Saturday 1 February 2014

Romance? Lost cause…

I haven't got a romantic bone in my body: there, I said it. I'm so damn grounded, that I'm also a salesman's nightmare - I see everything for what it really is. Cold hearted cow? Sometimes, yeah (just ask my ex ;) )... but when I get passionate about something, boy! do you know I'm passionate (oh, and yes, I used the 'p' word there - please don't use it in your job ad')... anyhoo...

It's almost February 14th. What does that mean to me? Bugger all. It's just another monetized commercial rip-off day. I got engaged on February 9th, so that's our day... yet what to do, what to do??? I'm not romantic, remember! I already do the washing-up , so can't make that gesture; I even do the laundry too... ;)

But, to illustrate, this is me:
Don't give me red roses - I prefer yellow (and so does the wife, funnily enough) :D
Don't whisper sweet-nothings into my ear - try 'arping on about HTML or PHP :D


The wife cooks, but I’m only capable to of cheese-on-toast, and she’d never let me loose in the kitchen. We’re not into dinning out either. A cosy night on the couch? Yeah, that’s the idea: together time. Oh damn it! I love her, too much sometimes (Is that possible, you may ask? Sure it is: when you meet the right person, it can hurt… ). I suppose the most romantic gesture I could make, one she’ll KNOW is for real… I could shut my laptop down for the night!

Am I a lost cause? Well, my fave patron saint is Saint Jude…

Thursday 17 January 2013

Kindle for your PC

Sean Sweeney:
ModelAgentModel Agent: A Thriller = currently FREE
Product Description
The human body consists of two-thirds water.
As concertgoers on a steamy day in Boston find out, water can kill as much as it gives life.
A terrorist attack at City Hall Plaza has the authorities perplexed. The government, in response, sends in a capable but young agent – an agent born from the ashes of terrorism itself – to handle it.
But as her partner dies and the terrorist strikes again, Jaclyn Johnson – code named Snapshot – finds herself in a situation she has trained a decade to face: She’s up against a man with enough money to finance a war against his competition. With a deadline in place to stop him – and with a car holding enough hidden tricks to evade capture – Snapshot infiltrates his hidden installation and finds out her target’s true end game, a secret that could have the world fighting over water.

RougeAgentRogue Agent: A Thriller = £8.05 £1.98
Product Description
When the 2012 Summer Olympics opened in London, security was at a fever pitch. They said it was going to be the safest Olympic Games yet.
They were wrong.
Heightened security did not stop a terrorist attack on the final group stage match of the Olympic soccer tournament between the United States and the host Great Britain, played at the fabled Wembley Stadium, the home of British football. And when an agent of al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack, it sent both the United States and the United Kingdom into a heightened state of alert.
There is only one problem for the terrorist: Outbound Eurostar service to Paris and flights out of Heathrow have been shut down – but flights into London continue to come in.
At the request of the President of the United States, the CIA calls upon the one agent – Jaclyn Johnson, a.k.a. Snapshot – he can trust to seek out the killers of many American citizens and bring them to justice.
But what occurs in London during Snapshot’s mission leads to political maneuvering – and Jaclyn going against everything she knows.

DoubleAgentDouble Agent: A Thriller = £8.05 £1.96
Product Description
With an attack against the Las Vegas Monorail, CIA Director Alexandra Dupuis calls in the agent she counts on in dangerous situations – even though that agent feels betrayed by the very government she serves, the very country she protects – in order to protect American interests.
In Jaclyn Johnson’s latest adventure, Dupuis sends the secret agent into the path of a radical Christian terrorist, one whose designs for Sin City would spell disaster for not only the entire southwest, but for the country as a whole, too.
Further:  The Jaclyn Johnson, code name Snapshot series continues with Federal Agent

Steven Savile:
SilverSilver (Ogmios Team Novels) = currently FREE
Product Description
"There is a plague coming....For forty days and forty nights fear shall savage the streets. Those steeped in sin shall burn. The dying begins now"
With this chilling message a wave of terror unlike anything the world has ever seen sweeps the streets of Europe. Thirteen martyrs burn themselves alive in thirteen major cities simultaneously.
And this is just the beginning.
A religious cult calling itself the Disciples of Judas has risen in the Middle East. They twist the words of ancient prophecies to drive home the fear. Everything you believe in will be proved wrong. Everything you hold true will fail.
Day by day the West wakes to increasingly harrowing acts of terror. As fear cripples the capitals of Europe, the only question is where will be the next to fall? London? Rome? Berlin?
In a race against time - believing the terrorists intend to assassinate the Pope - Sir Charles Wyndham's unique Special Ops team, codename Ogmios, track a labyrinthine course through truth, shades of truth and outright lies that takes them from the backstreets of London to the shadow of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin and all the way into the heart of the Holy See itself.
Further:  The Ogmios Team also come in the prequel colours of Solomon's Seal with Steve Lockley, and WARGOD by Sean Ellis.

LastAngelThe Last Angel = £1.53
Product Description
Gabriel Rush is a broken man.
Once a dedicated cop and family man, he is now little more than one of the walking dead. Busted out of the ranks of New York’s finest, he’s been reduced to P. I. work - of the sleazy variety - until he takes a photograph of a sad-faced woman in a cafĂ© which, when he develops it, reveals on odd pattern on her cheek. The mark is the signature mutilation of the Trinity Killer, a brutal murderer who has New York living in fear.
As the mystery deepens, he discovers that the killer's fate is bound inextricably to his own past and future.

LondomMacabreLondon Macabre = £17.49 £3.17
Product Description
A man walks confidently through the night time streets. He is Nathaniel Seth, is one of the Brethren, a shadow society of occult dabblers and black magickers who hide away in the darkest parts of the city, in corners where they could not be seen by polite society. Little did Seth know that his own life was only hours from ending, his flesh to be taken as host for a daemonic entity clawed all the way out of hell’s pit in the centre of the hollow earth because Seth himself breached the Catamine Stair. Now things are afoot. Strange things. The lions of Traflagar have fulfilled their prophecy, climbing down from the plinths around Lord Nelson’s column to defend the city. The daemon is out, stalking tender prey through the gaslit streets, meat markets, fish stalls and slaughter houses of Whitechapel. He has a taste for women, though not ordinary women. These women are different. Special. They may look like whores but they have the blood of angels flowing in their veins. If he can kill enough of them, bathing in their innocent blood, then the daemonic Seth believes he can open the ancient Ald Gate–one of the seven great gates of London–the last gate to Eden, and go home, even if it means tearing London herself apart.

Disclaimer: Although I consider these authors friends, I am not affiliated in their work, don't make money from sales of their books, but recommend these titles as I truly believe they are damn fine reads <<< honest, guv!

P.S. Yes, I have noticed that they have the same initials…

Sunday 26 August 2012


I got a wee bit of a shock yesterday when, following a link posted by Steven Savile on Facebook, I noticed the list of Kindle editions for his books had grown somewhat. Needless to say, being a true fan of his scribbles (scroll down through a few of my previous posts for proof), I set about obtaining a handful of these titles, and here's the evidence of my lapsed stalker duties:

Yup, that's twelve titles in total, with a couple more just out of view... :D

Steven has details on his website Ebooks & Audio, and Amazon has a grand supply of these and many more on Steven's page.

I've a lot of reading to do, it would seem. And with a trip to Oktoberfest coming up soon, I'm glad I'm not a great drinker, so hope to remain sober enough to enjoy a few pages.

Keep 'em coming Steven... :)

Saturday 7 January 2012

Betsy and I…

got married

Open-mouthed smile