Saturday, 24 June 2017

An interview with Joan Fallon


Welcome to the blogsite, Joan. Thank you for joining us.
Q. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A. Yes, my name is Joan Fallon. I have spent my life moving south—I was born in Scotland, grew up in England and now live in Spain. I used to be a teacher and then a management training consultant but I gave all that up when I moved to Málaga nearly twenty years ago. Since living there I have dedicated my time to doing what I have wanted to do since I was a young girl - writing fiction, both historical and contemporary.

Q. When you’re not writing, what leisure time activities or hobbies do you enjoy?
A. I used to play a lot of golf, especially at weekends but now my hobbies include walking my two dogs on the beach and reading. I also enjoy films and drama and going to concerts. My husband and I also travel a lot, exploring Spain. As most of my books are set in Spain this comes in useful when I’m writing.

Q. Do you like to read or do you prefer to listen to audio books?
A. I love reading and I still prefer to read paperbacks rather than ebooks. I don’t have any audio books but I’m sure I would enjoy them. The only drawback I could see for me is that I would be doing things while I listened to them instead of just sitting down and letting myself become immersed in the story, as you do when you are reading a book.

Q. Do you have a kindle, nook, or reading device yourself, or do you prefer to read from printed versions of a book?
A Although I prefer to read from a printed book I do have a Kindle and I have the Kindle app on my iPad. It’s very useful for travelling and also when you want a book for research rather than pleasure.

Q. Who are your favourite authors?
A. This could be a long list. Andrew Greig is currently at the top of my list but I also like Stevie Davies, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Niall Williamson, Roddy Doyle, Beryl Bainbridge, Mavis Cheek, Margaret Atwood, Graham Greene. I could go on.

Q. Which ‘genres’ do you prefer to read – and write? Is there a difference?
A. Yes, there is a difference in that I like to write historical fiction but I don’t read much of it, except for Hilary Mantel and Ken Follett. My favourite genre for reading is contemporary fiction, sometimes crime but mostly human drama. I also like international fiction.

Q. What do you feel are the greatest challenges facing any writer at the present time?
A. The greatest challenge facing writers is how to get your book noticed - first by an agent or a publisher and then by the public. It is so much easier these days to produce and self-publish your book and then sell it on-line. Consequently there are millions of books out there and there is a real danger of your book sinking beneath a sea of other self-published books. It is important to find ways of making your book stand out so that people can read it and judge for themselves.

Q. What inspires you – or has inspired you – to write a particular book?
A.   I am normally inspired by the location or by some historical event that took place. For example when I began writing the al-Andalus series, it was because I had visited the ruined city of Madinat al-Zahra near Córdoba in southern Spain. This led to the first book, The Shining City, the story of a family of artisans living in the city, whose lives are turned upside down when the youngest son falls in love with the Caliph’s favourite concubine. I then stayed in Córdoba for Books two and three.
Similarly I was inspired by living in Málaga, to write a love story set in the Spanish Civil War where the action is in Málaga. This book is called Spanish Lavender and tells of the exodus of thousands of people from the city, who were gunned down by enemy cruisers as they tried to flee to Almeria.

Q. Do you write from imagination, personal experience, or a mixture?
A. I write from a mixture of imagination, personal experience and research. None of my characters are based on people I know, but many personality traits are taken from them

Q. I’ve always argued that to be a good writer you need to be a good reader first. Do you think that is true or false?
A. I absolutely agree. Part of the preparation (or training, if you like) for writing is to spend a lot of time reading and not necessarily in the same genre that you intend to write in.

Q. Do you have a current ‘work in progress’? Can you tell us anything about it?
A. Yes, I have just finished the third book in the al-Andalus series, The Ring of Flames. Once again it is set in Córdoba and the action takes place during the fall of the city and the demise of the Omayyad dynasty. The next generation of the family of artisans that the reader originally met in book one, battles to survive pestilence, floods and invading forces. When the city is besieged they know they must find a way to escape.

Q. When you have finished writing the book – what do you do next? By that I mean, do you edit the book yourself? Do you design your own book cover? Do you prepare a project plan to market your book?
A.   It would be wonderful if I could just get started writing the next book, but before that can happen there is a long list of things to do. The first is to have it professionally edited and then to get a good cover. I used to design my own covers but now I use a company called Lawston Design and I think the quality is much improved. When the book is free of typos and spelling mistakes then I have it printed. I have a marketing plan which includes using social media, local press, book signings and some advertising. One of the best ways to interact with your readers is to offer to attend book clubs, either to talk about the book or to sign copies.

