Saturday, 10 January 2015

"A great book to read when on holiday."

They're all foreigners abroad | Travel / Humorous
"If anybody is an expert on Brits antics abroad then that person is Stuart Wright. The author's life experiences are in full bloom in this offering of diverse, funny stories. His A to Z of recollections and anecdotes range from mildly amusing to hilarious. You are bound to recognize yourself in there somewhere. (I hate to say this but  I am one of those people who go online to check my emails; and yes I do miss my dog when I'm on holiday abroad.) The author also offers sound advice along the way and his post comments admirably round off each jocular entry. You will find Stuart's wit relentless as his humour spills from the pages. It is quite an achievement to write so much that is so funny. The best side-splitting entry for me came under 'Squeaky mattresses . . .' Nuff said! A great book to read when on holiday."

A review by Peter Hodgson, Author of Crime Novels

Friday, 9 January 2015

A Reluctant Recruit: Weapon Training, Marksmanship and attempted Murder

Genre: Biography / War History

A further fall of snow, this time substantial, had placed a soft, white mantle over the scene when we peered through the window at the first sound of ‘Reveille’ the following morning.
On Sundays, there was no mad scramble to get outside before Halliday turned up. The bugle call was a formality to mark the raising of the flag. We recruits, worn out by the rigours of the preceding week were permitted the luxury of a ‘Lie in’ normally followed by a day spent cleaning up the billet and our kit in preparation for ‘Bull Night’ on Monday and kit inspection on Tuesday morning.
Today, however, would be a little different. We, together with three other selected flights, would be attending compulsory Church Parade at 10:00. The service was to be conducted by the Commanding Officer, a creature of great importance and rarely seen.
The parade was to be assembled by the SWO assisted by the flight corporals.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Many a revolution has been borne on the wings of a book

Reading can Transform your Life

Paul left school with absolutely no qualifications, he was in and out of prison like a yo-yo. He was basically going no where fast, his life was pointless—like a broken pencil. The future looked bleak. The last time Paul was in prison he was given a job helping in the prison library. Surrounded by books he reckoned this might be his chance to improve his life and his reading. He began gradually; reading adventure books. At first reading was simply a means of escape to places far beyond the four walls of his miserable  prison surroundings, but before long he couldn't get enough of those books, the stories gave him so much hope and a sense of encouragement. This was really his first step to breaking out of the cycle of going in and out of prison. When he got out of prison he did several menial jobs, then he started his own business, got married, went to college, studied for a degree and later became a published author of a series of children’s books which are popular in schools. It was a long and difficult road for Paul Lloyd but the turning point came for him when he began to read in that prison library many years ago.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Revenge on a plate

In All Probability | Fiction: Short Stories
by Steve Morris

“Please don’t let ‘em go mister.”
My wife screamed “No. For God’s sake, No!” from the upstairs window.
I didn’t reply. I was literally seconds away from seeing a lot of blood.
I had waited a long time for it. It was what I had prepared for. They were the ones. I could recognise them from the police descriptions.
I just wanted them torn to red ribbons. My two central right fingers holding the Dobermans’ chain were nearly broken. The Terrier leash I had wrapped around my middle. It was getting difficult to breathe.
One of the Dobermans was almost there. He reached out at them with his beautiful front incisors.  One of the burglars was by then visibly urinating.
I had convinced myself I would do it ever since that time we got burgled.
I was still in control. I did not have to go through with it even then.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015


Captain Damnation and Other Strange Tales | Fiction / Short Stories
by Harry Riley

‘…within a few minutes he had poured out the sorry tale of his dismissal as an inept and bumbling constable in the police force…’

It was a boiling hot summer’s day as Osborn Lucky walked dejectedly away from the police station. His naturally cheerful countenance wore a frown as he considered his options. He’d just been sacked, in a loud and humiliating manner by his boss, following a series of blunders, culminating in his latest disaster which had wrecked a carefully planned, joint operation, with the Custom’s Authorities and wasted hundreds of man-hours. Osborn was a big clumsy-wild eyed Irishman and had been nicknamed ‘Born Lucky’ for as long as he could remember. At this moment though he felt far from lucky, in fact he felt just about as low as he had ever been.

Monday, 5 January 2015

"filled with mysterious happenings and thought-provoking behaviour"

"I have to confess the title of this novel did not jump out as something I wanted to read. I could have walked by in the bookshop without giving it a second glance, thinking it was chick-lit or a female romance story. However, possessing a more than passing interest in anything to do with paranormal activities, I read the blurb on the back cover and became intrigued. Now having read the book I am glad I did, for I could have missed out on an extremely unusual and gripping tale. Not only that, but the story is filled with mysterious happenings and thought-provoking behaviour by both adults and children. Without wishing to give too much away, there is a seven year old boy living in Cambridgeshire in 2011, whose parents have drifted apart and he begins to exhibit strange behaviour at home and at school, so much so that his teacher feels the need to consult his mother.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Wishing Book: Prologue - PLANET MARS 1999

Wishing Book | Children
by Grahame Howard

Zezmatas was feeling happy with himself as he was transported to Planet Earth. He was well thought of by Zelmut, the Chief and Highness of the Martians on Planet Mars. He had been specially selected and trained to go on a mission to Planet Earth to locate and retrieve the little red wishing book which at the moment was known to be in the hands of the Armaz family on the Island of Tenerife in The Canary Islands.
It had come to the attention of Zelmut that this book had the power to grant wishes to whoever was holding the book. It had been given to a member of the Armaz family, word by word in a dream and his family had been given great wealth.
Zelmut had learned about this from the Leoxostone, a volcanic gemstone in his kingdom, and he wanted the book so that he could fulfil his dream and rule over the whole universe. The Leoxostone had revealed that the book was in the hands of the Armaz family in Los Christianos, in South Tenerife. It was probably at their home but he could not be sure of this.