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D-Day for ruth

D-Day for Ruth

Ruth is a young woman, she is on the verge of her divorce from a controlling husband. She sees her divorce as a liberation, her D-Day! The day she regains her freedom. A day worth celebrating. A day for sticking two fingers up at her soon-to-be absolute ex!

Her first decision is how to mark all three days in one action.

The story of D-Day for Ruth was inspired by the cover image (used with kind permission) by @nudismnu.

I had asked on Twitter for a cover image for the next NBL Solutions story. This missed the brief by a considerable margin. Melody is a lady of a certain age and generous proportions. Ruth in the image is much too slim, young and agile. The image needed a different story. This is it!

Once again I found myself writing in a female voice, something I feel comfortable doing. I’ve not been criticised for my tone or phrasing by a female (yet). I read several segments of this as a work in progress to the Creative Writing Group (thank goodness for Zoom!) and the lady authors all managed to empathise with Ruth!

D-Day for Ruth is a Novelette, 10 000 words long. Amazon included it as a 90-minute read. Which makes it ideal for a day’s commute, a flight, while ignoring the TV News or just lounging around the pool!

New For November

Two new publications for November in the Year of the Great Plague .

The first new book to get published is brand new tale about Melody, the NBL.

Problems in the Pyrenees

Publishing 1st November 2020

Melody is on an early summer holiday on the Mediterranean coast of France, when she gets a call from her ‘Head of Research’. They have a new set of problems to solve, just a few kilometers away in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Generous with her time, the generously proportioned Problem Solver swings into action.

Problems in the Pyrenees

Read more Problems in the Pyrenees

The other November publication is an old favourite.

The Uncovered Policeman: The Whole Story

Rags, The Uncovered Policeman finally gets the collection treatment, all twelve (Yes! 12) of the mainline stories from the Uncovered Policeman (the original novella) through to A New Home in the Sun in a single paperback volume.

There wasn’t room in the binding for the short stories!

even so, the collection turns out to be quite a tome; 330 000 words, 655 A4 pages and weighing in at almost 2kg.

All for little more than the price of the series in Kindle e-book format!

The Whole Story joins The Uncovered Policeman: Secret Casebooks in November, in time for Christmas. Sadly it wont be available in the Bookstore because the shipping costs are outrageous.

Books for September

September has been a strange month, still very hot here. Lots of writing being done too. So the list of books for September is quite restricted. The books this month have in general been rather weak reads too!

Cupcakes and Casualties (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 11)

Cozy Mysteries 10 Book Box Set: The Peridale Cafe Series

by Agatha Frost

Cupcakes and Casualties (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 11)

Why did I do it? I mean reading the whole ten book box set and then book 11?

Well despite the appalling lack of accuracy about English life and the nature of small Cotswold villages, they are fairly engaging characters. OK, there is death, multiple deaths where ever Julia goes. Even a simple birthday party for her new man results in a killing! And it is not the first illegal death in the family. Julia’s baking must be pretty fantastic, otherwise, the whole population of Peridale would have moved out to escape the Grim Reaper.

Book 11 sees an actress, a diva, buying the remains of Barker, the boyfriend’s, house damaged in a storm (and uninsured) to build a modern monstrosity on the site. Until murder takes a hand!

All very silly but easy reading

3 Stars

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Naked Crow 7 – Sacred Arrows by P.Z. Walker

Naked Crow 7 - Sacred Arrows by [Walker, P.Z.]

Ah, that is why! Mr Walker has come up with an inventive set of stories for his heroine Shelia, the modern day Crow nation Shamen, her friends and her spirit guide. At least four different storylines intertwine their way through the book, some light-hearted others potentially darker.

A fun light read. I loved it, even the sometimes idiosyncratic use of English!

5 Stars

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Gallows View (Inspector Banks Series Book 1) by Peter Robinson

Gallows View (Inspector Banks Series Book 1) by [Robinson, Peter]

Mentioning darker plots … I was tempted by a low-cost edition of book one of the Inspector Banks series (the first of twenty-four, it could be expensive). On the other hand, it was not a strong book.

Written in the 1980’s which I managed to pick up from the smoking in public buildings and one mention of synthesiser and drum music, some of the plot devices had not stood the test of time. The opera-loving hero and the Radical Woman character. Some of the writing was very repetitive ‘Banks lights another cigarette!” Headlines in the Eastvale Herald. Many of the characters are very one dimensional, all the women are stunningly attractive, the bad guys are irredeemably evil, petty but evil.

If I was going for a post-Rebus detective … Derek Fee’s character Ian Wilson is far better. Definitely in the

I gather there is a TV series based on these books. Reviews indicate they might get better so I may try another.

2 Stars

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What Have You Done by Matthew Farrell

What Have You Done by [Farrell, Matthew]

Another dark and nasty American murder psycho-drama with a twist in its tail, story. I am struggling with this book. So much so I re-read the Lady Hardcastle mysteries to avoid it.

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NEW! The Uncovered Policeman; Made for TV

Made for TV

Announcing the publication of The Uncovered Policeman: Made for TV , Rags to Riches book 9!

