GUEST POST STEVE BRAKER

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Lucinda E ClarkeEdit

My guest this week also writes stories set in Africa. We share a love for that great continent where you can feel the drumbeats of life emanate from the ground beneath your feet. Stand on her soil and you experience the primaeval force of life and your place on this planet.

Over now to Steve Braker, who is lucky enough to still live there, in a town I visited several times.

Steve Braker Action and Adventure Author

Firstly, I would like to thank Lucinda for inviting me to write this post on her newsletter.

Here’s a little bit about me…

I was born in Cornwall, in the South West of England. It is a wonderful part of the world full of beaches, beautiful moors, and some of the best scenery in the U.K. I grew up surfing, rock climbing, and camping which gave me a real taste for adventure. My parents were very keen readers. The house was always full of storybooks, mostly true-life adventures. My favourites always included some sort of far off adventure in lands I could only imagine. I remember being glued to the Gerald Durrell books. In his early days before he opened his sanctuary in Jersey, on the Channel Islands, he captured animals for zoos. His adventures in Africa catching lions and elephants were remarkable, and his ability to describe the scenes so vividly has always stayed with me.

I left school at sixteen and immediately enrolled with a local silversmith on an apprenticeship. It was a wonderful experience but did not really fulfil my desire to travel. After four lovely years, creating jewelry and silverwares, it was time for an adventure, so I took off with my savings, desperately searching for my life’s purpose.

I travelled to the Far East, India, and West Africa, wandering around trying to find myself and grow up. I managed to get some odd jobs to supplement my income and ended up teaching English in the British Embassy in Bangkok. I was very happy there and this would probably be the end of my story, but unfortunately, my father became terminally sick and I had to return to the U.K.

I landed in the U.K. in the depths of winter without a penny to my name. I managed to find some odd jobs cleaning offices and working in restaurants, but I wanted to get back to my teaching as I had found it fascinating. I managed to scrape enough money together to get a T.E.F.L. qualification enabling me to teach in the U.K. Once I had this under my belt I was able to work in the schools that proliferated Oxford Street at that time. This was not enough for me, before long I managed to open a one-room school in China Town in the West End of London. It was a good time for language schools, so with some hard work and a dose of good luck I was able to grow the school over the ten years.

This is where my passion for the English language really came to life. The technical aspects of the language really intrigued me. Breaking down sentence structure to its smallest parts became a real pleasure. This led to looking at the way the language works and how people interact with it.

Writing was always an interest to me, but I had never sat down and actually written anything. But during this time, I wrote many short action-adventure stories about my travels in West Africa and the Far East. Unfortunately, they are now lost in the mists of time.

In 1999 everything was changing in London, and I had a young family that was not enjoying living in the centre of a concrete jungle. So, my wife at the time, who is a Luo, a Nilotic tribe that lives around Lake Victoria, and I decided we would give Kenya a go. It was a massive decision; we had four kids the youngest was eighteen months old. But we desperately wanted our children to grow up with a sense of freedom.

In 2000 we all moved to Kenya in East Africa and settled in Mombasa on the coast. During the school holidays, we travelled the length and breadth of Kenya and sailed along the coastlines from Zanzibar to Lamu. They have all grown up now and headed back to the U.K., but they love coming out on holiday, and I’m sure they will return permanently one day.

I became very involved with the ocean and opened a marina and workshop. I also became a P.A.D.I. open water dive instructor, keen fisherman and free diver. One of my passions was repairing and building the ancient wooden dhows that still ply the coast of Kenya.

Working in the Ocean gave me the inspiration to write my first book ‘African Slaver’. I loved the experience and was hooked. I was amazed to see loads of reviews on Amazon.com all rating the book a four or five star. I wrote the story after spending some time in Mogadishu where child slavery is rampant. My books are action thrillers, but they have a twist of real-life experience with a heavy dose of local culture thrown in.

The William Brody Action Thriller Series is designed to show an aspect of Africa wrapped up in a fast-paced thriller. They are fiction but depict what is really happening on this continent. I was brought up on a steady fix of late eighties T.V. like The A-Team and Hawaii Five-O and for the English readers Minder and The Sweeny. These action series had a thread of old world ‘Do the right thing against all the odds.’ This seems to have gotten a bit lost over the years. My male character, William Brody, I like to think has the true grit that was represented in the movies and series made during this period.

