Wednesday, 7 August 2019

A Triumph - sort of.

Progress on the new Jon Hunt book has been rather too slow recently, sorry about that but something else has been taking up my time.  When we sold the boat last year I needed another hobby to keep me sane. In the past I've done rather a lot of motor racing and so decided that a classic car that I could do a few hillclimbs and sprints with would be rather fun.  After searching the internet, I found a really nice looking TR8 with a new 3.9 litre engine that was going at a very reasonable price. The car was rebuilt in 2004 and had hardly turned a wheel since.  Warning bells should have rung then.  To keep a very long story short, I spent all winter fettling it with various upgrades to the suspension engine and brakes to get it ready for competition and in the process had to replace every single bit of rubber in the car - ALL had perished - from suspension bushes to O rings in the carburettor.  Even then, it had loads of minor issues, primarily due to the amount of time it was idle.  However, it's now going well (apart from one breakdown on the M5 which required the AA to come to the rescue!).  I've done several events in it and am just beginning to learn how quick it really is.  On the rolling road we manage to get 215 bhp and 240 ftlbs of torque from the engine which is more than enough to make it fun on the road and the track.
So Mr Hunt's next book is now at 55,000 words and should be out in about two months.

Just arrived after a rather 'interesting' drive down from Birmingham as it was way off tune, the alternator was too small for the engine fans and it got dark so the headlights were like glow worms.

7 months later and fully fettled at its first event of the year at Gurston Down Hillclimb.  It may look the same as the previous photo but its not - you would just have to look at my bank balance to know that!!

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The story of the Wasp - another aviation innovation by the Royal Navy

Just out today, published by Pen and Sword, my book about the Wasp helicopter.  Actually this one is co-authored becasue Terry Martin a retired RAF doctor owns one of the few remaining airworthy examples.  Profits from the book will go towards keeing her flying.

Monday, 31 December 2018

I should be blushing

I really should check out Good Reads more often. If you don't know it, it's where the star rating appears if you give a Kindle a rating when you finish the book. I went there today and found this rather great review for my latest book 'Diamant'. It's rather ego boosting to be compared to Bernard Cornwell. Now all I need is to get the same books sales as him!!

'Larry Jeram-Croft creates something refreshingly different in this twin centred novel, weaving two timelines hundreds of years apart seamlessly together. The modern day story is a classic yachting adventure - fast paced, exciting and underlying it all the author's vast experience of life at sea under sail. A story that will delight lovers of the genre - up there with Sam Llewellyn and Bernard Cornwell.
But for me it is the historical part of the book where LJC really shines. Painstaking research and physical knowledge of the area mean that he is really able to bring this story to life. And it is a fascinating one - a little known tale of British engineering, ingenuity and daring together with a bloody minded determination which result in a "defeat" that does credit to the Royal Navy. And all told in a thoroughly engrossing way. Great stuff!'


Friday, 7 December 2018

A free lunch???

I recently received this offer from Amazon:

'We’d like to invite you to include the title listed below (Sea Skimmer) in the UK Prime Reading programme on Prime Reading is intended to promote authors and their books to Amazon’s most engaged customers. As part of this promotion, Amazon Prime members are able to borrow an unlimited number of books, from a frequently rotated list of titles at no additional fee beyond their Prime subscription. We have a limited number of spots available in the UK programme and are delighted to offer you the opportunity to increase visibility for your title.

How nice of them, its available for free now and there are only another eight books you can then purchase at very reasonable prices!!

Friday, 3 August 2018

Book launch - the story of how history could so easily have been changed

 As of today, my new book 'Diamant' is available as a Kindle and  as a paperback. The book is a historical novel about the Royal Navy. It's a novel but tells the true story of something that could have easily have changed the course of history:

'The unsung story of superb naval ingenuity and heroism that came close to making the battle of Trafalgar unnecessary. If it hadn’t been for a drunken naval officer and a minor earthquake history would have been forever changed.
1803 and the Royal Navy dominate the Caribbean. However, Commodore Samuel Hood is short of ships. Diamond Rock is a small volcanic plug in the sea south of Martinique. Despite his men’s misgivings and against almost insurmountable odds, he lands a garrison and places cannon on the top.
The Honourable Mathew Turner is in the Caribbean on a diplomatic mission and whilst in Martinique he falls in love with a local girl but they are forced apart. On reaching the neighbouring island of Saint Lucia, the Royal Navy ask him to document the occupation of the rock for the British press.
After eighteen months a French fleet finally arrives. Having not been re-supplied, the garrison is short of water and gunpowder. However, in a ferocious battle, a handful of British sailors hold them off until they are forced to negotiate an honourable surrender For the rock’s Commander, James Maurice, it is seen as a triumph, for his friend Mathew Turner, it is not.
This story is based on real events. To this day there is still evidence of the British occupation. As the rock was never de-commissioned by the British, whenever a Royal Navy warship sails past, the ship’s company are required to salute HMS Diamond Rock.'

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Final word in the final chapter

Today was one of those days which only happen a couple of times a year. This afternoon at about three, I finished the final chapter of my latest book. There may be a great deal of more work to do, editing, proofing and graphics but the story is complete. It means that for a while I can go to bed without plot lines running through my head, I can walk the dog and think of other things. Mind you I still can't agree in my mind about the final title and as I have several other ideas for other books (including another Jon Hunt) I suspect I will still need a note book beside my bed to jot down ideas just before I got to sleep. I posted a draft cover for the book some time ago but will no doubt change it before publication. Anyway here's the main character again.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Almost finished

We are now moored at the top the Hillmorton locks which are only an hour away from out new marina.  We will go in tomorrow morning and have a couple of days fettling.  First I need to replace all 4 engine mounts as the engine has been rattling for a while and I've traced it to knackered mounts.  Then I need to get the paint out and touch up all the travel 'scars'.  You can always tell a boat that hasn't been anywhere because it has pristine paintwork around the waterline - we haven't!!  So after two months we've done at least 300 locks, I've no idea of the mileage but we've traveled the:  Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey, Caldon, Coventry, Birmingham and Fazely, Tame, Wednesbury, Titford, Birmingham Main Line, Worcester and Birmingham, Stratford, Oxford, Grand Onion and Ashby Canals.
On Sunday the grandkids are coming down for the day and even more importantly they will be in our car which means that probably on Monday we will he heading home for a while.  Once home I have a novel to finish, I may not have put much down on paper but its all written in my head and of course I will have to see how much better my golf swing has got having had a few months off  (I wish).

One of the reasons for ditch crawling