Friday, 23 April 2021

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Monday, 19 April 2021

An #anthology for #VeteransInNeed #Literature




This is an anthology of work written, edited, published and promoted exclusively by writers who are all current or former members of the armed services and the public services, or who are strong supporters of such. Some of the writers are published authors in their own right and others have never been published before but have taken the time to contribute to a worthwhile cause.
They are from Canada, America, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. They are all supporters of

Proceeds from the sale of this work will be donated to  Veterans In Need.



 With many thanks to  Anthony Vincent Bruno,  John Cinderey, Martin Jackson, Bob Johnston, Kennedy Keighley, Bryan Quinn, Stewart and Fiona Rawes, Margaret Scougal, Rik Stone, Chris Thrall, and lastly Mike Clarke: the founder and director of Veterans in Need.

This book is about the people who fight wars, the various types of wars that have been fought over the years, and the selected memories and perspectives that emanate from that state of mind.

Such wars are often fought to secure freedom.

Who are these people? Who do they write about?

Come and find out.

You are invited to take a walk with us ….

We are….

‘Walking with Heroes’




1.         Because I am a soldier by Paul Anthony

2.        Churchill by Kennedy Keighley

3.         SAS Body Count by Anthony Vincent Bruno

4.         The Royal Hussars by John Cinderey

5.         State of Mind by Chris Thrall

6.         Lockerbie by Paul Anthony

7.         From a Clouded Sky by Paul Anthony

8.         A Knightsbridge Knightmare by Martin R Jackson

9.         Per Mare, Per Terram (By Sea, By Land) by Bob Johnston

10.     Perspective  of War by Stewart Rawes

11.     Threat level One by Paul Anthony

12.     Beginnings by Bryan Quinn

13.     A Large Surprise for a Small Medium by Martin R Jackson

14.     Black Christmas by Paul Anthony

15.     Dad by Paul Anthony

16.     The Long Road to Auschwitz by Anthony Vincent Bruno

17.     The Turkish Connection by Rik Stone

18.     The Preacher’s Mallet by Martin Jackson

19.     The Fragile Peace by Paul Anthony.

20.     A Ward Sister’s Prayer by Margaret Scougal

 Available in Kindle and paperback by clicking here on  AMAZON

The following is a recent interview I had with the Founder

My guest today is Mike Clarke Snr, the Founder and one of the Directors of Veterans In Need. He's not a writer of books but he is the author of everything written on the Veterans In Need website (VIN). As an ambassador for VIN, I asked Mike who he was and why he had set up Veterans In Need, and this is what he told me... 

Thank you so much for showing an interest in the company and taking the opportunity to help many others, some of whom are in desperate need of help.  I will explain a little about myself and why I created the website and what our aim is and how we are hopefully going to achieve it.

I am a disabled veteran of almost 25 years service in the Army and had to finally call it a day on 13 September 2003 due to all of the injuries I sustained during my long and active career, and I loved every minute of it.  I was part of the Royal Logistic Corps and served attached to many Units / Regiments all over the world, and served in many conflicts sometimes more than once. 

I was injured in many locations during my service which includes the 1st Gulf War,(1st Battalion Scots Guarda) Bosnia, Canada and Germany where I broke my back in 1998 resulting in many months of Hospital treatment and a Neurological hospital in Hannover in Germany.

I went to DMRC Headley Court at Leatherhead in Surrey near the end of my service for recovery and finally got employed there as the Catering and Accommodation Services Manager.  I did this for approximately 5 years and then I went straight back to being unable to walk again after picking something up, despite 6 operations on my back and pelvic joints.

I found myself stuck with no idea of where to get help. My PTSD had taken me by surprise and raised its head almost every night.  We moved into disabled local authority housing and I registered with a new GP.  The GP was a Medical Officer who I had served with and he got me immediate treatment at Combat Stress, I had been looking for treatment since coming out of the Army.  None of the Help and information that I needed was advertised anywhere which is why I created the website with the assistance of some fantastic people.

I have become aware of far too many people committing suicide since I left the Army and it seems to be the same in all of the Uniformed Public Services, so we have added them all to the website.  

We want to put as much help and information as possible onto the website, so that it is all located in one location.

