The 'Hiding Behind The Couch' Series

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The story of The Circle...
Nine friends from high school,
Nine friends for life.

Hiding Behind The Couch
No Time Like The Present
The Harder They Fall
Crying in the Rain
First Christmas
In The Stars Part I
Breaking Waves
Chain of Secrets
In The Stars Part II
A Midnight Clear
Red Hot Christmas
Two By Two
Hiding Out
Those Jeffries Boys
The WAG and The Scoundrel
Perfect Tenor
The Lost Mitten
Tabula Rasa
Breakfast at Cordelia's Aquarium
To Be Sure
What A Scorcher!
Goth of Christmas Past
The Advent of Reason
Not My Christmas
Scene But Not Heard


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Box Sets

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Novels and Short Stories

The series (so far) includes this website, and the following novels and short stories.

The links below go to the listings page for each publication, where you will find the links to buy / download in a range of formats.


The ebook editions of Hiding Behind The Couch and Beginnings can be downloaded from free. Or, if you wanted to skip ahead to Season Three, short synopses of books one and two are also available.

Breakfast at Cordelia's Aquarium

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N.B. Contains spoilers, if read before Two By Two (Season Six)

Synopses of HBTC #1-#3 – SPOILERS!!

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  • Hiding Behind The Couch (Season One)
    Krissi wants to know who her father is, Josh is going crazy with insomnia, Dan's dangerously out of control...
  • No Time Like The Present (Season Two)
    The build-up to Christmas has begun and a man is dead!
    It's the perfect time to make new friends, make amends...and solve a murder case!
  • The Harder They Fall (Season Three)
    A fatal plane crash in Kathmandu, a fateful high school reunion, the wedding of the year and a honeymoon that eight best friends will never forget...
  • In The Stars Part I: Capricorn-Gemini (Season Four)
    Fate, karma, written in the stars, or just bizarre quirks of coincidence? For better or worse, the events of the next six months will push the friends to the limits. For The Circle can expand and contract, but it is always whole; eternal.
  • In The Stars Part II: Cancer-Sagittarius (Season Five)
    The Circle is in flux. It's been a hectic six months and as the friends head into the heat of summer, more trials await that will test the bonds of friendship. And just who did kill Alistair Campion? Could the answer be in the stars?
  • Two By Two (Season Six)
    Two pregnancies, two babies, two troubled teens. Two psychologists hunting down the leader of a deadly cult. When Libby takes a stand against her abusive parents, Josh and George readily make her a part of their family, but her parents may have been involved in something more sinister. Two unexpected guests seek sanctuary in Shaunna and Andy's new home, but that's not all. Someone is watching them.
  • Reunions (Season Seven)
    When greed, fear and obsession rule the senses, danger is never more than a heartbeat away. A night of celebration affords the perfect opportunity for an unlikely band of criminals to make their move, but as details emerge, it soon becomes clear the crime is far more sophisticated than the police first thought. And that's only the beginning.
  • Elementary (Season Eight WIP)
    More info to follow.

Novellas / Short Stories

  • Class-A
    Simon is young and handsome and looks like he's got it all - money, looks, a future with a wife - all mapped out by his parents. But Simon is gay. And Simon is high... And there's this boy called Taz...
  • Beginnings
    Journey back to childhood, where the buds of friendship and romance blossom; take a peek into the lives of the primary school children who would become...The Circle.
  • Chain of Secrets
    The story of George and Josh - two little boys who became best friends...two adolescents who stayed best friends...two young adults with secrets that might change their friendship forever.
  • First Christmas
    This Christmas, join the characters from Hiding Behind The Couch for a story full of festive magic and romance.
  • Breaking Waves
    Fill in the gaps by joining George and Josh on their Cornish honeymoon against an awe-inspiring backdrop of breaking waves, sand and sunshine.
  • A Midnight Clear (Included in Volume One of Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)
    It's a cold, desperate December when a young girl flees home, in search of food, shelter and the real Santa Claus. Stranded in George and Josh's hometown, she discovers that the spirit of Christmas can be found in the most unexpected of places. (Suitable for younger readers and adults, aged 12+)
  • Red Hot Christmas
    Shaunna has a complicated Christmas ahead of her. For more than twenty years, she and Kris were a couple. Together they bought a house and turned it into a wonderful family home in which to raise Shaunna's daughter, Krissi. Now Krissi is all grown up, and Shaunna and Kris are separated; Kris has Ade: his boyfriend of more than a year who adores him. And Andy is in love with her... (Adult Content)
  • Hiding Out
    Hiding Behind The Couch meets Checking Him Out: Josh is heading to Norwich for the mentoring workshop Sean was due to give. Matty is agonising over his impending dance show. Noah - Matty's on-again, off-again boyfriend - has promised to be there. Can Josh and Matty face their fears? Will the Sandison-Morleys' get the young men to express their feelings to each other before it's too late?
  • Breakfast at Cordelia's Aquarium
    An Easter Egg...Hiding Behind The Couch! This is a very short, FREE, fun interlude in the Hiding Behind The Couch series. Unlike the rest of the series, which is written in third-person (semi-omniscient) past tense, this short story is written in first-person present tense. It has no real bearing on anything else that happens in the series; it is what it is: an Easter Egg. It is entirely self-indulgent, for which I make no apologies.
  • What A Scorcher (1k Flash Fiction - free)
    Iris and Pauline are on their holidays! It's only a fortnight's house-sitting, but it'll do. The sun's cracking the flags, there's not a whisper of wind. And who needs fancy seaside resorts, anyhow?
  • To Be Sure (Included in Never Too Late)
    Saorla Tierney's sons are conspiring against her, and at their age, they should know better. After all, she's nearly seventy-one herself, and, quite frankly, whether she still 'has needs' is none of their business. Between her grandson's unconventional baptism and the decades-long feud between her sons, even with Aileen at her side it's not as easy a decision as they seem to think. Or maybe it is. Saorla doesn't know anymore, and until she's sure…
  • The Advent of Reason
    A weekend in an ancient castle and a murder-mystery game that becomes all too real. It's safe to say Josh's plans for a romantic anniversary with George are not turning out the way he'd hoped.
  • Highlights
    The one where Notes from Boston's Amelia Roberts takes a much-needed vacation to England and runs into Shaunna Hennessy from Hiding Behind The Couch - a fortuitous meeting for both. Co-written with A.M. Leibowitz.
  • Not My Christmas
    Christmas at the Davenports has never been a relaxing affair, so when the opportunity for a little alone time with a beautiful, available woman comes Charlie Davenport's way, she takes it, breaking several family traditions and risking the wrath of her siblings. But it'll be worth it, right? And she can always make it up to them later...or next Christmas.
  • Perfect Tenor
    When his music fills your heart, note by note, beat by beat, and your harmonies entwine, effortless, complete. That’s how you’ll know you’ve found...the perfect tenor.

