Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Writing - World Book Day 5th March

Once again it is here - World Book Day

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World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Over the last week or two it has been quite gratifying for me to hear a number of people comment that they enjoy reading and like me have both an ereader and still buy paperbacks. 

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Someone once said that what makes us human is the fact that we tell stories. From the earliest years as a teacher right through to the present day I have always enjoyed telling stories both to full classes and my own little ones. There is a joy in watching there eyes as they take in the words and see in their own mind's eye where you are taking them. Even classes of children as old as 13 years enjoyed being told a story, albeit of their choosing, but listened to collectively and discussed afterwards.

There is a magic between the covers of a book electronic or otherwise.

My 10 books as of December 2014

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thin collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


Words from the Raindrops 

As it is World Book Day I have reduced the price of my books on 

smashwords.com  to $0.99 which works out at around £0.72 for 

one day only. Search under David L Atkinson and there is even a 20% sample.