I am currently working on the fifth book of the series. African Vengeance which is set in Mombasa and a small town in Tanzania called Tanga. Brody gets involved in a race against time to save his friends from some corrupt local officials. There is loads of diving, sailing and interesting interactions with the local population.

If you would like a taste of the William Brody Action Thriller Series, I am offering the first book, African Slaver, free of charge to anyone who signs up to my email newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time so there is no risk, and I only send the newsletters out once a month or so. Just click here if you would like a good read about Africa. You can also find me at www.stevebrakerbooks.com or drop me a line on steve@stevebrakerbooks.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for being my guest this week Steve.

If you would like to be a guest, just drop your name in the comments below. – Apologies too for a very basic layout. I’m still struggling to find my way around this new block editor. I won’t repeat in public what I think of it.

Until next time, take care and stay safe

Guest Post: Lucinda E Clarke

Thank you Christoph for hosting me on your blog today where I talk about my new boss from hell.

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Today I have the pleasure and honour to host the very talented Lucinda E Clarke on my blog. I’m a big fan of her work and look forward to reading this new psychological thriller series of her. Books 1 & 2 are on sale @ $/£0.99 for a week beginning 12th September.
Now over to Lucinda and her experience as freelance writer

When you earn a living as a freelance writer you meet all kinds of people. You also get to visit all kinds of interesting places. I’ve been inside a power station, numerous factories, radio and TV studios, in helicopters, tunnels under the sea, behind the scenes at Ocean World, honestly the list is endless.

Each time you’re commissioned you have a subject specialist who may or may not be the main client. Either way, it’s a new boss.

I worked with some wonderful people and I also encountered…

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Housekeeping tips

This is sooo me. great advice. (Do check out Bob’s relatives while you’re here).

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❧ Layers of dirt on windows and screens provide a helpful filter against harmful rays from the sun. Consider it an SPF and leave it alone.

❧ Cobwebs draped over lampshades reduce glare from the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere. If your husband suggests that the light fixtures need dusting, say, “What? And spoil the mood?”

❧ Explain the mounds of pet hair by saying you are collecting it to use for stuffing hand-sewn toys for underprivileged children.

❧ If company is coming, shove everything unsightly into one room and close the door. As you show your guests through your house, say, “I’d show you the den, but Fluffy hates to be disturbed, and the shots are so expensive.”

❧ If dust is really out of control, place a fancy urn on the coffee table and say, “This is where Grandma wanted us to scatter her ashes.”

❧ Mix…

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Meet Guest Author, Lucinda E Clarke…

Chris the Story Reading Ape gave me a guest post so I could rant about my new boss.

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“Write what you know,” they scream at all new authors as they stare at a blank screen or page.

Well I tried. I really did. But I had a huge problem. I know a lot, or, that should be I knew a lot. To be honest I’ve forgotten most of it.

For almost three decades I wrote for clients of all shapes and sizes (and temperaments) for radio, TV, the print media, conference presentations, educational, mayoral speeches and all points in between.

I became an instant expert on such diverse subjects as Shakespeare, car manufacture, crop growing, splitting the atom, climbing ladders, building roads, banking, ocean pollution, geometry – the list is endless. I was one of those nightmare guests at cocktail parties who could rabbit on about anything while making little sense of anything and any in-depth knowledge.

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FLASH NEWS

As I sit here in Spain, the rain is pouring down, which is kind of amazing. Poor DH is out there trying to play petanque (Spanish version of the French boules), so I’m expecting a drowned rat home any minute.

I think I’m working with the block editor so not really sure what I’m doing here. I can’t see anywhere to insert the book cover. And have I lost my nice header? You know the one with me floating over the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa? It was once a small mountain but man dug that all away in his frenetic lust for diamonds and then went on down, down and down until he created this massive crater. I’ve been meaning to move me over to one side, but looks as if it’s too late.

This is just a really quick blog to announce that I have put Amie: Savage Safari on a Kindle Countdown for the very first time. No idea why I’ve never done it before.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NCDKF8P

The story. Amie the reluctant spy is persuaded to return to the African country of Togodo to oversee a safari camp where international representatives are invited to bid for the rights to mine Togodo’s precious minerals. There is infighting, intrigue and a group out to prevent the auction from taking place.

Amie, pregnant with her first child has no choice but to go and keep an eye open and report back to her British spymasters. To make matters worse, her partner and soul mate Simon has gone missing and she fears for his life.

Lots of fast-paced, page turning action and recent winner of a silver medal in the eLit Awards.

