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Lockdown Book Promotion: Day 2

Here’s a little extract from Floodtide: enjoy!

p1 of extract from Floodtide, Chapter 9


p2 of extract from Floodtide from Chapter 9


If you’ve enjoyed reading this extract and would like to read more, you can read the first 3 chapters of Floodtide here, and you can read more about the universe of Floodtide on the Timeline page, the Star Map Quadrants page (mouse over the page title to bring up the dropdown menu for the various star systems mentioned in the book),  The Naxadan language page, and The Science behind Naxada page.  

e-Book promotion during the Coronavirus Outbreak – continued from Homepage.

In common with many authors I would like to do something to help out people who, like myself, are self-isolating at home during the Coronavirus lockdown. It’s not much fun having to stay at home when you’re well but just need to protect yourself from catching the virus, and it can’t be much fun having the virus either, and having to stay at home, perhaps keeping away from the rest of your family so as not to infect them, and continue at home for a while afterwards. But of course, it has to be done.

With that in mind, I want to offer the e-book versions of the three books I’ve published so far for free to readers over the Easter holiday period and a week before and after. However, I have been unable to reduce the Kindle price lower than £0.99, due to the way Kindle is set up. I’ve discovered that the only way to put the books on a free promotion is to join KDP, take down all references on the internet to them, and offer them free for 5 days through a Kindle promotion. What I wanted to do is simply not compatible with the way Kindle works, partly because I wanted to offer them free for 19 days, and partly because of the lower price limit of £0.99 on the lowest tier of royalties. However, I am able to offer Floodtide and She… at £0.99 for that period. The Stallion is already £0.99 and I have been unable to change that. This means that you can buy all three of my Kindle books for under £3.00, instead of £6.47 as normal, during this period. I was due to attend Eastercon, the science fiction convention in Birmingham, over the Easter weekend, but like the other events it has been cancelled. The promotion starts today, Thursday 2nd April and the last day is on Monday 20th April. If you find the price hasn’t yet been altered on Kindle yet during the course of today, please check again tomorrow as there can be a bit of a lag during publication updating. I will post updates on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Please bear in mind that if you don’t have a Kindle to read my books on, Kindle have a free reading app that you can download to use on a computer, a tablet or a phone. There are probably other reading apps which can also be used in the same way.

There are three books: my novel, Floodtide, and two novelettes, The Stallion, and She…, which also has a couple of short horror stories in it along with my novelette Spindrift on the Seas of Time. I will be posting and featuring one of these each day, and I hope you enjoy reading them whilst you’re at home. I try to do something different with each book I publish, so they are all different, but hopefully all enjoyable reads. I will feature one of these each day on the various sites and in the groups on Facebook that I’m in. I will post the links to Amazon here and on Facebook and LinkedIn this morning.

I’d also like to point out that if you wish to order the print versions, you can still do so, but it is only the e-book versions that are going on the promotion – obviously this is a hands-free way to receive your reading matter, and is also delivered to your Kindle or other device within minutes! Happy reading…!

Floodtide: science fiction/fantasy, £3.49 Now £0.99 until 8 pm on Monday 24th April. Amazon Kindle ID: B00NMDZRS2

She…: science fiction/horror, £1.99 Now £0.99 until 8 pm on Monday 24th April. Amazon Kindle ID: B07H8NJFF9

The Stallion: Ecological fantasy, always £0.99. Amazon Kindle ID: B07BHRWKR5


Cover image for my novel Floodtide

Cover image for Floodtide.



Book cover for The Stallion.

Cover of The Stallion.

Cover of She...

Cover of She…


Out now: She…A Trio of Short Fiction Featuring Female Protagonists

Published a couple of months ago (September 21st 2018) as part of a project to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, this is £1.99 to download For Amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/She-Fiction-Featuring-Female-Protagonists-ebook/dp/B07H8NJFF9, or you can buy the print version directly from this website for £3.99 + £1.00 postage and packing, via Paypal. There will also shortly be a list of local independent bookshops which stock the book.

Cover of She...

Cover of She…

She… contains three short stories: two very short horror stories and a longer time travel story. Here’s the low-down on them:

In The Rustling of Silver Fishes, a woman who has been unable to fully bond with her daughter finds she’s become extremely affectionate after an encounter with genetically-modified wildlife.

Witchbabe: A woman suffering from infertility seeks remediation for her condition from an unusual source.

And a daughter seeks a cure for her mother’s illness across time and space in Spindrift on the Seas of Time. Ironically, the mother was the one seeking the cure before she became infected herself.

These stories all have female parent protagonists, and their common theme is of women’s experiences of parenthood not turning out as expected. Consequences tend to be appropriate to the situation…

Click here to read the start of the novelette Spindrift on the Seas of Time from She…

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Out Now: The Stallion

From today (21st March 2018) you can download The Stallion for £0.99 For Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BHRWKR5 or buy the print version directly from this website for £2.99 + £1.00 postage and packing, via Paypal. There will also shortly be a list of local independent bookshops which stock the book.

Book cover for The Stallion.

Cover of The Stallion.

