Some are by the two-man band Duo Ex Machina (comprising the two lead characters, Frank Capriano and Milo Bertolone, who are also boyfriends). Others are by their friend, Gabriella Valli, and yet others are songs on the radio or that are played during Milo’s time as a contestant on an ice dancing show (in DeM 4: Kiss and Cry).
Now, in partnership with Joshua King of Golden Hour Studios, some of those lyrics are becoming actual songs, released on Apple Music, Spotify and other services!
Listen to our first single – Hymn/Him, from Duo Ex Machina 4: Kiss and Cry on:
I’m so pleased to reveal to you the cover of the fifth and final novella of the Duo Ex Machina series, Little Star.
Willsin Rowe has designed the covers for each of the novellas, and he’s brought us to the end with this delight.
About Little Star
Families can be thorny, especially when the closet’s full of skeletons. It’s 2019, and Frank and Milo are realising a dream they only recently realised they had – fatherhood. But they’re not only gaining a daughter – they’re inheriting a some serious issues from little Lyra’s extended family. Milo is also discovering his own family history isn’t quite what he’s been told.
Parenthood. Always full of surprises…
Little Star is currently being serialised on my Patreon for supporters from the lowest tier upwards – so if you don’t want to wait until that’s finished, you can pledge your monthly support now for two chapters a month (and more if you pledge at higher levels) and then the finalised ebook on completion.
I’m delighted to reveal the cover for my upcoming fourth Duo Ex Machina novella, Kiss and Cry.
Set in 2014, Kiss and Cry sees musicians and life partners Frank Capriano and Milo Bertolone facing new challenges. Milo is taking part in a celebrity ice dancing show for charity; Frank is a busy music producer. They’re both working too hard and losing touch with the love that has kept them strong for so long. At the same time, some odd things are going on with other participants in Icing It! What new and unlooked-for danger threatens them now, and is it worse than the miserable estrangement they’re going through?
Kiss and Cry is currently being serialised for my $3 supporters on Patreon. That will finish in February 2020, when all Patrons will get the book as one of their regular awards. Soon after, it will be available for general sale.
In the meantime, this is the lovely cover by Willsin Rowe, who has created all the new series covers to date.
I enjoy a
visit to a graveyard: these markers of the end of everyone’s story (or, for
believers, the end of the fist book and the beginning of the sequel).
One of my
favourite cemeteries is Melbourne General Cemetery, which dates from 1853.
Kitty Carrasco lives opposite this graveyard in Kitty and Cadaver, and there’s a very uncomfortable encounter with the dead rising from their graves and the ensuing musical battle where the minstrels try to sing the dead to rest again.
Melbourne General Cemetery contains the remains of hundreds of Melburnians from
all walks of life. Residents include great politicians, social reformers,
explorers, singers, public servants and sportsmen from the early days of the
there are writers and other contributors to Melbourne’s literary history among
the cemetery’s residents. These include Marcus Clarke, author of For the
Term of His Natural Life; city co-founder John Fawkner, who produced
Melbourne’s first newspaper; and John Stanley James, an early journalist who
wrote for “The Argus” newspaper under the pseudonym ‘The Vagabond’.
Burke and Wills were buried here after their remains were recovered; opera
singer Frederick Federici, whose ghost is said to haunt the Princess Theatre,
is interred here.
One of the
charms of the Old Melbourne Cemetery (and, indeed, of all cemeteries) is the
occasional eccentric tombstone; whether it’s a pithy epitaph or an unusual
design carved in stone.
One of the most distinctive and evocative headstones in the cemetery is that of Emily Mather, murdered in 1891 by her husband Frederick Deeming (a serial killer who some believed to be Jack the Ripper).
The 1960 grave of world champion billiard’s player, Walter Lindrum, is much less gruesome – a few stone billiard balls and a cue lie across the polished marble, as though Walter has just stepped away for a moment and will be back to finish his shot shortly.
unexpected memorial in Melbourne General Cemetery is the one to Elvis Presley –
curious, given Elvis never made it to Australia.