First published May 2013.
‘I remember my Nana once saying everyone should have at least one good summer in their lives, one summer that they never forget. I think, this is not a bad way to start my sixteenth year. This is not a bad way to start our summer. And I give Joe a slow smile.’
Sixteen-year-old Lou wants to be thinner. Joe is her best friend and last night they found something they shouldn’t have in his older brothers’ wardrobe. Leon and Travis are shady figures, living shadier lives, and one summer, Lou and Joe find themselves mixed up in the drama, the confusion and the violence. Will Lou’s weight loss obsession spiral out of control? Is Marianne, her self-harming friend, really her friend, or an enemy in disguise? And will Lou and Joe ever be more than just best friends?
Reluctant drug running, extreme dieting, kissing the wrong boys, family drama, and first love. Lou Carling is about to have one messy summer. Buy here
First published December 2014.
Jake Morgan has never been scared of dying. It’s living he can’t quite commit to. Homeless, jobless and aimless, he thinks he is happy. Then one night his estranged sister Gina calls him back to the home he ran away from as a teenager. Their father is suffering from dementia and she thinks it is about time Jake grew up. With nowhere else to go, and loan sharks on his back, Jake returns to the small village he grew up in. He goes back to help his father but ends up being forced to face the question he ran from. What really happened to his mother who vanished in 1996? Jake decides it’s time he had some answers if only to stop himself constantly wondering what the point of his existence is. Will he be able to get Gina on side to uncover the truth? Will his confused father be able to help him work out what was wrong with his mother? And when he finds it, will Jake really be able to handle the truth? This Is Nowhere is a story about a family blown apart by untold truths. A mystery that must be solved in order for a fragile young man to find some meaning in life. Buy here
First published May 2016
Boredom, loneliness, alienation, friendship, revenge, first love, violence, dreams, fractured families and broken communities. A twisted plot to exact revenge on a school bully, a teenage alcoholic who dreams of being a singer, a young girl’s developing obsession with a boy from the wrong side of town, a lonely boy’s attempt to collect strangers as friends, and a chilling glimpse into a future where owning seeds and growing food is banned. A unique collection of dark and edgy short stories and character snapshots, all connected in some way to the novels by Chantelle Atkins. Buy here
Published in August 2018 (Winner of a Chill With A Book Readers Award, January 2018 and a BRAG Medallion in July 2018)
‘There will always be those who say no, Lissie. There will always be those who do not believe what they are told. There will always be those who rebel.’ It’s 2145. 13-year-old Lissie Turner lives in the peaceful community of Province 5. Everyone is provided for and everyone is grateful. Everyone obeys the rules. Lissie has never questioned her society until she falls into a daydream and wanders beyond the fence that keeps them safe. She finds an apple tree which changes her life and threatens to blow her world apart. Growing food has been forbidden since the last war ended 70 years ago. All food is raised under the Domes. With the discovery of the tree, Lissie finds herself breaking the rules. And if she believes what her dying Great-Grandmother has been trying to tell her, she must question everything she has ever been told. Who really started the Endless War? And is it really over? As she uncovers the shocking truth, Lissie must choose between conformity and rebellion, between living a lie and tearing her peaceful community apart… A YA dystopian adventure about a future disconnected from nature. Buy here
Released October 2018
(Winner of a Chill With A Book Readers Award March 2019 and Chill With A Book Cover of The Month March 2019)
One boy’s mission to find the good in people.
Twelve-year-old Elliot Pie lives a solitary life with his agoraphobic mother.
He is desperate to help her and he also wants to find out what happened to his Uncle Liam, who walked out one night leaving his dog and his car in the back garden.
While his mother sinks further into the darkness, Elliot finds comfort in people-watching.
He is determined to prove to her that good people still exist and when a stranger is kind to him one day, a plan is hatched. A plan to save his mother. A plan that might help him find Uncle Liam.
