John’s Must Reads

Age of Myth

Hey people! I am back with a must read. Alright, so this is the first book of “The Legends of The First Empire series” by Michael J Sullivan, which is fantasy. The series has 6 books in all, and 5 have been released. Book 6 will be releasing early in the new year (February I believe) I have read the first 5 books, and will now tell you how awesome book 1, Age of Myth, really is.

Now this series is a prequel to Sullivan’s first series “Riyria Revelations” but they can be read without any knowledge of that series, and if you have read the Riyria books the same applies. It stands alone, but does give some little insights and references to his first books, which is cool.

Age of Myth is a fantasy book. Rhunes (humans) Frey (Elfs) and the Dhurg (Dwarves) are the main players. This is the start of a story about Rhunes fighting for survival against the Frey after a man named Raithe killed a Frey. They were believed to be gods by Rhunes, but the sudden revelation that they could be killed brings an outcast band of Frey warriors to the Rhunes front door. Now convinced that Rhunes are more than animals and capable of fighting, the Frey warrior, Nyphron, wants to build an army to fight his own people. They why is a long story, but to cut it short, The Fane (leader of the Frey) killed his father with “The Art” which is what we call magic. Not all Frey have the ability and divisions are starting to form. Anyway, the Fane sends a lady Frey, who is very powerful with The Art, to take Nyphron and his band of outcasts back with her for punishment. She is hit on the head with a rock and knocked out. The threat is now very real in the eyes of some Frey, but most believe Rhunes to be mindless sheep and no threat at all. The fane sends his son along with another powerful Frey to find out what is happening, and Raithe once again kills. The prince flees back home having seen the death of his friend. Persophone, the wife of the dead leader of her clan, becomes the new leader and helps her people to survive.

I have missed out A LOT of stuff and characters, i would be here all day. That is a VERY brief outline of the first story, but so much more is important. We have Suri, a young Mystic, and her Wolf Minna, Brin, Roan, Moya, and many more brilliant characters that are essential to the developing story. I am sure this has been very ragged and tough to understand, but like i said i would be here all day. All i can say is that this book is a fabulous introduction to this world of imagination and intrigue. Just READ IT.

Final thoughts… It is an excellent book that has been written with a perfectly paced story that unfolds in a way that has you on edge. I could not put this book down and finished it one sitting. Easy 5 STARS. I loved it.

I hope you enjoyed and understood at least some of this review, it really is a MUST READ, and my review does not do it justice. Thanks people! and remember… KEEP READING! and i will be back soon with another review. Next up is “Age of Swords” book 2 of this series (and my favourite out of the 5 i have read) Cheers!


It Rains On Sunday

Hi people!

It’s been a while since I have ‘wrote’ anything on here, but I have several reviews to share with you. Firstly, I have a new story “It Rains On Sunday”

It’s a short story which I am making available for FREE to the people willing to give me a review. (I find it increasingly difficult to get people to leave reviews) if you are interested hit me up, and I will send you a copy.

About the story. Well, it’s a mystery. The Town of Sunday is hit by a storm of biblical proportions, and a young girl vanishes while riding her bike in the rain. Her bike and one of her shoes are all that is found by the roadside. That is the only clue along with a peculiar puddle.

To say more would give away to much. It’s a short but good read (I hope) take you an hour maybe? That’s not a lot. And it’s FREE. The cost of your thoughts isn’t much.

I’ll be back soon with a few reviews and must reads. Thanks dudes! And keep reading!


Sunday Must Read…

Hey people!

It has been a while since I did one of these. Sorry about that, but I have a must read for you all!

The Last Widow, Karin Slaughter

From the No.1 bestselling author comes a gripping new crime thriller featuring Will Trent and Sara Linton It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end…they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air. A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens. Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs – their vocations – mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind…

This was a good read and I loved reading these characters again, it has been to long! Now, it was not as good as all of the other Will Trent books, it was a little slow and hard to get into in the beginning but picked up nicely and I enjoyed it in the end. The other Will Trent books were soooooo good, it was always going to be tough to up the bar even more. It is a must read because it is very good, just not as good as previous stories.

So that is that! I will return with another must read soon! and remember, keep reading!


Friday Thoughts…

Hey people! Sorry I have been away so long! just a few “Thoughts and stuff” today.

Firstly, you may have seen me talking about “Travis” a while back the first book I ever wrote. I said it was terrible and had mountains of mistakes throughout, but I loved it, the story and characters are good, but the actual application is bad. At the time I did not know what I was doing, my knowledge of writing was zero. It is special to me because of the time and effort, but more because I started it and I finished it, over 100,000 words. Ten months of imagination and creation without any pre planning.

