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": http://mybook.to/tacs
Book Two - "Charlie Smithers: Adventures in India": http://mybook.to/tacs2
Book Three - "Charlie Smithers: Adventures Downunder": http://mybook.to/tacs3

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.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

"And Then It Rained" - Post Promotion

Well the week long promotion for "And Then It Rained" is over and I have to say that I was pleased with the results, placing #1 in Short Stories and #2 for Anthologies for most of the week in Canada, and placing well in both the US and UK, coming as close as #3 for Anthologies in the UK.
For those of you that thought to take advantage of the promotion, I hope that you enjoy my collection of stories (many of them award winning) snd if you do, tell your friends, and it would be lovely if you took the few minutes of your time to write an honest review. It seems a small enough thing to ask in return.


"And Then It Rained" - Two More Five Star Reveiews!!

It was a delight to recieve this one. Thank you Terry! Much appreciated!

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Another winner from this excellent author. I was gripped from page one of the first story. Wonderful stories, beautifully crafted. I would recommend this to anyone.

Equally delightful to receive, this one is from Elaina J Davidson; a damn fine author in her own right!

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This is the most AMAZING collection of stories and I am utterly blown away by Mr Lovatt’s ability to tell a tale well.

From ‘Sean’s Lament’, a tale about greed, you will be hooked until ‘A Word’, a clever and insightful ending, this I guarantee you. Some are sad, such as ‘Highway Driving’ and ‘Angel’, while others are laugh out loud funny. ‘Angus Breaks Free’ caused me to snort laughter, while Mr Lovatt’s non-fiction insert about pantyhose made me laugh so hard I’m sure he heard me up there in Canada!

Thoroughly enjoyable; this collection kept me up many nights reading! I cannot recommend enough to do it the justice it deserves. Read it and I know you will agree!

Click here to purchase your own copy of "And Then It Rained."



Monday, 3 October 2016

"And Then It Rained" - Currently Free!

Just found out that my eclectic anthology of short stories, "And Then It Rained," is currently free on Amazon, but I don't know as yet for how long.

"From the best-selling author of the Charlie Smithers books.
A collection of award-winning short stories.
Rain, that natural wonder, so natural, in fact that often it comes and goes scarcely noticed. However, metaphorical or otherwise, there are times when rain brings with it great change, causing the breath-taking beauty of rainbows or the cataclysmic destruction of floods, with equal indifference. This collection - an eclectic mix of humour, drama, and fantasy - is about those uncertain times. Dark clouds are forming, so you had better be prepared for the coming storm…"

Click here to get your copy!


Friday, 23 September 2016

"Charlie Smithers: Adventures in India" - A Review - d.arcadian

A simply lovely review of "Charlie Smithers: Adventures in India."
Thank you, d.arcadian!

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I did not think that it would be possible to follow Charlie Smithers first adventure with anything that was as totally all engrossing and engaging, but CW Lovatt has not only succeeded in bringing us a second book that was as enjoyable, but has actually surpassed the first book in range, scope and utter brilliance.

When authors seek to maintain stability within an established series, there is sometimes a danger that stories can become diluted, but this is not the case with the Charlie Smithers books, which, although we are only on book two of a three part series, seems to go from strength to strength. Maintaining continuity, whilst at the same time giving readers something new to discover is what makes reading Lovatt's work so appealing.

This quote is from Lovatt's exceptional book of short stories, 'And then It Rained' but I feel it is relevant to my comments here :
''But writers aren’t about straight lines; they love to amble along, twisting and turning through life’s pathways, making sure that nothing is left behind...''
Charlie Smithers is as loyal and faithful to his master and to the British Empire as ever and his sense of fair play and decency has not been diminished by the tragic death of his wife in the first book, although her shadow stretches long over his soul throughout his adventure to Bhutan.
Her loss and the pain that Charlie feels is handled with great skill and sensitivity and the reader can really feel his loss without it getting in the way of the story. The plot is a complex story of the Raj versus the local people, which in less expert hands could perhaps have been rather tedious, but here it shines with life and dark humour and real living breathing people. I can never think of the people in this author's books as characters; they are living breathing people who we know and love. Mostly love.