Q. Do you have another book in mind?
A. Yes, I have an idea for a book set in Spain  about a woman whose mother escaped into exile during the Civil War. Brought up in Mexico, when she hears that Franco has died she returns to try to discover the graves of her family but uncovers something much more sinister.

Thanks, Joan.... Readers, You can connect with Joan Fallon at the following links:
And click into her amazon pages listed below to check out her books - a small selection of which are included below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanfallonbooks





Sunday, 30 April 2017

Chatting with Ken Stark





Welcome to the blogsite, Ken. Thank you for joining us.
Q. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A. Thanks for having me, Paul. It's an honour being here, but you started out with toughest question for an introvert to answer! Between a a desire for privacy and a sneaking suspicion that no one could possibly be interested in my life story, my usual response is about as exciting as dry toast. But I've been working through it, so let's see….. I grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver; home of Terry Fox, Rick Hansen, the 2010 Olympics, Yvonne DeCarlo and, as it happens, two of the most notorious mass-murderers in Canadian history. I worked in the armoured car industry for 30 years, only recently started to call myself a writer out loud, and when I'm not writing, I like to paint. There, see? Toast. Well, okay, the Yvonne DeCarlo thing is pretty cool…..

Q. Do you like to read or do you prefer to listen to audio books?
A. It's a close call, actually. I prefer to do my own reading, but audiobooks come a very close second. I've always loved listening to old-time radio shows, so I guess the transition came naturally. My Ipod is stuffed with audiobooks, and I'm more than happy to let someone else read to me if I'm too busy to sit.

Q. Do you have a kindle, nook, or reading device yourself, or do you prefer to read from printed versions of a book?
A. Given a choice, I'm sure I will always opt to hold an actual book in my hands, but there are massive advantages to ebooks. First and foremost is the cost. I can take a chance on an unknown author for the price of a cup of coffee, and I've come across some great books that I probably would never have heard of if I stuck to brick and mortar bookstores. Secondly, and I know this will be considered sacrilegious by most of your readers, I don't keep a lot of books. Unless there is a sentimental connection or it's something I'm likely to read over and over again, most books I buy end up in the collection box of the local library. But with an ebook, I can keep it forever and not have to add more bookshelves.

Q. What drove you to begin a writing career?
A. I've been writing for as long as I can remember, but after a few rejection slips in my teens, I wrote only for myself. It was only in the last few years that I had a change of heart. I'm not sure if it's advancing years, or just too many stories in my head that had to get out, but I decided that it was finally time to take another crack at a publisher. If I had known about self-publishing years ago, I probably would have given it a go, but I'm glad I didn't. When I look back on what I wrote even ten years ago, I don't see much that I'd want anyone to read.

Q. Do you write to a target – word count – every day, or do you have another writing discipline that you could share with us?
A. I am probably the least disciplined writer on the planet! I know I should have a self-imposed daily word count, but I just can't do it. It makes it seem too much like work, and after too many years holding down a job, the last thing I want is for writing to feel like work. I do write every day, though. Sometimes it amounts to little more than editing a few paragraphs, but other times I'll spend ten or twelve hours at the keyboard. And honestly, those days when I can shut out the world and spend an eternity in a universe of my own creation are the best days.

Q. Do you write from imagination, personal experience, or a mixture?
A.  It would be nice to think that everything I write is drawn directly from the well of my imagination, but that simply isn't true. Certainly, the storyline itself is born of imagination, but just like every other human being on the planet, I am a product of my environment, and I encounter a hundred things a day that might eventually find their way into my scribblings. The line-up at the grocery store, the traffic jam on the highway, the homeless guy on the street corner..… The trick is knowing when, where and how to combine those experiences, and to what outlandish proportions each of them might be blown to make the story work.

Q. When choosing a geographical location for a plot, or storyline, do you select places you know well or just pick them at random?
A. It all depends on what the story needs. If it's set in a microcosm, i.e. in a single house, or even in a single room in that house, then naming a location might actually take away from the story. Small town? Anywhere will do, just as long as it's in keeping with the storyline. After all, you wouldn't set a Voodoo priestess loose in ancient Athens, right? Wait a minute….that's not a bad idea……hmmm….. But if the story requires a cityscape as a backdrop, I'll look at what works best for the story and plunk my characters down wherever that place may be. In the case of Stage 3, I needed a big city, high-rise buildings and limited avenues of escape. San Francisco fit the bill perfectly, and it just so happened that I'd spent quite a bit of time there as a younger man, so it was a no-brainer.

Q. I’ve always argued that to be a good writer you need to be a good reader first. Do you think that is true or false?
A.  I agree for the most part, but I do get hung up on the word 'need'. Certainly, everything a writer reads adds a little more paint to the palette, but actual life-experience can add subtle nuances of shade that we otherwise wouldn't have even known existed. Consider me as a child, writing my stories as best I could. What did I know of love and sorrow and the emotional rollercoaster of a failing relationship? I could have read about such things 'til the cows came home, and my words would still have rung hollow. Now, I'm not saying that we have to experience every little thing about which we write, but I think every experience we do have tends to add more to the story than whatever we might have picked up from reading another author's words.

Q. Would you describe yourself as an avid reader?
A.  Despite my previous comment, absolutely. Whether writers need to read or not, every single writer I've ever met is an avid reader, and I've often wondered about this literary 'chicken and egg'. Do writers start writing because they loved reading, or did they always love reading because they had some innate desire to write? I lean toward the former, but the jury is still out.

Q. Do you have a current ‘work in progress’? Can you tell us anything about it?
A. Now that Book 2 of the Stage 3 story is with my publisher, I am working diligently on the long-promised Arcadia Falls. It's a YA horror novel that I've been forced to relegate to the back burner for far too long. I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say this; I asked my best friend's teenaged daughter what she wanted to read, and she replied, "Something scary, with a monster, and some kind of mystery." And so, Arcadia Falls.

Q. Which gender and age group are your books targeted at?
A. With the exception of Arcadia Falls, I've never tried writing to a target audience. It's far too much work!  Besides, I don't think I'm clever enough to be able to target a book to a specific reader. When I wrote Stage 3, I naturally assumed that a book about zombies would appeal to a mostly male audience, but what did I know? As it turns out, at least half of the readers I've heard back from were women, and they loved it!  Now, I'm sure that a wiser man than I could figure out what aspect of the book each demographic liked and disliked, but to what end? Ultimately, I write for myself, so the best I can hope for is that a few others might enjoy coming along for the ride.

Q. What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone starting out on a writing career?
A. To paraphrase Harper Lee, the first thing a writer has to develop is a thick skin. 95% of publishers will drop your hard work in the trash before reading a line, and most won't even bother to send a rejection letter. Even if you get published, a certain percentage of people will hate every word you ever wrote, so you can have a ton of great reviews, and you'll still get one stinker that makes you question everything you do. But even as you contemplate failure and the crushing of all of your hopes and dreams, keep at it! Keep writing, because that's what your heart tells you to do. You might end up with a best seller, or you might wind up giving your stories away, but someone somewhere is sure to be moved by the words you wrote, and that's the whole point, isn't it?

Q. Do you have links on twitter or any other social media sites?
A.  Yes, and I invite everyone to stop by! No need to 'follow' or 'like', and I don't have a mailing list, so no pressure. There are a couple of short stories and a blog on my website, and a contact page if anyone wants to send me a message. I can't guarantee a response, but I promise I'll see it.



Twitter: @PennilessScribe




Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A day in the #Lakes

Buttermere

Bleaberry Tarn
Buttermere

Bleaberry Tarn


Crummock Water (top left) Buttermere (to the right)


Crummock Water
from the slopes of Red Pike


Crummock Water

Crummock Water
  
Red soil! on Red Pike
As we scramble the last half mile to the top
On the summit of 'Red Pike'


Onwards


ing 
Tia and Annie


With thanks to our oldest son - Paul - for the photographs of a day walk

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

White Eagle


White Eagle
Published March, 2017


What an amazing response to this novel... Long awaited, it begins in Kurdistan.... weaves its way dangerously through Europe, and explodes in the rural backwaters of England....
A must read from Paul Anthony that soared to #7 in the kindle store on the day of publication. 

So what does White Eagle mean?
The man with no name?... signature killer...? non religious terrorist for hire.....? serial killer...?
 terrorist group....?     gangland slang....?   Bird of prey..... ? 
White Eagle?


Cumbrian detective working with the Special Crime Unit and various elements of British Intelligence.  
SYNOPSIS –  When a desperate young man is forced out of his home in the mountains, he claims ‘Qisas’ and sets out on a bitter journey of revenge. As he terrorizes a continent with his wicked plan, the evil megalomaniac becomes an iconic figure synonymous with fear and dread. In a fast-moving, white knuckle ride, the unknown assassin leaves police and intelligence services reeling from the sheer pressure of relentless attacks.
What is White Eagle? Is it the name of a bird of prey? Or is it a mysterious individual who has no name? There are those who think White Eagle is a newly formed terrorist group working for the highest bidder. Whichever, it’s a mystery no-one can solve.
Mouretti, the man from NATO, takes up the case and is determined to claim all the glory.
The plot explodes when Boyd and his team from the Special Crime Unit become involved. All hell breaks out as three single-minded individuals, each propelled and fuelled by revenge, fight for victory.
Who will win and who is doomed to failure? In the chaos that surrounds the investigation, does anyone walk away unscathed?



