Letter D on the A to Z April Challenge

Today is letter D on the A to Z Challenge. My book today is “Derek’s Revenge” by Mac Black, Third book in the Derek Series. Genre: Adult Humour

Let’s meet Derek, he currently works as a newspaper reporter, but his life’s ambition is to write a best selling book.

Name: Derek Toozlethwaite.

Objective: To write a factual best seller.

At long last a great idea for the book – about a rock band that made the big-time in the USA.Dereks' revenge

RABID REVENGE – and they came from Newingsworth UK – his town!

In the USA they made their name,

Top gee-tar-ists in the ‘Hall of Fame’

Wow, they’re celebs – from Derek’s town.


He’ll track them down.

They’ve had their glory

Their time at the top

They’re older now,

They’ve had to stop.

Rabid Revenge – rockers, acting tough

But they’ve made their money,

They’ve had enough.

Will he let them settle? He will not!

There’s a book to be written!

And DEREK’S …hot!

Read about his escapades, if you dare, and become a ‘Derek’ fan…

Mac Blacks books

Derek Toozlethwaite’ series:

Please…Call me Derek. Derek travels from child to confused adult, from reporter for the local paper to any job available, doing everything he thinks he should, but doing it his way. Pursuing life and employment leads Derek to fling himself into the sort of sticky situations he won’t want to have to explain to his friends or his family. With determination, gritting his teeth, doing everything for the best, how could anything go wrong.

Derek’s in Trouble.  As funny as ever and as unlucky as always, Derek is going through another unexpected crisis in his life. A local reporter with the partner of his dreams, his life is all set to be perfect. So, how will he explain his foray out in his wife’s dress? Then, there’s the leggy lady intent on making a lasting impression …on top of that, there are everyone else’s problems to sort. Is his Gran, the secret Radio agony aunt, capable of helping anyone?

Derek’s Revenge. Derek has not had much success getting his first great novel started – in fact, the research it requires has nearly cost him his marriage and ruined several pairs of his wife’s tights. All he needs is a better topic, maybe he should be writing non-fiction, he is a journalist, after all… As is normal for Derek, things go pretty rapidly and hilariously downhill from there!

Derek’s Good Relations. Relations and Relationships – poor Derek has far too many of both – he has a book to write – a mother he has only just met – a wife about to give birth and a poodle who hates him. Life had been so different a year and a half ago. Back then it had been a life before ET and Mom and a heap of other people interfering with his good intentions.

Derek’s Secrets (out soon)

Available from:

Amazon.co.uk (paperback/kindle);

Amazon.com (paperback/kindle);

Waterstones (paperback)

Barnes and Noble (paperback);

Mac Black contacts:

Email: macblack.author

Facebook: facebook.com


Back in January, I reviewed the first book “Please Call Me Derek” http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4nZ and Mac was also my guest author for the day. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4oJ You can also read my review of “Derek’s in Trouble” here. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Y1

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Derek’s In Trouble by Mac Black

Derek's in TroubleDerek’s in Trouble by Mac Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Derek’s in Trouble is the second book in the Derek series of witty humorous tales about newspaper reporter Derek Toozlethwaite. Derek is surrounded by a cast of delightful characters who add to the chaos and calamity which is Derek’s life.

The book opens with recently married Derek caught dressing up in his wife’s clothes as part of research for a newspaper article. However wife Sally doesn’t see the funny side of her best pair of shoes being ruined and takes off to stay with her parents while her temper cools down.

Meanwhile there is so much else going on; Derek’s Granny gets a secret slot on the local radio as Granny Wisdom. Poor Hamish Macintosh is forced to sell up his farm. Aunt Thelma wants a motorbike and the lovely Sophie Clerkenwell-Brown wants to sign up the author of The Big Squeak, the mysterious Ivy Bloom. Then there are Arthur and Charlie, gardeners who are training for the Marathon and looking for sponsors and finally what is growing on Hamish’s old farm now being run by Tipsicorus International?

Just how much trouble can one man get himself into? You will have to read it and see, and like me, become a fan of Derek.

Come back and find out more about the Derek series in my April A to Z Challenge. Mac Black’s books will be featured on Friday 4th April.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Good Deeds Week February 2nd – 8th

Welcome to my weekly roundup of my year long challenge to do one Good deed a day for a year. This challenge began back in April 2013 and is still going strong. My inspiration came from reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. Here is what I’ve been up to this week.

Good deeds

February 2nd – We had an afternoon walking around a woodland on an orienteering trail. As we returned to the car I started picking up litter for my day’s Good Deed. I was delighted when all the family joined in too.

February 3rd – My Monday morning helping out at a local school, volunteering my time to help the children.

February 4th – Made sure I got to work an hour early so that I could get through most of the backlog of work I keep thinking things will get quieter, but they don’t seem to. Have to pick my oldest child up from college later as she is staying to a meeting, have offered to give a lift to another student too.

February 5th – A good Deed received, I’ve been asked to write monthly book reviews for a second magazine and one I can pay forward by getting my authors and their books seen by a new target audience. The magazine goes out to 2000 households and like Fleet Life it has an online version too. I said “YES” this Good Deed will multiply for the future.

February 6th – It’s going completely crazy with book review requests this week, I’ve got 7 books in line to be read and reviewed. A fellow author, Lizzie Lamb, sent me a note about a fantastic chance her and two fellow authors have landed.  They’ve got Waterstones book shop in Market Harborough to let them do a book signing event, so I wrote a post for them and sent it out to help them advertise it some more. As indie authors one of the hardest jobs is marketing, so well done ladies. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Gs

February 7th – Its a beautiful day, the sun is shining and the first spring bulbs are budding and blooming in sheltered spots. I’ve been out for a walk and picked up too much litter. Ever thought this? “Someone else will pick that litter up, its not mine I didn’t drop it, its not my job to pick up litter” How about just picking it up and popping it in the nearest bin?

February 8th – Just a couple of very small deeds today. Heard about a friend who fell off a ladder yesterday and hurt himself quite badly. Sent over the suggestion to get some arnica cream, it really does help relieve bruises. Relayed another message for a friend to my son’s cricket coach. Very busy reading madly and re-tweeting posts. Wrote a review late last night which I will get posted on Sunday.

Indie Authors book signing at Waterstones, Saturday 8th February.

Congratulations to three lovely authors who will be holding a book signing at their local Waterstones Bookshop this weekend.

Cutting Harborough Mail 6th Feb 2014 (1)Lizzie Lamb, June Kearns and Adrienne Vaughan  will be signing books in Waterstones this Saturday in 9, The Square, Market Harborough, in time for Valentine’s Day.

Members of the Romantic Novelists Association the authors will be reading excerpts and chatting to readers about their books.

Join them between 11am and 3pm

Lizzie Lamb will be promoting her book “Boot Camp Bride” which will be taking part on my A to Z April Challenge.

Adrienne Vaughan will be promoting “Change of Heart

June Kearns will be promoting “The 20’s Girl, the ghost and All That Jazz” which will also be part of my A to Z Challenge,