You can grab it for only $/£0.99 on all market places.

PS: Look out for the launch of the 3rd book in my psychological thriller series “A Day on the Life of…” the continuing saga of the Brand family set on the south coast of France by the Mediterranean Sea.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GZNCVWL

Well, I’ve got this far. Rather proud of myself! Take care and stay safe.

GUEST POST MELANIE P SMITH

This week I’d like to welcome another author who is well known to me for two reasons – I’ve read some of her … Paige books, which I have – and on more then one occasion, Melanie has been a whizz helping me out with graphics. So, I’m thrilled to introduce her to you.

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I am a motorcycle riding, animal loving, author and photographer who has always enjoyed a good adventure. When I’m not writing, I can be found riding my Harley, exploring the wilderness, or capturing that next great photo.  Long before I delved into the world of fantasy and suspense, I served nearly three decades in the Special Operations Division for our local Sheriff’s Office working with SWAT, Search & Rescue, K9, the Motor Unit, Investigations and the Child Abduction Response Team.  I now use that training and knowledge to create stories that are action-packed, gripping, and realistic.

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I’m well into the 5th season of my police procedural — Paige Carter.  Paige and Dax are married now and trying to balance a career with their personal lives.  Dax and his team are focused on the new business while Paige is faced with some intriguing and difficult cases.  Don’t’ worry, the duo still has time for their morning chats and Dax will try to worm his way in as Paige gathers evidence and chases bad guys.  The current season can only be found on my website, but previous seasons are available at all your favorite stores. https://melaniepsmith.com/crime-blog-landing/

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I also recently released a short story and the first novel in a new series.  The short story was originally intended for an anthology, but the project just didn’t turn out the way we all hoped so I ended up releasing Love Can Wait independently.  Here’s a brief synopsis….

Sometimes sacrifice is the only solution.  A mother desperate to keep her child.  A father trying to protect his son.  A storm, a tragedy, and a destiny nobody saw coming.

https://books2read.com/LoveCanWait

MELANIE DIVERGENCE

I’m also excited to announce the release of a new Romantic Fantasy — Divergence.  It is the first book in my new Immortals Series. Here’s a brief intro…

Part Mortal, Part Divinity, Fully Devoted.

Meet the immortals -The wiccan, the shifter, the Master of Water, the siren, the healer, the Reader of Minds. Their destiny awaits — if they accept their fate and unite to confront a dangerous enemy in the battle of a lifetime.

The gathering has begun. Six demigods embark on an epic journey of danger, mystical creatures, dark magic, and intrigue. When an ancient prophesy is triggered, the tale of six powerful immortals begins. Legend has it, the chosen six will triumph over evil and restore peace. But first, they must gather together and converge on the land where their parents were defeated. Time is running out, the Titans want revenge, and the future of the entire world is at stake.

Check out my Book Trailer…
https://youtu.be/2ZMon5-BBxY

The two main characters in Divergence are Beckett Prescott and Cassandra Ashton.  Don’t tell anyone, but these two just might fall in love before this tale concludes — it is a romance after all.  Beckett is a wealthy businessman who was orphaned as a child.  His best friend, Zander is also his second in command.  Beckett has no idea he is immortal, but one stormy night he discovers nothing in his world is what it seems.

Cassandra (Cassie) is a Wiccan.  She learned magic at a young age from her parents and her eccentric aunts.  Instead of embracing her gift, she rejects it.  Her single-minded focus is on bringing joy and happiness to others through her novelty shop where she sells lotion, soap, and scented candles.  Nobody needs to know her products include a little something extra of the magical variety, do they?

Want to learn more?  You’re in luck.  Cassie and Beckett sat down to answer a few personal questions about their lives, their family, and their future.

Cassie, where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

I grew up with my parents in Braxton Creek until I was fourteen.  They were killed in a freak accident and I went to live with my two aunts’ in Florida.  My childhood was enchanting — that’s the only world I can think of to describe it.  My mom was a powerful Wiccan and my dad was a formidable sorcerer.  Dad was a gentle soul and the kindest man I’ve ever known.  He taught me how to use my gift to obtain inner peace.  Mom taught me the practicalities of magic as well as strength, fortitude, and grace.  I wish I had inherited just a fraction of my mother’s elegance and style.  Once I went to live with my aunts, they tried to teach me how to have fun and enjoy life.  I’m still working on that, but I think I’m getting better at it.

Beckett, if you could go anywhere with one person, who would you take and where would you go?