Here’s the background to the story:

WHEN HUMANS DISCOVERED THARGOS IV, it seemed the perfect place for a colony of desert-dwelling tribes: an arid planet, deserted but for the native leafless grasses and trees – named Calibans for their squat, ugly appearance – and a few animals. Terran grass and plants grew there with little persuasion. So the colonists came, and built a settlement, and farmed crops.

But the colony was going under. Promised supplies and equipment had never arrived to help the colonists establish themselves on-planet. And the sandstorms had become worse and more frequent.

14-year-old Bashir didn’t expect what happened when he went to help his father at the souk one day. First, a tale of horses living as a wild desert her; then a vision of a beautiful white stallion; and then he learned that the trees were not at all what they seemed as he watched them thresh their limbs from his prayer mat…

‘I enjoyed this…a very assured style…tidy prose…a sound piece of writing.’ – Graham Joyce.

What readers say about The Stallion:

What Readers Say about The Stallion

What Readers Say about The Stallion

Click here to read an extract from The Stallion.

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Out now on Kindle: Matthew R Cash’s 12Days horror anthology

Cover for 12Days anthology

Cover for 12Days anthology

I mention this because I have a short story in it, Avenging Angel. The anthology consists of 12 “countdown stories” based on the  song The Twelve Days of Christmas, plus a further cycle of stories with horror themes, again loosely based on various Christmas songs. My story is included in the wider anthology. All proceeds go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which runs a helpline for sufferers and their families, conducts research into the disease and has campaigned for the indtroduction of a new drug which slows the progress of the disease if given to young children with this devastating genetic disorder.

The countdown stories are available on Kindle separately at £0.99 each; the wider anthology is available on Kindle at £1.99 (this excludes the countdown stories); and the paperback version includes both the countdown stories and the wider anthology, and is currently priced at £12.49.

Here’s the video of me reading a short scene from the story:

And here’s the link to the Amazon page for the 12Days anthology: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1539056201/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482144396&sr=1-1&keywords=12days+anthology



Now on Kindle – Helen Claire Gould’s FLOODTIDE


Jordas blinked awake. The luminescent fungi’s glow split the lava tube’s darkness, and metres away a skylight filtered in grey rays from the surface. Chill air raised the hairs on his arm. He tucked it back under the sleeping bag, then noticed a scatter of rubble beneath the skylight. Surface water dripped on it.   

Rockfall. That’s what woke me. But I was dreaming –

Fragments replayed. In the dream, he was two people at once. Jordas’s hand scraped against lava as he, Yado and Soolkah crept forwards. He rubbed the rawness to ease it, and was surprised to see Yado frown and massage his own hand. And when Yado and Soolkah lay together nearby, it was the most passion Jordas had ever felt.

His turn.

Soolkah allowed him to pull her closer.

He opened his mouth to speak.

But she laid her finger against his lips and said, “Sshh, Jordas. It’s because you and Yado are mindlinked that we’re here together now…”

That’s why I had that dream, he realised. To tell me that.

Kindle edition £3.49 

Click here to buy Floodtide now >>

Release date: 13/10/14

Floodtide cover

Floodtide new cover for paperback edition

ON ICY NAXADA, the Shiranu farm in lava tubes under a dormant volcano, avoiding hunter tribe the Sargussi. But the mutually-hostile tribes’ world will soon be torn apart by natural forces.

Planetary geologist and astronomer Jordas Krata, part of a team observing an incoming asteroid, becomes telepathically linked with Yado, a Sargussi man, as he cements a relationship with the lovely Shiranu female runaway Soolkah. Jordas enters this precarious balance of nature to rescue both tribes from the destruction about to rain down on them and help resettle them on a safer planet.

But as a consequence of the brothers in each family group being telepathically linked, and a shortage of females, the social structure of both tribes forces them into polyandry. How can Jordas avoid emotional involvement when he and Yado also share the physical senses – including both painful and pleasurable sensations?

 Click here to read chapters 1 – 3 of Floodtide

Paperback edition £9.99 from these stockists in your area:


  • Waterstones, Bridge St., Peterborough;
  • Bookmark Spalding, 20, the Crescent, Spalding;
  • Red Lion Books Ltd., 125, High St., Colchester, CO1 1SZ;
  • Beccles Books, 1, Exchange Ho., Exchange Sq., Beccles, NR34 9HH;
  • Oundle Bookshop,13 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BA;
  • Djibo Art at Van Hage’s Garden Centre, Peterborough.

The Stallion and .She.. are also available from the Oundle Bookshop, Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, and Beccles Books, Waterstones Peterborough, and Djibo Art. In addition, I will be selling my print books through Amazon soon as well – there will be an announcement soon.

Not in your area yet? The paperback edition is now also available mail order from this website.

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What readers say about Floodtide:

What readers say

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And look out for Helen’s next novel: The Zarduth Imperative


Book One

Cast List

In approximate order of appearance

 (JSEP: Joint Space Exploration Programme, a body run on military lines, dedicated to the exploration of space for the colonisation and exploitation of resources, which draws its staff from all over Earth.)

List of characters in Book One of The Zarduth Imperative

Characters in Book One