Amazon Review: Once again this is another brilliant story about William Boyd and
his colleagues, the author  has really put together another great story and taken us
 to a different part of the world to get the excitement going in the book -
it was really good to read - got for my  holidays but could not wait to start
reading it so  looking forward to the next one keep it coming Paul,,once again
a fantastic book .

Amazon Review: Another great read from Mr Anthony. Written with a great knowledge
of the subject, this is well-paced, engaging and difficult to put down. The characters
are well thought out and believable and the story weaves effortlessly between
 locations. Great stuff.


Review: Boyd continues his unique career in this story of love, hate, loss, devastation, betrayal, trust, and loyalty. Paul Anthony’s latest novel takes his reader from the dizzy heights of a mountain range to the quiet backwaters of rural England as he portrays one man’s journey from birth to adulthood. This is yet another First-Class novel from Paul Anthony. 


 Review: An excellent action-packed thriller from the pen of crime-writer Paul Anthony. This is the kind of book that entertains, informs, thrills, fascinates, and delivers a tremendous read.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

An interview with Jack Nesbitt #crimewriter






Q. Welcome to the blogsite, Jack.   Can you tell us about yourself?
A. I’m originally from the North East. I was born in Newcastle, then relocated down to Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, as a young boy.  After leaving school, I worked in engineering for a number of years before eventually working abroad  as a welding contractor.  Divorced with two adult children, I still live in South Yorkshire.

Q.   What prompted you to begin a writing career?
A. Growing up in Barnsley, during the early seventies, meant that it was impossible not to have read local author Barry Hines’s cult classic, Kes, or watched Ken Loach’s film adaptation of the book. The settings and characters, so brilliantly described by Hines, certainly left an impression with me and I think my love of reading and story telling probably stemmed from that period in my life.

Q.   When you’re not writing, What leisure time activities do you enjoy?
A. My biggest vice is trawling around old antique shops and flea-markets, looking for anything from a Clarice Cliff plate or Moorcroft vase, to a chair with Barley twist legs. It’s a compulsion that’s probably cost me thousands over the years, and left me poor and destitute, but as I keep telling myself, everyone needs a guilty pleasure.

Q.  Who are your favourite authors?
A. My favourite authors, tend to be Crime writers… Ian Rankin, Peter James, James Oswald come immediately to mind, but I have a selection of favourite reads in different genres that I bought in my twenties, and every so often I’ll pick them up to read again.  Hemingways ‘For whom the bell tolls’ is a particular favourite and Hubert Selby jr’s ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn is another. I also have works by playwright’s Harold Pinter and John Osborne that I enjoy re-visiting, so my ‘genre’ preference is wide and varied. I’ve also written a humorous account of my travels through Southern Spain during the 1980’s which is as far removed from what I’m doing now as you could possibly get.

Q.  Do you have an office or space for writing? Is it at home or elswhere?
A. When I’m in the process of writing a novel, I’ll get inspiration at the most inopportune times, usually when I’m away from home, so I make sure that I always have a notebook and pen to pull out of a pocket, the moment something interesting comes into my head. It may be a new location, character or plot line and I’ll put it down on paper, immediately, rather than commit it to memory, and risk losing it before I return home. Most of the storyline usually gets scribbled roughly onto a writing pad while I’m settled into an old armchair, then I’ll  type it up later on an old antique writing desk I bought twenty years ago in a moment of madness, when I couldn’t find a Clarice Cliff plate or chair with Barley twist legs.  

Q.  Do you frame your characters from people you know or from your imagination?
A. I think to a great extent, most writers will probably base a character around someone he or she has met previously. It might be just the name or personality trait that has caught the writer’s attention, but it will inevitably be stored and used at some stage in the future.

Q. Which of your books is your favourite and why?
A. My first book:  A ROSE FOR ST AMELIA is a romantic thriller and was published in paperback by vanguard press in 2015. It tells of the dramatic repercussions of a holiday romance between an English woman and her Mediterranean lothario when he takes an ill-judged decision to smuggle drugs for a local criminal gang. It was a milestone for me when writing it, in that it made me realize how much I enjoy the criminal aspect of the plot line. So, although the book wasn’t, in essence, a crime novel, it started the process of writing them.

Q.  Where does your target ‘device audience’ lie?
A. As I mentioned previously, my first book was published in print format, but when I was writing the first of the Charlotte Hope crime novels – ONLY WHEN I DIE – I decided on a new approach, and opted to self publish on kindle instead. I’ve repeated this with the second in the series - IN MY TIME OF DYING – and I’ll probably do so again when I’ve completed the third. After that… who knows?  I actually think I’d quite like all three Charlotte Hope novels to be published together in print as one paperback novel, so perhaps that would be something to look at for the future.

Q.  Which three people from history would you invite to a dinner party and why?
A. This is a question I can have fun with. My preferred choice of dinner guests would probably change from week to week but, at this moment in time, I would choose Andy Warhol, because of my love for abstract and visual art. My second guest would be Richard Burton, and
 I’d ask him, after dinner, to read some of the collected poems of Dylan Thomas. The  third on my list would be a purely selfish choice as I’ve been smitten by Sophia Loren for much of my teenage years, and remain so to this day ( as her photograph, stored  in my phone will testify)

Q. Do you have any social media contactd?
 My website :  www.jack-nesbitt.com
Twitter:  @kijojax
Amazon Author page: Author.to/jacknesbitt
Retail Links as follows…
Amazon books UK: A ROSE FOR ST AMELIA myBook.to/ARose
Amazon kindle books: ONLY WHEN I DIE myBook.to/Nesbitt
Amazon kindle books: IN MY TIME OF DYING myBook.to/InMyTimeOfDying






Friday, 17 March 2017

The #crime #thriller section


Welcome to the crime thriller section of the
Paul Anthony Book Shop


QUICK LINKS TO ALL BOOKS: in print or in kindle
Click on your preferred link below.

 I've enjoyed writing every one of these. Whilst you can browse the works of scores of other authors on this site, I've dedicated this page to my crime thrillers. There are two crime series - Boyd (the Cumbrian detective) and Davies King (the south coast detective). There's also the first of a 'suspense' series (Nebulous) with more in the pipeline. Thanks for dropping in. Here's the books, a tiny selection of reviews, and their best rating in the UK amazon kindle store. I'll start with my real biography before featuring the rest. 


Strike! Strike! Strike!

An autobiography from the front line of policing in the United Kingdom.... The true story of a sixteen years old boy from a city in the north who joined his local police force... From tea-maker to spy catcher, from errand boy to counter terrorist detective. Witness his journey via Cumbria Constabulary, the Regional Crime Squad, the Special Branch, the Anti Terrorist Branch of the Metropolitan Police, the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Security Service.. 
Prepare to laugh.... Prepare to cry....
(Publishing Date 23rd March, 2016)

TRUE CRIME / TRUE STORY

#1 Bestseller
4 weeks at #1 and 13 months in the TOP 100
Publishing House Bestseller
#9 in kindle store - April, 2017
#74 in USA kindle store - April, 2017






Amazon Review: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest book from a hugely talented author drawing on a vast array of experience of dealing with the full spectrum of personal and professional human strengths, weaknesses, victories, frustrations, success, disaster and all the emotions involved which comprise the sometimes straight forward but often complex life of a police officer's service to the public. In particular, I enjoyed the obvious dedication, humour, compassion and above all desire to get the job done no matter what the hurdles encountered along the way. WARNING make sure you have set enough time aside to read right through this book because once you pick it up you will only put it down when you come to the end.


THE BOYD 'STAND-ALONE' CRIME THRILLER SERIES


Publication  Date -  
18th March, 2017


TRUE ACCOUNTS / CRIME THRILLER  MYSTERY

ESPIONAGE / TERRORISM
#13,318 Paid in Kindle Store 
(within 24 sensational hours)
#21 in kindle store - April, 2017

#6 in the Boyd series





This is #6 in the Boyd ‘standalone’ detective series. A Cumbrian detective working with the Special Crime Unit and various elements of British Intelligence.  
SYNOPSIS –  When a desperate young man is forced out of his home in the mountains, he claims ‘Qisas’ and sets out on a bitter journey of revenge. As he terrorizes a continent with his wicked plan, the evil megalomaniac becomes an iconic figure synonymous with fear and dread. In a fast-moving, white knuckle ride, the unknown assassin leaves police and intelligence services reeling from the sheer pressure of relentless attacks.
What is White Eagle? Is it the name of a bird of prey? Or is it a mysterious individual who has no name? There are those who think White Eagle is a newly formed terrorist group working for the highest bidder. Whichever, it’s a mystery no-one can solve.
Mouretti, the man from NATO, takes up the case and is determined to claim all the glory.
The plot explodes when Boyd and his team from the Special Crime Unit become involved. All hell breaks out as three single-minded individuals, each propelled and fuelled by revenge, fight for victory.
Who will win and who is doomed to failure? In the chaos that surrounds the investigation, does anyone walk away unscathed?

Amazon Review: Once again this is another brilliant story about William Boyd and 
his colleagues, the author  has really put together another great story and taken us
 to a different part of the world to get the excitement going in the book - 
it was really good to read - got for my  holidays but could not wait to start 
reading it so  looking forward to the next one keep it coming Paul,,once again 
a fantastic book .