Anyway! it is going to be published! how crazy is that? MORE TO FOLLOW on this soon!…

Now! how many people listen to Audio books? My short story “A House Out of Time” is now on Audible and the narration is brilliant by B. C. Kinnison, he brought the story to life. I had never listened to an audio book before, but I really enjoyed it. But is it popular? You rarely hear about them, and they fly under the radar. I think that is a shame, I imagine it should be popular with people who do a lot of driving and stuff, right?… Well anyway, here is the link for the ebook and audio book on the publishers website. A few links on here for people in the UK and USA. Enjoy!

And that is it! I will be back peeps! and remember, keep reading!… and listening! https://www.blkdogpublishing.com/a-house-out-of-time


Another New Release!…

Hello again people! two posts in one day!

Well, I have had another work published! “Dark And Light Tales of Ripton Town”

It is a trilogy of short stories. They are unrelated, except for the fact they are set in the same fictional place.

Story one is “Teddy, Is That You?” it is another creepy story about a Teddy Bear that brings a lot of bad luck to his new owner which causes some very dangerous accidents.

Story two is “Creepy Town” once again creepy, hence the name. A woman gets on to a bus to go to her new job which happens to be in Ripton Town, but some very unusual events take place that could be threatening.

Story three is “Mr Nobody” this is a nice story showing the lighter side of Ripton Town. A homeless guy is helped buy a young lady who takes him to a café for a hot drink and a chat. She gets him accommodation and a job before she has an accident. The homeless man, known as Gabe, returns her kindness. (Not giving away the ending)

It is FREE with Kindle Unlimited and £1.99 to purchase the ebook (Bargain right?) So, thanks peeps! please check it out and let me know what you think! and KEEP READING!



Monday Must Reads…

Hey people!

Alright, I am back with a must read. I normally do this on a Saturday but never mind, I do not suppose it matters. This happens to be my mothers favourite book, which is no surprise because it is a classic that will never go out of fashion or drop of the radar.

The Lord Of The Flies, by William Golding

This is a story about a plane that crashes on an unchartered island, stranding a bunch of school kids. At first they embrace the freedom, no adults to tell them what to do and they sort of think it is party time. They even try to form there own society, which fails in the face of terror. They hear strange howls in the night, and eventually realize that rescue is not likely. There adventure takes a sinister turn. The innocence of children is no more, and the darkness of people takes centre stage.

As always, I do not want to give away to much, but it is safe to say that this book is one of the all time greats. An easy 5 stars is slapped on this. Anyone who does not agree with that, well… I think you are crazy. If YOU have not read this book then purchase a copy, it is a fantastic read for anyone who loves timeless masterpieces that keep you gripped on the edge of your seat. I love this book.

So there it is peeps! thanks for taking the time! enjoy! and remember, KEEP READING!


What Is Your Style?…

Hello people!

So, I have been reading a few different books over the last few days and it got me thinking. Everyone has a different style in terms of the third person narration of stories and first person stories. And a lot are not really to my liking, I use very few words that are long and absolutely none that may make someone say “What does that mean?” I do not think there is anything worse than reading a book and trying to work out the meaning to a complicated word when there is obvious words out there that could be used. I am sure some people may think my work is written in a simplistic way, which makes it “bad” It just feels like people are not being true to themselves when writing. I am an average simplistic person, with a simplistic vocabulary, I would never put words in my writing that I would never use in real life, it would feel forced and a little fake to me. Is it wrong to want a book that is easy to follow and looks like it is written and spoken in a normal language? Writers miss a vital point while writing in my opinion, they forget to keep it in perspective. If your story has a “Oliver Twist” type character with a kid that has no home family or education, then they are not likely to use complicated speech and the narration should also reflect the setting and characters, right?

On reflection, I think writers should stick to what they know, if they are people with a high education and maybe a high born family, then you may say complicated words that people rarely use or hear in the common world. Or if your story is set in and around a certain place that makes it necessary to use a certain dialogue then great. I am just saying that people try a little to hard with the complicated things they put into a book, it may come across as impressive on first thought, but I truly believe your true self comes out in the words you write, do not fake it, it shows. Be you, and write you, some will say it is wrong and too simple, others will say it is easy to read and follow. You could do an experiment with this, see how long it would take to read a simple book and an over the top extravagant book of the same size, and I guarantee that the simple book will be devoured faster and be a more enjoyable experience

Just my thoughts. I could be totally wrong. The point I am trying to make (badly) is simple is fine, and trying too hard to make a “masterpiece” could be a big downfall. Maybe I am just not intelligent enough to read a book that has “Big boy words” but almost everyone is intelligent enough to read a simplistic book.

What is your style? Could a average man like me read your book without scratching my head half way through most sentences? It is worth a thought I think. Or maybe I am just dumb, that is a good possibility also.

Well thanks for reading my random thoughts, I promise my next post will be more entertaining. Remember peeps, Keep Reading!


Saturday Must Reads…

Hey people! Hope the weekend is going well for you all! I am back with a must read for you guys!

So everyone has different taste in books, some people may love a book that others think is terrible, this makes it tough to know who to listen to when looking for a new read. I have tried pretty much every genre and have my favourite types of book (Fantasy and Historic Fiction) but this must read is (Crime, Thriller and Mystery) I am sure fans of these genres have already devoured these book, but for those who do not read these types of books may not have tries them, but they are a MUST read regardless of that.

Karen Slaughter, The Will Trent series. Is a fantastic bundle of books. I am no fan of this genre normally, these are actually the only books I have finished in this genre.

Karen Slaughter has created a main character “Will Trent” with such a distinct look and personality that he stands out. He is tall and athletic, and is a brilliant FBI guy, but he also has dyslexia and visible scars from a haunting past that makes his every day life a struggle. Keeping his dyslexia a secret and his scars in full view for everyone to see, he becomes a character that intrigues you and has you routing for him to succeed through his struggle. The author has fantastic characters that surround him and bring you closer to his fears and memories. The characters are not the only attraction, the individual stories are so well thought out and executed that it leaves you wanting more. The first book “Triptych” is a perfect introduction to many brilliant books that followed. The research is flawless, and the twists are a piece of genius that binds the whole story and excellent writing together. I will not go into detail about stories etc… it spoils the fun!

Bottom line! I will read these books again and again without them getting boring. Karen Slaughter I salute you, and these are well deserved best sellers. If you have not read these pieces of literary magic, than I urge you to get your hands on a copy of “Triptych” and I promise, you will soon purchase the whole set.

So! That is my Saturday Must Read. And if anyone is interested in reviewing my short story “A House Out of Time” then please do! and leave a review, I would appreciate it. Thanks for taking the time peeps! and remember, KEEP READING!



How Do You Find Reviewers?…

Hi people!

I have been a little busy lately. The Publication of my book has spurred me on with “trying” to promote it. But I am finding it almost impossible to get people to review it. Why is that? I have asked countless people “Book Reviewers” and “Book Bloggers” but only 3 or 4 out of countless dozens I have asked have actually agreed. I just assumed that a lover of books and stories would be right up for reading a book for free. Some admittedly had long lists of books to read, but a lot of them simply said no for different reasons. It could be that I am just not very good at promotions. Who knows?

Anyway! never say die! I will fight on!

So here it is! Anyone interested in reading my short story “A House Out of Time” Free with Kindle Unlimited, please do! Reviews and feedback are most welcome. The book is short, 8,000 words or so and should not take long to read (Less than an hour) I appreciate the support. I will be back soon with another “Must Read” post and maybe a free story right here on my blog!

Thanks people! follow the links for my book, and remember, keep reading!



Book Released!

Hi People!

So my book has been published and is available now! I am starting my promotion stuff for it and hope you guys will check it out! It is a 8,000 word creepy short story and should not take long to read (Half hour maybe) That is nothing right? Lunch break or just before you go to sleep. It is available on Kindle Unlimited for FREE or less than 2 quid.

Details are here, and anyone interested in reviewing it are most welcome! Hardest part about this is spreading the word, and I am full of gratitude for the opportunity I have been given, so if you like freebies, or have a few spare coppers, please take a look!

Thank you all! and remember, Keep Reading!!



Reaching A Goal

Hi People!

So, I have said a few times that I write for the joy of it, and have been struggling with my style and so on and so on. But, to my amazement, I have found a publisher! my short story “A House Out of Time” is my first piece of success. I knew it was my most popular piece, and I enjoyed writing it, but I wrote it for fun with no thought of it being picked up by a publishing company. I wrote it off the cuff and just let it go. No thought or struggle, just natural. It just shows that doing what feels right, can actually be right. I am happy that I have reached the goal of being published, and will strive to reach the next one without delay. This was just a first step. An 8,000 word story is one thing, a 100,000 word book is something else. I will write a full length book that will be picked up and published one day, I now know that I have enough drive to do it, but I also know that it will be a HUGE task. I am not scared of a challenge, I do it everyday when I write, sitting and spelling words several ways until I find the correct way. It is tough for me, but my story telling is my strength. I have always believed that. Belief, faith, hard work and enjoyment is the way forward.

You can reach your dreams and goals. We all can. So remember, fight for it! and keep reading!!!


Am I Learning Anything?…

Hey people!

I have not posted anything in a while. The reason?… I have been writing! I am however a little concerned. I have been putting all of the advice and teachings I have learnt and been told into practice, but it just feels and reads wrong. I can not explain where I am going wrong, I just does not work. Maybe I am going to far with my changes in style, it is not easy write and not that good to read. So, I went to my biggest source of knowledge, BOOKS. I have been looking at the details, how certain authors describe a scene has been big on my radar. You read and soak in the words, then a vision of the picture comes to your minds eye. It feels natural and comes easy. I try to replicate that, and it is just terrible.

