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Radio show catch up

Just a short blog about my appearance on Carole Horton's radio show on Radio Skye on Sunday 9th January. If you missed it and fancy a...

On the radio

Well, this will be a first for me. I am being interviewed on Radio Skye on Sunday 9 January at about 9.30am. The focus of the interview...

I've just discovered Goodreads

I may be preaching to the converted here, but I have just discovered the Goodreads website/app which is great for anyone who loves books,...

A big thank you and Merry Christmas!

I am so grateful to everyone who has bought a copy of Needing Napoleon. It is such a wonderful feeling to know the words I wrote are now...

Finally... my paperback is on Amazon!

Just a quick blog to announce the appearance of Needing Napoleon as a paperback to purchase on Amazon. It has taken a while but it has...

Confronting the awkward truth

Hello all, having completed the third instalment of the Richard Davey Chronicles, I am currently writing a standalone novel about the...

Cover art for Serving Shaka

So I am trying to source images to go in the background of my front cover. In the foreground is the only known sketch from life made of...

Working on a sequel

I am now working with Nat and Rachael Ravenlock at www.thebooktypesetters.com on the cover of Serving Shaka, the sequel to Needing...

It's here... but delayed!

Just a brief post to share my excitement. I have just received copies of my book, Needing Napoleon. They look great. See my photo below....

What they wear matters

In my forthcoming novel Needing Napoleon there is a lot of period detail. Probably the most obvious element is clothing. Particularly...

The Battle of Waterloo

Today I want to mention a few books I used while researching the battle of Waterloo for my book Needing Napoleon which should be...

Research isn't always dull!

As my book, Needing Napoleon is currently being printed, I thought I should acknowledge some of the sources I used in writing it. As a...

Putting yourself out there

Well, no going back now. My book is with the printers. Very soon, Needing Napoleon, for so long a story in my head, will be a reality...

Driving myself mad!

When I got the proof of my novel typeset for printing, I thought it looked great. I liked the font and with everything laid out properly,...

Progress! front cover looking good

A while ago, I blogged about my struggles with a cover image for my imminent first novel Needing Napoleon. Well, a lot has happened since...

Shaka's military society

A while ago, I explained my interest in Shaka Zulu. Towards the end of that post, I promised to explain the inherent problems with...

Napoleon’s Birthday

On August 15th 1769 Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica. Well, I think he was Napoleone Buonaparte back then! He died on 5th May 1821,...

Covers are harder than you think

... and I don't mean hard covers. My book is starting out as a paperback and e- book! I had my first discussion with the designers. They...

Deciding on a book cover

You have written your book. You have edited it. The words are as carefully crafted and checked as can be. The summary that goes on the...

 

My list on Shepherd.com

I have put together a choice of five books I think really help a reader get inside Napoleon's head. Originally, I have called the list Best Books for Getting Inside Napoleon's Head!

Shepherd. com is a great site that I really recommend to anyone who loves reading. It is a fresh approach to bringing together readers and authors.


Follow the link below to find out which books I have chosen and why.

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