October 29, 2012
There are hundreds of books published each month so it is impossible for all of them to be reviewed by a reputable critic. All authors like their book reviewed but only extracts from the favourable ones get used on the jacket. There is no doubt that good reviews are good for publicity but it is questionable whether the reader takes much notice of them.
Peatmore Press took great trouble to find reviewers for its first published book, Cogrill’s Mill but it was considered doubtful whether buyers took any notice of these when extracts were printed on the jacket or its website as the reviewers were hardly recognised household names.
Most reviewers at that time expected payment especially if it was required by a specific publication date. So when successive books were published the Company went ahead and launched them without any glowing tributes to accompany them preferring to rely on word of mouth to help.
After all, it is not what is printed on the jacket or even the beginning of the story or the ending written specifically to grab the readers’ attention that matters; it is the bit in the middle which counts.
April 18, 2011
A haunting tale with plenty of atmosphere posing disturbing questions which the reader is required to answer. The town the protagonist finds himself in is bleak and disturbing and the scenery he passes through is expertly drawn. The strange people who appear or fail to appear add to the puzzle. The sense of menace implied by these characters and by the desolate surroundings emphasise the story’s dark tone. It is a short novel but the underlying questions provide much food for thought and make it well worth the read.
Editor, Peatmore Press (http://peatmore.com).
January 12, 2011
The story follows the fortunes of two men in the mystical land of Shaihen where warlords and magicians rule. It is the first part of a fantasy series featuring the same characters. The author has a good feeling for plot development and political intrigue.
Characters are well drawn and are all too human. Their strengths and frailties are readily apparent. Kierce, is certainly not an all powerful magician. He is flawed, vulnerable to temptation and the energy sapping power of his own magic. His friend, Caras, has a strong sense of duty and provides a strong contrast to the other’s scheming.
The mythical world is nicely painted. The narrative is believable, able to surprise and keeps the reader enthralled and enchanted right to the end.
Editor, Peatmore Press (http://peatmore.com)
Cloak of Magic is published by Authors OnLine Ltd
August 23, 2010
David James has painted a vivid picture of 1950s south London following the lives of Jude, a young woman raised by care homes and Harry, otherwise known as Ape, an aging ex boxing coach. Jude has a talent for scrapping, a talent which might save her from a life of crime and spells in and out of prison. Ape can help if she will let him, and if he can survive bouts of drinking and depression.
The story follows their struggle through the underclass of their time. They could both help each other to survive, and maybe even prosper, but may not realize it.
The story is raw. You can smell the drab dirty streets, pubs, boarding houses and the blood and sweat of the ring. It tells of a world of women’s championship boxing, of fixed fights and a chance for the big time. Judy, ‘The Slugger’, Smith and Apeman Harry O’Riordan are sympathetic characters and we are compelled to know what will happen to them as they move through backstreets inhabited by colourful and grotesque characters.
Editor, Peatmore press (http://peatmore.com).
Punching Judy is published by Trafford Publishing: http://www.trafford.com
August 10, 2010
This is a compelling story with a moving central character. It has a poignant theme showing that no matter how much you strive to succeed in life the motives and actions of others will affect the outcome.
The descriptions of the various forms of bullying Bernard receives are unfortunately very believable and highlight attitudes of many who make no attempt to understand persons less able than themselves. Those that suffer with learning difficulties are particularly at risk since their problems are not outwardly apparent. The attitude of some of the social service professions encountered by the family was most disturbing and shows the fallibility of modern day bureaucracies that are there to protect the vulnerable.
The meeting between Katie and Bernard seemed on first reading to be too much of a coincidence but such coincidences do happen and at that point in the story Bernard needed a break.
Bernard’s tale is one of heartache and struggle but shows with help and understanding it is possible to win through. Much of that help is provided by Zack and Rose, who come across as examples of life’s unsung heroes and heroines. Without such people it is impossible to see how any of us, let alone the intellectually disadvantaged, can adapt to the everyday stresses of living which is a point that comes across strongly in this thought provoking narrative.
Editor, Peatmore Press (http://peatmore.com).
Lane’s End is published by Old Stick Books: http://www.oldstickbooks.co.uk