29 June 2013

The Falconer Style

Style is often a matter of taste. I daresay that the Falconer style, for reasons that are beyond me, is not to everyone’s taste, but at least his writing:
  • is clear and unambiguous
  • is grammatically, syntactically and orthographically correct in every detail
  • has (I like to think) a certain elegance
  • evinces an old-world charm too often lacking in today’s writing
  • springs no surprises (no sex, profanities or violence)
  • in short, provides good, wholesome, family entertainment!

27 June 2013

"Imaginative digest: The Cherrypickers Delight"

A review of John White's ‘Be Seated' by Harry Riley*, an author and a member of the Eastwood Booktown Development Group.

The Review
Short stories for the smallest room
"John White could easily have called this imaginative digest: The Cherrypickers Delight; because unlike a novel where the reader is obliged to follow each consecutive chapter in order to follow the plot, here it is a pleasure to dip in and out of each little tale or monologue as the mood suits. Whatever your taste you should find this book a welcome companion.
Several of the stories such as: Gladius and Over The Hills And Far Away are so intriguing they could each be the start of a novel in its own right.
My only criticism, if there is one, is that the book was read, cover-to-cover in too few sittings."

25 June 2013

Quite simply a cracking & down to earth read

Title: No Cousin of Mine
Genre: War History
Kindle eISBN: 99781782280255

The e-book edition of 'No Cousin of Mine' by Derek Smith is free on Amazon from 26, 27 & 30 June, 2013.
If you haven't picked up any of Derek Smith's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free. More...
"Historical account that features the ground crew of Number 256 RAF night-fighter squadron, part of the Second Tactical Air Force in Western Germany."
“Quite simply a cracking & down to earth read”

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24 June 2013

A candid review of Falconer's 'A Fearful Madness' by Margaret, BooksPlease blog

The Review
Julius Falconer uses language in a more formal way than many other modern authors. His sentences are carefully punctuated, his vocabulary is extensive (meaning there are some words I had to check in the dictionary – and one or two weren’t in my dictionary) and he uses many literary references and illusions. I like his style of writing, although in parts it does tend to be long-winded.
It’s a complex book, following each of the three investigations – some of which seem highly unlikely, but then they do say that truth is stranger than fiction.Two people had been suspected of murdering James Thwaites, the verger, but the police were unable to produce any evidence and the cases against them were dropped. It appeared he had been stealing rare and valuable books from the cathedral and selling them on the black market. I was intrigued by the book-trafficking business which on the one hand was highly organised involving the use of white van drivers, and on the other seemed remarkably lax!

22 June 2013

'Funny How Things Work Out' featured in the Shipping Today & Yesterday Magazine

'Funny How Things Work Out' | Biography | by Chris Pownall featured in the Shipping Today & Yesterday Magazine July 2013
Read the feature

This is the story of Chris Pownall’s life beginning from early childhood to retirement. Chris’ autobiography is unique because he tells his story with a slant towards the more hilarious side of his life.
Chris has always had a reputation for being there when things were going wrong–but it’s nothing to do with him really! His former work colleagues will bear witness to situations involving freak weather conditions and disrupted travelling arrangements. His sense of humour has seen him through many difficult situations–which he managed to salvage with wit and discretion (Even if he says so himself).
Chris enjoys humour and receives great satisfaction in giving others a reason to laugh.

21 June 2013

Enter to win in this 'Pride’s Puget Sound' Book Giveaway

John Pride is a forensic accounting investigator for the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He lives on a Puget Sound island west of Seattle enjoying the quiet life between cases. When he receives an unexpected phone call with unfortunate news it sends him packing his bag and flying to the mainland. At the University of Washington someone has cut short some genetically modified organism experiments with an explosive bloodbath. John is the investigation's only hope as their best evidence is internet based-Pride's specialty. His investigation takes him to Chicago, the Caribbean and back to his Puget Sound home. John Pride, almost retired but always up for adventure must stop those terrorists responsible-or else this could be his last case. "Anyone who likes fast action, twisting plots, and exotic locales . . . cannot fail to be taken in from page one and kept turning the pages to see what happens next" Patrick Taylor - New York Times bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor series.

18 June 2013

Bone chilling revelation

Title: Jack the Ripper
Genre: Crime and criminology / True crime
Kindle eISBN: 9781782280057

The e-book edition of 'Jack the Ripper' by Peter Hodgson is free on Amazon from 19, 20 & 23 June, 2013.
If you haven't picked up any of Peter Hodgson's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free. More...
"A well researched and entertaining chilling exposé of the identity of the ‘real’ Jack the Ripper"
“Bone chilling revelation”

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Jack the Ripper has been nominated for:
The People's Book Prize Competition Summer 2013!

