New Beginnings

My fictional trilogy was originally entitled "Mine, Yours, Ours"

The story - presented in blog/diary form - is written from the perspective of Tasha Arden, a 31-year-old single woman living in Cheshire.

Six months ago, Tasha lived with her Mum and thought she was in love with boyfriend Gavin. After her Mum died, Tasha moved into a rented flat and started a new job. Now, struggling to move on after her acrimonious break-up with Gavin, Tasha starts the new year with a new blog and plenty of plans. She has good friends, a great social life, and lots to look forward to.

Working for a children’s charity which provides short-term accommodation for teenagers with family difficulties, Tasha loves her job. She also loves music, food, sex, and clothes (not necessarily in that order), and she’s got a huge crush on her boss. Unable to do anything about it or to tell anyone, because her boss is happily married, Tasha pours her thoughts and feelings into her blog. Tragedy heralds a series of new beginnings ... and some unexpected endings.

The trilogy can be summarised briefly as follows:

Book One: "New Beginnings"

Tasha has a crush on her boss. Tragedy brings them together.

Book Two: "Moving On"

Health scares, misunderstandings and uncertainty get in the way of 'happy ever after'.

Book Three: "Starting Over"

They're on course for their happy ending after all ...

Tasha's blog has been partially uploaded to LiveJournal, to give the reader an authentic blog-reading experience. Only two entries are public at the moment; the rest are available on request.

Don't be misled by the opening chapter - this is not a romantic comedy.

In September 2019, the first title New Beginnings was published by Cranthorpe Millner. Copies are available from their website as well as most reputable retailers. I have a few signed copies available; contact me for details.


I am rewriting and updating books two and three of the trilogy with the aim of combining them to form the sequel to New Beginnings. The follow-on - originally intended to be book four - is still a work in progress.

Footprints and Echoes

Footprints and Echoes is a collaborative project featuring writers and poets from Write Club OU, the Open University affiliated Creative Writing society. It is the fourth anthology in their collection.

I'm very proud to have contributed to this anthology. My untitled essay on loss in its various forms can be found on page 73.

Footprints and Echoes is available to buy or download from Amazon

I welcome all feedback, negative as well as positive, so please let me know what you think.