Smithers is a complicated man with very deep emotions that he rarely shows (he is British after all and must maintain that stiff upper lip!) and this quote, relevant perhaps to so many people, sums up his deep and thoughtful nature for me: "Once, in an ill-starred moment, I had trusted a man, and as a result had lost everything. Was it wrong ever to trust again, or should I cling to the safety of caution so much that I would sacrifice happiness to maintain it? With the question placed thus, there could only be one answer, and I saw that a part of me had known this all along."

Conversation is lively and natural:
"Then, “D’you mean to tell me,” milord began, scandalized (reflecting all of our sentiments, I’m sure), “that when he…that is to say…when he approaches his…what I mean is when he’s about to…to…”
“Achieve orgasm?” she supplied helpfully."
Now even milord fell silent. Instead he ended lamely with a half-hearted interrogative tug at an imaginary cord around his throat.
“Quite so,” madam confirmed, with what I thought was a note of relief. A relief, I might add, that was not shared by any of us, and even less so with my master.
After a great deal of effort, he managed to stammer, “But…but…” before finally coming out with it, “but what the deuce for?” To which the widow replied,
“I am told that it greatly enhances the experience during the act of…”
“Yes…quite,” my lord managed to interrupt her just in time, and attempted to cover his embarrassment by clearing his throat, over and over again, quite volubly, I thought."

I cannot praise the book highly enough and can only look forward to having the time to read 'Charlie Smithers: Adventures Downunder'.

Josiah Stubb - A Review - Superb!

With the second book of the Josiah Stubb trilogy well under way (look for its release, hopefully early in 2017) it's extremely gratifying that the first book is still doing so well.

Thank you Helen!

on 15 September 2016
If you are a lover of historical fiction, or if like me you've never read this genre before, then this really is the book for you. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Packed full of historical fact and absolutely crammed full of truly believable characters I have to say I am very much looking forward to the next book. I think I have felt every emotion going through this amazing story, but what I felt most of all was the sympathetic way in which Chuck described the lives of some of the less fortunate in the tale, with Josiah's mum being a prime example. I also roared with laughter at some bits and welled up at others. I don't want to say too much about what happens in the book as the description given on Amazon is ample enough. I would happily read this book again. It would also make a superb film. Where is Peter Weir? Must give him the nod on this Josiah chap ! Maybe Josiah Stubb could be the new 'Sharpe' ? Just a thought.

Quebec

Just returned from my latest adventure in the beautiful Canadian province of Quebec, gathering research for my next two novels (books two and three of the Josiah Stubb Trilogy) and I thought I might share just a few of the gazillions of photos I took along the way.


 First stop was Quebec City and the Old Town, of which a visit is never complete without taking a picture of the most photographed hotel in the world - Chateau Frontenac.

The streets in Old Town are narrow, and chock full of old world charm. Many of these houses were present during the siege of 1758-59, the time of the novels.

Just a very small part of the fortifications of the Citadel. Built by the British after the American Revolution, they have no part to play in the novels, but are impressive, nevertheless.

For the history buffs out there, I purchased a miniature of a cannon at the museum of the Royal 22nd Regiment - the famous Van Doos - and mounted it on a piece of slate I picked up at L'Anse au Foulon, where the British landed in the dark of night, on September 13, 1759, just six hours prior to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. As a footnote I'll add that I walked over the site on September 13th, exactly 257 years after the famous battle.

Prior to that, General Wolfe had tried to pierce the French defences at Monmorency Falls, and got his nose bloodied for him. As you can see, I was able to get quite close (and got soaked for my pains.) 

 With Quebec in my rearview mirror, I followed scenic Highway 320 out to the city of Gaspe, out on the eastern tip of the Gaspe Peninsula.

 

While there, I stayed at William Wakeham House. Very old and quaint by our standards out here on the prairies, my room was the one in the middle with the large dormer. Joking, I asked the desk clerk if it was haunted. After some hesitation, he assured me that my room was safe....


 Part of my research included viewing the shoreline from the sea. What better way of doing that than in a whale watching tour...?

 And with that it was a six hour drive back to the airport, overnighting in beautiful Riviere de Loup, and the sun setting on my most excellent adventure.
 


 


 

Monday, 29 August 2016

"And Then It Rained" - A Review From 'The Review' - Enter To Win!!

Enter to win your own copy of "And Then It Rained;" just follow the link and leave a comment at the end of this really rather marvellous summation by 'The Review's Diana Milne. Draw takes place September 6th.

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

"The Adventures of Charlie Smithers" - A Review - "Five Stars"

Don't get me wrong, I love any and all reviews (trolls excepted) and thank each and every one of you for posting them, but a review for "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers" puts me in that 'feel good' place, because he's been discovered by a new reader, and I share their excitement of all the adventures waiting for them in the other books of the collection. Kinda goofy, I know, but that's me to a 'T.'
Cheers Malcolm, I hope you continue to enjoy Charlie's adventures.


on 12 August 2016
Amusing and entertaining. Unusual style of writing. Looking forward to the next instalment of his adventures.

Click here to purchase your own copy of "Thae Adventures of Charlie Smithers."

"And Then It Rained" - A Review - "A Lovely Collection of Short Stories"

It's very humbling when a reviewer takes the time to comment on each and every story. Truly far above and beyond what anyone has a right to ask for. Thanks very much, Monique!


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Sean's Lament

Poor delusional Sean,he had high hopes for the girl of his dreams, only to be bludgeoned with reality. A down on his luck student with two jobs,can barely make ends meat,as a matter of fact,he spends his measly pittance on chocolate bars instead of meat.Suddenly all of that changes and trust me when I tell you, the spots he finds himself in are priceless. Oh ,how I laughed!!! You might think that's a horrible thing to say when clearly ,Sean had a massively tough time of it. Well I'm sorry,but the way C.W. Lovatt has with words just tickles me pink.This author has a way of forcing a belly laugh right out of you.I've laughed so hard I can barely see straight,but I must clear my vision because there are more short stories in this delectable book to read.

Tin Whistle

This story was about losing a loved one and the impossibility of moving on.The heart has a hard time letting go. A sad but lovely tale.

Fear Of Flying
I love this story,it shows that anything is possible if you but try.

Highway Driving
What should have been a happy occasion ended up being a pointless tragedy.

Angus Breaks Free
Crotchety old Angus thought he was done with his wife of 50 years. She, according to him, was the bane of his existence. Turns out,you'll have to read this awesome short to find out. A gem of a tale,this is.

Angel
Dealing with loss is something we all have to learn to do,sooner or later,and I think this story shows that we must still go on,because that is what our lost loved one would want.

Incomplete
A glimpse into the life of an author. Most people think that authors sit at their desks all day,writing til their hearts content.But the truth is,most authors have day jobs to earn ends meat,that however does not mean the stories are kept at bay,to the contrary,they do battle inside the authors head,begging to be let out.This is a very eye opening tale.

Drafting the Dodge
Two escaped convicts deciding that Canada is the best place for them,being that the people are so nice,the entire country is ripe for the picking. This was so funny,one mishap after another made me constantly,laugh out loud.

And Then It Rained
A typical day turns tragic,a sad story. It's true when they say, "When it rains it pours".

Baggage
Sometimes love breeds desperation and man oh man ,the consequences were brutal.

The Thing About Pantyhose
The logic of children is something to behold. I must admit,this story got a giggle out of me.

The Mathematics of Fate
We all have to learn not to jump to conclusions,because often,things are not as they appear to be.

Tharn!
A cheeky little tale about the differences between,males and females. And I must say,I have to agree with the statements.

Roll of Honour
War is never pretty,and the brave men and women who fight for their country do it for many reasons.Staring out,it's for glory and quickly becomes for the honour of protecting those they hold dear. They are true heroes. A touching tale.

Strange Love
How this couple reacts to the end of the world is,hilarious!!!

A Word
I loved this!!! The alphabet is a wonderful thing,without it,gloriously beautiful words could not be formed.

All in all,I loved every single story in this collection. They are all uniquely different and each left a mark on my heart.I invite you all to read these short stories,you will be left with a feeling of fullness in your heart. Thank you,C.W. Lovatt.
I shall cherish these always.

Click here to purchase your own copy of "And Then It Rained."


