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: