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A detailed story-by-story review of 'In All Probability' by Ami Blackwelder

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"A Collection of Literary Entertainment" The first story "Dead Eye" has a good flow to it, reminds me in the beginning of a short story by Mark Twain, the way the mundane details of the everyday become intriguing. the ending made me laugh a bit. Irony. Yet, I also enjoyed the way the sentences flowed in this story, Some short and some long confutation of words makes it flow naturally. "Lightning Strikes Twice", the second short story, about a possible one time wonder musician has another shot at a record deal and a woman, but though he tries to runaway from his past, his past catches up to him eventually in the end. I enjoyed the witty humor in this one. The third short, "The Lay-Off", told in first person, tells a story of an athlete, a soccer player, with poor luck. or perhaps just luck most of us have. Relatable and true, this was a joy to read.

'The Sins Of Emily Watson' - a short story by author Neal James

Excerpt Emily Watson had never considered herself to be bad. She had, it was true, been involved in some dubious matters in her youth, but at the age of thirty-six that was now well behind her. “Morning, dear.” The cheery voice of Raymond, her partner, preceded him into the dining room like a warm summer breeze. She smiled over the top of her newspaper in reply and went back to her coffee while he prepared his breakfast. Raymond Martin was, on paper, a millionaire, and had made his money in the boom years of the Thatcher revolution in the 1980s. From relatively humble beginnings with a string of northern market stalls, he had expanded operations on the back of some shrewd wheeler-dealing. He bought his first high street shop in 1986, and by the end of that decade had a further six. “You’re in the news again.” She laid the daily paper across the table and tapped a section of the financial press. “Looks like the new trainee management initiative’s going down well.”

Ebony Eyes - a short story by author Neal James*, featured on Amber Valley Info

Excerpt Her name was Carly, Carly Richardson, and Ricky had never seen anyone so beautiful in his, as yet, short life. At five feet seven, with dark brown hair and a smile that could charm the birds out of the trees, she was everything that he imagined a woman could possibly be. Her eyes were like pools, and he would willingly have drowned in them. She was twenty-two to his twenty-three, and it had seemed as though they were destined for each other. She hailed from Springfield, a smallish town just outside of Nashville, and Ricky had used that as the ice-breaker, asking her how Homer and Marge were doing. It made her laugh although he imagined she’d heard it all before. Ricky Madison was a Chicago boy born and bred – he lived and died with the White Sox in summer and the Bears in winter. He loved his job at Mullins Motor Mechanic in Lincoln Park, and could strip down and rebuild the engine of most cars you’d care to name. He’d been there since high school and although the older guy

Cult debut Short Stories Collection "something to entertain even the most ardent of critics..." Video

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In all Probability: A collection of short stories | Fiction: Short Stories by Steve Morris  

'Out of the Frying Pan' - A short story set in the World Trade Center

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The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Neal James, titled 'Out of the Frying Pan' MARK knew that he was for the high jump as soon as he got the summons to head office from Burt Travers, the head of corporate HR. He had failed on a number of potentially lucrative contracts and the work required to seal each deal had been neither complicated nor time-consuming. Now it was time to face the music and, as he sat in the company's reception area of the 38th floor of the World Trade Center in New York, he started to worry about how he was going to explain things to his wife Selma. They had been married for 22 years and, although they had no children, his was the only source of income and they had a hefty mortgage to pay on their Philadelphia home. It was a riverfront property off St Columbus Boulevard and he had gambled on his commission to pay off the interest on the loan. He was snapped out of his reverie by a call over the reception

Spooky Tale by author Neal James on the Amber Valley Info Site

Excerpt “Mummy! Mummy look at this. Dad says I can’t possibly wear anything so hideous tonight. You said it would be alright didn’t you?” Melanie came racing down the stairs and into the lounge, her face red with indignation. Pauline looked slowly around the room and stood in complete silence as she came to terms with events of the past few moments. They had all reeled as the heavy glass object crashed into the far side of the mirror, and she had stepped forwards as the figure of Melanie disappeared backwards in the foggy air generated by the explosion of fragments into the Colmores’ lounge. She reached out automatically but the hand of Maria prevented any further movement and the entire scene vanished before her eyes. Now she was standing in the lounge of her own home all those years ago with her twelve year old daughter before her with arms folded and shoulders hunched in an all too familiar pose. Derek took great delight in winding Melanie up at the drop of a hat, and in this i

"Imaginative digest: The Cherrypickers Delight"

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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."

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

Excerpt 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 tug

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

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Interview Excerpt Q. Does being an accountant influence your attention to detail or other matters in your fictions? A. 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

"...like spending an evening before a roaring fire with a couple of friends..." this interview as described by Neal James

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Listen to Neal James' interview on Webb Weaver Books, the Blog Talk Radio station. The show was aired on Thursday, 7th February 2013 in the company of hosts CK Webb and DJ Weaver. Click to listen to the feature audio clip . (OR listen via the player below). Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury' , 'Short Stories - Volume One' , 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and Threads of Deceit . Neal's latest book titled Full Marks , is due out in Springs 2013. Blurbs for Neal's published books are provided below.

