Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cheeky Monkey

My last video this year, and yes, it's another one of those English language things I do for my students. I know, it's daft, but I enjoy it.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, listeners, readers and people of random-blog perusal! Whether you celebrate it or - as I do - just tend to find yourself caught up in the inescapable middle of it, may you have a very happy and peaceful time. The next podcast episode is delayed due to all the stuff that we have to do at this time of year, but it will be finished and recorded just as things calm down early in January. Until then, have a great one, and I'll speak to you again once the festivities have abated.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Theatre Etiquette

Another of those little videos I make for my students. This one is a bit longer than usual and deals with a problem I encountered on a recent trip to the theatre. We went to see Richard II at the Barbican on Saturday. It was very good ... but for one thing. What was the problem? Ask John ...


Thanks also to everyone who left a review in the One Among the Sleepless freebie campaign. If you'd like to leave a review for the book, please do so at one of the links below. Many thanks!!

UK Link:

USA link:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sleepless Topping Charts on Both Sides of the Pond.

This is the final day of the One Among the Sleepless freebie offer. Right now, it's number 10 in the UK free Kindle bestsellers (that's the chart, the overall chart, can you believe it?) and number one in Thrillers. Meanwhile in the USA, it's number 39 in Contemporary Fiction; number 24 in Genre Fiction, and number one in Urban. So, if you have a Kindle and you haven't downloaded it yet, go on - be a devil.

UK Link:

USA link:

If we can get this to number one in the UK bestsellers, it'll blow my mind ... which would be nice.

Nook, Kobo, iPad readers, head over to Smashwords for your free copy - and don't forget to leave some stars, I need 'em over there :-)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sleepless Free for Nook, Kobo, iBooks etc

Day 3 of the One Among the Sleepless giveaway continues with the offer now extending to users of Nook, Kobo, iBooks etc, as I'm offering it free as an epub from Needless to say, it also remains free from Amazon stores worldwide, so grab your copy now - whatever your reader format!

Monday, December 9, 2013

One Among the Sleepless-o-rama! Freebies are go!!

One Among the Sleepless (my first novel) is included on this list of Guardian readers' recommended self-published fiction ebooks. It's in alphabetical order, so Sleepless is towards the bottom.  

And, to celebrate, I'm making the ebook free for a limited period at Amazon, so grab your free copy today! Here are the links for  / and - which needs some reviews. Hey, they all need reviews!! So please leave a few kinds in your wake. I thank you :-)

Oh, and don't forget, the podcast audiobook is also back online at Podiobooks after a year away, so help yourself to some of that action too. NICE ONE!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blood and Smoke: Episode Two

After a lot of bother with my podcasting host, I can now happily announce that U&F Blood and Smoke, Episode Two, is now live in my main feed. In this episode, Underwood begins the tale of what happened to him and Matthias once they left the vampire's island.

Chapter One: The Journey to Jamaica.

However, as a result of the situation with my podcast host, I've started releasing Blood and Smoke in my Vault of Bennett feed. So as a back-up, it might be an idea to subscribe to that feed too. As a bonus, it also includes all the original Hall of Mirrors episodes without the lengthy intros and old, out of date news ... Which is nice :-)

The Vault of Bennett links are: Podcast Site and iTunes feed.

Ship image by Gleads

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blood and Smoke 2 Live at Podbean

(A hasty posting before I got to work,  munching breakfast as I type)

I've had a lot of bother getting this published, but at last, Blood and Smoke Episode 2 is now live in The Vault of Bennett feed at Podbean. My regular feed still hasn't freed up the space for me, so it won't go live in that until ... I don't know how long. I hate them, but I can't delete the account because I want to keep my iTunes reviews. Anyway, the episode is here:
and the itunes feed is: though it won't be live in iTunes until they pick it up, which takes a totally random amount of time.