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18 December 2012: Listen to Neal James' interview about the development of his latest book: "Threads of Deceit" on Blog Talk Radio.

 

Author Neal James was interviewed on Friday December 14th on a Talk Radio show in California.

 

Click to listen to the feature audio clip. (OR listen via the player below).

 

 

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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14 December 2012: A review of John Butler's ‘Serendipity' by Harry Riley*, an author and a member of the Eastwood Booktown Development Group.

 

The Review - Serendipity - A miscellany of short stories

In this, his new book of short stories, John Butler demonstrates a rare talent for humorous comedy and three-dimensional writing skills, which make his work a joy to read.

Each tale stands alone on merit and rightly deserves a place in the book. He does not insist on the convention that each story has to have a twist in the tail, but they are no less interesting for that. I’m not even sure that story is the right word for some of them, or does them full justice.

If the reader wants variety then it is here in shed-loads.

If thought provoking realism is your bag then you will find it in ‘The Death of the Hindenburg’ and others.

The author’s light touch is carried on right through every page, so that you are quickly on to the next little satirical gem, almost before you realise it.

I have had the enormous pleasure of listening to John at a writers evening, where he stood on stage and read through ‘It’s no laughing matter’ and it would be no exaggeration to say that he was the undoubted star of the show, and that was not just my opinion.

That particular story sums up the author’s amazing ability in a nutshell. He had the audience rolling with laughter until our faces ached. The humorous concept of how to cure a stutter was pure genius and unforgettable, and left you wanting more.

Another surprising feature of ‘Serendipity’ is John Butler’s ability to switch characters and narrate from the female point of view, as in ‘Double Drainers.’ Many successful male writers would find themselves in deep water if they were foolish enough to attempt this.

To my mind, many of the stories are clever observations of human nature in its many forms and give us the chance to laugh at ourselves. As the fairground caller might shout: roll up, roll up, everyone’s a winner!

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

John Butler is the author of Serendipity - A miscellany of short stories’ and 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

 

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05 December 2012: Finders Keepers - a short story by author Neal James*, featured on Amber Valley Info Website.


Finders Keepers

At last, back home. The rail journey up from London had been the worst he could ever remember. Stop and start all the way with one delay following another and precious little of anything edible in the buffet car. Three and a half hours to travel 200 miles on what was supposed to be a high speed railway after a business meeting which seemed to go on forever. Never mind, he’d already phoned his wife Jane to tell her of the delay until 7.30pm, and she would be waiting in the car for him. They would soon be off home for supper and a relaxing evening in front of the TV.

James Michael Taylor was not one of life’s high flyers, feeling content to be one of the cogs in the corporate machine and happy to draw a monthly salary for a fairly routine set of regular tasks. He and Jane would always have liked a little more in the way of life’s comforts, but they were by no means hard up and now that the children were off their hands there was money at the end of the month these days instead of the other way round. At 54, he had ‘only’ eleven years left to retirement and today was his birthday – Friday 27th October 2006.

He had noticed the weather closing in on his journey north, but the fog had thickened and as he stood watching the train pull out of the station visibility was down to about fifty yards. He looked around him at the now darkened and deserted platform and wondered why he had been the only passenger to alight from the carriage. At first he wondered if he had got off the train at the wrong stop because the station buildings seemed ‘wrong’ but then again oddly familiar. It wasn’t until he approached the exit that he saw the name plate ‘Bardon Hill’ – definitely the correct place, but equally definitely the wrong surroundings.

A cold uneasy feeling crept through his body as he realised that he was standing on the platform of the station closed by Dr Beeching in 1967 and demolished the following year. No, this couldn’t be right, but as the fog started to lift the immediate area became clearer and to his amazement the double glazing warehouse on his right had disappeared to be replaced by the Roxy Cinema which had closed its doors for the final time in 1963. He now knew where he was, the only question remaining was WHEN.

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*Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

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28 November 2012: Win 1 of 5 copies of Playing Havoc, Steve Morris' newly released novel, featured in the winter (Christmas) edition of Yattar Yattar magazine. Draw closes on 1st March 2013.

 

To enter, email with your details to: editorial@yattaryattar.co.uk

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Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and the newly released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

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27 November 2012: 'When two 'strangers' get too close for comfort' - a short story by author Neal James*.


When two 'strangers' get too close for comfort'

FIVE O'CLOCK – great. And it was Friday too – even better. The whole weekend ahead without the drudgery of returning to work until Monday and that seemed a long way off right now.

Terry Mason liked his weekend out with the lads. Tonight would be an evening on the town, a few beers, something to eat and maybe a disco or a club. Saturday afternoon was reserved for football and this week they'd hired a minibus for an away fixture. Sunday was his and he spent the whole day watching TV and reading. He was 27, and alone since his mum died five years previously. His father had walked out when he was just nine years old.

Terry wasn't what you might call one for the ladies, preferring to remain in the background enjoying the company while his mates did most of the talking, but if someone interesting came along he was not too shy to engage in conversation and there had been a number of girls in the past with whom he had struck up brief, if inconclusive, relationships.

Last week, however, had been different, and this was the reason for his interest in the current weekend.

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*Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

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22 November 2012: Julius Falconer's 14th crime detective novel featured in the local press, where the novel was set.

'The Alkan Murder', is set at Scarthingwell Hall, a large country house outside of Tadcaster, where the murder occurs.

 

Newspaper cut out - ‘The Alkan Murder’

 

 

Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12 A Figure in the Mist

13 - The Waif

Julius Falconer’s latest novel is ‘The Alkan Murder’.

 

 

 

 

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05 November 2012: A video review of 'The Assembly Room' by Elise And Her Books on YouTube.
 

Watch the Review (Rating 4 stars)

 

Bryony Allen is the author of three books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'. Bryony's latest book is 'The Assembly Room'.

 

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03 November 2012: Steve Morris' newly released novel, Playing Havoc has been featured in the Reader's Shadow.

Read the feature, Page 54

 

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and the newly released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

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02 November 2012: A review of Claire Voet's ‘Whittington Manor' by Harry Riley*, an author and a member of the Eastwood Booktown Development Group.

 

The Review - ‘Whittington Manor

"I must confess I don’t read a lot of romantic fiction, being more of a blood and gore man myself, but I was intrigued by the book-cover, illustrating a beautiful manor house. Now, this was something I could get my teeth into! Like many people, visiting stately homes and gardens over the last two decades, has been one of my abiding passions. In addition to this, I do have a fascination for stories relating to World War Two, and from the very first page I was hooked. I don’t know how you could not like this all-too-short, glimpse into troubled times.

I’m still a little baffled as to why the story had such a pull on me, but the simplicity of line and style made the chapters fly by, for a very easy read.

The storyline concerns Sarah, a rich girl with the admirable ambition to become a nurse, and Joe, a young boy from a poor family. Their social and domestic situations could not be more different and they meet at a time when the whole world is in turmoil. Very soon Joe is whisked off to do his duty as a soldier and their unofficial engagement-to-be-married, has to be put on indefinite hold.

The girl is attractive and Laura (Sarah’s mother) has high hopes that one day her protected and naïve daughter will find someone of their own class to marry and live the kind of life she was raised to pursue.

As the saying goes: ‘into every life a little rain must fall’ and it seems Sarah is destined to get more than her share.

Without wishing to give too much away, a more eligible and charming hunter (from the mother’s perspective) is very soon on the scent of this pretty butterfly and his net is swiftly closing in on the unsuspecting prey. The storm clouds are gathering.

A heavily bombed Portsmouth is the backdrop to this wartime romance, giving the reader a real taste of those dark, anxious days, from the comfort of an armchair.

I would be surprised if this well-crafted and enjoyable tale does not make a sudden leap nationwide, especially if it reaches our television screens!"    

 

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

Claire Voet is the author of Whittington Manor

 

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31 October 12: A review of 'The Assembly Room' by Angie, YA Novelties review site.

 

"What would you usually get when you move into a crummy old house?"
 

Review Snippet (Rating 4 stars)

"The Assembly Room is an amazingly written story of the past and present intermingling. The depth of many of the characters that face terrible luck due to the past is realistic and perfectly portrayed. This book is definitely one of my favourite surprises of this year. I totally did not expect to enjoy The Assembly Room as much as I did. The Assembly Room is a must read for all horror readers because honestly, it's a story that packs a punch and tantalises one's reading palette..."
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Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'. Bryony's latest book is 'The Assembly Room'.

 

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30 October 12: A review of ‘A Grief Unobserved’ by Derrick Knight, retired counsellor.

 

The Review

"Being unable to put it down, I read it at a sitting. Described as ‘insightful and sensitive’, this slender publication is designed ‘for parents, carers, and professionals who work with them’. As a parent and as a professional I have a thorough grasp of Maggie’s subject and can assure you that this small paperback is as good as anything I have read, and more readable than most. She speaks from the heart with a clear professional head. We know exactly what life’s journey has been for Em, from her early bereavement, through her further losses in childhood and adolescence, and, perhaps most importantly and optimistically, her painful road to recovery. Quite appropriately this is seen from the perspective of someone who believes in the significance of nurturing in human development, but no-one should underestimate Em’s inherent strengths.

My own son Michael was, at fourteen months old, two months younger than Em when they each lost their mothers. Vivien’s death was recorded in my post of 17th July. Readers will recall that I took him up to my parents house where we remained for two and a half years. We never returned to our home at Ashcombe Road. I had been unaware that, as Maggie tells us, children always seek the absent parent where they last saw them. I was, however, instinctively aware that when my toddler son wandered at night about the much larger Bernard Gardens address, he was searching for his mother. Probably because he was a boy, he had very little speech at that age, and, as Maggie explains, would not have had the cognitive ability to understand what was going on.

So how was I to tell him? I had not yet discovered the direction explained in my 18th July post, so knew nothing about therapy. What I did know about was stories. His mother and I had always read to our son and shown him books and pictures. I knew of nothing then appropriately written, so I made one up. Each night as I tucked him in I told him a story about a little boy whose mother had died and what it meant. Anyone who has read or told stories to small children will know the value of repetition, also highlighted by Maggie. Woe betide you, though, if you make any changes, leave anything out, or mistake any details, for you will be corrected by the smallest listener. It must have been a year before the little chap, just before nodding off, asked: ‘why did my Mummy die?’ Then, just as now as I write, my emotions welled up. They were so mixed. I felt a deep satisfaction that my way of telling him had worked, but complete impotence as to how to answer the question. To this day I can’t remember what I said, but his question reverberates in my mind.

So, Maggie, for the simple, clear, and heart-rending; yet positive, way you have presented this necessary work, I thank you. This should be essential reading for anyone remotely connected with its theme. It can be obtained from www.pneumasprings.co.uk or www.kindredgamesandbooks.co.uk."

 

Maggie Kindred is the author of 'A Grief Unobserved'.

 

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29 October 12: Bryony Allen's latest YA novel in the spotlight as she's interviewed by Steven Russell, East Anglian Daily Times.

 

"A haunted-looking building and the Suffolk witch trials of 1645 were more than enough to send writer Bryony Allen’s imagination into overdrive, as Steven Russell discover".

 

Read the interview (Press Cutting)

 

The book

The ghosts of The Assembly Room have been waiting for someone to unlock their secrets, and 14 year old Merryn Stearne has arrived. For Merryn the future should have been perfect–a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with the gorgeous boy next door. If only the past would stop interfering with the present.

 

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'. Bryony's latest book is 'The Assembly Room'.

 

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28 October 12: A review of 'OTOLI' by Theta Sigma, Resolution Corner blog.

 

"A book that delivers some food for thought... even for somebody who left school over twenty years ago."
 

The Review (Rating 4/5)

"You know when you identify with a character in a book and say "I'm like him/her" or "I know what he/she feels like". Well, with this book I can genuinely say that to a point.

I initially found out about this book due to the author, Bryony Allen, becoming a friend through Goodreads and I became interested in the book's theme of bullying. The reason for this is because I am a bullying "survivor" (I prefer to use this term rather than "victim") who was bullied physically, verbally and emotionally throughout primary and secondary school.

The book is primarily seen through the third person points of view of main characters Alice and Keiran. Both characters are marginalised through bullying - Alice due to the actions of a school clique called "The Populars" and Keiran from his peers and parents due to his parents' desire for him to receive an education which caters to his intelligence...."
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Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'. Bryony's latest book is 'The Assembly Room'.

 

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27 October 12: 'A Cut Above the Rest' - a thrilling short story based around the Heanor / Shipley area, by author Neal James.

 

© Article and image source - Amber Valley Info


A Cut Above the Rest
The body, or what remained of it, had been found by a dog walker out for an early morning stroll. He had parked his car close to Derbyshire’s Mapperley Reservoir in Shipley Country Park, and let his Jack Russell terrier out of the back of the vehicle, watching her disappear on one of her customary forages around Shipley Lane. Having seen the dog stop abruptly, sniffing the air, ears erect, he was surprised when she vanished into the trees to the right, instead of following their customary course left, and up to the wooded area encompassing the remains of what had been the Miller-Mundy estate.

“Where’s the body?” DS Fletcher crushed the stub of the cigarette beneath his shoe after the disapproving look from one of the park rangers...