The Uncovered Policeman; Made for TV
The Uncovered Policeman; Made for TV

The 9th book in Rags to Riches series is to be released on the 13th April.
Yes, Friday the 13th! A very inauspicious day for launching a new book or is it? To compensate for all the bad luck associated with the Friday 13th, a chance to read this happy story at a great price.
Available NOW  for pre-order at a special price of

£1.99 

(The normal price, £2.99 will apply after publication!)

An email from an old friend piques the interest of Rags the Uncovered Policeman (retired).

Hi Rags,
I have had a visit from an old neighbour of mine and Gill’s, from back in the day. A guy called Ian Francis. He works in the TV industry, something to do with making light entertainment programmes. He is looking for a venue to make a drama programme. He visited us but after we had talked it through we decided that we couldn’t offer consistent enough weather for making a drama over several weeks.
Consequently, I suggested your place in early spring might be better. He said he would get in touch. It all seems really genuine, unlike some of the documentary programs we get asked to participate in. Give him a listen.

Rags’ place?
The popular holiday destination, L’Abeille Nue. A naturist resort in the French countryside between the historic cities of Carcassonne and Narbonne.
Who is making the show?
What is it all about?
What help is needed?
Who else involved?
How will it help their business?
Will Rags and Bea do it?

http://getbook.at/MadeforTV

Family Album

The Uncovered Policeman – Family Album

 

Cover
The Uncovered Policeman – Family Album

 Out on Kindle Friday 30th June

The family Album is the 7th Rags to Riches story featuring Rags the Uncovered Policeman.

The story starts where the Caribbean Blues finished, featuring almost all of the cast of the series to date as Rags and Bea find themselves embroiled in a plan to reconcile Bea’s Mum, Sylvia, with her brother Dave.

Dave of course is better known as Canadian rock star, Lucifer (Luke) Lightning.

Will it be a happy reunion or will fur fly?

Whichever, Rags, the Uncovered Policeman will be there with his camera to record it all for the Family Album.

 

Amazon.co.uk  http://amzn.to/2tdliRl

Amazon USA     https://www.amazon.com/Uncovered-Policeman-Family-Album-Riches-ebook/dp/B071XMQRDC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498463603&sr=8-1&keywords=Uncovered+Policeman

 

 

The Uncovered Policeman: Caribbean Blues

The Uncovered Policeman: Caribbean Blues

Hot onto the presses the latest instalment in my Rags to Riches series the Uncovered Policeman: Caribbean Blues!

Uncovered Policeman Caribbean Blues
Uncovered Policeman Caribbean Blues

“Hot on the presses”? You mean “off the presses”!

No I mean “on” … publication is February 14th so it is not off yet!  But you can pre order now!

Here are the fist few page to whet your appetite!!

Caribbean Blues, Chapter 1

The knock on the door was a surprise. Visitors turning up unannounced were a rarity at L’Abeille Nue. Most of the local people knew to call in advance. Fewer people called after dark, in early November.

After a quick exchange of glances and gestures, Rags was nominated to answer the door. He pulled on a dressing gown as he closed the door on the lounge where Bea and the children were watching TV in front of the log fire.

He unlatched the door and froze. He did a double take. If Bea was in front of the TV in the lounge, who was here looking back at him, illuminated by porch lights and the light streaming through the doorway?

The person standing in front of him would certainly pass the mother of his children. In fact, the young lady was a dead ringer for the Bea he had first met nearly ten years earlier.

“Hi, Mr. Adiscombe?” The voice was not Bea’s. She had a strange version of an American accent. “I am Elodie, I suppose I am to be your niece, no, your cousin.” The grammar was if anything French. In the light of the doorway, Rags thought he could see her brown eyes dancing at his confusion.

Yes, Rags was confused. For a start, it had been years since anybody, apart from the bank manager, had called him Mr. Adiscombe. He had been Seaman Adiscombe in the navy. PC Adiscombe in the police force. Addy to his mates in both. His mother had just switched from calling him Sabbath to calling him by the name Bea had given him years ago. She had decided to name him, indirectly, after the rabbit in ‘Rag, Tag and Cotton Tail’. The rabbit in the BBC Children’s programme was Cotton Tail, and, at the time, so was Rags.

“If you are my cousin, best you come in and meet your other cousin, or may be your sister.” Now Elodie looked surprised. “Wait until you meet her!” Rags responded to her confusion. “Shall I take your coat? Your backpack? Anything else?”

Rags lead Elodie across the hallway, opened the door to the lounge. Bea looked up “Who was at the door?”

Rags ushered Elodie into the room, “Our cousin, Elodie”

The two women looked at each other. Elodie suddenly understood why Rags had accepted her claim to be family so easily. The naked woman looking up at her from the floor looked like her reflection. Bea saw herself, a dozen years younger, standing next to the man she loved. There was a pause.

“I’ve never met my Uncle Dave, is he well?”

“Dad is good. He told me a lot about my European family. He said he hoped I would have a chance to meet with some of you. Then he phoned last week and told me where to come to find you. He wants to speak to you both urgently.”

