It wasn't without problems. It was demanding and dangerous. Denver Stone and his team knew it, but did it anyway. Someone had to take the streets back from the drug runners, and his unsanctioned team of law enforcement officers stepped up. A story of action, intrigue, humor and romance. "Credible Justice."
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Good morning everybody!
Where I am, is cold, but the winter sun is desperately trying to break through and lighten up the day. Fingers crossed, because winter isn't my favourite time of year. However it does give me a chance to catch up on inside stuff, including my writing of course.
Speaking of which, I know it's soon after the first book in the Credible Series was launched, but the second one, "The Devil May Laugh," is working through the system now. I will officially launch it within the next couple of weeks or so.
I thought i would use this opportunity to explain the connection of the two books so far-
The first one, "Fighting Back" is more or less concentrating on how the team was formed from humble beginnings, moving on to their first operations in London and New York. This book could be compared to how you would view a pilot show in a T.V. series. You meet the characters, get to know their ways, moods, attributes and their frailties. It is an insight into how a small team can punch above their weight, but not always with the outcome they desire. The characters are not super human, not all ex special forces; except Ty Cross, and not immune to mistakes.
I hope that you can see yourself in one of the characters.
The second book "The Devil May Laugh" dives into more operational stories. The team is gelling, but not without problems, of which moral dilemmas top the list for Denver Stone. He is the natural leader, but is very much human and internal conflicts haunt him regularly, especially after an incident which required him to deal with a situation, in a way he naievely prayed wouldn't happen.
You can only purchase the digital book via Amazon; which is the cheapest option and makes it very easy to carry about on your phone, pad etc. If you use apple products, as I do, you can download the kindle app for apple, which works very well.
Two links are below, but you can soon move to the country of your choice when signed in. You can also purchase the paperback and hardback versions at stores near you, as well as on Amazon. It's good to look after your local store too.
I hope you enjoy the two books so far, and I'm sure you can see the potential or desire for such teams to exist, even if you don't agree with the concept.
Thank you all, very much.
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It is what it is, and I am who I am.
Although my first book in the Credible Justice series was published before The Christmas holiday period, because of the congestion in the pipeline (Book deliveries etc) I decided not to officially launch the book until this month; January 2017. This was not a decision that was mine alone, it was on advice from local media outlets too, when they began to pick up my story. It was the right thing to do, and so far I am happy about the coverage that my book has had, with more still to come locally before my wings spread further afield. The reality is, that although I am worldly wise in many ways, I am not an expert in presenting myself via a third party to people outside of my comfort zone. My way of being until this point, was to be who I am, because it's so much easier to feel at ease if you can be honest with yourself, about yourself.
Because of the time lapse, between my slow book release into the market place and my book launch recently, i had time to do some hunting around on the internet in regard to book selling etc. This included checking out social media promotional sites as well as authors websites.
I was struck by the amount of competition that exists for selling books, that people have worked so hard on to complete. The outstanding feature for me, was how it was clear that some people are so caught up in the frenzy, that their personal stories have become exaggerated in order to achieve their aims. I am not naive enough to know that this doesn't happen in any walk of life, but I am saddened nevertheless, at the disrespect that often follows as a consequence.
By the time it came to my first interviews, with a magazine and a paper, I had decided to be as up front as I could be, about me, my life, my worries and my story in general. I have shared things that were new to my family, things that I had chosen not to share, because the need wasn't there. That said, there are things that may compromise me and my family, so I cannot disclose everything, but I am sure that by reading my book, you may be able to fill in those gaps yourself. My main point; is that I won't disclose everything, but my aim is never to enhance my standing in the world by untruths or exaggeration.
Moving on, I welcome my new friends to my blog, and appreciate that this article may have you scratching your head. to make more sense of it, you can easily catch up by looking at my social media sites as listed below. On that score, I am still running up that hill, trying to work out how everything works and who can see what when I post things. I hope that if you keep following me, that you will see an improvement in my skills. By the way! if you don't mind sending me a photo of yourself holding my book, then i can collate them and put them on my sites. You can email me if you wish with an attachment.Thank you once again for your friendship and support.