Friday, 12 August 2016

"And Then It Rained" A Review - "A Page Turning Variety"

I first met Karen a number of years ago when I was a guest on her podcast, "Writers Roundtable." Since then she's become one of my more loyal readers, and a good friend besides. Thanks Karen, very much appreciated.

on August 11, 2016
AND THEN IT RAINED C.W. LOVATT
They say variety is the spice of life! That adage could not be any truer for this collection of short stories by a guy more known for his historic fiction novels. I highly recommend that you keep a box of tissue handy for stories like the TIN WHISTLE along with HIGHWAY DRIVING. However, you will chuckle during SEANS DILEMMA and DRAFTING THE DODGE.
At the turning of each page I marveled at the vast difference of each story from the next. I sincerely hope Mr. Lovatt writes more stories like the ones in this collection.
5 star reading for sure.
 
 
 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

"The Adventures of Charlie Smithers" - A Review - "A Triumph of a Book!"

Thank you d.arcadian!

A totally wonderful rip roaring adventure yarn, with a wonderfully funny larger than life hero (or is Charlie an anti hero??) An exciting page turner of tale that brings to mind the adventure books we read as kids....yet with adult twists...
"And may you have much jigga-jiggling in the making of your sons," she continued.
"Oh think nothing of...pardon?"
"And may your toes curl often in ecstasy."
"Now see here!"
"And may your balls be filled with much.."
"Silence!" I hissed, too scandalised for any other words.
The book is made gloriously authentic to it's era by being totally lacking in political correctness, which makes refreshing change and it delightfully pokes fun at stereotypical English people of the era.
A triumph of a book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves an adventure (and who doesn't!)
 

 

 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

"And Then It Rained" - Book Event

Just a heads to let you know that there will be an online book event for "And Then It Rained" on August 12th starting at 6:00 PM EDT. Bags of prizes and bags of fun! Leave a comment if you're interested, and we'll see what we can do about issuing you an invitation.

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Adventures Downunder - A Review - "Cracking Good....!"

If you haven't read "Adventures Downunder" yet, the title of this simply wonderful review (written by the gifted author, Alec Hawkes) might seem confusing, but the explanation is simplicity in itself. You see, to make the dialogue work through certain sections of the book, it was necessary to invent a new language, or pidgen. I thought it worked rather well. I gather Alec agrees.
Thank you, old friend, very much appreciated, sir.

on July 17, 2016
This is yet another triumph for the fantastically talented Mr. Lovatt; without any shadow of a doubt one of the finest writers of historical adventures that there has ever been. Lovatt crams in an enormous amount of research before he slips his clearly wonderfully well developed imagination to work in creating quite marvellous tales. Whether one calls this historical fiction, or the same though based on an awful lot of fact, or at least what could very easily be fact, is surely pretty well irrelevant. Much of what has actually been written down over the centuries about various times and events in history is almost certainly much the same; very often depending on the viewpoint of whoever wrote and recorded whichever particular 'facts' as just that. As an example, one could read many so called factual pieces on the colourful history between England and Scotland, and the struggles for power and freedom. The poor wee vanquished and downtrodden Angus McJock may well have written a mightily different piece about his ragbag army's defeat at Glen Wotsit compared with the version written by Sir Bastard De English. In a similar way to history being written by the victor, many things that are merely opinions or images that were seen by eyes which saw something different to other eyes, so becomes historical fact. Over a period of time some facts will be deemed to have been bunkum or cobblers, other facts will have been added to the story, maybe because a change of thinking from the powers that be may have occurred, or maybe because the story itself needed jazzing up to suit the opinion of the day.
Why, you may ask, am I saying all this as opposed to talking about the particular story in question? Well, that is because I read a line (just one line, not a review that merits being called a review) about this book as I was preparing my own thoughts on this splendid tale. The author of this one line had damned the book out of hand; something along the lines of "I read two chapters and became very bored". Well, Mr or Ms. Muppet, go and watch a soap opera or get yourself a copy of some mind numbing magazine spouting trivial cobblers and your tiny mind will likely be royally entertained. Swashbuckling adventures, written as fiction but with a very healthy dose of what could very easily be fact, or very close to fact, are just that, exactly that.
Now, to the matter in hand; the continuing adventures of our erstwhile hero, this time happening in the stinking hot frickin' desert we know as Australia. Charlie has been getting a little older and wiser, becoming a deeper thinker - much like, one would hope, all of us, as we limp our way through life's great trial. Charlie IS a deep thinker, has always been a deep thinker, in truth. Now, though, his thinking has become that bit deeper, more analytical. Our hero goes through many more adventures, faces several more near death experiences, falls in love (hey! no tale of a buckling swash on a world tour of adventures would be complete without the periodic falling in love with maidens fair!), or at least in lust.
I will tell very little of the story, just to say that it is quite brilliantly written, extremely gripping from the word go, and a marvellous extension to the life story that we already know of young Smithers, from following his earlier escapades in both Africa and India. As I briefly mentioned earlier, the research that this genial author does before penning these splendid adventures is exceptional. It is due partly to this research, and partly to Mr. Lovatt's brilliant imagination, that this historical adventure is so real, so utterly believable.
Very well done indeed sir, a truly memorable tale, written in such a way that the reader's journey is both gripping and highly enjoyable. Bravo, what!
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 8 July 2016

