Festive Promotions

December 1, 2014

The festive season is upon us and the time has come for authors and publishers to step up promoting their books. Peatmore Press is no exception and up to a week ago had not heard of the black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion campaigns. But thanks to Libiro.com this is no longer the case hence the tweet below which went out a few days ago.

A week-long Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale starting 28 November for Crime and Passion ebook at http://tinyurl.com/o5z3vd8 #peatmore #ebooks.

Now the season is gathering intensity it is important to step up the momentum and increase our profile. To this end we have posted our festive audio book, “The Christmas Turkey” on the front page of the Peatmore Press website (www.peatmore.com). There is also a link to it on the side panel. The story lasts just under 10 minutes and hopefully it will stimulate readers who like it to seek out our other books. Books are wonderful presents as they show the recipient that the giver must have taken some thought over the gift as they are almost certain to share the same literary tastes. The audio book will remain free to listen to on the website throughout the Christmas period. We hope you will enjoy this and also like reading our current free short story, “But If”.

Best wishes for a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to all who read this.


Book Review – Orange Juice and Cod Liver Oil by Peter Morley

November 7, 2014

This is an honest account of a chemical engineer from his childhood to his retirement. As a “Baby Boomer” myself, this is a narrative I can relate to, particularly his childhood in the post World War II period of depression.

I found his family history with his rise from poverty in rural southern England fascinating. I was also intrigued by his account of his development as an extremely proficient engineer despite not being able to grasp the technicalities of some of the details he describes. His political and religious views on the times he has lived through are understandable given his humble upbringing but will not be shared by everyone. However, I agree with him that we were indeed a lucky generation owing a lot to those who went through the war years immediately before us.

This is a well crafted book by an excellent storyteller which has been written with great charm and humour and should provide a valuable insight to anyone interested in the contemporary history of our generation.

Keith Jahans
Editor, Peatmore Press

Orange Juice & Cod Liver Oil

Orange Juice & Cod Liver Oil by Peter Morley is published by Perfect Publishers Ltd and is available in paperback at £8.99


Travels in Southern England

October 27, 2014

This Sunday the clocks went back and I returned to the Mill House Cider Museum in Owermoigne.

Cider Making Demonstration Sign

I first visited the museum in August and was so impressed with what they are doing there that I left them some copies of the Peatmore Press book, Cogrill’s Mill, to sell. This time I was treated to awesome demonstration of traditional cider making. The cider makers were very knowledgeable and highly proficient at their craft and the on looking crowd extremely enthusiastic. It was a great day out and some images of what I saw are presented below.

Preparing The ApplesPreparing the Apples

Mashing The Apples
Mashing the Apples

Loading The Press
Loading the Press

Pressing The Cider
Pressing the Mashed Apples

Decanting The Cider
Collecting the Cider

In addition to cider making we were treated to a demonstration of iron tool making on a portable forge.

Forge
Forge

Forging Iron
Forging Iron

When the day was over I purchased some Schnapple, a local Liqueur specialty made from apple juice, as it seemed an ideal treat for Christmas.

SchnappleSelling Schnapple

Further details about the Millhouse Cider Museum van be obtained from their website at http://www.millhousecider.com.


Dark Stories

October 17, 2014

Now in England we are entering the shortest days of the year. It is a time for Dark Stories. At the end of this month, 31st October, it is Halloween which has become an annual celebration of spooky events. There is no better time to begin reading or telling tales of the extraordinary or supernatural. To start this off Peatmore Press presents, “But if,” a story of disbelief from its new short story collection, “New Beginnings“. It is available to read free of charge at http://peatmore.com or by clicking on the link in the side panel.


Reinvigorating the life of a great Victorian artist

September 15, 2014

I spent an inspiring day Saturday at the Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey at day one of the Gallery’s Heritage Open Days. The Gallery celebrates the work of the artist G.F. Watts and his wife Mary but other artists’ work is also displayed.

Watts Gallery taken in August 2012
The Watts Gallery taken on a previous visit in August 2013

Watts’ nearby home, “Limnerslease”, and his adjoining studios are about to be renovated and I felt privileged to take part in the House, Studio and gallery tours.

Watts House and StudioLimnerslease and adjoining studio

Watts made his living mainly from his portrait work but alongside these produced some ground making paintings such as Hope (a reproduction of this was reputably kept in his cell by Nelson Mandela) and the Minotaur (currently on loan to the Watts Gallery from the Tate). He was meticulous and some of his most paintings took over thirty years to complete. I could identify with this as I am still working on a novel I started in the early 1970s. The Watts Gallery is well worth the visit. Details can be found on their website at:

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk.

Keith Jahans
Editor, Peatmore Press


Providing entertainment and quality writing

September 7, 2014

Peatmore Press was originally setup to provide entertainment, information and quality writing. Unfortunately, the information aspect of this mission statement has been taken too generally as we are receiving many comments asking about website development and computing. I am afraid our expertise in this area is extremely limited as we concentrate solely on promoting writing and hopefully provide entertainment along the way.

We welcome the comments we get about writing (particularly our writing) and try to answer most of them. Please address your technical questions about websites, blogs and computers elsewhere (you will probably get a better and more accurate reply if you simply type such questions into Google) and note that the word “information” has been removed from the mission statement on the Peatmore Press home page at:

http://peatmore.com


What’s in a name

August 19, 2014

Peatmore Press has just released a second ebook short story collection as a follow up to Crime and Passion. C&P brought together two writing styles, one dark and one light that also manifested itself in the first two Peatmore novels, Cogrill’s Mill and Victim of Compromise, and because of this two different pen names were used. This was always going to be difficult to sustain with the second short story collection particularly as it encompassed just one central theme, namely that of starting over. Thus it was decided that the new book would be put out under my real name and the title New Beginnings.

This does not mean that the names Jack Lindsey and Luke Johnson will no longer be used. There is a third Jack Lindsey novel, written in the same light vein as the previous two, currently in the planning stage.

NBcover

New Beginnings by Keith Jahans is available on the Amazon Kindle Store and as an Apple ibook on the iTunes Store via the Peatmore Press website at http://www.peatmore.com


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