My début novella, Carrion Men, was released by SALT Publishing into the wild world on Friday.
I’m really excited to have it out and so very grateful for all of the hard work the team at SALT have put in. I hope that I get to work with them again in the future.
The book is only in ebook format so you can’t get a hard copy or pick it up off a shelf in the bookstore. What you can do is have it almost instantly at your fingertips. You can read it on a tablet, an ereader, a smart phone or even on a computer. The other amazing thing is that it’s only £1.37 – less than a cuppa, for a whole book written by my own fair(ish) hand.
Carrion Men tells the dual tale of dog fighting in the city and a young woman’s fight against mental illness over the space of a year in the heart of the city.
Scarlet works part time in a bookshop, is a successful freelance illustrator and has severe depression. As her condition worsens she starts to see a therapist and deal with her illness.
Thatch is a dogman, having spent years running dog fights and breeding grand champions he rents the building next to Scarlet’s apartment to stage fights and train his animals. His protégée, Jas, is the son of his right-hand man. In the process of stealing dogs back from the police pound after a raid, Jas’s father is arrested.
As Jas takes his father’s place at Thatch’s side, the law closes in on the gang and the police are tipped off about a dog fight. During the fight, police manage to break up Thatch’s gang and make arrests.
Scarlet’s friends support her and with their help she improves. However, the day to day pain of living with her illness makes her life unbearable. At the last, Scarlet wanders the city, no longer able to separate reality from the twisted illusion her illness has created.
I would love for y’all to read it and here’s the link to the UK, US ($2.20!), Australian ($3.31) and Canadian ($2.61) pages on Amazon – I’ll try and help direct to non-Amazon sites where I can if anyone needs that: