6 September 2018

Book Savvy Spotlight on John Davies

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

Q1. Can you tell us about yourself and your book 'Lyrics and Limericks'.
I was born in Cwmafan, South Wales in 1948, attended Glanafan Grammar School, worked for 30 years as a chemist for BP Chemicals and retired in 2002. Married to Adrianne in 1971 and son, Ian, born in 1979. Our granddaughter, Freya, was born in 2010 and is the apple of my eye. I started writing as a hobby in retirement and 'Lyrics and Limericks' is my third book. I play guitar, have written some songs and also some poetry. The thought occurred to me, are song lyrics poetry? I sought the opinion of several songwriters and poets and their thoughts are included in the book. Having written many limericks, the book title required no thought and just tripped off my tongue.

Q2. When you write, what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?
That depends entirely on what I'm writing. I have written poems which I hope have evoked sadness and sympathy in the reader. I wanted to entertain the crowd with the speech at my son's wedding. I told him that the real secret to a successful marriage is just two words, "Yes, dear". Lyrics and Limericks is a light hearted look at the worlds of poetry and song writing. I hope that I've made it an entertaining read.

16 August 2018

Drifting Beneath the "Red Duster" - A superb true-life adventure, ‘best of its kind

Author Neil Morton releases his true life story of adventure and romance as a steward in the British Merchant Navy.

On leaving school Neil Morton knew that the dreary nine to five existence in office or factory was not for him. Adventure was what he craved and adventure and romance aplenty called during the years that were the heyday of Britain’s proud merchant flag, the “Red Duster”.

From Brazil to the Caribbean, to New Zealand and Australia, the author will share with you a rollicking yarn or two.

Travel the world in this thrilling real life adventure story and you will truly be entertained and amused in equal measure.

Find out more:  Spring Leaf Books  |  Pneuma Springs Publishing

26 July 2018

The Great Beyond - Restoring women to their God-given role in the church

Equality between the sexes is extending beyond words and into action. It now means equal pay and opportunities to study and progress in any career. This new awakening is beginning to open up new vistas of possibility for women. However, in the church, the subject of women and leadership remains a thorny issue. 
'The Great Beyond' tackles the arguments that have restricted the roles women can play in the church. In this book, author, Richard Bradbury challenges the position of the church, and in particular the New Churches with respect to female leadership. Arguing from the basis of Biblical exegesis, as well as sociological evidence, he presents a compelling case for allowing and enabling women to rise up into their God-given gifting and calling without any restrictions. …Find out more…visit book page


About the author:
Church leader, Bible School Principle, author, poet, musician, father of four, grandfather of 7, accountant, project manager, novelist (unpublished), fitness fanatic - these are some of the attributes of Richard Bradbury.

12 June 2018

Me and the Foreign Girl - A gripping sea adventure novel by James McCarthy

"A unique thought-provoking style that will keep you well and truly immersed till the end."

Caught in an Atlantic storm the ‘Annie L.’ is sinking. With its motley crew the trawler is an accident waiting to happen. They are hundreds of miles from their homeport on the picturesque Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland and there may be no chance of rescue.

The crew; the Skipper, his sensible nephew Pat and deck hand Coleman seem to have a death wish. Life had failed each of them in its own way. The exception is the beautiful red haired marine biologist from Finland who is with them for this one trip. She wants to live…. 

Find out more:  Spring Leaf Books  |  Pneuma Springs Publishing
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3 May 2018

Mindful Peaceful Joyful - Change your thoughts, change your world

Happiness is an inside job!” 

We often don't see things as they are. We see things as we are. Our happiness is not a function of what befalls us but the way in which we take it. That is why we must change the way we think.
Minuscule changes in input can make macroscopic differences in output. Making small personal changes can often make a huge difference in a person's life. This short book will introduce you to simple techniques and guide you to make those small changes that could make a big difference to your everyday life - to help you enjoy your life and to be more mindful, peaceful and joyful. 
 …Find out more…visit book page


About the author:
Angela lives in Beverley, East Yorkshire. She qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1991 and as a social worker in 2007. She provides wellbeing support as part of Beverley Community Church’s Restoration Centre. Angela has a passion to see people living their lives to the full and believes that Scripture and prayer are the key to this. 

“Restoring our minds to transform our lives” 


Further Information  |  Spring Leaf Books  |  Book Flyer


10 April 2018

Two Little Dicky Birds - An incredible crime thriller novel by Neal James

An incredible crime thriller with a tightly-woven plot that will have you in tenterhooks and keep you guessing right till the end.

"A page turner; it will defy your efforts to put it down!"

On Saturday 8th April 1975, in a fit of rage, Paul Townley took the life of his father, Harold. The significance of that single event was to affect the rest of his life, as he resolved to make it his mission to rid society of the kind of person that the man had become.

The first killing took place six months later, and over the following fifteen years seventeen more were to follow, as the trail of devastation left by a serial killer covered the length and breadth of England.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Barnes looked down at the letter which lay on the desk before him…

Find out more:  Spring Leaf Books  |  Pneuma Springs Publishing

5 March 2018

The Kipper Patrol - History of the formation of 608 squadron Auxiliary Air Force and Thornaby Aerodrome.

About this book
Thornaby, 1930, saw the formation of 608 squadron Auxiliary Air Force. Remembered by some veterans as “the kipper patrol,” their job as part of Coastal Command, involved protecting shipping convoys, looking for submarines and defending the northern supply routes. Although their role was never seen as glamorous and never received national glory, nonetheless, they played a significant part in the defence of the United Kingdom. This book tells the story of young pilots such as Geoffrey Ambler, Geoffrey Shaw, William Appleby-Brown and Peter Vaux, and airmen such as Albert Guy, Harold Coppick and Syd Buckle, and considers how their lives were dramatically changed with the onset of the Second World War, which saw them cease to be part-timers and become full time members of the Royal Air Force....
Find out more: The Kipper Patrol