Friday, 26 November 2010

Nothing new

Sorry but due to sickness, Colt will be unable to write a blog this week, hopefully next week.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

More Changes

I must apologise for the lateness of this post but during the last week I have been consulting with my publisher over the price of the new book 'A Time for Crying'. As this book is slightly shorter ( in words) than 'A Time for Living' I thought that the rrp (recommended retail price) should be less. They have agreed and consequently the price for A Time for Crying will be One pound ( £1) less. You see how I look after my readers !!!. The book will be available via Amazon and book stores within the next couple of weeks. The third, and final book in the Geoffrey Summers series, 'A Time for Dying' will be ready ( hopefully) next March in time for my 82nd birthday.  For those following the 'Billy' saga, you may want to read it again as substantial changes have been made to the chapter as a result of further research.  I am hoping that this book will be launched next year before I get too old to write anymore. 
As most of you know I always try to include a few authentic places into my novels. A Time for Crying is no exception, although there are only a small number this time.
   The Bear Inn at Hodnet, Shropshire.
   The Royal Oak at Wooton Rivers, Wiltshire
   The Legacy Three Swans Hotel, Hungerford.
In a week or two I will be featuring these places on this blog as I did with the others on 'A Time for Living'

Thanks for your patience, understanding and dowright tenacity in reading my diatribe. All you have to do now is wait for a couple of weeks and then you can order 'A Time for Crying'  from Amazon ( or wherever) just in time for Christmas. It will make a nice Christmas present for those who have already read 'A Time for Living'.  For those who have not yet read that why not order the two together. Now that would be a great Christmas present,

Bye for now and keep the faith and always remember,  'It's never too late to be what you might have been,'

Colin Theakston

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A Change

Regular visitors will notice a change to my blog by the inclusion of two new pages. Both contain an excerpt from one of the four books of Colt.  The first two, A Time for Living and A Time for Crying  (This will be available through Amazon and all leading bookstores in approx three weeks).are now published and the other two, 'A Time for Dying' and an entirely new concept for me.'Billy ' are both in the 'work in progress' category. I would ask, that visitors to the site read the sample excerpts, particularly that of 'Billy' I would love to hear your comments on this new piece of writing, especially as it is not my usual genre Please leave any comments ( good or bad) by clicking on the word 'comment' below. You are then given the opportunity of sending me a message. Please take advantage and tell me what you think about this site, my books and anything else you can think of. They will be sent to me personally when I can decide whether they can be published on this page.  Thank you for taking the trouble to read my diatribe.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Another Taster for you to try

If you go to the page, More tasters from SA (Struggling Authors) you will see a new one from Reg R Jones . the book is entitled 'Division of the Damned' and is a war time Fantasy. Well worth a read. Check it out.
 The second Geoffrey Summers book is now at the publishers and will be available by Christmas, Dare I suggest it would make a good present for the crime thriller enthusiast?  It's called 'A Time for Crying' and you can read an extract on the page  About A Time for Crying.  Go on, have a read, you never know you may like it. There are some more authentic places in the book (as in 'A Time for Crying'), not so many this time but maybe one of them is not too far away from you. More details on that at a later stage.

For now, take care and stay safe.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Introducing Geoffrey Summers

For those of you unfortunate people who have not taken the opportunity to purchase the book 'A Time for Living'. Let me introduce you to the main protaginist of the 'A Time for ..... series'
Geoffrey Summers was born in New York City when Laurence Hardy was there, attending a 'writers convention'
It all came about when an American who had invented a security device, mainly for art works, said that it was 100% guaranteed and that no-one could beat it. If they did he would pay one million dollars.
The device had been attached to the frame of a valuable painting. Any movement whatsoever of the device would trigger an alarm. Steel shutters would drop on all doors and windows throughout the building and the local police would be informed automatically. The device worked on a radio signal, the frequency of which varied according to the time of day and was altered automatically every two hours. There were thousands of combinations involved. Summers attended the opening of the event and saw that the painting was displayed in an alcove. A soptlight illuminated it and there were two cctv cameras always watching. All other security measures were considered unnecessary. Using a laser measuring device and checking on the routines of the gallery. Summers devised a plan. Crates delivered to the gallery late friday afternoons were placed in a storeroom until Monday morning.  He used this subterfuge to gain entry to the gallery over the weekend with all the requirements in the packing case.  He disabled the cctv cameras by placing a small transmitter transmitting a picure of the room to the securuty office. He stuck wooden batten on the walls of the alcove about two inches from the back wall ( clearing the picure frame) From the packing case he produced a fold up section that fitted across the battens creatiing a false wall. A picture hook was placed on the wall and the spotlight moved  back a couple of inches. To all apearances it seemd that the picture had been stolen. On Monday morning he removed the transmitter from the cctv cameras showing the blank wall, telephoned the security company and asked them to bring the million dollars and he would return the painting. They paid the money and asked for the painting back. Summers gave them a hammer and pointed to the wall. When they turned around Summers had gone. That's the basic story, told in less than the one thousand five hundred words needed for the original.  Any comments regarding any of the procedures will be answered if you find the story unbelievable.  Meanwhie  you can catch up with Summers in a later adventure if you read The Taster and remember If you like the taster you'll love the book

More next week

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

A Time for Crying

Sincere apologies for not updating my home page but I have been busy rewriting and editing the next book in the Geoffrey Summers series ' A Time for Crying' which will now be available for Christmas. If you are looking for a unique present then why not order 'A Time for Crying'  at Amazon. (NOT YET)  'I'll let you know when, but you can consider it and tick it off on your list, especially if you have read 'A Time for Living'. If not I suggest you get that NOW, once again through Amazon to keep you up to date with the series. It is also available through ALL good booksellers. You can get a sneak preview of  'A Time for Crying' on this site. Just go to  'About a Time for Crying' and read the "Prologue".   For those really interested in the series, and there must be some somewhere, 'A Time for Dying' has already been started and basic details will be on this site in a couple of weeks. In the next few weeks I will be introducing Geoffrey Summers in more detail with facts not recorded in any of the books.  Don't miss out, keep popping into this site.You'll enjoy the tasters and if you like the tasters you'll love the books.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

The End of the Road

The journey by canal boat ended at Norbury Junction, as in the book 'A Time for Living'   
I have been pleasantly surprised by E mails from some of the places mentioned on this blog during the last few weeks  It would seem that readers of the book and blog have actually visited .some of the pubs and tasted the ales.  Well done. At least something has come out of the hard work  ( Stops to mop brow)
If any readers goes anywhere near any of the places featured here over the last few weeks, then pop in, mention my name and the book. You never know, you may get a free drink.
I have also received many comments about the next book in the series. Well, I can now tell you that the book 'A Time for Crying' will be published and be available before Christmas. Watch this space for more details, and you can read an excerpt on the page 'A Time for Crying'

Finally, may I draw your attention to the tasters offered by myself and other struggling authors. In the next few days you will see another taster for free from another struggling author. Check them out and remember
                If you like the taster you'll love the book

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Shropshire Union canal The last "bit"

Before I begin, just a reminder that " The Taster" is still available for you to read. A full chapter from the book 'A Time for Living'                  
                       'If you like the taster you'll love the book'

Although, in the book, Sam and Josh had not the time to stop here, The Bridge Inn at Brewood is a must for all you travellers whether by boat or car    Debbie always provides a smile and a welcome to everyone who wishes to enjoy the best in food and beers. The constant guest beers will delight your pallette and the excellent food from an extensive menu will tickle your taste buds. Don't take my word for it, try for yourself the next time you are in the area.

The last Inn on the 'Time for Living ' trip is an Inn that is very close to my heart. I have spent many hours enjoying the company, food and drink at the Junction Inn, Norbury, as I am sure many other canal lovers have. This a busy and popular rural pub. A large, comfortable bar decorated with canal prints and ceramics. Under the low beam roof is a hand painted mural of an old canal working horse. The Junction Inn has a restaurant and a well maintained beer garden where you can eat and drink of the best whilst watching the canal life. Unfortunately in the book, Josh and Sam could not enjoy the delights of the Inn as they were whisked away to prevent an assassination (theirs). I must emphasise that this is not the normal welcome at the Junction Inn.
If you haven't yet read the book, these articles will give you some idea of the journey from London by canal. The book is a romantic thriler with, I hope, a true taste of the life on the canals of England, and the many places of interest with atmosphere and style that you will never meet anywhere else in the world.
I hope you've enjoyed this series, next week will be something completely new.  

