Articles for the Month of September 2015

Strawberries in November by Mike Hanmer Walker

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I am so pleased to discover that this talented author and poet has released another book. I love the way his poetry brings alive everyday life, and the people, and things he observes .

The signature poem for this book ‘Strawberries in November’ is lovely and indeed is a life lesson for us all. One of my favourites is ‘A Toast’ which really is a celebration to us all, whoever or whatever we are!

Throughout the book it is obvious that the poetry the author has written has been inspired by events in his life, and the people who help and are important to him. The poem ‘A Beautiful Evening’ is a thank you to his sister and a personal family tribute to his wonderful mum, to which this book was dedicated.

A lovely book of beautiful poetry, and I for one, can’t wait until the next one is published.

 

About the Author: I was born in North London, but I was raised in Hackney, or Shoreditch, as it was known back in the day. I had a comprehensive education, and I left school without any qualifications in 1968. My first job was as a trainee motor mechanic, but that only lasted a few weeks as the governor at the time seemed to take objection to me turning up late nearly every morning. After one or two garages later, it soon become apparent that motor mechanics was not for me. Well, okay work of any kind was a general interruption to my day at the time, but I persevered and I thought I would give screen printing a trial. I started with this small firm and was doing okay, and I was sent to the London College of printing for a term, but in my return, I was sacked and the firm went under a week or so later. Then I saw a “Boy Wanted for Bake House” poster in the local pie and mash shop (pie and mash is a traditional cockney dish), so I thought, well, that may see me over for a few weeks. I was there for eleven years. I finished in the shop selling rather than making it. The shop closed in 1980. I spent the rest of my working life as a salesman and an accounts rep for the local electricity supplier. I always kept involved in local community issues, chairing the local residents committee for a while. In 2010 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after the initial coming to terms with the disease, I felt there were many things I could not do anymore so I concentrated more on those that I could and discovered new challenges. I have always tried to be a half-glass-full type of guy, and this first book is my new first challenge.

About the Book: Like my first two books, “The Orange Crystal-like Doorknob” and “The Ol’ Dog and Duck,” this one has fun, food for thought, and emotional feelings that I hope readers can relate to. But this one, although not exclusively so, has a theme running through many of the poems, and that theme is about getting older or maybe denying the fact and the general consequences. Some are thought-provoking, but I still like to have fun with the poems, so many of them I hope you find funny and enjoyable.

 

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The Ol’ Dog and Duck by Mike Hanmer Walker

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This author and poets has a wonderful way of conveying through his poetry his observations on people and events that have happened in his life, to those around him, and of course at The Ol’ Dog and Duck.

He jumps in straight away with a great poem anyone with a sibling can relate to – ‘What My Sister Did.’ I loved ‘Health and safety Ideas,’ as anyone of our generation would, it just puts into perspective the strange molly coddling attitude these days. However I have to say, I think my favourite is the humorous ‘Not Too Honest,’ which had me laughing out loud!

Whatever your mood, I am confident you would find a poem to suit it in this lovely collection.

 

About the Author: i was born in north london, but i was raised in hackney, or shoreditch as it was known back in the day, i had a comprehensive education, and i left school without any qualifications in 1968 my first job was has a trainee motor mechanic, but that only lasted a few weeks as the governor at the time seemed to take objection to me turning up late nearly every morning, after one or two garages later, it soon become apparent that motor mechanics was not for me, well ok work of any kind was a general interruption to my day at the time, but i persevered and i thought i would give screen printing a trial. i started with this small firm and was doing ok and i was sent to the london college of printing for a term but n my return i was saccked and the firm went under a week or so later, then i saw a “BOY WANTED FOR BAKEHOUSE” poster in the local pie and mash shop (pie and mash is a traditional cockney dish) so i thought well that may see me over for a few weeks. . . . I was there for 11 years i finished in the shop selling rather than making it. the shop closed in 1980 i spent the rest of my working life as a salesman and an accounts rep for the local electricity supplier i always kept involved in local community issues, chairing the local residents committee for a while, in 2010 i was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after the initial coming to terms with the disease, i felt there were many things i could not do anymore so i concentrated more on those that i could and discovered new challenges. I have always tried to be a “half glass full” type of guy, and this first book is my new first challenge.

 

About the Book: This is the 2nd part of Michael Walker’s first poetry book “THE ORANGE CRYSTAL-LIKE DOORKNOB”. A Poetry book but it doesn’t have the one category for all poems, there are poems about experience, life , memories, feeling , and of course just a lot of fun.

