28 November 2011

How loyal George plotted his revenge

The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Philip Neale (pen name - Neal James), titled: 'How loyal George plotted his revenge'

"Bank worker George Parkinson was sidelined into an area which his bosses said 'best suited his abilities'."

GEORGE Parkinson had worked at the bank for nearly 20 years and had risen through the ranks by a combination of sheer hard work and a flair for information technology.
He had been instrumental in setting up all of the financial systems, and the computer networking, throughout the UK.
Now they had sidelined him into an area which they felt "best suited his abilities".
What that had meant in practice was that his new boss's son needed a job and George had become the target. The lad had come through university, had a degree and clearly knew his stuff, of that there was no doubt, but George had the bank's name etched into him – it was his reason for getting up in the morning...

Read entire story at: Derby Telegraph Site


25 November 2011

Strictly for Reviewers - OTOLI is currently on a Book Tour*

OTOLI - Have you been there?

Social outcast ALICE TURNER went there to escape the constant bullying from the Populars. She is befriended by Jenny; an enigmatic waitress who seems to be stuck in the past. As the Populars begin to reap the wrath of a faithful friend, suspicions build in Alice's mind. Why does Jenny keep mementoes that are four years old? And why does Alice feel that she is to blame for the downfall of her enemies? But friendship is a two-way deal as Alice soon discovers. After breaking her promise to Jenny, she faces a far worse foe than before. Alice is forced to make choices on which her future and that of others will depend; whether or not she knows it. Moreover, she will have to find courage to escape the ultimate bully - her best friend.

An excellent Anti-bullying resource

*UK Book Tours enables books to sail around Britain, shared among as many bloggers as possible, giving you a chance to read, review and talk about all the hot new titles as they become available (and often before).


21 November 2011

Book Savvy Spotlight on Peter Hodgson

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Peter Hodgson*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us about yourself and your book 'Jack the Ripper-Through the Mists of Time'?
My Ripper book reflects a lifelong interest in the puzzle of the Ripper's identity. Since my days as a teenager I have been interested in true crime. It started after I read the Sherlock Holmes stories. If I could have my time back I would have joined the police force. The urge to solve crimes is embedded in my desire to write crime fiction. The real-life crimes of Jack the Ripper have been converted into films and fictional writings, and my book shows how the reality of those ghastly murders have been used by the entertainment industry. I have undertaken much research to make the book as accurate as possible. It is, I hope, a valuable contribution to a modern cultural myth. I would like to add that my son, Stuart, has created pencil portraits of some of the victims. I hope this will bestow a sense of dignity to those ladies who, after all, were no better or worse than their West End counterparts.

Q2. When you write what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?
With fictional writing I try to evoke a sense of attachment to the central characters by giving them their own personalities. Of course, if it's a crime novel the mystery of 'whodunnit' and why has to be the driving force. I try to keep the reader guessing, and hope that he or she will want to carry on till the end.

Q3. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. When I was at secondary school I wanted to be a journalist but this desire changed after learning that this vocation would involve politics - so I was told. However, I wrote ten short stories during my teenage years, then the writing dwindled when my studies consumed all my time.

15 November 2011

Make 'Mammograms Save Lives' a catchphrase

Author Avril Saunders hopes her new book will encourage women to have regular breast checks.
'Mammograms Save Lives', soon to be released book, based on author's experience following breast cancer diagnosis.

A New Haw woman is encouraging people to have a regular check for breast cancer after her life-changing experiences inspired her new book. Avril Saunders, 63, went for a routine mammogram in March and was diagnosed with breast cancer but was able to fully recover because it was caught early. As a result she has written a book called Mammograms Save Lives about her experiences.

Author Avril Saunders said “When this happened in March I realised how my whole life changed and I thought the best way to help others was to put it down in writing. It is wonderful to have my life back again, and live life to the full. Everything is back to normal all thanks to a mammogram.”

Author's profit on books sold to be donated to Breast Cancer.

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

12 November 2011

Support for the UK anti-bullying week 14th - 18th November 2011

UK anti-bullying week book giveaway

To bring some focus on anti-bullying week, author Bryony Allen is running a giveaway to enable readers to win a signed copy of OTOLI along with a promotional postcard and bookmark.

Visit Goodreads Book Giveaway for a chance to win a copy of OTOLI by Bryony Allen.

Giveaway ends November 20, 2011.