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Introducing The "Taster"

Before buying a book some people like to read a line or a paragraph from the book to 'taste' it. Now there is a 'taster' of the book  A Time for Living   A complete Chapter which will not leave you 'hanging in the air,' or saying, 'Now I have to buy the book to find out what happens next.' It's a complete story within the novel.
Go to The "Taster" page , read and enjoy. Of course I would still like to hear you say, 'I must buy this book.'
The opportunity to do so will be available.  "If you like the taster, you'll love the book"

Normal service will be resumed in a few days but the "taster" will remain.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Reviews and the Shropshire Union

Last week I said that I would be concentrating on the Shropshire Union canal.  Before getting on to that, may I just add a few words about the reviews 'A Time for Living' has received this last week. During the last couple of weeks people have obviously bought the book and sent me comments. Thank you for all the wonderful things you have said about it and to answer all your queries. The next book in the series, 'A Time for Crying' will be published and available for Christmas this year. Special thanks to Pam of Warwick who commented "this book should be a best seller" Thanks for that Pam,( I wish) 

Thanks also to all-review,co,uk a Book Review site who carried out a review of the book.   Extracts include -' Colt has merged many qualities into this gem of a read. Thrilling, mysterious, romantic and factual are some of the traits that could be used to describe it'  - 'You are kept on the edge of anticipation' - 'This book is an excellent and well written story. with thrilling action,cleverly thought out plots and an endearing tale. A must read, which I hope leads on to the next.'  The full review can be read on the sites of and

Now for The Shropshire Union canal. one of the public houses I mention, although not in any great detail, is the Anchor Inn.  A pub in the middle of nowhere. Run by the same family for more than a century, and little has changed in that time. Sit in the garden of the Anchor and drink real ale still brought up from the cellar in jugs, listen to the the birds and the silence that you can only find in such a location as this.  Behind the Anchor is a Camping and Caravan site with hook-ups for the caravans. This Inn has won many awards for it's 'real ale'

The second one today is The Navigation Inn, at Gnosall. A public house with a reputation for great food.
The Inn stands on the edge of the canal on the Newport Road. The atomsphere is relaxed and informal. The service cheerful and efficient. The menu is extensive with food to delight all palletes in it's six pages of choices.  You dine in a large conservatory with views across the garden to the canal. Many visitors come by car to dine at the Navigation whilst other come by boat.  Whatever your mode of transport you can be sure you will enjoy your visit to this canalside venue.
 That's it for this week. As usual comments are welcomed although I can't guarantee they will be published. (it's all down to space) but they will all be answered personally.

Check out the Struggling Author page for some great new books.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Warwick and Willenhall

Warwick is the place (in the book) where Josh and Samantha meet Richard Sharpe of MI5 Counter terrorism. It's the place where Sam and Josh make an alarming discovery before rambling along to The Cape of Good Hope. 
 Built in the year 1800 this is a true canal pub, being situated some few feet from the canal. A pub where "real ale" is sold from six casks of different beer. The pub menu specialises  in fish (not from the canal) and you can relax, eat and drink  in a warm and inviting atmosphere. For the wine connoisseur there is an extensive wine list.
There is a painting in the rear lounge that explains the story of the name The Cape of Good Hope

From Warwick the narrow boat "Princess"  makes it's way to the Birmingham Navigation canal where a lot of action and dying takes place. I'm not going to expand on the thrilling adventures and conclusion of their travels on the Birmingham waterways, you will have to buy the book to find out those details   I will move on to one of the prettiest canals in the country, The Shrophire Union canal. I say that, because for many years I travelled this canal and enjoyed the different seasons that makes the waterway system so great.

The next restaurant is one that is not on  the canal system but nevertheless deserves a mention (and it is in the book) The Dale House Restaurant at Willenhall, near Wolverhampton. An 18th century town house with original doors and  locally made locks. 
The restaurant is located on two floors with the upper floor hosting its own bar.The cuisine is excellent and the friendly atmosphere helps to dispel the ghost that occasionally walks the upper landing. For lovers of food and good wine this is the place to visit.

That's it for another week, next time  the article will be devoted to the Shropshire Union and the wonderful pubs that line its banks.  As ever, feel free to comment and if you like the articles, buy the book, please. You will make us all very happy. Incidentally, since this site opened less than two months ago some 792 views have been recorded. Thanks a lot.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Blisworth Tunnel and the Village of Blisworth

The next stage of the canal boat "Princess" was to the Blisworth Tunnel and the village of Blisworth. The tunnel was completed and opened in 1805 after a disaster during the building of the tunnel when 14 navvies were said to have died in a rock fall. It is said that the candles from the navvies can still be seen in the tunnel haunting the waterways. 

