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"A Scottish Wind in the Willows on high end skunk."

"I enjoy Kate's stories..."
"A fun and spooky read..."

"The characters are so involving and
loveable that you do want them to really exist. It does read like you've
stumbled across someone's long lost diary from and alternate timeline/universe.
I quickly got into the story and loved every second of reading it...
total gem of a read by an author who deserves a lot more recognition."


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

FREE KINDLE WEEK - how it's going so far

Pretty well actually.  This is my most successful free promotion week yet, with Sea Penguin Part Three - Death at your Fireside crashing into the Kindle humour top 100 at number 59!  Has it peaked?  I don't know!  There are four more days to go.
I don't know why Sea Penguin Part Four - The Soul Extractor doesn't have the same ranking because it has been downloaded exactly the same number of times.  I've not got to grips with all that as yet.
Most of the downloads have been in the USA, as usual, but a fair few were in the UK also, and a couple in Germany. ("Guten Tag!" by the way.)  Some brave soul actually forked out real money for Part One today, as well, in the UK, which was nice.
It was fun watching the stats today but what has happened previously is that things tail off dramatically after a rush of downloads on day one, so I suspect that could be it for now.

Here are the links to the free Kindles,  once again. 



(Latest - Sea Penguin Part Three is now at number 54!  Will it make the top 50?)

Sunday, 24 February 2013

detail from scott's memorial, glen prosen by se penguin 23/2/13
A detail from the large granite memorial to Scott and Wilson, in Glen Prosen.  I didn't much like it when I saw it on TV, mainly because the faces are not good likenesses, but when I visited it today I found it quite moving.  It will weather well.
Probably the nearest I'm likely to get to Antarctica.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Quote of the Day - from Camus' The Fall

'Then it was that the thought of death burst into my daily life.  I would measure the years separating me from my end. I would look for examples of men my age who were already dead.  And I was tormented by the thought that I might not have time to accomplish my task.  What task?  I had no idea.......No one, ever again, would know the truth on this point since the only one to know it was precisely the dead man sleeping on his secret.  That absolute murder of a truth used to make me dizzy.  Today, by the way, it would cause me instead subtle joys.  The idea, for instance, that I am the only one to know what everyone is looking for and that I have at home an object which has kept the police of three countries on the run to no avail is a sheer delight.  But let's not go into that.  At the time I had not yet found the recipe and I was fretting.'
camus 16/2/13 by sea penguinFrom my copy of Albert Camus' The Fall, Penguin 1980 edition, page 66.
One of these books that I'd forgotten I had.  My favourite Camus used to be A Happy Death.  Pretty grim and intense stuff, but with an unrelenting honesty to it that meant a lot to me as a youngster as I tried to find a place for myself in a world that seemed terribly fake. 
(Of course I never did find a place for myself, but hey.)
I'm sure that reading volumes like this, even if like me it's so long ago that you forget that you have, affects the workings of your brain, permanently.  Affects the Actual Brain Chemistry.  Like seeing something strikingly amazing as a child,  or like meeting somebody with whom there is that unexpected warmth of like-minded recognition, so that it doesn't really matter what occurs after or that you might not meet again, because that moment has made you remember that you are not alone in the universe; or like a comforting hand upon the shoulder at a difficult moment, it always stays with you even if you can't consciously remember.  Like an imprint on the spirit, or on the soul, if you believe in souls. 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

I've updated my Amazon pages.  Here is the link to the U.S. one, since most readers seem to be from there. The U.S. page also shows blog posts, which the U.K. one doesn't, so it's better. 
I intend doing pages for France and Germany as well, since I've had interest from there.  I'm not sure if I might write them in my own pretty brutal Franglais and pidgin German, just for a laugh. 
It's inconvenient/a right pain to have to do separate pages for each country.   You'd think Amazon would be able to fix that. 
Probably something to do with tax, I imagine.

Friday, 8 February 2013


"YOU'RE DOING IT FUCKING WRONG!!" Marvellous.  The Troggs were great, despite the execrable Love is all Around.  Glad Reg Presley made some money out of that, however, because I gather that they didn't make much in the 60s.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Fairport Convention The Hanging Song

One of my favourite songs from one of my favourite bands.  Love Dave Swarbrick's voice.
From their album Babbacombe Lee.