Wednesday, 29 August 2012

My new cover and Introduction for Through a Glass.


This is the introduction and cover for my book 


This little story is true, and is the inspiration for my book 'Through a Glass' due to be published in a couple of months. It's a fantasy/ adventure, to be enjoyed by those who are twelve or twenty.

The way things happen sometimes is truly miraculous. Being a Christian I don’t believe in

When my family and I moved next door to an elderly lady called Emily, little did I know the profound effect she would have on my life.

If you will bear with me…I would like to share my inspiration for this novel.

Emily suffered with arthritis and badly swollen legs. She was in a lot of pain and pretty much house bound. Overtime, as we got to know her and became friends, I would do her shopping and a little bit of house cleaning.

In her tiny front room on a deep windowsill, she had a lot of ornaments, which I would wash for her. Among them was a pretty glass horse. It was coated with something that changed colour according to the weather. Emily always reminded me not to wash it, as she feared the coating would come off.

Being mad about horses I was naturally attracted to this small ornament. Emily, aware I liked it, would smile and say. ‘Who knows, one day it could be yours.’ Although she warned me not to bank on it, as she knew her estranged family might not honour her wishes.

A year or so later, I returned from shopping and found Emily had suffered a massive stroke. She was rushed into hospital, and sadly passed away a few days later. As predicted her family took everything. The small cottage was stripped bare. However, amazingly, left all alone on the windowsill was the little glass horse.

I rushed into the cottage and retrieved it. Tears streamed down my face, as I thanked God, and my friend Emily for the gift of the little horse. It really was a miracle, as I know Emily had no contact with her family before she passed away.

Now when I hold the glass horse I think of Emily, and the miraculous way God enabled me to receive what she wanted me to have.

The little glass horse became the inspiration for this novel, which I dedicate to Emily with gratitude and affection.



Tuesday, 14 August 2012

A lovely surprise comment about my book The Shadowed Valley.

It was a real surprise when I saw this. How nice, that someone took the time to make an encouraging comment about my book. Writing can be hard and lonely, so it's nice when people take time to comment, particularly when like this, it's so positive. :)
We authors need reviews and comments. It's like food, it stirs our artistic juices and keeps us going. I really wish more people would take the time to do it. It need only be around twenty words, so not much to ask. I always review every book I read. Unless I hate it, in which case I say nothing, but that is a rare scenario. I can always find something I've enjoyed about a book. I always try to concentrate on what I liked, and what was good about a book. I would never say anything totally cruel and negative about a writers work. After all, lets face, it's only my opinion and how valid is that?
So I encourage every reader and author, please, take the time to write a few words about the books you've read and are reading. It means so much to an author! 
Calvin Allcoatposted toVonnee Lee
Saturday near Tías, Canarias

My review for Relative Deceit by Karen Aminadra.

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, August 14, 2012
This review is from: Relative Deceit (Kindle Edition)
I enjoy a good mystery and this book `Relative Deceit' is certainly good. It held my attention from beginning to end. I love Miss Marple and Downtown Abbey, so it's no surprise I enjoyed this too.
The story is based around an upper class family, the Bancroft's.
Sir George Bancroft, his wife and three children find themselves suddenly bankrupt. Their situation is desperate...enter their saviour, distant cousin Gregory Rogers. He seems to have all the answers to their problems. But is he all he appears to be?
I quickly found myself immersed in the life of each character, especially Jane, Sir George's young daughter, a vulnerable and sweet girl. This is a fast paced story, with plenty of murders, villainy and deceit. I worried for Jane's safety...the sign of a good book.
The story is cleverly crafted, and kept me guessing right up to the end, and what an ending. It was perfect!
I also love the title and cover of the book, it's what attracted me to get it, and I'm glad I did.
If you like an exciting mystery, then you'll love `Relative Deceit.' I hope there will be more books from this author and soon.