The tunnel is 3.076 yards long ( almost two miles) and is dark, cold and damp. Mention in the book is made of "legging it", the principle of two men lying on two planks held out from the boat and by the use of the legs, walking the boat through the tunnel. The horses were walked over the hill to the other entrance. Recent times have seen the legend of a new ghost. That of Sister Mary Ward, a nurse who was known locally as The Florence Nightingale of the canals. Men get 'pinched' near the entrance and it is said that she was always 'pinching' the males. Hence the reference to Sister Mary..

At the end of the tunnel is the small  friendly village of Blisworth. Only one pub is located in the village itself. The Royal Oak, with it's white facade and thatched roof it blends into the village style. The pub serves six traditional ales along with the other beers. The food is  good and the atmosphere pleasant. A camping site is close by.

The only other hotel The Walnut Tree Hotel is situated about half a mile away from the The Royal Oak on Station Road and is famous for the music evenings. It has individually styled guest rooms which are very popular. Part of the hotel retains it's old charm with bar games. It now produces it's own news letter giving details of the forthcoming musical events. The events are usually free but you need to book a table well in advance, or so I am told.

Both of the hotels are mentioned in the book 'A Time for Living' and if you are ever in the area well worth a visit. I understand that The Royal Oak is now on facebook

Next week we will continue the journey to Warwick.

Remember to make a comment if you like.  Special thanks to Jill of Sydney, Australia who made one last week in the "Narrowboat" article and for the five star review she gave of the book.

If you have a moment to spare, run along my pages to SA  (Struggling Authors) books and read about another SA.

Monday, 23 August 2010

A bit about Canal narrow boats

"A great read and I now know what a narrow boat is" commented an American reader this last week. It's amazing that people should consider narrow boats to be 'Gypsy' type boats with a primitive interior. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the book 'A Time for Living' rwo authentic narrow boats are written into the story line. The first one is the Queen Elizabeth the  6th from The Black Prince marina on the Llangollen canal. As rhe name implies the QE 6 was a six berth boat with two double beds and two single. As with all Black Prince boats it had hot and cold running water ( A hot shower whenever you wanted)  Flush macerator toilets (Two) Central heating throughout the boat and a fully fitted kitchen, I could go on about the comfortable seating, dining area etc but the best thing for you to do is take at look at one on The Black Prince boats  site 

  I asked for a picture of the QE 6 but Hilary of Black Prince informed me that the boat has been retired. In fact none of their fleet is older that 5 years. At the end of every season they sell off the older boats. This year they have 28 for sale, most of them already reserved and next season will start with another 30 new boats. I soppose a floating holiday flat, chalet, villa, call it what you will, fully furnished and available for a days outing, a week end or a few weeks holiday per year for less than £50,000 is a good buy. Some people obviously think so.
My second reference in the book is to a couple who have taken the canals of England to heart and live on the boat permanently. 'Continuous Cruisers' is the name given to such people who never stop more that two weeks at a free mooring. Fiona and John of the narrowboat Epiphany, last heard of on the river Don, do just that. Check them out on their site and read about their travels and life.  A couple of pictures  from them. one of Fiona and John the other the  57 foot narrowboat 'Epiphany
Tell them you heard about them from me.

Driving a canal boat along at a maximum speed of four miles an hour is a completely stress free and relaxing  pastime. The only family arguments you are likely to get is everyone wanting to be the skipper and drive the boat, which is comparitively easy if you can drive a car. Just take about ten minutes to do what you would normally take one minute to do.

 Black Prince could not supply me with a picture of the QE 6 but they did send me an interesting one of a Black Prince boat driving over the Pontcylite aquaduct on the Llangollen canal. This aquduct is over 1,000 feet long, 5.25 foot deep and is 126 feet above the river..  For the faint hearted there is a footbridge beside the aquaduct. Next week I'll discuss another 'wonder' of the canals.  The Blisworth tunnel.  Keep sending your comments, I don't print them all but I do enjoy reading them and I always reply,

Monday, 16 August 2010

More Authentic Places in 'A Time for Living'

In last week's post I commented on The Malt Shovel at Cowley and The Navigation Inn at Stoke Bruerne  This week I want to introduce you to two other places at Stoke Bruerne,
The Boat Inn, an important place in the book as Geoffrey Summers (James Bond, without the gadgets, as a reviewer of the book described him) the main protagonist, meets up with Sam and Josh, travellers on the narrowboat Princess    The Boat Inn, situated by the top lock and opposite the Canal museum has been in the Woodward Family since 1877. It has four bars, a restaurant and a bistro The restaurant is housed in an extension, and has a timber and stone barn style and overlooks the top lock of the canal.  It was opened in 1976 and has an adjoining cocktail bar.

