Monthly Archives: September 2015

…Author friend, m’Lady, Jessica Norrie… a fresh new voice for yeez to enjoy…

…there’s seldom anything more invigorating than the enthusiasm of a ‘newbie author’… especially when she has recently experienced the buzz of ‘breaking through’ to climb the Great God Amazon’s rankings… meet my pal , m’Lady, Jessica Norrie, whose debut offering, THE INFINITY POOL, has caused a splash or three in its own right:

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I wrote THE INFINITY POOL between 2008- 2012, inspired by the setting of a holiday I took, but the characters are entirely fictional. There’s an element of whodunit and howdunit to keep the reader interested, but it’s more of an exploration of psychology, of the decisions people make and what happens as a result, of older men and younger women, and of the clash of a traditional culture with an apparently much freer one. Are the second group of people really any freer than the first, though?

The setting is really important, because I felt as though I was there when I was writing it – and that meant I had a really long, sunny, basking holiday, even though I was actually in my study all the time.

I hadn’t intended a sequel, but several readers have asked for one, with varying ideas about which character (s) to propel forwards. I’m not sure yet, but I do know it will take place in the UK, in a nice place because otherwise I wouldn’t want to spend time there, but even so a place with tensions and conflicts just as in the Infinity Pool, because it’s those tensions and conflicts that I’m most interested to explore.

I’ve been amazed and humbled by the generosity of people I’ve never met, and those I know only slightly, as well as friends and family, in welcoming this book and making it such a success – even number 1 in Australian Literary Fiction for several days! It was sitting between Rachel Joyce and Steig Larsson in UK Literary fiction, last time I looked; and it overtook Harper Lee and even shunted the Girl on the Train off the Australian tracks, albeit briefly until normal service resumed.

So thank you to everyone for your interest,  I’ve loved the discussion so far.



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A wee bit about Jessica

Jessica’s a French Literature graduate of Sussex University, postgrad in Dijon and Sheffield,who lives in London, and has two adult “children”; she has been a teacher/translator most of her working life… she wrote a novel on and off over years 2008-13 and to her surprise, momentum took over and she finished it. An agent  was acquired pretty soon afterward, but the standard reaction most authors experience resulted in mainstream publishers rejecting  it as ‘well written’ but variously either ‘too lowbrow’ or ‘too highbrow’ for their target markets, but it’s doing well on Amazon. Her next novel may be something to do with construction as she’s had the builders in her house for a year, so having not beaten them, she’ll join them. It may also feature a familiar character or two from the Pool…

Twitter: @jessica_norrie


…so, there yeez have it, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land… go dip yer toes in the water yerselves… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…





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..To Weep Is Not A Shame…

…s’funny how little flashbacks come at yeez when yeez least expect it… that simple wee message that regularly does the rounds, triggered sum’thing for me again today … the one that says, ‘Everybody you meet, and I mean EVERYBODY, is fighting some sort of battle you know nothing about… be kind… it caused me this morning to go dig back into my files … the obscure ones where I ‘hide’ some of my private, personal, poetry efforts from over the years… the correlation is this … back in 2002, I was at lunch in a seafood restaurant in Manila in the Philippines, a country assailed with living hardships… the waitress who served me was prob’ly around her mid-30s… a very pretty lady, but whose brave face showed she was obviously carrying some almost unbearable inner burden… I went back to my office and wrote the following lines:




The smile upon your face

I thought extremely brave,

For the shadows in your eyes

Are trying tears to save.


Whatever sadness lurks therein

From whatever source it came,

Set it free and cry my dear

To weep is not a shame.


The world is full of trials

That each of us must face.

I’ve seldom seen it carried

Like you—with so much grace.


The darkness round your heart

I trust will move away.

Although you do not know me

For you—today I pray.


For you are just the same as I

And everyone around.

Your face deserves to smile

And not be creased or frowned.


I hope these thoughts of mine

Can clear your darkened frame.

Set it free and cry my dear,

To weep is not a shame.



November 15, 2002


…so be a little extra kind to sumb’dy today… yeez may save a life.. and it may be yer own… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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…where did yeez get yer LUV of books from?.. regular visitor, Author Tony McManus tells his source…

…my regular blog post visitor and pal, Author Tony McManus paints a picture for us :




As a schoolboy, I was fortunate to have a teacher who enjoyed reading stories to his pupils. Every Friday afternoon around 3.30 Mr. Cassidy would sit on a desk and gather us boys in a close circle around him and for the final thirty minutes of the school day he would read to us.