Josiah Stubb - A Review - "His Best Work"

Although I should point out that the quality of a work is subjective to the individual reader, I'm happy to report that I'm getting very close to finishing the rough draft for the second book of the Josiah Stubb trilogy.
Thank you, Shannon. While I suppose it's inevitable that he has become temporarily overshadowed by the Charlie Smithers Collection, it makes me happy whenever I see that Josiah gets to share some of the attention, too.

on July 5, 2016
This is the fourth book I have read of Mr. Lovatt's and can say with confidence, his best work of the bunch. Better than the Charlie Smithers works and hopefully the first in a series.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Reading in Hartney, Manitoba - As Pleasant as It Gets

Yesterday's reading in Hartney was about as pleasant an experience as it gets. It was quite well attended  - far more than I would have expected in such a small town. They went out of their way to get the word out, too. This is what I saw when I drove into town. Needless to say my ego and I were tickled pink!



The following is a pictorial run through the evening.


 I was able to harangue some of my family to attend. This is me (Chuck) and my brother-in-law (also Chuck)



 There were quotes like this all over the library. I'm referring, of course to this one by Stephen King, not the Exit sign.



 The actual reading (which I thought went very well) lasted for about forty-five minutes, long enough for a good-sized sample from three different books.



 Of course after the reading, there was time to mingle, and sign books.





This is Linda Philips, chair of the library committee, and the lady responsible for organizing the event. Great job, Linda, many thanks!


This soft-spoken man was really quite interesting. He used to work in the Hudson Bay Company's museum in Winnipeg, but he wanted somewhere quiet to work on his art. Boy, I can relate! He also bought four of my books, so that almost elevates him to best friend status!


This is my sister, Barb. When signing books for my family, I have to remember to write 'Charlie' instead of my pen name.



Signing the guest book. About two dozen had signed before me.



Still signing books when I got home. These ones were for my brother, Joel. He likes to get copies for himself and his kids, Sarah, Laura, and Michael, shortly after one of my novels is released.

So that's it. I had a blast, but I was also pretty tired once the adrenaline wore away. Think I'll turn in early tonight. Later, folks...






Monday, 20 June 2016

Reading and Book Signing Tomorrow

For those of you within...oh, I don't know, let's say a 10,000 mile radius, this is a heads up that I'll be giving a series of readings, a book signing, and otherwise shamelessly promoting my work, at the Hartney Public Library tomorrow, June 21st, from 5:00 - 7:00PM. In lieu of flowers, bring money (Ha! Ha! Just joking about the money...sort of.....)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Charlie Smithers Collection....So Far


Click on the links below to purchase your own copies!


The Adventures of Charlie Smithers


Charlie Smithers: Adventures in India


Charlie Smithers: Adventures Downunder

And Then It Rained - A Review - "Touching, Funny, and Thoughtful"

Thanks Deborah, I hope your rain comes soon!

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Living as I do in drought stricken California, even the title excited me. These stories are touching, funny, thoughtful. I carry my Kindle around with me to read whenever I have to wait, such as in doctor's offices, and these stories are just what I need: interesting, thoughtful, escape. 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 17 June 2016

"And Then It Rained" - A Review - "Incredibly Good Writing"

Thank you Bookworm!

