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Book Savvy Spotlight on Derek Smith

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Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter. Ou r Guest is Derek Smith, author of ' No Cousin of Mine ' -A book about true life post - war stories.  The foreword to this book has been written by John Noakes, probably the most famous of all the presenters of the Blue Peter programme. Enjoy the interview. Q1: Can you tell us a little about your book, 'No Cousin of Mine'? The title 'No Cousin of Mine' is taken from a favourite drinking song of Number 256 RAF squadron that was serving in Western Germany shortly after the end of the Second World War. The book is a sequence of real life stories involving a young man and his comrades during their time of National Service. It is about being conscripted into a rigidly disciplined, sometimes harsh system and learning how to survive. It is about young lads, most only 18, entering this system and emerging after 2 years as men. It is about learning to make the system

Author Spotlight with Steve Morris

An interview by Katie Salidas, ' Written In Blood' Blog Friday, November 26, 2010 K.S. Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself. S.M. So great to be here. Nice to meet you. My name is Steve Morris and I am based in the North West of the UK. In 2009 I wrote a book of short stories called “In All Probability” which was well-received by the Press. Despite a range of reviews including comments such as “an often disturbing imagination”, I was greatly encouraged by the reception of my first effort. For a living, I travel around my region to teach math and science to students who are too ill to get to school. Some stories that I wrote in my teenage years found their way into magazines, so I compiled a collection of them into a book with the help of a publisher. Now I am back with a second complimentary collection of (longer) shorts called “Jumble Tales.” K.S. Any inte

Book Savvy Spotlight on Julius Falconer

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Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter. Our Guest is Julius Falconer, a retired teacher and member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He writes detective stories that are clever, witty, erudite and stylish. The novels are a genuinely refreshing approach to good old murder mystery, a new style of penmanship for the hardened mystery fan. Enjoy the interview. Q1: Can you tell us a little about your book (The Spider's Banquet) featured in the of Book Savvy Newsletter? A valuable mediaeval manuscript is kept, unknown except to a few scholars, in an isolated monastery, until, in a bewildering sequence of events, it is copied, sold and stolen - not necessarily in that order - and the focus of deaths. Real history is interwoven with fiction as the detectives seek to unravel the web of deceit and murder and to identify the spider at its centre. (The title is a reference to Roussel's ballet of 1913, but its relevance becomes prop

Born To Survive. The fox hunting debate goes on...

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A Reflection by Grahame Howard, author of 'The Wishing Book' Series. October 2010 Her footsteps resounded on the concrete path as she made her way to the back door. Overhead, the moon hung in the sky like some large floodlight, illuminating the countryside around. With breath almost frozen to her lips she reached out for the door handle as she fumbled with her key. “Was that a sound?” she thought as she glanced to her right and looked into the partly shaded face of a sitting fox.  This was the sight that greeted my youngest daughter as she returned home one night from a disco. To say she entered the back door rather quickly would not be far from the truth. In fact, to say she catapulted herself in the door would be a more appropriate statement! Ever since we had moved into our house I had longed for this to happen to me. I had seen badgers and the odd hedgehog. We had even had a herd of heifers in the yard, but still the fox eluded my gaze. There is something about the fo

Never Mind Where the Ball Went - Witty Golf Stories

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A superb collection of hilarious golfing stories based on years of adventures on golf courses around the world. Have you ever thought of throwing your clubs with a bit of draw? Or deliberately playing slowly to rattle the opposition? Have you used the well-timed tactless remark to gain advantage? This book tells you how such behaviour rebounds on the club golfer. The author Forbes Abercrombie is a retired surgeon who took up golf in his early twenties, getting down to a single figure handicap at his best. There is something for everyone in this volume. A word of warning though; this is not recommended bedtime reading, as you will have finished the book before you can put it down! Find out more… Never Mind Where the Ball Went other Golf Stories Delightfully entertaining golfing stories based on real life adventures. … witty stories for the discerning golfer ……. publishedbestsellers.com

The Single Best Marketing Tool for an Author?

By C. Patrick Schulze, August 23rd, 2010 If you’re unfamiliar with the idea of a blog, the term comes from the contraction of the phrase, “web log.” A blog is simply a way to post whatever you wish to the Internet. Many think of it as a free, simple, easy-to-maintain website and others consider it an open journal. A blog, as with every part of your marketing, has but one main purpose. It’s to raise awareness of you and your books and novels. However, it also serves a number of other purposes. Your blog: helps establish your credibility as an author allows others to learn of your books and novels sells and pre-sell your books, 24/7 allows you to have a two-way conversation with your potential customers serves to promote your existing and upcoming books and novels allows you to communicate about things that are of importance to you can put you in touch with other authors for collaborate, not competitive, efforts can even help you develop the habit of writing on a regular

Post war-time account. A candid & positive feedback by Ken Newton

No Cousin of Mine . 9th August 2010 " I too was at RAF Ahlhorn in 1954. The book is an excellent read - I couldn't put it down - read it the first day I purchased it. I liked the visit to the Hamburg cemetary and his meeting with a German woman - quite spooky. This was a great read and I only wish that I'd had the ability to write such an entertaining book. "   Find out more: No Cousin of Mine