology Engineer Sol Brooks is a happily married man, so people keep telling him. He and Elise have been in Boston for eight years, he loves her, and she loves him. They've got a great apartment that's kept its value, they're both up for promotion, and he can hook up with any guy he likes - all the sex he wants, so... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Breaking Waves (HBTC Novella)

1st June, 2014
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What do you do when you fall in love with your childhood best friend? Do you tell them and risk ruining the friendship? And what then, if it takes decades for them to respond to your admission? Do you wait for an answer, hoping it will be the one you want to hear? George did. Now, thirty years on, the secrets are out in the open. But can two hearts... [READ MORE]


In The Stars Part I: Capricorn-Gemini (HBTC #4)

1st January, 2014
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[Hiding Behind The Couch Series: Book Four] Some things are just meant to be, or sometimes it seems that way. Like when old uni pals inexplicably move to your hometown, or realising that your childhood best friend is the love of your life, or landing a starring role in a hit TV series that could well be your autobiography. Fate, karma, written in the stars, or just... [READ MORE]


Double Six

6th December, 2013
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When Izzy Barlow passes her driving test, her mum buys her a Fiat 126 that's intent on returning to 1990. But it's not the car; it's the rather uncool accessories it came with - a pair of fluffy dice that are a little bit different. "A typical YA sci fi adventure quickly turns into a intricately woven journey." What they said about NO DICE (the... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


First Christmas (HBTC Novella)

1st December, 2013
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Published: 1st December, 2013 Length: 21,400 words (78 pages) approx. Remember the way you used to feel when you were little? So eager for Santa's visit, sleeplessly counting the minutes till morning, trembling with excitement and anticipation... Will I get what I wished for? Have I been good enough? Josh and George spent half a lifetime apart, so it matters... [READ MORE]


The Harder They Fall (HBTC #3)

14th June, 2013
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[Hiding Behind The Couch Series: Book Three] A fatal plane crash in Kathmandu. A fateful high school reunion. The wedding of the year and a honeymoon that eight best friends will never forget. Emotions run riot in Debbie McGowan's most recent addition to the highly acclaimed Hiding Behind The Couch series. Delve deeper into the lives, lies and loves... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Beginnings (HBTC Novella)

31st May, 2013
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[Hiding Behind The Couch Series: Short Story Two] A prequel to the Hiding Behind The Couch books. As the title suggests, this short story focuses on the early school days, long before the birth of the full 'Circle' - a series of sectors, if you will. Contains no real spoilers, so can be read independently of the rest of the series and in any order.... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


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No Time Like The Present (HBTC #2)

15th November, 2012
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[Hiding Behind The Couch Series: Book Two] "Not the typical murder scene. No dark, rainy street filled with concealed doorways and nooks where dangers lurk, imagined or real. Not even a place devoid of other people that would witness such grisly events with relish. This, an average office in a busy multi-storey block, in the middle of the day, a bright, warm one at that, and the... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Champagne

14th May, 2012
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Haunted by the abuse of his now missing father, seventeen year old Sammy stumbles upon the seedy world of drug addiction and prostitution of London's West End in the 1980s. Cold, desperate and exhausted, he takes shelter in a trash-filled alley behind a strip club, unaware that what is about to unfold will change the course of his life. Set during a period of significant social and... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


No Dice

14th September, 2011
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In the back of Ryan's mind lingered a childhood daydream of some day in his own distant future, where he was standing next to a fabulous sporty hatchback, girlfriend by his side, eager to go places. He had the car, he had the girl, he was young, tall, handsome and successful. As the years passed, one by one, the aspects of this dream failed to materialise. Except the sporty... [READ MORE]


Time To Go

18th July, 2006
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"I closed the gate on the long winding path that led back up to the house, and held it, just for a few moments, so that I could remember precisely the feel of the damp wood and flaking paint below my palm, and call on the aroma of the leafy shrub to my left. It was a scent I had always despised, mostly because it irritated my nostrils and once it was up there it wouldn't go away. ... [READ MORE]


Meredith's Dagger

Not Yet Published
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A hunched, black-cloaked figure huddled against the doorway, unseen by the men passing by on great horses, hooves kicking up the sod. At the front of the throng rode Lord Black, surveying the land in a sweeping motion. From behind the cloak, Meredith watched frantically, the pain of the cold, wet morning soaring through her body. She had remained still for many hours now. How was it so... [READ MORE]