Thursday, 31 December 2015

In the coming months ...

(Above: New York Times bestselling author of Shadowmancer, G.P. Taylor with me and Theresa Cutts)

Can't believe my last post on here was April 2015! I've had a lot on over the past few months ...

With Theresa Cutts, I have been approaching prospective authors, some virtually unknown, others known and respected within their peer groups, and one or two who are rather famous.

Twice in the summer we enjoyed lunch with a top television personality. Those meetings threw up a number of ideas and even another author who may soon be working with us. It was a delight to meet these people, regardless of what comes to FBS Publishing as a result.

Theresa met up with Timothy Bentinck, who has completed a first draft of the new Colin the Campervan adventure. We are looking at that currently.

We will be announcing a new project on 6.1.16--the date itself is a clue. I, for one, am really excited about this new book, as it treads fresh ground for FBS, and the author (and, indeed, illustrator) is very talented.

Here is a pictorial hint as to what it might be about ...

A few weeks ago, Theresa and I had lunch with international bestselling writer G.P. Taylor, author of the hugely popular Shadowmancer. He's a fascinating man to talk to. He has penned a book that is quite different to what he is known for, and we're thrilled that he has chosen to publish it through us. We don't think there is anything out there that's quite like it!

As for my own writing, I have made a start on the fourth Anne Droyd book. At the moment, it is going to be more of a novella--but if I get inspired, it might end up a full length novel like the others. I've also written one chapter of the third Mia book, Mia and the Farmhouse Cats. I might well end up publishing both in 2016.

So--plenty going on!

Friday, 3 April 2015


Above, from left to right: My FBS partner Theresa Cutts, myself, actor-author Tim Bentinck and illustrator Owen Claxton.

Theresa and I found Tim's book on Kindle and asked him if he would like to publish a paperback version with new illustrations. He said yes!

The London launch was attended by Tim's co-stars from the long running BBC Radio drama The Archers as well as other celebrity friends. Journalists and photographers were also present.

Above: Plenty were in attendance and were thrilled with the release of Colin!

Above: Tim Bentinck with his wife Judy and with Christine Hamilton, no less.

Colin the Campervan is available to order from Amazon, and personally dedicated copies can be bought from our publisher page We will post to anywhere in the world.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

OUT NOW! Mia, Mackey and the Outside Cats

When abandoned tabby cat Mia turned up at Ma and Pa Croft's farmhouse, little did they know she had given birth to kittens in the woodshed next door. As they cared for the cats, Mia slowly moved into their home. But then Ma and Pa got a shock ... Kittens again! Now Mia has six kittens - two in the woodshed and four newborns there in the house. This is the story of Mia and her kittens Tabby Girl, Socks and Mackey, their sisters Eva and Scarlet, and their brother Blue. Will Ma and Pa keep all the cats at the farmhouse, or give them away to new homes? Based on true events, these stories will touch the heart of every reader.

Available from Amazon.

I will sign personal copies and send them to anywhere in the world. Order this book (and/or the first book Mia and the Woodshed Cats) from

OUT NOW! What's All the Fuss About DOCTOR WHO?

Former Doctor Who Appreciation Society coordinator Ian Wheeler and I have written and published What's All the Fuss About ...? An Introduction to Doctor Who. The above photograph shows us releasing it at Bolton Comic-Con on March 1st.

Who is the Doctor, what are the Daleks and why is the TARDIS a police box? Here is a television programme that has been running for over fifty years and has seen twelve different actors play the title role, each a unique incarnation. Why are people so devoted to this phenomenon? What is all the fuss about? Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler present the basics, with an overview of each Doctor's era and recommended stories to try, delivering the essential information that you need to know, your introduction to a television legend. It is the perfect beginners' guide for anyone wondering where to start, and equally suited to the die-hard fan who wants be reminded of and relive the very best bits all over again.

Available from Amazon.

Personal copies signed by Ian Wheeler and myself are available from We will post to anywhere in the world.

Friday, 31 October 2014


Following the events of the first book, Mia and the Woodshed Cats, we are happy to announce that the story of Mia and her kittens continues in book two, Mia, Mackey and the Outside Cats. It is to be published soon.

You can pre-order your signed copy here:

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

FBS presents ... IRIS THE ARCHITECT by Debra Lampert-Rudman

"Iris was born to be a champion show dog, but all she wants to do is draw...

This is an enchanting and uplifting tale about following your dreams."

Iris the Architect is the first hardback children's story book from FBS. It's also our first title written by someone outside of the UK. The author, Debra Lampert-Rudman, is based in New Jersey, United States.

The book is available from Amazon and can be ordered at your bookshop.

But to order a signed copy, please go here:

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


You may have seen Glenda Young's book A Perfect Duet - A Diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper in magazines like Inside Soap and TV Times recently. Well, FBS Ltd are the publishers!