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Lately I’ve been reading a number of short story collections and anthologies. I find it a great way to discover new authors and new genres.
In ‘And then it Rained’ I’ve discovered an author who has the enviable knack of evoking laughter and tears within the same pages.
Witty and with perfect comedic timing, the first story ‘Sean’s lament’ follows the antics of a young man who, in the name of love, endures all manner of alarming escapades. Visual and very funny, the tight writing keeps you on your toes until the final punch-line.
In complete contrast, my favourite of the collection ‘Tin Whistle’ is a Gothic ghost story with lyrical prose. Quite beautiful in its simplicity, the tale of much loved and much missed Emily is incredibly poignant and emotional.
There are many more, equally diverse in style. What they all share is incredibly good writing. 
 
 

 

 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Pirate Sites - I Can't Think Of Anything I Hate More

There have been a few very good posts on the internet lately, covering the topic of pirate sites. To a writer, who is the victim of these sites, there are few things more loathsome, and they're getting worse. I found my latest release, "And Then It Rained," uploaded on one of these sites ten days before it came out on Amazon!
In both stories there is made mention of sadly deluded people who think that writers can afford to be pillaged like this. We can't. Most writers, including this one, work full time jobs to pay the bills. We squeeze time in for our stories after hours and on weekends, sharing the same time that is needed for marketing (which has a voracious appetite, time-wise.) The point I'm trying to make is that we make substantial sacrifices to get our work out there, so I'll leave you to imagine how I feel about someone who steals my work.

Here is the link to one of the stories:http://www.sarahmadisonfiction.com/2016/06/dear-broke-reader-your-sense-of-entitlement-is-killing-me/

And here is the other: http://wp.me/p4QRAy-eM

If you are numbered among the far too many people who frequent these places, and think that you are entitled to steal a writers hard earned income, I strongly suggest that you read them.

Getting back to "And Then It Rained," here is the link where you can PURCHASE the book:  http://myBook.to/atr


Friday, 3 June 2016

ATR - "FROM THE HUMOROUS TO THOUGHT-PROVOKING"

A lovely review for "And Then It Rained."
Thanks Reggie!

Format: Kindle Edition
This is a collection of Mr. Lovatt's short stories that he's written over the years, (for competitions or magazines etc).
Though I'm no real lover of short story collections, I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth and depth of what was on offer. From the humorous to thought-provoking, there isn't one story that disappoints.
A good read.
 



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Friday, 27 May 2016

And Then It Rained

"This collection of stories is amazing. It will touch you in so many ways." ~ Miss Lyn

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Podcast Link

Great show as always, Karen
You should listen to it all, folks, but for those of you who pine only for the dulcet tones of my voice (and who wouldn't?) you'll find it around the halfway point.
http://l.facebook.com/l.php…




Monday, 9 May 2016

Podcast With Karen Vaughn

Tune in tomorrow at 5:00 EDT when I'll be the guest of host (and good friend) Karen Vaughn at the Writer's Round Table, on Blog Talk Radio. Should be fun!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2016/05/10/writers-round-table--2-childrens-authors-and-a-historical-fiction-writer-oh-my


"The Adventures of Charlie Smithers - A Review by 'The Review'

Here's me, pleased as punch, and many thanks to Rob Bayliss of 'The Review'!
I usually post reviews in their entirety on this page, but this time I want you to follow the link here and leave a comment at the end of a rather cracking good write-up, in order that you have a chance to win a copy of "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers," the first book in the popular Charlie Smithers Collection.


If you wish to purchase a copy, just click here.



Friday, 6 May 2016

Adventures Downunder - A Review - "Five Didgeridoos"

Cheers Karen!

on May 2, 2016
CHARLIE SMITHERS ADVENTURES DOWN UNDER
Chucko the gentleman’s gentleman has gotten into it for sure this time. Whilst on a junket with his master Lord Brampton to the land down under Charlie faces blood thirsty sharks, aboriginals and a feisty yet beautiful woman. The biggest challenge he will face is bringing a band of evil bushrangers to justice without getting killed himself. Pressed into service we see Smithers at his best because a Smithers never backs down!
Shark attacks, Aboriginals, and a woman who can cuss like a seaman oh my! This is Australia and our Charlie is in the thick of it. After wandering the aussies desert for what seems like for ever, the author sets our man on a mission full of fun and a wee bit of romance yeah. Mr. Lovatt has done the series proud in his latest historical romp across the world. I give this story five digeridoos for excellent writing and storytelling.