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…life tip from Master Gallacher – be your own best in the world at everything!

…the sensible parents among you will understand that exhorting your children to be top of their school class, or best sports activities participant is the dumbest Rallying Call of every misguided father and mother on the planet… your wee Jimmys and Nellies frequently struggle just to know how to tie their shoelaces by themselves… my approach to nurturing ‘successful’ offspring is a tad different, and always has been… it is simply this, – ‘Papa does not want you to bust your guts trying to be the best in your class… neither does he expect you to set new school records for the 1000-, 500-, 250-, 0r even 5-metre races… all I ask is for you to try your honest best…’…that same tenet holds for just about everybody I have ever met… with a slight finessing of the language…

…I say, and seriously advise them, ‘be your own best in the world at everything… in your own mind, in your own attitude, in your own belief in your own skills, talent, and brains…’ …that way it is impossible to fail… I do it for myself… I am the best singer in my own world… I am the best footballer in my own world… I am the best author in my own world… I am the best guitar player in my own world… I am the best lover in my own world… I am the best blogger in my own world… I am the best poet in my own world and so on, and so on… I have never failed yet in any of these ambitions… and in my own world, no-one can refute my own belief… sound crazy?… maybe… but let me assure you, it works for me… and I’ll guarantee it works for each and every one of you, too… try it… you ARE the best at anything you do in your own world... see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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…okay, published the autobiography… time to start the rest of my life!

…I’ve never been big on ‘bucket lists’… but I do like to have continual things in mind that I wanna do… some of you will be aware that I’ve just published my memoir, STRANGELY, I’M STILL HERE… and I’m delighted for many reasons:

  1. It had been nagging at my scribbler’s conscience for a year, to get on and do it… now that it’s taken care of… it feels good…
  2. The love and support from the global writers’ community has been amazing… thank you, each and every one of you…
  3. Other authors will understand just how much of a buzz it is to see any genre of our wee literary babies creep high into the respective ratings, this time for Biographies and Author Autobiographies...
  4. Already, in a mere three days since it appeared first on Auntie Amazon Kindle, it has sparked phone calls from friends with whom I haven’t had the pleasure of talking for years (not months, but years!)… what a blast…
  5. The cathartic process of getting stuff out of my system, some of which has lurked in the shadows of my psyche for far too long, was a spiritual breath of fresh air…
  6. Being able to look back with that wondrous 20/20 hindsight that time provides, I’m able to understand just how much and, conversely, how little of my life, and what happened to me, could have been impacted by myself, and how much of it was karma… right place, right time, and vice versa in various instances…
  7. A tremendous appreciation for the people who were placed in my life at pivotal, cross-road points, and without whose presence and intercession, I probably would not be alive now…
  8.  A reinforcement of my gratitude for the relationship I enjoy with the God of my understanding, which liaison brooks no interference from anyone else, and makes no demands of me to attempt to proselytise other people…

And, most importantly, I know that I’m not done yet... part two of my life begins right now… the memoir can be found on the Amazon universal link below… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ! 




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…’knock you out’ news on great promotions from my Author pal, C. J. Peterson…

…who doesn’t appreciate great writing coupled with free giveaways?… come fill your boots, as my dear friend,  C. J. Peterson combines both for you…

Countdown to the Final Showdown!

 By: C.J. Peterson

I have some great news! The fourth and final book in the Divine Legacy Series is coming out soon! This is an important milestone, as it is also the last book for the A.N.G.E.L.s! For those who have been following, the A.N.G.E.L.s books have been around since the first one was published in 2013.

In celebration of this milestone, I’ll be doing a countdown to the final showdown! It’s the A.N.G.E.L.s versus the other side. Who will win? Can the A.N.G.E.L.s restore the balance of power?

For this release, there will be a one-time offer. For the next three weeks, I will be giving away the first ebook in each series! Yes, you read that right! So, if you haven’t started reading them, the time is now!