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Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

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26 October 12: The Assembly Room Blog Tour 27th - 31st October 2012

 

Author Bryony Allen's new YA novel 'The Assembly Room' will be hosted for blog tour on the 'Reading Away The Days' YA blog in the last week of October 2012. The tour will feature reviews, guest post, an excerpt and some giveaway competitions too!

Click to see the full schedule on Goodreads

 

 

The book

The ghosts of The Assembly Room have been waiting for someone to unlock their secrets, and 14 year old Merryn Stearne has arrived. For Merryn the future should have been perfect–a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with the gorgeous boy next door. If only the past would stop interfering with the present.

 

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'.

Bryony's latest book is 'The Assembly Room'.

 

 

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12 October 12: Steve Morris' newly released novel, Playing Havoc has been reviewed by the Read For Your Future blog, a Literacy Charity.

 

"This was an interesting read." Mechele

 

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

 

The Review

"Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the work of Steve Morris. It is very refreshing to read a story apart from the main stream, everyday context. The storyline is interesting in a way that makes you actually think about all that could and would go wrong. Giving you a better concept of not only the things and people around you, but of yourself as an individual. The main character is a likable sort of fellow, if not a little detached from the world around him. He grows as a person in his perceptions of the people and things around him. More importantly, he learns a lot about his inner self. This book not only deals with the relationships you have with others, but the relationship and understanding you have of yourself. The storyline is solid and very realistic. This story gives everyone who reads it food for thought. This was an interesting read. I can actually imagine the things in the story coming to pass. I'm very fortunate to have had the chance to read this book"

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and the newly released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

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11 October 12: A book trailer for 'Jack the Ripper - Through the Mists of Time' by Peter Hodgson, is now live.

 

Over a century ago a series of shocking mutilation murders took place in a squalid, overcrowded district of Victorian London. Five women fell victim to a man driven by rage and violent fantasy. The newspapers of the day gave him a chilling nickname, a name that evokes images of gas-lit foggy streets and a top-hatted sinister figure carrying a Gladstone bag. From the outset, the murderer attained almost mythical status merely by virtue of his name and his uncanny ability to avoid detection.

The legend of Jack the Ripper was born.

 

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Peter Hodgson is the author of two books: 'Critical Murder' and 'Jack the Ripper - Through the Mists of Time'

 

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09 October 12: A review of ‘Making It’ by Harry Riley*, an author and a member of the Eastwood Booktown Development Group.

 

Review - ‘Making It’

"I came to this review knowing nothing of the author and had to get over the slightly ambivalent cover: was it a novel or a guide to running a successful business? The cover gave nothing away, and the back blurb was equally vague. I settled down to what was to become for me a very interesting novel.

Have you ever been bored to tears and wanted to throw in a steady job that pays the bills and keeps you employed nine to five? Well Laurie, the main character in this novel, had the urge to do just that, and the thought kept niggling away at him to strike out on his own.

This story rang very true to me because I have been there and met some of the truly ruthless business types that Laurie comes across in his quest to become a successful entrepreneur.

Apart from being a highly entertaining novel, I would recommend this as a must read for any budding businessman. In down to earth terms the author illustrates that all success has a cost in personal relationships, family and friends. He shows us how you can trust no one and that you must always trust and verify. In Laurie’s life the streets are paved with traps for the unwary.

Unfortunately for Laurie he is not content to be a successful, self-made man, he seeks approval from the sceptical love of his life, and she, Sally, seems to have the upper hand for much of the time.

In any business there is an undeniable stress factor and the more successful Laurie becomes the more this factor kicks in. His business cannot stand still: it has to flow like a river. He has to make bigger and tougher decisions, decisions that affect the lives of others. His own health is put at risk. 

Then there are the internal staff rivalries to contend with. He needs the wisdom of a ‘Solomon’ and because his various branches are logistically far apart, he rarely gets the full story. Ambitious managers are constantly striving to undermine his authority and show him up as a ditherer: whilst putting themselves in a better light, as they too attempt to slither up the greasy pole.    

I was hooked from beginning to end and believe me the end is well worth waiting for. The plotting is superb and at no time does the author telegraph the final result."

 

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

Mark Edmondson is the author of ‘Making It’

 

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05 October 12: A book trailer for 'Fred Maddox's novels, is now live.

 

The Novels

Deadlier Than The Male - Peter Milton promised himself he would never again live in poverty, as he had done as a child. That promise became an obsession, so great, he robs and cheats to get his way, and it looked like he would succeed but is in for the shock of his life. A Fantastic read.

A Genuine Fake - A gripping tale of greed and deception with a tightly-woven, deft and thought-provoking plot, centred on the antique business. An obsession for revenge and for money creates a twist in this superb tale. Click the link below to read more. An Absolutely Cracking Read!

JOSS - A superbly written fantasy fiction novel with beautifully crafted characters.

 

The novels are available in popular eBook formats such as ePub, PDF and Kindle (Mobi). Vendors include Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, Tesco ebooks etc.

 

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Fred Maddox is the author of Deadlier Than The Male, A Genuine Fake and JOSS.

 

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04 October 12: 'The Assembly Room', Bryony Allen's latest YA novel, featured in the 'In touch with Stowmarket' magazine.

 

The book

The ghosts of The Assembly Room have been waiting for someone to unlock their secrets, and 14 year old Merryn Stearne has arrived. For Merryn the future should have been perfect–a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with the gorgeous boy next door. If only the past would stop interfering with the present.

 

The Review (Press Cutting)

 

 

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'.

Bryony's latest book - 'The Assembly Room' is due to be released on 11 October 2012.

 

 

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03 October 12: Steve Morris' newly released novel, Playing Havoc has been reviewed in the Market Drayton Advertiser.

 

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

 

The Review

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and the newly released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

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02 October 12: A book trailer for 'The Kipper Patrol' by Louise Wilkinson, is now live.

 

The Kipper Patrol serves as an insight into the history of this squadron, as well as the history of Thornaby Aerodrome itself. It uses as its basis, a series of interviews with veterans from the squadron and presents their memories of squadron life, along with many of their personal photographs. The book provides an insight into relationships between officers and other ranks within a military organisation and shows how these relationships changed over time..

 

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Louise Wilkinson is the author of two books: 'The Kipper Patrol'.

 

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27 September 12: Steve Morris' newly released novel, Playing Havoc has been reviewed in the Shropshire Star newspaper.

 

"A good read but left me worried..."

 

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

 

The Review

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and the newly released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

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26 September 12: Sue Hampton will be speaking at the Marvellous Women Conference on 27 October 12.

Sue is the author of the soon to be released book - 'Pomp and Circumstances' and she is one of the line up of female speakers to share their stories and life journeys. The Women’s Conference is an occasion to inspire, encourage, ignite passion and give hope to women from all walks of life.

A former primary school teacher, Sue always had a passion for English and a desire to work with young children. In 1981, she lost all her hair and began to live with alopecia, which for twenty-eight years meant a series of increasingly convincing wigs to preserve her ‘secret’. Sue is now in demand as a visiting author & leading inspiring workshops and lectures in schools and universities across the county. She will share how her experiences as a woman with alopecia have shaped her as an author. Shunning stereotypes, media spin-offs and marketing trends, Sue values language and real-life courage.

Visit organisers event page to book a place

 

We wish Sue Hampton the very best with this event.

 

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25 September 12: A review of ‘Making It’ by Neal James*, the author of several crime detective novels.

 

Review - ‘Making It’

From its opening setting of the innocence of university life to the closing satisfaction of cold, hard business dealing, ‘Making It’ takes you on one man’s journey through the turbulent, unpredictable and ruthless business world of the ‘Thatcher Revolution’.

Laurie Walker’s trauma of almost failing his degree, and a subsequently volatile encounter with the gay scene in Barcelona, sets the scene for his education beyond anything that academia could have taught him.

This is a journey through the social and economic upheaval of the 1980s and 1990s in a cutthroat business world where sharks lurk at every corner waiting for the unwary novice. Mark Edmondson’s portrayals of Chas Wray as the tycoon bully-boy and Laurie Walker as his unwitting victim are sharp, entrancing, and financially brutal.

The dual plotlines, converging inexorably, are a hark-back to the days when deregulation was the byword of the Tory government of the time. This, however, is no textbook, despite Mr Edmondson clearly researched business terminology and logic. Set in the same tone as Eliyahu Goldratt’s ‘The Goal’, the novel pulls at the emotions as you travel, along with Laurie, down his road to business, financial, and personal destiny.

Being an accountant, the book ‘spoke’ to me in terms with which I have been familiar for over thirty years, and yet its language is set very much in layman’s terms. Short, punchy chapters will have you racing to the end as the plot quickens with each page.

Highly recommended.

 

 

*Neal James lives in Derbyshire, and has been writing since 2007. He has four published works and his books have found their way all across the world, with many good reviews. Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

Mark Edmondson is the author of ‘Making It’

 

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24 September 12: Pneuma Springs unveils a video channel dedicated to book trailers, audio books and book adaptations.

 

View Channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/PneumaSpringsStudios

 

 

 

 

 

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07 September 12: A book trailer for 'The Assembly Room', Bryony Allen's latest YA novel, is now live on YouTube.

 

The ghosts of The Assembly Room have been waiting for someone to unlock their secrets, and 14 year old Merryn Stearne has arrived. For Merryn the future should have been perfect–a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with the gorgeous boy next door. If only the past would stop interfering with the present.

 

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Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'.

Bryony's latest book - 'The Assembly Room' is due to be released on 11 October 2012.

 

 

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05 September 12: Neal James will be interviewed on the Andy Potter show, BBC Radio Derby on Thursday 20 September 2012.

 

Neal James will be at the studios of BBC Radio Derby, on Thursday 20 September 2012 for a radio interview with Andy Potter, ahead of his book signing at Waterstones on the 22nd September 2012.

The Andy Potter show starts at 1pm. Listen to Neal James on BBC Radio Derby – 95.3 FM, 96 FM, 104.5 FM.

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

We wish Neal James the very best with this event.

 

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04 September 12: A review of Chris Pownall's latest book - 'Dane Mills Bosley', by Geoff Browne of the Leek Post & Times.

 

A QUIET rural valley in the shadow of Bosley Cloud is the unlikely setting for 250 years of industrial development, ranging from the days of water power to high tech composite materials.

The business is hidden away from modern traffic on the Leek to Macclesfield road, but when the towns were linked by rail, “Dane Corn Mills” was a familiar landmark.

The industrial and social history of this rural hive of industry is told in a new book by former Leek man Chris Pownall, who was an engineering apprentice at the mills from 1959 to 1965. Although sited just over the Cheshire border, the mills have drawn many employees from Leek, Rushton and the surrounding area.

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Chris Pownall is the author of Dane Mills Bosley, and the following three books: 'Funny How Things Work Out', 'Onwards and Upwards' and 'A Long Journey Back'

 

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24 August 12: ‘The Waif’ from the Julius Falconer Series has been reviewed by Neal James*, author of several crime detective novels.

 

Review - ‘The Waif’

Imagine, for a moment, Thomas Hardy writing crime, and you have a close approximation to Julius Falconer’s descriptive talents in ‘The Waif’. Ally that to a style reminiscent of Edgar Wallace in ‘The Four Just Men’, and you have all of the necessary ingredients for a fascinating detective story. Now throw in, for good measure, ‘Bradshaw’s Guide’, and you are off on a journey filled with wonderful scenery as we traverse Europe in search of a miscreant so cunning, that DI Moat seems foiled at each and every turn.

‘The Waif’ sets Moat and his assistant, DS Stockwell, a seemingly unsolvable mystery going back three centuries, and culminating in what appears, on the face of it, to be a simple case of murder.

Falconer’s depth of knowledge of the environs, not just of Yorkshire, but also of several European locales, reveals a commitment to a level of research essential for a good detective thriller. Moat’s almost ‘Poirot’ characterization, and his invitations to ‘you dear reader’ to share in the story, will take you on an almost conspiratorial chase, as you tag along with them for the ride.

The three-dimensional Detective Inspector, depicted in wonderful detail is shown, not as an infallible entity but, in conference with his superior, having all of the human frailties which make the character totally believable.

The dénouement, when it came, though to me not unexpected, was delivered with such style as to have you reaching for the next in Falconer’s library.

This was an immensely entertaining read.

 

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12 A Figure in the Mist

13 - The Waif

Julius Falconer’s latest novel, ‘The Alkan Murder’ is due out in Autumn 2012.

 

*Neal James lives in Derbyshire, and has been writing since 2007. He has four published works and his books have found their way all across the world, with many good reviews. Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

 

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22 August 12: Neal James has been interviewed by Renée Pawlish, 'To Become A Writer' Blog.

 

Interview snippet.

Q1) Tell us a bit about your books.

I have four books already published, and A Ticket to Tewkesbury (ISBN 9781905809349) was the first, in 2008.  It begins as a love story, back in 1946, and is brought to the present day by the discovery of an old letter written, but not posted.  The story then takes you into the dark, murky waters of espionage, as competing parties vie for possession of a set of secret files brought back from Germany by a soldier at the end of WWII.

Short Stories Volume One (ISBN 9781905809608), released in 2009, is an anthology encompassing horror, crime, romance, science-fiction, humour fantasy and adventure.  There are 36 pieces varying in length from 1,000 to 3,000 words.

