Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT OCTOBER RAIN by @dylanjmorgan #SundayBlogShare #SciFi

Today’s team review is from Steve,

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Steve has been reading October Rain by Dylan J Morgan


October Rain is a short, dystopian, science fiction story, set against the backdrop of a less than perfect Mars colony.

The prologue sets the scene for the theme of the book, briefly describing the utter despair of the narrator. Instantly your curiosity is triggered – how can the rain burn? Why is this person’s heart so broken? And what do they not want to remember?

From Chapter One, the narrative jumps the reader into a life on Mars, told through the eyes of our narrator. With little excess description and a confident pace, we are drawn into this life as the job, family and circumstances lead to an unwanted, if not unexpected conclusion.

I enjoyed meeting the ‘hero’ of October Rain, the author has provided sufficient details for me to empathise with the pressures piled upon this weary individual who struggles to cope. His cynicism and attitude are in keeping with overall theme and add to the overwhelming helplessness experienced by the end.

As with all such dystopian science fiction this book both makes the reader despair for our possible future and rejoice that just maybe our humanity will survive when we eventually leave our planet.

I reviewed this book as part of Rosie Amber’s book review team.

5 out of 5 stars

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HOSTILE GROUND APOCALYPSE 1 Stargate SG-1 by @Sally_Malcolm #SciFi #Stargate @StargateNovels

Stargate Week

This week I’m bringing you reviews of 7 books linked with the Stargate TV series.

I fell in love with the series back in 1994 when hubby and I were in New York. We decided to go to the movies one afternoon, not having heard of any of the films on offer, we randomly chose the fist original Stargate Movie, when the series eventually aired in the UK we couldn’t wait to watch and I went on to get all the season box-sets and films so that I could watch them over and over.

With companion books to the series now available, I can now indulge in more from my favourite TV characters. I originally bought my first companion books for my hubby, but couldn’t resist reading them myself, even if it did take a year to get through my TBR pile before I could reach them, perhaps the wait was meant to be.

I recently reviewed Sunrise, posting my review and even making a YouTube video about the book which I had enjoyed so much, that when Stargate Novels contacted me about reviewing some more of their books, I jumped at the chance, this week will be a mix of books jumping all around the Stargate Seasons, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did reading them.

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Hostile GroundHostile Ground by Sally Malcolm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hostile Ground Apocalypse 1 is a companion book to the Stargate SG-1 TV series and is set after the TV episode called Stargate SG-1: One Hundred Days, for fans who like to ground themselves in the story timelines.

SG-1 are on a mission, they are under heavy attack, Daniel has been seriously wounded and they are under heavy fire as they throw themselves through the gate radioing for immediate medical assistance. However when the gate shuts, they are not at the SGC they are on a cold lifeless planet with a war-torn gate, no DHD and a landscape which looks like an apocalypse struck.

They urgently need to get home for two reasons, Daniel’s severe wound and the secret secondary mission that Jack O’Neill is running. There is a rogue mole in the SGC one tipping the balance of peace for Earth with her current allies the Tollan and the Asgard and Jack is the only one the aliens trust to find the truth.

As time runs out the team try to find signs of civilisation and help. They run into a primitive people with advanced weapons who speak of flesh eating snatchers, and rumours of a resistance. SG-1 head off in search of a dangerous enemy but one who might hold the key to opening the stargate.

An aerial dogfight reveals to SG-1 that the Goa’uld are fighting the snatchers, but SG-1’s choice to help one of these creatures lands them in real hot water. They witness the eating habits of their new captors whilst held in their ship, only just managing to escape.

Their only hope now lies with the illusive Dix, rumoured to be first prime of Hecate, a minor system Lord. Should they trust the enemy?

Back at the SGC, with SG-1 missing, the alien alliances break down, the Asgard withdraw their protection and the mighty Goa’uld plan to over-run planet Earth.

Wow! So much going on and all very believable, love the appearance of Maybourne, he can always be relied upon to stir things up. I could just imagine the on-screen characters acting and talking in exactly the way they are portrayed in this book. Fans of the series will soon recognise the flesh eating zombies, I for one was ready to shout at them from the side-lines about who they were. This book ends on a cliff-hanger just like some of the TV series, but luckily I have the next book lined up so I don’t have to wait a week for the story to be continued…..(continue the story yourself in “Exile”)

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One of the reasons I love Stargate is the great dialogue, here are two short lines. The First from Emancipation.