Mr. Cassidy was from Ireland and had the God-given gift of a beautiful voice. The first story he read to us was R L. Stevenson’s novel, “Treasure Island.” And he didn’t simply read; he dramatized. He took us out of the cold Manchester grime and on down to the Cornwall coast and the Admiral Benbow Inn. And here we met Jim Hawkins, Dr. Livesey, Squire Trelawney, Long John Silver and the good ship “Hispaniola” and the heroes and villains who sailed in her. Spellbound, I would close my eyes and listen as he read. I’ve since read that book several times and always enjoyed it, but never quite as much as listening to Mr. Cassidy’s captivating narration.

Next up was “The Master of Ballantrae” followed by “Kidnapped” by the same author, Stevenson; adventure stories written for boys, enjoyed by men. And just before the Christmas break, we got Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” What could be a better way to end the school year?

From this experience, I developed a love of radio plays such as BBC’s Afternoon Theatre, A Book at Bedtime and Appointment with Fear. For me, a radio play beats a television drama hands down, simply because you can use your imagination. I also came to enjoy reading stories to others and have often done so.

It’s to Mr. Cassidy that I owe my love of books. And over the years I’ve often recalled him, sitting on his desk in his rumpled tweed jacket, hunched over his open book reading to us, acting out the character’s parts and transporting us boys as on a magic carpet to distant lands and fabulous places. Good memories.


Tony McManus was born in Manchester, England. He worked in many jobs to serve his passion for travel such as English teacher, bar tender, taxi driver, and in southern Africa, construction work in the Transvaal goldmines and the copper mines of Zambia. Tony pursues and advocates good health, via diet and exercise. An outdoorsman, sailor, kayaker and canoeist, he also loves hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

He is the author of an espionage novel: The Iran Deception based on his time in Israel. He recently published: Down And Out In The Big Mango, a collection of short stories set in Thailand. He resides alternately in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ste. Adele, Quebec, Canada.

He can be found at:

Or via his email:

Tony is the author of a novel: The Iran Deception.

And a short story compilation: Down and Out in the Big Mango.

On Amazon.

Books Mango.


He has published several short stories:


A Bangkok Solution:

A Partner in Crime:

The Bangkok SAS:

He is presently working on two crime novels: Bangkok Retribution, the first book in a series featuring sleuth Mike Villiers.

And The Sum of Things in a series featuring ex SAS hero, James Fallon.

With luck and hard work, he expects both novels to see publication before the year’s end.

..thanks again for sharing, Tony… see yeez later …LUV YEEZ!…




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…one Ayres, tons of Grace, at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai… the incomparable Pam Ayres… #TBSU…

…a wee re-run of a memorable meeting with one of Britain’s prize icons… m’Lady, Pam Ayres

Source: …one Ayres, tons of Grace, at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai… the incomparable Pam Ayres… #TBSU…


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Some day I’ll be a writer

…my dear friend, and tireless leader of the Bahrain Writers Circle, m’Lady, Rohini Sunderam, reaps the joy of seeing her work find its deserved place in the public eye…


It started a long time ago. This aching need to write. To have my name attached to a work, such and such title, by Rohini Singha. That was my maiden name. I sometimes thought I’d be mysterious and have a penname. Everyone would wonder, “Who is that writer?” Critics and reviewers would declare, “Once again the mysterious author, Madame X, has captivated her readers with a scintillating tale of intrigue.” I was a great Agatha Christie fan in the days when my dream of being a writer was still limpid in its new-born vision. I was also unclear about what genre of story telling I would pursue. Madame X was the popular appellation for a woman of intrigue.

All this gradually became something of a private joke for me. By the time I’d read more complex, character and philosophy-driven work, the desire to write mysteries gave way to some day…

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Interview with Author Seumas Gallacher!

…m’Lady, Janice Spina on her terrific blog pages, has done this ol’ Jurassic proud today…

Source: Interview with Author Seumas Gallacher!

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Please welcome, author/blogger extraordinaire, Seumas Gallacher. Hi Seumas! So nice to have you here on my blog segment, Interview an Author! I am excited to learn more you about and yours books. I must say that I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts. They give me a good chuckle. Let’s begin your interview, shall we?

