Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Oops - slightly late book launch!!!

So I put the new book 'Retribution' into the web site 'Createspace' who do my paperbacks, expecting it to take the normal 5 days to appear on Amazon.  Instead it appeared almost straight away.  Today the Kindle goes live and I was intending to do one of my spectacular (not) book launches.  Actually its quite hard to do anything that spectacular as a self published author, its just as good to announce it here and on FB etc and let the sales do the talking.  Anyway imagine my surprise when I got the following comment on my Author's FB page first thing this morning:

Well it's 4am... and all I can say is AMAZING! Couldn't stop reading. Retribution is great, fast paced, action packed and perfect Jon Hunt.
Loved the twist and links to past books in the series. Not as much flying in this instalment, however it worked for the character and the rank he holds.
Now I've got to try to sleep as my alarm goes off in 3 hours!

Not bad for a book I hadn't actually 'launched' yet!!

Hopefully others will feel the same:

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Better book distribution?

I must be a glutton for punishment because not only have I spent the last two days going quietly deranged trying to format the latest book for publishing but I've also decided to take some of my books out of Amazon's 'Select' programme which means I can only sell through Amazon. So now I've put 'Jacaranda' up on another site which distributes to all e-publications sites like Barnes and Noble. The other two will follow shortly. It will be interesting to see what the effect on sales is. So if all you lot out there have Kobos or whatever, you should be able to get those three books shortly.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Jon Hunt Number 7 out next week

The Blurb:

1995, the vicious war in the fragmented former Republic of Yugoslavia is moving to an end game.  The United Nations have troops and observers in the country but are finding it impossible to act.  Thrust into the maelstrom of rape, murder and ethnic cleansing, the newly promoted Captain Jonathon Hunt joins the UN Protection Force UNPROFOR and finds himself being drawn into the struggle. The only way the war is going to end is if the might of NATO becomes fully committed to stop the fighting.  Jon plays a major part in the momentous events that finally convince the world that the war has to end. At the same time, investigations by MI6 allow him to finally discover the truth about why his wife died so tragically three years earlier.  In both cases, retribution is called for.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


That's a bit of naval slang for 'its 'zorbin changed'.  Fi and I have been doing that really exciting task of proof reading.  She's already done her bit but I'm still only half way through.  However, I've never been totally happy with the title of the new book.  Strange are the ways of writing, no more so than I actually woke up in the middle of the night last week with a much better title already in my head.  So here it is below.  It sums up the plot much better - if you want to know why - you'll just have to buy the book!  We're off on holiday Saturday week so my intention is to launch by the 29th July.

Thursday, 14 July 2016


One of the best things about writing is finishing a book. All those months of working out plots, realising they won't work and going back to straighten them out. Weeks when no ideas seem to want to come and days when you can't stop hitting the keys. Well today, literally ten minutes ago, I finished Sarajevo and I think its a cracker. Once again, it bears sod all resemblance to to my original ideas. Plots seem to take on a life of their own once I start. But that's the same with all my books and looking at my sales and reviews I must be doing something right. So now the hard work starts with proofing, graphics etc but I'm hoping it will hit the streets soon. Watch this space.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Sorry but its political now

I've been trying to stay out of the arguments going around about Brexit etc but the intolerant whining of the losers is starting to get to me. In particular the BBC. Last week I was so incensed about the completely negative coverage of the policy that the majority of people in this country voted for in a free election, I actually got off my ass and made a complaint to the BBC:

'Nearly all coverage I have seen on the BBC had been critical of Britain leaving the Eu despite the majority voting for it. On radio 2 yesterday lunchtime it was all about people having 'regrets' even Mock the Week last night spent the first half of the programme being offensive about Brexit. You continually bring up immigration and racism in the same sentence. The Brexit campaign only wants to CONTROL immigration not stop it, yet if you lot were to be believed all Brexiters are racist. The Tory party manifesto for the last election had a pledge to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands - yet you spectacularly manage to fail to mention that!! Please give us some balanced reporting bearing in mind the MAJORITY of this country want to leave the EU.'

