An apprenticeship in a top London salon in the 1970s provided such a great experience that Garry Davidson had to write a book about it!
One day his mother returned from her monthly visit to a posh hair salon in London’s Mayfair, which inadvertently inspired Garry to sign a contract for a hairdressing apprenticeship…
Now hair’s a story details his learning process, the tasks he was required to do, some excellent and fulfilling experience helping customers overcome sensitive hair issues and the people he worked with.
“It’s a humorous, eye-opening and enjoyable read,” says publisher Tim Saunders.
Maia Brown-Jackson is doing a virtual reading this Sunday at EST 2pm https://moonstoneartscenter.org/event/virtual-poetry-remembering-audre-lorde/
A Missouri writer is celebrating having her first novel published.
Bull Rider, a romance by Darlene Winter from O’Fallon celebrates rodeo riding. She is no stranger to horse shows and rodeos having owned horses.
An enthusiastic writer, Darlene is credited with two non-fiction books and has been published in various anthologies.
“Just eight seconds is the goal of the cowboy when sitting on the back of bucking bull,” says publisher Tim Saunders. “But I’m sure it feels like a lifetime.”
An award winning American writer living in Hampshire has had her first book published.
Three short stories about disappointment, tragedy and new beginnings by Marion Desmond from Southampton feature in Three of a Kind published by Tim Saunders Publications.
Marion Desmond won the best novella section of The Paul Cave Prize for Literature in 2023 - its inaugural year - with That's all she wrote. A powerful writer, this is Marion's first book.
Marion was born and raised in New England. She studied journalism and fiction writing at the University of New Hampshire. Marion worked as a journalist with local and national media and later went on to a career in corporate communications and real estate. She lived in New York, California and five other US states before relocating to the UK with her English husband. After ten years in London the family moved to the Southampton area where she has discovered the joys of gardening. She also volunteers at a local community farm and enjoys exploring the Hampshire countryside with her Jack Russell terrier.
Three of a kind is available online and in all good bookshops.
An elderly Herefordshire man is celebrating after having his first book published.
Stephen Constance was born and brought up in Ross-on-Wye and has spent most of his life tuning pianos and playing the trombone in jazz bands.
“My main ambition in life, to be a creative writer, was not encouraged by my family - music was all - and it is only old age and a more retired existence that has persuaded me to seek publication.”
We Cry To Thee, published by Tim Saunders Publications, is about life in the 1950s in the picturesque village of Waterton from the perspective of both children and adults. A number of happenings disturb the tranquil pastoral scene. Suicide, a fatal car accident and a child contracting polio all indicate that something supernatural is affecting the community and the discovery of a black altar in the woods does nothing to allay this impression. Set against a background of a village school, the broad dialect of the children is both humorous and poignant and the narrative contains plenty of contrastingly different characters like Bob Allen, a somewhat dissolute but compassionate teacher. Then there’s the man-eating Lizzie Johnson... The culmination is horrific.
Publisher Tim Saunders says, “I particularly enjoy Stephen’s writing because he is passionate about the vocabulary he uses and, like a master, he knows when to use it to great effect, achieving the best possible outcome and leaving the reader wanting more. His is a labour of love and a great skill. Something lacking in even some established authors. In my opinion We Cry to Thee is a little masterpiece. Stephen transports the reader back in time making them feel they are there mixing with the rich variety of characters. I particularly like the interaction between Emily Ward and Bob Allen; it shows the caring side of a shopkeeper towards a valued customer.”
Stephen adds: “Until now I have not submitted my manuscripts for fear of rejection. I hope this initial sample of my work will induce in readers a desire for more.”
Stephen now lives in Hereford, still only a stone’s throw from Wordsworth’s ‘sylvan wye’, and that circumstance alone is enough to inspire him to continue with his literary efforts.
We Cry to Thee is available online and in all good bookshops. Stephen is keen to see his book in local bookshops.
Viktoriia Peterson, aka DoLoraVi, officially launched her latest book, How dreams affect your life, in Wyoming on Sunday. "It was well-attended and an enjoyable event," said Viktoriia.
A busy day:
- finalising Stephen Hodgson's forthcoming novel
- paying royalties and our £154 donation to the British Red Cross Morocco and Libya Appeals
- selecting The Ben Kinsella Trust to receive all royalties from our The Knife anthology of poetry and short stories DEADLINE: March 1
- selecting the British Red Cross to receive all royalties from our Peace for Israel and Palestine anthology of poetry and short stories
- introducing a new monthly challenge: Proverbs.
We sold 29 copies of Hope in Disaster, which raised £154 for the British Red Cross appeals for Morocco and Libya and we have just sent our donation. Thank you to all those who contributed to the anthology and supported this very worthy cause. Donations can be made here.
Tax needn’t be taxing. Well, it certainly isn’t for the team of accountants in The Office Diaries by Garry Davidson, who was inspired to write this work of fiction based on real events from his time in the office environment. Parties, travels abroad and plenty of banter give another side of accountants who perhaps should not be considered so dull after all, well apart from team leader Sidney.
During thirty-five years Garry Davidson specialised in Value Added Tax (VAT) working for the UK Government, mainly as a VAT inspector, two top London accountancy firms as a client facing senior manager and then ended his career in the private sector.
“My last position was in-house VAT manager responsible for VAT compliance and planning for a multinational insurance company,” he says. “This story is based on real situations emanating from my seven-year stint at that company and it is those events that inspired me to write this.”
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