Available from Amazon in paperback http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Duck-Mike-Hanmer-Walker/dp/1499028741/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1442580910&sr=1-2

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Slashtag (Max Larkin Detective Series Book 4) by Todd M. Thiede

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Life is good for Detective Max Larkin, he’s riding on a high after solving an important rape and murder mystery (Miss Me?). What’s more, he is very happy with life, he has been asked to join the FBI, and to top it all, is in love with a wonderful woman.

As the book opens he is about to attend a TV interview in Chicago.

However, the interview doesn’t go quite as expected, and he finds himself targeted by a killer who is out to kill everyone he loves. The killer is very clever, his revenge on Max is out there, on the internet, and there are dire consequences if Max doesn’t play ball…

As the grizzly death toll grows, the murders are carries out in unspeakable ways, egged on by the powers of the social media.

The author has paid great attention to detail, which makes this book not for the faint hearted. It has a gripping storyline, great characters, incredible attention to detail, and a plot which will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Although part of a series, the Detective Max Larkin crime thrillers can all happily stand alone.

I thoroughly enjoyed this no-holes-barred, exciting psychological thriller and would like to highly recommend it.

 

About the Author: Perhaps you wouldn’t characterize the Finance Manager of your local automobile dealership as an Amazon best-selling author—until you get to know Todd Thiede. He has worked for the past decade at Elmhurst Toyota, but Thiede is in the driver’s seat as the writer of a murder mystery series featuring his hero Detective, Max Larkin. “Time Killer,” which Kirkus Reviews deemed “a fast-paced thriller” that will “keep crime and thriller fans wrapped up in its twisting plot, fast pace and memorable detective,” “Lies To Die For” ( the second book in the series which reached No. 1 on Amazon in the “Murder Mystery and Serial Killer” categories) and “Miss Me?” (the third book in the Max Larkin Detective Series and highest rated murder mystery on amazon.com) are available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and Kobo.com. Go to www.toddthiede.com for more info on Todd and his books.

About the Book: Detective Max Larkin of the Rockton PD is flying high: he has just solved his third huge case in a year, has been asked to join the FBI, and everyone wants a piece of him. Not to mention that he’s with the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. But then someone with a very personal grudge against him begins murdering people he knows and loves in gruesome ways, and it takes all his strength, skill and intelligence to face the challenge, and bring in the most twisted and disturbed individual he has ever encountered.
Vividly imagined and skillfully executed, Slashtag is a tightly plotted, suspenseful psychological thriller, shot through with flashes of dark genius and macabre insight into the darker reaches of the human soul. It will leave you gripping the edge of your seat with anticipation and fear. Not advisable for the squeamish …

Available from Amazon

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The Orange Crystal-like Doornob by Mike Hanmer Walker

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Sometimes, seemingly terrible life altering things can happen, however, when this happened to Mike Hanmer Walker he used it as an opportunity to rekindle his love of poetry and became an author.

This is the first book of his poems I have read and I just love them! They are a great assortment of observations on life. Some are inspirational like ‘Happy New Year,’ some thought-provoking ‘What Would You say’ and some are humorous like ‘Uncle Eric.’

Whatever mood you are in there will be something to suit you in this wonderful potpourri. That the author is a people watcher, and a generally a great observer of life is obvious because these poems capture ‘life’ so brilliantly.

It would be difficult to pick a favourite, but if I had to, I think it would be between, ‘The Middle Road,’ which I really loved, and ‘I Did This…’ because, well because I am a mum.

I can’t wait to read more from this talented author and poet.

About the Book: “about this book
now how do i begin to describe this book, it a poetry book but it doesnt have the one category for all poems, there are poems about experience, life , memories, feeling , and of course just a lot of fun,
there are the ones i wrote for friends to celebrate or commerate events in their lives too , and in particular theres the one MUM FOR YOU was written when my mother went into a care home in october , and her health was failing her,
and when she did pass away on 28 nov 2013 i penned STILL MISSING YOU i hope a few people can relate to the sentiments of the words.
but as i mentioned there are fun poems to with fictional characters and situations, but even some of those may give rise to debate,
finally one of the fun ones is actually based on true events , the title DAVE THE RAVE, i hope you enjoy”

 

Available from Amazon.com:

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and Amazon.co.uk

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