Two Little Dicky Birds (ISBN 9781905809936), 2010’s novel, tells the story of the search for a serial killer who, between 1975 and 1992, terrorized England and took the lives of 18 innocent victims.  It also tells the tale of the rise through the ranks of PC Paul Townley and his tutelage under the command of DCI Harrington of the Yard.

In August 2011, Threads of Deceit (ISBN 9781907728266) wove an intricate plot around one, single, five-minute conversation in a northern UK public house which may, or may not, have happened in the early 1980s.  It is a story of murder, fraud, embezzlement, deception and betrayal, and in set in the South West of England.

 

Q2) What do you love about writing?

 Writing gives freedom to my vivid imagination, and it’s something that I used to love doing at school before the reality of earning a living took a hold.  As Neal James, and not Philip Neale, I can swap the personality and go into areas that my life, as an accountant, would never have taken me.

 

Q3) What has your journey to publication been like?

 Interesting, challenging and exciting, but tinged with the disappointment encountered by many new writers – the inability to get agents to take them seriously.  I have been extremely lucky in finding a wonderful publisher in Pneuma Springs. Not only did they take my writing on board in late 2007, but all along the way, they have offered help and guidance to a complete novice back then, and continually surprise me with the things that they are prepared to do to increase the exposure of my work.

 

Q4) You write in different genres – do you have a favorite genre?

 Yes.  Although all three of my novels have been crime-related, I have a driving passion to write science-fiction.  I wrote a short story some years ago called The Rings of Darelius.  Three members of an advanced civilisation find themselves marooned on a backward, hostile world.  They need to return home with a cure for a disease ravaging their world and threatening the existence of their civilization.  That story was about 3,500 words.  It is now a novel of 100,000 in four parts, and 50 chapters.  I see it as the beginning of a series – a saga in the mould of Asimov and Herbert.

 

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Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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15 August 12: Steve Morris, author of the newly released 'Playing Havoc' will be hosted by Hannah Murray, Talk Radio Europe.

 

Steve will be interviewed by Hannah Murray a Presenter & Producer of the Talk Radio Europe* Book Show on Thursday 16 August 2012.

 

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British Island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and soon to be released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

We wish Steve Morris the very best with this event.

 

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10 August 12: A review of John Butler's travelogue 'In Search Of Ireland Again', by Irene Truman*, a critical reviewer for the Bronte Gazette.

 

The Review

"At the end of this book I felt I had lost a friend. This travelogue, which follows in reverse the route taken around Ireland by H.V. Morton  80 years earlier is a compulsive read.

It is a personal evaluation of Ireland’s colourful and turbulent history.

The book spans time from 2000 BC to present day; a veritable time machine encompassing Irish history, music, literature and culture.

 

It evaluates stark poverty in the north, comfortable affluence in the south via European funding; the violence of the I.R.A. and the Black and Tans; the peace and calm of Irish music and verse.

All this within magical, magnificent, majestic and inspirational coastline, crags, hills and dales, lakes and fairy glades.

 

John Butler’s careful and considered comparison with Ireland today against Morton’s observations in the 1930s reveal interesting anecdotes which particularly relate to an island culture.

The sights, sounds and smells of Ireland are set in high relief by his personal experiences with its people.

This journey is well researched and very enjoyable.

 

Following in Morton’s footsteps the author not only brings us up to speed with Ireland today but also encourages us to investigate the Emerald Isle ourselves.

No stone is left unturned in this Travelogue. Even the incredibly dangerous task of hanging upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone is not ignored.

We follow the author up the steep spiral staircase to reach it.

We share the Rocky Road to Dublin taking in exhilarating scenery and Ireland’s very own rural incense; ‘the smoke of turf fires’.

 

Ireland has links with Yorkshire. Newry is linked with Haworth. Patrick Bronte, father of the famous sisters, had a great grandfather who farmed near Newry.

Other literary greats include Lawrence Sterne, Trollope, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.

 

We cannot ignore the terrible rift caused in 1641 by the Ulster rebellion when Irish catholic farmers were evicted from their land by English protestant landowners. This book helps us to understand Irish frustration and aggression. It provides communication; it builds bridges of respect and understanding.

 

‘In Search of Ireland Again’ reveals a land of romance and beauty in spite of its troubles; it entrances with its magical tales, scenery, fascinating history and its people.

This is a guide book to treasure and trust. It will lead us on an exciting and memorable journey across the Irish Sea."

Irene Truman

 

*Irene Truman has been a member of the Bronte Society for fifteen years and has written critical reviews for the Bronte Gazette. She is a professional teacher for musicians and a steward and tour guide at Harewood House.

 

John Butler is the author of 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

 

 

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08 August 12: A book trailer for Julius Falconer's traditional British crime detective novels is now live on YouTube.

 

Looking for sophisticated and stylish entertainment to stimulate jaded brain-cells? LOOK NO FURTHER! Falconer is here with a top-rate whodunnit in the finest British traditions: urbane, cultured and witty.

 

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Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire and a former translator. He is a member of the Crime Writers' Association and retired teacher that writes detective stories that are clever, witty, erudite and stylish. The novels are a genuinely refreshing approach to good old murder mystery, a new style of penmanship for the hardened mystery fan.

He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12 A Figure in the Mist

13 - The Waif

Julius Falconer’s latest novel, ‘The Alkan Murder’ is due out in Autumn 2012.

 

 

 

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07 August 12: Pneuma Springs Publishing supports the development of Eastwood as a "Booktown".

 

Pneuma Springs Publishing is a friend and supporter of the Eastwood Booktown initiative, as well as several Eastwood writers*: publishing books for authors: Harry Riley, John White and John Butler.

We commend the Eastwood Booktown Project initiative and wish the Eastwood Booktown Development Group every success.

Pneuma Springs is passionate about books and the authors who write them.

 

The Eastwood Booktown Flyer

 

The Eastwood Booktown Development Group - Photograph.

 

 

*Eastwood Writers

Harry Riley is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tales’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

John White, is the author of ‘Brook Breasting’.

John Butler is the author of 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

 

 

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04 August 12: Free Book Giveaways.

 

eBooks

Free kindle ebook giveaway is available through Spring Leaf Books.

Download, enjoy the read and consider writing a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Thank you.

 

Note: Kindle ebooks are accessible via free Kindle Reading Apps for your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android phone.

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Print Books

We have an established monthly giveaway scheme for our printed books.

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03 August 12: The author of 'Captain Damnation and other strange tales' has presented a radio nostalgia story on the Erewash and Beyond show.

 

'Do you remember when radio ruled the waves' was broadcast on Erewash and Beyond show on Saturday 16th. June 2012.

 

Click to listen to the feature audio clip. (OR listen via the player below).

 

 

 

About Erewash Sound

Erewash Sound was launched in late 2004 by a team of experienced volunteers. Broadcasting on 96.8FM, Erewash Sound serves the Erewash Valley area of Derbyshire with music and local news features. Erewash Sound is a genuinely local radio station, run by local people for local people.

 

Harry Riley is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tales’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

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02 August 12: Neal James has been interviewed by Debbie Brown, Amethyst Eyes Blog.

 

Interview snippet.

Could you share a little about yourself and what led you to become a writer?

I suppose it goes back to my schooldays. I always liked writing stories, and English was one of my favourite subjects. When a short story competition cropped up in 2007, I decided to give it a shot and one of my submissions ended up in the top ten. It didn’t win – that would have been expecting too much – but it gave me the confidence to push on, and I found a couple of writing sites. It just seemed to go from there.

I’m 60 this year, have been married for 36 years and have two grown up children. I’ve lived in Derbyshire all of my life, and try to write as much of the locality as I can into my work. I’m the son of a collier who came through the state education system, became an accountant and this profession has given me the freedom to write whilst bringing in an income.

 

Do you write full time? How much of your life is set aside for writing?

No – I wouldn’t be able to bring in enough income, and do not have an agent to push my work. The writing, at the moment, is strictly part-time, and for the sheer enjoyment of seeing my books in a library or book store.

Timing is tricky, as there’s no set day or time for writing. I just do it when the story tells me that there’s another chapter to write. Weekends, lunchtimes and evenings are best, but I never try to force myself to write – that’s the way that errors creep in.

 

Could you tell us a little about your novel?

The last one, released in 2011, was ‘Threads of Deceit’. It’s a crime novel, set in the textile industry, and tells the tale of a young man’s ambitions derailed by something which he sees. There’s murder, fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, deception and betrayal weaving in and out of multiple plot lines, and the whole book is written around a single, five-minute event which occurred in a northern pub over twenty years ago.

 

Would you take us on a brief tour of your novel and the world you’ve created?

‘Threads’ is set in the West Country, in and around the town of Taunton, although the storyline comes from my home town of Derby, and the events in the plot reflect the eighteen years I spent in the textile industry. There are no direct links to actual characters from the time of the book, but if you know your way around the city certain locations become apparent.

 

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Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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27 July 12: Neal James has been interviewed by Victoria Watson, Elementary Watson Blog.

 

Q1) What do you like most about writing? What do you dislike (if anything)?
The freedom that it gives to my imagination. As Neal James, I can step into another personality and write the kinds of things that Philip Neale, the accountant, could never even contemplate.

Q2) What inspires you to write?
The challenge of doing something completely outside of my normal routine. It’s like being on holiday without ever leaving the comfort of your familiar surroundings.

Q3) Do you find time to read, if so what are you reading at the moment?
Reading is another one of the major sources of inspiration. Just seeing what other writers are doing is a massive pointer as to where I could be. I never copy what I write, but the ideas which come out of reading, say, another crime novel always set me thinking. I’m reading ‘A Place of Execution’ by Val McDermid; it’s a crime novel set in Derbyshire where I live.

Q4) Which author(s) has/have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Crime – James Patterson, Jeffrey Deaver, Val McDermid.
Science Fiction – Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert.
Fantasy – Terry Pratchett.
Humour – Jasper Fforde, Deric Longden.
Horror – James Herbert, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz.

Q5) If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
I am actually a CIMA qualified accountant, and have been doing the job for over 30 years. It puts bread on the table and gives me the flexibility to indulge in writing as a passion, and not something on which I need to rely for an income.

Q6) What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths? Writing in a variety of genres; I never seem to get ‘Writer’s Block’. Each style has its own stories to tell, and that’s the beauty of it – I never chase down a story; I let them tell themselves to me as and when they are ready. Time is another factor – my publisher never pressurises me and this gives me a relaxed atmosphere in which to get things down on paper.
 

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Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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24 July 12: An explorer's review of John Butler's travelogue 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

 

The Review

"I have just completed my second reading of 'In Search of Ireland Again' and feel I must say how much I have enjoyed doing so. I lived and worked in Ireland (mostly in the north) for a couple of years around 1950 and did quite a bit of exploring and looking around. However, it took your book to show me that I hardly covered the smallest fraction of the place, even geographically let alone all the interesting histories you quoted.

H.V.Morton can rest easy in your continuation of the number of the places to see and enjoy. On my next reading, I intend to use my road - map to identify more accurately just where all these interesting little places fit - it may be that I have actually visited them but can't remember. I just wanted to thank you for bringing back some of my youthful exploits - happy days!! "

Jean Singleton

 

John Butler is the author of 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

 

 

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22 July 12: Listen to Grahame Howard's introduction to the Wishing Book series on the Erewash and Beyond show.

 

The introduction to the popular Wishing Book series was aired on Saturday 21 July 2012 on the Erewash and Beyond Show, Erewash Sound.

 

Click to listen to the feature audio clip. (OR listen via the player below).

 

 

 

About Erewash Sound

Erewash Sound was launched in late 2004 by a team of experienced volunteers. Broadcasting on 96.8FM, Erewash Sound serves the Erewash Valley area of Derbyshire with music and local news features. Erewash Sound is a genuinely local radio station, run by local people for local people.

 

Grahame Howard is the author of the following four books: The Wishing Book 1, The Wishing Book 2 - Return To Mars, The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination and All Bagged Up

 

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20 July 12: Chris Pownall's newly released book, 'Dane Mills Bosley' featured in the Macclesfield Express newspaper.

 

 

Chris Pownall is the author of Dane Mills Bosley, and the following three books: 'Funny How Things Work Out', 'Onwards and Upwards' and 'A Long Journey Back'

 

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18 July 12: Grahame Howard, author of the Wishing Book series will be featured on the Erewash and Beyond show.

 

The introduction to The Wishing Book series will aired on Saturday 21 July 2012 on the Erewash and Beyond Show, Erewash Sound.

 

Time: The show starts at 1pm

Station: 96.8fm locally or streamed online at www.erewashsound.com

 

About Erewash Sound

Erewash Sound was launched in late 2004 by a team of experienced volunteers. Broadcasting on 96.8FM, Erewash Sound serves the Erewash Valley area of Derbyshire with music and local news features. Erewash Sound is a genuinely local radio station, run by local people for local people.

 

Grahame Howard is the author of the following four books: The Wishing Book 1, The Wishing Book 2 - Return To Mars, The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination and All Bagged Up

 

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16 July 12: Local author's book signing at Sherborne St. John Village Hall.