Teal’c: “What is an Oprah?”

The second from Prisoners.

Jack O’Neill: Teal’c? Look scary and take point.

I’m ending today with a discussion….If you could spend the day with Jack O’Neill what would you like to do or ask?

I think I’d like a few lessons in self defence and stealth approach to a dangerous situation and then I’d enjoy chatting to him over a long lunch and listening to his many tales, or we could just hang out fishing in Minnesota.

How would you spend a day with Jack?

Rosie’s Avid Readers INTO THE BLACK ODYSSEY ONE by Evan C Currie #SCiFI #Bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

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Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”


Avid Reader’s Thoughts

Into the Black [Remastered Edition] (Odyssey One Book 1)

Evan Currie

Kindle edition

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I had not read an Evan Currie book before this one, with my tastes being usually more to the Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton and Neal Asher series. The blurb had all the right words – space opera, military science fiction and described the book as epic. I also felt a resonance with Star Trek – something confirmed by the off-the-cuff mention of the USS Enterprise towards the end of the book.

With a similar mission to explore, the start was as to be expected: new ship, new technologies and new frontiers. The back story of central character Captain Eric Weston leads nicely into the fighter pilot theme which runs strongly throughout much of the book. The contrast between the camaraderie of Archangels and the stiff formality of the Captain’s superiors helps to build many of the characters.

I also liked the submarine-like space battle which is described as having huge periods of waiting and then a few seconds of action. The strategy and tactics of the battle bring real tension to the storyline and echo well with the struggles of the ground forces.

I can see how the story can be continued but I am not sure this book can be described as epic. I enjoyed meeting the characters and I would be interested in learning more about Eric Weston’s universe but in this book I did not get the feel for the vastness of space which I imagine must face any galactic explorer.

Book Description

This edition of Odyssey One has been completely edited and remastered to correct the typos and content issues that reviewers commented on in the original edition.

Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraft Odyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality.

The Odyssey’s maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history. Captain Eric Weston and his crew, pushing past the boundaries of security, encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people, all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero.

A first-rate military science fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE BETRAYAL OF KA by Shea Oliver @ColoradoShea #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review is from Teri, she blogs at

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Teri has been reading and reviewing The Betrayal of Ka by Shea Oliver


As the spaceship secretly lands on Earth, Ka’s mission is clear: find and kill Transprophetics. His shipmates think of him as a killer. On his home planet of Koranth, he is considered a murderer. Haunted in his dreams by the boy whose life he stole, Ka struggles to define who he really is.

A girl in a temple in Thailand. A boy kidnapped in Mexico. Both can do the impossible. Both can move objects with their minds. These two Transprophetics pose grave risks to the Donovackia Corporation as it plans its invasion of Earth.

With a blade in his hand, Ka’s decision to kill, or not, will reverberate across the galaxy. –

The Betrayal of Ka falls into the sci-fi genre and although Ka’s age isn’t specifically mentioned, he’s still in school at the beginning of the story, so I wondered if this was a YA sci-fi.  As the story progresses, because of some characters’ actions and subjects mentioned, I’m not comfortable labeling this YA, so I’m considering it adult sci-fi.

Ka is immediately likable, brash and mischievous one minute, then adorably insecure the next when talking to a girl he likes.  Unfortunately, Ka doesn’t make the smartest choices, landing him in the worst of circumstances and causing a lifetime of regret.  Through a generous benefactor made aware of his situation, he’s offered a chance at redemption and and must decide what kind of person he has become.

I would have liked to see this story focus more on Ka, but a substantial amount of time was spent on the backstories of minor characters that weren’t critical to the overall plot.  A few different storylines occur, seeming like entirely different books at times, and although a twist reveals a connection late in the novel, they never seemed to be one cohesive story.

This book contains some exciting ideas and concepts and hints at an interesting sequel, but would benefit from editing to correct word repetition, tense changes, and unnecessary content to become a more evenly paced, stronger novel.

I received a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review through Rosie’s Book Review Team.

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This fun feature is a mini workshop. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.

From the book cover we will browse the book description, price and some of the reviews BUT we only have 5 MINUTES.


Join in and see where it leads.

Grab a coffee and spend 5 Minutes on this exercise.

