A Precious Gift

Have you ever wondered what would be the ultimate Christmas gift?  Well, I suppose, the worth of any present depends on both the intended recipient, and the size of the budget you have at your disposal. However, this year, if you want to give something really special, something that will be appreciated much more than you can ever imagine, whilst at the same time cost you nothing more than a little honesty and a few minutes of your very precious time, then why not leave a review for a book you have recently enjoyed.  The Thinker

Authors spend an enormous amount of time constructing a story that will be both interesting and engaging. In many cases, this will involve a great deal of research and endless hours of re-writes. It is generally accepted that it will take most authors, at least, two thousand hours to write a novel worth reading. So a total stranger first buying a copy of their work, and then taking the time to tell them what they thought of it, is a priceless gift. But it doesn’t stop there, a review is a gift that just keeps giving as it will help other potential readers to decide whether they should also read a work, or not.

Personally, I treasure every review I have ever received, good or bad. The good reviews spur me on, make me more determined to write something even better in the future, while a bad review, (thankfully only a very small number) as long as its constructive, will encourage me to address flaws in my writing and up my game.

So if you want to spread a little happiness this year – leave an author a review of his or her work.

Happy Christmas to you all, and take care.


What to do in the Quiet Times?

Well, the Christmas holidays and the upcoming festivities are almost upon us, but what about the quiet times, those periods when the eating and drinking are done, (at least for the time being) and you don’t wish to spend ninety minutes anticipating the next line in yet another Christmas TV re-run? It’s times like this when you grab a book or your kindle and go in search of somewhere to recover, a quiet corner. But are you making the most of what’s on offer? In addition to the old favorites, the latest Lee Child thriller, an absorbing biography, or a Sci-Fi adventure, why not include the work of an author with a proven track record, one who is trying to break into a new genre?

My first book, “A Hell for Heroes” an autobiography, was released by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder and Stoughton, back in November 2012. The book was a success and even after three years, it still occupies a slot in the top 100 in the Military and Special Forces categories. As a result it was suggested that I begin writing thrillers using the true-life experiences of my military career.

“The Apprentice”, my first novel was released on Amazon on the 22nd of June 2015 and is the first book in the “Alex Keyes” series.  Trial TA2

“Alex Keyes is a man with a secret.  Its discovery will destroy him and everyone associated with him. He has spent years training to be a “grey man”: quiet, unassuming, invisible, but now, having been sent behind the Iron Curtain to find someone who doesn’t want to be found, his survival will depend on him becoming a different person entirely”.

The_Journeyman_Cover_for_KindleIf you have already read The Apprentice, and a big thank you to all those who have, the second book in the series, “The Journeyman” is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback formats.

“Haunted by his past, and now hunted by both sides, Alex knows that revenge is never going to be enough”.

So when loading your Kindle in preparation for the quiet times, why not give a new thriller author a whirl? Follow him behind the Iron Curtain; visit the dark side at the height of the Cold War, and all from the comfort of an armchair beside the fire.

As for me, well I will spend the quiet times this Christmas working on the third book in the series, “The Master”.

The links below will take you straight to the respective pages on Amazon.

The Apprentice-on-Amazon

The Journeyman-on-Amazon

Great News

For all of you who are finding it hard to get a copy of my first book, A Hell for Heroes, good news, I have just been informed that the publisher, Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton has authorised a fresh print run of an additional 8,000 copies.  Thanks to all those who have purchased a copy, and to all those who have purchased copies of my first two novels, “The Apprentice” and “The Journeyman”.


Heroes Cover