 

Peter Good will be signing copies of his novel, Ndlovu - The White Elephant, a pacy story set in Zimbabwe. Peter hopes that many of the Sherborne St. John residents and visitors, will come out to see their 'local author', and of course purchase a book.

 

Date: Saturday, 21 July 2012

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Address: Sherborne St. John Village Hall, Elm Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9HP


Ndlovu – The White Elephant is a pacy story set in Zimbabwe during the turbulent years that followed Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence. The story highlights the dangers of police work in the explosive climate of a troubled country during years of the terror war and  is woven around human suffering, painful endurance, and horrors that confronted the peoples both black and white. The narrative is loosely based upon the author’s own experiences in the police force of what was then Rhodesia. Thus the action of his story is set against an authentic background which the author experienced and the impeccable writing style gives a palpable vividness to the events.


Peter Good is the author of Ndlovu - The White Elephant!

 

We wish Peter the very best with this event.

 

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13 July 12: Author of OTOLI, Bryony Allen has been busy judging the winning entries for a writing competition.

 

Movellas recently launched a writing competition themed around ‘Bullying’ and titled “Both Sides of the Story”, with Bryony Allen's book OTOLI as the stimulus for the competition.

 

The competition is now over and Bryony Allen was selected to judge the winning entries. Well-done Bryony!

The Winners.

 

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'

 

 

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10 July 12: Neal James will be signing copies of his four published books at Waterstones Derby and Leeds.

 

Waterstones Leeds

Date: Saturday, 01 September 2012

Time: 10.30am

Address: Waterstones Leeds, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS


Further details: Tel: 0843 290 8443
E-mail: manager@leeds-93albionstreet.waterstones.com
Site: http://www.waterstones.com
 

 

Waterstones Derby

Date: Saturday, 22 September 2012

Time: 10.30am

Address: Waterstone's Derby St. Peters, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby DE1 1SR

 

Further details: Tel: 0843 290 8273

E-mail: manager@derby.waterstones.com

Site: http://www.waterstones.com

 

 

If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstones can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details.

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

We wish Neal James the very best with these events.

 

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06 July 12: A book trailer for the Wishing Book Series is now live on YouTube.

 

An exciting fantasy fiction novel for children 7-11 years old. Magical, fascinating and action-packed voyage to Mars. This is an edge of the seat book that will keep the reader gripped right until the end. With the many twists, it is impossible to know who they can trust.

....An exciting rollercoaster adventure packed with astonishing twists and turns - - hold on tight!!.

 

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Grahame Howard is the author of the following four books: The Wishing Book 1, The Wishing Book 2 - Return To Mars, The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination and All Bagged Up

 

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04 July 12: Neal James has been interviewed by Tracie McBride, Exquisite Corpse.

 

Q 1. You’re making an elevator pitch to your favourite movie director. Who is it? Which of your books are you going to pitch? Who do you envisage playing the lead roles? And what are you going to say?

This has to be Spielberg, and I’d pitch ‘The Rings of Darelius’. It’s a sci-fi epic still in manuscript form, and I’d give him the ‘heads up’ on its publication.

Lead roles would have to be people like Patrick Stewart as Admiral Charles Devereaux, Daniel Ratcliffe as John Bains, the hero, Michael Dorm as Maddran Chakk – it could go on forever, but I’d need actors experienced in the fantasy/sci-fi genres.

What would I say? Well, bearing in mind that he’s heard it all before, and that I would literally have minutes to do the thing, it could be something like

‘Remember when you were an unknown and looking or that big break? Here’s my chance to pitch mine to you.’

 

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Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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16 June 12: Ireland tour book with a visit to the (Patrick) Brontë country. A Brontë Blog feature.

 

Author of 'In Search Of Ireland Again', John Butler  talks about his new book.

"I first visited Ireland in 1947 – inspired by that King of travel writers, H.V.Morton and his ‘In Search of Ireland’. In numerous visits since, I have been struck by the changing face of the country, splintered by the formation of the six counties to become part of the UK.

The book tells of a country in desperate poverty, resurgence into prosperity, via the European Community, the fight for independence, the violence of the IRA and the Black and Tans. It tells of the eternal haemorrhaging of its people through emigration and a history bound up so tightly with our own.

The book is a personal account of the tours. It is more than a mere travelogue; it is a personal observation and evaluation of the traumatic phases of the country and its history – seen in past, present and future.

I am bewitched by the sheer beauty of Glengariff, see Cushenden and I’m reminded of Clough Elliss and Port Merion. See Donegal – now and in H.V.Morton’s time. Visit Knock and its commercialism. Visit Cong where the film’ The Quiet Man’ lives on. Attend Mass in Galway. Visit the Claddagh. Cobh – the saddest place in Ireland. Here the great liners waited for the emigrants – the haemorrhaging of her best and youngest blood. I kiss the Blarney Stone, discover drisheen, visit Mount Melleray, tour Brontë land. Take the rocky road to Dublin. Inform a lady in Drogheda that Cromwell is dead. Dublin and St Michans, shake hands with a Crusader, search for Uncle Barney, visit Guinness Brewery- the GPO and 1916 uprising – back to Larne and home."

 

John Butler is the author of 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

 

 

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15 June 12: Helping parents and carers with early childhood bereavement, a review by the Child Bereavement Charity.

 

The Review

"This book charts the journey of a woman, through her childhood, into adolescence and finally adulthood after being bereaved by the death of her mother when very young.  Her early life is described as “a childhood of silence”, surrounded by adults who never talked about her mother’s death or offered any explanation as to what happened.

The book describes the resultant emotional scars which this girl carried with her into adult life and the therapeutic process she embarked on to try to deal with them.

It illustrates well the importance of adults being honest with young children when someone dies and the resultant damage to a child’s ability to make some sense of what has happened if an explanation is not given.

A Grief Unobserved would be a helpful read for anyone who works with bereaved adults. It offers some insight into how childhood grief that is ignored can result in an adulthood blighted by the anguish and despair of an unresolved bereavement."

Child Bereavement Charity.

 

Maggie Kindred is the author of 'A Grief Unobserved'.

 

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11 June 12: Candid and insightful reviews of John Butler's new book - 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

 

"Want a trip through Ireland with a congenial companion? Here's someone with a feel for landscape and its moods; for Ireland past and present (sharing its woes, hoping for better things); for a myriad places where history and memory interweave... John Butler raises innocent questions with his host, but can't suppress shrewd comments. He enjoys the cosmopolitan encounters of the tourist trail. And all this is a stream of succinct, sharp observations."

John Dixon

 

"It was a great surprise and pleasure to receive your lovely book, as a present from our friend. We spent 14 happy years living in County Antrim (1965 - 79),and had holidays in Connemara and Co. Kerry so your book is of great interest to us. I have to tell you that I read it from cover to cover in one go- it was so compelling, and learnt more about the history, and complex politics than during our time living there! Thank you for our treasured copy, which our son and daughter will also find absorbing, as they grew up in that beautiful place."

Joyce Fletcher

 

John Butler is the author of 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

 

 

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10 June 12: Neal James recently had a session to sign copies of his four published books on Saturday, 9th June 2012 at the Waterstones bookshop in Derby. Here are selected photos from the event with messages from Neal James.

 

 

Standing at the corner of St Peters Street and Babington Lane in the centre of Derby, the Waterstones branch occupies an impressive and imposing three-storey site, and was 'home' to Rob Eldridge, my editor, and I for seven hours at the weekend.

 

Sean Heavens, the store manager, provided a constant supply of assistance and advice throughout the day, and is seen here with copies of the only two titles which remained and the end of the event. Maybe we should have taken the picture at the start of play! 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Short Stories Volume One' sold out during our stay, and the event was a wonderful success. Diary dates should be forthcoming from Sean for a return later this year.

 

A small shot like this cannot give the true impression of the efforts put into the various displays by Jinny, one of the Waterstones staff. The view from outside the store windows was truly impressive, and many passers-by stopped in their travels through town.

 

Yours truly outside the entrance to the store just prior to setting up for the day. Rob's efforts as stand-in camerman were, once more, invaluable throughout the event.

 

Lynn and I are frequent visitors to Derby, and pass the store many times on our various shopping expeditions. I've stood outside this window on countless occasions and wondered what it would feel like to see my books there - now I know. It's a buzz which you never forget, and sets the hairs at the back of the neck on end. There I am, at the top of the pile for everyone to see - amazing!

 

You inevitably bump into friends and colleagues at events like this, and today was no exception. Here, I'm talking with fellow CIMA member Adrian Randle and his wife Cathy prior to signing their copies of two of the titles available on the day.

 

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As a parting comment, I must thank, once more, Waterstones in general, and the store staff in particular, for making the day such a success. Jilly I have already thanked for the displays, but she also kept Rob and I supplied with tea all day. Last but by no means least, Alison - I am very grateful for all of the preparatory work which she undertook to get the event in the diary, and for the assistance which she gave me in the weeks running up to the day itself.

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

 (Source: http://nealjames.webs.com/events.htm)

 

 

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07 June 12: Steve Morris, the author of soon-to-be released 'Playing Havoc' has been interviewed by Kitty Bullard, Great Minds Think Aloud.

 

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British Island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

Read the interview.

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and soon to be released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

 

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06 June 12: Neal James has been featured in the Derby Telegraph. "Fast-paced novel lands readers' praise in People's Book Prize".

 

"A NOVELIST from Derbyshire who frequently sets his scenes around the county has had his latest book picked as one of the best of the year.

Philip Neale said he was stunned to hear that Two Little Dicky Birds had made it to the shortlist for The People's Book Prize."

Read full feature...

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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05 June 12: Five star review of Jumble Tales by Dan Wright, Read 2 Review.

 

Dan’s Review

"Even thought Jumble Tales can easily be read in one sitting, I took my time reading this book as I always like to do with short stories. I like to take in each story one at a time, analyse their structure, take in the message that they carry (if any) and just enjoy the story. And there is a lot to both analyse and enjoy in Jumble Tales.

Each story focuses on a part of real life, whether it would be a football match, an assault in Iraq, a band trying to make it, or even just finding lost love in the most bizarre of places. The tales are nicely told and flow very well – and there is always a nice little twist at the end. The good thing is that it’s rare you can see what the twist is and it’s always a nice surprise. Only on a couple of stories did I guess what the ending would be.

In short (no pun intended), Jumble Tales has a great mix of stories that will make you think, but are not overly preachy and can be enjoyed just for what they are. A lot of time and effort has clearly been put into each story and it shows in this collection.

I give Jumble Tales 5/5 stars."

 

Review Source: Read 2 Review.

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and soon to be released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

 

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04 June 12: Steve Morris interviewed by Lee-Ann Graff Vinson, host of the weekly blog spot, ‘Author Sunday’.

 

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British Island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection, seen through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and soon to be released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

 

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01 June 12: I. C. Camilleri recently had a session to sign copies of her new book on Saturday 26 May 2012 at the Waterstones bookshop in Ipswich. Here is a snap shot photo from the event.

 

I. C. Camilleri said: "I went to my first book signing event with a mixed feeling of anticipation and trepidation, but the afternoon went smoothly and I greatly enjoyed it. I want to thank all the staff at Waterstone’s in Ipswich for organising the event."

 

I. C. Camilleri is the author of: 'The Blake Curse'.

 

 

 

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21 May 12: Neal James' 'Two Little Dicky Birds' is a finalist in The People's Book Prize 2012 SPRING Collection.

A big thank you to everyone who voted for 'OTOLI' and 'Two Little Dicky Birds', the two entries submitted by Pneuma Springs Publishing for The People's Book Prize 2012 SPRING Collection.

Voting starts today for the finalists to find out the winners. Voting is open to all Readers.
People can you vote again using the following links from today till 30th May 2012 when the winners will be announced at the 3rd Award Ceremony.
 

Cast your vote for 'Two Little Dicky Birds'

TPBP Link for 'Two Little Dicky Birds'

 

The People's Book Prize is the unique democratic Book Prize voted exclusively by the public so it is the public who choose Britain's Next Bestsellers. Its goals are to discover new and unknown works, eradicate illiteracy and support reading uniting the community as a whole.

Supported by Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE the Award consists of prizes in three genres – fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature, The Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author in honour of TPBP founding patron and as last year’s the Award for Best Achievement.

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

We wish Neal James the very best with this competition.

 

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18 May 12: Chris Pownall's soon to be released book, 'Dane Mills Bosley' featured in the Chronicle newspaper.

 

'Dane Mills Bosley' has been featured in the weekly edition of Congleton & Biddulph Chronicle newspaper.

 

'Dane Mills Bosley' dates back to the mid-eighteenth century when the machinery was driven by water wheels, powered by water from the River Dane. Over the years, the Mills have been engaged in many different business activities including, Metallurgical, Textiles, Corn Milling & Organic Fibre Production. This book provides detailed information about the people and the industrial processes in place, at Dane Mills Bosley, during the 1960s, in a small village in rural Cheshire.

Author Chris Pownall says “I trust this book will capture the culture of the Mills where I served my engineering apprenticeship between 1959 & 1966. It should appeal to those interested in social history as well as followers of our industrial heritage from a bygone era.”