Elliot’s collection of strangers all have stories to tell about human nature, but is he placing his trust in the wrong people? Or is the real danger closer to home? Buy here
First published in two parts; July & September 2013. Re-released April 2015. Revised, revamped and split back into parts to make a six book series – Nov 2018
‘I don’t have my headphones on yet, but the music is always there. I have a constant walking soundtrack to my life, you see. There is a song for everything.’
In the decade of Grunge and Britpop, 13-year-old music fan Danny is on a mission to deter unsuitable men from his beautiful single mother. With best friend Michael on board and first love on the horizon, things are looking good. But the good times are shattered when powerful nightclub owner Lee Howard sweeps Danny’s mother off her feet. Howard is a dangerous man who has twisted plans for Danny…Told from both Danny and Howard’s points of view, who is Howard and what does he ultimately want? As Danny seeks escape through music, he finds a loyal ally in troublemaker Michael, but are they making an enemy of a man who will be a thorn in their sides for years to come?
A dark and powerful drama about friendship, music and the choice between escaping or fighting back.
The dramatic story continues in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part 2 Buy here
As above, revamped and revised and re-released Nov 2018
‘I’d hear a song, and it would cause this utterly jolting and physical reaction inside of me. It would take me over, and it would take me somewhere else.’
Now that his mother has married psychotic nightclub owner Lee Howard, Danny is seeking escape in all the wrong places. Befriended by Howard’s creepy sidekick Jack Freeman, he keeps his friends at bay for their own safety, and spends his days in a drug-induced haze, relying only on music to keep him going. When Anthony is released from prison, he vows to help Danny escape, and with help from drug dealer Jaime, he soon discovers the vile truth about both men. But will Anthony and Michael be able to help Danny, without putting their own lives at risk? Told from Howard’s point of view as well as Danny’s; what is it Howard really wants and will Danny ever be able to give it to him? A brutal and violent climax is on the cards when Danny and his friends make a bid for a new life…Howard is not about to let them go that easily…
A gritty and uncompromising drama with a life-affirming soundtrack…The story continues in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part 3 Buy here
Brand new book released Feb 2019 – slots in between the first two parts and what was the sequel, This Is The Day (now renamed Part Four)
“Nevermind is playing on my Walkman, in my ears, in my head. I am lost inside the music of yesterday. I have placed the knives around my clothes just like I did before. I have drunk some wine and listened to some music. I am ready.”
Howard has pushed Danny to the brink, and now he has only murder on his mind. Anthony, however, disrupts his plans and offers an alternative. If Danny accepts Howard’s job offer, he can work undercover, and finally get Howard convicted and out of their lives. Desperate to please Anthony, Danny agrees to become what Howard wants. His employee, his son and his protégé. But his new life as a drug dealer is fraught with danger and the temptation of narcotics is too hard to resist. To play his part, Danny must distance himself from his friends, and as his drug use escalates, his grip on reality begins to slip.
When a devastating truth is revealed, both Howard and Danny hurtle towards a final brutal climax, where revelations, betrayals and the thin line between love and hate will determine who survives.
The dramatic story continues in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part Four… Buy here
Originally published as This Is The Day, now revamped and revised and republished as Part Four in the six book series. Released Feb 2019
Aged 17, Danny was sent to prison for committing a brutal and violent crime. Seven years later he is released, determined to put his disturbing past behind him.
He wants to lead a normal, decent life with the friends who stuck by him and his teenage sweetheart Lucy.
Danny knew life would be complicated on the outside, and he soon realises the past has not finished with him. His loved ones have all been damaged in different ways by his crime, a nosy reporter is desperate to hear the whole sordid story, and someone else does not think he has been punished enough. As a sinister hate campaign starts to target him and his loved ones, Danny is forced to face the reality of the choice he made seven years ago. When he finally discovers who is out to get him, he must decide how to make amends and whether to give them what they want, risking everything he holds dear in the process.
The dramatic story continues in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part Five… Buy here