I came to the conclusion that it is simply not my way, and I am thinking about it to much. I started going through all of my old work, and I was surprised. It felt natural and easy to read, of course I have improved in so many areas and could see where so many changes needed to be made, but the backbone of the writing and stories were good. I truly believe that. Perhaps I am trying to be something I am not, or just being impatient, these things take time to perfect. You learn new things everyday, and I have a long way to go.

My point, is that my natural easy free flowing style is much more enjoyable. It is important to me that I enjoy it, but also that it is readable. I think my older work is readable, although changes do need to be made, and my description needs beefed up a little, I do tend to be vague.

The conclusion I have, is to just write it. Let it flow out in its own way and then change and add what is needed. The more advanced writing stuff will come in time and slowly become apart of my writing I am sure. Maybe I simply know nothing and everything I am saying is complete garbage. I do not know. I do know that writing has no rules and everybody is individual. Back to basics for me, and then build on top of what I already have.

I will be back with another must read author soon and maybe a new story to post. Thanks peeps! and remember, keep reading!


Monday Magic?…

Hi people! Hope you have all had a happy start to the week!

So, I have written a short children’s book. It took me about fifteen minutes to write and needs illustrated, but I can not draw to save my life. It is one of those short kids books that have one or two line per page with the pictures to emphasize the story. It looks and probably sounds terrible with a few lines written on a page, but with pictures and a lot of colour it would be really relevant. How do you find somebody to do illustrations for you? I know it is an expensive thing to do. I wish I had the artistic talent to do it myself, but like most things, I am at a bit of a disadvantage.

I came up the idea when I was getting my son ready for school. He started picking his nose (like kids do) and I told him to stop it. He asked “why” and I said “because it is dirty”… “but I like it” he said…. and there it was, my story. Simply a kid picking his nose, and his dad telling him all of the reasons he should not, and the kid arguing his case. It sounds silly I know, but I think every parent has had this discussion with there children, right? I think it is really relevant and real, which will strike a cord. Let me now you think, just remember it needs a little work of course, and pictures are essential for this type of kids book. So if anyone wants to draw for free let me know! I do not charge for my work yet, but will give half of any money it takes (HAHA) Yeah I am still following the dream and have to believe I will get somewhere. Thanks peeps! Keep reading!

Do Not Pick Your Nose

“I like to pick my nose, but my daddy always says”

“Do not pick your nose, your finger will get stuck, and it is green and yucky!”

“But I like to pick my nose! And my finger will not get stuck, I am lucky!”

“Do not pick your nose, it is dirty”

“But I like to pick my nose! And I will do it until I am thirty!”

“Do not pick your nose, it will end up all red!”

“But I like to pick my nose! I will pick the other side instead!”

“Do not pick your nose! That is not food!”

“But I like to pick my nose! Too late! You lose!”

“Do not pick your nose, it will start to hurt!”

“But I like to pick my nose, and wipe it on my shirt!”

“Do not pick your nose! It will upset mummy!”

“But I like to pick my nose! And it is all runny!”

“Do not pick your nose, lets do some reading!”

“I am sorry daddy! My nose is bleeding!”

“Come on, lets clean your face and paws”

“OK daddy, from now on I will not pick my nose”


Saturday Must Reads

Happy weekend people!

Alright, last week I spoke about “Jules Verne” and the impact his stories an imagination had on me, but today I want to talk about “Bernard Cornwell”

Now as a young kid I read books like Treasure Island and Moby Dick, as so many of us did, but I reached the age of eleven or twelve and I stopped reading books. It did not interest me. So many kids back in the 90s played in the street and spent all of there time outdoors. You could not walk down any street, or pass any field, without seeing kids playing football or other games. Now, in the computer age, with everyone having phones and other technology devices, those days of playing sports and bike riding from dusk till dawn are all but dead. I lost my love of reading because of the days of play, so I am on the fence about it being a good thing or a bad thing. For me, it was both.

However, I reached the age of about nineteen and reading came back into my everyday life. I ordered a bundle of books from a magazine for about three pounds (I had little money) and among them was “Sharpe’s Fortress” and “Rebel” both written by “Bernard Cornwell” At first glance they did not really grip me, and I began reading one of the other books I got. It bored me to tears. I read almost half of the book hoping it would get better, but I gave up eventually. So I opened “Rebel” and was hooked from the first page. The opening scene just dragged me in and I read the book cover to cover in one sitting without stopping once. The next day I read “Sharpe’s Fortress” again in one sitting, and I had found the author that sparked my love of reading again. I then did some research on him and his works, and was thrilled to learn that he had written a lot of books, 20 plus more “Sharpe” books and three that followed on from “Rebel” I devoured them all over the months and scouted old book shops and eBay looking for them on the cheap, it can be an expensive hobby, especially when I was reading so quickly, I just could not get enough. Book after book, series after series, from “The Last Kingdom Series” to “The grail Quest Series” I just loved every one of them.