I would love to have one more day with my mother.  Where doesn’t matter as long as we have time to relax and just enjoy each other’s company.  Maybe the Amalfi coast in Italy.  I think she’d enjoy the relaxed, carefree atmosphere with the quaint little shops, sun-filled piazzas, and the small, secluded beaches. She always loved spending an afternoon on the lake when I was a child. I think she’d enjoy the beauty of Italy as much as I did.

Cassie, what is the weirdest thing about you and are you proud of it or embarrassed?

That one is easy.  It has to be my magic.  I always knew I could cast spells and create simple potions.  I didn’t know I had seriously powerful magic like my parents.  To be honest, I didn’t realize they were powerful until the prophesy was triggered, and we all converged on this lakehouse.  My magical abilities used to embarrass me.  Now, I think I’m finally learning to be proud of who and what I am.  Beckett’s support and easy acceptance has helped. I still have a long way to go, but I think I’m finally ready to just be me — warts and all.

Beckett, who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?

Cassie, of course.  (Smiling, he reached out and took her hand in his.)

Of course.  A final question for both of you.  Will be we seeing more of you in the future, or has your story already been told?

“You will definitely be seeing more of us,” Beckett answered.

“Our story is only beginning,” Cassie added.

“Our group has now gathered but we have a lot of work ahead of us.  We’re not ready to face what’s coming,” Beckett sobered.

“And,” Cassie added.  “The prophesy talks about three phases.  We might have the first leg behind us — but now it’s time to train and prepare.  Our entire groups needs more training.  None of us really knows the extent of our gifts.  I think Luna knows more than she’s sharing but a nuclear explosion wouldn’t force that woman to spill her secrets.”

Beckett laughed and agreed.

If you enjoyed learning about Beckett and Cassie, you can purchase their story at all major eBook stores.

https://books2read.com/Divergence

What are your current projects?

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I am currently writing the second book in my Immortals series titled Artifice.  It picks up where Divergence leaves off and continues with the story of six immortals trying to unite to defeat the Titans and save earth.  Each of them comes from a family with extraordinary talent.  But, with power comes responsibility.  Can they join together in this season of training, or will outside influences tear them apart?

You can learn more here:-

Visit my website at https://melaniepsmith.com/ to learn more.

Check out my brochures for book details, links and trailers
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Connect with me—

https://amazon.com/author/melaniepsmith
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Thank you so much Melanie for being my guest this week.

If you would like a guest spot, then leave a comment below or contact me on FaceBook – Lucinda E Clarke

GUEST POST MICHAEL PARKER

Before Michael sent me the material for his guest post, I had no idea he had written so many books. I read ‘Hell’s Gate some years ago, I grabbed it as it was set in east Africa, and really enjoyed it. I must look out for some of his other books. It was a surprise to learn that he also lived in the same province of Spain as I do now.

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Michael Parker: my story.

I have been writing thrillers for many years and have experienced the highs and lows of being a writer. My first novel, NORTH SLOPE was published in 1980.

I was married to Patricia for sixty years and so very sad to say, she passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.

(That is very, very sad to hear and I’m sure all our thoughts and loving wishes go out to Michael at this difficult time.

We lived in Spain for seventeen years, moving back to England in 2014. We have four sons, ten grandchildren and three great grandsons. My hobby is writing, of course, and to date I have had fourteen novels published (nine in hardback). You can see my list in Author Central. My other hobbies are (were) snooker, speedway, football and music. I used to play snooker every week, watch football and speedway, and used to play the keyboard (not too well). I am a born again Christian and played keyboard in my fellowship in Spain for several years. I worked as a maintenance technician most of my adult life, serving sixteen years in the Royal Air Force, and about seventeen years with a food manufacturer. I retired in 1996 (I was fifty-five years old) and moved out to Spain a year later with Pat. We are now living at Pagham in West Sussex. Other jobs I have done include Merchant Seaman, office boy, and general maintenance for a chicken farmer!

I have received many excellent comments about my writing, but the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers and used to be a contributing editor with them.

In 2009, I worked on a global project with eleven other writers and produced a novel called PASSAGE TO REDEMPTION. This is now available as a POD novel and Kindle by Acclaimed Books Ltd. (www.acclaimedbooks.com) of which I am an associate.

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My thriller novel titled THE BOY FROM BERLIN, which was released in December 2011, was published by Harlequin who purchased (leased) the English language paperback rights for North America and Canada for five years along with THE EAGLE’S COVENANT.

