My new writing partners.

This year’s writing has started very slowly, for various reasons, but my routine has returned to some semblance of normality over the past couple of weeks.

My writing life has been greatly enhanced by the addition of a completely new means of interacting with my writing partner, Dragon Naturally Speaking,

which has, itself, been updated at very reasonable cost to Premium Version 13 following a delightful conversation with a lady by the name of Mary from the Nuance support desk in Canada. This new version improves on the already excellent Version 12 that I was already using.



I am even more excited by the fact that  I am no longer tied to my PC by a corded headset USB microphone since the arrival of a Speechware TableMike, a microphone that the makers of Dragon, Nuance, have awarded a 5 star rating.


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Vale Eli Wallach

A sad day indeed as the fine actor Eli Wallach passed away at the age of 98. Who can forget the  bandit leader Calvera in ‘The Magnificent Seven’ directed by John Sturges?

Or, the wily Tuco in the final movie in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ with the incomparable Clint Eastwood?

And, finally, Clint’s tribute to a fine actor:

Vaya con dios, Eli!


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I’ve published an in-depth interview at Smashwords

Please check it out at

Any comments welcome!

And, of course, should you have any other questions, please feel free to post them here and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

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Smashwords Annual July Sale Now On!

“Home Run’ is now free for the month of July for all e-readers at Smashwords!






All my other e-books are available at reduced prices, too for the month of July. Grab a bargain now!

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New 5 star review of ‘Whingeblade’ on Amazon – ‘Fun and refreshing’

Thank you ‘bec’ for your very kind review…

Fun and refreshing….. May 11, 2013

By bec
Format:Kindle Edition

How wonderful to find an author with some truly new ideas, this book is gripping from the very first paragraph. Fantasy type fiction, yes, of course, but cleverly avoiding recycling the same old themes.

This book is full of familiar patterns and comfortable stories but with wild new twists that provide constant delight.


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Author interview on ‘That Thing I Said’ Blog

Thanks to Paul Western-Pittard for posting my author interview on his authors. books, interviews and writing blog: ‘That Thing I Said’.
Please check it out at

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He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89

And now he’s riding onto your Blu-Ray player (at least in his Alan Ladd incarnation) on June 4th 1953 in time to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of George Stevens’ classic western movie based on my favourite western novel of all time – ‘Shane’ by Jack Schaefer, published in 1949.

Pre-order here

Check out the tailer here:

Finally, Kimble. Finally :)

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