It has already proved to be beneficial in helping and saving many individuals, and we have even sorted out accommodation and meals for a family in desperate times.  We would like the Company to be self-sufficient by letting companies and individuals advertise on the website for free and all we ask is that they make a small donation to the account, if funds are often short for our own expenditure, then we may have to look at it again.  We are only keeping essential expenses and the rest of the funds are being donated to each of the public services we are supporting plus the local community through The Rotary Club of the United Kingdom.

Please follow the link below to Veterans In Need and take a look around the website. The free advertisement area is up and running but we would really love you to make a small donation so that we can advance our work and ensure veterans get the help they deserve. To contact VIN, please use the email address at the bottom of this page.

Thank you
Mike Clarke Snr
Founder & Director
Veterans In Need CIC


Monday, 12 April 2021

Roy L Murry #AuthorInterview

 Roy L Murry

My guest today is Roy L Murry. Welcome to the blogsite, Roy. Could you tell us something about yourself? Where do you live, and how long have you been a published author?

Hi everyone, I am an avid reader, writer, book & movie reviewer, blogger, YouTuber, and golfer. That is my life in retirement in Hollywood, Florida.  At Seventy-three, I have lived an exciting life: War in Vietnam as a Green Beret; Lived in the Caribbean as a Hospitality Executive for thirty years, and have traveled to over twenty-five countries.  My first book is THE AUDUBON CAPER, an actual life experience. 

Can you remember the first book you read?

 I cannot remember the first book I read. But I can tell you that on the weekends starting when young, I spent my Saturday mornings at the library with a couple of friends and went to the movies after lunch.


 Of the books you have written, which is your favorite and why?

My favorite novel I have written is HOMELESS IN HOMESTEAD. The book is about a low point in my life as a homeless person in Southern Florida. This book is a drama that still goes over in my mind when seeing the current problem still exist for our homeless veteran, a disgrace.


 When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in the Dominican Republic working as a consultant and had time on my hands. I wrote many opinions on TV Evangelists and enjoyed it. So I thought, why not write my autobiography. The novel turned out to be about meeting a college friend in Key West, Florida, and my involvement with the Audubon Prints theft in 1975, THE AUDUBON CAPER.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Funny thing about that. I was writing in the Dominican Republic, as I mentioned earlier. (Note: I have been married to two Dominican women. Another novel: THE THREE X WIVES OF DON QUIXOTE SMITH.) THE AUDUBON CAPER had five hundred pages, and I kept it on a UBS. Four years later, I came into money after being homeless and went to LONG RANGE WRITERS GROUP, where I received a certificate for writing that took a year and a half to complete. I went back to THE AUDUBON CAPER with my new knowledge and cut the work-in-progress down to two hundred pages. Not finished, my LRWG instructor recommended a professional editor. Her name is on the book. THE AUDUBON CAPER is a one hundred sixty, page-turning thriller. My other novels each took a year to write. I am a quick learner, LOL.


Tell us about the main character in one of your books.

In all my three novels, the main character is based on my experiences, written in the first person. My poetry chapbook IN THE CLOUDS is the same.


Do you have any hobbies or interests outside writing that you can share with us? 

 I love to play golf. I have been playing since fourteen. Reading, watching movies on TV, and watching LAW AND ORDER (I think I'll write a mystery.)


 On holiday, do you read, write, both or neither?

 I usually travel on holiday, taking a notepad and write experiences. I will have my Kindle to read my current read.


 What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

 It is 1984 by GEORGE ORWELL. 

My book review of it:



Where can readers follow you on social media?

Twitter: @roylmurry425




NB Roy’s amazon link is

 Good luck, Roy and thank you

Friday, 9 April 2021

Michael R Watson #AuthorInterview


Michael R Watson

My guest today is Mike Watson from America who is the author of over a dozen books. These include The Jack Trader Adventure series and The Aftershock Series: Welcome to the blogsite, Mike. Could you tell us something about yourself to begin with? Where do you live and how long have you been a published author?

 I live in a rural setting in south-central Kansas. My wife and I have been here since 1996. We have four adult children and five grandchildren. I began writing in 2005. I had an idea in my head with no intention of writing a book. Then, I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. If I was going to write the story, this was the time. I started the research and writing while recovering from surgery at an extended-stay facility in Austin, Texas. ‘The Nestorian Alliance: A Jack Trader Adventure’ was the result. Now I can’t stop writing. I love the process of creating something from nothing and making it logical for the reader. By the way, I am cancer free sixteen years later.   