Listen to Neal James' interview on a book talk radio show, The Reading Circle with Marc Medley

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Author Neal James was interviewed on Saturday 12 January 2013, WP88.7 FM Brave New Radio. Click to listen to the feature audio clip . (OR listen via the player below). Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury' , 'Short Stories - Volume One' , 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and Threads of Deceit . Neal's latest book titled Full Marks , is due out in Springs 2013. Blurbs for Neal's published books are provided below.

Where was I when my friend really needed me?

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A FRIEND in need is a blasted nuisance," so goes the corrupted version of the saying. What the phrase in its original form does is to turn this colloquialism around. "A friend in need is a friend indeed," is a statement that the ones who stand by you in times of trouble are those whom you can truly regard as friends. With this in mind I failed a good friend completely through self-interest when I was needed, and the real shame of the matter was that a quiet word from me in the appropriate ears would probably have stopped the whole thing before it really had the chance to get going. By that time the bullying, for that is what it had become, had spread throughout the school and I could well have stopped it from even germinating – I didn't.

The Damocles Legacy - a short story by author Neal James

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The first arrival had appeared as a steadily brightening light in the eastern sky, and had approached with an increasing intensity over a period of almost two weeks. To the general population it had seemed at first nothing more than the usual amount of activity within the solar system, caused by space debris which would inevitably burn out in the upper atmosphere as it approached. There would be a brief and spectacular light show, and then everyone would go back to whatever it was that they had been doing before its arrival. This time however, it was different. The object slowed its rate of approach, and came to rest at a distance of about one thousand miles from the surface. It was still too far away for the amateur astrologists amongst the population to make out any details, but all governments’ resources had been trained upon it since surveillance satellites orbiting the planet had detected its signature more than a month earlier. At a hastily convened conference, leaders of the

Finders Keepers - a short story by author Neal James

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At last, back home. The rail journey up from London had been the worst he could ever remember. Stop and start all the way with one delay following another and precious little of anything edible in the buffet car. Three and a half hours to travel 200 miles on what was supposed to be a high speed railway after a business meeting which seemed to go on forever. Never mind, he’d already phoned his wife Jane to tell her of the delay until 7.30pm, and she would be waiting in the car for him. They would soon be off home for supper and a relaxing evening in front of the TV. James Michael Taylor was not one of life’s high flyers, feeling content to be one of the cogs in the corporate machine and happy to draw a monthly salary for a fairly routine set of regular tasks. He and Jane would always have liked a little more in the way of life’s comforts, but they were by no means hard up and now that the children were off their hands there was money at the end of the month these days instead of the

A Cut Above the Rest - a thrilling short story based around the Heanor / Shipley area

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By Neal James   "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..." Read entire story   A published collection of short stories by Neal James titled 'Short Stories - Volume One' is available in the following eBook formats:   Short Stories - Volume One - Kobo ePub   Sh

Neal James - Waterstones Book Signing 22.09.12

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Neal James will be signing copies of his four published books. Date: Saturday, 22 September 2012 Time: 10.30am Address: Waterstone's Derby St. Peters, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby DE1 1SR Further details: Tel: 0843 290 8273 E-mail: manager@derby.waterstones.com Site: http://www.waterstones.com If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstone's can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details. Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury' , 'Short Stories - Volume One' , 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit' . These novels are available on Amazon Kindle and Google Play. Soon to be released on Kobo. We wish Neal James the very best with this events.

Crime Detective Writer on BBC

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Neal James on Andy Potter show, BBC Radio Derby. Neal James will be at the studios of BBC Radio Derby, on Thursday 20 September 2012 for a radio interview with Andy Potter, ahead of his book signing at Waterstones on the 22nd September 2012. The Andy Potter show starts at 1pm. Listen to Neal James on BBC Radio Derby – 95.3 FM, 96 FM, 104.5 FM. Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury' , 'Short Stories - Volume One' , 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit' . These novels are available on Amazon Kindle and Google Play. Soon to be released on Kobo. We wish Neal James the very best with this events.

Neal James - Waterstones Book Signing 01.09.12

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Neal James will be signing copies of his four published books. Date: Saturday, 01 September 2012 Time: 10.30am Address: Waterstone's Leeds, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS Further details: Tel: 0843 290 8443 E-mail: manager@leeds-93albionstreet.waterstones.com Site: http://www.waterstones.com If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstone's can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details. Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury' , 'Short Stories - Volume One' , 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit' . These novels are available on Amazon Kindle and Google Play. Soon to be released on Kobo. We wish Neal James the very best with this events.

Audio clip of Harry Riley's radio nostalgia story

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Listen to Harry Riley's reading of 'Do you remember when radio ruled the waves' which was broadcast on Erewash and Beyond show, Erewash Sound. Click to listen to the feature audio clip . (OR listen via the player below). About Erewash Sound Erewash Sound was launched in late 2004 by a team of experienced volunteers. Broadcasting on 96.8FM, Erewash Sound serves the Erewash Valley area of Derbyshire with music and local news features. Erewash Sound is a genuinely local radio station, run by local people for local people. *Harry Riley is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tales’ and ‘Sins of the Father’ .

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books June 08, 2012

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Spring Leaf Books has announced that the ebook edition of Jumble Tales by Steve Morris is free on Amazon today June 08, 2012. If you haven't picked up any of Steve Morris' publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free. "A superb collection of diverse short stories of the unexpected" - Read more... Amazon Kindle Link - Jumble Tales   “A brilliant & unique collection of short stories!”  ... publishedbestsellers.com