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1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

(then write a little analysis about your decision)

Share your post, use #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 and I’ll help share all relevant posts.

This week my search term was “Android” I went out of my comfort zone to Sci-Fi. or

Book Description

World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn’t ‘retiring’ them with his laser weapon,
he dreamed of owning a live animal – the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life.

Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard’s world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit – and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted …

A Review

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a book that most people think they remember, and almost always get more or less wrong. Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner took a lot from it, and threw a lot away; wonderful in itself, it is a flash thriller where Dick’s novel is a sober meditation. As we all know, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is stalking a group of androids returned from space with short life spans and murder on their minds–where Scott’s Deckard was Harrison Ford, Dick’s is a financially over-stretched municipal employee with bills to pay and a depressed wife. In a world where most animals have died, and pet-keeping is a social duty, he can only afford a robot imitation, unless he gets a big financial break. The genetically warped “chickenhead” John Isidore has visions of a tomb-world where entropy has finally won. And everyone plugs in to the spiritual agony of Mercer, whose sufferings for the sins of humanity are broadcast several times a day. Prefiguring the religious obsessions of Dick’s last novels, this asks dark questions about identity and altruism. After all, is it right to kill the killers just because Mercer says so? —Roz Kaveney

Number of Reviews; 261 Amazon UK or 925 on Amazon US

Price; Kindle £5.99, paperback £6.29. Or $8.82 kindle or the lower $8.35 paperback

Would I BUY or PASS?……PASS today due to the price.


I need to move out of my comfort zone and I’ve been talking about Sci-Fi to a friend. This book caught my eye amongst all the computer based books under the search term. The book appealed, I watched Blade Runner years ago (I think!) The book cover is good, bright colours and a Sci-Fi feel to it. The book description have me wavering away, I preferred the reader review I included above. The price is a little high for a kindle where I am gambling with a newish genre for me, so a PASS today, but I might get to it in the future.

What do you think? Has anyone read this book?

Other bloggers taking part in the challenge today.

Shelley used the search term Radio and found Fat Chance by Nick Spalding

Cathy’s hoping to see some snow soon, so she went with Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber

Liz has found a fun ChickLit Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman, with a much better US cover than UK one, what do you think?

Friday Five Challenge – Purple by Gary Hodgkinson

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

So here goes…

This week I chose Sci-fi

I went to Amazon Sci-fi books in kindle, it’s not a genre I regularly read so I wanted to see what appealed on a quick glance. or

This book cover caught my eye, I like purple, it had a computer which suggested Sci-fi to fit my remit.

The price od £2.04 appealed to me

Book Description:

Balancing on the cutting edge two scientists work to create the last word in artificial intelligence, but a new sentience is waking deep within its core, growing at an uncontrollable rate, and nobody was prepared for the consequences.

Really? I seriously hope the story reads better than that terrible clichéd blurb I just wrote.

Um – Did the author really write this for a bio?

Number of pages; 38

Reviews: Zero

Would I BUY or PASS?………….PASS


I loved the book cover it got me hooked, the price was ok, the number of pages had me thinking uh-oh short story, I’m feeling cooler about it now and looking back at the price for only 38 pages. The book bio killed it off completely, this was the author’s one chance to impress me enough to buy his book, he blew it.

Where do you think he went wrong?

I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.

Imminent Danger: And How To Fly Straight Into It by Michelle Proulx

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imminent Danger: And How To Fly Straight Into It is a YA sci-fi tale. I enjoy watching several Sci-fi series on TV where its very visual, portraying this same image to a reader using the written word is a great skill. I’ll be honest I had forgotten the reason I downloaded this book and I opened to the first page with no idea of the storyline. From the title I assumed a mystery or a thriller, so was shocked when seventeen year old Eris was quickly abducted by blue aliens.

At first I did that eye roll of disbelief, but then I thought hang on it’s ok. Get past the awkward introduction and language barriers and now we have a feisty heroine a cute small furry creature called a Claktill and the start of a well written storyline.

Eris finds she’s been abducted by Captain Hroshk of the Ssrisk nation who intends to sell her for a large reward. She’s given an advanced communication translator called a Lamri so she can understand their language. However the ship is very soon attacked and Eris and Miguri the Claktill are rescued by Varrin a Rakorsian mercenary. Rakorsians are an advanced humanoid race but Varrin’s only in it for the money too and he sells Eris and Maguri to the Chakra Corporation for experimental purposes.