To this day I still pick up a “Sharpe” book, and I still wait patiently for his next new books to come out. If ancient wars and battles are your thing, then “Bernard Cornwell” Is your man. Napoleonic wars to the Vikings invading, even American Cival War, he does it all with brilliance and flair.

He remains, and always will be, one of my top Authors. I thank you guys for your time, have a good weekend! and remember! Keep Reading!


Friday Blues

Hi people!

Alright, so one of the kindest acts I have experienced ever, happened to me not so long ago. I was editing one of my manuscripts (or at least trying) and I was getting nowhere. I have said previously that my education was terrible and I struggle with some spelling and all punctuation, grammar etc. So I posted on Twitter that I was having a hard time, and I get a message off a guy who said he would edit it for me for FREE. Now I had already looked into freelance editors and prices. For my full-length book of about 100,000 words, I was quoted in the region of £2,000. Being a full-time carer for my partner and looking after my two children (which means I can not go and get a job, and I actually quit the one I had) It is safe to say I do not have £2,000. I would do a victory dance if I had a spare fiver!

This awesome human being actually did it!

I felt so bad (still do) because I know how much hard work he must have put into my manuscript. The mountains upon mountains of mistakes must been gruelling for him. I knew how terrible it would be so I sent him one of my new works to soften the blow, It is only about 18,000 words currently, but still, hard work to do for nothing.

He sent it back to me yesterday, and now I feel really really bad. He has put notes on so many lines with his thoughts and things I could change, and it looks like he simply did not like the story or the way it is written (mountains of mistakes aside) and I am worried that this piece is not worth continuing and he waisted his time.

I knew this project would be the toughest thing I have attempted so far in my short writing life, but I never realized how tough. I will not give in on this project, I will finish it and find a way to fix it. I just need to step back, take it on the chin and improve with every page I write. He is, after all, trying to help me and improve what I have written. I will take it all on board and move forward.

I just can not believe this act of kindness. It has me stunned. The world is a dark and often horrible place, but sometimes a flash of light will break down the gloom and shock you. Hope and random acts of kindness still grace us as human beings. I hope this new found comfort will help me to continue to be a good person and you the reader of this long winded piece of writing. Thank you for taking the time peeps! and remember, keep reading!


How Do You Write A Book?… Really…

Hey people!

So I was writing and I suddenly realized that I do not actually know what I am doing. How do you write a book?… really. Do you plan it out? Do you know your start, middle and end? Even the things between? Or do you have a general idea and “Wing it” until you reach the important parts that bring the story together and make it balanced and work? I do not know “How” you are supposed to do it. Do you plan your characters? how they will be speak and act? what they will look like or what there characters will be like?

Maybe everyone does it differently… I have no idea. I am certain I do it all wrong (not knowing any better, in my ignorance of the art) I am completely self-taught in just about everything I do, except for tip and pointers from some people. I wing my stories from start to finish. My first and currently only full-length novel that I have finished (Travis) was written on the spot with no planning what so ever. I had no idea what the story was going to be about until I began writing it. Is that crazy? stupid? ridiculous? probably all of those things. My stories come from imagination. Moments of inspiration that just hit me, and then I write it down, that is why most of my writings are very short stories. How do you plan for that?… I guess I am just different. I am writing other full length books, but they are not planned either. I know I have to change this approach to my work, but when I try I just do not know where I want to take it. So I write and the story comes with it. I suppose I could go back and add things or take things away to polish up, but the general writing of the story is spontaneous. Not having a “good education” may have something to do with the way I approach it, I do not know, but I am enjoying the ride.

More stories of the spontaneous nature are coming soon, and another chapter or two of some of my works in progress are also coming soon (if anyone is interested) thank you peeps! and, as always, keep reading!


Saturday Must Read Books

This is my second post in the space of about 5 minutes (SORRY) but I want to share some books that have influenced my taste in reading and writing. Today I want to mention “Jules Verne”

Jules Verne is widely known as the father of sci-fi and his work is one of the most (if not the most) translated in history. WORLD WIDE. He wrote his extraordinary stories back in a time when submarines did not exist and man had not stepped foot on the moon or even ventured into space. He came up with “20,000 leagues under the sea” which is one of my all time must read books for anyone who enjoys reading. “Journey to the center of the earth” is a book of an amazing amount of imagination. “Earth to the moon” must have been so exciting to read back then. The idea of people going to the moon must have seemed ridiculous but also sparked the imagination. He must have been an amazing man. His books, of course, are “out of date” because the things he wrote about (150 years or so ago) have now actually happened. We made it to the moon, and we know what is at the center of the earth (No seas or beaches or sea monsters) and we have ventured to the depths of our oceans (no Atlantis has been found)

I read his work knowing that it was written before these things were fully discovered. He was a visionary. Regardless of facts ( a lot that was actually surprisingly accurate) his stories will live on. It is safe to say, Jules Verne sparked my imagination and the possibilities of “what could be” in the future. No idea is too mad. Robots that can cook and clean? Man stepping foot on another planet? living on another planet even?! Star Trek being a reality? Jurrasic Park? They will one day make a Dinosaur, it is inevitable, right? EXCITING! (and dangerous) but who knows?… only time. If only I could live forever and see these thing happen, and much more that you could never predict. I believe out imaginations shape the future.