  1. Please tell us something about yourself.

Self-confessed nutter, flirting constantly with the thin line between insanity and whatever else is available… latecomer to the incredible world of writing, and LUVVIN every minute of it… after a career covering five decades and three continents, immersed in Finance and Banking, then corporate trouble-shooting, I still haven’t decided what I wanna be when I grow up… so meantime, being an Author it is…

 2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

In real terms about seven years ago, when I felt urged to write ‘that book’ we all supposedly have in us, and every seven minutes since…

3. What process do you need in order to write?

A laptop that lights up when I switch it on… a brain box that hopefully does the same… and from sum’where… anywhere… the gift of imagination… that’s all…

4. Please share the theme of your books with us…

The Jack Calder series is populated with former British Special Forces officers (the SAS) who set up their own specialist security firm, looking after high-value shipments and personnel, and who are able to deploy their black ops experience in combatting international crime lords, drug barons, people traffickers, cash launderers…

5. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

The 24/7 cable news channels are full of material… merely change the names to protect the guilty… add in a lifetime of living abroad in different countries and their cultures… remembered mental snapshots of personalities and cameos of incidents… mix well with the aforementioned imagination… and presto… stories…

6. What projects are you currently working on?

Current work-in-progress on the fifth in the series, DEADLY IMPASSE…

7. What do you expect to accomplish in 2015?

Primarily, keep on breathing, enjoy being alive, and continue scribbling…

8. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

Television couch potato when English Premier League football matches are showing live… singing for my own pleasure, as it’s certainly unlikely to enchant anyone else… and involvement on the SOSYAL NETWURKS, where great pals abound…

jjspina: That is how we met, Seumas! I remember the day……

9. What is your target audience for your book?

Emb’dy who likes crime thrillers, and with no false modesty, those who appreciate when an Author’s put a ton of thought into his/her wee masterpieces…

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10. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

Violin Man (Seumas)






Vengeance Wore Black (Seumas)






Savage Payback (Seumas)






Killer City (Seumas)






11. What advice would you give prospective authors?

Don’t be an aspiring author… if you write at all, you are an author

Don’t spam

Don’t ever, ever give up

Don’t write for emb’dy else except yerself

12. Is there anything else you would like to share?

 Yes… wanna say thanks to you, Janice for allowing this ol’ tramp to invade these pages… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ

Thank you, Seumas, for coming today and sharing your work with my readers and me. It was a sincere pleasure, me lad!

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this fascinating and funny man. I read Seumas’ book, Savage Payback, recently and enjoyed it thoroughly.  Here is my review on Amazon and Goodreads. Please check out this creative author’s books on links above.

Action and Adventure Abound in this Thriller! 5 Stars!!

by Janice Spina

Savage Payback is the third book in his thriller and the first book I read of the series. Even though I did not know the background of the characters I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Savage Payback is chock full of suspense, action and thrills. Jack Calder is the main protagonist who runs his own specialty security firm, ISP. From page one the reader is drawn into a collection of jewelry heists that cause horrendous casualties. Jack is now up against three foes, a black ops explosive expert, a dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe, and a major cocaine trafficker from South America. When Jack’s wife, Mai-Ling, gets seriously injured he begins to take this affront on as a vendetta and pursues these men with rage in his heart.

Savage Payback is an exciting book that I couldn’t put down. I look forward to more from this talented author.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Please be kind and leave a review for authors. We will l0ve you for it!





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…what price a child’s delight?…

…after reading a great piece on Facebook about a stage actor’s wonderfully positive reaction to a child making some noise in the audience during performance time, it took me back down memory lane… I recall, many years ago, taking my daughter to see Phantom of the Opera in London when she was only 6 years old…


…being from Manila in the Philippines, it was her first ever occasion to be in London, and certainly the first time ever to see a live theatre show… her amazement at the ‘live movie’ on stage mesmerised her… she bagan to shriek with delight and point to various characters as they performed, with audible comments about them, half in English, half in her native Tagalog… I was loving watching her delight,… then some people in front of us turned and gave us ‘the stare’ and ‘the tut-tut’ with attendant mutterings… my reaction was to smile at them and then start to join in with my daughter’s pointing and remarks… within a minute, other, different, audience members around us started to do the same, with great smiles and applause at what was going on onstage… the ‘narkers‘ walked out soon after, with marginally louder mutterings and looks that would kill, if they had  mattered… their exit elicited applause from our new-found allies… the performance was enhanced for all of us who remained, I’m sure, and no problems from the stage… my daughter was in such glee to join in the audience applause at the end when the cast were taking their bows, and called out, ‘can we stay and watch it again, Papa’… it was one of the most wonderful memories I have of my daughter… and would I do that again?… you bet your sweet whatsit I would!… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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