Friday, 7 December 2018

The Little Shop of Sonnet

Dear Readers,

Recently I decided to open another page on Facebook, because for those of you that don't know, I also make some jewellery & bookmarks from time to time. Mostly, I did this as presents for friends & family, but they convinced me that it was good enough to sell...

And this is how The Little Shop of Sonnet was born. I hope that it will be a place for people to come look at my stuff without feeling the pressure to buy. I think my prices are reasonable and I intend to offer copies of my books to buy through this page as well.

I'm currently only accepting payment by Paypal ( as I do sincerely believe its the safest method of payment over the internet) and have already sold a couple of pieces. To see the sort of thing I sell, either click on the banner above or there are some samples below.

Enjoy !

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Dusty Pages Review: Kaspar

Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bell-boy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room.
But Johnny didn't expect to end up with Kaspar on his hands forever, and nor did he count on making friends with Lizziebeth, a spirited American heiress. Pretty soon, events are set in motion that will take Johnny - and Kaspar - all around the world, surviving theft, shipwreck and rooftop rescues along the way. Because everything changes with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he's Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Muscovite, a Londoner and a New Yorker, and as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic…

I got this as an audio book and recently while being ill, popped it on to listen to it. First thing I want to say is that I played this through my iPhone. It was clear as a bell and didn't tax the battery too much so I was pleased in that respect. The second is how much I loved this story.

Although written for children, and while it is a simple tale, it is a very enjoyable. I like that it was set around real places and events though in regards to the Titanic you can't really know what happened or if there were in fact any pets on board - I'm pretty sure back then you didn't have to have a doggy/kitty passport like you do now. I enjoyed the narrator - even though I'm pretty sure it's a full grown man reading, I was pleased by how boy like he managed to make Johnny sound. I was totally convinced it was the memoirs of a young man who'd had an extraordinary beginning in life.

Kaspar was every bit the regal pussy cat. The authors description of him was purr-fect (lol) and I compared him to my own sleek black feline who too believes himself to be of royal descent treating me as his servant. :)

Of course as its written for a younger audience, it has a happy ending. I liked that certainty with this story, that no matter what they went through, it was going to be all right in the end.

I give it

Monday, 3 December 2018

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Richard Stephens

1. Tell me about your book, Soul Forge, and where you got your inspiration for it?

On a November evening in 1982, I was sitting around listening to music when the song, Run to the Hills, by Iron Maiden came on. It was as if a switch was triggered inside my head. I immediately gerry-rigged an old, broken Underwood typewriter, and the Soul Forge Saga was born.

2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

Val Kilmer, looking exactly the way he did when he played Madmartigan in Willow.

3. What are the top three books in you TBR pile?

1) Perimeter, by David M. Kelly

2) The Black Elfstone, by Terry Brooks

3) Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf, by R. A. Salvatore

4. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?

Ronnie James Dio. He died much too early. I love his music. His voice was amazing.

5. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?

Years. I was 9 when I began writing. At 17, I the Soul Forge Saga, was born. (At that time is was called, The River Styx.) I dropped out of school in grade 10 to support my new born son and with his birth came responsibility. I worked at a local bakery for the next 22 years before I went back to school to finish my high school diploma. I then worked with the Waterloo Regional Police Service for the next 12 years. During this time, the ups and downs of life pulled me away from writing. Over the years, I tried to carry on with The River Styx, but I got into the swing of writing consistently. I have subsequently retired from the Police Service and now gratefully get up every morning with the thrill of devoting my days to my characters.

6. Which do you use more often, dictionary or thesaurus?

Definitely a thesaurus. As a Canadian writer, I also rely on the internet to keep me true to my heritage. Our English spelling differs from the U.S. and I struggle to maintain my Canadian identity by adhering to spelling words with ‘ou’ instead of ‘o’, and ‘re’ at the ends of words instead of ‘er’, etc. Sometimes reviewers will leave negative comments about misspelled words, which of course, they’re not.

7. What makes you cry?

Anything emotional. I’m a big sap.

8. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

I write epic fantasy. I love the fact that the reader can be spirited away to fantastical new worlds populated by eccentric characters. It allows one to escape the mundane trial that modern day life throws at us.

9. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Absolutely. Books are no different than everything else in life. When a person is single, their attention isn’t drawn by someone they think is ugly. Their attention is piqued by someone they consider good looking. That doesn’t mean the person will be a good fit for them, but it has at least opened the door for a closer look. Books are no different.

10. If you could have an answer to any question, what would that question be?

How to live forever.

11. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?

Several. When I was 9, I wrote a Hardy Boys type of story. I then wrote another adventure involving children. When Star Wars came out in 1977, I was hooked and immediately wrote a 600 page sci-fi. At one point I started a fictional account of a naval raid on Japan set in the Second World War, but never finished it.

With regard to ever publishing these stories—no. I used to read some of my earlier works to my sister when we were kids. She’d last about five minutes before she fell asleep. Hmmm, perhaps I can sell them as non-medicinal sleeping aids!

An epic tale of loyalty and betrayal, fantastical creatures, breathtaking vistas and one man’s need to rescue his darkened soul. Accompanied by a band of eclectic characters, Silurian Mintaka embarks upon a journey fraught with demons, both physical and psychological, seeking revenge on the those responsible for murdering his family. Those closest to him fear his decisions will end up killing them all as the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.


Book Two - Wizard of the North also available with Book Three - Into the Madness due to release on 15th February 2019!

About Richard

Born in Simcoe, Ontario, in 1965, he began writing circa 1974, a bored child looking for something to while away the long, summertime days. The Hardy Boys led to an inspiration one sweltering summer afternoon when he thought, "Hey, I could write one of those." And so, he did. However, life put his dream of becoming a writer on hold.

In early 2017, however, he resigned from the Police Service to pursue his love of writing full-time. With the help and support of his wife Caroline and his 5 children, he has now realized his boyhood dream.