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I put a spell on you…..

Differences in spelling in English as written in the United States and the UK are of academic interest for many but should be of vital interest to writers. If you’re a US based author, you may have a significant number of readers in the UK. If you’re UK based, it’s highly likely that a majority...


COVER REVEAL – SCOTT BURY ‘ARMY OF WORN SOLES’

Soon to be released……. 1941: Soldiers retreat across Ukraine even when their boots wear out. Three months after drafting him, the Soviet Red Army throws Maurice Bury, along with millions of other under-trained men, against the juggernaut of the biggest invasion in the history of warfare: Nazi Germany’s Operation Barbarossa, the assault on the USSR....


Seb Kirby FORGIVE NO MORE – Just released

Just released……. The third book in the James Blake thriller series Dark secrets revealed in a thrilling climax James Blake and his family can only be safe if the truth about the conspiracy threatening their lives is brought into the full light of day. Follow James in this intriguing thriller as he returns to London...


Carmen DeSousa – Creatus Series

Creatus The reason we believe in Fairy Tales—and Monsters. In every myth there is a modicum of truth… Ancient myths, superheroes, vampires… Forget everything you’ve heard. For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who almost hunted them to extinction. Now, one rogue wants the world to know they exist. Creatus is...


New Release! Seb Kirby FORGIVE NO MORE

Just released……. The third book in the James Blake thriller series Dark secrets revealed in a thrilling climax James Blake and his family can only be safe if the truth about the conspiracy threatening their lives is brought into the full light of day. Follow James in this intriguing thriller as he returns to London...


He said, she said

It’s remarkable how times have changed when is comes to speech attributions. In days gone by attributions in reported speech were the norm, as in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield: ‘The rooks – what has become of them?’ asked Miss Betsey. ‘There have not been any since we have lived here,’ said my mother. ‘We thought...


Authors on the 10 Rules of Writing

  Some time back, The Guardian asked a number of well-established writers to offer their 10 Rules of Writing in response to Elmore Leonard’s own. Those who responded include: Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, PD James, Michael Moorcock, Helen Simpson, Zadie Smith, Colm Tóibín, Sarah Waters and Elmore...


Ray Bradbury and the Butterfly Effect

In 1972 Edward Lorenz addressed the 139th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science with a paper titled: Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? This is widely believed to be the moment when chaos theory embraced the idea that distant imperceptible changes can...


The strange case of Picasso and the Theft of the Mona Lisa

A painting by Pablo Picasso and the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 plays an important role in my thriller REGRET NO MORE. When researching the background to this, an interesting connection between Picasso and the theft came to light. The Mona Lisa was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia who worked in the Louvre, Paris, as a technician. One evening at closing...


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