Wise Before Their Time

A guest post by Ann Richardson, author of Wise Before Their Time: People with HIV and AIDS talk about their lives.

“As Powerful As Any Great Classic Of Fiction”

So said Sir Ian McKellen in his Foreword to my book. And it is.

Do you remember the terrible times of AIDS and HIV in the 1980s and 1990s? If not, are you curious to learn what it was like for those diagnosed?

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Where do your stories come from?

Guest post by Paul Toolan, author of the collection of short stories: A View from Memory Hill: Stories of ‘a certain age’.

If only I received royalties every time a reader asks me this!

Here, there and everywhere is the true but unhelpful answer. In ‘A View from Memory Hill’, there’s a story called Old Man, Young Pub that was triggered by seeing…an old man in a young pub!

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Who The F*ck Am I?

Crime Fiction About An Undercover Cop By a Former Undercover Cop

A guest post by Stephen Bentley, former UK Detective Sergeant, undercover cop, barrister (trial counsel) and now writer and author, on Who The F*ck Am I?, the first book in his new Steve Regan Undercover Cop series.

‘Crime fiction about an undercover cop by a former undercover cop’ is roughly how the blurb goes on the Amazon listing for my latest book ‘Who The F*ck Am I?’

The title may be a tad controversial to some, but it is part of the very fabric of an infiltrator. Identity confusion among undercover agents is a medically recognised condition. Continue reading “Who The F*ck Am I?”

Her Brother’s Keeper

Have you ever helped out a stranger only to have it turn your normal life into something that resembles a nightmare?

Arina did.


A guest post by fellow Aussie writer Kitty Boyes on Her Brother’s Keeper, book 3 in her Arina Perry Series. Continue reading “Her Brother’s Keeper”

Behind The Cost of Survival.

An insight into The Cost of Survival by J L Stowers, author of the Genesis Rising series, for those that like a bit of dark post-apocalyptic science fiction.

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Need a change? Read a new author.

We’re creatures of habit, and that applies to our reading habits as well.

When was the last time you consciously chose to read a new author, someone you haven’t read before? Continue reading “Need a change? Read a new author.”

Ann Cleeves

There must be something about living on an island that drives people to desperate acts. At least that’s the impression I’m getting from reading The Shetland books by Ann Cleeves.

So far, I’ve read Raven Black and White Nights.

Raven Black is set in the dark winter months when very little sunlight reaches the Shetlands. White Nights, on the other hand, is set during the summer when the sky refuses to go dark.

Local Inspector Jimmy Perez works with Inspector Roy Taylor from Inverness to solve two murders in Raven Black and a string of murders in White Nights.

Cleeves gives her readers insights into the many characters involved. I enjoyed the books.

Must admit, I’m also a fan of her Vera TV series.

You can get an insight into the island life in Shetland from Shetland.org and the Shetland Islands.

The Cannibal Hymn and the Secret of the Great Pyramid | Laurence O’Bryan

Here’s some thing a little different from Laurence O’Bryan….

I visited the Great Pyramid of Giza in February, 2017. The passages inside were very different to what I had imagined. They were smaller and narrower. But the Grand Gallery, shown above, is …

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Fredrik Backman

Every now and then you come across a book you really enjoy. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is one of those books for me.

On the surface, it’s a grumpy old man story. Maybe that’s why my wife suggested I read it. But, underneath the surface story, it’s a story of love and redemption.

If you’re ever feeling down, like Ove is at the start of the story, reading this book will remind you that the secret is to get outside of yourself. Think of other people. Do things for them. Be with them.

A Man Called Ove is a wonderful story of how Life intervenes to get Ove’s attention and reopen his heart. Some of it is sad, some of it is touching, and some of it is really funny. I enjoyed it.

You can find out more about Fredrik Backman and his books at:

Publisher’s page

Blog – in Swedish

Amazon page

From the Hay House World Summit 2017

Over the last few days, I’ve been listening in to the free Hay House World Summit 2107.  A really smart way of showcasing the work of one hundred of their authors.

You can still register to listen in to the last week of so of the summit.

If you enjoyed My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living you might appreciate the three books I’m currently reading as a result of what was available for the first session of the summit.

A Course In Miracles Made Easy by Alan Cohen.

The overview you always wanted if you thought A Course In Miracles was beyond you.

The Abundance Code by Julie Ann Cairns

An introduction to a different way of thinking about abundance.

Be Your Potential by Joseph Clough

If you’re interested in what’s going on in your subconscious mind and wondering what you can do about it.