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Book Savvy Spotlight on Harry Riley

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Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter. Our Guest is Harry Riley * Enjoy the interview. Q1. Can you tell us about yourself and your book 'Captain Damnation & other strange tales'? Growing up during World War II, I was an only child, mother worked full time and there was no father to keep me in line. (He was a soldier, missing; presumed dead.) I'd never met him until he returned after the war from a Japanese prison camp. Then I was six years old and having a wonderful time, with lots of friends and many good aunts to fuss over me. I didn't have many books but enjoyed the radio and this fed my imagination so much that I've never fully recovered. Now after a lifetime in commercial printing, happily married with two grown up children and a granddaughter, I'm still addicted to all things theatrical and possess a childish sense of fun. Writing 'Captain Damnation & other strange tales' enabled me

A 70-year old athlete’s account of 100km race across the Sahara

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'Me and my shadow' , soon to be released book, based on an incredible story of a desert runner Ray Matthews. Runner Ray’s new book to ‘inspire others’ Desert runner Ray Matthews is passing on his own incredible story in a book about to be published. ‘Me and My Shadows’ is 70-year old athlete Ray’s own account of how he found ways to break down barriers, and develop the mental and physical toughness he needed to achieve. He invites the reader along, to experience a 100km race across the Sahara desert, to share in his thoughts, his moments of despair and exultation as he realises just one of his personal dreams. Author Ray Matthews said “…if my book inspires just one person to change their mindset and start a new adventure towards better health and fitness, then I will be happy” Click to read full press feature  - Live link Click to read full press feature - Press cutting ... News and photo source - South Yorkshire Times

How loyal George plotted his revenge

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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.

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

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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 Sign-up to review the book. *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

Book Savvy Spotlight on Peter Hodgson

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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 por

Make 'Mammograms Save Lives' a catchphrase

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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.” Source: Woking Informer - Click to read full press feature Author's profit on books sold to be don

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

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UK anti-bullying week book giveaway 12.11.11 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. 10% discount on offer for the anti-bullying week from the Publisher. Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI' . ...