publications: Hiding Behind The Couch Series

To Be Sure (HBTC Novella)

7th December, 2017
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Published: 7th December, 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... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Reunions (HBTC #7)

19th April, 2017
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Published: 19th April, 2017 Length: 240,000 words (808 pages) approx. 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 sophisticated than the... [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]


Breakfast at Cordelia's Aquarium (HBTC Short Story)

5th April, 2015
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Published: 5th April, 2015 Length: 3,500 words (16 pages) approx. This is a very short, fun interlude in the Hiding Behind The Couch series. Unlike the rest of the series, which is written in third-person (semi-omniscient) past tense, this short story is written in first-person present tense. It has no real bearing on anything else that happens... [READ MORE]


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Hiding Out (CHO/HBTC Novella)

18th March, 2015
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Published: 18th March, 2015 Length: 24,000 words (84 pages) approx. 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... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Two By Two (HBTC #6)

31st March, 2015
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Published: 31st March, 2015 Length: 250,000 words (820 pages) approx. Two pregnancies, two babies, two trouble 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, it transpires that her parents might have been involved in... [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]


Red Hot Christmas (HBTC Novella)

15th December, 2014
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Published: 15th December, 2014 Length: 33,000 words (113 pages) approx. 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... [READ MORE]


A Midnight Clear (HBTC Novella)

1st December, 2014
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Published: 1st December, 2014 Length: 26,000 words (75 pages) approx. 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... [READ MORE]


Breaking Waves (HBTC Novella)

1st June, 2014
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Published: 1st June, 2014 Length: 23,000 words (75 pages) approx. 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.... [READ MORE]


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

1st January, 2014
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Published: 1st January, 2014; second edition published 25th January, 2018 Length: 174,000 words (584 pages) approx. Some things are just meant to be, or sometimes it seems that way. Like old uni pals inexplicably moving to your hometown, or realising that your childhood best friend is the love of your life, or landing a star role in a hit TV series that could well be your... [READ MORE]


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]


Crying in the Rain (HBTC Novel)

11th November, 2014
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Published: 11th November, 2014 Length: 59,000 words (190 pages) approx. 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 -... [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]


The Harder They Fall (HBTC #3)

14th June, 2013
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Published: 14th June, 2013 Length: 145,000 words (480 pages) approx. 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... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Ruminations (HBTC Novel)

14th February, 2015
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Published: 14th February, 2015 250 pages (75,000 words) approx. 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... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


Beginnings (HBTC Novella)

31st May, 2013
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Published: 31st May, 2013 Length: 18,000 words (68 pages) approx. Journey back to childhood, where the buds of friendship and romance blossom; take a peek into the lives of the primary school children who would become...The Circle. 'A very sweet short story of blossoming friendships and childhood traumas.' '...a wonderful, engaging story that... [READ MORE] [READ EXCERPT]


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