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.

Check out a preview here:


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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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Smashwords e-book week. Free and bargain e-books for one week!

“My early thriller novel ‘Home Run’ is free to download during e-book week on Smashwords.
A unique tale of a man’s search to find the truth. The reader is taken in by the twists and turns of the plot, as Doug discovers one dead lead after another. Will appeal to all who love a story that dares to be different. –E-Book Reviews Weekly

All my other novels are for sale at reduced prices, too during this promotion period.

Enjoy more for less 🙂

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Today is the birthday of my first literary hero, Jack Schaefer, author of ‘Shane’.

One of my first cinematic memories stems from seeing George Steven’s movie adaptation of the great Jack Schaefer western novel, Shane at the Gaumont cinema in Wolverhampton in 1953 with my father.  I vividly recall being startled by the uncharacteristically loud gunshots when Alan Ladd demonstrated his gunfighting prowess to the hero-worshipping, Joey, played by Brandon DeWilde.  Only years later did  I learn that Stevens had deliberately intended the sounds to be disturbing and had used a recording of a howitzer being fired into a bucket for the sound effect.  I loved that movie like no other before or since.

Some years later I read the novel for the first of many, many times and, at once, discovered both a literary hero and a model for my upcoming manhood.

Thank you, Jack Schaefer and thank you, Shane.

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Very nice 5 star review of ‘The Celluloid Kid’ on Amazon.

My first reader response to ‘The Celluloid Kid’ has been posted on Amazon. 5 stars and very complimentary review. Thanks very much!

Interesting Premise – handled well

The title caught my attention with this book, but the writing and the strong story kept it. Trevor, to me at least, is every teenage boy in the 21st century who has not been allowed to rough house and be boys, but instead are holed up in their rooms, playing video games and watching movies. The real world is boring in comparison to the one created by Hollywood and game consoles.

Trevor’s mettle is tested when robbers hold up his bank branch. Can he indeed be the hero he has secretly dreamed he can be?

This thought provoking book is well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend it!

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All four of my current novels now published and distributed with Smashwords

As of today,  my four completed novels which are available as trade paperbacks and Kindle eBooks through Amazon at are now available as multi-format eBooks through Smashwords as well.
See my Smashwords Author Page at


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