Edinburgh LGBTQ crime novel in progress from Heath Savage

For thirty years I was a chef, with a parallel career; case manager in social services. I moved to Galicia in 2018, where partner, Sarah, and I have renovated a farmhouse.

I have won prizes for my poetry and prose and been published in the anthologies: The Good Life in Galicia 2019 and 2020 .

I write articles for a global English language online publication, The Local (ES) and I also blog https://2ladiesofspain.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/the-dawning-of-a-new-year/

Born in Belfast in 1961, I’ve lived in Australia, Scotland, USA and Belgium. I began this book twenty years ago, after finishing my day’s work. I forgot about it until eight years ago, when an acquaintance; forensic psychologist and former detective, read it. He gave positive feedback, and suggested I should publish. Now, I am working on a cook book, and others in the crime genre. I’m developing the characters in this book, to create a trilogy.

In the late 1980s and 1990s I lived in Edinburgh. I was a chef, co-owned a bistro, and volunteered as a crisis worker. I helped run rehabilitation projects for people with HIV+, and those with mental health issues. I jobbed part-time on the theatre scene when I could. Death Festival: An Edinburgh Murder Mystery is my first novel.

Death Festival: An Edinburgh Murder Mystery captures the atmosphere of Edinburgh during a decade when AIDS and drug epidemics raged. The foundations of Edinburgh’s provincial past collapsed and the city’s present incarnation was built on those ruins.

This is a crime story. Like all good stories, it is a mixture of truth and fiction. Many characters are based on real people I knew and worked with. Some events happened. These are woven into the fictional narrative. I am painting a picture; some of the fascinating, far-out people and scenes I encountered, mixed with the triumphs and tragedies of my own experience.

Death Festival creates graphic snap-shots of life, love and partying during a heady decade in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. As AIDS and drugs rage through the city, a hedonistic, anything-goes party scene flourishes, alongside emerging violent criminal gangs.

A series of vicious murders shakes the gay community, in the midst of its famed International Arts Festival. By the end of that wild summer, a celebrated theatre director will be dead, in what looks like an erotic experiment gone horribly wrong.

DC Debbie Kane’s is a star on the rise, in the Lothian and Borders Police Murder Squad. Her mentor, Billy Alexander, is an old-school DCI, who has no time for modern policing theories or methods. He finds himself out of his depth and becomes reliant on Debbie during the course of the investigation.

Debbie’s colleague, and friend, Sandy Jardine, is a gay man, in her team. Sandy is torn between his job and his private life, and when he begins an unofficial, private investigation into the sadistic murders of three gay men, he creates a rift between himself and Debbie, which compromises both the official investigation, and his own life.

Local girl, Jules Hamilton is central to the story. Oblivious to all but her infatuation with the charismatic Webster’s strung-out girlfriend and PA, Jude Durrant, Jules becomes enmeshed in a dangerous affair with the complex, high-maintenance Jude. Debbie Kane accidentally uncovers this affair, which results in Jules becoming a potential link in the chain of investigation into Webster’s sordid and suspicious death.

This novel examines modern morality, and it challenges stereotypes. With wry humour, I attempt to shine a glaring, unflattering spotlight on our media-influenced perceptions of who is “good” and who is “bad”, while I explore love and obsession.

Crime fiction addicts, who want more than just murder and dark deeds, will love Death Festival: An Edinburgh Murder Mystery. Readers tuned into popular culture will appreciate its journalistic style. To Die For appeals to both male and female readers, in the 40-70 age-range. The quick-witted, punchy style will also appeal to younger readers.

A gay audience will appreciate the personal, humane and insightful documentation of what was a pivotal and painful time in gay history.

The Charlotte Diamond Mysteries Series: Discover Charlotte and Brenda

Cyberworld Publishing publishes the Chartlotte Diamond Mystery Series featuring mature lesbian couple Charlotte and Brenda.

How it began:

It all began in Book 1, By the Howling: Murderous Secrets

This is when Charlotte Diamond retired from being an investigator with the FBI to Diamond Cottage near Maryland’s eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, she thought she had left her life of crime—solving it, that is—behind her, and is struggling to find a new purpose in life.

And here the magic happens, when unexpectedly previously straight Charlotte meets newly retired Brenda Brandon, a secretly lesbian blockbuster movie actress, who arrives in the village in full retreat from a recent tragedy in her life, and both their lives change completely.

Book 12 in the series . . . ..  is coming mid 2021.


Sarah Newton-John – your Copy editor/proofreader

I love what I do and I love working freelance.

I am an experienced freelance professional available for short and long form content work. copy editing and proofreading books is a growth area for me on book publishing platform, Reedsy. (Please see client reviews and details of published works here: https://reedsy.com/sarah-newton-john).

I also work on a variety of projects on the Upwork platform, from regular academic copy editing to website text to romance series.

As your proofreader, I will revise your wording to read smoothly and be free from errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, lexical choice, repetition and consistency etc.

As your creative copy editor, I will rework the text where necessary to improve natural English flow and readability, enhancing impact and clarity. I will preserve your voice and style while refining your writing.

To discuss your project email me at sarahnewtonjohn@hotmail.com

Sarah has been a contributor to The Good Life in Galicia Competition in 2020 and 2019, and she and her partner are great supporters of the project

The Good Life in Galicia Competition 2021

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Short  story competition and anthology from Cyberworld Publishing

In 2016 Cyberworld Publishing produced The Good Life in Galicia 2016 after running a competition for short prose pieces in the categories of fiction and non fiction.

In 2017 we added a poetry category, and in 2021 we are again seeking prose pieces in the categories of fiction and non fiction, and poetry.


Prose: Fiction and non fiction 1,200 to 4,500 words in ENGLISH

Poetry: max 60 lines in ENGLISH

Prizes: 15 Euros first place and 5 Euros second place in each section, prose fiction, prose non fiction and poetry (paid via Paypal).

All entries must be available to be published in the anthology “The Good Life in Galicia 2021” in e-book and paperback. Entries to be published will be selected by the volume editors and not all entries may be included (No payments will be made for publication.).


  • Closing date is 1 August 2021
  • All works must be about Galicia in a significant way.
  • No requirement for the author/s to have ever been to Galicia
  • All entries are to be sent by e-mail to thegoodlifeingalicia2017 ATT outlook dot com
  • Entries to be pasted into the e-mail, not sent as attachments.
  • All Entries to be in English.
  • Files to be in .rtf or .doc 2003 format NO .docx. Font: 12 point Arial. Style: Normal. No Headings style please.
  • Direct all enquiries to thegoodlifeingalicia2017 ATT outlook dot com
  • You can find more information and updates for the competition here on our blog or on Facebook.at Cyberworld Publishing https: //www.facebook.com/Cyberworld-Publishing-268369349998111

DEADLINE: First of August2021