Meanwhile my current paperbacks: NORTH SLOPE; A COVERT WAR; ROSELLI’S GOLD; HELL’S GATE; THE DEVIL’S TRINITY; SHADOW OF THE WOLF; PAST IMPERFECT; A DANGEROUS GAME; WHERE THE WICKED DWELL; and NO TIME TO DIE are available on Amazon and other major outlets through Draft2Digital publishing.

My title, PAST IMPERFECT, a romance with a hard-edged back story, was released by my London publisher, Hale, in January 2015 — I never expected my publisher to accept it. The e-book followed in February. This is a romance with a rough-edged back story. Something of a change from my other titles. It is now available in paperback.

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 I have also published a non-fiction work titled: A WORD IN YOUR EAR (How God changed my retirement plans). This is an anecdotal account of how I became a born-again Christian after moving to Spain, even though I had no plans to do anything of the kind when we moved out there. I eventually preached at Christian fellowships around the Costa Blanca area and the book contains some of my earlier sermons. It is available on Amazon.

Most recent news: Joffe Books, one of the indie world’s successful on-line publishers, will be relaunching my romance, PAST IMPERFECT this coming autumn.

 

Thank you so much, Michael, for being my guest this week.

If you’re an author and would like to be featured on this blog, drop a note in the comments below or pm me on FB.

Stay safe and take care.

Lucinda

 

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING + FREE BOOK

I thought I would quickly write this blog before WP push me on to the new format, and I can’t find my way around. I’ve told myself not to be paranoid about life but not only is WP changing, but so is FB, my main channels of communication with the outside world. I may be marooned on a desert island not able to talk to anyone and be forced to bug DH all day.

I wanted to share with you that I’m excited. Now, this does not happen too often, especially when I talk about my books. I’ve always been the same. When I made videos and TV programmes, I was NEVER satisfied with them. I always wanted them to look better.

I know this is a problem for independent authors. We doubt our own work.

However, I do feel differently about my new genre. I’ve no idea why I decided to write psychological thrillers. But I’ve so enjoyed scribbling them.

Leah Brand 5x8-eBook smallA Year in the Life of Leah Brand came out in August last year. I didn’t do much for the launch, but since then she has sold well with minimal advertising. –
Somebody is driving Leah to the edge of madness when everyday objects in the house take on a life of their own. Is it her imagination? Is she going insane? Why would anyone want to hurt her?

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I was away for 3 months from December and arriving back in Spain 8 hours before lock down, I had amazing peace and quiet to sit and write book 2 – A Year in the Life of Andrea Coe. Again, I gently pushed it out into the wide world with barely a whisper, hoping to catch a captive audience who were all Netflixed out.

How well do you know your best friend? Can you trust her?  Would you be driven to murder her?mybook.to/AndreaCoe

By now, I was so enthusiastic that I immediately began book 3 A Year in the Life of Deidre Flynn. I’m now waiting for the paperback proof and as soon as I’ve checked it out, I’ll set a publication date sometime next month.

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For the first time ever, I’m really excited about a series that I’ve written. Each book is a standalone, but they do follow in sequence, continuing the story of the lives of the Brand family.

While there is an ending in Leah, some readers were left a little puzzled, or maybe unconvinced. Book 2 makes everything crystal clear, and the tables are switched back in book 3, set in the south of France as to who is behind the terrifying attacks. I have to admit, that I throw everything but the kitchen sink at them

I’m already into book 4, and I’ve relocated them from England, to France and Belinda the sassy teenager is now in to Los Angeles.

I’ve broken every rule in the book – my covers don’t follow tradition, and my titles are too long, but I’m excited about the series and I’ve had so much fun.

I’ve run two competitions, and had lots of participation and I’m searching for ways to hold a bigger, online launch this time, or at least advertise more.

WANT AN EARLY COPY?

This is a one off offer, which will expire on August 31st, but if you would like a pre-publication copy of the new book, in the hope you might write a comment or two on the ‘Big A’ when it comes out officially, then post in the comments below or send me a pm on Facebook.

And while you’re here, if you’ve read this far (thank you), how about signing up for my newsletter which is a mixed bag of news, authors, competitions, smiles and anecdotes.  You get a free novella for doing so and the link to part 2 in the month end newsletter where you can also win an exclusive paperback copy of the Worst Riding School which is not on sale anywhere. Oh, and I scribble your name in the front before I post it to you. Impressive eh?  http://eepurl.com/cz-Mpv

Feel free to share this. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe.

