The Paul Anthony Collection

Monday, 29 June 2015

Career Cop

Published in Print and Kindle - July, 2015
Career Cop by Steve Sharpe
Published by Paul Anthony Associates
Genre. Biography/Social History/Police

Quick Links- Click below to buy either the kindle or the printed book

This book tells the story of a lad from a council house background who followed a career with Cumbria Constabulary with no qualifications other than a willingness to work hard and learn from his peers. This book looks back at his life as a Police Officer.

The story within could bear great similarities to many others who followed the same route. Individual officers and other colleagues are rarely named but one or two of real significance are. When I say real significance I mean out of either respect for their personalities, skills, or just plain admiration and friendship.

I hope you enjoy the book. It’s my first crack at a literary work so no doubt a few grammatical errors have been committed. Hopefully they won’t spoil the read!

I enjoyed a long and happy career with Cumbria Police supported by my wife and family. I could not have done it without their support for which I will forever be grateful.

I hope in years to come, my Grandchildren will be able to read it and understand what Granddad did in his career.

Absolutely delighted to be associated with the author and his debut novel. I have known Steve for many years and he is a five star man who has written a five star book. His biography will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you proud of the police service in which he served. An absolute 'mustread' from a very determined gentleman.
Paul Anthony.... 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Chatting with Carter Novels

Chatting with Carter Novels

My pleasure today to introduce you to a quite amazing writing couple from America who – together – are Carter Novels.

Welcome to my home in cyber-space. Thanks for dropping in to see us.  Tell me, whereabouts do you both live?
RC & JP: Thank you for inviting us into your home in cyber-space. We currently make our home in Miami, Florida due to a job assignment. Our family is living in the Tampa Bay area of central Florida and we plan on moving back there in a few years.

Q. How does the writing process work for you both? Is one of you writer and the other editor, or what?
A. It depends on who is taking the lead and what we are writing
RC:  In BIOPRINTS, FLASH ZOMBIES and CLONE DRONES, I took the lead and would write the first draft.
JP: At that point, I would read the first draft and either add material, subtract material or leave it as it was. Then we would collaborate on the third draft.

Q. Are you full time writers or do you have a day jobs?
RC:  I have a day job working as an Air Traffic Controller.
JP:  Since we moved to Miami I no longer have a day job. We both enjoy conducting paranormal investigations whenever we can.

Q. What inspired you to become writers?
RC: In middle school I was inspired by Tolkien and wrote my first novel which, unfortunately turned out to have too many similarities to The Hobbit. I enjoyed creating another world and continued to write short stories and poetry after that as a hobby.
 JP: In the first grade I wrote, directed and starred in an Easter play that was performed in the evening at my school and was open to the public. My play was featured in an article in the local newspaper. So, at the ripe old age of five years the writing bug bit and has been with me ever since.

Q. It must be quite difficult to write a novel when you both have input into the process. How do you resolve problems or does it just work naturally for you?
RC: It actually flows well. It helps to have a different perspective following behind and catching things early in the story that just don’t work.
JP: RC often looks at things in a different way than I do and thinks of things that I would not have thought of. On the other hand, I think of things he would not think of and can add ideas from a different perspective.

Q. Do you ever argue about plotlines or character details?.
RC: Sometimes I have a plotline in my head or character personality and it doesn’t quite translate onto the page. Since it’s a constant rewriting process, we are geared to discuss the discrepancies and correct them as we go along.
JP: We both have strong opinions and ideas about how the plot should go and who the characters are. Of course we often disagree about how a character would act or speak. However, we don’t argue about it, we discuss it. We often write it more than one way and then mutually agree on which way it reads best.

Q. Do you base your characters on real people you have met or are they a product of the imagination.
RC:  So far it’s a mixture of imagination and real people. Most of the characters in the O’Rourke series are made up with strong resemblances to people we know well.
JP: No matter how our characters start out, whether a mixture of imagination and of people we know, they quickly develop personalities of their own.

Q. What is your favourite genre to write in and why?
RC: So far I really enjoy writing detective/mystery/crime novels. I enjoy reading historical fiction but I don’t have the patience for the research required to weave the story together.
JP: At the moment I am researching the Phoenician time period. I am enjoying it far more than I thought I would. I’m in the process of writing a fictionalized account of the life of the life of Jezebel. It is a project about which I am very excited. I am also writing a non-fiction book about our paranormal experiences. After I have finished the first drafts, RC will come in and do his rewrites.

Q. Are you a reader yourself and if so what kind of books do you enjoy?
RC: I enjoy crime novels, mysteries, fantasies and science fiction. The crime novels I like best involve detectives and crime investigations. My favourite authors are Max Collins, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
JP: I love to read. I enjoy detective novels, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy novels, and cozy mysteries.

Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge to being a writer today?
 RC & JP: The biggest challenge as Indie authors is getting our books out in front of potential readers.

Q. Are you currently published or do you have a ‘work in progress’ you can tell us about?
RC & JP: In addition to the ‘works in progress’ JP described, we have written the first three books in the O’Rourke Crime Novels series with more to follow. BIOPRINTS, FLASH ZOMBIES and CLONE DRONES are available in both paperback and eBook editions through Amazon. The series follows Ryan O’Rourke and his team of investigators as they use old school detective methods to solve high-tech crimes.

Q. Did you design the book cover or did someone do it for you?
RC & JP: We designed our own book covers. We intend to continue the simple red, white and black theme so the O’Rourke series will be easily recognizable.

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
RC & JP: The place we want to live is near our children and their families in the Tampa Bay area of Florida on the waterfront.