Here is the schedule for the giveaways:

– 02SEP-06SEP – SEASONS OF CHANGE (Book 1, Grace Restored Series) – http://amzn.to/2e5tkU0

– 09SEP-13SEP – THE CALL TO DUTY (Book 1, The Holy Flame Trilogy) – http://amzn.to/2eXvD9l

– 16SEP-20SEP – DIVINE LEGACY (Book 1, Divine Legacy Series) – https://amzn.to/2KRrC7t

** The new release CHAINS BROKEN (Book 4, Divine Legacy Series) will be out at the end of this countdown!**

Here is the summary for CHAINS BROKEN:

            The last and final book in the Divine Legacy Series, Chains Broken, follows the A.N.G.E.L.s as they continue on their journey. There will be wedding, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations, which should bring about a fresh start…but will it?

            Kit’s battle is coming to a head. Can she overcome what is trying to lay hold, or will she succumb like her mother? Have the issues of anger been worked out within the team? Who will win the battle for the Outback? Will it be Pete and Charlie’s clan, or the other side? What about the other box? Do the A.N.G.E.L.s have a lead on it? Who will walk away the victor?

            These questions and more will be answered as this exciting series wraps up. Chains will be loosened, and hearts and lives will be connected in Chains Broken. (Book 4 of the Divine Legacy Series.)
1 Peter 5:8Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
John 8:32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

This is the time to download the start of each series to your Kindle! Don’t miss out on this one-time event! Get started on your journey with the A.N.G.E.L.s!

God bless, and Happy Reading!

C.J. Peterson


“While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.”
…great stuff, m’Lady, C. J. … thanks for the info… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!


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…honesty in memoir-writing… a double-edged sword…

…as a writer, I love paradox… the creative balance… peak and trough… princes and paupers… sweet and sour… I shamelessly strive for emotive expression in my novels… breathing feelings into what happens to my characters… Lawd knows, they cause me enough angst when I write about them… therefore, it should have come as no surprise to me when I embarked on the ambitious project of writing my own biography… the twin imposters of delight and melancholy currently visit with great regularity as the chapters of my life unfold on my laptop… from the outset, I decided it would not be an ego trip, cataloguing whatever achievements may have been my lot, but to attempt to balance the tome with as much gut honesty as I can muster… that’s where the pain resides… it has been remarkable how the distance of time has removed some of the jagged edges of some events I’d rather not have had happen… and equally to recognise that success is also a relative concept, which lessens with the passage of the years …

…what is confirmed for me in the writing of the biography, is that every moment, every event, good, bad and indifferent, was necessary to bring me to this moment in my existence… and I am grateful for each second of it… I’m the only person who sleeps in my head each night… the ‘no bullshit’ zone… these days, I kinda like the guy who stares back at me from the shaving mirror every morning… it wasn’t always that way… time, tolerance and acceptance of many things come with the passage of time… some will call that experience… I treat it as a continuous learning curve…

…I’m not truly conscious of ‘why’ I wanted to get the memoir written, and now it doesn’t matter… I am so pleased that I’m following through with it… honesty in memoir-writing… a double-edged sword… the title I’ve chosen, – STRANGELY, I’M STILL HERE – AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY – may give a wee insight into the contents… target date for completion and uploading to Auntie Amazon Kindle is within the next four to six weeks, but I have a strong urge to get it finished as soon as possible, so that launch date may be brought forward… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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…as a self-publishing author, you have to work your asterisk off in the social networks…

