The Warspite Series New Spiritual Home

Hi all, after much though on how to best allocate my time to social media I have decided to create a new blog dedicated to my current book series. Instead of creating information about the books as I have done up to now I thought it would be much better to just showcase the story lines and characters instead. I hope it attracts some more readers to the fold. Fingers Crossed!

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That all important Second Book… and why Publish?

Well, I have walked the long road… and now comes the time which all writers both love and dread in equal measure… It is time to release my second book into the wild…

The manuscripts have been printed and the word documents have been finalised. No more adjustments until all the feedback drops into my inbox.

Will it be loved more than the first story in the series? or will it be the “lesser” sibling within the family? Have I made some massive continuity error somewhere? the answer to all these questions is: I just don’t know… All I do know is that it is time for me to take a step back and wait and see!

By this time next week the ten or so people of my “test readership” will have their copy and I will anxiously await their reviews and suggestions.

Someone asked me yesterday about the difference between someone who writes and rarely publishes their work, and someone who publishes absolutely everything – even if its not quite up to scratch yet. Its a difficult question, I find myself somewhere in the middle: I would never want to publish garbage, but on the other hand, how are you ever going to improve as a writer if you don’t put your stuff out there for scrutiny? If we all waited until we was absolutely certain, not much would ever get published!

Our conversation moved on to those people who just simply enjoy the act of writing itself and have no intention of ever sharing it. I enjoy the simple act of writing too, but I also write to entertain, and I love that part just as much, so for me it would be a bit like learning to play the guitar, but never performing for anyone. Not even in a pub! Which I think is a shame, but each to their own I suppose!

Warspite Two (working title) in manuscript form

Warspite Two (working title) in manuscript form

Hope you like the picture of me and my Manuscript, that’s 40’000 words right there! and now I need a new ink cartridge…


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The votes are in….

Thanks for your Vote!  It seems the Right Idea proved the most popular with more than 50% of the Vote, followed by the Middle idea with just over 30%…  while the Left trailed with just over 15%…

Based on last weeks Vote, the Artist has sent  through another mock up of what the final cover could look like.  She has introduced some new aspects and imagery and taken away a few…What do think?

This idea includes the “burning fort” scene of the book. It is considerably brighter than the last set of ideas. It also uses the “Grey Witch” who is one of the main characters.

The only problem is the layout might conflict with the Warspite logo and the book title etc. But I like it.

Follow this page for the next Vote! and watch the final design come together!

Warspite Mock Up

Warspite Mock Up

Churchill’s helpful quotes

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill


Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”
Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.”


When I am down I find it helpful to read a few of Winston Churchill’s  quotes. Did you know that apart from being  a great  politician, Churchill was also an artist and done brick laying in his spare time?

He is a personal hero of mine and I plan to visit his house in Kent sometime soon and see the wall he built himself. I don’t actually live far from it, about 40 minutes in the car.

check out more of his quotes on the link below.



Summer Arrives in London

Summer Arrives in London

I was walking across Blackheath, London this weekend and the sun was just going down behind this church, so naturally I just had to stop and take a picture… well 15 pictures to be precise, had to get it just right… the perfectionist inside me came racing to the surface and every time I pressed the button a car came past and blocked the view owing to the delay on my mobile phone camera (so annoying), but here you are. I think its pretty cool for a mobile phone snap!