25 April 2011

Book Savvy Spotlight on Grahame Howard

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.

Our Guest is Grahame Howard, the author of four books: 'All Bagged Up', 'The Wishing Book', 'The Wishing Book 2 - Return to Mars' and 'The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination'.

Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Wishing Book 2'?
I live with my wife and family in Dorset. We have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I suffered for 10 years with the disease, Ulcerative Colitis until I had surgery for a permanent ileostomy. I felt quite desperate and if not for my Christian faith I don't know how I would have managed. I wrote about this in my first book, All Bagged Up, to help other people in similar situations.
Being a child at heart, I started writing children's fantasy stories. My story is about some children who find a book with magical powers that grants wishes. This has now turned into a series. The Wishing Book is where the children go to Planet Mars. The second in the series, The Wishing Book 2 - Return to Mars, sees the children back on Planet Mars against their will. The Martian leader is intent on obtaining the book to further his power. A battle commences, the children face horrible scary monsters and evil Martians, are captured and they have to use every bit of wit to escape. A third in the series is also available, The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination.

Q2. When you write what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?
I write to create excitement and cause the reader to become completely engrossed in the adventure. 

Q3. You have had loads of excellent reviews for your books how do you feel about these?
I love receiving and seeing reviews. It not only encourages me but helps me to discover what my readers want to read.

22 April 2011

To Boldly Go - Where so many have gone before.

Amazing voyages of a nautical nature
A daring adventure of one man’s attempt to sail solo round the world.

After a working life at sea of some thirty-five years one might think it would be time to swallow the anchor, as the saying goes, and retire to a peaceful existence on shore.

However, in the case of this writer such an existence by nature was not to be. To misquote a saying; you can take a sailor away from the sea, but you can't take the sea from a sailor, and the pull to return to the water is forever strong. 'I want to go down to the sea again to the lonely sea and the sky,' as John Masefield wrote in his poem Sea Fever. This book relates the further experiences of a nautical nature for the author after retiring as a captain of VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers).

A daring and immersing true-life sea adventure …publishedbestsellers.com

15 April 2011

Short story: 'Marks on the Wall'

The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Philip Neale (pen name - Neal James), titled  'Marks on the Wall'
DI Dennis Marks knew that Samuel North had killed his wife Susan. Everything was there. He had motive, opportunity, the weapon, and there were enough people who knew that the marriage was going through serious problems to put the man firmly in the frame. Despite all this there was nothing concrete to place North at the scene during the period that the pathologist estimated to be the time of death. Susan North had been shot, her body wrapped in plastic sheeting and dumped at the side of an isolated country road. According to the post mortem report she had been dead for at least two weeks.
North had married into money, becoming an essential part of his father-in-law’s business and inheriting a share of the company when the old man died. His wife Susan obtained controlling interest when her mother passed away and became the driving force with her sixty per cent share to his own forty.
This suited Susan, leaving her free to explore her own social life whilst still keeping the brakes upon Samuel’s ambitions, but when he found out about her affair with the tennis coach at her country club their relations soured irreparably. Susan’s golfing partner, Abigail Marshall, reported her missing to the local police when she failed to appear for her regular twice weekly round without informing her. Based on forensic evidence leading back to North’s gun, a search warrant was obtained for the family home, and Samuel North was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Read entire story at: Derby Telegraph Site