“Unmissable, Brave New Fiction”: Welcome To Sex Media

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Teenage orphan, Opal, is an online sex performer at Sex Media in Sangbashi, China. Innocent, abused and in fear, she and best friend, Xian, attempt to take justice into their own hands. But in the oppressive secret world of Sex Media, no girl has the monopoly on punishment.

Lonely Simon Webber lives with his retired parents in Edgewood, Kentucky. He is addicted to pornography. To sate secret fetishes, he logs onto Sex Media and selects GIRL with LONG LOOSE HAIR.

On the other side of the world, teenage orphan, Opal Sang, arrives on the doorstep of an abandoned tower block in Sangbashi, a concrete wilderness once dubbed ‘The Dubai of Northern China’. She is given her first assignment: to dance, near-naked and nervous, for the benefit of a stranger in America watching on his bedroom webcam. Opal thinks she made the right decision coming here, but something deep inside worries her…

Opal meets Xian Yu, an ex-student who learned to suppress her rebellious streak to avoid the violent temper of manager, Ramirez. Xian is resilient and experienced, but when she finds Opal’s body – alive, yet drugged and abused – she decides the time has come to do more than survive. As the two friends enact their ambitious plan, they dream only of justice and freedom, but in reality, their precious futures hang from a fast-unravelling thread.

Sex Media is a fictional, yet deeply shocking portrayal of the global sex trade at its rawest.

Discover Sex Media’s dark underworld for yourself – professionally edited e-books available from Amazon UK, Amazon US and Kobo online stores.

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Carla on Coma House

sleepI like to play with my nightmares. Whenever I have a bad dream – something strange or disturbing – I write it down, sometimes in the middle of the night when everyone else is sleeping. The idea for Coma House was one such nightmare – one that returned to me, frightened me and fascinated me for months – and I soon felt compelled to develop it into a weaving narrative that delves into the contradictions of human nature and the mysteries of consciousness itself.

By drawing on my fears of betrayal, loss of personal control and of death itself, I created an elegant, emotionally-charged storyline with relationships and personal conflicts people will identify with. We are taken on an authentic journey deep into the mind of a young woman called Natasha who seems to have it all, but who suddenly and inexplicably becomes lost in the most surprising place possible – her own mind – and where her family, the very people who are meant to love and protect her, begin deciding her future without her.

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Read the start of Coma House for free by selecting the publisher of your choice: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US or Kobo or click the cover of the book (left) to own your own copy on your tablet or phone.

You can also continue reading to find out more about Carla’s arresting, but invaluable real-life experience of volunteering in a hospital morgue when she was only sixteen, which undoubtedly inspired this unique, compelling story.

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“Most people assume I write at night because of the kind of books I write, but I can shut out the light with my mind.”

Carla on The Social Worker

kids on streetAs a fan of genre-defining, gritty books about urban life based on urban legends – the incredible Trainspotting being my all-time favourite – I’ve always wanted to put into words my own experiences of living in a tough area. I grew up on the outskirts of a major city at a time when gang violence ripped through the centre to the sound of gun blasts and petty crime filtered out into the surrounding communities. Semi-rural, protected in some ways from the worst, our town was relatively unscathed, but poverty was rife and people were desperate. The older brothers of my friends stole to survive. Some fought for money. Some enrolled and left for the army or navy and there’d be big parties when they came back home. Some people never got out of the gutter, falling prey to drug-toters and liars and some took advantage of those lonely souls to line their filthy pockets or even just to see those less fortunate take one extra, barely noticeable step down the slippery ladder of life. One of those people was a crooked social worker. To protect his identity, because I’m nice that way, I renamed him Geoff Tallow….

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Rediscovering A Youthful Desire To Explore, One Story At A Time

blindfoldThere’s something magical about exploring the outside world when you’re young. That feeling of not knowing what you might find around the next corner; it’s addictive. My childhood wouldn’t have been the same if I’d been prevented from going to different, even dangerous, places without adult restriction. I was lucky. I got the opportunity to be myself from a young age. Some kids don’t get the chance to leave the house alone and discover what’s “out there” to their heart’s content, but that doesn’t mean they’re not able to have an adventure. There are ways to find that same mystery inside, in the simplest of places. Freedom exists in the corners of all of our creative minds and I place a great deal of importance on embracing the independent streak I know exists within everyone – the streak that reminds us to break free of the stupid limits other people are always trying to put on us.

When I was young, I was a tomboy. With a small group of other kids, I roamed the streets, rode my BMX on the dirt tracks, visited friend’s houses – the good and the bad – and explored local woods and fields. I went places kids aren’t meant to go. Thankfully, I grew up in a place where people simply didn’t ask. I got to know the streets and the characters that walked them. Some days I had to stay inside, though. I had to invent my own games and play-lies. Let me tell you, I came up with some pretty incredible stories in my head and acted out as many scenes in secret as a stage actor. My mother used to stand at the door watching and wondering what I was thinking. One day, believing she was doing the right thing, she told me it was time to stop playing silly games and start planning my future. Trouble was, my future is making stuff up and always has been.

Sleeping with the Sun (#2)

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Disobedience, exploration, the freedom to express yourself, risk-taking – they’re features of all my stories. Sleeping with the Sun is no exception. Young rebel, Katie, the girl in the book, doesn’t fit into any category. She’s bold, bright and intelligent, but she’s about to reveal a disturbing twist to this tale. Through Katie, I put into words my own struggle to unmask my true creativity and to harness those precious roots of discovery we all want to recapture.

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Cutting Up Books, The Revolutionary Way

You Can Do Nothing, Brian Dettmer, 2012

You Can Do Nothing, Brian Dettmer, 2012

Writing Binding Publishing Buying Borrowing Reading Reviewing Lending Bending Burning…. Are we missing anything? Seems we are. Allow me to introduce you to the rebellious art of book sculpture.

Forget History, Let’s Debate

“When did it start?” was the first question I scribbled into my notebook. To cut a long story short, book sculpture is a relatively modern concept, if you ignore the thousands of years of classic sculpture in ‘expected’ media, like bronze, clay and wood. Most book sculptures and artists are alive today and engaged in creating distinctly modern pieces of art. So, I’ll focus my attentions there. Next question: “What do people think of it?” This turned out to be a much more interesting avenue of research. I instinctively saw the transformation of books into art as a perfectly acceptable, progressive concept, but revolutions always attract advocates. More fascinating are the ‘people against’… Continue reading