Articles for the Month of January 2016

Stories in Green Ink by Anna Trowbridge

517RpjSBZiL__AA160_Captivating Short Stories. 

This book is a compilation of short stories written fourteen very talented authors.

The authors come from all over the world Australia, England, France, Portugal, America and South Africa. Some are fiction, others are true. My favourite is by Borghild Strandenes a Norwegian author living in France, she writes of her animals and love of them in a very warm and natural way. Her story is very gentle and it takes a while to realise that the characters she meets and talks about are in fact her own beloved rescue animals, each with a tale to tell and a very special place in her heart.

If you like your stories a little risqué then you will not be disappointed in Sherri Clark’s story. Should you enjoy something creepy then Janet Langman has some good tales. There’s fantasy, mystery, and even heartfelt extracts from the true story Travels with an African Husky by John Martin Bradley. All the stories are lovely in their own way, making a lovely compilation with something to suit all tastes.

The contributing authors are:-

Janet Langman

Guy Thair

Catherine Broughton

A. J. Millen

Borghild Strandenes

Tracey Clark

Christine Edney

Sherri Clark

Henry Last

John Martin Bradbury

Rosalind Newsham

Virginia Lowe

Allison Symes

Enoa Francis


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Shootout in Cheyenne by Joe Corso


This book begins during the American Civil War outside the town of Lawrence in Kansas. Cal Rymes is part of a confederate band under the leadership of Colonel Quantrill, and so is his good friend ‘Bear.’ Colonel Quantrill has earnt himself a bad reputation, killing innocent people and stealing money, hidden in the guise of fighting the Yankees, in the name of patriotism, and Cal is not happy being part of his band, but to leave would be fatal.

Finally, when the war ends Cal is discharged, a formidable marksman, he decides to head west towards the plains and try his hand at buffalo hunting.

At Dodge City he is forced to defend himself, and his prowess with the gun is noticed. He discovers there is a contest to win the latest Winchester rifle and decides to compete. When he wins it, becomes the Calico Kid, and a friendship with Henry Galton, the representative of Winchester is born.

However, Cal is restless, so he teams up with the brothers Will and Nick McGuire who are expert buffalo hunters, and they head for the plains.

After a successful hunt the trio head off to sell the skins, however they are ambushed by Neil Sutter and his posse.

Barely alive Cal finds himself at the Williamson ranch just outside Cheyenne where he is nursed back to health.

The town of Cheyenne is where the rest of the story is set. With the railroad coming soon and the town growing, Cal soon earns the respect of the locals, and the love of some of the local women. When he is offered the position of Sheriff he is honoured, and picks his deputies wisely, however, in the background lurks Neil Sutter and his gang, outlaws with a resentment of authority. What will happen when they meet again?

This book is packed to the seams with adventure, gun fights and all the things which make the Wild West legendary. Through the author’s imagination, research, and very descriptive writing, the true grit and bravery of these men comes to life.

A real treat for western adventure fans.


 About the Book: “Joe Corso is a storyteller in the tradition of Louis L’Amour. If you’re looking for an exciting yarn, with well-drawn characters and believable and interesting plot, you can’t go wrong reading any of his stories.” …R.W. Peake, author of the Marching with Caesar series.”

Cal Rymes left the Civil War and his time with the infamous butcher Colonel William Clarke Quantrill. He left Quantrill’s Raiders with a particular set of talents and a desire to get as far away from his past as possible. All he wanted was a quiet life, a small ranch to breed horses and raise cattle. A lofty goal for a man who knows nothing but how to take a life.

A marksmanship contest in Dodge City gives him a chance at a new start, where he wins a prized Winchester “Golden Boy” rifle and the moniker of the Calico Kid. Striking out for Cheyenne with his newfound friends to make a grub stake hunting buffalo, Cal finally gets a glimpse of the life he’s been fighting for. All that stands between him and the sweet life is the Sutter Gang and brutal leader Neil Sutter. With the railway inching ever closer, Cheyenne is a boom town on the verge of going boom. A town in need of heroes and finding only outlaws. These are violent times for violent men. And Neil Sutter and his men are about to find out they bit off more than they can chew when they decided to cross the Calico Kid.”

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Blame Bogart by Diane Rose Duffy and Lilly Bicho


Firstly, I just have to say that this book was a real joy to read.

I openly admit to adoring my dog and I know there are hundreds like me out there, if you are one of them, you will love this book. I downloaded it with Kindle Unlimited because my grandsons are here and love pets but I enjoyed it as much as they did.

The author writes as Bogart, the Golden Retriever, puts herself firmly in his paws, and the result is hilarious.

Bogart’s full name you see is Bogart Clark, his family consist of Papa Greg, Mama Wendy, and the triplets Cassandra, Savannah and Lilly. Poor Bogart is at a loss to understand why one day his family decide to get a fluffy white cat, called Ginger, after all, they have him!

If this is not bad enough, Ginger the cat decides to take over, as we know they do. Bogart certainly feels very put out, and what’s more, the nasty cat is determined to plot against him, setting him up for falls and scratching his poor nose – what is a dog to do?

Just as he feels he will never be popular again, help arrives from an unexpected source, Grandpa Mike’s pet parrot Nellie. When grandpa and Nellie move in, quickly Ginger realises that she has met her match in the wise old bird and a truce is needed…

It is lovely that this book is dedicated to the author’s granddaughters and that Lilly has helped her and is co-author of the book, and Savannah and Cassandra will be working jointly on marketing and sales.