This is a fun fast paced adventure with plenty more mishaps, near escapes and double-crossings across the galaxy with the promise of a sequel later this year for fans like me who have become quite fond of Eris, Varrin and Miguri.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Cathy reviews The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

Today’s book review is from team member Cathy, she blogs at


Cathy chose to read and review The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan


The story begins on the planet Hemera, in the capital city of Magna, where the president, his family and key members of his staff are being cryogenically frozen before Hemera is completely destroyed by a nuclear war. A century later, on Erebus, a distress signal is received from Hemera. A small group of operatives are chosen to travel to Hemera to investigate, find the President and help to restore the planet. Intelligence reports state the planet is uninhabited and barren, without the existence of any life forms, so they should encounter no difficulties.

Lane, a disgraced former soldier, believes he is being given a final chance, albeit by the corrupt Colonel Paden, to clear his name while escaping the death penalty for a trumped-up charge of murder used to coerce him into joining the mission. The team destined for Hemera have no reason to doubt Paden’s assurance the assignment will be straightforward and without complications. Nevertheless, it becomes apparent immediately on entry into Hemera’s atmosphere, all is not destined to go as smoothly as the team hoped.

The once beautiful and thriving Hemera is a desolate wasteland peopled by gangs of marauders and mutants brought vividly to life by the clear and descriptive writing. Dylan Morgan makes it so easy to visualise the group travelling through the rubble, debris and ruined buildings, fighting the bandits to reach their destination. Their fear and revulsion for what awaits them in Magna. And their ultimate fight for survival against all odds and the most horrific of antagonists.

This is a very well crafted story with perfect pacing, the drama unfolds with consistency to keep the narrative flowing effortlessly. The characters are well-developed and real, Lane especially, but all the personalities are drawn brilliantly, whether you love or loathe them. I think this story covers every eventuality with action, of which there is plenty, greed, deception, horror and sadness. Balancing out the negatives are loyalty, a touch of romance and truthfulness. And the promise of satisfactory karma for the villain of the piece.

It’s graphic, gruesome, gritty….and great!

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Terry reviews The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

Today’s review is from Terry, she blogs at


Terry chose to read and review The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan


Right. I don’t like Sci-Fi. I have zero interest in spaceships and mutant beings. I do, however, love the whole post-apocalyptic thing, which is what made me want to read this book, as well as its excellent title. I am so glad I made that choice!

Basic plot: a motley crew of soldiers are sent from one planet to save the president of a second planet. President has lain in cryogenic suspension since an end-of-world nuclear war a hundred years before.

Dylan Morgan is one hell of a writer. Each character comes alive immediately; we are given no description, physical or otherwise, but I could tell EXACTLY what each person was like almost as soon as they were introduced – a rare talent indeed. The Deadlands is told mostly from the point of view of Lane, a former soldier and current bounty hunter, but also with guest appearances from other members of the team and connected characters, including one chapter from the point of view of one of the mutants. Very, very clever indeed, and actually put a different slant on the whole thing.

Morgan’s writing is clear, concise, never rambling. He understands dramatic impact, suspense, pathos, emotion, though I suspect all this is executed automatically, as it is with those who can write this well. If you like this sort of book you will LOVE this, and I think you will even if, like me, you suspect it might not be your sort of thing. Why? Because Morgan realises something important. A truly great novel is all about the CHARACTERS, not about the plot. The plot is terrific, too, but this story is about human nature: love, loss, greed, betrayal, despair, optimism, friendship, family and strength.

Highly, HIGHLY recommended. I suspect I might be raving about this book for quite a while! An easy 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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Guest Author Mark King

Today our guest is Mark King, author of yesterday’s book Frenzy. Here is a link to the post if you missed it.


Let’s find out more about Mark and his book.

1) Where is your home town?

I live in the city of Norwich in the county of Norfolk in the U.K. It’s one of Britain’s most historic cities and the hub for present day literature. Norwich is the only English UNESCO City of Literature with a thousand year history of writing right up to the present day. A lot of major award winning English authors of both sexes over the last twenty years have some type of connection to Norwich or Norfolk. That’s only just a small piece of what makes Norwich a great place to live and somewhere I am extremely proud to be associated with.