Today I got a response - I expect it's a stock one:

As you may be aware, Jonathan Munro, Head of Newsgathering at BBC News, appeared on Newswatch on 1 July to specifically address concerns raised by our audience about our recent coverage. You can still watch the edition here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07htbgq
During the programme Jonathan Munro addressed criticisms that BBC News’ coverage has been alarmist after the result, featuring too much coverage of people who wanted to remain in the EU. He explained BBC News has looked at reactions from both sides (those who wanted to remain and those who didn’t) and are covering the story of what it looks like to leave the EU from many different angles.
Jonathan explained that he didn’t agree with the suggestion that BBC News is looking only at the negative outcomes of the vote. He explained that we believe our coverage has been balanced and that we have looked at the potential effects Brexit could have on the job market, because technically we still don’t know the full impact.
He went on to explain that BBC News has covered many positive aspects of the outcome. For example, what immigration for non-EU citizens could look like, and what trade deals with places like New Zealand and Canada could look like. BBC News has also covered some positive outcomes coming from the falling value of the Pound.
Jonathan Munro went on to assure viewers that nobody at the BBC thinks that 17 million people of the population are racist. He pointed to examples of where we have interviewed a wide range of voters who chose “leave”. Jonathan added that he didn’t believe the BBC was too ‘London-centric’ and explained that Question Time, for example, came from both Preston and Birmingham in the run up to the referendum.
We hope this goes some way in addressing your concerns. We believe our coverage of the result has been fair, accurate and impartial. This is a quickly developing story and we will strive to continue to report on it in this manner.

It seems I'm not the only one to complain! But they've mainly missed my point anyway.  I didn't complain about the news coverage in particular. It is so rife over all BBC programmes and saying that, on one occasion the head of News disagreed with what is clearly a countywide criticism, is patronising to say the least.

My only consolation is that I believe that in not too short a time, we will be trading all over the world, the lower pound (if it stays there) will have helped manufacturing and exports, and the country will be thriving. And as for the 'experts' who predicted gloom (just as they did when we left the ERM) and said we would need an emergency budget straight away as well as total immediate financial collapse - er look at the FTSE today and where is that budget?

If the EU itself hasn't collapsed already (both France and Germany have elections next year) then our soaring success will be the final nail in the coffin. Maybe then, a new Europe will emerge from the corrupt and undemocratic ashes, one that I would love to be a member of - oh hang on I voted for that in 1975!!!!

I feel much better for that! - The next Jon Hunt book is almost finished and should be out by the end of August.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016


Well almost - just finished a great ten days 'sailing' in the Med on a friends catamaran.  I use the word advisedly as there was bugger all wind so we spent nearly all the time under motor but it was still great.  We started on the mainland in Cartegena.   A 24 hour trip found us in Ibiza and I take it all back - what a beautiful Island and not one drunken 18 year old from Scunthorpe in sight.  We didn't catch any fish - not for the want of trying but as we arrived in a bay on the south of the Island I saw a Marlin jump in front of us.  He was at least 200 pounds and a beautiful electric blue in colour. He must have been eating something - maybe he ate it all?  After Ibiza we did a day sail to Mallorca and again - what a beautiful place. Some photos below:

The decrepit - oops I mean intrepid crew

When your inverter fails you have to invert yourself to fit a new one.

Meanwhile the crew are revolting

Ibiza harbour from the top of the old town.  Plenty of superyachts and no drunken brits

The arrival bay in Mallorca - sort of very pretty

Another view and the only little beach with a bar but it was also a nudist beach.  It wouldn't have been so bad if more than one of the dozen or so naked people had been female!!

On a separate note now that I'm back in Blighty and with the Lynx book with the publishers I'm concentrating on the next Jon Hunt novel.  55,000 words in so should be out in about August.  Anyone reading this post who wants to volunteer to help with the editing/proofing - free early copies will be available - just contact me via email, FB or through the comments here.

One final thingy - I have sold thousands of books but only have about 200 reviews - these are the lifeblood of us struggling authors.  If anyone reading this post has read any and could do me the favour of taking five minutes to say what they think on the relevant Amazon page I wold be eternally grateful.