Housed in a restored Corn Mill by the canal The National Waterways Museum is a must for visitors and canal enthusiasts. The museum shows the amazing feats of engineering that created the waterways of England. Working models, videos, pictorial  and three dimensional displays bring the 200 year old history of the waterways to life.  There is a cafe where visitors can have a cup of coffee and watch the canal narrowboats pass by and a shop where canal books and souvenirs of all types can be bought. The museum also has it's own school and runs a number  of craft courses associated with the waterways.

Mention of the these two places is on Pages 143/144 of the book A Time for Living. As with all the places referred to in these articles, comments and opinions are eagerly sought. Left click on comments below and make your comment. If you wish for a reply give your E mail address. (Note;- This will not be included in your comment and is purely for the purpose  of replying)    have a good week and please come back next week for more Authentic canal places mentioned in the book A Time for Living by Colt
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Friday, 6 August 2010

Authentic places in 'A Time for Living'

Since the book 'A Time for Living ' was launched just over one month ago I have had a few comments regarding the places mentioned in the book. Particularly those that line the banks of the Grand Union canal.
Accordingly I have decided that a picture of the establishments, for those people who have read or are reading the book, or are even contemplating buying the book (please) may help them to put that little bit of reallity into it's place.
The first restaurant/ pub mentioned in the book is The Malt Shovel, at Cowley. (Page 134)  A 19th century building, where two of the main characters enjoy an evening meal. You will have to read the book to find our more about the place, but a picture may help.(Opposite)
There are many such places along the canal where you may visit and be sure of a warm welcome. Whether travelling by boat on the canal or just a visitor to the area. In summer the tranquility and sight of the pleasure boats moored or passing the The Malt Shovel will be a memory you can treasure.
The next place mentioned in the book is Stoke Bruerne, a small village with a big following. Here there are two public houses and a Canal Museum. This a very popular place for visitors of both the canal variety or tourists. The first public house The Navigation Inn is mentioned on pages 143 and 152. A picture of the Inn is opposite.
More pictures and details of the many establishments mentioned in the book will be posted during the next few weeks.
If you would like to make a comment on these places or on any other aspect of the book then please don't hesitate. Left click on the word comment at the bottom left of this page and you can make a comment in the place provided. All comments will be approved before posting.
Now let's have lots of them.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Women Today

From the title of this weeks blog you may think I am going to be disparaging about women. Far from the truth, I love all women, including my wife, amend that last line, especially my wife  Looking through the TV times today I noticed yet again that Films, TV shows and sitcoms reflect the asttitudes and opinions of the day. Let me explain . Being as old as I am I can remember a time when women ruled the world. Not officially of course, but they were the power behind the leaders of the world and were revered, adored, admired and respected by all the male population ( there were minor exceptions of course, but then there always was) Remember, men walked on the outside of the pavement so that the ladies dresses wouldn't get muddy from the passing carts. Holywood films always showed the car stopping, the man getting out and going round to the passenger door, opening it for the lady and assisting her out of the car. Women were showered with diamonds, furs and the latest dresses(When we could afford it of course) and in the home, women were the bosses.My mother, God bless her. was the model for the character of Norah Batty in 'Last of the Summer Wine' My aunt was the person they based 'Mrs Bucket' of 'Keeping up appearances'
My other aunt was the mother in 'Bread' These sit coms were true to life and reflected women's role in society and the attitudes of that generation. Look at a TV show today. You have a quiz where two people  work together to amass a large sum of money and then cheat like mad so that the other person doesn't get any.  See what I mean. No, women were the rulers and then came "Equality",  burn the bra brigade,.and women gained a new freedom and lost all the ones that made them great   'Sex in the City' another example of the attitudes today. Such a shame. Men stopped proposing and started propositioning. The terms 'wives and husbands' became politically incorrect and the word 'partner' was substituted.
I am pleased to say that in my house, I am the boss. I make all the major decisions like should we bring back capital punishment, should we pull out ofAfghanistan whereas I allow my wife to make the minor ones, like, what should we spend our money on? where are we going for our holidays and where are we going to live? Yesterday, for example I allowed my wife to take me to the last day of the sales to buy some much needed clothes. We came back with two summer dresses. No, I am the boss in my house and now I'll have to leave this blog to get back to my writing. I just have to wash the dishes first and iron a couple of shirts.