 

Chris Pownall is the author of Dane Mills Bosley, and the following three books: 'Funny How Things Work Out', 'Onwards and Upwards' and 'A Long Journey Back'

 

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16 May 12: Writing competition - Both Sides of the Story - Movellas want to hear your story about bullying!

 

Movellas has launched a writing competition themed around ‘Bullying’ and titled “Both Sides of the Story”. Movellas has selected Bryony Allen's book OTOLI as the stimulus for the competition and will use some extracts from the book.

 

Movellas want to hear your story about bullying! - See Competition Page

View guest blog from author Bryony Allen

 

Competition start date is Wednesday May 16, 2012, end date Sunday July 8, 2012

 

The prizes:

Overall Winner: Writer's school wins a class set of SMART Response Interactive Response System, Writer wins an Acer Inspire One mini laptop and a signed copy of Otoli by Bryony Allen.

1st runner up Writer's school wins a class set of SMART Response Interactive Response System, Writer wins £100 Topshop vouchers and signed copy of Otoli by Bryony Allen.

2nd, 3rd and 4th runners up all win a signed copy of Otoli by Bryony Allen, donated by the Publishers, Pneuma Springs Publishing.

 

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'

 

 

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11 May 12: A new short film ‘Broken Promises’ showing on Sky on Saturday 19th May. The film is based on a short story by Avril Dalziel Saunders.

 

‘Broken Promises’ will be shown as part of a short film strand on Sky Showcase TV (Channel 201) on Saturday 19th May 2012 between 10 - 11pm, The film is about 10 minutes long.

 

The Plot

Before she was married, Jenny Curtis nursed her widowed mother for several years after she was left paralysed and speechless from a stroke. In Broken Promises, Chloe Richards recalls the twists and turns of fate that Jenny faced in the year following the death of her mother; and how her attempts to rebuild her life were thwarted when she met her then future husband, Harry Curtis.

 

DVDs of ‘Broken Promises’ can be ordered direct from Paul Burton Films. Profits from the sales of the DVDs from ‘Broken Promises’ will be donated to ‘Breast Cancer Care’ and ‘McMillan Nurses’

 

Avril Saunders is the author of Chasin’ That Carrot and 'Mammograms Save Lives'.

 

 

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10 May 12b: Resonate' by Terry Durose has been reviewed by Richard Bradbury, an author and Church leader in East Yorkshire.

 

The Review - Resonate: Sending a message that can be heard

"Arising out of experience in city mission, Resonate is written as a guide to evangelism for those wanting to share their faith. Ideal as a resource for cell groups, this book could be used to help motivate and equip people to reach out into their own friendship groups and neighbourhoods or into the streets in which their church is located. The simple, practical style combined with the experience which forms a backdrop to the book, makes it accessible to a wide audience of believers."

Richard Bradbury*

 

*The review was provided by Richard Bradbury, a Church leader in East Yorkshire and the author of 'Losing My Religion' and 'It’s the End of the World as we know it'

 

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10 May 12a:'The Wholesome Truth about Healing' by Yomi Akinpelu has been reviewed by Richard Bradbury, an author and Church leader in East Yorkshire.

 

The Review

"This book presents a very well reasoned and persuasive argument in favour of Divine healing for today. Beginning with an identification of prejudices against healing and moving on to an investigation of the phenomena, both from the Bible and from Church History, Yomi Akinpelu builds a case for encouraging people today to be open for God to heal them from all kinds of sicknesses and diseases. From here application is given on how to receive healing and throughout the book is laced with testimonies and stories of God’s intervention in people’s lives to bring about such healings. The thorny issue of why some are not healed is also addressed and advice is given on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Along the journey through this book, Yomi takes note of scholarly opinion, both for and against divine Healing and the conclusion is an enlightening and convincing affirmation that Divine healing did not cease with the early church but is available for people, whether believers or non-believers today."

Richard Bradbury*

 

Yomi Akinpelu is the author of Read & Soar and two other books: A Matter of Life & Death, The Wholesome Truth about Healing

 

*The review was provided by Richard Bradbury, a Church leader in East Yorkshire and the author of 'Losing My Religion' and 'It’s the End of the World as we know it'

 

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08 May 12: Premier Radio's resident diet and nutrition expert returns 10th May to answer more of your food dilemmas.

 

Nicola Burgher-Kennedy, Premier Radio's ever-popular resident diet and nutrition expert, returns to answer more of your food dilemmas from a practical and Biblical perspective. Featuring on John Pantry's Inspirational Breakfast show, Nicola will be sharing her top tips for eating healthily on a tight budget as well as taking your calls.

 

Date: Thursday, 10 May 2012

Time: 7.50am

 

Listen to Premier Radio

London 1305, 1332, 1413 MW

National DAB

Sky Digital 0123

Freeview 725

 

Nicola Burgher-Kennedy is the author of 'The Creator's Diet'

Facebook: Nicola Burgher Nutrition

Twitter: NicolaBurgher

 

We wish Nicola the very best with this event.

 

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07 May 12: Jack the Ripper, "a clear and unopinionated introduction to the case" ...a Ripperologist review.


Ripperologist 123 for December 2011

 

JACK THE RIPPER - THROUGH THE MISTS OF TIME

The Review

Through the Mists of Time is an overview of the Ripper case written with the intention of clearing away the accretion of myth and fantasy that has obscured the facts, and it achieves this purpose admirably, Hodgson's enthusiasm and objectivity shining through . . .

In Chapter 8 Hodgson takes account of some of the latest candidates to be the Ripper, such as Carl Feigenbaum, Robert Mann and Patricia Cornwell's advocacy of Walter Sickert.

Information about Thomas Cutbush, gleaned from the Broadmoor files, is in the last chapter, and the chapter 'Jack in Films' briefly discusses From Hell.

The number of illustrations has been increased and Stuart Hodgson, the author's son, evidently a talented artist, has produced some drawings of the victims. The hairstyles, particularly Kelly's, look a little too modern to me, but they are interesting pencil portraits of Nichols, Chapman, Eddowes and Kelly.

A major downside of Through the Mists of Time is that it lacks an index. Overall, though, this is a clear and unopinionated introduction to the case.

 

Peter Hodgson is the author of two books: 'Critical Murder' and 'Jack the Ripper - Through the Mists of Time'

 

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26 April 12: Neal James will be signing copies of his four published books.

 

Date: Saturday, 09 June 2012

Time: 10.30am

Address: Waterstone's Derby St. Peters, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby DE1 1SR

 

Further details: Tel: 0843 290 8273

E-mail: manager@derby.waterstones.com

Site: http://www.waterstones.com

 

If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstone's can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details.

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

We wish Neal James the very best with this event.

 

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25 April 12: Candid reviews of 'Sharks That Walk on Land' and 'To Boldly Go'.

 

Book reviews 

"I thoroughly enjoyed your book: ‘Sharks That Walk on Land’ and I finished reading it yesterday as I could not put it down. Well done."

Captain (Navy) Cedric Steele MsM, CD.

 

"Re: To Boldly Go. What an adventure. It was so interesting to read about all your tribulations and moments of joy as you sailed the seas despite the frustrations, time and money it often caused you."

Pam Brookes, Mission BC.

 

"Re: To Boldly Go. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your writing and admired your courage to do such a journey and overcome so many obstacles that a life at sea must present. I also really appreciated the little history lesson and quote at the beginning of the chapters."

Thanks, Keinan.

 

" Just finished your book 'Sharks That Walk on Land', and I'm writing to say how much I have enjoyed it. Needless to say it is one of those books that one wishes would never end, and I must say that I have never read a better book on this subject."

Dave. (Dr. Naismith.)

 

 

Ron Palmer is the author of two books: 'Sharks That Walk on Land' and 'To Boldly Go'.

 

 

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24 April 12b: 'Ndlovu - The White Elephant, featured by BSA Police Association and Southern Africa Militaria.

 

See the BSA Police Association feature April 2012

See the Southern Africa Militaria feature April 2012

 

Peter Good is the author of Ndlovu - The White Elephant!

 

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24 April 12a: A book trailer for Playing Havoc has been released.

 

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British Island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace.

 

Watch Book Trailer

 

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and soon to be released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.

 

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24 April 12: An excellent review of 'Bible John - Closure' on the Barnes and Noble's site.

 

"This is a hugely entertaining read with believable characters and a plot full of twists and turns. The author manages to keep you guessing who the killer is right till the end. I've never heard of the author but I'll be looking out for more!! Excellent!"

Review Source - Customer Reviews

 

Andrew Malloy is the author of Bible John - Closure.

 

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23 April 12: Neal James recently had a session to sign copies of his four published books on Saturday 21 April 2012 at the Waterstones bookshop in Nottingham. Here are selected photos from the event with messages from Neal James.

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

Bridlesmith Gate branch, Nottingham

 

 

Many thanks to Shane Maxwell-Atkin, Waterstones regional events co-ordinator, for setting up the book signing session, and to the branch staff who made both Rob Eldridge and myself very welcome during the day.

 

Yours truly, ready and waiting behind the superb display which the branch provided for the signing. The collage to the right was ideal for concealing a continuous supply of tea provided by the staff.

 

Promotional poster supplied by Pneuma Springs Ltd, my publisher, in prominent position in the front window of the Bridlesmith Gate store. Grateful thanks to Vivian for the artwork.

 

 

Up and running with the first copies of the session, and much appreciation to my editor, Rob Eldridge, for doubling up as cameraman for the day.

 

Sally Hindson with 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit' to complete her set of the Neal James collection.

 

A final note of thanks to all of the staff at the branch for looking after us during the day, and providing support for the event.

 

 

 

 (Source: http://nealjames.webs.com/events.htm)

 

 

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20 April 12: Supporting the fight against breast cancer, ‘Mammograms Saves Lives’ featured on the Breast Cancer Site in USA, posted on Facebook and recorded over 2000 ‘Likes’ within the first 2 hours of posting.

 

Read the author's story on: supportthefightagainstbreastcancer.com

 

Avril Saunders is the author of Chasin’ That Carrot and the newly released book 'Mammograms Save Lives'

 

 

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12 April 12: I. C. Camilleri will be signing copies of her new novel 'The Blake Curse' on Saturday, 26 May 2012.

 

Date: Saturday, 26 May 2012

Time: 11:00am

Address: Waterstones Ipswich, 15/19 Buttermarket Ipswich IP1 1BQ

 

Further details: 0843 290 8407

E-mail: manager@ipswich.waterstones.com
Site: http://www.waterstones.com


If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstone's can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details.

 

I. C. Camilleri is the author of: 'The Blake Curse'.

We wish I. C. Camilleri the very best with this event.

 

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10 April 12: Bryony Allen interviewed by Megan McDade, 'Reading Away The Days' YA book blogger.

 

"You should read OTOLI because it's entertaining and has a message. I also kept it short to try and keep my readers' attention. That was a reaction to moaning pupils! OTOLI is meant to make you think, but be enjoyable at the same time. You should also read it so you can vote for it in a national competition - the People's Book Prize"
 

Read interview post.

 

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'

 

 

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23 March 2012: A review of 'OTOLI' by Sue Mahoney, "Great Minds Think Aloud” literary community*

 

Review date: 6 March 2012

"The author’s description; the story revolves around three main characters; Alice, Kieran and Jenny and a group of bullies known as the Popular's. Alice Turner is a year eight pupil at Stowton Middle School who has become a victim of bullying by the girl gang – the Popular's. Deeply unhappy, Alice finds herself wandering into a cafe called OTOLI that she has never noticed before. There she meets Jenny the mysterious waitress who always seems to be scrubbing the same table clean. Alice is initially excited to have a friend, but she soon realizes that this friendship may come at a price.

At times we depend upon one another and our life "depends upon" another, enough to manipulate someone into convincing you to make bad choices and live with regret. Accept your intuition and go with the thought that this is not right and everything has to be done to stop it. This reader believes the author is trying to alert the world that bullying is very destructive and has severe consequences and it should become a priority to stop it from continuing.

What if you found a friend who accepts you unconditionally but then begin to realize that something is not right here? We've all been there, question do you continue the friendship or walk away? It is hard to make choices when you're a teenager, events and challenges arise and an individual is on the outside looking in and needs to choose between being morally right or immorally wrong and go with the peer pressure or rebel against it. This is such a story about bullying and how each character, Alice, Kieran and Jenny decides to deal with the emotional consequences of being bullied."
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Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'

 

*About Great Minds

Great Minds Think Aloud started in March of 2011 as a book club. Great Minds is a hub for readers, authors, publishers, publicists, artists and anyone that has interests in the literary world.

 

 

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22 March 2012: Neal James will be interviewed by James Summers on Amber Sound on Tuesday 3rd April 2012 at 8.00pm.

 

Neal James will be at the studios of Amber Sound, in Ripley, on Tuesday 3rd April 2012 at 8.00pm UK time for a live radio interview with James Summers.

For those in the UK, tune in on 107.2FM and listen in to ‘The Zone’ which runs from 6pm to 9pm daily.

You can also listen live by following the link below, but the station has indicated that an audio file will be provided for posting to the internet, so  ‘listening again’ will be an option for those unable to tune in on the day:-

‘listening again’ here.

 

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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16 March 12: 'Me and My Shadow' book signing, a great success. See book signing photos.