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I would like to share with you, an extract from my first book. Credible Justice: Fighting Back. Also as a reminder, any profits from the book will be given to The Police Dependants Trust and research into Chiari Malformation.
Tomorrow I will be Interviewed by ITV Border, which is a regional television company in the U.K. I am feeling pretty nervous right now! However I realise, that in order to push my book out there, that such experiences are necessary. Who knows where it will all end up. I had to smile when I saw that my book was on sale in places such as Moscow and Abu Dhabi? Its all go.
You can purchase the book via the following outlets. More are added all the time.
Credible Justice :Fighting back, is the pilot book in a series, following an unofficial team of law enforcement officers. The team, originating from the U.S. and U.K, fight against the odds, to make our streets safer. Challenged by dangerous adversaries, love interests and politics; they find the strength to fight for the victims. This book outlines their bonding as a team, and the vital start they make to secure a hopeful future for those forgotten by governments, who are throwing their weight and finances toward terrorism. The streets need to be taken back.
The second book in the series, "The Devil May Laugh," continues where the first story ended. Now well into the operation aspect of the job, the team continues their fight against injustice and against moral dilemmas.
Bookends (Local to Cumbria: Carlisle/Keswick & South Scotland), New Hedgehog Bookshop (Penrith).
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“They will see our faces,” Cross said.
“Doesn’t matter, as long as we can do the job out of sight of others, and if we can’t, we back off to fight another day.”
“So if they exit the highway, we follow?”
“Yes, I’ve more faith in your driving ability than you have, Ty.”
“I’ve plenty of faith, don’t worry about that.”
“Great, let’s rattle their cages,” Stone said.
Cross felt an urge of expectation within him. His senses were more acute now, than they had been the entire journey.
“Ty, they’re moving across.”
“I see them,” Cross replied.
“Exit 28 coming up soon.”
“They are pushing across but not indicating...”
“I think they might be...” Stone was cut short.
“I’m on them.” Cross clenched the wheel and pushed his head forward.
“Maria, keep us on your system. I will update you!” Stone shouted.
“I’m locked into everything now. Judy and Steve are about a hour behind you,” Lozano said.
“Shit!” Cross turned the wheel sharp to the right,narrowly avoiding a car ahead. He pulled further down with his right hand and put his foot to the metal.
“We’re moving off now!” Cross shouted.
“Exit 28 to Ledgewood!” Stone shouted into his comms. The acceleration and maneuvering by Cross got them to the exit. The target vehicle wobbled and shifted dirt near to the verge.
“He’s not a skilled driver,” Cross said.
“No, he’s not. Keep on him,” Stone ordered. “Grainger’s looking behind now.”
“They are on to us now, stay the course,” Stone said. Cross was hyper vigilant. His training kicked into pursuit mode.
“Yeah, rest area coming up on the right; he might be... no, it’s a bluff.”
Cross closed the gap. The BM was more responsive to the road than the Ford. Stone’s heart was beating faster, as more and more houses came into view.
“631 Roxbury Maria,” Stone noted.
“Yes, Den, still on tracking system,” Lozano said. Cross eased off, aware of houses lined up on the left side. To the right was grassland.
“If I was driving that Ford, I would be on the grass at the earliest time,” Cross said.
“I think Mason might do that now. No, he hasn’t,” Stone relayed.
Cross was relieved. His confidence grew in his ability to out drive and out run Mason. It was all single carriageways now, but they were catching up with other vehicles already ahead of them. Cross controlled his distance, not leaving a suitable gap for an overtaking vehicle to get between him and the target. There was a high tree line both sides of the carriageway with no available gaps for the target to escape. Cross maintained his concentration, releasing his grip on the wheel to stop cramping. He closed a gap in front as a Harley bike was closing in from behind them. Staring in the rear view mirror and the side view, he could see the biker sweep past him and move on ahead toward the Ford. Cross closed the gap even more, forcing the Harley rider and accelerate past the target. Cross allowed distance once more.
“Damn! More of a built up area now, Ty,” Stone said.
“It isn’t a problem. I’ve got a handle on it, buddy.” Cross looked to his right across the front of his friend.
“Yeah, I know, mate,” Stone said.
Thank you for all your kind words and support.