Amazon Review: Another great read from Mr Anthony. Written with a great knowledge 
of the subject, this is well-paced, engaging and difficult to put down. The characters 
are well thought out and believable and the story weaves effortlessly between
 locations. Great stuff.
Pre-publication Review: Boyd continues his unique career in this story of love, hate, loss, devastation, betrayal, trust, and loyalty. Paul Anthony’s latest novel takes his reader from the dizzy heights of a mountain range to the quiet backwaters of rural England as he portrays one man’s journey from birth to adulthood. This is yet another First-Class novel from Paul Anthony. 


Pre-publication Review: An excellent action-packed thriller from the pen of crime-writer Paul Anthony. This is the kind of book that entertains, informs, thrills, fascinates, and delivers a tremendous read.



 TRUE CRIME / CRIME THRILLER MYSTERY

ESPIONAGE
TOP 100
(Silver award - Book of the year 2016)




#5 in the Boyd crime thriller series.... A series of books / stories which has proved really popular over the years..... and featuring the Cumbrian detective William Miller Boyd (the character is taken from my Uncle - Billy Miller - and what a character he was) So here we go with number 5 (number 6 is in my head)

When Master Sergeant Jack Dooley uncovers a startling secret in the desert wastes of Iraq he unwittingly triggers an alarm that resonates throughout the western world. It doesn’t take long before Boyd and his elite Special Crime Unit find themselves handling the investigation. But who is the man from Tikrit the police and intelligence community are desperately searching for? Is he really an Islamic assassin with orders to take out the leaders of the western world? As the Cumbrian counter-terrorist detective chases down the enquiry he enlists the aid of multiple intelligence agencies only to uncover a right wing plot to take over the government. Boyd soon realises that the man from Tikrit is an unknown quantity – and he certainly isn’t the only threat that needs to be thwarted.
A race against time follows with Boyd and his colleagues arguing with the Home Secretary and officialdom when multiple threats from a variety of lethal sources are uncovered. Short of resources, short on patience, and short of time, Boyd casts an eye on the national threat level as it slowly rises from the peace and tranquillity of threat level five. Then, as the nation’s threat level hits ‘critical’, it becomes blatantly obvious that Boyd and his team must do all they can to protect the United Kingdom’s Royal Family. It’s only when Boyd meets aristocracy and enlists the help of a Knight of the Realm that he realises the country really is at Threat Level One and there’s a very highly placed traitor in the midst of it all.
Threat Level One – Based on the true story of the national threat level, the men and women who make it, and those who try to break it.

Amazon Review:

Another excellent read by Paul Anthony. A gripping, multifaceted tale of espionage and covert operations which come together in a fast pace finale. It was good to see how Boyd and his team have developed and good to meet new, strong characters. I literally couldn't put it down!

INTERNATIONAL MYSTERY AND CRIME
ACTION ADVENTURE
BEST SELLING KINDLE IN USA
TOP 250


Bell, Book and Candle
Genre: Thriller / Crime /Action-Adventure / Espionage / Mystery

THIS BOOK IS #4 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.

From an ancient Silk Road in the Spin Ghar mountain range and the red-bricked chocolate box skyscrapers of one of the oldest civilisations known to mankind, the travellers begin their journey. Fourteen hundred years of struggle and anguish arrive in the unspoilt backwaters of Cumbria’s Lakeland Fells and erupt in a bloody, deadly climax.
A simple bell, book and candle adorn the altar of a village church yet the parishioners are unaware of the gathering storm clouds that herald the arrival of the ‘Eternal One.’
Will the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, work out why it has taken since the seventh century for the problem to arrive in his back yard? It’s not until a child is kidnapped that Boyd realises he needs to separate out good from bad; normal from extreme, and the innocence of youth from the guilt of maturity. Boyd is fighting the biggest dog in the pack and the Shimmering Dawn is about to unleash its terrifying dogs of war.
Crammed with intrigue and drizzled with Machiavellian conspiracy, the plot dissects the culture and very existence of the Middle East as it gradually and passionately boils over into a turbo charged thriller of acrimonious conflict and religious aura when the history of yesteryear explodes with the reality of today. 

Amazon Review:
You can't beat a crime story written by a detective. Paul Anthony (a pseudonym, by necessity) was a top detective fighting the threat of terrorism, so is ideally placed to come up with a story about Islamist terrorism. A fast-moving tale is told in great detail, without losing the plot. It's full of facts and explanations about the rationale and reasons behind a temporary threat to our security. Best of all, it's written in the language we all understand, rather than that of bigwigs in the higher echelons of the police service or government. It's a story that will also educate you.