Glenda has been diarising every single episode of Coronation Street since 1995. When my business partner Theresa Cutts saw that Glenda was publishing yearly compilations of her blog to Kindle, I suggested she approach her to ask if she might compile all of the major storylines concerning Roy and Hayley into one handy little book.

One of the challenges with this release was the cover. How do you show the browsing book buyer that it's about Coronation Street without using the Coronation Street logo, any photographs of the street itself, or any pictures of the actors? I suggested to Theresa that we might get our in-house artist Owen Claxton to paint two things that aren't copyrighted but that instantly scream 'Roy and Hayley!' to anyone who knows them - a drab looking mack, a red anorak, and a shopping bag.

Once again, Owen has done a fantastic job, and our decision to do the cover in matte was the right one. People are telling us they stroke the cover!

The icing on the cake is actress Julie Hesmondhalgh writing such a heartwarming Foreword. She's done us proud. Thank you, Julie.

Signed copies are available from

Regular copies can be bought from Amazon and all good bookshops.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

FBS Ltd & Signing "Mia"

Fabulous BookS (FBS) became a limited company a couple of weeks ago. Theresa Cutts and I felt it was necessary because what we have in the pipeline as a company might well call for it.

In the meantime, though, like many other novelists, I continue to work at a day job. With the release of my first book aimed at younger children, Mia and the Woodshed Cats, I performed a signing for my colleagues. It went really well and everyone commented on the stunning paintings by Owen Claxton. He's a real find.

All pre-orders have now gone out, and initial feedback has been positive.

Owen's paintings for the follow-up, due in the summer, brought a lump to my throat. The stories are based on true events, you see.

The above photo shows Angela Hunter (seated) and Lisa Hailwood-Smith collecting their signed copies.

Friday, 10 January 2014



I'm delighted to announce the imminent release of my first fully illustrated children's book Mia and the Woodshed Cats, based on the lives of four felines who invaded my life some 18 months ago.

"Ma and Pa Croft live in a stone cottage in the English countryside. When a stray cat turns up, Ma puts out some food and milk – and then three faces appear at the woodshed window ...


Where has the cat come from? Will the local farmer allow the kittens to stay in the woodshed? And what will happen to them when they’ve grown up? This is the story of Mia, Tigger, Tabby Girl and Socks. It is based on real events and will touch the heart of every reader."
The book is illustrated by Owen Claxton and is available at the reduced price of £6.99 from the FBS website (normal RPP £7.99)
You may pre-order your signed copy here:

Friday, 20 December 2013

OUT NOW! Georgie Jones by Nicky Gregory

The last thing that Georgie Jones wanted was to have to spend her Christmas Day with Dan Parsons - unknown entity from school. But, when Dan gets sucked into a ‘loophole’ transporting him to the land of Molitovia, Georgie is quick to follow!

How could she possibly have known that her arrival in this strange land was far from coincidence? In fact, if what they said was true, it was not only her birthright to be here – it was her destiny!

The only person Georgie had to help her try and make sense of it all was Dan, and he was not exactly taking the situation very seriously.

Georgie had a lot to learn – and most of it was about her own family!
Available from all good bookshops, Amazon, and Kindle. Copies personally signed by Nicky Gregory available from


Saturday, 2 November 2013


November sees Theresa Cutts and myself launch our independent publishing company Fabulous Books - FBS for short. We will be retaining Nordic, the name under which I publish my Anne Droyd novels, but it will now be an imprint of FBS.

We created Fabulous Books because we have come across one or two talented writers while pursuing our own journey, and we think they deserve a break. One such author is Nicky Gregory, who in 2010 published her children's book (age 10+) Georgie Jones - and You Thought Your Family Was Weird! with Hirst Books. After several reprints and around 1000 copies sold, the book was halted in its tracks because Hirst Books went out of business.

We are proud to be the ones to bring Georgie Jones back to life and relaunch Nicky Gregory.

The book will be published on November 22. To pre-order a signed copy and be in with a chance to name a character in the sequel, please visit the FBS website.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Anne in Bolton's Waterstones

It is lovely to see one's own work gracing the shelves of a bookshop. I'm delighted that Waterstones in my home town are stocking Anne Droyd and the Ghosts of Winter Hill.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Classic TV Series of "The Incredible Hulk" Resonates With Those Battling Asperger's and Bi-Polar


People with Asperger syndrome can identify with certain fictional characters whose life trials appear to reflect their own. I suspect I'm not the only one who found that the plight of Dr David Banner in the classic TV series of The Incredible Hulk resonated deeply. Writer Kenneth Johnson went to great lengths to distance the series from Stan Lee's original comic book style (the alliterative name Bruce Banner was changed to David; the Hulk creature couldn't speak; Banner was chased by a tabloid reporter rather than the army and helped others in need as he pursued a cure). Anyone with a personality disorder or a condition like Asperger's or bi-polar would see themselves in him. Personally, I drew great comfort from the show.