Wednesday, 24 August 2016

In Scotland

Spirits of the past

 I spent half of the day looking in the wrong area for an RAF ghost, today.  The confusion came from knowing the station in mind started with "M."

 My initial search was for   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Machrihanish,  this station is on the East coast, near Glasgow. I found out my search should have been for RAF Montrose, near Dundee  rafmontrose.org.uk/. The Montrose ghost is the ghost of the first aviator to die during#WW1  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Arthur.

 Although my ghost stories are of #WW2, I wrote two ghost stories about the air war in Europe. The Lost Years  www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EXRTC3W is about the ghost of a pilot trapped in his plane; the spirit can't be freed because the body is yet to be recovered.

Amelia www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01A93CQ1S is the story of a nurse who left her home after her boyfriend died in a plane crash, and whose spirit is trapped in the rubble of bombed hospital.

 In another Scottish ghost story, the ghost of a scorned lover returns to bring justice for her family in Janie's return  www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AUY32Q0.

It's hard to believe

Sci-Fi bestseller
It is hard to imagine being a bestseller but not selling on Amazon. But, that is my situation, none of my hit series Forgestriker e-books have sold on Amazon, despite selling over 670 copies on Barnes & Noble.

The last two months have been exceptions to the rule, with Amazon matching sales on B&N, mainly because B&N sales have slackened off.

Pokemon

Brexit

A friend pointed out that the same generation who "claim Brexit will ruin their lives are now, not only chasing invisible Pokemon but are risking not only their lives but the lives of the brave men and women of the RNLI. Recently, people searching for Pokemon got stranded on Birnbeck Pier. Other than the danger to lives, these people have no idea how much their stupidity cost the charity.

The voters for #Brexit rest our case if this is the mentality of the #Remoaners, perhaps it is a good thing that the older generation saved the country from doom the failed German economy would have imposed on Europe.

If you think I have no idea of the risks involved in sea rescues, read my e-book Lifeboat heroes. The story is a fictionalised version of events that are part of my family history - I have the front page of the paper showing my Uncle Len receiving his medal as proof.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The Cursed

Are the woods safe?

I'll be releasing a Paranormal Romance later this week. 

Can Donovan defeat the family curse or will his brother Dominic's dark side doom the family to fulfill their grandfather's prophecy? Read The Cursed to find the answer.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Hodgetts

Buy British

One topic on the Brexit menu is how we will cope without the cheeses from the EU? 

For myself, I can say that leaving the EU won't affect me at all - I have fond several British kinds of cheese I like.

One of my favourite brands is Hodgetts; this is a small firm in Worcestershire that makes tasty cheeses for all tastes. Another British cheese I like is the Cornish Yarg

If you are wondering about my taste for European cheeses and have, I tried them? I have tried many European kinds of cheese, and the only ones I liked are Bavarian smoked and Emmental. The problem with Emmental is that like many things from Switzerland it is very expensive.



A boom on Amazon

The Return of the Ghosts
This month has been a boon for me on Amazon with three sales of ghost stories. The popular story The Ghost of St. Mary's has sold again.

The second of my two earliest stories to sell is The Rocking Lantern, which until this month's sale in Australia hadn't sold.

The third story to sell is my telling of the final days of Sir Percy Fawcett in Did we see him?

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Brexit

  An economic choice



 I keep getting emails from  www.labourleave.org.uk/    based on the premise that because I voted for Brexit  www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/20/brexit-eu-referendum-economy-project-fear, I had to be a Labour voter. I hadn't voted Labour since the days of the Miner's Strikes when the country was held hostage.

 I guarantee, the last party I'd vote for is Labour.Jeremy Corbyn is hand-in-hand with the IRA, and his opponent Owen Smith is hand-in-glove with ISIS.

 Any right thinking person would never vote Labour again.
  When I vote, I vote www.conservativehome.com/. I say again, when I voted #LeaveEU, I voted for what I thought was best for the #UK; my choice had nothing to do with politics - I voted out in 1973 - when I did vote Labour. My choice was an economic decision.

Acceptance is the key

The three steps of realization 
It's hard for me to recall that at one time, writing was my drug; I couldn't go more than a day without writing a story without feeling on edge - now I can go weeks and not care.

What caused this change of heart? 

The first thing that ignited the flames of doubt and realization was I almost had a nervous breakdown four years ago. In the days before I won the award (shown above), I was writing over 10,000 words every week with ease, and I feared I'd burn out. A close friend ordered me to take a break, as she feared I would have a mental collapse if I didn't stop writing. 

I had my break and returned better equipped to write. 
Two years ago, I made the conscious choice to slow down, not for fear of a repeat episode but because I realised there was no point in pushing myself for a few nickels and dimes.

Step 1 - I realised that despite what I thought - or was told - there is little hope of getting anywhere, even if I am a bestseller (other people's view).

Step 2 - I needed to separate my sub-conscious mind from my conscious mind.  At the time, my mind was filled with stories brought on by vivid dreams that I planned to write up. This thought pattern I succeeded in doing to the extent that my ideas are rarely recalled for more than a day or two.
Step 3 - I realise now, no matter what I think of my worth as a writer or my work - it doesn't matter. I came to understand that worrying over something that I have no control over like sales is a waste of time. 
In the long run, I stopped caring, one of the primary reasons for this condition is that over the years I have been lied to so often, I no longer believe it when people say they'll buy my books.


Spanish Plume

They got it wrong AGAIN!
If you or I got our jobs wrong as often as the weather forecasters do, we would rightly get sacked for incompetence. And yet, the BBC retain these people who continue to forecast heat waves for the UK this summer.
I have news for them, we are now in the back end of August, and it feels like November - where is the promised heat wave?

Friday, 19 August 2016

Avenging Angel

DRAFT2DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Only available from Draft2Digital is my new sci-fi story; I hope to turn Avenging Angel  https://www.draft2digital.com/book/150338 into a series if sales are good. Ladies of the night have a new friend, and the people of Kedgetown are on the lookout for a vigilante - or is it an angel?