Q. What hobbies do you have?
RC & JP: We enjoy writing, traveling, cruising, visiting museums and investigating every haunted place we can find.

Q. Where  can we find out more about your work?
A. Amazon Author’s Page  Our website: 

Q. And where can we follow and support you on social media sites?
A. You can friend us on Facebook at and/or LIKE our Book page at Follow us on twitter: RC @rcarter67606  JP @JPCarter47 

For UK readers, follow this link to Carter Novels in the UK Kindle store.
OR check out the crime thrillers on the carousels where you will find all three of the books featured here.

Thank you for chatting today and good luck with your work.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

The February Collection

Derwentwater by Gillian Easterbrook
Welcome to the February Collection - a bag full of images from a retired police officers' group who enjoy photography. The February competition was sponsored by Paul Anthony Associates and won by Gillian Easterbook with the above photograph of Derwentwater, near Keswick, Cumbria. But the competition was fierce as you can see from a remarkable collection of snaps below.
Old Packhorse Bridge,Carrbridge near Aviemore by Mike Crozier
The Commando Monument, Spean Bridge by Paul Brown

Lioness - Botswana by Jules McFee
Pillar from Ennerdale by Paul Turner

Full Moon by George Nevins

Carlisle Airport by Adam Clembo Cleminson

Bowness by Steve Sharpe
Sparrowhawk by Jules McFee

On Hadrian's Wall, near Lanercost by Mile Crozier
Honister by Ray Gregory

Cathedral Cave, Little Langdale by Christine Nelson

Ice on the car by Anita Owen

Icicles in the Pond by Anita Owen

The River Leven, Dumbarton

Skiddaw from Braithwaite by Andy Brown

Sparrowhawk by Steve Sharpe

Earnslie Bay, Walney Island by Sue Bowman

Orton Scar by Bob Pallas
Sunset at Brampton by Paul Crabtree

Don't forget - Have you got these books yet? Coptales and Uncuffed? Proceeds towards our charity. And a new donation - Sunset, a collection of police poetry from the Sixties to the turn of the century.

Thursday, 26 February 2015


The Votadini Crest of the Family Name

Published by Paul Anthony Associates
March, 2015
Genre: Non Fiction: History / Reference / Social History

Quick Links:
In Print: Lulu
In Kindle: Amazon

A Global book for a Global family….
This is a true story which traces the Scougal family of names to the land of their origin. From the beginning of recorded history this book visits ‘Scougal’ in South East Scotland during the Iron Age before identifying the real roots of the family name. Via Mynddog the Wealthy, the Votadini tribe, the Roman occupation, the Anglo Saxon Invasion, the Old North of ‘Hen Ogledd’, Bernica, the Angles, the Norman Conquest, Magna Carta, and the wars of Scottish Independence the work dissects the history of our people. 


Warrior Headgear

To penetrate the Scougal heritage the Battles of Carham, Bannockburn and Flodden are examined. Along the way we examine the oldest Royal Charter in British history to find a Scottish King who ceded the lands of Scougal to our ancestors. Then, gradually, the book traces the migration of the Scougal family of names across the globe as the impact of Scougal in America, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Australia, America, South Africa, and elsewhere is assessed. Finally, we raise individual Scougals from across the planet and visit timelines produced by the people who carry that name tag. From religious offices to military postings, and from land owners to Royal painters, this novel highlights those who carried the name and made history as well as those who shamed the name and regret it. We even touch upon the horros of ‘Hiroshima’. If you are interested in how the local fits into the global this is a history book for you as well as a book of true genealogy. If you are called ‘Scougal’ – it really is a ’Mustread’.
Brigante King

Edinburgh Castle

You will not find the future in this book. You will only find the past. You are the future….
… No one person makes a name, a family, or a family of names. Such an entity is made from a million little pieces that are brought together over time to frame and develop ‘someone’.  We are merely pieces in the jigsaw of life but when we are counted, sorted, itemised and individualised we can – as you have seen - really make a difference to the life and times in which we live. We can contribute, aspire, inspire, and make the world a better place in which to live.

The Badlands
South Dakota, USA

Holy Island, Lindisfarne

I know what you're thinking. The Scougals are from Scotland.... Wrong, my friend... But close...
No, our roots lie in another land, and in another place.

'Haec Ornant'

Monday, 9 February 2015

The January Collection

Blencathra by Paul Brown
Welcome to a random collection of images extracted from an amateur photograph competition for a group of retired police officers in Cumbria. The competition is as much about social interaction between retired individuals as it is about amateur photography. The above photograph was adjudged the worthy winner - Blencathra by Paul Brown.

But here is a random selection of great photos from the 'January' competition depicting and promoting our favourite county - Cumbria - with a few 'extras' thrown in.

Sprinkling Tarn
by John Forrester

The Cumbrian Fells above Ullswater
by Paul Crabtree

The Langdales
by Jo Fawcett
Hynam Bridge over the River Gelt, Castle Carrock
by Paul Crabtree

by Mark Yielder
by Steve Sharpe

by John Chester

Snow Patrol
by Adam Clembo Cleminson

Sea King at Barrow
by Phil Renney

Splash at High Force Waterfall, Middleton In Teesdale
by Gilian Eilbeck

 by Carol Jeffreys

Bramshill Staff College
by Jo Fawcett
Jo Fawcett

by Ray Gregory

Woodpecker Time
by Dave Hook

And our charity books Uncuffed, photogrpahed by Ian McCrone and Coptales by Margaret Scougal