Thursday, 14 December 2017

An unseen ghost story

A treat for Christmas
Treat yourself to my best-known ghost story  www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H4F38AI for Christmas

 This collection features a version of my story not seen apart from on a friend's webpage for a few weeks, it is both a bargain and something of a collectable e-book.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Writing romances

Life can still hold a few curveballs.
While the reply from http://www.novum-publishing.co.uk/home.html was not a yes, it was far from my usual rejection note.

I saw myself as a writer, I never saw myself writing a romance novel, after all, if you believe what is online, men cannot write romances.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Crazy

I must be crazy
Yesterday, I almost sent my award-winning e-book   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BEDMSOhttps://www.draft2digital.com/book/32117 to a publishing house.  
Before doing the task, I decided to give the book some final touching up with some editing updates. The results of which are I am going to attempt to write a new version of my book, not that anyone would notice.
Hopefully, the new book will contain the award-winning first book, the sequel, a third partly written book and a romantic ending; which if all goes well may lead to another series of stories.
The question remains, will we find the true meaning of the relationship between Mark Johnson and Rachel Stockman?

Monday, 11 December 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017

2018

How bad can things get?
Usually, at this time of year, I say can next year be as bad as this year?
 After 2017, I am challenging 2018 to be worse. 

 I started the year in debt; ended deeper in debt.
Lost two cats in a house fire
One dog with cancer
Found out that next year I will be in a wheelchair

 About the only thing that has not gone wrong is the doctors have not found another hidden illness - wait - I had a blood test this month that was rushed to the Biological dept of Southmead Hospital, so that could change.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Amazon on the up

Warning!
I bring news that will shock people who read my blogs. My e-books on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI may start to rise in the ratings in the New Year. For the first time in over two years, the e-books are not falling at a rate of 2,000+ positions each day.

I have no answer to the question of why they have slowed their descent, but I am grateful.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

A LinkedIn pro-Israel group

Behind the headlines
I  have opened a group on   LinkedIn   www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-pro-israel-alan-place/ with the intent of talking about things in Israel. If you are tired of the Palestinian propaganda fed to the West via the UN, please feel free to join  us in www.linkedin.com/groups/13567244

It's PitMad time again

Self-Published
With not having much to do with writing over the year, I did not realise it was time for #PitMad

This is a time when authors go crazy and pitch stories to publishers, for this year, I pitched the opening book in my mystery romance series   www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 or  www.draft2digital.com/book/235628

 A lot of people have asked   hereiamattheedgeblogspotcouk.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/could-i-write-a-novel/, at one time I would have answered no, but now if the incentive is there, the answer would be yes.

A life in a short story

Disqus
On the site Disqus, I am writing a series   of short stories on the page   https://disqus.com/home/channel/writingworld/ about a man called Alec. 
The character is based on what is happening to me in real life as I fight Muscular Dystrophy. My body may have become overwhelmed by the genetic flaws I inherited, but my mind is still active, that is one reason I undertook the course   https://www.coursera.org/learn/israel/home/welcome on Coursera.           
I undertook the course, initially to attempt to write a better sequel to my romance story https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 and https://www.draft2digital.com/book/235628. Now, I am continuing with the course for a better understanding of the life and times of Israel for my pleasure, and proving to myself that I am worth something as a writer.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

German autumn

Red Army Faction

Many of the readers - especially in the US - will be familiar with the term "Arab Spring," it was a time during the Obama/Clinton era when the Middle East became the closest to WW3 as we ever came.
However, I doubt if even the older readers have heard the term "German Autumn." 
It was the Fall of 1978, I was in Germany, and the RAF (Red Army Faction) -AKA - Bader/ Meinhoff group had begun to fracture as their leadership changed with the death of the people it was named after had died in prison.
NATO camps all across Germany were put on high alert status as death threats spread to US/UK personnel, like most terrorist groups the RAF made no distinction between "hard" targets - military - and "soft" targets - civilian.
UK NATO personnel may as well have had Bulle-eyes painted on them as we were offered yellow Cortinas as the vehicle to drive, a more visible target could not have been chosen. 
On one return trip from leave, the train I was travelling on was hit by rifle fire as we crossed the Dutch/German border; it was pure luck that the shooter didn't kill the driver. I was washing glass out of my hair for weeks after the shooting. I heard what I thought was at first a bird hitting the glass, as I turned to see, the window opposite shattered showering the lady at the window with shards of fractured glass.