…just over ten years ago, this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler finished writing The Violin Man’s Legacy, my first Jack Calder crime thriller… frankly, I wrote it just to see if I could actually produce a book all on my own… then the scribbling addiction took over… now, a decade later, there are five Jack Calder titles on Auntie Amazon Kindle, with a sixth as Work-In-Progress… 100,000+ downloads of the eBooks makes all of my books bestsellers by the industry’s definition… along the way, there has also been a series of collections of my blog posts, a book of poetry, half a dozen ghostwriting assignments for autobiographies, two corporate commemorative anniversary books and nearly 1,800 blog posts… one of the most frequent questions I get asked from wannabe and existing fellow-authors is ‘How do you get your books out there?’… it’s a sum’times gruelling, but necessary part of a modern writer’s life that the bulk of the marketing and promotional activity has to come from the writer himself or herself… I learned early on that the virtual universe was the place to be… the social networks in all their glory and dread… a few years ago, I was invited to the Dubai Festival of Literature to speak on two platforms… one as a self-publishing author, and the other as a supposed social networking guru… let me disavow that latter notion… I am still learning that stuff… however, I did share with a room packed full of authors at the Festival how I used a handful of the social channels to propagate my books… thereafter I was persuaded to write a short guide on how I was doing it, SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES, which is also on Kindle… the long and short of it is that ‘building the platform’ (of followers) is so vital to the business of writing, that I implore any and all of you who are seeking to enjoy a reasonable uptake for your literary babies, start now, and work on it regularly… be a pal on the networks… help other  authors by sharing about their work on Twitter and Facebook, and any other channels of your choice… as a self-publishing author, you have to work your asterisk off in the social networks… it is hard work, but well worth it… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!





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…a Writer’s work is never done… thankfully!…

…a wee sneak at Master Gallacher’s current writing projects will reveal the following W.I.P.s:

1. Three ghostwriting engagements, viz:-

a. One 90% complete

b. One 50% complete

c. One 40% complete

2. One Jack Calder crime thriller in process – 60% complete

3. One entire suite of manuals for comprehensive Corporate Governance for a company client – 10% complete

4. Two corporate restructuring projects –

a. One 50% complete

b. One 20% complete

5. My own personal memoirs…

…it may seem a hefty pile of engagements, but it is the stuff that I thrive on… it is quite literally meat and drink to me, as they each help pay the bills… my biggest enemy is unstructured time... I like to be mentally active all the time… the exceptions to that are when I watch interludes of SKYNews, which is so bad it’s good, as I’ve said many times before now… and when I indulge watching my sporting passions… the English Premier League football and any form of cricket (the physical version of chess)… at present, featuring high on the rotation of these various writings is producing my own personal memoirs… having been involved in ghostwriting several life stories for other principals over the past couple of years, I realise that there will be moments of difficulty in getting out of my system much of the experiences which were my lot the past seven decades… no problem with the actual narrative, but more to do with the emotional road blocks that jump at me when least expected, causing temporary hold ups, with tightening lumps in the throat, and sometimes it seems, some sand getting into my eye from time to time… however, I am resolved, that if I am to retain my own integrity in telling my story, I have to face these passages as if I am writing as a third party, and just get them out… wish me luck… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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…understood? comprende? capisco? unnerstaun? gorrit?… a word up your nose…

Master Gallacher has never been, and hopes never ever to be, a Grammar Nazi… I have been blessed with a good literary education (a luxury which is denied to most of the world’s population)… equally, my career has taken me to geographies far and beyond my homeland shores (again, an indulgence beyond the reach of many)… my skills in the English language are many multiples better than any of the smatterings I have picked up in another half a dozen tongues in my sojourns… I have worked and lived amongst countless people whose first language is not English … indeed, it could be argued in some quarters, that my upbringing in Docklands Govan in Glasgow equipped me with a strain of English unintelligible even to other British citizens… it is with great annoyance, therefore that I react when the Grammar Nazis offload their salvoes at others whose diction, linguistics and writing powers are not of Oxford/Cambridge/Eton standards…

…I worked in Hong Kong, where most of the inhabitants can handle basic English… my Cantonese took years to muster even a passing familiarity with it… in the Philippines, a superb level of English is found almost everywhere, but the level, mundane at best, of my Tagalong was gained after a decade in the learning… a slogful of academic tuition brought my French merely within a shoulder-shrug and whiff of garlicised Parisien patois… I detest the sneering put-downs of anyone who tries to speak or write in a language other than their mother tongue… the same with the scoffers when a word or phrase is used that is not perfect… my thoughts are simple… if I can understand the meaning or drift of whatever someone is trying to convey to me, that’s plenty good enuff,.. and I heartily applaud their effort… if I attempted to respond in the native language of the speaker, chances are high that I would have it totally garbled… and frankly, I believe the same thing would apply to the Grammar Nazis if they tried it, too… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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