Some writers are more than just writers. Jules Verne, to me, is much more. If somebody reading this has not read any of his work (movies do not count) then DO IT. You will not be disappointed. So, just remember, keep reading.


Why Write?… That Is The Question.

Hey people!

Alright, so I was asked by someone “Why write?” and It was a very simple answer, I enjoy it. Some people do it because they are good at it, and others do it because it is a job or they want a career. Me? I just enjoy making stories come to life through words. Even if only a small amount of people read what I write, that’s OK. I do not do it for money (All of my writing is free) I do not do it for fame (I do not pay for advertising or reviews) It is simply for my own personal benefit. My relaxing alone time. Just writing random stories that pop into my head. I work hard on my writing, but I am under no pressure to do it. No time frames. I did, however, write a whole chapter of one of my works in progress, on the spot, because somebody said they enjoyed it and was interested in more. It is such a huge buzz when somebody enjoys what you do, it makes even more enjoyable to write.

Of course, I am only human, and if somebody offered to publish something I have wrote, then I would be all over that. I do this for the joy, but to do it and be paid? that is dreamland. One day, when I am more accomplished and my writing is not riddled with mountains of errors and mistakes, I will, of course, want to try and make the step forward and do this as a job as well as a hobby. Hobbies do not pay the bills, but I think to myself, “Why not?” other people make money from writing. A long way to go until I reach that point, and for now, I will have fun making stories and self-publishing, making it all available free. Paid or not, I do it because I love it. If I make it big or stay the way I am, I will still do what I do.

Whatever makes you happy, do it. Money is essential to living, but that aside, do what you love, it will make your life happier and brighter. You only live once and you have to chase the dream. Thanks peeps! and remember, keep reading!


That Thursday Feeling

Well, it is Thursday and almost the weekend. My two sons (and myself) have been home all week, sick. They are going to be home all of next week because they are off school, and nursery. Looks like writing my current work in progress and my short stories are going to have to wait even longer.

But no matter. It is not a race, and I do get to spend day and night with the kids, so it is not all bad.

However, I do get a little time to write on here and to talk about…. well, stuff. For example, I did an author interview for “Moonlight Monday Author Interviews” which will be on Monday 25th March 2019, and I can tell you it was scary. It was the first interview I have had and is a huge honor for me. I want to say a big thank you to “Idle sky books and publishing services” and I hope it is not too bad of an interview. People should check out their blog at idleskybps.com it so really interesting and the interviews of the authors are brilliant and insightful.

Finally, I want to let everyone know (the few people, if any reading this) that all of my stories are free and available on ebook “http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/JohnDeca1” but they are (or will be) all available here on my site. My works in progress and my current work in progress which I am putting all of my efforts into “Bronze” is also available and will be updated whenever I finish a new chapter.

Thank you people! and remember, keep reading!


Escaping The Stress Of Life And Governments

This is going to be a little bit of a rant that I am getting out of my system. Life is not perfect for anyone, it is full of stress and challenges, which are of all shapes and sizes. Lack of money is a big and obvious one, but that aside, our children are a constant worry. Even when you have no realistic reason to worry, you still do. When they go to school, or to a friends house, or simply to the shop. You begin to think about them crossing the road, and see visions of a drunk driver or of them not waiting for the green man at the traffic light. My children are 4 and 5 years old and do not go anywhere without me, but I still think about those things I mentioned happening. When they get sick (like they are now with sickness) it is stressful and hard work.

Governments do not help. They pile the pressure on us all, whatever country you are living in. For me it is the UK and all of this Brexit rubbish. How did this disaster happen? It is unthinkable to leave the EU, but here we are. Why? because the government let the people vote on the most important and life changing thing to happen to this nation in decades. Now in theory, this is a democracy, and quite right, but in reality, it is stupidity. If you ask a thousand people to explain what the EU is and does, you would be lucky if 100 of them could tell you. How can you vote on something you know nothing about and do what is right? and the government told half truths, gave misinformed information and just down right lied to get people to vote the way they wanted. Which was the wrong way. Voting for the unknown is so dangerous. Now we are lost in this mess. Ask the people if they would vote leave now and I bet they would say no. USA is not much better off with Donald Trump. So he is rich… that makes him qualified to be the leader of the free world? with his stupid ideas? “We have to build a wall” is this the dark ages? do we cut ourselves off from our neighbors to solve problems? world unity should be taking place, not divisions. UK leaving the EU, Scotland want to be independent and have nothing to do with the rest of the UK, Trump wants a “wall” things are going backward not forward.