A truly delightful book which I am sure will be loved by young and old alike.

About the Author:

Diane Rose Duffy is a California native who has a passion for books, a whopping coffee addiction and a perpetual craving for chocolate. After recently retiring from a lengthy accounting career in Silicon Valley, Diane presently enjoys the peaceful serenity of daily life in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. Diane Rose Duffy has completed two humorous romance novels and a funny children’s chapter book with the support of her husband whom she proclaims to be her ‘happily ever after’.

About the Book:

Imagine being a dog and living in a family with a mom, dad, three little girls, a grandpa, a bird, and a cat. That’s my life! My name is Bogart and this is my story. You’ll get to meet my awesome family and see what it’s like to live in the Clark household.

At first it was just my immediate family and I, but slowly we began to expand into the large family we are today. We didn’t always get along, but as we’ve grown, we’ve learned a valuable lesson. Treat others the way you want to be treated. If we’d never learned that, our lives would have turned out quite sad!

I hope you enjoy reading about my amazing family and all the humorous ups and downs we’ve encountered together on our journey towards learning to respect one another.

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Biff the Useless Mention: Book IV of the Sell the Pig trilogy by Tottie Limejuice


Those of us who are avid fans of Tottie Limejuice have enjoyed following her adventures through the Sell the Pig series. We have watch, fly on the wall like, as she left her native England and moved to the Auvergne department in the central region of France, with her alcoholic brother, and their elderly mother suffering from dementia. Then, after her mother’s death she decided to buy the ‘grottage’ and moved there. She is a very open author and gives the reader, whether they are living in France themselves, or just enjoying a good read, lots of information about the French people, customs, idiosyncrasies’ etc.

Now, with the grottage not finished, but coming along nicely, she has decided to tell her readers more about her lovely area and also the neighbouring Rhône-Alpes region. In this the fourth book in the trilogy (she explains that in the book too) she takes us on camping trips, mini breaks, and days out, nearly always accompanied by her Border Collies.

There are wonderful days out described in detail, and I have to say personally a big thank you for her descriptions of the many adventures she has had with her friend Alex. Alex is in a wheelchair a lot of the time and with a wheelchair bound husband myself, it was very interesting to hear about the facilities, or not, at the places they visited especially at the Puy de Dôme.

For those of us who have not yet visited this side of France it makes us yearn to go there and see the wonderful sights she describes.

It is obvious that the author has found her forever home, as she has even become a French national. My father has always said that you cannot live on a view, that may be true, however it must be amazing to look out of your window and be able to see the magnificent Puy de Dôme and some of the volcanic chain (chaîne des Puys).

I was given a copy of this book for an unbiased review thoroughly enjoyed it.

The back of this book allows her readers to sample snippets of her other books, some, like the Ted Darling Detective series totally different from this series.


About the Author: Retired journalist, freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither writes under various pen names for different genres. Already well known for travel memoirs as Tottie Limejuice, Lesley also writes crime fiction under the name L. M. Krier.

“Sell the Pig” is the first in a series of travel memoirs describing how Lesley, writing as Tottie Limejuice, decided to make the move from the UK to France to start a new life, taking with her an 89-year-old mother suffering from vascular dementia.The story continues in two further books, ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’ and ‘Mother, Was It Worth It?’
Book IV in the series, ‘Biff the Useless Mention’, is scheduled for release in early 2016.

Lesley’s first crime thriller, writing as L M Krier, ‘Baby’s Got Blue Eyes’, was published in February 2015, followed by ‘Two Little Boys’ in June 2015. Book III in the DI Ted Darling series, ‘When I’m Old and Grey’ is scheduled for release in October 2015, followed by a fourth in the series early in 2016.

Lesley also writes under the collective pen name of Jilli Lime-Holt, together with authors Jill Pennington and Janet Holt. Their first joint book, Take Three Birds, was published in December 2014.

Lesley is a former journalist, working as both a criminal court and coroner’s court reporter. She also worked as a case tracker for the Crown Prosecution Service, and for a firm investigating irregularities in offshore finance. Her other jobs have included owning and running a holiday riding centre and acting as a ‘charity mugger’, lying in wait to sign up shoppers for a wildlife charity.

Lesley’s interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening. She lives in the Auvergne region of Central France and holds dual French/British nationality. Her current dogs are two rescued border collies.

Want to chat with Lesley? You’ll find a Tottie Limejuice Chat Group on Facebook, with lots of photos of the Auvergne.

About the Book: In March 2007, Tottie left Britain to follow the dream of a new life in France for herself, her elderly mother and her damaged brother. Has the dream turned to a nightmare or is Tottie still happily living the quiet life in her little ‘grottage’ in the Auvergne region of central France?
Come with Tottie now as she takes you on Tottie’s Tours of the Auvergne. Enjoy the familiar ironic humour and keen eye for detail that will bring the landscape and the people to life for you. Be prepared to shed a tear as you say goodbye to some familiar characters. And find out how Tottie took to a life of crime once she retired from her work as a freelance copywriter.
‘Biff the Useless Mention’ is the fourth and concluding part of what started out as a trilogy, with ‘Sell the Pig’, ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’ and ‘Mother Was It Worth It?’. Don’t miss this concluding part of the ‘Sell the Pig’ series.
‘Mother, mother, it’s a bugger, sell the pig and buy me out’.

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