Sunday, 4 February 2018

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

That goodness thats all over

Pressies given, booze drunk, grandkids played with etc etc and now its all over for another ten months - I say ten as Christmas seems to take two months in this country!  So back to normal and thoughts about new books to write.  On the non-fiction side I'm seriously considering one about the Sea King helicopter, although the thought of having to chase up numerous people who promise me input and then 'forget' is not a happy one.
As for fiction - many people have assumed that the Jon Hunt series has come to a logical conclusion.  As I was taught in the navy 'never assume anything' so maybe he might just make another appearance.  However, he's now on the back burner because I've been casting about for ideas for a new historical novel and at New Year, a friend leant me a book which is the perfect base for what I want to do.  Not saying anything yet except to say it will be partly based on my time sailing the Caribbean and partly on an amazing story that is not well known from Napoleonic times.  I will give a little clue below:

Any one know where this is????

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Jon Hunt flies/sails/drives again

'CONSPIRACY' is now available as a Kindle on Amazon as of this morning. Paperback due in a couple of days. This one has been hard as there was a lot of research needed to tie in with events and hopefully make a credible story. I also have some personal feelings about these events - read the book and you might just work out what they are!

The terrorist attack in New York on 9/11 starts a chain reaction that alters the balance of power in the Middle East.
Jon Hunt, having left command of the Formidable and newly promoted to Commodore is thrust into the middle of events just as the allies invade Iraq looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction. But do they even exist? Why is the British Government so convinced that they do? He is given the task of finding them despite his personal misgivings over the war. What he discovers is a conspiracy going right to the top.
Will he intervene to stop an even greater tragedy taking place?

Friday, 3 November 2017

You wait for ages and then two come along in one week.

Books that is.  Monday was the deadline for getting the first draft of my non fiction book about the RN Wasp helicopter to my publisher.  As it had been ready for some time it was a simple matter to top and tail it and then email it off.  Right, I thought, now to finish off the latest Jon Hunt novel 'Conspiracy'.  On Tuesday I had at least 15,000 words to find.  This morning I finished it.  People often ask me how I do my writing.  Well its not in front of the computer.  Once I know what I want to write the mechanics are actually straight forward.  So, one very long dog walk and some serious thought and there I was ready to finish it off.  On Wednesday I broke the back of the plot.  Yesterday the epilogue and today the author's notes I always include at the end.
I've now downloadedit to my Kindle and have the fun job of proofing as well as twisting several other people's arms to do the same.  Should be ready by the end of the month.  The draft new cover is below with a subtle change from the previous one I posted some weeks back.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Bit of a washout

Our cunning plan was to go back to the boat and spend a few days travelling up the Peak Forest canal.  Unfortunately the weather was dreadful and even getting out of the marina would have been a challenge so we decided to stay put.  I had been planning to do some repainting in the Spring so decided to bring it forward.  The roof is now a nice simple red which should be much easier to keep clean. The large white squares of the old roof used to get dirty very quickly. I only wish the colour was the same as on the tins of paint as it's rather 'redder' than I anticipated.  Still it should settle down over the winter. 
Of course now we are home the weather has settled down quite nicely...............................

Jacky with her new, rather bright, red roof.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

New book

Been working hard on the new 'Jon Hunt' and I've come up with what may be the definitive title. I've also been doodling with cover images. I usually have a ship or aircraft (or Ekranoplan) but for all sorts of reasons this one needs to be different. Anyone have any thoughts??

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Have to start writing the acceptance speech now

Cor - just been told that my book 'The Royal Navy Lynx - an Operational History' had been nominated for an award at the Mountbatten Maritime Media Awards.  The Maritme Foundation is a very prominent charity supporting British Maritime interest across the world.  I've absolutely no idea whether it has the slightest chance of winning anything, in fact I've no idea how it even got nominated in the first place but I do get a discount to a really good dinner just down the road from Buck Pal, so watch this space.