Next Steps by Tom Benson

MY WIP has slowed down. I’ve been reading this.

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I invited author, Tom Benson to give us an insight about his latest anthology, Next Steps: and other stories. Here it is. Welcome to this site, Tom.

I’m a multi-genre author who enjoys various writing disciplines, and I’ve found that ideas for short stories are never far away. Combined with this, of course, is the opportunity to create another collection. I understand how difficult it is for indie authors like me to capture and increase an audience. With this in mind, I created my first ‘invitation’ anthology, and ‘Next Stepsis the third of this type.

What came to mind when you saw the title of this article?

Perhaps like many people, you thought of progression in some form, or was that a fleeting idea cast aside as you considered the graphic and the book title?

Next Steps: and other storiesis the full title of…

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Co-Authorship a View in Four Parts – Part One

A fascinating post many authors might like read.

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Hi, SE ers John here. Today I’m going to kick off a four-part series of posts on co-authorship. I will begin the subject by discussing the elements of co-authorship. Then on January 15th Gwen will explore the idea of creating a shared vision. I will return on January 27th with a view of writing coherency. Gwen will wrap the whole thing up with a summary and conclusion on February 3rd.

Now that you have the plan, let’s jump into the subject of co-authorship.

You may wonder what is co-authorship? You’re probably aware that screenplays are often written by committees. It’s not uncommon for non-fiction books to be written by two authors (or more). We are all familiar with ghostwriters. So, it is not surprising that fiction writers are increasingly partnering with another writer to develop, outline, and bring a story to…

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The Chainmaker’s Wife

Don’t miss Book 1, The Chainmakers’ Daughter!

Rebecca Bryn

Cover reveal! At least, I think this is the final cover.

The Chainmaker’s Wife follows Jack and Rosie’s story in the chainmaking town of Hawley Heath in England’s Black Country from 1911 through the First World War to 1919, and what a tumultuous time it was in British history, especially for women. Rosie is caught up in the fight for women’s suffrage and is torn between the suffragette activists, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, and the more peaceful suffragists led by Millicent Fawcett and Mary Macarthur.

In The Chainmakers’ Daughter, we left Jack and Rosie after the successful 1910 strike of the women chainmakers of Hawley Heath against Matthew Joshua, the local chain master. After Matthew’s death, Jack and Rosie are thrust into running the factory for Marion, Matthew’s widow, with all the challenges that involves – strikes and shortages are just two problems they face when war is declared. Rosie…

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Welcome to all my Indian Readers

So many of my books are selling in India I felt I had to say thank you. Usually, all I know about readers is the country in which they live, but I do know a few from India, and Harsha_ir has just joined my website followers, so a very special welcome to her.

Many of you already know Jaykishan as I’ve featured his book and his music.

You can find it on Amazon  India 

Or on Amazon Com

Please, if you live in India and are reading this, do leave a comment.

If you would send a photograph to me at authorsarahstuart@gmail.com and maybe a tell me a little bit yourself and your life, I’d love to add it here.

Also, I do price my books as cheaply as I can on Amazon India, but Jaykishan tells me they are still very expensive. If you’d like a free copy of one them, please email me and say which one you would like.

Thank you, Sarah

The Story Behind The Story

I’ve loved animals since I “adopted” a neighbours cat when I was five. (She got very fat eating in two houses until Mum found out she wasn’t a stray!) Years later, when I learned to ride horses, I discovered that people hunted foxes for fun. According to them, they were controlling foxes that kill farmers’ livestock, but if that was true, why did they protect the foxes’ setts and stop killing them when the vixens were breeding? Research showed more cruelty, and these people didn’t pretend to be helping! They boasted about how many wild animals they’d killed – some of them endangered species – and their “good bag” of birds. I joined societies fighting against this, and I donated money, but I wanted to do more. How could I persuade people it was wrong when so many others couldn’t?

I based my first romantic novel partly on a girl who was born on a shooting estate, and the research on it was so harrowing I donate 100% of my royalties from all my books to organisations helping animals all over the world. The romantic thread of the novel is based on my showbiz experience, which is probably why it has won awards, but the subtle message is in a story designed to have wide appeal. if you’d like to read it, you can find it by clicking on the cover. If you have Kindle Unlimited, do use it. Page reads count towards royalties, so you will be helping protect animals for future generations.

Curious about “showbiz experience”? Interested in the story behind the hero? Watch this space!

New Release!