Now that is off my chest, how do we deal with these idiots who are destroying instead of fixing?… For me it is reading and writing. For others it is singing or cooking, or playing sport. Whatever it is, keep doing it. Be tranquil, and carry on in defiance of the powers above us that make life hard. I will be reading a book this evening and getting lost in the words of an adventure to forget the troubles of the world. At times, ignorance truly is bliss. What else can we do? Speak up, yes, but we know it falls on deaf ears. The “listening” from the powers that be is just an act, a show, a mascaraed to keep up the illusion that we have a say and that they care about what we say. Fight your own fight, look after those that are close to you, and drink in the happy moments between the stress of worry.

Rant over. I feel better. Take care people! And give the world a good old fashioned stiff upper lip! Thanks, and keep reading!


Some Book Talk

Michael J Sullivan

Hello again my friends! I have been posting stories and bits of my writing, but not really spoke. So I am going to talk about an author who started at the bottom (Like me) with self publishing, and made it to the top with time, hard work and a wonderful wife. Michael J Sullivan should be an inspiration to all writers trying to make it.

I came across one of his books by pure accident when looking for a new read. The first book I came across was “Age of Myth” and it stood out because of the beautiful cover design. I was truly blown away by it, just a thing tranquil beauty. A tree in a field (does not sound like much) but it really does have that wow factor. I devoured that book in one sitting, it was fantastic!… before realizing it was one of his newest releases, and I had to wait for the next in this series (GUTTED). So I looked for his other works, The Riyria Chronicles and The Riyria Revelations (Riyria is Elvish for 2) were his world stoppers. I devoured every one of these books in the space of about 6 weeks (10 or 11 books I think) I loved everything about them, the stories and characters just grabbed me and never let go. They are fantasy series, based around two characters who are chalk and cheese, and should probably never be friends because of the huge differences between them, but they depend on each other and are both good at killing and stealing (I won’t post spoilers, you will have to read the books). Michael’s personal story and journey is fascinating, he had been writing for a long time and gave up on the dream. He vowed to never write again after years of heartache and getting nowhere. His wife encouraged him to try again. He had already written the Riyria books and his wife quit her job to help get his work out into the world, and they originally self-published. Soon publishers were all over the books and the rest, as they say, is history.

I had the pleasure of talking to him. I emailed him to congratulate him on his outstanding work, and happened to mention I was at the start of my own writing journey. He gave me great advice and encouragement. He even read a few pages of one of my works and gave me feedback and told me what I was missing. How many famous people take the time to talk to an average Joe? Read bang average writing (at the time) and make room in there lives to interact and help them? Not many I bet. He is a fantastic writer, story teller and human being. I owe him my most sincere thanks for his inspirational journey and willingness to help little old me.

If you like fantasy Michael J Sullivan is your man.


If you like time travel, check out “Hollow World” by Michael, it is a brilliant read also.

Thanks for reading guys! I must do more of these for inspirational writers!


At Home

Hey people, I am seriously not feeling good today, I am at home with the kids who are also sick. Where do all of the bogies come from when you constantly blow your nose? So much green stuff from such a small nose. My 5 year old son said “It is your brain, daddy” That made me laugh, which also made me cringe in pain because my throat is swollen. Anyway, that is my question of the day, and I will investigate the mysteries of the snot. For now, I would like to share a poem I wrote for my four year old son who has autism. I do not mind saying I was terrified and devastated. I had no idea what the future would bring for him, I still don’t. But in a strange way, I would not change a thing about him, he is just amazing. So here is “The Cloud Puppy” be kind, I have never written a poem before and it took me all of ten minutes. Just a moment of inspiration from him. Enjoy!

The Cloud Puppy

Harry looked at the clouds, up in the sky, of all different sizes, floating bye.

He loved to glare at them with amazement, for him it was just all part of the entertainment.

Those times were silent, and full of imagination, he imagined a train cloud pulling in to a station.

Some clouds were shapes, and others were numbers, he could clearly see babies sleeping in their slumbers.

Sunlight blazed through the gaps of white, and Harry would smile with delight at the sight.

One day he saw a paw print surrounded by a heart, his eyes opened wide and he jumped up with a start.

He laughed and beamed at his puppy friend, and closed his eyes, knowing he would meet the pup, in the end.

Suddenly, he was floating on a fluffy cushion high in the air, and his cloud puppy friend was already there.

He sat up and waved at the pup and said hi, and the pup yapped as it ran bye.