 

The book signing session for 'Me and My Shadow' was held on the 10th March 2012 at Waterstones Sheffield Meadowhall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Matthews is the author of  'Me and My Shadow'. Ray is now looking forward to the next book signing at Waterstones, Meadowhall, Sheffield on the 10th of March 2012.

 

 

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14 March 12a: ‘Mammograms Saves Lives’ is on No. 1 slot on the home page of Virginia Water, Sunningdale, Ascot, Chertsey, Egham, Addlestone, Camberley and many more community websites in and around the Surrey area.

 

See feature on - Ascot Village March 2012

See feature on - Virginia Water March 2012

See feature on - Sunningdale March 2012

See feature on - Chertsey March 2012

See feature on - Egham March 2012

See feature on - Addlestone March 2012

See feature on - Camberley March 2012

 

Avril Saunders is the author of Chasin’ That Carrot and the newly released book 'Mammograms Save Lives'

 

 

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14 March 12b: Putting pain to paper - ‘Mammograms Save Lives’ has been featured in the Surrey Comet.

 

See the feature - Surrey Comet March 2012

 

Avril Saunders is the author of Chasin’ That Carrot and the newly released book 'Mammograms Save Lives'

 

 

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12 March 12: Harry Riley's* review of Julius Falconer Series: ‘A Time to Prey’

 

Review - ‘A Time to Prey’

Here is another gripping page-turner from a master storyteller. The chapters simply roll by, as you follow ace sleuth, Detective Inspector Wickfield and Sergeant Hewitt, through a myriad of possible theories about a fatality: each one having to be diligently considered, before filing, and moving on to the next.

The story breaks with the sudden death of the Bishop of Worcester in 1966. His body being found in his official castle study, with the doors and windows locked from the inside.

It could have been a perfectly straightforward accident and to another, less efficient and inexperienced officer, it might have been, but Wickfield is immediately suspicious; something doesn’t smell right. Looking around the room he sees things that others might have missed, and like a dog with a bone he gnaws and nags away at the problem, leaving no stone unturned until he’s interviewed everyone with the slightest connection to the high churchman.

In a few short days following the death, and together with his sergeant, Wickfield digs deeply (with highly personal questions) into private lives, searching for a cunning murderer, one who wanders abroad at the dead of night.

Gradually, armed with forensic information and by a process of methodical elimination, the policemen piece together a timeline, a significant window of opportunity for the crime, coming up with startling results.

We are treated to an insight into the workings of the Anglican church, ancient saints and relics and a woman who dabbles in Wicca (a pagan religion) plenty of fishy red herrings, all tied up in a classic, locked door mystery. As in so many of his cases, it is a chance remark from Inspector Wickfield’s wife Beth, which helps to cut through the darkness, and cast a bright light on the killer.  

You couldn’t wish for more, except perhaps to feast on the next one!

 

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12 A Figure in the Mist

 

The latest addition to the series, 'The Waif', released in Spring 2012.

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

 

 

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07 March 12: ‘Mammograms Save Lives’ has been featured in the Spring 2012 edition of Arts Magazine.

 

See the feature - Arts Magazine - Spring 2012

 

Avril Saunders is the author of Chasin’ That Carrot and soon to be released book 'Mammograms Save Lives'

 

 

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05 March 12: Harry Riley's* review of Julius Falconer Series: ‘The Bones of Murder’

 

Review - ‘The Bones of Murder’

Having now had the pleasure of reading several of the ‘Wickfield’ chronicles, I find the stories just keep getting better and better. What I want to know is, how does the author do it? The writing makes for effortless reading and seems to cover all aspects of human nature.

In The Bones of Murder, the police have to delve quite deeply into the seamier side of life, in order to get at the truth of family conflicts, disappearances and possibly murders, which happened decades ago. The bodies of three people; are dug up by the Hothersall’s: new house owners, as they prepare for renovating projects, and the skeletal remains, show distinct signs of murder. This is clearly one for Worcestershire C.I.D’s, finest: Detective Inspector Wickfield and his trusty assistant, Sergeant Spooner.

Apart from the fact that this is a baffling cold case, presenting many difficulties, not least that the murderer may be long dead, the reader is let in on a personal conflict, between Inspector Wickfield and the author, as to who is the most trustworthy: apparently Wickfield is upset that the author is portraying him as a bit of a buffoon, lurching from one failed theory to another.

I seem to recall, Sherlock Holmes taking issue with Doctor Watson about the way some of his cases had been dealt with.

I have to say I take the author’s side in this debate, as this is what makes the stories so interesting. Unlike some American detectives, who are unbelievably, all seeing and all doing 24/7, superheroes, Wickfield comes across as an ordinary chap, having to do an extra-ordinary job. We see him, as he is - warts and all!

Eventually, after many leads have failed to unmask the culprit, the detective discusses the case with his wife Beth, and the conversation opens up new initiatives, leading to an arrest and conviction.

A gripping tale and definitely one to share with your friends! 

 

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12 A Figure in the Mist

 

The latest addition to the series, 'The Waif', released in Spring 2012.

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

 

 

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03 March 12: 'OTOLI' and 'Two Little Dicky Birds' are in The People's Book Prize 2012 SPRING Collection. Voting is open to all Readers.

 

We encourage all our authors and readers to get the books or borrow from their local libraries and cast their votes for these books.

 

TPBP Link for 'OTOLI'

TPBP Link for 'Two Little Dicky Birds'

 

The public has almost 3 months to vote for your title: until 20th May 2012. The 3 authors with the most votes in the category will become finalists.

Voting will then take place from 21st May for the public to choose the overall winners who will be announced at the 3rd Award Ceremony of The People’s Book Prize on 30th May 2012.

 

The People's Book Prize is the unique democratic Book Prize voted exclusively by the public so it is the public who choose Britain's Next Bestsellers. Its goals are to discover new and unknown works, eradicate illiteracy and support reading uniting the community as a whole.

Supported by Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE the Award consists of prizes in three genres – fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature, The Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author in honour of TPBP founding patron and as last year’s the Award for Best Achievement.

 

Authors

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

 

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02 March 12: Neal James' book signing event featured in the Nottingham Evening Post and Ripley and Heanor News.

 

Neal James had a book signing session on Saturday 25th February 2012. Neal was on hand at the Book Boutique, in Ripley, to talk with fans of his work and inscribe his name on their prized copy.

 

View new features:

Nottingham Evening Post feature

Ripley and Heanor News feature

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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01 March 12: 'Me and My Shadow' book launch a great success. See launch photos.

 

The book launch and the first book signing session for 'Me and My Shadow' was held on the 28th of February 2012 at the Energie Gym, Parkgate Rotherham

 

This event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress. Here are some photos of the event - Mayor/s of Rotherham and Ray Matthews.

 

 

 

 

Ray Matthews is the author of  'Me and My Shadow'. Ray is now looking forward to the next book signing at Waterstones, Meadowhall, Sheffield on the 10th of March 2012.

 

 

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29 February 12: Five stars review of 'In All Probability' and 'Jumble Tales' by Kitty Bullard, "Great Minds Think Aloud” literary community*

 

Review date: 29 Feb 2012

"These are two wonderfully delightful books by a man that has clearly had his own ups and downs in life. Steve Morris weaves tales of good fortune and hardship with a master storyteller's pen. I am use to anthologies that range from romance to horror and almost any other genre you can think of, but this is the first time I have read a book about the lot life can hand you and the good or bad that often comes with it.

I'll admit I was skeptical going into these books but I was surprised to find the mixed bag of tales that both contained. These books prove that true life can often be just as wonderfully exciting, adventurous, and fantastic as tales woven from the gossamer fabric of fantasy.

I will be looking for more to come from this UK Author!"

Kitty Bullard

 

Steve Morris is the author of In All Probability and Jumble Tales.

 

*About Great Minds

Great Minds Think Aloud started in March of 2011 as a book club. Great Minds is a hub for readers, authors, publishers, publicists, artists and anyone that has interests in the literary world.

 

 

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27 February 12: The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Neal James, titled 'In one moment, their fate was decided'

Click link to read article here...

 

To his right,  standing  in front of the teller, was a man clad in black, the gun  in his hand pointing straight at the teller's head.

 

© Article and image source - Derby Telegraph

 

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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24 February 12: Harry Riley's* review of Julius Falconer Series: ‘Mr. Carrick Is Laid To Rest’

 

Review - ‘Mr. Carrick Is Laid To Rest’

Here is another baffling and highly enjoyable, Inspector Wickfield case.

The Worcestershire C.I.D detective again has Sergeant Spooner’s able assistance.

However he needs nothing short of a crystal ball to get to the bottom of this strange affair. Fortunately, when he’s tested his brain to its utmost, and run himself ragged into the bargain, with very few positive results, Wickfield is not too proud to talk things over with Beth, his inspirational and long-suffering spouse. He calls her his muse. She is one step removed from the investigation and thus able to zone in on a piece of information he may have treated too lightly or simply overlooked.

The story revolves around the apparent suicide of a male teacher in a private girls’ school. It seems the coroner’s verdict of suicide would put an end to speculation. But question marks arise when a local man comes forward with new information to cast disturbing light on the death.

Nothing is quite as it seems and involves the detective in a lot of foreign air miles, as he tries to uncover the true facts. Was the dead teacher quite the ordinary, respectable citizen he portrayed to his colleagues, or did he lead a double life?

The story is intriguing, as there are suggestions of an international art-dealer cartel and gangster involvement, beautiful young women and many false trails.

Assuming the reader is armed with all the information Stan Wickfield has at his command, it is quite possible to work out your own conclusions. Long before I reached the final page, my own ‘virtual jail’ was full to bursting with guilty prisoners. Unfortunately I got them all wrong. Nevertheless, it was good fun and a damned good read.

 

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12 A Figure in the Mist

 

The latest addition to the series, 'The Waif', is due to be released in Spring 2012.

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

 

 

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23 February 12: Neal James will be signing copies of his four published titles books.

 

Date: Saturday, 21 April 2012,

Address: Waterstones Nottingham, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR

Tel: 0843 290 8525

E-mail: manager@nottingham.waterstones.com

enquiries@nottingham.waterstones.com

office@nottingham.waterstones.com

 

If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstone's can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details.

 

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

We wish Neal James the very best with this event.

 

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22 February 12: ‘Mammograms Save Lives’ has been featured in the Surrey Herald.

 

See the feature - A Surrey Hearld and News Publication Page 3

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Avril Saunders is the author of Chasin’ That Carrot and the newly released book 'Mammograms Save Lives'

 

 

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21 February 12: Five stars reviews of 'Losing My Religion: The Radical Message of the Kingdom'

 

Exciting and encouraging book, 22 Feb 2012

"Loved the book. There were things that I thought I understood but this has added to my knowledge and understanding and has brought so much to life for me. I loved the fact that it was encouraging and I could apply it to my life. I've always thought that I wasn't a 'proper' church person and can see now that I am a Kingdom person and that is exciting, it is a totally different focus and way to live."

Mrs Angie Spence

 

Ready for a challenge?, 21 Feb 2012

"This is a challenging and thought-provoking look at the centrality of the message of the Kingdom of God and how it should impact the life and faith of every true Christian believer. It is not written as merely the opinion of the author but is thoroughly grounded in the scriptures of both the old and new testaments.It is extremely well-structured and has a very detailed table of contents which help when returning to the book in search of a specific passage or scriptural reference. For a book of such depth of study it is also remarkably easy to read though the challenge of the message it contains may make the half-hearted believer rather less than comfortable. Don't miss the opportunity of reading this book!"

Mrs Christine Webb

 

Richard Bradbury is the author of 'Losing My Religion' and 'It’s the End of the World as we know it'

 

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20 February 12: 'Resonate' by Terry Durose has been reviewed by Derek Purnell*, Urban Presence.

 

Review - 'Resonate'

"Resonate is a great little book, the genius of it is that Terry Durose keeps things simple (though not simplistic)!  Sharing our faith should be one of the most natural things we do but fear and specialised approaches from experts can make it appear beyond our ability.  This book provides adequate information to increase our understanding and sufficient encouragement to increase our confidence.  Much of the encouragement comes from a very incarnational human attitude, working from a position of weakness and vulnerability - we do the human bit and leave God to do the Divine!

One of strengths of this book is that it is not prescriptive and it does not provide us with all the solutions, neither does it attempt to solve all the problems we may encounter in sharing our faith, it assumes that the Holy Spirit is there to help us.  There are gaps in this book, ones that can only be resolved by experience.  Evangelism is a practical subject and we need to practice it to get more proficient.  This book provides enough direction to help us on our way."

 

*Bio

Derek Purnell, BA MPhil is a an Urban Ministry Consultant with Urban Presence, his work also includes developing and teaching Urban Ministry courses.  He Pastored an inner city church for an number of year and now is a member of a small Missional Community.

 

Terry Durose is the author of 'Resonate'

 

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19 February 12: Chris Pownall's book 'A Long Journey Back' has been reviewed by Meggie Latham - Thame, Newbooks.

 

Review - 'A Long Journey Back'

"This book is a story of survival but unlike other similar works, I found its lack of sentimentality very pleasing..."

