Mad Bad Spinning Top – Spy & Espionage Novels

March 21, 2012 in Action & Adventure, Best Spy Novels, Books, Espionage, Fiction

Action Thriller and Espionage BookIn this remarkable debut comic thriller, Richard Cheesmar introduces a scenario of rampant terrorism, spy-masters out of control and a plot that takes you right into the world of terrorism, espionage, computer hacking and nefarious dealings. From London to Istanbul, Ankara, the Black Sea and a surprising final destination, it’s a classic page turner.

Espionage ThrillerEver felt like life just isn’t playing ball? Ever been in a situation where things go from bad to worse overnight? Well you’re in good company with Chez, the star of this classic fictional comedy adventure, who finds himself embroiled in a quagmire of dire circumstances. Fanatical Turkish ultra-nationalists claiming to be the remaining descendants of the Amazon Women Warriors, corrupt Russian scientists, Turkish Military Intelligence, the beautiful daughter of a Turkish General, and a crazy gung-ho CIA agent, set the scene that pulls Chez deep into a chain of events resembling one of his fictional hero’s (Danny Rome) mad-cap adventures. As Chez has the Turks all in a spin, the Turks are about to send Europe a message. It’s one big crazy ride on the Mad Bad Spinning Top.

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Ebooks –  How Your Manuscript Is Turned Into An eBook

March 21, 2012 in Articles, Formatting eBooks

Formatting eBooksComputers are wonderful things, but they do have drawbacks: the people who dominate the industry, with a few notable exceptions, have a limitless contempt for the average consumer. These technicians know how their machines function; we, the poor customers, can like it or lump it. And when they attempt to ‘come down to our level’ and offer guidance as to how to make the things work – get anything to work – they assume we already have a knowledge of geek-speak and have hours to spare trawling through semi-literate instructions to find what we want.

Ereaders, the hand-held products like Kindles that display ebooks, present this technical world with additional headaches. We now have a clash of the Titans: traditional publishers with their jargon-ridden world constantly harping back to an era where molten lead was poured into moulds to produce print, and excitable and money-hungry computer-savvy youngsters who relish the thought of bringing readers worldwide into their marketplace. Something had to happen. And it has. Confusion!

Amazon are doing well with the Kindle Publishing programme and if you have your wits about you, and have the time to spare to format your book properly, you should end up with your book listed in the Kindle Store. And your ebook should display reasonably well for readers who buy it.

An expert can usually negotiate the technical hurdles in a matter of hours; a novice should put aside days if not weeks because the learning curve is steep – especially if you want a decent ebook to result.

Many traditional publishers came a cropper when they started to convert their printed publications into ebooks. The quality of the ebooks produced was often appalling. Nowadays the wise ones take great care in only offering ebooks that have been monitored by humans first. Computers proved incapable of spotting the errors that the conversion processes were producing.

Our advice: look around for advice and support, and do look into the DIY route for publishing your book. If you can stay the course, you should see your book online in a week or two. But a more prudent route might be to leave the technical side of things to those who know what’s required. That will leave you free to get on with your next offering, happy in the knowledge that your published ebook is a professional one you can be proud of.

Ebooks – The New Opportunity for Aspiring Authors

March 20, 2012 in Articles

Publishers worldwide are reeling from the impact ebooks are making on their ‘profession’. No longer can they ignore the fact that Amazon sales of ebooks through their online Kindle stores exceed those of their printed cousins. The ebook is here to stay, and readers and writers alike can savour a refreshed marketplace no longer dominated by outdated procedures and overly expensive distribution channels.

My personal view is that the total reading market will benefit from the ereader and ebook explosion. And printed versions of books will also prosper because, quite frankly, the tactile pleasure of holding a book is one a machine will never replicate. There will always be a place for both formats.

For new writers, ebooks represent a wonderful way of getting published. The process of formatting a draft and submitting the ebook for sale worldwide is relatively straightforward, and Amazon even offer to do it for free! But as with all no doubt well-meaning advice from such able computer technicians, when a layperson attempts to follow the ‘guidelines’ hair starts to fall out and tempers deteriorate. The amount of expert help required needn’t consume too many hours, however, and a professional product listed to maximise appeal should be possible for a fraction of the cost of a printed version. I have no hesitation in saying that writers can now call the shots with their offerings. And not before time.

The Full English by Mike Carden

March 12, 2012 in Books, Non Fiction, Travel

Travel Adventure - Cycling in the UKPedalling through England whilst trying to deal with a mid-life crisis and man-flu all at the same time – you just know this is the basis for a very funny and witty dialogue.
George East, the best-selling author of The Mill of the Flea series, says of the book:
… engaging, informative, entertaining and witty. This bloke makes good writing look as easy as riding a bike. I wish it was…

Funnily enough he even gives his bike a name, ‘Scott’ and an attitude, a bad one. On route from the Dorset coast to Northumbria the author indulges his passion for the history of England and engages with the locals,  meeting more than his fair share of eccentric, funny and friendly characters on the way. You will be able to see if your local landmark is included in the tally of castles and abbeys he visits as he passes through the ancient towns of England.

A Travel Adventure in the UK

Of the kind many aspire to, warm, well-observed, unpretentious, very funny… the kind of cycle tour we can all imagine ourselves taking,  at least when you are not suffering with the man-flu.

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In the ‘The Full English’, Carden (and his bike Scott) take the reader on a funny and fascinating journey from one end of England to the other. Never too weighty, but always interesting, Carden’s historical knowledge blends perfectly with his warmth and humour to provide a wonderfully human and informative read, which always hits the right note. I’m very much looking forward to his next adventure. Written by Megan Taylor on Amazon, a well known author in her own right.

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Diver – Tony Groom

March 9, 2012 in Books, Memoirs, Military History, Non Fiction

Diver by Tony GroomThis is more than a book about the Falklands War. It tells the story of some of the bravest and most professional men in the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy Clearance Divers, not the SAS, were the British mystery unit of the Falklands War of 1982. But this is more than a book about the Falklands War. The gripping accounts are spiced with `black’ humour of the sort that only men engaged in a dangerous profession can really appreciate. Read this book and you will learn why. You will want to turn every page, especially as 2012 is the 30th anniversary of the conflict.

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“DIVER is an absolutely fascinating insight into a little known elite group of men within the Royal Navy. A boys will be boys account of a most rewarding career. Both sad and hilarious, Tony tells of his role as a specialist and the never to be broken bonds of friendship that came as a result.
This story will surely stand with the best of Military history literature past and future, once you start reading this book, I challenge you to put it down..”  
Michael W. O’leary “Watchman” on Amazon

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