2) How long have you been writing?

I have been writing professionally for nearly four years. Since the release of Frenzy a Daniel Jones story I have been writing on the manuscript to Daniel Jones Doom the Sequel to Frenzy which should be published around the end of 2014, as well as magazine articles and on my world-wide blog at always-hanging-around.

3) What was the one idea behind Frenzy?

The idea first came for me one Monday morning during the recent financial crises that had engulfed the whole world while I was driving. I had a secure job with staff under me working for blue chip clients while handling a multi-million pound budget; and I was absolutely miserable traveling to my first working appointment of the day. Governments around the world had virtually bankrupted themselves for generations to come to save the banking system, or more specially the people at the very top of it, and now the rest of us are having to pay for it; either through higher taxes, or a reduced standard of living. The retirement age was increased to 68, and will probably increase to 70 if not more, and then I realised there may not be a golden age of retirement anymore. Most people can expect a life of toil before they die. In that moment the Bankers became the Overseers, the seven procedures became the lies we have all been told and the achievement centre is the promise of a golden old age that future generation may never see. By the time I arrived home that evening the story was set in my head. I knew I had to resign from my job to complete the book. That’s exactly what I did and Frenzy a Daniel Jones Story by Mark King is the finished product.

4) Who are the Over-Seers?

The Over-seers represent not just the bankers, but all the people at the top of the finance system who have had a feeding frenzy off humanities labour since the liberation of the finance system that started in the early 80’s. Taking grotesque risks with our future, and our children’s, while taking out monstrous payments in bonuses which has left behind a hideous mountain of debt for us to clear up.

5) Can you tell the readers briefly about Daniel’s village life?

Daniel’s life is like most people’s lives today. It has its ups and downs and can be hard trying to cope with life’s daily trials and tribulations, but he, and everyone else in his community, believes if he works hard, keeps to the rules (seven procedures) and believes in the new gods called the Over-seers it will all be worth it in the end; because he can retire to a life of relaxation and security. Just like until recently when we were all told that if you worked hard, paid your dues and believed in the consumerist society you could retire at 65 to a relaxing life of cruise ships and enjoying time with the grand-children. For a lot of people this isn’t going to come true.

6) What happens to villagers on their Achievement days?

Now that’s for the readers of Frenzy a Daniel Jones Story to find out! But all I can say other than this is that it always takes people by surprise when they find out the truth, just like Daniel.

7) Tell us about the Triclops.

The Triclops are terrifying walking machines that stand hundreds of feet tall on three legs thus you get the first part of the name Tri. They have a body that transports the Over-seers over the land with a centre viewer that looks like one eyed-monster, just like a Cyclops, so you get the second part of the name, clops. We in the U.K are under constant C.C.T.C surveillance that keeps us under control, and the Tri-clops is the Over-seers tool of fear that keeps humanity of the future under control.

8) How long has Mary been in the desolate Lands?

Mary is just a young girl when you first meet her in chapter one and then she’s in her mid-twenties when in the resistance she rescues the young Gwendolyn. When you see her again later in the book she is her mid-sixties so in one way or another she would have spent sixty years living in a land of destruction when the Overseers first appear and take control. The story is based in the near future and the warnings signs of the Over-seers arrival are mentioned in the book. Some would say those very same warning signs are present today! There have been unprecedented weather events throughout the world recently. Are these a sign of things to come?

9) This is a Daniel Jones Story, are there more adventures to come?

Yes. The sequel to Frenzy, which is initial titled Daniel Jones Doom, should be published near to the end of 2014. I have kept to the same fast pace, exciting and vivid story telling that is to be found in Frenzy. In fact I like to think that the sequel is as good or has even surpassed the original book in a thrilling and stimulating read that will keep everyone from young to old, of both sexes, glued to the pages as the story unfolds.

10) Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Readers can follow my weekly posting on my blog at always-hanging-around and through my Twitter page @author_king. I’m also on Goodreads and there is a Frenzy-a-Daniel-Jones- story Facebook page. I’m also on Google+ and for people in the media I’m on LinkedIn. Also I can be contacted via email at My books are available through most outlets and also on Amazon U.K and Amazon U.S.A hard back or kindle, Nook and iTunes etc.


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Thank you Mark and Good Luck with the launch of the next book.