Sorry I've been so slow in posting the results for the Christmas competition. I can now reveal that the winner of a holiday in the South of France, a Mercedes sports car and £500,000 (Okay! I exaggerate but it's still first prize) was David Strong with the superb Christmas Hook. Running him a close second was Charlotte MacDemott with Christmas Trees, with Alan Dave making up out trio of winners with Christmas Time. Read all the winners on the Christmas Competition page. https://letchworthwriters.com/christmas-competition
Our annual collection has just been released as a kindle on Amazon. The paperback and Kindle version is online now. The new anthology is exciting with fifty contributions by 22 members including Emma Branch, Lynda Clarke, Natalie Compton, Alan Davie, Matthew Diamond, Richard Field, Davina Frame, Adonna Gibson, Patricia Griffin, Erol Hasan, Len Maynard, Charlotte McDermott, Diana Newson, Meher Pocha, Heather Ramsey, Chris Rawlins, Sarah Scott-Foster, David Strong, Jo Tomilly, Wendy Turl, Paul Walker, Allison White.
Here are the links to buy the new anthology on Amazon. Please remember that any royalties the book makes will be fead back into the group for further ventures.
A member of Letchworth Writers for over fifteen years, Dave Strong is a welcome presence at the monthly meetings. With his sensitive and empathetic readings of his own and other's work, he can always be relied upon to raise a smile (and perhaps sometimes provoke a tear).But it's probably his sense of humour that marks Dave out as a very special and valued member of our community. Read the rich and varied work that follows and judge for yourselves.
Len Maynard is delighted to announce the republication of his trilogy of adventure trillers set in the Bahamas. Touching the Sun, Calling Down the Lightning and Raging Against the Storm feature Harry Beck a charter boat operator on the island of Grand Bahama and the the perils of getting involved with the wrong sort of people. In a world where he doesn't know who is friend or foe and who can be trusted Harry is pushed to the limits of his existence and beyond.
William Constable, recently married astrologer and mathematician, has settled into routine work as a physician when he is requested to attend two prisoners in the Tower of London. Both are accused of separate acts treason, but their backgrounds suggest there may be a connection.
Sir Francis Walsingham and Lord Burghley urge William to discover further intelligence from the prisoners while tending their injuries from torture.
The agent's investigations lead him to the French Embassy, which lies at the heart of a conspiracy which threatens the nation.
Through his enquiries, an unsuspecting William becomes entangled in a perilous web of politicking and religious fervour.
The threat comes from one the most powerful men in the English court – one referred to as the Queen’s Devil.
William faces a race against time to unpick these ties, climaxing in a daring raid on the Embassy.
Click on the cover to buy the Kindle edition. 2.99
Kindle Version 2.99
Just releasedI The first DCI Jack Callum Mystery from Sharpe Books https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08DHSC1ZL/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=three+monkeys&qid=1595595057&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
If anyone would like to purchase it, read it an leave a review on Amazon, you will have my undying gratitude.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve just signed a contract with Sharpe Books to republish all six of the DCI Jack Callum Mysteries as e-books and paperbacks over the next few months. The news has given me the impetus to continue with book seven which as been in lockdown for the past few months.
LMP have published the latest children's book from member Sheila Compton, The Dog In the Tree.the book is very special to Sheila as she explains: The book is special for two reasons. It is based on the true story of my friend Sandra who rescued a stray dog she called Brillo from death on a Greek island. She needed money to bring him to the UK. I then worked for the Daily Mail, wrote about it, appealed for donations, money poured in and Brillo was saved. Secondly, my amazingly talented grand-daughter Isobel drew the illustrations and designed the cover. Pretty neat for a girl of 15! I want this to be a success because if her, so please read it, enjoy it and write a cracking review on Amazon.
I'm delighted to announce that Diana's speculative fiction novel, The Uncovering has been released by LMP and is available from Amazon.
Something I forgot to share at our last meeting. There's a free utility at booklinker.com that let's you create a short and meaningful link to your book on Amazon. Not only that, but it will redirect to the correct Amazon site for your geographical location - UK, USA, Australia, Germany etc.
Here's one I created earlier for Len's book Into the Fire.
I'm delighted to announce that LMP has taken over the publishing of Sheila Molloy's brilliant crime novel 14 Lines The book will be issued in both paperback Kindle formats. At the moment the paperback cover is in the hands of LMP's artistic director and the book should be out soon. For those of you who can't wait for the paperback, the full novel is available as an Kindle e-book with a temporary cover. She recently posted on Facebook: To give you a flavour 'a grieving widow is desperate to find out why her husband was beaten to death in a motel room10 miles from home. A ruthless people trafficker is prepared to kill to stop her learning the truth ...' We wish her every success with it. The paperback edition will be available in a few days time. Meanwhile to buy and download the Kindle version click on the book cover.
The paperback and Kindle version are now available.
The sequel to State of Treason is out now in kindle format – A Necessary Killing. (Paperback follows in a couple of weeks.)
I have a limited number of free review copies of the kindle version I can gift through Amazon. So, if you fancy reading a historical thriller for free let me know by email and I will arrange it (first come – first served.) There is no obligation and you don’t have to leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, but an honest review would be helpful.
Here’s the link on Amazon - http://mybook.to/necessarykilling
David has recently published his fifth collection of stories and poems. Entitled 66 Pick up Sticks, it's an eclectic collection of David's writing: the fifth of his 'birthday' publications and includes his excellent and epic, The Strong Brothers. Highly recommended! In the introduction he says that it may be his last. Let's hope not. For more information contact David on: email@example.com
STOP PRESS: David maybe having second thoughts about this being his last project. I have his arm and will continue twisting.