The nights are getting longer, the days shorter (a bit self evident) and the weather is becoming colder.
It means the fire is lit every evening and the central heating is on around 16.00 – I’m warm blooded, you see. Really I was meant for sunnier climes!
But the Scottish climate never fails to amaze – was a beautiful sunny day so Dorothy and I decided to do another stretch of the West Highland Way. This is a 96 mile walk from just north of Glasgow to Fort William. Lots of people walk it in a week.
Dorothy and I decided to do it in short bursts and started in 2011 !!. We may well get into the record books as the longest elapsed time to completion. And at the rate we are going the last part may be with zimmer frames for support.
As my excuse I tend to be book signing every weekend during the summer months. But the other reason is we only walk on sunny days when there are no midges. So yesterday was perfect.
We drove to Tarbet and took the ferry to Rowardennan.
The weather was warm and sunny, the ferry small and cosy, the free coffee more than acceptable. We met a very nice Scot called Peter. Peter now lives in New Zealand but had returned to Scotland to visit family and friends. As we (i.e. Dorothy) had forgotten a camera, Peter kindly took our picture as we got off the ferry at Rowerdennan.
From there we walked to Inversnaid – 7 miles! It was a case of up hill and down dale, walking through the woods.The walk was exhilarating and at the end of the 7 miles we had a glow of achievement. I know, I know! Not much of an achievement, not when compared to my sister-in-law, Patricia who can climb a Munro (hill over 3,000ft) before breakfast. Or Nick and Ruth yomping 20 miles through the desert in Mayhem.
Still, Dorothy and I enjoyed the day, we are now over a third of the way with only 62 miles to go.
Anyway, I’m out and about most weekends from now to Christmas. Please take a look at my schedule on the website and if you have the time, I hope to see you at one of the events.
This is the time of year to sit in the garden, in the shade, having a glass or two of Pimms, or a glass of wine – any colour.
You see what good fiction I am able to write when I can dream up such a scenario?
The reality? Freezing cold, shivering with a blanket over the shoulders, the BBQ alight under an umbrella (to prove what a hardy race we are), a hot toddy to hand, with only one redeeming feature in the whole scenario – a good book.
For those of us who are discombobulated by the weather (for those who don’t know the word is the antonym of combobulated) we have a special offer. To help you get through this long, dreich ( a great Scottish word) summer, we are giving a free copy of The Seventh Circle this weekend. Just CLICK HERE to get your copy.
The story won’t help with the burnt meat, the lousy weather, the noisy and grumbling kids unable to go out and play but it will take you on a roller-coaster of a ride where the end is, as always, a happy one.
I’d be delighted to see you as I am out and about at events this summer. Over the next 6 weeks I will be in Banchory, Stranraer. Perth, Wigtown, Stewarty, Stonehaven, Keith, Peebles, Chipping and Shrewsbury.
Enjoy what’s left of your summer and remember. On the Continent the temperature has been soaring into the high thirties even the low forties. Which is far too hot. Damn, there’s no satisfying some people. Or is it that I am becoming a grumpy old(ish) man? Heaven forbid!
“Dropping through space was exhilarating. In the warm cocoon of their suits, breathing oxygen, the false sense of security left them with a feeling that was indescribable. There was no fear, no thought as to what might happen if their parachutes failed. Just an adrenaline rush that was completely intoxicating. In the moonlight they could see lights scattered for miles across the country.”
Extract from Mayhem. A Nick Hunter thriller
I guess there is still dare in the old (or is that oldish?) devil yet.
I’ve just been to Switzerland where I did a skydive. I leapt out of a perfectly sound airplane, plummeted for about 50 seconds – you know the position. Arms and legs extended, belly down, smile (or is that a grimace?) on the face. The chute opened, I dropped to a vertical position and sailed serenely towards the earth. I landed on my backside with my feet and legs in the air and slid along the ground to a halt.
Unlike Nick and Co, I did this in daylight, and was strapped to a professional skydiver. Oh and I was not going to have to run 3 km on landing in order take out some deadly terrorists and rescue two hostages!
But since the jump, Dorothy insists on referring to me as “Nick”. If you are new to my books, Nick Hunter is the diving and bomb specialist in my TIFAT series of thrillers.
It was what I used to do. Except Nick Hunter is taller, tougher, better looking, traps the women a damn sight more easily than I did (before I met Dorothy – what did you think?) oh, and he’s also younger by about 3 decades.
Still, he’s the alter ego – in my head, that is.
If skydiving is something you are considering then I can strongly recommend Skydive Switzerland. The guys were professional, re-assuring and had a good sense of humour: “Hi Paul we’ve teamed you today with Dangerous Dave !!!”
As a 65th birthday present from my sons Richard and Oliver, it was an exciting experience and great fun. Another objective ticked off my bucket list.
That’s all for now. Anarchy has just launched as a paperback and I have another thriller due pretty soon. When it’s published, I’ll be in touch. Hope to see you over the summer- I am out and about quite a bit. Next weekend (20th, 21st June) I am at the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club at Sauchen near Inverurie. – Click here for my schedule
No please don’t panic! The Show is absolutely fine. We mean Paul’s new book Anarchy, which was just released in paperback, will be available for sale at the Drymen Show on Saturday May 30th. Paul attended this show last year and he says it is a great family day out.
A lovely way to spend a Saturday and pick up a signed copy of Anarchy for your summer holiday.
What is it about?
” Nick Hunter is up to his neck in trouble. He’s on his own and a simple job has gone wrong. He finds himself up against a UK criminal boss as well as a foreign General with political ambitions based on Islamic fundamentalism. Both need to be stopped. But how are they connected? Can he use one to take out the other? Fast paced and thought provoking this is another page turner from the annals of The International Force Against Terrorism (TIFAT). This is non-stop adventure from beginning to end. A riveting story told by a master story teller.”
At this time of the year my thoughts turn to spring and summer. I’m a warm blooded kind of person. I like it sunny and hot. It means barbeques, cold beers and cool wine.
It also means wandering the UK appearing at events, doing the all important promotional work. So I’ll be travelling far and wide, from the north of Scotland to deepest South Wales and many places in between. My website shows where I will be and when. I have many more to add and should be finalising details by Easter.
The big news is that we are creating an audio book of A Million Tears. This is something Dorothy and I have been talking about for the last four years. Thanks to the incredible knowledge and ability of Philip Marno, the books producer, we should have the finished article in about 4 or 5 weeks. Philip has been amazing – without him we would have been lost.
The book is being narrated by …… ME ! Of course, like many people, I don’t like the sound of my own voice but I am told by the associate producer (Dorothy) that it works well.
When it’s available for download I’ll let you know.
Readers all over the world have been downloading my books via Kindle. We have had a flurry of reviews on amazon.com for A Million Tears. We plan to offer it as a FREE download over Easter. It is sitting at 98 reviews at the moment – we are wondering whether you could help us get this to over 100? Just click A Million Tears and write your comments. We would be very grateful. If you have already written a review then a huge thank you. It makes a significant difference when we offer Kindle promotions
Anarchy is now typeset and the book cover has been designed. It should be available in paperback by the end of May at the latest. I will do another blog when we are ready to take orders.
I hope to see you sometime, somewhere, during my travels this Spring, Summer and Autumn. Just check the Book Signing schedule for dates and venues.
Happy Easter when it arrives.
On Saturday 21st and Sun 22nd Nov, Paul will be in Forfar for the annual two day Christmas Fayre. Paul said “Always well attended – looking forward to meeting lots of regulars. I will be there from 10:00am till 4:00pm both days.” He would be really happy if you were able to pop in and […]Read More
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