"The insightful and honest 'voices' of both Chris and his son Rob, threading through the book kept me reading. I would recommend this book as an uplifting and inspiring book..."

Meggie Latham - Thame

Newbooks

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Chris Pownall is the author of three books: 'Funny How Things Work Out', 'Onwards and Upwards' and 'A Long Journey Back'

 

 

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17 February 12: Claire Voet will be interviewed by Chris Wright, The Breeze Radio station in the south of England.

 

Event type: Live broadcast

Date: Saturday 18th February 2012.

Time: 9am

There will be a repeat of the broadcast on The Breeze Drive on Monday 20th February 2012 at 6pm

 

About The Breeze Radio

The Breeze operates in the South and South West.

 

 

Claire Voet is the author of Whittington Manor

 

We wish Claire Voet the very best with this event.

 

 

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14 February 12: Harry Riley's* review of Julius Falconer Series: ‘The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred’

 

Review - ‘The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred’

Scenic Worcestershire appears to have more than its fair share of evildoers and wicked murderers! In this gripping and extremely baffling case for Police Inspector Stan Wickfield, the author pits him against a highly cunning adversary.

We have stepped back in time to early 1968, to the sudden, violent death of

Fr Wilfred, parish priest of The Sacred Heart Catholic Church. It occurs, just as the church itself is undergoing a disquieting period of change.

A lot of preconceived religious practice is being challenged by a wave of new thinking and the detective uncovers several suspects in his quest for the truth of this sudden death: was it murder or suicide?

With Sergeant Spooner assisting him, Stan Wickfield (considered to be the best brains on the force) methodically works his way through the lives and possible motives of each of the suspects: often taking two steps backwards for every step gained and thus giving the reader a glimpse of the workings of the Catholic Church and the unglamorous daily routine of C.I.D. work.

The team do their level best to break the case, yet are always coming up against seemingly solid and impenetrable alibis. As Wickfield states in conversation with his sergeant: So many imponderables, so many suspects-or none at all! What are we to make of it?

It is only as he sets himself a time limit to succeed, or resign his post in abject failure, that he stumbles on the truth, inadvertently aided, as always by conversation with his wife Beth.

Creatively written and consistently entertaining, Julius Falconer gives us yet another fascinating, thought provoking and highly addictive read. Wonderful value!  

 

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12 A Figure in the Mist

 

The latest addition to the series, 'The Waif', is due to be released in Spring 2012.

 

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

 

Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

 

 

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09 February 12: Unveiled, a new book marketing & distribution initiative of Pneuma Springs.

'Spring Leaf Books' unveils a new website, www.SpringLeafBooks.com and an email marketing brand – ‘Book Springs’, specially designed for book lovers all over the world.

 

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08 February 12: Ray Matthews will be signing copies of his new book 'Me and My Shadow'.

 

Date: Saturday, 10 March 2012,

Address: Waterstones Sheffield Meadowhall, 26 The Arcade, Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield S9 1EL

Tel: 0843 290 8583

E-mail: manager@sheffield-arcade.waterstones.com

 

If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstone's can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details.

 

Ray Matthews is the author of  'Me and My Shadow'

 

We wish Ray Matthews the very best with this event.

 

 

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07 February 12-b: An excellent review of 'From Coconuts to Condors' by John Davies*.

 

Book reviews

"Valerie Astill's book is a marvellous account of a challenging three week holiday in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. Her very readable writing style makes the culture, climate and landscapes of these countries come to life. Her descriptions are incredibly detailed and picturesque making it so easy to visualise the scenes that she describes. Indeed, I almost felt as though I was in the shower with her and the little green frogs! Valerie also gives a warts and all insight into the many difficulties of travel in these South American countries. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful travelogue - well worth reading, even if you're not going on holiday to South America."

 

*John Davies is an author, song writer and poet. He is also an athlete and has been the Welsh Masters javelin champion in his age group nearly every year since 1989. He is the Treasurer of Port Talbot Harriers and President of Welsh Masters Athletics.                                                               John Davies is the author of 'Lyrics and Limericks' and 'Chester to Chepstow'.

 

Valerie Astill is the author of two books: 'Temples and Tacos' and 'From Coconuts to Condors'

 

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07 February 12-a: A book trailer for Read and Soar has been released. Read and Soar is a book about the many benefits and joys of reading.

 

Watch Book Trailer

 

 

Yomi Akinpelu is the author of Read & Soar and two other books: A Matter of Life & Death, The Wholesome Truth about Healing

 

 

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06 February 12: Harry Riley's* review of Julius Falconer Series: ‘The Longdon Murders’

 

Review - ‘The Longdon Murders’

This seemingly unfathomable case tests Worcestershire’s finest: Detective Inspector Stan Wickfield, and his appointed assistant: Sergeant Hewitt, to the limit. Author Julius Falconer takes a back seat and graciously allows the inspector, freedom to tell the story in his own inimitable fashion, (a bit like Conan Doyle letting Sherlock Holmes off the leash.)

I must confess, I do enjoy the policeman’s own, man of the people style. With Wickfield, what you see is what you get. He is a no-nonsense, detective who knows how to call a spade a spade. However, I think Julius ought to be aware; there are occasional hints for the reader, that Wickfield could have his own literary aspirations.

 In The Longdon Murders, an old couple are found dead in their daughter’s, Worcestershire-village cottage, both slumped over a table and poisoned by a contaminated bottle of wine. Their daughter is nowhere to be seen. Then shortly after, a young man’s body is discovered in a London bed-sit. He’s been killed in a similar fashion, again poisoned by wine. These apparently unconnected events, investigated by two independent police forces, turn out to be caused by a very rare poison. This requires the best detective brains to unravel a devious plot. Who then has the patience, the methodical mind and dogged perseverance to get to the bottom of it? The call goes out to bring in Inspector Wickfield!

These murders take all the detective’s ingenuity and painstaking determination, and there are times when he thinks he’s come up with the answer, only to find he’s been led down a blind alley. Poor old Wickfield is repeatedly thwarted by interference from a senior police officer, living and working abroad; who keeps sticking his nose in, with his own pet theories. Our policeman’s lot is not a happy one.

As with other hard and tricky cases, a chance remark by Beth, Wickfield’s clever and intuitive spouse, sends him off in a fresh and positive direction, enabling him at last, to see bright daylight at the end of a long and arduous tunnel.

For a brilliant insight into the skulduggery and devious machinations of the criminal mind, you would be hard put to beat Julius Falconer and his Wickfield detective mysteries.

 

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12 A Figure in the Mist

 

The latest addition to the series, 'The Waif', is due to be released in Spring 2012.

 

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

 

Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

 

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05 February 12: Listen to Neal James' interview with Barbara Conelli, Blog Talk Radio in New York.

 

Neal James was interviewed by Barbara Conelli, Blog Talk Radio in New York on Sunday, 5th February 2012.

 

Click to listen to the feature audio clip. (OR listen via the player below).

 

 

 

About Blog Talk Radio

BlogTalkRadio operates out of New York and allows anyone, anywhere the ability to host a live talk radio show online, simply by using a telephone and a computer. BlogTalkRadio’s unique platform, powered by Cinchcast, empowers citizen broadcasters to create and share their original content, their voices and their opinions in a worldwide public forum.

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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03 February 12-c: From Pneuma Springs with love! - Unveiling our Valentine's selection on Publishedbestsellers.com - spice up your love life with some romantic novels.

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Set in the life and times of Regency England, a stirring tale of love, dark secrets, manipulation and the determined human spirit.

A summer evening’s chance encounter throws together two people of opposite social class who, despite a natural mutual attraction, should never have met.

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To Know the Road

...An inspiring tale of love, hate and the indomitable human spirit.

A story of forbidden passions set in the war years and played against a background of sectarianism and religious conservatism in Ireland.

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The Guitar Man

A heart-tugging bitter-sweet love story, in which love, devotion and determination brings good out of the most tragic life circumstances.

Set in Ventnor, a quaint seaside town on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England, this is a heart-tugging bitter-sweet story, in which love, devotion and determination brings good out of the most tragic life circumstances. A sweeping story of true love, devotion and pain.

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Sweet Dreams

A romantic action packed mystery thriller fiction set in Glasgow inner city and the Swiss Alps

The deputy head teacher of a Glasgow inner city school has been murdered! Kate Farnham, a colleague, discovers his body – he had been shot dead. Suspect or target? That is the question the Chief Inspector has to answer as he goes to the Swiss Alps in his search for answers. Romance and mystery seamlessly intertwined!

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03 February 12-b: Book launch and the first book signing session for 'Me and My Shadow' will be held on the 28th of February 2012.

 

This event will be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress from noon for half an hour for publicity and photos.

 

Time:  Ray Matthews will be available throughout the day.

Address: Energie Gym, Parkgate Rotherham

 

For the book launch, an evening at Zafran restaurant in Maltby Rotherham will consist of a three course buffet. Ray Matthews will read passages and answer questions.

 

Ticket - £10 (Please contact Ray Matthews for further details at ultrarunner@live.com)

 

 

Ray Matthews is the author of  'Me and My Shadow'

 

We wish Ray Matthews the very best with this event.

 

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03 February 12-a: Neal James will be having a book signing session on Saturday 25th February 2012.

 

Time: 11.30am

Address: The Book Boutique in Ripley, Derbyshire.

 

See the event broadcast on the New writers UK website

 

Neal James is the author of three books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One' and 'Two Little Dicky Birds'

 

We wish Neal James the very best with this event.

 

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02 February 12: Wartime drama ‘Whittington Manor’ to be made into TV drama. Read the review, author's interview and watch book trailer.

 

Wartime drama ‘Whittington Manor’ to be made into TV drama

With the success of Downton Abbey still causing shock-waves both sides of the pond, the path has been set for a new generation of period dramas, and the next one to watch out for is Whittington Manor.

Written and adapted to screenplay by Claire Voet, Whittington Manor tells the beautiful story of love and heartbreak during the Second World War. The heartwarming yet dramatic story, tells of class division, corruption, deceit and betrayal, as it follows the life of 16 year old Sarah Whittington.

The only daughter of Lord and Lady Whittington, and residing at the famous Whittington Manor, this story is set in one of Britain’s most historic, yet somewhat forgotten cities, Portsmouth.

Sarah finds love at the top of Portsmouth landmark, Portsdown Hill, with an unlikely suitor, Joe Lambert. Divided by social class, and knowing their relationship could never be accepted, the pair meet in secret until war breaks out and Joe is sent to fight.

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Author's Interview

Portsmouth Writer Looks Forward to Seeing Book Brought to Life for TV - Anna Howell Interviews Claire Voet

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Claire Voet is the author of Whittington Manor

 

 

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01 February 12: Harry Riley's* review of Julius Falconer Series: ‘The Spider’s Banquet’ and ‘A Death Twice Avenged’

 

Review - ‘The Spider’s Banquet’

For me, one of the main attractions of the: Who done it; is to pit my wits against the criminal investigators and attempt to anticipate who the perpetrator is, before they do.

Author Julius Falconer allows Police Inspector Stan Wickfield to tell the story in his own way, warts and all, even to the point of interacting directly with the reader, right through the story. I find this very appealing, especially as the inspector is not some soulless, over-promoted wonder-boy, but a conscientious thief-taker who expresses his own self-doubts and is not frightened or ashamed to seek advice from his sergeant.

As we proceed through the book, I get the impression we are all in it together, almost as if we were trying to interpret the clues to a complicated crossword puzzle. We understand the policeman’s frustrations, as he encounters each dead end and has to rethink his strategy.

Some crime, novelists work on a totally different level, with convoluted sentences and padded chapters, which bear no relation to the plot, causing me to cast down their books in disgust. Not so with this author. His writing is crisp and sharp and the story moves on at a fast pace. At no time does he telegraph the ending.

We are treated to an insight into the closed, meditative life of an abbey, and you wonder, why do monks want to shut themselves off from the world? What drives them to do it? I’ve visited one of the genuine monasteries the author refers to and watched the brothers toiling in the fields, so this story possessed an additional interest for me.

Inspector Morse might be dead and gone but Inspector Stan Wickfield lives on. It was a pleasure to read and I look forward to getting my teeth into the next one.

 

 

Review - ‘A Death Twice Avenged’

This is a fascinating Inspector Wickfield murder mystery. By this time the police detective has much more experience under his belt. He is called upon to use his undoubted skills and thus provide the answer to another Worcestershire riddle.

His co-partner in this tale is Sergeant Spooner and together they set about the enormous task of bringing the perpetrator/s to justice.

This case would be tricky enough, if it wasn’t for the fact that, as their work progresses, it becomes abundantly clear, a recent murder has definite links to a very cold crime, of some twenty years earlier.

It seems shocking to me, that amongst the glories of Worcestershire apples and pears, there could be some very odd fruit, lurking under the stairs!

However this tale soon gets under your own skin, so to speak, and the book becomes another un-put-down-able, labour of love.

Personally I think ‘Wickfield’s wife: Beth, deserves more of a mention too, because, to give credit where it’s due, she is obviously a very astute lady, who knows a thing or two about puzzle solving and is someone her husband seems to rely upon quite heavily, especially when he’s stuck for answers.

