Monday, 21 October 2013

Charlie Smithers - "Think Treasure Island or Huck Finn"

A really lovely review for Charlie Smithers. Thank you, Edward.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure story like we used to have!, October 21, 2013
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Remember the days as a kid, reading a nice adventure and being swept away into some far off place and living the life of imagination? Think Treasure Island or Huck Finn! Well, it's back with The Adventures of Charlie Smithers.

We are allowed to follow the tale of Charlie Smithers as he is carried off into the "Darkest of Africa". He goes on quite a journey where he finds love and remembers duty; and the best part: he brings us along.

Just start reading the beginning and you'll see. Smithers is forced to run for his life from a giant rhino, but it's done in such a funny way. This is just one technique that Lovatt uses to keep you interested in the on going story.

Lovatt debuts with a bang and a boom. He hits it out of the park and makes you not want to put this book down...which you won't do! I know we will see more from him in the future, and I relish the idea. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story.

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Charlie's Back in the Thick of It

Well that was fast! After only a day or two of being bumped from the US best sellers list, Charlie Smithers has fought his way back on it, and, given his history, it's beginning to look like he's going to stay on, but for the odd couple of days here and there.

I suppose that this means that this has stopped being news - something I would never have dreamed of saying a year ago prior to his being published. So I'll only mention it from hereon in if he surpasses any previous accomplishments.

Boy, a consistent best, my!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Charlie Smithers - Charge!!!

Phenomenal action on Amazon today. Charlie seems to be assaulting the ramparts of the top ten! Wish him luck!!

#9,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Charlie Smithers - In the Top 10

Charlie's made it into the top 10.

The Adventures of Charlie Smithers
Kindle Edition

  • Thursday, 10 October 2013

    'Best Selling Author' - It Has A Ring To It, Don't You Think?

    There's been some discussion on what constitutes a best seller. As you may know, this is the ninth consecutive day that Charlie Smithers has made it into the top 100 in the US for historical fiction based in Africa. So I clicked on the link and found this at the bottom of the page:

    About Best Sellers in Historical African Fiction

    These lists, updated hourly, contain bestselling items. Here you can discover the best Historical African Fiction in Amazon Best Sellers, and find the top 100 most popular Amazon Historical African Fiction. For non-U.S. customers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary.

    So I suppose that answers THAT question.

    Current ranking:

    Wednesday, 9 October 2013

    I Found This To Be Deeply Gratifying

    This is from the blog of someone who has grown from 'friend' to a dear friend over the past few weeks, who is, I might add, no slouch as a writer himself. I'll post the link, but I seem to be having trouble getting links to go live here lately. So I'm afraid you'll have to cut and paste in in your search window, or read what I've copied and pasted below. I'm deeply gratified, Alec. Sorry about your sandwich.

    My favourite books.

    Since I have been dabbling with the world of writing, trying to create humorous books with an underlying serious message, I have come across a great many independent authors who write with great aplomb and in their own individual style. On this page I would like to feature some of my own personal favourites.

    A book I read quite recently had me so totally gripped that having made my breakfast - a sausage sandwich - I was so engrossed in the story that when I finally got around to eating the sandwich the sausage had set firm and cold, and the bread was beginning to turn up at the edges.

    Product Details

    The Adventures of Charlie Smithers, written by Chuck Lovatt.

    This is, without any shadow of a doubt, the most engaging book I have ever had the pleasure to read. It is historical fiction, but could so easily be true. The author takes us all the way back to 1854, a time of Empire and adventure., of discovery and courage. The British Empire has been repackaged by our modern world as The Commonwealth, but I personally think we should never ignore the fact that - although many brutal acts were carried out in the name of Empire - much good was also done by globe trotting explorers with an appetite for adventure and a desire for discovery and enlightenment.

    Mr. Lovatt has done his research very well indeed, and right from the early passages in this story I was hooked. The action - of which there is much - is very well mixed with many tender and quieter moments, for this is a magnificent story of adventure and also a deeply moving love story. I was actually moved to tears as the story nears it's end, such was the connection I felt for the characters. Chuck draws in the readers with his brilliant writing, and then carries them along through many ups and downs. A truly magnificent read that I would heartily recommend to all.

    an ordinary kid with a snotty nose and grubby knees grew up to be an ordinary bloke- without the other bits!

    Tuesday, 8 October 2013

    Charlie Smithers Now Available at Barnes and Noble

    I've just noticed this morning that Charlie Smithers is now available at Barnes & Noble.

    Monday, 7 October 2013

    Charlie Smithers - Day Six Is Even Better

    He keeps inching up there. After six consecutive days in the top 100 in the US (historical fiction - Africa) Charlie Smithers is currently #26.

    #44,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

    Sunday, 6 October 2013

    Day Four and Charlie Smithers Still Doing Well

    For the fourth day in a row Charlie Smithers is still in the top 100 in the US for African historical fiction. Not only that, but he seems to be inching ahead a little each day. I don't dare even contemplate where this will end. I could blink and it would be gone as fast as it came, or it might just continue getting better and better. Whatever the case, they can't take this moment away. Not ever.

    Friday, 4 October 2013

    Charlie Smithers - USA ROCKS!!!!

    Charlie Smithers has been hanging around in the top 100 in the US pretty much all week, and now seems to be making another surge!

    A great big thank you to all you lovely people!

    Thursday, 3 October 2013

    Some Stuff on My Wall

    Okay, I know this is nothing more than gratuitous boasting, but what the heck, it took a lot of hard work to get these 1st place certificates and I'm pretty darned proud of them. So humour me, okay? Besides, my photography does plenty to keep me humble, I'm sure you'll agree.

    From top to bottom my winning stories are: "The Thing About Pantyhose" (Canadian Stories - 2013); "And Then It Rained" (Lake Winnipeg Writers' Group - 2013); and "Roll of Honour" (Canadian Stories - 2012)

    Top left of the photo is my "Why Be Normal When You Can Be Yourself!" plaque, which I'm also pretty darned proud of.

    Below that, you might have trouble reading it, but it's another much-prized possession - my quote from Cyril Connolly: "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than write for the public and have no self."

    Words to live by, believe me.

    Twisted Tails - Free For a Limited Time Only!!

    Just to let you know that "Wild Wolf's Twisted Tails" is free for a limited time only. Be sure not to miss out! And don't forget about those reviews either!

    BTW, in case you forgot, two of my own stories are in here: "Cooking Without Onions" and "Freedom's Wings". You're welcome!

    Ed Wolf
    Wild Wolf's anthology of 23 twisted tales is free for a short time on Kindle. If you haven't read this dark and macabre collection now is your chance.
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    Charlie Smithers & Twisted Tails - Links for October

    Hard to believe it's October already. Another summer tip-toed off behind my back.

    First of all, do NOT forget this one, it's very important: 524230_10201017551306723_255111181_n.jpg
    GoodReads: The Adventures of Charlie Smithers and Wild Wolf's Twisted Tails
    Barnes and Noble:
    And for Amazon:

    While I'm at it, I'll include my FB author's page. Don't be afraid to visit and leave a 'Like' on the wall. And hey, leave a comment as well! I like hearing from you.
    Don't forget, you can follow me on Twitter, too, you lucky devils! @tacscwl on Twitter

    Wednesday, 2 October 2013

    Charlie Smithers in the Top 100 in the US!

    Well this is certainly a treat. Thanks to all of my American friends for bringing Charlie into your homes...and for getting him into the top 100 (which I believe is a first for him).