The Gift Maker – publication day!


Today (at last!) is publication day for The Gift Maker – and I am absolutely overjoyed. I send huge thanks to all readers, book bloggers, and reviewers thus far – you’ve all been amazing!! And a massive thanks to Matthew Smith of Urbane Publications, without whom none of this would have happened!

There are already some wonderful reviews of The Gift Maker appearing on book blogs, Goodreads, NetGalley, and on Amazon (links below). 🙂  And even one on YouTube.



And also reviewed on these wonderful Book Blogs:

Books and Brew

The Quiet Knitter



The Gift Maker


by Mark Mayes

published by Urbane Publications, February 2017

Genre: Literary fiction/mystery and thrillers

the-gift-makerSometimes only a stranger can give the gift of hope.

Late one night, Thomas Ruder receives a strange package: a small blue box. Another such item is delivered to his friend Liselotte Hauptmann. These ‘gifts’ will change their lives forever. In the far-off border town of Grenze, a play is to be performed at the Sheol Theatre. Reynard the impresario expects a very special audience. Thomas and Liselotte, together with their friend Johann, are drawn into Reynard’s seductive web, as Daumen, the gift maker, must decide who his master really is.

My review: A curious mixture of humour and fantasy makes Mark Mayes The Gift Maker an interesting debut novel. Not normally a fan of fantasy fiction, I was drawn into this novel because of the story, the language and the setting.

The plot is…

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Celebrating Indie Publishing: @urbanebooks @Mark_J_Mayes @ggaffa #Fridayreads

The Quiet Knitter

Welcome along to the first post to celebrate Indie Publishing!  I am delighted to introduce you to Urbane Publications run by the lovely Matthew Smith, who endeavours to bring some of the best books to the reading populace as possible.

Today I have the great privilege to share with you a review of The Gift Maker, the debut novel by Mark Mayes which will be published on 23rd February 2017 and a fantastic short interview with Urbane author David Gaffney.

Book Feature:


Published: 23 February 2017

4.5 out of 5 stars


Gifts ought to be free, but they never are. They tie you to the wishes of others. To your own sad expectations. To the penitentiary of your dreams.’

Late one night, Thomas Ruder receives a strange package: a small blue box. Another such item is delivered to his friend Liselotte Hauptmann. These ‘gifts’ will change their lives forever…

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Operator – by Jim Croce (covered by Chuck Aaron and Mark Mayes)

The very brilliant Chuck Aaron, my Soundcloud buddy, very kindly gave me the chance to collaborate on this cover of Operator – by the awesome Jim Croce. As well as singing, Chuck did all playing, mixing, and technical wizardry – we live thousands of miles apart – but so glad this was possible – was a lot of fun doing it! 🙂 Here is the lovely Chuck’s Soundcloud page – great songwriting and covers too!

FICTION: The Cure by Mark Mayes

FICTION: The Cure by Mark Mayes


It was the line of those hills seen from a distance that started it. At first, purple-grey in the fading evening light. From their vantage point of the bench, dedicated to Thomas J Pyne, Who Loved this View, that Tuesday evening in late August, they watched them change, become almost as one with the sky as the sun sank effortlessly, inexorably. Imperceptible changes became sudden realisations of loss. As lights came on in the far town that the hills loured over, those orange-green flickers grew to a concatenation of twinkling. Like the circuits of a distant brain, in communication with itself alone.

‘We could live there,’ said Robert. ‘I’ve seen a place on the Internet.’

Theresa stroked his hair. ‘Living somewhere’s different to visiting it for the day.’ She was silent for a moment, then added: ‘The rents would be lower, I suppose. It could work.’ She looked at…

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