Royal Command Family Saga: Plus Sizzling Sunset

99c/99p held for November! Click /\ to Amazon

Michael, a poverty-stricken amateur actor makes superstar abetted by wife Elspeth. Unknown to Michael, Elspeth and their daughter are influenced by a literary heirloom. Seductions, betrayals, kidnap, blackmail, & murder follow. The Spy, an unscrupulous journalist, is out to prove rumour true & see Michael jailed for incest, hiring a hit man, or both.    Remember, Sizzling Sunset is EXCLUSIVE – never to be published separately!

Sizzling Sunset

Dramatic close of the Royal Command Family Saga is almost complete!

Read the Editorial Review of just one of the multi-award-winning novels – Illicit Passion

The plot has many layers and the author weaves in the sub-plots masterfully. All the characters have been portrayed well and the twists and turns will keep readers glued to the book to learn what is happening next. Though the plot is complex and has many shades to it, apart from the incest angle, the book also deals with sexual exploitation and abuse. The writing style is fluid and the characters and scenes come alive under the author’s detailed narration. There is a lot of passion and action and the story takes readers into a different world; to one of glamour and riches.

Watch this page for the pre-order date when the price will be a mere 99 cents or its equivalent worldwide. A saving on the first four books of $10.97 + Sizzling Sunset, which will never be published individually!

 

 

Depths of Darkness

14 Horror Stories to scare you on Halloween and beyond!

 

Let the Nightmares Begin …

Dare you venture into these macabre worlds created for your ‘entertainment’? Whether or not they are publicly admitted, many of us have a fear or phobia. A phobia is an irrational fear. True terror, on the other hand, can evolve from no more than a belief, or a thought, provoked by a situation, or rapidly changing circumstances. Remember, your thoughts can be your worst enemy, and the better your imagination, the more terrifying your world can become.

Hell Fire by Tom Benson
Dwelling in the Shadows by Sylva Fae
Pyrohypnosis by Melanie P. Smith
The Round House by Penny Luker
A Fate Worse Than Death by P.A. Rudders
Thimbles at Dawn by Sarah Stuart
The Prophesy by Lacey Lane
Lion by John M.W. Smith
Only the Lonely by Theresa Jacobs
The Jacket by Pam Kesterson
The Memorial by Sarah Stuart
Be Careful What You Wish For by P.A. Rudders
Pain Relief by Tom Benson
Mistaken Identity by Penny Luker

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Celebration!

Touching the Wire by Rebecca Bryn wins another top award.

September 2019 Touching The Wire won GOLD in Readers’ Favorite – Historical Fiction. October – Independent Author Network judges did the same and MORE – They awarded Touching the Wire “Outstanding Fiction” AND – wait for it – FIRST PLACE IN BOOK OF THE YEAR!

Well done, Rebecca! I am as proud of this achievement as you; I read so many harrowing drafts and pushed so hard for you to enter contests.

Auschwitz:1944 A Jewish nurse steps from a cattle wagon into the heart of a young doctor, but can he save her? “He had no way to tell her he’d saved her life: no right to tell her to abandon hope.”

As a young man, Walt was an infirmary doctor in Auschwitz-Birkenau, a Nazi death camp in Poland. The horrors of that time and the loss of the woman he loved haunt him. He suffers the guilt of having survived, and also, the burden of having stolen evidence that should have been used to convict Nazi war criminals, but which he kept secret to protect his post-war family. The truth and his own cowardice weigh on his mind and, as a way of dealing with it, he sets in place an elaborate puzzle, not expecting his determined granddaughter to unravel it. A fictional tale of love, faith, cowardice, and courage, and a tribute to everyone who bore the Auschwitz tattoo or were interred in Nazi death camps in WW2, this novel is inspired by real events. An inescapable part of Jewish history, the Holocaust experiments carried out under the auspices of war and Hitler’s obsession with a master race are hard to understand, impossible to condone, and difficult to imagine forgiving. The human spirit that can find love in such a place must be rare indeed, but a person in dire circumstances will grab at a kindness where it is offered. Such is the premise of this story, and it asks the question, could you forgive? Touching the Wire is split into two parts and is as much a present-day mystery as an historical fiction. Part One transitions between 1944/45 Auschwitz and 1970s England and tells the story of Walt’s love for Miriam, a Jewish nurse who helps him save patients from the gas chambers and who joins the camp resistance. More of their story is revealed in Part Two during Charlotte’s present-day search for the truth her grandfather couldn’t tell her – a truth that blows her ‘safe’ world apart.

Available as an eBook, Audiobook, or Paperback. 

Click on the picture to find it on Amazon – read FREE with Kindle Unlimited