Click to listen to author's interview on Talk Radio Europe (OR listen via the player below).

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of OTOLI will be donated to ‘Bullying UK' (part of FamilyLives). We encourage readers to support this good cause by buying copies of the book. You may order this book through bookshops or buy from good Online bookstores.

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

4 November 2011

Trophy Girl and other Poems

An inspiring and engaging collection of diverse poems
Author: Carmel McCarthy

There are various poems and themes in this collection. ‘Trophy Girl’ explores the superficiality of fashion. On the other hand ‘Reply from an Agony Aunt’ is a cry for help from a young woman with low self-esteem. It is back to childhood days in ‘Pinkeens’ and a beautiful description of the garden in ‘A Summer’s Day.’

There is sadness in ‘Stopping Bye’ the house of her birth and the feelings of a child is described in ‘Lost Child.’

Then there are several poems about birds and animals and their antics – the greedy jackdaw, and the terns on Sandymount strand getting ready for their annual trip south. The caring diligent cat in ‘Mother Cat, the huge alligator with enormous jaws looking for food–which could be you, because that is what you are to him. No smiles there, he is what he is with no apologies…
…Find out more…

“A refreshing collection of diverse poems”

Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 978-1-907728-30-3
Publication Date: December 2011
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 203 x 127 mm, 62pp

3 November 2011

Erections in the Far East

Highly enjoyable, self-deprecating humorous travel stories from the Far East
Author: David Rowley

Join Rowley in his light hearted and self-deprecating antics as he works his way around SE Asia, building communication towers on and off the beaten track. This book is about the exciting adventure, the places, people and cultures in Borneo, Thailand, Bangkok, Vietnam and Cambodia.
It’s not all humour and frolics. Rowley also gives a brief but interesting insight into the history of each location and the influence of the western world.
Author David Rowley says: “…I have written from the self-deprecating humour angle and would hope that the reader had a chuckle, or at least a smile, every other page or so. Keeping the material clean throughout was perhaps the hardest part, I wanted to avoid lots of swearing which seems to be commonplace in books covering the working man’s environment. Though discussing subjects such as STIs without bordering on the cruder style wasn’t always easy.”

“Amusing and entertaining travel stories”

Genre: Travel - Places and peoples: pictorial works
ISBN: 978-1-907728-31-0
Publication Date: December 2011
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 210 x 148 mm, 216pp

2 November 2011

Gust’s Maze - Magical adventure of Gustav Grubbin

A magical and spellbinding children’s fantasy adventure
By Marcia Andrade

Felwitt is a place like no other; battered by heavy snow, covered by dark clouds, and completely isolated from the rest of the world, as a result of a curse that has fallen upon it. The dramatic events that have led to this are kept secretly hidden away. Despite the terrible ordeal imposed upon the villagers, they have learned, over centuries, how to survive thanks to their remarkable resilience and, most of all, their mysterious and precious gold.

Felwitt, however, is not a community free from problems, in particular when it comes to its most notorious teenager, Gustav Grubbin, known as Gust. Ironically, after an unexpected encounter with the village tramp, he is the one determined to find out the truth behind the village’s bizarre weather conditions.

What Gust discovers turns out to be more than he was bargaining for…

“A spellbinding story of friendship, heroism and redemption”

Genre: Fiction: Children’s and young adult
ISBN: 978-1-907728-29-7
Publication Date: December 2011
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 203 x 127 mm, 130pp

1 November 2011

JOSS - Beauty is only skin deep...

A superbly written fantasy fiction novel with beautifully crafted characters

‘Beauty is only skin deep, it’s what’s inside a person that counts,’ very nice sentiments, but does anyone actually believe these little pearls of wisdom? Joss Hinchcliff was at a disadvantage from the moment he was born. You could not disguise the fact that he was a very ugly child, but he did not deserve the treatment that was dished out to him.

From birth, Joss had been a figure of fun; for years he had endured this bad behaviour because he was lonely and wanted to be part of the community…

Then one day he found an abandoned vintage car which he re-built. As he was to discover, this was no ordinary car. Whilst out on a road test one day, it whisked him away to a mysterious place which would change his life forever.

“Fantasy fiction with a beautiful twist” …publishedbestsellers.com

Genre: Fiction: Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-907728-32-7
Publication Date: November 2011
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 210 x 148 mm, 178pp