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INTERNATIONAL MYSTERY AND CRIME
ESPIONAGE
#1 crime fiction
BESTSELLING KINDLE IN THE UK
Publishing House Bestseller




THE LEGACY OF THE NINTH

Espionage Thriller/Crime/Historic Fiction

THIS BOOK IS #3 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.

Book description
Packed with action, stacked with intrigue, and sprinkled with ingenious conspiracy, The Legacy of the Ninth is a whirlwind thriller of bitter conflict and religious mystique, echoing through the centuries of time from the desert wastes of the Roman Empire to the luscious green valley of the River Eden and the land of the Lakes. Behold, the noble Domitian: a valiant Roman Centurion who witnesses an appalling act of mass suicide in the Negev desert, and Hussein who plunders a Jewish artefact from its rightful owner. Centuries later, Boyd, the detective, tries to find out why events in Masada are now so closely linked with nearby Hadrian's Wall. Indeed, against all the odds, Boyd realises that the links are so strong that prospects of peace in the Middle East are in danger of collapsing...Things can't get any worse, can they?



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CRIME THRILLER MYSTERY
BRITISH-IRISH
ESPIONAGE
#1 crime fiction
Publishing House Bestseller

 BUSHFIRE



BUSHFIRE
Espionage Thriller/Historic Fiction/Terrorism/Crime

THIS BOOK IS #2 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.

Book Description
A terrifying thriller of greed and deceit.
The action spans the oceans; from Northern Ireland, to Portugal, from Colombia to the British Isles, and is set against the inferno of a raging drugs culture. Cumbrian undercover detective, Boyd, working with two Portuguese investigators, a determined female British Intelligence officer, an American drug-busting legend, and the covert power of the State, battle against globally organised crime syndicates unaware that some amongst them have different plans...
Private and personal revenge...


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TRUE CRIME / TRUE ACCOUNTS
MILITARY / TERRORISM
#1 BESTSELLER 
Publishing House Bestseller
My bestselling book of all time in 
both print and kindle
(Published 1996)



THE FRAGILE PEACE
Historic Fiction/Thriller /Love Story/Crime/Espionage/Terrorism
Kindle version Published Spring, 2012

THIS BOOK IS #1 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.
The Fragile Peace reached #1 in its genre in March, 2013, in the Amazon Kindle store.
Book Description:
The Fragile Peace is a thriller of violent prejudices and divided loyalties. This Ulster novel reaches to the very roots of sectarian life and death. Written by a member of the security forces, it reveals a human landscape that is unknown, yet startingly believable. It is a world where sworn enemies may exchange confidences over a game of snooker; where a kneecapping operation turns into a deadly vendetta fuelled by sexual jealousy and where the fate of the United Kingdom could rest in the hands of one punch-drunk bruiser with a dangerous addiction. Everything is here, from the glamour of hi-tech intelligence work to the despairing pub-talk of men locked in the past. Trace the origins of these relentless tit-for-tat killings, often starting in childhood and see how the lives of vastly different people may be mysteriously linked forever against the fatally beautiful backdrop of Northern Ireland.


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THE DAVIES KING 'STAND-ALONE' CRIME THRILLER SERIES

CRIME MYSTERY THRILLER

INTERNATIONAL CRIME / WAR
TOP 500


Breakwater
Crime Thriller with a twist of history.
Published by Paul Anthony Associates, November, 2014

This novel is #4 in the Davies King stand-alone detective series where all four books can be read individually as opposed to in series format.

Synopsis
When an unexpected earthquake in the English Channel unwittingly presents the secrets of the past, a trail of bribery, corruption, kidnap and murder entangle the south coast detective, Davies King. As the mystery deepens, Davies investigates the connection between the escape of a handful of petty criminals from a prison van; a vicious murder, the unidentified treasures of a sunken ship in the English Channel, a corrupt American politician, and ‘organised crime’.
Will Britain’s most annoying petty criminals outwit the stressed-out detective? Faced with overwhelming odds, the exhausted Davies King must come to terms with failure and re-ignite ‘loyalty’. On the doorstep of failure, the detective enlists the help of 'Special Forces' when he recognises an emerging catastrophe which is likely to destroy the foundations of an Anglo-American agreement, The so-called special relationship is in danger of collapsing. But loyalty is the last stand and it’s beyond his control.

Review: Another epic page turner from the pen of Paul Anthony. He grabs you on page one and won't let you go until the end. Great plot..... Pauline Livingstone, Editor and Book Critic
Review: An absolutely brilliant read by a great author, keeps you on the edge of your seat, thoroughly enjoyable... B Smith (Reader) amazon review.
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CRIME MYSTERY THRILLER
TERRORISM
TOP 400



THIS BOOK IS #3 IN THE DAVIES KING 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the detective, KING, his detectives, and British Intelligence.