He jumped down from his fluffy bed, and the puppy ran to him, neither of them were scared.

Harry patted the cloud puppy, in all of its splendor, it was beautiful and soft, and so very tender

The puppy licked his hand with his soft cloudy tongue, and Harry laughed and began to run.

They played together happily for what seemed like hours, until the clouds went dark and out came the showers.

Come on Harry! lets go inside! his dad said, and Harry opened his eyes to see rain and the coming darkness, it was time for bed.


Hello People

This is a place where I will post my short stories and current works in progress for everyone to read and talk about. Everything is raw and unedited exactly as originally wrote. I have somebody currently editing for me, and I am yet to see what they have done with my writing.

Alright, here is a little about me and my life.

I was born and live in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. I love the city and I am proud of it. My education growing up was terrible, to put it bluntly, and I am not perfect at English and writing. Channel 4 in the UK made a TV show called “The worst school in Britain” guess who went to that school… yep! me!… so it is safe to say I did not have the best start. That is one reason why my spelling and punctuation etc are quite bad (as I am sure you will see in my writing on here) I can only apologize in advance for this and hope I can be forgiven. However, I left school and began working here and there, and eventually became a full-time dad. My partner had (and still has) many medical issues so I quit my job and stayed home to take care of her and our two sons.

That is when I started to think about the future. What will my kids have as inspiration to do something with there lives? Both of there parents stay home every day, no career or qualifications, and little money. I wanted to write because of that, and I found that despite my struggle with the actual spellings etc I was not bad at it. I am not great, but I am not bad, the ideas and putting them down in words came quite naturally (even if they were spelled wrong) I have only been writing a little over a year, and I am slowly improving. It is my “thing” that I do. I do not charge for my writing, I would never charge people to read writing that is full of errors. One day I will hopefully get to a standard where I can sell my work and feel that it is as good as I can make it.

So, that is me! I hope this has not been to boring for you, and I thank you for taking the time! I appreciate it greatly. Thanks people! and keep reading!

Moonlight Mondays(Interview #14)

Idle Sky Books & Publishing Services

img_0559John Decarteret is a 31 year old author from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. He loves writing children stories, reading and spending time with his two sons.

1. What is your debut novel and what inspired its story?

My debut novel is called “A House Out of Time” It is a short story of about 8,000 words, I suppose you could call it mild horror. Nothing really inspired the story, it just came to me one day and I began to write it, most of my stories are written on the spot when a idea hits me.

2. Do you write one specific genre or are you a multi genre author?

I am very much a multi genre author. I have written fantasy, historical, mild horror, sci-fi, and I am currently writing a western genre book.

3. Do you have any memorable quotations or ‘one-liners’ that you have written and love?


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Sunday Thoughts…

John's Blog and random writing

Hey people!

So, I have been thinking a lot about my first (and currently, only) full length book that I have wrote. It was the first time I had ever tried to write anything, EVER, and it is safe to say it was raw. However, I have been reading it back recently after finding small success in finding a publisher, you know just looking at then and now, the difference between my works. I noticed I feel stronger about my first book than any other, including my published piece. Why is that? The whole book is one big mess, no punctuation or grammar is correct, and the less said about spelling the better. I still love it. Maybe it is because it was the start of my writing life. It all started in those words. The story is questionable, the characters I actually really like, and the end was rushed…

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Sunday Thoughts…

Hey people!

So, I have been thinking a lot about my first (and currently, only) full length book that I have wrote. It was the first time I had ever tried to write anything, EVER, and it is safe to say it was raw. However, I have been reading it back recently after finding small success in finding a publisher, you know just looking at then and now, the difference between my works. I noticed I feel stronger about my first book than any other, including my published piece. Why is that? The whole book is one big mess, no punctuation or grammar is correct, and the less said about spelling the better. I still love it. Maybe it is because it was the start of my writing life. It all started in those words. The story is questionable, the characters I actually really like, and the end was rushed now that I look back. But I find that I enjoy reading it. I do not know why, because writers do not have strong feeling towards practice pieces and material that is discarded, right? I am feeling different about my writing, It is all special to me, but my first book “Travis” will always take centre stage in my mind, the fact that I started it and finished it is a miracle (Horror English skills aside) It was a huge achievement for me, and one that I am HUGELY proud of.

On that note, I would like to share it! unedited, raw, and just bad application. Reading bad books is just as helpful as reading masterpieces for writers.

BUT I do hope people see past all of that and enjoy it in some way. Books are meant for enjoyment after all.

It is FREE of course, I could not sleep at night charging people to read this, but it is still my baby and I will one day fix it and my pride in it will be absolute. So here it is! take a look and let me know your thoughts (Mistakes aside, I know all about that)

Thanks guys! enjoy what is left of the weekend! and remember… KEEP READING!