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New Release: The Other Side of the Streets

Rio, Brasil has always been split in half. Marcos Martinez is from the half where homelessness and poverty is the norm. The son of a man who lived on the streets until he was adopted at the age of twelve, Marcos has made it his mission to defy the norm and make something of his life. Gio Silvas knows only the lifestyle of the other side. A billionaire’s son, he’s a selfish, weak, narcissistic bully who thrives on hedonism, vibrant carnivals, and untold wealth—a lifestyle where the word “no” is not part of his vocabulary. When Gio falls for Marcos’ twin sister Caro, a hard life lesson is heading his way. Will he see the error of his ways and change, or will his love for Caro push him and her family past the point of no return? Familiar characters await, along with new, to both entrance and appall in this third instalment of the Children from the Streets series. Come. It’s time. Carnival is upon us. Are you ready to return to the streets?

If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, you can pick them up below:

A Boy from the Streets

Two babies abandoned at birth—one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.

On the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Love and betrayal.

Twelve years later Jose’s family returns to Brasil, where he learns the truth about his adoption and his twin. Thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him, he runs away to find his brother. What follows will shake Jose to the core and shape the rest of his life—if he can survive.


Jose isn’t the only one whose life will change. Pedro is offered an opportunity beyond any of his wildest dreams, but to keep it will mean the betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated when the orphan finds himself suddenly surrounded by family who, unfortunately, don’t all have good intentions.

Hopes and dreams.

A Boy from the Streets will tug at your heart-strings and have you rooting for the little guy as you follow the twists and turns this multi-continental tale takes.
Sins of the Father

Having seen first-hand the results of starvation, abuse, and murder, Carlos Suarez knows all too well that the streets of Rio are no place for a child to grow up.

Because of his own history and subsequent rescue from that poverty at the age of fifteen, he makes it his life’s work to ensure opportunities are available to the future generations of Brasil’s homeless children—but no matter how many kids Carlos saves, it’s never enough for him. 

Almost to the point of obsession.

Dedicated to his work, and haunted by his past, Carlos has never considered an intimate relationship with anyone, let alone another man, especially after that night. But when Fate throws him a curve ball, and his past comes screaming back threatening to destroy his future, Carlos will discover that redemption can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, Sins of the Father is a story you won’t be able to put down.

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Children of the Streets Series


Over two years ago I was doing research for a book series that I was working on at the time. One of my main characters was going to Afghanistan as a foreign correspondent and although I didn’t want to focus in any depth on what was happening there I did want to get a flavour of what life would be like for a foreign correspondent.

I bought and read Christina Lamb’s book “Small Wars Permitting: Despatches from Foreign Lands.” I didn’t only read about Afghanistan but she also revealed about her time in Brazil. I read about children who lived on the streets, hundreds of thousands of them, and they were treated like vermin. People stepped over these bundles which held human life as though they were unimportant. What the were, though was an embarrassment to the authorities and a major inconvenience to local businesses. My blood ran cold when I learned that their solution to this problem of homelessness amongst children was to cull their numbers, to kill them.

Out of the horror I felt, came a nugget of an idea about twin babies born in Brazil and orphaned. One would be adopted into a life of luxury and the other would face the brutality of the streets until they were reunited twelve years later. The story of these children fought for precedence in my head as they demanded that their story should be told. I told it. ‘A boy from the Streets’ was released in April 2017. In that time I have sold over 500 copies of the book which isn’t too shabby for an Indie Author who doesn’t spend much time or money on advertising.

A Boy from the Streets has had much praise and I am proud of all the four and five-star reviews it has received, it also won an Indie book award from ‘Chill with a Book’ and the beautiful cover which was designed by JC Clarke from The Graphics Shed also won a cover of the week prize. I’ve made people cry, ‘feel the feels’ and I’ve been told that people couldn’t put it down, reading into the night. Hearing that kind of feedback has been phenomenal, every author’s dream. But the book has also got itself a few haters, or me as a storyteller, which I’m pleased to say is in the minority at the moment which is something that you have to accept when you put your work out to be judged by the public.

What came out of this feedback though was that people wanted to know more about some of the other characters, in particular, Martinez. What made him bad? My brain came alive once more with possibilities and the series was born. What started as a standalone book has now become a series of five books and I am about to release book two on Thursday 17th May which is called ‘Sins of the Father’ and follows the story of Carlos. All of these books can be read as standalone but for a richer experience, I suggest you start from the beginning. The characters are whispering in my ear continuously as they want their five minutes of fame. 🙂

If you haven’t read ‘A Boy from the Streets’ yet here is a little excerpt to tempt you. Jose is the twin who was adopted and when he is twelve he returns to Brasil where he learns that he was adopted and has a twin, Jose runs away to see if he can find his brother.

(Please note the spelling of Brasil has been used deliberately for authenticity)


Aimlessly I walked, caught up in my thoughts and unaware of my surroundings. My wandering had turned me around so many corners that I couldn’t have found my way back to the hotel, even if I wanted to go. With this dawning awareness came fear. I had no sense of direction; back in England I was never allowed out alone. A pang of homesickness seized me while I contemplated the home I’d never see again.

I pushed on; the streets were becoming more crowded. People jostled each other, and I shied away from their contact. Perhaps it was my imagination, but the crowd seemed more menacing, less civilised. I shivered despite the blistering heat. My steps slowed as I placed one cautious foot in front of the other. There was no other choice but to go on now. The streets were twisty and winding, like a rabbit warren or something out of the Shire from The Hobbit. I thought of Bilbo Baggins’ reluctant adventures then remembered he’d had friends with him, and a ring that made him invisible. My task didn’t involve reclaiming Dwarf gold from a fire-breathing dragon, but it was equally daunting. Until this moment, I hadn’t considered that my twin—should I even find him—might not be welcoming. Hardened from street life, would he resent me for the luxurious life I had lived? Or would he teach me everything I needed to know in order for me to survive in his life?

A commotion in front of me caused my mind’s meanderings to cease. A tall, lanky boy stood before me holding a broken bottle, the edges jagged and lethally sharp.

After taking two steps back, I hit a barrier—of the human kind. Hoping to be saved, I spun around and found myself looking into a pair of glacial eyes, the lightest shade of blue–almost opaque. A vile smell emanated from the pair of boys who’d boxed me in. Both wore shorts and t-shirts, more like rags, barely held together by any material.

“Give us your money, rich boy.” He waved the bottle in front of me, the sharp edges slashing the air. He hawked up and spat a huge glob of green phlegm down beside my feet.

“I– I– I have no money…” I started in English but switched to Portuguese when I saw their confusion. Looking him square in the eyes, I wasn’t being brave; indeed, I feared I would shame myself with tears, or worse.

If you want to read on, A Boy from the Streets is available on Amazon


I’ll leave you with a tiny teaser from ‘Sins of the Father.’