Genre: Fiction / Thriller / Espionage / Murder /Mystery / Tension  / Suspense
Synopsis:
Compromising photographs discovered in a vacant office in central London are not immediately connected to a ferocious attack on Davies King. But when the campaign against the chief of detectives and his closest friends turns to blackmail, it becomes personal.
A series of horrendous bomb attacks and brutal shootings convince Davies to discharge himself from hospital and confront the two ‘most wanted’ criminals in the United Kingdom. Disillusioned with a temporary chief constable, and anxious to relieve a stressed out bomb disposal officer, the chess playing detective joins forces with British Intelligence to challenge the megalomaniacs who are holding the nation to ransom.
Her Majesty’s Government announce a Tier One threat level as the lights across the south of England are extinguished and parts of Europe and North America face the reality of the first stages of society’s breakdown - Dystopia.
It’s a simple question for the obstinate detective to answer. Does the country pay the ransom or do the lights go out?
It’s not rocket science, but who makes the decision, and why?

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CRIME THRILLER MYSTERY
BRITISH - IRISH / ESPIONAGE
TOP 200


Crime / Espionage / International Chase Thriller

THIS BOOK IS #2 IN THE DAVIES KING 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the detective, KING, his detectives, and British Intelligence.

Book Description.
When Conor is betrayed, he spends the night hidden in the bracken surrounded by security forces. As moonlight shadows flicker, he realises who is responsible. With his unit destroyed, Conor sets out for revenge. 
But dark unspoken forces are at work and the track goes cold.
A decade later, a displaced British Intelligence Agent produces a mysterious piece of software and demands reinstatement. The enigmatic software, threatens to destabilise the world’s economy should it fall into the wrong hands. Pegasus returns only to be plunged into a breathtaking international chase involving terrorists, spies and criminals. 
Greed, corruption, dishonesty and mistrust are uncovered in the most powerful of places as the need to secure an enigmatic memory stick dominates proceedings. Only Davies King, a chess playing, hardnosed detective, and his team, seem capable of bringing sanity to a cyberspace driven society. Is there a traitor? A traitor of the worst kind! And there’s only one... Isn’t there?


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CRIME MYSTERY THRILLER
MURDER / MYSTERY
TOP 750

Murder Mystery/Crime/Detective

THIS BOOK IS #1 IN THE DAVIES KING 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the detective, KING, his detectives, and British Intelligence.

Book Description
Two beautiful and mysterious women are murdered in the same week. The local police chief believes both killings are the work of one man and instructs his officers to bring about a swift conclusion to the  investigation. Davies King, the hardnosed, chess playing detective, reckons the game is much more complex and refuses to accept an apparent checkmate. With the odds stacking up against him, Davies tries to shuffle all the pieces and capture the guilty party before an innocent man is wrongly arrested. But the clock is counting down, there’s a bomb explosion imminent, and he's running out of time.... With enigmatic characters that are credible and authentic it doesn’t take long to become engrossed in a well crafted and gripping plot. Paul Anthony's mesmerizing conspiracy carries the reader all the way and skilfully builds to an exhilarating and explosive finale.
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SCI FI / VISIONARY
TOP 1100



Ed Carter, an ageing career astronaut, is put out to pasture and dubbed a failure. Retiring to a quiet pub in rural Cumbria, he spends his time studying the stars in between pulling pints of beer for his thirsty locals. Envious of modern day space exploration, Ed can only watch from afar as his colleagues strive to reach further into the unknown. Then, unexpectedly, everything goes wrong and Earth is plunged into an alarming series of natural, and unnatural, disasters. Only Ed seems to know the answer to the problem the world is facing, but no-one is listening to yesterday’s man. Eventually, Sam, an astrophysicist, teams up with him and, together, they realise why the Earth is in danger. As the two race to save the world, a series of natural disasters shake mankind to its very core. In the final days of the planet, people still fall in and out of love, tears are shed, and hearts are broken. People are rescued to live again whilst others die in a sea of catastrophic despair. Personalities evolve, develop, and meet success and tragedy head on. This is a chilling tale of human misery, heroism, love, hate, jealousy, cowardice, ignorance, disaster and scientific discovery. You see, out there, lurking in Space, is a run-of-the-mill everyday danger threatening human survival. There are those born to lead, and those born to follow. It’s time for someone to step up to the plate as the suspense reaches a climax, but is it too late?

Works in planning - SEPTIMUS.... 
Works in planning - RED ALPHA ONE ....



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