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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I have had a frustrating three weeks. A mixture of a virus and problems that appear to have resonated from the spinal injury that caused my early retirement from the police service. The virus thankfully is subsiding, leaving me with the aches and pains from my injury. Hopefully this will be sorted out soon with medical intervention.
Anyway back to whats going on in general. I was pleased that the National Association of Retired Police Officers included my books in their recent publication. For a person such as myself, who found having to finish my career far too early, it feels like a support system that is valued at times, especially when setbacks to health occurs.
In this blog, I don't want to talk about my books in detail, but i want to throw my support into the new wave of optimism that is driving along the benefits of counselling to those suffering from mental health issues. I doubt that anybody will go through life without the desire or need for help. This could be just a good friend who is prepared to be there for us, or indeed the professional counsellor who has the ability to help a client open up their deep and dark places in their time of need.
When I was more active in person centered counselling, I was amazed how much of a high percentage of clients would tell me what their problem was, only to find after a few sessions, that in fact the real problem was hidden away in the depths of their being. In other words, we have a tendency to blame something or someone other than the real issue. The problem is, that it can only be through pro- counselling that this hidden monster can be found. Beware of people who only have a few days or weeks training. Well meaning, but not qualified to the same extent.
One of the characters in my series, Den Stone, is mixed up. He has strong core values for justice and for the rights of victims above all else. He takes chances for them, he flouts the laid down rules for them, and he puts himself in danger for them. All of this takes its toll, as you will know from the book. There is no such thing as a super hero in reality, but a real man or woman of integrity, who can make super efforts to make things better for others. This can happen in all aspects of life, and I am particularly amazed at those who offer their time as volunteers to care for others.
The point I am making, is that everyone needs help and guidance sometimes. The bigger man or woman, the bravest of them all, is the one who can step outside of themselves for a moment and reflect on how they see themselves with pure honesty, no matter how horrifying or upsetting the process is. If this needs someone to help you, then my advice is to go for it. You will be better mentally and physically for the experiences. After all there is nothing achieved in life, that is more satisfying, than when you do something out of your comfort zone and achieve the required results.
Recently I expressed to an experienced author friend of mine, the difficulty I have in self promoting, for the benefit of selling my books. He told me, "If you don't sell yourself, why would anyone else help you?" I thought about that, and the same applies to all kinds of personal hurdles. I am sure you can all relate to this in some way.
Another addition to the family has arrived. Baby Oliver Luke Houghton, arrived into our world, which means we have four grand children on the go, two who live locally, and two who live a couple of hours drive away. All very nice, but the problem is, it make me feel old! Especially now it's my birthday. Which I have decided only to have every two years from now on, to stretch it out a bit.
Anyway so much time, so little to do, and I will catch you soon.
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It's a strange title for a blog, I agree. What possible connection could there be, between the day of romance and a series about crime related events?
The strange sense of humour that inhabits my body, wants to say to you, that buying my book will give you something to read, when you are snubbed on the day by your partner.
C'mon, Let's be honest! we have all made mistakes or errors of judgements, or not quite got it right on the day. It is also possible you have either dumped, or being dumped ahead of the day itself? So as to relieve the need for cards and gifts. In which case having a good book in reserve will help, and you can catch up with someone who has great difficulty with romantic occasions. I told you I have a strange sense of humour.
For those who have caught up with the characters, I guess some of you will be wondering how Denver Stone could cope on such an occasion. Stone has a mission to complete in life, along with his peers. But what about his private side, his love life, his passionate quest for romance?
When he joined the team, he was surprisingly alone. He knew he was missing out, but didn't find it easy to share his feelings to someone of the opposite sex. Indeed, he found it difficult to form a relationship full stop! To this end, he simply didn't go out of his way to push it with anyone, until of course, that someone special came along when they moved to the States.
He is a character of complexities. His urge to stand up for those less fortunate over-rides anything else, including his personal happiness. He is a tough, but not an uncompromising individual. He continually questions his ability to lead, his morals and his actions. He struggles to absolve himself of any actions he has done, that may be deemed to be less than he would expect of himself.