 Are you still working in another job, part-time, retired, or a full-time writer?

I’ve worked a variety of jobs. Before college, I worked as a roustabout in the oil patch. After college worked as an exploration and well site geologist. Laid off. Then worked in the engineering section of Kansas Wildlife and Parks designing boat ramps, roads, dams, and Waterfowl hunting areas. Then went back into geology on the environmental side. Then started my own environmental and survey business, Triterra Land Services. I’ve thought about a sci-fi book with Triterra as the title, with three warring groups from air, land, and sea. I had my business as a sole proprietor for eighteen years but now retired, writing when I can.  

Can you remember the first book you read?

I believe it was The Hobbit. Otherwise, I read mostly science fiction. The classics from authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne are favourites.


What is the worst practice in the publishing industry that you have experienced so far?

After writing my first book, I sent out inquiries to everyone that listed an interest in the same genre. I was rejected by them all. Not even a request for the first few pages or chapters. I played the waiting game for a long time. Then did the same with book two. Same. As I wrote more books, my interest in finding an agent or publisher lessened. I attended writer’s conferences, sometimes two-three a year to pitch in person. Out of all the years of doing that, I had only one show interest, but with follow up this person had changed her mind. Now I only self-publish. I don’t waste my time waiting. I like what I write, and I keep it interesting by writing in different genres, whatever muse hits me at the time.


Do you think it is important to read the works of others and gain a broad experience of the publishing industry before embarking on your writing career?

Reading from a variety of authors is a must. I hope I have learned how to develop a story from a couple of my favourite authors: Clive Cussler, Ken Follett


Of the books you have written, which is your favourite and why?

I’m proud of ‘Paradise,’ the first of a four-book post-apocalyptic series. It was very complex with the intertwined stories of the different characters – good and bad, and how they react to a broken world. Some want only to survive while keeping their families together while others take advantage of every opportunity.


What can you tell us about your most recently published book?

 My most recent book ‘Not in My Town,’ was written about medical marijuana in a town/state where it is illegal, but only a few miles away from a state border where it is legal. Should law enforcement turn a blind eye to help ease the suffering of some of the town’s citizens? Right now I think there are only three states where medical marijuana is still illegal.


What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before writing?

Research is one of my favourite parts of the writing process. I like getting the facts right, such as using a real place, historical or technical data. 


 Do you edit your books, or do you have an editing process that you can share with us?

In the beginning, I hired someone to edit my books, but I wasn’t happy with how much they were changing it, changing dialogue, wanting it to be properly written, proper grammar. Real people didn’t talk or act that way. Now, I do a lot of my editing, but I do have my wife read to help fine-tune it, checking for spelling, punctuation, continuity of the story, and how well it moves along.


 How long on average does it take you to write a book?

 My first book took the longest at five years. There was a lot of research and even though I was a big reader, I wasn’t sure how to start it, how to move it along, or how to end it. Now, it takes me from nine months to a year to write, edit, and publish.   


 Have you experienced writer’s block; indeed, do you believe in it?

 I do have down periods, but not what I would call writer’s block. I am what has been referred to as a pantser, someone who writes by the seat of his pants. I don’t use an outline. I have a general direction when I start, but oftentimes I change direction mid-course, maybe interjecting the unexpected. At these times I may take a day to think about which way to go at a crossroads, what the consequences will be. I don’t like to be predictable, and I think I’ve done it pretty well.


What’s your newest book about, Mike?

My newest book ‘The Ark Project,’ has gone through its first two edits. It should be out this summer. It is about one of the richest men in the country deciding America has gone to hell and he has the way and means to do something about it. The entire population of the country is at risk due to the release of an engineered virus, with no known anti-serum. Bioterrorism from within. His like-minded faithful followers will ride out the pandemic in luxury condo bunkers scattered throughout the Rocky Mountain region located in old missile silos and abandoned mines. The main facility, near Leadville, Colorado, is The Ark. Dr Anna Burns, an investigator with the CDC, is sent out in search of the source and how to stop it.




 Where can readers follow you on social media?


 twitter: @adventurewmike


amazon author page:


 Good luck, Mike and thank you for joining us.


Thursday, 8 April 2021

Maggie Foster #AuthorInterview


My guest today is American author, Maggie Foster. Welcome to the blogsite, Maggie. Could you tell us something about yourself to begin with? Where do you live and how long have you been a published author?

