Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Golden Oldies

I love reading the works of other authors - particularly those whom I have forged an online relationship with over the last decade or two, or just know. Often, I fill my kindle with those who have supported me over the years. I take their books on holiday with me to read.Sitting by the pool, or on a roof terrace in the sun, is the place I read books and craft my next book before returning home. Sometimes such books are non fiction, other times they are pure fantasy and imagination from the writer's mind. My wife and I are lucky enough to have worked hard and long all our lives and, as a result, we can now enjoy a few holidays every year. Reading the works of other authors is a great way to extend your knowledge of writing, to inspire you further, and learn something about writing virtually every day.

Every author can learn from the works of other authors.

Non of these books are new.  They are in kindle and paperback. Most of them are from the period 2008 - 2012 and help define the author and their originality. Oh, how lucky was I to find such writers...

Fill your kindle with these 'Blasts from the past'.....




Elizabeth Marshall is the writing alter ego of a lady born in St Mary's Hospital, at the Marianhill Monastery, in the province of Natal, South Africa and was brought up in a small, rural Natal village surrounded by a large Scottish farming family.  Her primary education was delivered by Nuns from the monastery in which she was born. Through secondary school into adulthood, Elizabeth's life centered on a love of music, reading, writing and history. After Elizabeth married she settled in the UK with her husband. She has worked at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in England, Nottingham Social Services in England and is currently a Director of an IT Project Management Consultancy.  Elizabeth lives in Derbyshire, England with her husband and children. She spends her spare time with her head in a book or her fingers on the keyboard writing one. 

Elizabeth Marshall has written the novels 'When Fate Dictates', ‘Beyond Time’, ‘Entwined’, ‘Whispers In The Dark’, ‘Rising’........... Check out Elizabeth's Highland Secret Series...... 

Click HERE for Elizabeth's amazon page



A Top-Notch Action-Thriller, One you won't Want To Miss..."

From the moment Anchorage Police Detective Sheridan McKenna begins his unsanctioned investigation into the brutal killing of his mentor Sergeant Aaron Campion he finds himself pitted against a trio of formidable opponents, all locked in a deadly battle to uncover the startling answers to a seventy-year-old mystery. The FBI wants McKenna behind bars, Chechen terrorists want him dead, and hidden in the shadows a renegade Russian SVR agent watches patiently while manipulating the actions of all involved. With the Alaskan wilderness as the savage playing field, any mistake may prove lethal and McKenna can trust no one, except for a courageous and devoted canine partner from his past.

Click here for the amazon page of C L Withers





A qualified parachutist, Harvey Black served with British Army Intelligence for over ten years. His experience ranged from covert surveillance in Northern Ireland to operating in Communist East Berlin during the cold war, where he feared for his life after being dragged from his car and attacked by Russian KGB soldiers. Since then he has lived a more sedate life in the private sector as a Director for an International Company, but now enjoys the pleasures of writing.

Check out Harvey's website at harveyblackauthor.org
or Click here for his amazon page.




Lighting The Dark Side is written by William R Potter. It is an award winning anthology of short fiction including three novellas and three shorter works covering a wide range of fiction genres including, Action/thriller, Mystery/ Suspense, Sci-fi, Romance and even Hard-boiled detective. Regular people find themselves caught up in extraordinary situations; and all are locked into circumstances rendered more complex by their own weaknesses. Only when the shortcomings are recognized can they overcome these limitations and succeed. This collection of Six Modern Tales is designed to exercise your emotions, capture your imagination, and challenge you to think in new directions.

 The Stories Bent, Not Broken. An obsessive compulsive man falls in love; however, his disorder puts a severe strain on the relationship. Jealousy, low self-esteem, anxiety, and an increasing sense of violence engulf him until he pushes his new love away and falls into old habits of avoidance. In the Gray. A seemingly mundane phone call between a grown son and his mother uncovers the reality of one man’s life. Tragedy interrupts the call seconds before the man can speak his truth and free his mind of decades of bitter animosity. Prominent Couple Slain.  Detective Jack Staal is disillusioned about his career after he takes a nosedive from big city homicide investigator to small town detective. Desperate to prove himself, he ignores protocol to work a case that is not his to solve. May 18th.  Growing pandemonium over the approach of an earth-grazing comet called Ivan is the backdrop for a man who is given numerous chances to make amends with his loved ones. Blessing or Curse? Brad Stewart’s bloated ego strains lifelong friendships after an enormous lottery win. His millionaire lifestyle suddenly becomes a nightmare when his son is kidnapped for ransom. Surviving the Fall. James Goodal has spent his entire life avoiding uncomfortable situations. This safe and easy existence has left James lonely and facing divorce. Everything changes when he takes in a young street girl named Ashley. The pair finds comfort in their unorthodox friendship until her violent world returns forcing James to fight for Ashley and for his very survival.


Since this publication in 2009, William has become the author of a number of full length novels which are well worthy of further investigation.
Click HERE for William's amazon page 






Amazon TOP 100 and Nook TOP 100 Bestselling Author, John L. Betcher, holds a Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. He has practiced law for more than twenty-five years in the Mississippi River community of Red Wing, Minnesota. 

John has published an award-winning series of "Becker" suspense/thriller novels. The first five are THE 19TH ELEMENT, THE MISSING ELEMENT, THE COVERT ELEMENT, THE EXILED ELEMENT, and THE CRITICAL ELEMENT. He has also authored the award-winning spiritual phenomenon, A HIGHER COURT.
Click HERE for John's amazon page 




Written in 1994 and published in 1996, like many of the books on this post - it is still attracting readers.

This is a thriller of violent prejudices and divided loyalties. About the province where no-one talks, this story tells it like it is. This Ulster novel reaches to the very roots of sectarian life and death. Written by a member of the security forces, it penetrates behind the media-screen to reveal a human landscape that is unknown, yet startlingly believable. It is a world where sworn enemies may exchange confidences over a game of snooker; where a kneecapping operation turns into a deadly vendetta fuelled by sexual jealousy and where the fate of the United Kingdom could rest in the hands of one punch drunk bruiser with a dangerous addiction. Everything is here, from the glamour of hi-tech intelligence work to the despairing pub-talk of men locked in the past. Trace the origins of these relentless tit-for-tat killings, often starting in childhood and see how the lives of vastly different people may by mysteriously linked forever against the fatally beautiful backdrop of Northern Ireland.

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Check back next week for more..... GOLDEN OLDIES....