31 October 2011

Earning a Crust - Logic doesn’t come into it

Fascinating and engaging autobiography of career after Royal Air Force service.

By Derek Rosser

The author’s literary efforts covering his experiences as a National Serviceman in the RAF in the 1950s (A Reluctant Recruit) generated such a favourable reception, so much so that he embarked on a second, more or less true, account of his life as a typical boy growing up in the thirties and forties (Call Me Valentine). This is his third book, completing the trilogy. It is the account of what happened to him after leaving the Royal Air Force; it is the story of a long, and mainly happy, interesting working career.

The author Derek Rosser says: “For the best part of forty years I was engaged in trying to earn enough money to keep body and soul together. Some of it was enjoyable, some of it was frustrating and some of it was downright misery….”

‘Earning a Crust’, an entertaining read!

“A fascinating autobiography” …publishedbestsellers.com

Genre: Biography
ISBN: 978-1-907728-33-4
Publication Date: November 2011
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 210 x 148 mm, 164pp

24 October 2011

Book Savvy Spotlight on Richard Bradbury

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

Our Guest is Richard Bradbury*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us about yourself and your book 'Losing my Religion'?
I am married with four grown up children and have had a lifelong passion to make the Bible accessible to everyone. I am a Christian and my faith is a very important and central part of my life. C.S. Lewis said, 'Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important'. My beliefs are the foundation upon which my reality is framed. When bad things happen in my life God helps me through the hard times and I trust in his goodness to see me through the future.

My new book 'Losing my Religion - The Radical Message of the Kingdom' examines the main theme of Jesus' teaching - the Kingdom. I attempt to explore it from new perspectives, applying it to life in the 21st century. The reason for the title is that, if we really understand what Jesus came to teach, following him is not a matter of religious practice but of transformed lifestyles.

Q2. Why did you decide to begin writing? What sparked the desire to pen your first book?
I have always had a deep love of books. In many ways they have always been my best friends. When I was younger I wrote poetry, and then I started a novel (still unfinished). But then I realised I had something to say in terms of my understanding of the Bible that I thought others might benefit from reading. Two books down the line I still have something to say, but maybe one day I'll return to writing poetry or finishing off my novel!

Q3. How do you approach your writing?
So far my approach has been to gather notes and material concerning the subject that I want to address and then to 'blitz' it over a short period of time. I wrote the bulk of my first book (It's the End of the World as we know it!) over a three week period, writing each day from 8:00am until 12:30pm. My second book I wrote in 1 week and then spent a few weeks refining it. I find that once I get into the 'zone', the words flow quite easily. The hard part is the research.

8 October 2011

A Cut Above The Rest - Victims are easy meat for hooded killer

The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Philip Neale (pen name - Neal James), titled: 'A Cut Above The Rest'

We ought to warn readers, however, that despite being an exciting tale, it is rather graphic.

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.
"Over here." Stan Powell, the ranger, led the way into the trees. "The chap who found her is still in the ambulance back there." He jabbed a thumb over his shoulder in the direction of the car park. "He's pretty shaken up, as you'll soon understand."
Fletcher's progress halted abruptly, 10 yards into the undergrowth, as he came upon the scene.

Read entire story at: Derby Telegraph Site

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, from Monk Fryston, has written his 14th crime novel, A Figure in the Mist.

Putting pen to paper! 
Selby Times feature
As MONK Fryston Hall is the setting for a double murder in a book by the village’s resident crime writer Julius Falconer.
Readers will recognise descriptions of the 12th century manor house in his most recent 180-page novel, A Figure in the Mist.
Set in present day, Julius’s 14th novel tells the tale of amateur detective Tobias Walden who tries to find out the truth about his mother’s death.
“Unlike other writers including Agatha Christie, I allow the reader the same information as the detective so those reading are given the chance to solve the crime themselves,” he said.
He explained that in many of his novels, even he isn’t sure who carried out the crime until more than half way through the story.
Read full feature on Selby Times Site.

Find out about Julius Falconer’s latest novel and other books here.