If a reader is allowed to put his four-pen’orth in, I think the author should ignore Beth at his peril-a woman scorned and all that!

But to get back to the plot, a young girl has the tantalising memory of hearing her father’s killer speaking, moments before he commits the dastardly crime. Many years later, the girl is still haunted by this voice and then, quite by chance she hears it again. Thus sparking off a chain of dark events and dirty deeds, that leads to the full-time involvement of our indomitable Worcestershire sleuth.

Written in a very stylish, British way, I’m sure both Wickfield and his creator will be vying for honours and by now have bucket-loads of dedicated fans. 

 

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12A Figure in the Mist

 

The latest addition to the series, 'The Waif', is due to be released in Spring 2012.

 

*Harry Riley is based in Nottingham England, and writes novels, short stories, poetry and blogs. Retired from commercial printing, he rose from apprentice to director. He is married with two grown children. Harry is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tale’ and ‘Sins of the Father.

 

 

Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

 

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27 January 12: Claire Voet, interviewed on Express FM Radio Station and forthcoming interview on Heart FM Spain.

 

Claire Voet was interviewed on Express FM Radio Station, Tuesday 24 January 2012.

 

Click to listen to the interview audio clip. (OR listen via the player below).

 

Listen to Interview on Express FM Radio

 

 

About Express FM Radio Station

Express FM is a pioneering venture based in the heart of Portsmouth, broadcasting programmes that celebrate life in Portsmouth and South-East Hampshire.

Express FM puts experienced professional broadcasters at the service of the people of South East Hampshire. Frequency 93.7 FM

 

 

Forthcoming interview on Heart FM Spain

Coming soon!!!

Claire Voet will be  interviewed on Heart FM Spain on Sunday 29th January 2012 at 11am. The interview can be heard online from the U.K.

 

 

Claire Voet is the author of Whittington Manor

 

 

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26 January 12: OTOLI is currently on the Top Ten YA awareness books on the YA Book Reads blog. Well done Bryony Allen.

 

View the Entry - Top Ten YA awareness books

 

Read the recent YA Book Reads blog with author, Bryony Allen.

 

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'

 

 

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25 January 12: Neal James on Erewash Sound and forthcoming interview on Blog Talk Radio in New York.

 

Erewash Sound

Neal James was on Erewash Sound with Tris Walker and Laura Smith at 7pm on Saturday 21st January to record the first of what may become a series of his short stories.

 

For those who were unable to tune in to Erewash Sound here is a link to an audio file of the transmitted story, ‘Marks on the Wall’, which was recorded at the station's Ilkeston studios.

 

Click to listen to the feature audio clip. (OR listen via the player below).

 

Listen to the feature on Erewash Sound

 

 

Neal James interview

Coming soon!!!

Neal James would be returning to the Erewash Sound studios soon for an interview with Tris Walker – If you have something you want to ask Neal James about his work then please use the comment box on the 'Erewash and beyond' website or email tris.walker@erewashsound.com.

 

About Erewash Sound

Erewash Sound was launched in late 2004 by a team of experienced volunteers. Broadcasting on 96.8FM, Erewash Sound serves the Erewash Valley area of Derbyshire with music and local news features. Erewash Sound is a genuinely local radio station, run by local people for local people.

 

 

Blog Talk Radio

Neal James will be talking to Barbara Conelli, radio hostess on Blog Talk Radio in New York

Event type: Live broadcast, of between 30 minutes and an hour

Date: Sunday, 5th February 2012.

Time: Noon Eastern US time, and 5pm in the UK.

 

Listen online via this link on 5th February 2012

 

Neal James will attempt to cover all of his published books to date, future writing and the factors which have inspired his writing since its inception in 2007.

 

About Blog Talk Radio

BlogTalkRadio operates out of New York and allows anyone, anywhere the ability to host a live talk radio show online, simply by using a telephone and a computer. BlogTalkRadio’s unique platform, powered by Cinchcast, empowers citizen broadcasters to create and share their original content, their voices and their opinions in a worldwide public forum.

 

 

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

 

 

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24 January 12: Watch out for a new short film ‘Broken Promises’ based on a short story by author, Avril Dalziel Saunders

 

Paul Burton Films are currently in pre-production with a new short drama film which is being made in association with Avril Dalziel Saunders.

Before she was married, Jenny Curtis nursed her widowed mother for several years after she was left paralysed and speechless from a stroke. In Broken Promises, Chloe Richards recalls the twists and turns of fate that Jenny faced in the year following the death of her mother; and how her attempts to rebuild her life were thwarted when she met her then future husband, Harry Curtis.

With a screenplay by Paul Burton - who is also set to produce and direct the film - Broken Promises is based on a short story by author, Avril Dalziel Saunders. The film is set to be made at Elstree Studios in north London and on location nearby in February 2012.

 

The completed film will then be broadcast later this year as part of a short film strand on the following TV channels: Information TV (Sky 231), Information TV + 1 (Sky 189) and Showcase TV 2 (Sky 203).

 

DVD’s of ‘Broken Promises’ can be ordered direct from Paul Burton Films

 

Profits from the sales of the DVD’s from ‘Broken Promises’ will be donated to ‘Breast Cancer Care’ and ‘McMillan Nurses’

 

 

Avril Saunders is the author of Chasin’ That Carrot and soon to be released book 'Mammograms Save Lives', due out in February 2012.

 

 

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15 January 12: Candid reviews of 'From Coconuts to Condors' by Valerie Astill.

 

Book reviews

"David and Valerie Astill clearly have a gift for making friends... and were privileged to attend a number of local ceremonies and events such as the candomble in Salvador de Bahia, an important religious ceremony in honour of the gods, which very few tourists have experienced…Valerie Astill’s descriptions of adventures, landscapes, costumes and local customs are detailed and picturesque. Her book also includes many photographs, sadly only in black and white."

Joan Stephens, Leicester Mercury

 

"A nice travelogue, honest and lightly written. It’s warts and all, “The entrance and archway dating back to the 16th century had obviously been used more recently as a public convenience. It smelt dreadful…” If you want an insight into travel through Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, this will give you what you’re after."

Paul Bondsfield, Explore Worldwide Ltd

 

"As a fellow traveller to the Andes, I have much enjoyed 'From Coconuts to Condors'. I don't actually mind the photos being in black and white, as I can visualise the locations from Valerie's excellent descriptive writing. I have also enjoyed the fact that the book is well written, in the correct tense, and with proper punctuation! Having only been to Peru, I now want to visit both Brazil and Bolivia! Thank you Valerie."

Gill Twissel, author of ‘Rest Upon The Wind'

 

"We enjoyed this book because it conveys the reality of travel in these countries and the everyday issues facing the traveller. Too many travel books tend to present a 'tourist board' image of a location which is very different from the practical experience of the average visitor. Problems, hiccups and the unexpected help one to understand and appreciate a country much more. This is why the lack of colour photos doesn't matter. This book is a real journal of an exciting and challenging venture and not just a 'puff' for the South American tourism industry. Well worth reading."

Brian and Margaret Ludlow

 

 

Valerie Astill is the author of two books: 'Temples and Tacos' and 'From Coconuts to Condors'

 

 

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14 January 12: Julius Falconer has been featured as the Author of the Month on the book review website - Page Central (BookShelf)

See feature.

 

The BookShelf Review

"Julius Falconer has managed to write a character, that is so real that the reader can see him in their minds, Falconer has made his characters so realistic it really feels like you are part of the book and involved in solving the mysteries. All of the inspector Wickfield books are intriguing murder mysteries with a fallible detective that doesn’t solve the crime in an afternoon, each one bringing a different mystery to solve. Think Miss Marple or Moorse and your on the right track, although these books are not as light as the TV programs, they are not like modern day gore. Each book gives the reader a job to do and clues along the way. These are excellent novels that are not in sequence and can be read in any order. Each book set in another area means that the reader doesn’t get bored with so many mysteries in one place and with an realistic-ness that ensures Inspector does not cover the same mysteries."

 

 

(Chronological order of Julius Falconer Series)

1 - The Spider's Banquet

2 - A Death Twice Twice Avenged

3 - The Longdon Murders

4 - The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred

5 - Mr Carrick is Laid To Rest

6 - The Bones of Murder

7 - A Time to Prey

8 - Troubled Waters

9 - Tempt Not the Stars

10 - Jagger

11 - The Wichenford Court Murder

12A Figure in the Mist

 

The latest addition to the series, 'The Waif', is due to be released in Spring 2012.

 

Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire, who is a former translator and a retired teacher. He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

 

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08 January 12: Pneuma Springs is delighted to announce the release of published titles on the Google eBookstores and multiple Lightning Source distribution channels.

 

Visit eBookstore.

 

Get your favorite ebooks from the Google eBookstore, or buy Google eBooks from over 250 independent booksellers and retail partners

 

Google eBooks is compatible with Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, web browsers and many supported eReaders.

 

 

 

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03 January 12: An excellent review of 'Read and Soar' by Grahame Howard, author of the children's series - 'The Wishing Book'.

 

Book review

"If you are not a reader, you soon will be after reading this very good book from Yomi Akinpelu. Yomi has the knack in being able to inspire and encourage reading of books. In fact, she brings a whole new meaning to why we should read and what we can receive from spending time within pages of well written books, whether fiction or non-fiction. For myself, I like to ‘get lost’ in a good fictional read and perhaps become the hero. I also have received much knowledge from studying good texts in order to gain qualifications. All of this has been reinforced by reading Yomi’s title. This is a book that will bring you insight into why we read and what we can get from this. It will also bring encouragement to dust that book off and make time to read it. It will bring you immense pleasure as you just allow Yomi to show you the way to enjoy reading."

 

Grahame Howard is the author of the following four books: The Wishing Book 1, The Wishing Book 2 - Return To Mars, The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination and All Bagged Up

 

Yomi Akinpelu is the author of Read & Soar and two other books: A Matter of Life & Death, The Wholesome Truth about Healing

 

 

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02 January 12: 'Me and my shadow', based on an incredible story of a desert runner Ray Matthews. Read the pre-release reviews.

 

Book reviews

"It has been a real pleasure to read “Me and My Shadow”. It is an inspirational book where the author has bravely shared so much of himself and his journey. I am intrigued by extraordinary stories of determination, and achievement, whereby adversity is overcome and goals are reached. This book is a perfect example of this. The author takes you on a journey and leaves you wanting more, always the mark of a great book."

Marina Tune

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

 

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"I am so glad that I took the time to read “Me and My Shadow”. Once I began reading I did not want to put the book down, neither did I want it to end.

The author Ray Matthews takes you on a journey throughout his life, and as a reader, you feel that you are part of that journey.

I felt like I was the “shadow” referred to in the title. The descriptive writing and storytelling painted such an imaginative picture that I felt I was right there besides him, like I was Ray’s shadow. I felt the physical and emotional pain Ray had experienced, and I felt the overwhelming joy of knowing that he had just taken part in something truly amazing.

The book is such an inspirational read and anyone who is seeking a dream and wanting to take on the impossible should read this book. I would like to thank Ray for sharing his journey and letting me be part of it through his beautiful writing."

Helen Woodburn-Moran

 

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"Ray writes with a passion that reflects his fervor for life. His heartfelt desire is to be all he can be, to collect and soak in every experience, and to grow as a human being and as an athlete. As you read you would almost feel you are there with Ray as a young lad, as he takes steps that help him discover his most important mentors who lead him to make the hardest decisions that made the biggest differences in his life as an athlete, family man, and business man. If you have the burning desire to live your life on your terms, then Ray’s book is a must read. Ray is living the ideal life; to be content with what he has achieved, and be ambitious for more. Don’t wait too long to write your next book Ray."

David Greenfield

Gym buddy and Life Coach

 

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"Throughout a lifetime, everyone has the opportunity to meet truly exceptional people. I have. But only very few times have I met someone who inspires, the way Ray does. He turns concepts around, demonstrating the relativity of the “biological clock” and what can and cannot be achieved by having the right mindset.

Who decides what the right age is to achieve your dreams.

How many times does society impose the things we should or should not do, and what is seen as “reasonable”, and what is expected of us. There is timing for everything. Ray demonstrates that destiny is in your hands, and not in the hands of what society expects of us.

 Even today, practicing for sport, or in my work, or family environment, I still think back to the phrases, or moments I was able to share with this incredible man, and friend.

Ray truly is, an inspirational story himself."

Patrick De Jong

Desert runner and Friend

 

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"There are many words to describe how I feel after reading Me and My Shadow, intrigued, shocked, emotional, inspired, but most of all proud. I am proud that I know Ray, and honoured that he turns up week in week out to my fitness classes. For the advice, his knowledge, and the time he has given me over the past few years.

His enthusiasm to his sport is mind blowing, and whatever Ray puts his mind to, he achieves it with flying colours. From being this cocky ginger haired, Yorkshire lad who just wanted to “have a go at boxing”, to his recent 100km Sahara Desert race, Ray has, and always gives 110%. He is an absolute credit to anyone who knows him.

This book gives a great insight into the “down to earth” Ray (we thought we knew)! Some of the stories are very funny, as well as inspirational. An immensely gripping read, a must buy. Thanks for everything Ray."

Fiona Burkinshaw

Personal Trainer and fitness coach

 

 

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