“Taghri’s Prize” is now available in a print edition

My latest book, “Taghri’s Prize“, is now available in a paperback edition, as well as an e-book. It was not fun getting it ready.  Amazon uploaded my text file, then sent me a template for the right cover size based on page count.  I had my cover designer prepare the print cover to that specification, which he did very precisely;  then I submitted the cover for approval.  It was rejected because its dimensions were wrong – even though they conformed exactly to what Amazon had specified!  That was very frustrating, for both my cover designer and myself.  Fortunately, he was able to adapt the

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A big “Thank you!” to all my readers

I honestly wasn’t expecting great things from the launch of my latest book, “Taghri’s Prize“, yesterday. It had been almost a year since I’d last published anything, thanks to a prolonged bout of ill-health fighting kidney stones.  (My creative muse goes on strike when pain levels get too high.  It’s no fun.)  I was expecting to have to rebuild my “name recognition” on Amazon, and build up a new readership cadre. I suppose that’s still a requirement;  but my existing readers clearly haven’t forgotten or abandoned me, for which I’m very grateful.  After just one day on sale, my book’s

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Book updates

First the good news. I’ve edited and formatted new e-book editions of the first two Westerns in my Ames Archives series, “Brings The Lightning” and “Rocky Mountain Retribution”.  They’re awaiting publication by Amazon, following which I’ll immediately publish the third book in the series, “Gold On The Hoof”, which is ready to go. My fantasy novel, “Taghri’s Prize”, is edited and ready for formatting.  That’ll happen over the weekend, and I hope it’ll be available next week. The holdup at the moment is on Amazon’s side – and I don’t blame them for it in the least;  it’s just the legal facts

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A blast from my motorsport past

I’ve mentioned a few times that I used to do rallying in South Africa when I was (much) younger (and a lot less wise).  I drove a Ford Escort Mk. 2 most of the time, with a two-door body and a 1,600cc engine with a manual transmission (stick shift, for Americans).  It had a few components replaced with upgraded versions for sporting use, but basically it was pretty much the same vehicle you could buy off any Ford dealer’s lot.  It’s probably long since been scrapped, but I remember it with fondness. I was therefore very happy to come across this video

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Look what’s coming!

The third Western novel in my Ames Archives series is almost ready for publication.  All the editing and corrections have been completed, and it remains only to format it for e-book and print editions.  I’m also re-issuing the e-book editions of the first two books in the series, “Brings The Lightning” and “Rocky Mountain Retribution”.  I’ll do them first, with the third book to follow.  All three should be out within the next couple of weeks, God and Amazon.com willing. To whet your appetite, here’s the cover for the third book. The cover image is cropped from Frederic Sackrider Remington‘s 1889 painting, “A

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Day 10 on the road: Mississippi River to Texas, and home again

Tuesday was the last day of our journey.  According to our vehicle’s odometer, we’ve covered about 3,300 miles in 10 days. We left Vicksburg by 8 a.m., and headed west on Interstate 20 across Louisiana.  The road was in good condition in country areas, but where it passed through Monroe and Shreveport, it was in very poor condition indeed, so much so that it almost made us seasick at one point!  I don’t know how Louisiana does its road maintenance – i.e. whether the cities have to maintain Interstate highways within their limits, or whether the state does it all

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Day 9 on the road: North Carolina to the Mississippi River

Miss D. and I left Brevard, NC on Monday morning, on our way home to Texas.  We made a brief stop at the Bear Tracks Travel Center, which we’d visited on Day 6 of our tour.  The owner (an older lady) had three large amethyst geodes for sale in her shop, which we’d noted on Friday.  They were all tall half-cylinders of various heights.  We were struck by their exceptionally reasonable prices.  We’re used to seeing good-quality, large-size geodes priced at thousands of dollars apiece in retail stores.  These were all listed in the hundreds of dollars, far below what we’d normally have expected (and

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Days 7 and 8 on the road: Brevard, NC and the Pisgah National Forest

Over the weekend, Miss D. and I indulged ourselves in doing touristy things, visiting some very lovely places, and relaxing and unwinding with “us time” – something that’s been hard to schedule at home, with all the demands on our time. On Saturday morning, after a leisurely and very tasty breakfast at our B&B, we walked the streets of Brevard for a few hours.  Our first stop was the local farmers market, which didn’t yield anything we really wanted.  From there we visited several art galleries, looking at what was on display.  I must admit, I was disappointed.  It seemed to me

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Day 6 on the road: bees, honey, good food and good company

Friday was a fun day, albeit a painful one for me.  My spinal injury in 2004 resulted in permanent nerve damage.  One of its effects is that, approximately every ten days to two weeks, on a variable schedule, I have a “bad pain day”, for want of a better term.  My injured nerves just throb and moan at me, and I have to increase my pain medication intake and restrict my physical activity until they decide to quieten down again – until the next time, anyway.  Friday turned out to be one such day, probably sparked by several days on

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Day 5 on the road: to North Carolina

Following a productive visit to Dayton, Miss D. and I hit the road on Thursday morning, and turned south towards North Carolina.  After a period of heavy traffic making our way through the Cincinnati metroplex and across the Kentucky border, we settled down to a steady pace on what was probably the most enjoyable day on the road of this trip so far.  The roads through Kentucky were generally pretty good, the traffic was bearable, and the weather was enjoyable. All went smoothly until we passed through Knoxville, TN.  Google Maps warned us of a couple of slowdowns ahead, one quite small

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