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Naively I guess, when I decided to take my writing to the publishing stage, I didn't really consider the implications of having to sell myself as well as the book. We can all build ourselves up, and indeed at times we have to, for career opportunities and such like.
However, "Building myself up," left me with feelings of anguish and the dilemma of whether to make myself look bigger and better than what I believe I am.
As the opportunity for my first two local interviews drew ever closer,I found it incredibly difficult to judge the best way forward. In the end I decided that I would open up about all of me, warts and all. I was and am, very aware that most people, including relatives, would be very surprised about the personal side that was about to be revealed in the media; things can never be put back in the box.
Having decided to go down the road of open-ness and total honesty, I began to feel strangely at ease about releasing hitherto personal thoughts and fears to the public, and so when it came to the actual Interviews, I was perhaps too relaxed and at times had to force myself to slow down, to give the journalists a chance to clear their heads and take notes. There was, and is a reality, that by inviting "Strangers" into my world, then they can get a feel of why my chosen subject for the Credible Justice series, was so personally important to me.
I now firmly believe, I can move through the system more comfortably, because there isn't anything more that people can glean from my past life and work within the police service.In other words, what you read, what you see, is what you get, even though most people, most ex colleagues could not have known the real me.
Those of you who are kind enough to read my blogs, and there are more and more every week! Can have that insight, by reading one of my newspaper interviews at the bottom of this page. It is what it is, I haven't exaggerated to make myself look better, I haven't bulled up the reasons why I hope you will read my book. I have merely been very open, very honest and very grateful that I now feel strong and powerful enough to reveal the real me. The credible me, and in the knowledge I have done myself justice.
Thank you for allowing me to share my writing and my life with you.
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There is a quotation or saying out there, somewhere and from someone, that states that "Authors are shy actors." I have no idea how many authors feel that this statement refers to them, but it certainly refers to me.
I have mentioned previously that I find it difficult to sell myself. On one hand, because of the amount of time it takes to write a book, I want people to read it. On the other hand, to sell my book to potential readers, I have to sell myself too. There is no choice, because in the world of writing, there is a great deal of competition. This demands that an author has to either be in a lucky position of being famous and therefore the books may sell themselves, or as in my case, I need to tell people who I am, and why I think people should give my books a try.
My first book was published in December, but because of the busy period for the press and other such like media outlets, my attempt to put my story out there, was delayed until now, this week, right now! In January when the celebrities have gone back to ground and leaving room for others to attempt to get noticed.
So after two photo shoots, and Interviews, my features now are in the local Carlisle Living Magazine and the lead feature in the Cumberland News 'Life' section. Both out in the same week, and probably the start of more of the same coming my way. Neither the photos or the Interviews were something I looked forward to, but as I dragged myself into the process, I was surprised how comfortable I began to feel. Not least, because the photographers and journalists, know how to work their subject.
In the Interviews, I released information that would, and will surprise some relatives and friends. There are some issues that led up to my writing that affected me and my mental health over the years, that made it difficult for me not to write a book. I know the majority of you are not local, and this may be difficult for you to understand without seeing the features. I will endeavour to remedy that in time, when potential sales of the magazine and paper will not be affected. I guess what I am saying, is that cops can become victims too,as well as their families. This fact not often recognised by the public as they go about their everyday business, and why should it?. I was in that category a number of times and I did not believe justice was served for me, as well as some of the victims I served to help. The characters in my book have a grounding in much of my past; warts and all.
The reality of most of our lives, no matter what our life experiences are, is that we will end up with good times, bad times, living and loving, doing things we regret and regretting things we wish we had done. Over time and because of my experiences, I had to write my novel, based on personal experiences and those of others, who perhaps over stepped the mark at times, and created moral and personal dilemnas. All the time, the victim was the main concern and not the aggressor, the bully, the dealer who dished out death to loved one's. I have experienced victims' loss and worries, from being an officer, a counsellor and a voluntary worker for Victim Support. The victims were, and are now, the uppermost thoughts in my mind, and in my books. They are for Den Stone and his team too.
The fact that I have to step out of my comfort zone, to achieve my aims, is nothing compared to things I have witnessed and dealt with in our so called civilised society. Besides, I am not scared of failing, but I am scared of not trying. Thanks for your continued support, which I know is building up from all corners.