 I am a red-headed seventh-generation Texan of Scottish descent.  I have been a registered nurse (adult ICU), nurse educator, and attorney specializing in medical malpractice and medical product liability litigation. I live in Dallas, Texas, and my first Loch Lonach Mystery came out in 2017. My interests include genealogy, history, travel, music, dancing, dark chocolate, good scotch, and men in kilts, not necessarily in that order. My latest venture (not yet published) is the Loch Lonach: Men in Kilts Clean Romance Series, a spin-off using characters from the Loch Lonach community.

Do you think it is important to read the works of others and gain a broad experience of the publishing industry before embarking on your own individual writing career?

Writing, absolutely! The publishing industry, not so much. I was lucky enough to be introduced to Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey, Agatha Christie, and Ellis Peters early on.  I aspire to write as well as they did and try to learn from their example.


Describe an early experience where you learned that language had power?

Dr. Seuss! I was enchanted by his imagination and word play.


What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey has the best line of any murder mystery I’ve ever read.


What do you think makes a good story?

I have to be able to lose myself in the story, which means the characters have to behave in believable ways, even if the setting is science fiction (like Jurassic Park) or fantasy (like Harry Potter).

Tell us about your series.

The Loch Lonach Mystery Series: Murders with a Scottish SlĂ inte features the descendants of the Scots who settled in north Texas in the mid-1800s. The stories are modern-day, amateur (female) sleuth, not-really cozies. Every book has Scottish culture details in it, from men in kilts, to bagpipes, to ceilidhs (parties), to dialect, to Robbie Burns and The Address to the Haggis, and much more. They are not always traditional murder mysteries. In Book Three (Viking Vengeance), the murderer confesses to Ginny and the question is not whodunit, but “Will he get away with it?” My fans write to me and tell me they want a book a month! Yikes!

Tell us about the main character of one your books.

 Ginny Forbes Mackenzie, my protagonist, is an ICU nurse with an insatiable curiosity, a special talent for critical thinking, and a gift for getting into trouble.  She’s good enough at solving puzzles that the local detective solicits her help and they end up collaborating (in an unofficial way) in each of the books. Her reputation for problem-solving also has members of the Scottish community bringing their problems to her, which can be an issue at times, but she feels an obligation to help if she can.

What can you tell us about your most recently published book?

 Alligators high on methamphetamines! Voodoo priestesses! Five red herrings, most of whom don’t actually know whether or not they caused the death! Lots of twists in this one – Final Fling, Loch Lonach Mystery Series Book Four.


What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching prior to writing?

I research during the writing. Sometimes that’s a lot (Book Four required a dissertation level course in DNA). Usually, it’s just enough to give the reader the feeling of being there.


 Do you edit your own books, or do you have an editing process that you can share with us?

 Absolutely! First, please understand that I read the “finished” work many times.  In addition, I have six to eight writers and editors read it at least once in beta. This is very useful. Each person sees something the others missed! Once the work is “passed” for publication, I set it aside for at least two weeks, then read it again, when I am fresh, and my eyes can focus. I usually find at least one more typo or omitted word that way. I sometimes read the work to myself out loud. That can help, too.


 How do you deal with bad reviews?

 Most people don’t trust five star reviews. They assume they come from family, friends, or a paid service.  Down to three stars doesn’t upset me. A two or one star is often not focusing on my work at all. Walk it off and go back to work! I was disappointed in a recent four star review that said Book Four was fine, but she didn’t like the subject matter as much as she liked the story in Book One. She didn’t like the methgators?!? There is no accounting for taste! 


How long on average does it take you to write a book?

About a year.


Have you experienced writer’s block; indeed, do you believe in it?

Yup. I have a process though. At the end of today’s work, I write a note about what has to be written next. That way, when I come back to it, I have a place to start. Also, this is a Just Do It scenario. You can’t improve on something that doesn’t exist.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That other people liked the stories I wanted to tell. Who knew?


Where is your favourite holiday location?

Scotland, of course, though Nova Scotia was lovely, too. And the Scottish Games, all over North America.


Where can readers follow you on social media?

Website –

Amazon -

Books2Read -

Google Play Books –

Facebook –

GoodReads –

Twitter – @maggiefoster55

Instagram –

 LinkedIn –


Good luck, Maggie and thank you for joining us.