17 June 2013

Mirror Mirror - a short story by author Neal James, featured on Amber Valley Info

Pauline stood transfixed. The mirror was just what she had been looking for and now, as if by some divine intervention there it was, ready, available and apparently ignored by everyone else. She turned the price ticket over in her fingers and let out an almost inaudible gasp of surprise - £75. The stallholder came over to her after serving another customer and asked if he could help.
“No thank you, I was just looking. It is a nice mirror though.”
“Belonged to my grandmother. She died recently and we’re clearing out her stuff. These car boot sales really are a Godsend.”
Pauline nodded and smiled; vendors at sales would tell any story to offload unwanted belongings, and this one certainly seemed to fit the bill. Nevertheless she hurried off as calmly as possible to find her husband, Derek. The mirror was simply too good a bargain to miss and the move to their new home needed some finishing touches. She found him rummaging through a pile of books at a nearby stall and tugged his arm in her excitement, causing a shower of literature on to the grass.
“Pauline! Watch what you’re doing.” He turned to his wife and the look on her face transformed his annoyance.

14 June 2013

Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, an Accountant & Crime Writer interviewed by Richard Godwin.

Interview Excerpt
Q. Does being an accountant influence your attention to detail or other matters in your fictions?
It certainly imposes a discipline in terms of the structure of what I write.
Each author will select the most suitable method of controlling a plot, and it has to be something with which they are comfortable. For me, as an accountant, it is the Spreadsheet.
Spreadsheets are one of the mainstay tools of my profession, and are perfectly adaptable for the purposes of writing literary fiction. I can set out the structure of each novel in standard form and then bend and adapt it to match the needs of each book.
Along with a plot layout in MS Word, I can then keep a tight control over characters, story lines, and logic. By this means, I can ensure that there are no loose ends… unless I make a conscious decision to leave them lying around for purposes of my own.
The accountancy profession also provides me with a wealth of data for my writing. This was something that I used throughout my 2011 novel ‘Threads of Deceit’ – a crime story set against the backdrop of the textile industry, and a story based on financial mismanagement, embezzlement and fraud. My 18 years in that industry also gave me more than a superficial insight into the trade, and this is another device which I use to give plots a firm grounding in a sense of ‘fact’.

11 June 2013

Hair-raising supernatural thriller | Free Kindle eBook June 12, 13 & 16, 2013 #Kindle #eBook #freebook

Title: The Blake Curse
Genre: Fiction: Crime Detective Thriller / suspense
Kindle eISBN: 9781782280194

The e-book edition of 'The Blake Curse' by I. C. Camilleri is free on Amazon from 12, 13 & 16 June, 2013.
If you haven't picked up any of I. C. Camilleri's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free. More...
"A sweeping story of heartrending choices, fast paced suspense and much more…"
“Hair-raising supernatural thriller…”

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

The Blake Curse has been nominated for:
The People's Book Prize Competition Summer 2013!

10 June 2013

Ronald Ooms' Silver Eagle has been featured in the Southern Maryland Newspaper.

Genre: Biography / Military history
The Official Biography Of “Band Of Brothers” Veteran Clancy Lyall

Excerpt from feature:
St. Mary’s man’s stories fly on in ‘Silver Eagle’ biography
Biography recalls service of D-Day paratrooper who later lived in St. Mary’s
Stories like those of World War II veteran Clancy Lyall should never be lost, according to author Ronald Ooms, who recently published a book about the former “Band of Brothers” soldier.
Lyall, who died last year, was known for his lifetime of service, which began as a teenager when he lied about his age to enter the military and parachuted into combat in World War II.

8 June 2013

'The Wishing Book', 'The Blake Curse' and 'Jack the Ripper' are in The People's Book Prize 2013 SUMMER Collection.

Voting is open to all Readers.
We encourage readers to get the books or borrow from their local libraries and cast their votes for these books.
The People's Book Prize entry links:
The Wishing Book - Children/YA Category
The Blake Curse - Fiction Category
Jack the Ripper - Non-fiction Category
The public has 3 months to vote for your title: 1st June 2013 – 31st August 2013. The 3 authors with the most votes in the category will become finalists.
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.

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

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

Peter Hodgson is the author of two books: Critical Murder and Jack the Ripper - Through the Mists of Time
We wish Grahame, Isabella and Peter the very best with this event.

6 June 2013

Celebrity, singer-songwriter Jackie Trent promotes Harry Riley's latest novel

The Laird of Castle Ballantine | Fiction: Supernatural thriller, Suspense, Crime
by Harry Riley

Harry Riley's latest book, 'The Laird of Castle Ballantine' promoted by celebrity, singer-songwriter and Patron of Eastwood Booktown, Jackie Trent.

David Page (Pen name: Harry Riley - first from LEFT in photo)

3 June 2013

Free Kindle eBook June 05, 06 & 09, 2013

Title: Jagger
Genre: Fiction: Crime Detective Mystery
Kindle eISBN: 9781907728853

The e-book edition of 'Jagger' by Julius Falconer is free on Amazon on 05, 06 & 09 June, 2013.
If you haven't picked up any of Julius Falconer's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free. More...
"Intelligent stimulation vies with sheer entertainment for pride of place."
“A brilliant plot, a masterpiece!…”

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