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An Explosive Time is offered as a free kindle download, meaning it's Crombie's chance to compete with the greatest detective in literature: Sherlock Holmes.
Possessing a razor sharp mind, capable of dissecting souls from observation of outward appearances, Holmes is at the finishing tape while we're still tying our laces. His powers of deduction seem uncannily supernatural, until he explains all to his constant companion, with a murmured 'Elementary, dear Watson, Elementary.'
Since his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet, (1886, Beeton's Christmas Annual) Holmes has captured the imagination of readers worldwide, and when all seemed lost, his admirers went into mourning – literally – black armbands were worn. The first of the so called 'arm-chair' detectives, had obtained legendary status. Then as now, to many people Sherlock Holmes lives and breathes and walks the streets of London in his deerstalker hat. However, taking a closer look at author Conan-Doyle, it becomes apparent the great detective's eccentricities pale beside those of his creator.
Arthur Conan-Doyle appears pleasantly bemused at first on receiving requests and letters addressed to the inhabitant of 221b Baker Street. Eventually though, fearing Sherlock overshadowed his other literary outpourings, Sir Arthur decided to kill Holmes. Only the greatest criminal mind of all time could defeat the greatest detective, and so Morriarity was born.
Conan-Doyle was eventually persuaded to resurrect Holmes, which he did, purely to fund and promote the growing spiritualist movement sweeping the globe in the aftermath of the Great War. So fervent in his belief that the spirit continues to exist after flesh has failed, Conan-Doyle actually became an embarrassment to the spiritualist movement, and his widow remained convinced until her dying day that her dear husband had appeared in spirit form. Others remain bewildered, unable to reconcile the fact that Holmes's alto ego believed in ghosts and fairires. For many, Holmes's creator was a victim of his advancing years.
But the signs that this scion from a family of devout Catholics believed in the spiritual world were there all along.
Especially in The Mystery of Cloomber. This short novel features three monks who despite being dead take revenge on an English officer for an old crime. According to Daniel Stashower's outstanding biography "Teller of Tales" this almost forgotten story was published c.1887 and each chapter introduces some new paranormal idea. As Mr Stashower observes, "(It) clearly illustrates that the young novelist had already begun to question the received wisdom of science."
But there's another clue, often uttered by Sherlock himself: 'When you take away the impossible, what's left, no matter however improbable must be the truth.'
Having applied the genius behind the world's most successful detective to the great unanswered question, Conan-Doyle arrived at the only logical answer, and declared himself satisfied that other dimensions do exist.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are available free to download from Amazon.
An Explosive Time will be free to download from August 5th until August 7th. UK kindle owners click here - American Kindle owners click here. 6
Daniel Stashower's outstanding biography "Teller of Tales" must be the definitive work on Arthur Conan Doyle, a genius who straddled both Victorian and Edwardian life.
Alert readers may have noticed a running reference throughout the Celtic Cousins Adventures to the above event. One or two have been curious enough to enquire when this escapade will be reported in full. Alas, like Sherlock Holmes's story of the Giant Rat of Sumatra, the tale of Crombie and the Great Elephant Stampede is one for which the world is not yet prepared. (Apologies to the great Arthur Conan-Doyle, whose British Detective still rules supreme in Amazon's top free download chart.)
However, Crombie and the Alligator is another story entirely – but only now can the full shocking truth be revealed (names have been changed to protect the innocent). An Explosive Time is third in the Celtic Cousins Adventures – consequently it's the last to come out of Amazon's select programme.* So diaries out – after a wet washout July, we're all looking forward to an amazing August, get ready for An Explosive Time and start your summer with a bang!
This story is shorter than its predecessors, A Raucous Time and A Ripple in Time, as action comes thick and fast. There's also less paranormal activity, but a word to the wise: Once again, Wren isn't being entirely honest in telling his cousin Rhyllann that the preternatural sword sometimes known as "Excalibur" has been destroyed.
Instead, the Celtic Cousins are left to rely on the Met Police in the burly shape of Detective Inspector Crombie. One or two readers have commented on Crombie's personality, asking if he's based on me. All I have to say is don't be so cheeky. The only thing I have in common with the grumpy fat man is a green Passat, (also a salvage scheme survivor). I have sons, not daughters and I'm a lot prettier. So there!
Reviews left for An Explosive Time:
Paul Mallory's young bride Julie lied to him, packed her bags and headed out of New York City. Now her life is in danger, and Paul rides to her rescue, only to find himself in a mysterious ghost town. As the truth slowly dawns on our intrepid reporter, there's only one question he wants answered: "Julie, Do You Love Me?"
Reese City provides Paul Mallory with his greatest challenge to date. In the first place – it doesn't exist – at least as far as the general populace of America are concerned. While "Area 51" occupies the conspiracy theorist brigade, Reese City is where the really strange phenomena take place.
Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave, the American government isn't too keen on the world discovering Reese City, let alone what's been going on there for the last seventy years. In this all action page turning thriller, Mallory pitches wits against and battles with foes and "friends" alike, who are on a mission to silence Paul for good.
This is the fourth full length Mallory adventure, as with Stephen's previous novels, I once again had the privilege of reading chapters hot off the press. This was a treat I'd been eagerly anticipating, having grown to love the main characters and the manner in which they interact with each other. Paul Mallory and his encyclopaedic knowledge of trivia, Bentley Cramer and his impervious disregard to rules, and of course the lovely Julie, possessor of a beautiful voice, with a face and figure to match. I thought I knew what to expect: A well written thriller with unexpected twists and turns and enough action to satisfy the most ardent James Bond fan.
"Julie, Do You Love Me" surpassed all expectations. This novel can confidently rub shoulders with the latest thrillers from 'published' names, and scores on every level: The plot is startlingly original, and will captivate and enthral you. I predict a lot of kindle page turner buttons becoming red hot. Congratulations Stephen, "Julie, Do You Love Me" has all the hallmarks of becoming a bestseller, and I'm confidently expected a whole host of readers to join Mr Cramer's facebook page as dedicated fans.
Even the most tomboyish of young girls dream of their wedding day, but once you've found your Prince Charming, actually planning the nitty gritty of the big day can be a mine field. In fact, one of my cousins slipped off to the registry office in her lunch hour, tied the knot, and was back at her desk before anyone noticed she had gone.
Charlie Plunkett is made of sterner steel. She planned not just one perfect day, but two. Luckily for us, Charlie also kept a diary of exactly how she managed this feat, and it's this insight from a 'layman's' point of view that makes this book so valuable. At the end of each week Charlie provides a check list, keeping you on track, along with valuable tips and hints she's learned from experience, making this essential reading for brides to be. For those of us who've been there done that, memories will come flooding back as the author gives us a fascinating glimpse of the build up and excitement that surrounds what should be one the happiest days of your life. Charlie's enthusiasm and joie de vie as she lays down plans to embark on a new life with her groom is contagious, no one will read this book without smiling.
With Charlie holding your hand, there's no excuses now girls! Get your copy of "The True Diary of a Bride to be" and you too will have the wedding of your dreams!
Postscript: The Ultimate Wedding Magazine who scour the country seeking out essential information and must-haves for the perfect day are so impressed by this book, Charlie's true diary has made the front page!
Both a fascinating insight into Charlie's own experiences and a valuable 'how to plan your wedding guide' for a limited time only you can download the kindle copy for only £3.08.
The paperback edition is also available from all good bookshops, or order online, at £9.99.
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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