February Book Review Round Up

Only four books this month – short month and I’m on the road.

****1/2 “The Best American Travel Writing 2016” edited by Bill Bryson

****1/2 “The Thing on the Doorstep and other short stories” by H.P. Lovecraft

****1/2  “Snowy Campbell: Australian Pioneer Investigator of the Brain” by Malcolm Macmillan

***** “The Right Wrong Number” by Jim Nesbitt





Editing your first draft – Hints and tips (free download)

party-146582_1280So, you’ve finished your first draft…

What do you do once you’ve finished congratulating yourself and dancing around the room? Put the book/story aside for a couple of weeks. Then get ready to revise it. A review of your first draft should involve checking the structure and content of the story.

Need more information?

You can download a free PDF First Draft editing information sheet and checklist here:  editing-your-first-draft-checklist-pdf

You can access the PDF and a Word version (also free) which you can edit for yourself via the Resources for Writers Page.

“The Right Wrong Number” by Jim Nesbitt out today!


“The Right Wrong Number”, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Jim Nesbitt’s “Last Second Chance” is out today. To secure your copy go to Amazon (for your country).

Jim is our “Author of the Month” and you can find details of the book, my review, and it’s release on our Book Tours Page: The Right Wrong Number.

About The Right Wrong Number:

When the phone rings long after midnight, it spells trouble of the lethal kind for Ed Earl Burch. A cashiered homicide detective with bad knees, a wounded liver and an empty bank account, Burch has been hired to protect an old flame after the disappearance of her husband, a high-flying Houston financier who ripped off his clients, including some deeply unsavory gentlemen from New Orleans.

It’s a simple job that goes wrong fast, plunging Burch into a ruthless contest where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Money and sex— twin temptations served up by the old flame, a rangy strawberry blonde with a violent temper and a terminal knack for larceny and betrayal—tempt Burch to break his own rules. But when his best friend gets murdered by hired muscle in Dallas, Burch blames himself and grimly sets out for vengeance.

Bristling with relentless action, a pulse-racer of a plot, a solid storyline, and a colorful cast of characters, The Right Wrong Number is hard-boiled detective fiction at its finest. With his pitch-perfect voice and keen eye for detail, Jim Nesbitt uses the skills honed over decades of deadline journalism to create an extraordinary story centered on a protagonist like no other: the deeply flawed but wildly compelling Ed Earl Burch. A taut, tense, uncompromising tale of revenge and redemption, The Right Wrong Number is a damned good story exceptionally well-told.