Incidentally, due to popular demand,  'A Time for Living' is now available on Kindle

Monday, 26 July 2010

Another Summer

We're just coming up to the "sillyseason' in my little town by the sea. The population more than quadruples during the next few weeks. The sound of the dreaded "extranjeros'  (foreigners) reverberates through the day and night. Little girls sceaming as little boys chase them around the swimmimg day (Up to about 11 pm)  then the night is taken over by the noisy "night imbiber".  Cans of frothy liquid are consumed along with the sound of the radio, disc player or 'singing' and splashes as someone is thrown into a swimming pool yet again.  Cars from around the world invade the streets and roads. From Holland, Belgium,France, Sweden.Norway, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Poland, you name the country, we get them. All driving on the right side of the road, except,of course for the English.  Since the Spaniards doscovered round -a- bouts they started appearing everywhere. The only trouble is tht English drivers tend to drive the wrong way round them which causes a little confusion.  Ah well, such is the quality of life. At this tine the usual tranquil driver becomes deranged and insults (in all languages) are hurled from the driving seats of cars.
The question of which side of the road we should drive on has always been a difficult question. I heard that the Irish have been considering  a system wherby they do a gradual changeover. The first month all lorries will drive on the opposite side of the road, if it successful the following month all cars will do the same. until gradually all vehicles are driving on the same side.
 The only good thing about this time of the year is the beach, where thousands of young people congregate to pay homage to to the great "sun" lord in the sky.
Clothes are tossed carelessly aside and bosums bared.. Heart attacks are common along the sea front at this time of year when the pensionista walk the promenade.  Hey! Ho1 here we go for another couple of crazy months.
 ps   Hope you enjoy your holidays
pps My neighbour says , and I quote, 'If it's the tourist season why can't we shoot them?'

Friday, 23 July 2010

23rd July 2010

Hi and welcome to the site of Colt the author. Feel free to navigate and take a look at my book 'A Time for Living'. I will soon be posting an extract from the book to give you an idea of the content. The same goes with my second book in the series 'A Time for Crying'. I will be posting some photographs of myself and family very soon in the picture section, so that you will know what I really look like and how cute the rest of the family is (I'm talking about our dogs of course, and my lovely wife). I also want to introduce you to some other authors and their fantastic books. I hope to be able to show an extract from their book too, as a 'taster'. Pop in from time to time and see what's going on in my world. There will always be a welcome here for you.

Todays news.  Very hot and humid, temperature up in the 30's. The only way to keep cool is to sit in the pool up to my neck with my hat on my head.  (of course ) In spite of this I will write a little today. I have a lot of books in my head and they need to be put on paper.

Remember --"It's never too late to be what you might have been"

Saturday, 17 July 2010


Hi!! Welcome to the site of Colt the author. 

If you have ever spent a holiday on the canals of England then you will enjoy the new book by Colt 'A Time for Living'.   For those of you who have never considered a journey by canal, then you are in for a treat.  'A Time for Living' is a romantic thriller that takes you on a journey, by canal, from London to Bitrmingham and beyond. It introduces you to authentic restaurants, public houses etc that are part of the canal life,  The Malt Shovel at Cowley, The Navigation and Boat Inns at Stoke Bruerne,The Royal Oak at Blisworth, The Cape of Good Hope at Warwick and many more on the journey.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Author featured in Spanish Press

This week I had a full page feature in the Costa Blanca News!

My new blog

Example news article:

Struggling Authors have just posted an exclusive interview with author, Teresa Geering upon the release of her debut novel, The Eye of Erasmus.

Here's a taster and a link to the complete piece:

Sammi) Tell us a little about the last couple of weeks and what was actually involved in pulling the whole project together.

TG) For the last couple of weeks I have been the renowned headless chicken! Many phone calls of congratulations to take, (Mops brow) I have done video shoots for Youtube, emailed all the local book shops asking for book signings. Local press and radio are yet to be informed as I need a copy of the book to show them, for achievement of best publicity. In the last couple of days I have been out and about amongst local farmers I know, asking for space on their farmers’ market stalls, or even among the hayricks of their farms. (I will go anywhere to sign and sell books!) I had no idea just how much work is involved… Gone are the days of finding a publisher and then sitting back on laurel leaves eating grapes. Unless your J.K.R. of course.

The complete interview can be viewed here >