Thursday, 31 July 2014

Next week it will be twelve months since that wasp stung my wife's toe. The damage it caused is still with us. A year ago she was an active ballroom dancer; now she is barely able to walk. Next week she is going to have an exploratory operation to see if there is anything that can be done to remove the inflammation from behind her kneecap. We've come a long way from the septicaemia and "You might lose your foot' to 'keyhole surgery on your knee' - I reckon that wasp is still around... I bet he's smiling.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

We've stayed together

I had moments in my life many years ago when, overwhelmed by depression with the breakup of a marriage, I was drawn towards the insistent summons of suicide. Many suggest we should write from experience. Not this time. I kept a diary in those days. Even now I find the words too terrifying to read, let alone repeat. If I write about the experience at all, it is only to thank God for breaking through my atheism, letting me feel his presence and bringing me through that turbulent time to find new love, new hope and a new life. God lifted me out of the depths of depression and we've stayed together ever since.

God, Susan and me.

When I was alone and in despair, 

Long ago when no one seemed to care, 
When friends and family turned away, 
Susan advised, 'you could always pray', 
I laughed, then cried and said through my tears; 
'I have not believed in God for years;' 
And she, as though by heaven inspired, 
Almost immediately replied, 
'You have stopped believing what is true 
But you won't stop God believing in you.' 
Thank you, Susan. What else can I say? 
My life changed when you taught me to pray. 

Monday, 7 July 2014

How's this for a review:

This fast-paced action book is full of suspense, from the first page to the last, where the crescendo, together with final twist, leave the reader gasping for breath and wanting more. This exciting, well-written book revolves around the eponymous main character, Penelope, whose tenacity and bravery gains your sympathy from the start. The reader is dragged along in this roller-coaster of a ride, with its twists and turns, willing Penny to solve the mystery before it is too late. All the elements to keep a reader interested and involved are here in this brilliant book; politics, subterfuge, intrigue, betrayal and great believable characters. PENNY FOR THEM is an excellent book which I can recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys a fast-moving plot with strong, believable characters. It had me awake late into the night wanting to know how it would all end. Fantastic!

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Click to read review

woke up today to find fantastic in-depth five star review from the acclaimed writer and former occupational therapist Wendy Lennox - "incredible honesty, depth and a hearty amount of good humour."

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Do bad reviews make a bad book?

See the reviews on Amazon

I've been writing and publishing novels and poetry for almost four years, and in that time, my work has accumulated over 150 excellent reviews.

This week, I have had the first ever 1 star review followed quickly by a second. 

To my way of thinking, there is no such thing as a bad review. If you care to look, you'll find Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and even Jane Austen  so a couple of one star reviews has put my writing on a par with the classics.  In fact, I've used these reviews as part of my ongoing Twitter and Facebook campaign. I don't welcome low star reviews of course, but now they are here, I am getting masses of extra publicity through them.

I am curious though. Why do people set out to destroy a piece of work without first reading it?

Monday, 16 December 2013

My latest novel 
has its first review

please click here to read the review.

A few days before the Falklands Conflict in 1982, murder and mayhem visited the streets of Hartingham in central England as an armed diamond robbery left carnage in its wake. 

The gifted linguist Penny leaves aside her privileged upbringing and dubious past as she is recruited into the world of espionage and intrigue. The secret mission to bring her father’s murderer to justice leads her to Argentina at the outbreak of hostilities. 
It is not only a killer she discovers. In this gripping adventure, Penny becomes involved in a web of intrigue and uncovers a plot to overthrow the British government. 

With the recent announcement of her stepfather’s death, Penny thinks it is safe to reveal the treachery which has kept her in hiding for thirty years, and how the hunt for a killer led her to romance, danger, and a bag full of diamonds. 

“…you won’t want to stop reading until the last word…” 

Adult content. 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

I think I've worked out why my posts never get comments - I don't think they have been seen....

I've not used Google+ that much in the past - and now I find I have more than one account. Hopefully, now the two accounts are connected - someone will see my blog!