Friday, 29 May 2015

Writing - Marketing a portfolio

The progress of my latest Steele novel, Grace and Favour, through the editing and preparation phase is advancing. One of my proof readers has reported back without too much re-working.

The house featured on the cover is Doxford House, in the village of Silksworth which was built circa 1775 and is now empty and up for sale. It was built by William Johnson, bequeathed to Hendry Hopper whose daughter, and the heiress married the high sheriff of Durham, then leased the house to the Doxford family. The last family owner, Aline, died in 1968 and the house was left to Sunderland corporation. Since then it has had a variety of functions but now is to be sold off.

Grace and Favour will be added to the portfolio within the next couple of weeks.

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 thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


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