Saturday, 4 January 2014

The NotebookThe Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book of two halves. The first is the stunningly beautiful recounting of a love affair. The couple come face to face with each other after a fourteen year period apart. The tension of the meeting is portrayed with immense feeling as they fall in love over again. But there are problems ... aren't there always?
The second half has the same couple many years on and is beautifully sad in its tenderness.
I found this book gripping, and read it in two sittings - absolutely un-putdownable!

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Peace and Happiness

I would like to wish you peace and happiness at this time of year. No matter who you are, which religion you follow – or none, regardless of age, gender or race, this is the time of year when we wish each other well. If you believe in prayer, then pray; if you don’t, then consider very carefully who to support in the running of your country. In my opinion, the politicians who have ruled our world over the last few years, whilst I’m sure acting with the very best of intentions, have created a world that is much more unstable than it was before. They have taken upon themselves, often without the support of the people, to interfere with the business of other countries around the world, encouraging and supporting uprisings and changing regimes. If we look at these countries, in every case, the situation is worse than it was before. War lords and rebels are fighting each other, often in the name of their religion whilst hundreds of thousands of innocent people have and are being killed. If our leaders must get involved is such things, then for God’s sake think through the consequences. Don’t just start something and walk away. Just look at the situations that have been created by our involvements. Supporting rebels is one thing, but creating a power vacuum where organisations like Al Qaeda can infiltrate the country is doing nobody any good. So, let us begin to speak out – let our leaders know that we are not impressed. That is, of course, if our ‘democracy’ allows us such a privilege. In the UK there is a ‘Gagging Law’ being put to parliament, which if passed will mean that freedom of speech will be substantially reduced in our country. Let them know that crimes such as sex trafficking, especially of children must be stopped. Tell them that people should not be living below the poverty line. If enough people speak out with one mind, then they must listen. If they don’t, then warn them that they might be looking for a new job. Let’s do something this year instead of merely wish each other Peace and Happiness. The power is in our hands.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

'The Reckoning', the final part of the Ben Coverdale Trilogy will be available on Kindle soon, so the first part - 'Sanctuary ' is now available for downloading at just $0.99 only through my website http://www.glynsmithwild.com When Ben's love life collapses around his feet, he seizes the opportunity to fulfill his dream of living in France. But his expectations of peace and tranquility are short lived when some strange and unexpected events descend upon his life. At first glance, 'Sanctuary' may appear to be a romantic novel, but it isn't. Nothing is as straightforward as it seems.

Monday, 25 March 2013

"The author’s love of France and all things French shows through his writing. The variety of characters from Ben’s naivety, Katie’s sexual antics, and Donald’s evil domination of Mary produces a recipe of love, laughter and disaster. One reviewer said: I found myself laughing or saying 'Oh no' out loud. There are surprises, twists and turns all the way through the book." - Reader Review

Friday, 1 February 2013

It's getting to a point now, that my characters - sorry, the people in my books -write more of the story than I do. It has always been this way. My first book, "Sanctuary" which I thought was going to be a romantic novel turned out to be something quite different - a bit of romance, a bit of sex, but mainly mystery and suspense. I began writing very late in my life and during a spell of unpleasant depression. A fellow dog-walker suggested I try painting, but I don't have an artistic bone in my body. Her second suggestion was to write. So I started to write, helped in no small way by Michael Jackson's beautiful song: 'She's out of My Life'. I found a new part of me and loved every minute of this parallel life that unfolded each time I opened 'Word'. The first book took me a very long time to write, and was an arduous learning curve, but the thrill of holding the first completed copy in my hand was worth all the hard work. I couldn't finish the whole story in the first book and continued with the second part of what I now realised was going to be trilogy. Once again the storyline in 'Repercussions' was often taken over by my virtual family. On more than one occasion one or other of them would confront me during the night to tell me that "I wouldn't have said that." When I re-read the previous day's writing I usually had to agree! I'm now in the middle of the third part of the trilogy "The Reckoning" and things are just the same. I doubt that my writing will ever make me rich, but the pleasure writing affords me is immeasurable. I just hope that my readers enjoy half as much as I do creating it.