Welcome to my website. Here you’ll find details of my work, my
upcoming signings, readings and other appearances, and lots of
background information about me and the inspiration for my
books. You can also read my Blog Tour details as well as the
showcasing of fellow authors’ works. (click here)
I hope you enjoy your visit!
I have recently written and submitted a short story entitled ‘If It Shines’ which concerns a failed seaside business enterprise. More details will follow.
Following the publication of my successful novels (and in my advancing years – I am now in my seventies) – I now intend to concentrate more upon writing short stories – for which there is considerable demand. I will publish some of these upon this website in due course.
Taking it more easy !
I would like to wish all of my readers and followers the happiest New Year for 2017 in the hope that it might be less turbulent than the explosive 2016 – and that the human race might actually learn to live in peace and harmony – to improve the world from some of the horrendous global disasters that this year has so painfully shown.
Having traveled around much of the world, it has long been on my ‘Bucket list’ to visit the top of mainland Britain (not including Orkney and Shetland). I finally managed to get to John O’Groats – thankfully on beautiful sunny day where the islands of Orkney were clearly visible – a wondrous site !
Yesterday, I cut the ribbon, gave a short speech and opened a new furniture store in Tywyn, Wales. I also signed earlier hardback copies of my novel ‘Cry Of The Machi’ as well as promoting my other novels.
I hope that all of my relations, friends, and readers of my books had an excellent Christmas – and I now wish everybody a happy and prosperous New Year – in 2016.
An excellent feature article (by Julie McNicholls Vale) on ‘Rogue And Royal’ has just been published in the Meirionnydd edition of the ‘Cambrian News’.
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‘Rogue And Royal’ has been entered for the BookViral Award 2015. This is a $3000 promotions award through BookViral and will be awarded in June 2016. Consideration is given to the views of readers when compiling the shortlists and BookViral asks Authors whose books have been entered to encourage their readers, fans and followers to register their vote.
To vote for Rogue and Royal in the 2015 BookViral Book Awards readers need to go to my spotlight page – link : http://bookviral.com/rogue/4590505258.
At the bottom of the page on the left hand side is a box with the words – “Vote for Rogue and Royal in the 2015 BookViral Book Awards by clicking on the logo below. The logo is a quill and pen and all readers have to do is click on it to be taken to the voting form.” (It is a short form which asks them to rate elements of the book and leave comments. Every time a form is completed the votes are added to the spotlight page counter so the number of readers who have voted can be seen).
This is the excellent Book Viral ‘Spotlight Review ‘of my recently published novel ‘Rogue And Royal’ :
Visit the Book Viral website – click their logo above – to read the review below and lots more!
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A riveting and ably pitched historical novel, Rogue and Royal is the latest release from Alan S. Blood. Writing in a genre often marred by trite and predictable plots, he clearly has a passion for historical accuracy. Nimbly weaving fact and fiction into a lively narrative whilst the undercurrents of unrest and dissatisfaction of the era are captured with laudable acuity and consistency to create a palpable sense of time and place. Populated with intriguing and unforgettable characters, it proves a highly entertaining and meticulously constructed read that benefits from Blood’s acerbic pen. From the very first page you know this is one of those books that demands a slow read to be really appreciated. There is intricacy at play here and Blood manages the devices of plot to avoid the curse of predictability, with plenty of dark moments to maintain tension and suspense. On this level it’s less an adaptation of historical events, but the amplification of key moments that allow readers to peer behind the veil of time to events that linger long beyond the page.
Powerful, thought provoking and highly entertaining Rogue and Royal has all the hallmarks of a bestseller. Deserving of your attention, it is recommended without reservation!
Here is the back page ‘blurb’ to ROGUE AND ROYAL :
After the misery of Oliver Cromwell’s republican ‘Protectorate’, following the execution of Charles 1, his son is restored to the throne. Britain thankfully returns to monarchy. King Charles 11 is different to his father. He is roguish, and nicknamed ‘The Merry Monarch’, loving festivities, gambling and horse racing. His Queen, Catherine, fails to produce an heir, yet he has many mistresses and fathers several illegitimate children. Highly intelligent, he has innumerable interests and furthers both science and astronomy. Although much happier, his reign has problems. Essentially needed is a balanced religious tolerance between Catholics, Protestants and, alarmingly, the rebellious Nonconformists, whose terrorist ‘Fifth Monarchy Men’ pose constant threats. Amongst these is another ‘Rogue’, religious fanatic, womanizer, kidnapper, suspected ‘double agent’ and a thief renowned for the most spectacular heist, ever, for which he should have been executed. Instead, as one of our greatest mysteries, he is pardoned by the King.
Other sample pieces from the novel will be added to the ‘Extracts’ section of this website.