Saturday, 11 March 2017

"The Adventures of Charlie Smithers - A Review - Edgar Rice Burroughs and Me

I've been compared to a great many authors over the years - CS Forester, Bernard Cornwell, George MacDonald Fraser and even Kurt Vonnegut, just to name a few - but this one's a first.
Thank you Sandra:

on March 10, 2017
If you love anything in the likes of Edgar Rice Burroughs, you will love this book. The action was non stop, the characters were unbelievable. I could not put this book down at all and I even cried a great deal towards the end. I will not give any spoilers, but wow, this book will leave you breathless and marked for life. Never will I forget the content of this book as I know I will forever be changed by it. Great job by C W in writing this masterpiece.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

"Josiah Stubb: Interim" - Cover Reveal and Blurb

Work has been proceeding steadily for the release of the next book in the Josiah Stubb Trilogy, expected to be out in a few more weeks. I can now proudly reveal the cover and offer the very talented Poppet my heartfelt thanks for its design and creation. Thanks also go out to Wild Wolf Publishing for agreeing to take this project on in the first place.

I also thought that, while I'm at it, I might just as well include what's been hammered out for a blurb, so far. This part isn't written in stone, but it should give you a good idea what the book is about.

September, 1758, the French fortress of Louisbourg lies beaten into the mud on the Cape Breton shore. To consolidate their victory, the British are left with what appears to be the easy task of clearing the enemy’s settlements from The Gulf of Saint Lawrence. However, although she may be gravely wounded, New France still has teeth, personified by a ruthless officer who will stop at nothing to prevent the hated anglais from advancing another step.
To oppose him is the young, but untried, lieutenant, Josiah Stubb, born in the gutter and raised into the hostile environs of the officers’ mess by none other than General Wolfe himself. Deep in the Gaspé Peninsula, pitted against an enemy who is expert at fighting in its dense forests, Josiah is riven with doubts about his own abilities, with the lives of himself, and the men he commands, hanging in the balance.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Charlie Smithers: Adventures Downunder - "Great Story" - A Review

Thank you Jerry!

on February 7, 2017
The continuing adventures of Charlie Smothers is very enjoyable and is well-written. It gives the reader some insight to the aboriginal people of Australia and their concepts of their world.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Josiah Stubb

"It is a remarkably brave and confident author who can tackle the subjects in this book, subjects that should never be taboo but sadly often are..." ~ d.arcadian

Click here to purchase your own copy of "Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg"

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Shopping Anyone...?

So it's Christmas, and let me guess: you're still searching frantically for that special gift for that certain someone....? Aren't you the lucky one then, to have come to this page?

Book One - "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers":
Book Two - "Charlie Smithers: Adventures in India":
Book Three - "Charlie Smithers: Adventures Downunder":

Saturday, 19 November 2016

"Charlie Smithers: Adventures Downunder" - A Review - "Gripping and Totally Fabulous!"

Thank you Jocelyne!

on November 13, 2016
C.W. Lovatt's "Charlie Smithers - Adventures Down Under" is a gripping and totally fabulous tale where characters make you discover the Australian outback in all it's glory. It reminded me of Jules Verne's incomparable writing with a touch of humor and just enough details to unveil the panorama of this harsh but yet tantalizing country. Absolutely recommending it - Well done Chuck !Charlie Smithers: Adventures Downunder

Sunday, 16 October 2016

"Josiah Stubb" - A Review - "A Remarkably Intelligent Book...."

d. arcadian has taken the time to write reviews for others of my books for which I am deeply grateful. Without exception they are thoughtful, chock-filled with insight, and are a writer's dream in that she 'gets it.'

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An amazingly complex story told in a disarmingly simple and easy to read style that keeps the reader turning from page to page. The narrator is the title character, Josiah Stubb and it is his story and is his struggle to rise above the life into which he was born and become someone that he, himself can respect. It is a remarkably brave and confident author who can tackle the subjects in this book, subjects that should never be taboo but sadly often are, with tact, sensitivity and without any hint of smuttiness or gratuitous sexual content. C. W. Lovatt has proved, yet again, that his work is up there with the best of the classics and this book deserves to be one that is still on shelves and being read in a hundred years, not just for the meticulously researched and told battle scenes, but for the extremely accurate and vivid portraits of social history and life at that place at this point in history. It is exceptionally fine, honest and tells a labyrinthine and enthralling tale in an approachable and easy to digest manner.
The siege and battle scenes are so well described that the reader actually feels to be part of the action and coupled with the photographs of the areas on the author's own website, somehow give an almost three D aspect to a war that is still causing controversy today.
The historical detail is incredibly accurate and has some very fascinating little snippets of information that bring the era and the place to life. The author has gone to considerable lengths to keep the content honest and accurate within the framework of the personnel who inhabit the pages and has also undertaken many, many hours of painstaking research and fieldtrips to ensure that each detail is absolutely accurate.

The story is told with warmth and compassion and occasionally with big hearted humour. Josiah Stubb and the people who surround him, are more than just characters in a book, they become real living human beings for whom we, the reader, develop feelings and to whom we can relate. C W Lovatt has pulled off a master stroke in creating Fat Sally as a warm and humorous woman, making a character whose actions could make the reader thoroughly dislike and despise her into one who we embrace with warmth and laughter. As always with this incredible writer’s work, every word has been measured and placed just where it belongs for maximum impact and that gives the book a very clever extra dimension. There are two, maybe three story lines going on - Josiah as a child, Josiah as a young adult male in love and Josiah at war – but the clever use of words makes the narrative – narratives!- able to be read in two different ways, as a simple story as told and as a much deeper insight into the workings of the human psyche, making it appealing to many different readers. Furthermore, whilst it is Historical Fiction, there are other genres in which it could confidently sit.
It is a remarkably intelligent book from a remarkably intelligent author.
The book should be reviewed on its merit and not on one person’s view of what is right or wrong. It should be judged with the highest of praise for its historical accuracy and literary brilliance.

As always when reading anything by this incredibly talented writer, I experienced a whole range of emotions, not just as surface feelings but as deeply as if they were happening to someone I know.