Archive | August 2013

An Open Letter to David Cameron

Pay attention folks, the earth is trying to give you warning signs of what you are doing to her, and she does not like it! /|\

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I was going to mail this letter today privately, in the remote hope that the message actually might get through to our PM who would then have a sort of ‘Road to Damascus’ moment! Reading his article in the Telegraph yesterday I now doubt this very much, so I’m still posting it, but I’ve also posted it as a comment on his article. (You can ‘like’ the comment by clicking to show the PM’s press people who read these things that others agree – if you do of course!)


11th August 2013

Dear Mr Cameron,

I can quite understand the apparent advantages of encouraging fracking, but I do urge you to consider the following points:

1. Your government seriously misjudged the concern people have for their environment when the public woodlands sale was mooted. It was…

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Set the World On Fire!

Check out Patrick’s new cover for Seer, Book 2 in the Chronicles of Marithe . . . dragons dragons everywhere . . .

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It’s time to open the curtain and reveal the cover for Seer today!!!

This amazing work by Mathew Riggenbach at Shaed Studios, touches the imagination. Without further ado I give you Seer, Book 2, The Chronicles ofMarithe—-

Seer Ebook<

The world of Marithe is back! The story of a young gamer named Xavier is woven into a plot of denial, betrayal and intrigue. He lives a double life running from those who would use him and searching for unencumbered love. Demons, dragons, and gypsies fill the game panorama entangling Xavier in a disaster that could destroy the dragon race and profoundly change his world….

Seer will release on Amazon as an e-book and paper back on August 31, 2013!

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Word on the Street Festival Doesn’t Care About Author Scam

David Gaughran

WOTSASIPRHI wrote a post last month about Author Solutions’ relationships with The Bookseller magazine in the UK, and The Word on the Street Festival in Canada.

Since then I’ve been in touch with the editor of The Bookseller. I’ll share more about that when I can, but suffice to say that the discussion has been encouraging. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about my exchange with The Word on the Street Festival.

To recap, last month I discovered a new Author Solutions scam – using their booth at a Canadian literary festival to get even more money from their customers. From that post:

I received some spam recently from Xlibris (yet another Author Solutions brand), touting a literary event – the Word on the Street Festival in Toronto this coming September.

For £299 (approx $450), I was offered the opportunity to place my book in a “new title showcase” at…

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“I found it!”

Just when you thought you were doing good! 🙂


Whenever you are in a new place, you try to acclimatize yourself, discover new people and learn their traditions, choose your words carefully and more importantly, know the terrain and everything in the vicinity. That said, you can have be assured of a smooth assimilation.

All the information I needed back then was stored in my head. I was more aware of the dangers of wild animals than meeting bad people along the way.

There was one anecdote I could not forget. It was very amusing but also very educational.

A newly-arrived man from the Visayas tried his best to please his relatives who permitted him to stay in their land. He was very polite and industrious. Naturally, he became an asset in his relatives’ endeavors such as farming and fishing.

One night, there was a full moon. He came home late from the seashore, digging for shells to serve…

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