Over the years, from my perspective as a man, I guess I have built up my heroes in fiction books, and often in real life, to be a person who never doubts him or herself, who throws themselves into the devils lair without a thought of their own safety and to do the right thing and save the day. When I started writing, I think thats the way I was going too, until something become so unreal and so uncomfortable to write anymore.
So here we are, my main character, warts and all, who could never succeed alone, who could never be alone, but finds it hard to accept that anybody could want him too. At this time of year, I think we all would like to believe that someone like Denver Stone exists. He does somewhere, somehow.
If you are looking for a novel, with a super human, all action and a total winner, then Credible Justice, isn't for you. If you want a novel that features a human face and flaws to match, and everything isn't perfect, then I sincerely hope you enjoy the story.
Have a great Valentines day!
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IThis weekend has been a sporty one for me, my family and friends. All involved somewhere, and somehow!
A few of us were in London, which has happened off and on for half of my life. This was to watch an international rugby union game, England v France. In these high stake games, one thing is always guaranteed; there will be blood, bumps, bruises and sore bodies everywhere. Passions will run high, old rivalries will be settled over a period of eighty minutes. There will be a serious engagement between two countries, where the equivalent of unarmed combat will take place. In between, a ball will be thrown about, in order to give some form of credibility to the sport.
Coincidentally on the Sunday evening when we got back home, another huge game was in store in Houston, Texas. The Super Bowl, between the Patriots and the Falcons. As it happens, this game was historic for many reasons, as well as a heck of a rough, but entertaining game. Congrats are due to the winners, the Patriots and unlucky, to the Falcons. What a game!
There are many similarities between the two very physical forms of sport, where gentlemen can become thugs for a short time. When the game is done, then usually, so is their battling.
Off the pitch, in London, the French and English supporters, huddled together in the bars outside of the stadium and in the stadium. 82,000 men, women and children mixing it up with people they had never met before, and speaking a different language. There is always bravado, and the urge for bragging rights was always in the foreground, but only once in many years, have I noticed any physical confrontation at any game, and that was between two English fans?
If we translated everything that was heard, seen and acted upon in political terms, I would guess the bulk of supporters would be the "middle ground" voters. They like a challenge, but in the right context, and on the pitch. They want to shout for their side before a game,and with the hope the result goes their way. What always happens afterward, is that the shaking of hands and a few beers WILL happen.
It is always expected that the behaviour will always be the same, and hopefully it always will be. Decent people will always be decent people, unless! someone or something makes our environment so toxic, as to make that change happen.
There is a kind of historical inevitability that the U.K and U.S. would at some point become part of a populist movement, because politicians had forgotten about the people they were supposed to represent. They were so intent in destroying rivals, rather than accepting that their opponents way, may have worked? it may have been a good idea? NO! all they could care about, was, me! me! me! That is no longer acceptable to the majority of people. It doesn't matter which side of an argument we are on.
Instead of leaving rivalries on the field of play, self fulfilling politicians carried the fray into the stands and let things become personal to achieve their own aims. They will have to adjust to the new reality and reach back out to the vast majority of people who want the middle ground back. Maybe they should be forced to play rugby or American Football as a qualification.
By the way, you can find some photos of us mixing with the French, at the foot of the page. It was a great atmosphere, and a few beers were had by all. It was extremely funny to see about twenty Napoleons walking around together. There was even an "Asterix the Gaul," and his comically dressed friends hanging about the bars. One of them was bare chested and believe me, it wasn't warm. It was just fantastic, but tiring for me these days.
Anyway, about my books. The second one in the "Credible Justice" series is making its way through the system. "The Devil May Laugh," thrusts the characters into action, in part to tidy up from their first steps into muddy waters, as was in the first book. This first book is about how the team was formed, and the backgrounds, from where the individuals came from. I guess its like a pilot show from a pending series. Gives you the names, the strengths and the flaws of the actors, then "Bang," hit the floor running.
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