WordPress Owners: Please Read

My feelings exactly. – Why change? And now Facebook is at it as well! Do they know how long it takes wrinklies to learn a new programme!

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If anyone who reads this is not happy with the new Block Editor, if you don’t want to use it, wish it had never happened, and quite literally hate the thing, then please reblog this post, share it constantly on social media, and let’s see if we can get WordPress to take notice of us.

Dear WordPress, you have started to force the Block Editor on your blogging community. You must have your reasons for this, and I supect they are commerical ones. After all, you have to make a profit, and you continue to provide a basic blogging platform free of charge to the majority of your bloggers.

However.

You will also be aware that a significant percentage of your loyal bloggers absolutelyHATEthis new Block Editor. It is not intuitive, and we can see no good reason for it having to be forced on us.

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GUEST POST GORDON BICKERSTAFF

I have bought all Gordon’s books, every single one, and I’ve loved them all. I have one still lurking on my kindle, waiting for a special day. I love his characters, especially Zoe, although I have a real soft spot for Gavin. I like nervous heroes! If you enjoy crime/spy /science type thrillers then do check out these books. Over to Gordon.

I’ve been writing thrillers for nine years since I retired after 32 years teaching and research in higher education and 25 years teaching for the Open University.

My background in biochemistry fuels my imagination with material for creating thrillers underpinned by biomedical threads. Seven books have been published, and book eight, The Belgravia Sanction, will be published later in 2020.

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The series has been well received and picked up a couple of book awards.

The Black Fox won a gold medal in the 2019 Readers Favorite Annual book awards and in the 2019 Independent Author Network Annual Book Awards received the Outstanding Fiction Award in thriller/espionage. Tabula Rasa won a gold medal in the 2018 Readers Favorite Annual book awards.

My stories take inspiration from the 1970s TV series Doomwatch. The cornerstone of the books is the Lambeth Group. A Home Office covert unit who investigate top secret crimes that cannot be prosecuted or made public because they would damage the government and the country. Spies, special forces, and academic specialists are brought together to tackle criminal activity capable of bringing the country and the world to its knees.

The Group came into being when a group of twenty-six, university vice-chancellors, from elite universities met secretly with Home Office mandarins at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London. They formulated a covert doomwatch policing strategy for protection of the country from criminal, unethical, unprincipled scientists, and technologists.

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The principal characters in the series are special forces-trained soldier, Zoe Tampsin, and biochemist Dr Gavin Shawlens. Zoe is a tough kick-ass character who uses brain rather than brawn to win the day. Readers generally like her. They understand where she’s coming from, and know what to expect.

Gavin, on the other hand, has confused some readers. He’s criticised for being a wimp who runs away from trouble when he’s scared. He’s an academic, naive in the world of espionage, not a trained spy or a soldier. His expertise helps Zoe to understand the mechanics of the issue being investigated. He does have moments of bravery in sticky situations, but not often.

The Belgravia Sanction is the next outing for Gavin and Zoe. A first draft of the blurb is given below. Any feedback would be welcome.

The Belgravia Sanction You can hide but you cannot escape my wrath.

In a remote Scottish cottage, two men and two women die from gunshot wounds. Police believe one killed the other three, then committed suicide. One of the four worked undercover for the Lambeth Group, and his team mate is missing. To find out what happened, a second team will follow the bread crumbs.

Led by Zoe Tampsin, they uncover a government deception, and expose a terrorist group operating in plain sight. An attack is imminent, which will destroy the special relationship between the UK and the USA. Zoe is prepared to stop them, but there is a deep-seated traitor in her camp, planning to stop her at any cost.

Social media links:

Bookbubhttps://www.bookbub.com/profile/gordon-bickerstaff

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012357701552

Twitter: @GFBickerstaff

GoodreadsAuthorPage: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5776209.Gordon_Bickerstaff

Website: http://bit.ly/1g4gEoa

Availability:

Amazon: amzn.to/2EWlhs3

Apple: https://bit.ly/3eEYtKXApple

Kobo: bit.ly/3eDtiQ4Kobo

Nook: bit.ly/386rSexB7N

Thank you, Gordon, for being my guest this week. I will certainly be grabbing The Belgravia Sanction the moment it comes out.

If you’re an author and would like to be featured on this blog, drop a note in the comments below or pm me on FB.

Stay safe and take care.

Lucinda