 

Read more, just click on the pic!

Uncovered Policeman Caribbean Blues
Uncovered Policeman Caribbean Blues

The Uncovered Policeman Goodbye Blues

After careful proofing, reading revising and generally being looked at  …  The Uncovered Policeman Goodbye Blues is now for sale! In two format,s as a Kindle e-book and as a real paperback book  (remember real books?).

Both are available on Amazon now!

The Uncovered Policeman: Goodbye Blues
The Uncovered Policeman: Goodbye Blues

Goodbye Blues

As the fourth Rags to Riches series book featuring Rags and his life partner Bea begins we find:

PC Adiscombe is off work with a bad back (again).
His girlfriend, newly qualified solicitor Bea Johnston, is about to start a new job in France.
PC Adiscombe hopes that at least he will be able to spend a few weeks in France with her.
Then things go right, very right.
Old friends rally around and assist in many different ways. Family offers help and they are on the way …
On the way where? Why? Will they be successful?
What is the future for PC Adiscombe’s alter ego Rags the naturist?
What is the difference between the naturist Bea and the Naked Bee?

And there is more, much more!

Read it for yourself and you will find out what happens next in the lives of Rags and Bea.  You will enjoy all the usual fun, romance and laughter in the sunshine as Bea and Rags new adventure starts from a low point in their time together. Will the sun shine on their new venture as they move forward to a new future naked together  …

This is the longest of the Rags to Riches series books published to date, nearly twice the length of the original The Uncovered Policeman book. More to read for the same money!

After you have read the story please write a review of the book on Amazon so others know what they are getting into!

This story follows on from

  • The Uncovered Policeman
  • The Uncovered Policeman Abroad
  • The Uncovered Policeman  – In and Out of The Blues

New outlet for The Uncovered Policeman

I have set up a new outlet for the Rags to Riches series books

A Real book
Uncovered Policeman book jacket

Why a New Outlet?

I gather that there is a number of people who are more than a little angry with Amazon about their employment policies and there attitude to paying tax.

I understand both concerns. So, if you are boycotting Amazon you’ll need an alternative place to shop.

The Solution

 

You can down load most of the stories from the Rags to Riches series in non Kindle formats via this site .

I am trying e-Bay as a new outlet for the Uncovered Policeman paperback.

The first book The Uncovered Policeman, is listed under books for a limited time as an experiment.  So, now for you delight and enjoyment the few copies of the paperback edition of the Uncovered Policeman I have  are available on e-Bay.

Follow the link  to the e-bay page

Ask nicely and I’ll sign a copy before I send it to you!

Now a real book!

A real book!

The Uncovered Policeman – Rags to Riches Book 1 is now a real book!

At last  I have reached the point where The Uncovered Policeman is now ‘clean’ enough to be committed to paper for ever. If you read the previous posting about proof reading you will now know where I was coming from.

Creating The Real Book from an e-book

Well once this is ink on paper there was no way to change any of the spelling, punctuation or add missing words. Fortunately Mrs Bun has managed to make the time to do the proofing and find about 200 changes that needed to be made.

Then the text had to copied into the template for the size of the book (5 x 8 inches). The auto set up tool tells you it is an ‘unexpected size’ for the proposed publication size 5 x 8 inches. I tried other sizes that didn’t help, but in the end it was accepted.

Then there was the cover … it had to have the print on the spine with a margin for the fold. Which meant that the whole thing depended on the number of pages bound in the book plus the two margins. Sounds simple enough but there were fewer pages than the estimated number, so the cover, which was a .pdf file, had to be changed.

I could have gone for a generic cover or paid “from £300” for a professional design, or is that from 200 copies?

The joys of self publishing for small volume sales .

In the future other books in the Rags to Riches series:

  • Undercover Policeman: Abroad
  • Uncovered Policeman; In and Out of the Blues
  • Uncovered Policeman: Goodbye Blues (due out in October)

will be coming out as paper backs provided  there is some interest in this one!

Currently the Uncovered Policeman is only on ‘createspace,’ and on Amazon.

The Amazon link http://amzn.to/2bRlOIb

Or if you are in North America you can use the createspace link https://www.createspace.com/6550919

Enjoy Your Holidays, Read Something New

Here’s hoping you’ll enjoy your holidays, read something new while you lie (naked?) on the beach or around the pool.

Naked guest at L'Olivette
Naked guest at L’Olivette

Try one of the books from the Naturist Fiction list … ideally one of mine.

At the moment there is little time for writing or reading here at L’Olivette. I am very busy looking after our guests and making sure that they have a super holiday.

The Uncovered Policeman is in the process of being re-proofed for a rather special development … More to come on that soon!

Meanwhile writing continues, albeit slowly, on the final part of the Uncovered Policeman’s tale, provisionally  titled “Goodbye Blues”.  No need to panic though,there is good chance that there maybe some other stories featuring other members of the extended Rags to Riches family.

Several other tales are in the process of being developed and some non fiction awaits too.