Stand-alone Novels

  • Crying in the Rain
    For many years, Ade Simmons has been an outsider, trapped in an abusive relationship, seeking sanctuary in his job. Actor Kris Johansson is patient, gentle and passionate—everything that Ade's ex-boyfriend is not. When Kris takes a role in one of Ade's plays, the attraction is mutual and instant. But his ex will not give up his punchbag so easily—can Ade finally find the strength to fight back?
  • Ruminations
    Seventeen-year-old Josh Sandison has been waiting his whole life to go to university. Gifted - and bullied for being different - he hopes moving away to study will mean a change for the better. Instead he encounters the unexpected, when strange things start happening in his room - the blinds falling down by themselves and notes from an illiterate prankster. Add to this the myth of the haunted third floor, and cynical Josh has had just about enough, when Sean Tierney arrives at university, three days late and with not a penny to his name. The two strike up an unlikely friendship, bonded by their passion for learning and compassion for others. But will their intellectual prowess be enough to solve once and for all the mystery of the third floor?
  • Those Jeffries Boys
    Three brothers: doting dads, dealing with the everyday challenges of fatherhood. Mike Jeffries has one priority: his six-month-old daughter, Bethan. Andy Jeffries has finally found the perfect challenge: keeping the woman he loves satisfied and raising their twin daughters, Rosie and Sorsha. Dan Jeffries is about to become a father for the second time, and he's terrified, not that he's the kind of man to admit it.
  • Reverberations
    Mysterious happenings are mounting up for Josh, Sean and their estranged alumni. Whether real or the product of overwrought imaginations, they must lay to rest the spectre of their once-belovèd friend…or admit defeat and crawl back under the safe, weighty stones of the jobs and relationships they’ve left behind.
  • Not My Coach (WIP)
    A bisexual romance starring Charlie Davenport - more info to follow.

Gray Fisher Trilogy

  • The Wag and the Scoundrel (Gray Fisher #1)
    Three years after his partner's death, Gray Fisher is finally ready to move on from police work. He's not looking for love, but he welcomes Will's friendship. Will Richards is an investment banker with hidden depths and a farmhouse menagerie of rescue animals. When former colleague, Rob Simpson-Stone, asks for Gray's help with case, he's reluctant to get involved...until Rob reveals the identity of one of the suspects.
  • Tabula Rasa (Gray Fisher #2)
    When Rob fails to arrive at his leaving do, his former boss/new PI business partner Gray Fisher can't understand why nobody else is worried Rob is MIA, never mind that Gray is missing out on a night in with Will. As the reasons unfold, Gray's past recklessness threatens to catch up with him, putting those he holds close in danger and forcing both Rob and Gray to forge reluctant alliances.
  • Distractions (Gray Fisher #3)
    A year ago, Rob Simpson-Stone received a photo of his nieces enjoying a night out, unaware their photographer was Anders Folden - a psychopathic hitman Rob put away while working undercover. When Rob's son's safety threatened, only Gray Fisher - Rob's former boss, now business partner - takes him seriously, but Folden won't stop until he's completed his mission - to fulfil a contract or end a personal vendetta? Either way, they need to find him before he finds them.

Front of House

  • Goth of Christmas Past (FOH #1)
    Now in their mid-twenties, Krissi Johansson and Jay Meyer are successful businesspeople and still best friends. But while one of them is moving forward with their life, the other is sliding ever backwards…revisiting the past and wallowing in regret.
  • Scene But Not Herd (FOH #2) (WIP)
    Amy is so done with people trying to organise her life, Hadyn's fallen into a black hole, Krissi's 'opportunity of a lifetime' is driving her nuts, Jay's stagnating behind a desk, and virtual ice cream and swings just doesn't cut it. Then there's the not-small matter of what do about Stu...

Children's Stories (J.S. Morley)

  • The Lost Mitten
    George is excited to receive his extra special mittens, knitted for him by Grandma Coppee. But as winter descends upon the village, George discovers he may not be the one who needs his mittens the most after all. A heartwarming story for children of all ages.