Category: Short Stories

Book Review -Heroes by Robert Cormier

This is an excellent story with a dark theme running through it. The book starts with the protagonist, Francis Cassavant describing his injuries and how his face is disfigured from injuries after returning home from the war. He returns a hero, although he hides his identity as he has mission to enact a plan to the kill the man who only he knows of his evil.

The story moves back to before the war when Larry Lasalle arrives in Frenchtown and is loved by everyone. He has a style about him that everyone admires. There is however something that Larry tries to hide from them all, but in his weakness fails to control himself, and here his dark morality is eventually revealed. Larry then leaves the town to fight for his country and becomes a war hero as well as Francis.

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Eventually Francis confronts Larry and his true nature is revealed. This is an extremely moving story, with a strong theme of deception and how someone’s image can hide a multitude of sins. This is a great book that raising a lot of questions.

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Free eBook – Lost in My World

Here is a little taster I wanted to offer you in the form of a free ebook. It’s a short story called ‘Lost in My Word’. It’s a story that is not quite as it first seems. The story is based in an English hospital where David Polk is a patient. The story is written in the first person as David Polk, who tells of his recent birthday when he has just turned fifteen and how his life has been put on hold since being admitted into hospital. David’s frustrations grow and his mischievous nature gets the better of him as he tires of the hospital routine.

Lost in My World - Author Rob Powell
Lost in My World – Author Rob Powell

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New Year’s Resolution

With the New Year we all make our resolution and at the time we all have the absolute intention of sticking to them. So this year I will spell them out here so cometh the end of 2017 I can look back and check I stuck to my word.

In 2016 I had been working on writing a book or three. They are almost there but still need a little more work. There are three I am currently working on and my resolution is to have them all completed and published by the time the clock strikes midnight on 31st December 2017.

No 1: The first is a novella. The title is still to be confirmed but is looking to be ‘Lauren’s Story’. This is about a teenage girl living in an abusive and dysfunctional family who leaves home and ends up living rough on the street of London. The story is based loosely on a true story (I will blog a little more about Lauren as her character develops in my book).

No 2: The second is a collection of short stories I have that I simply really like. I don’t want to turn them into a full novel as they seem to fit well in the short story category. These cross a number of genres from literary fiction to thriller/crime and others that I am not quite sure where they should be.

No 3: Complete my full novel that is currently three quarters complete in draft format. I don’t have a title for this at the moment but will blog it out when I do. This one is a thriller with the main character Vincent Velussi as a successful businessman being blackmailed. To protect his marriage, his career and his reputation he embezzles money from the company he works to pay the blackmailers off. It doesn’t end there and a number of twists and turns along the way follow.

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Until then I wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to interacting with you all in the year ahead.

In under 500 words love, romance, pain and a twist

A snap piece of flash fiction for you. Sometimes there is no reason but I thought it would be fun to write this piece to provide to you in a few words as possible a story of mixed emotions with a twist to complete.

A romantic novel should have a emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. My attempt at romance: Are watching Mills and Boon!

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Enjoy friends!

 

New Sign on the M25

Last week I was driving down the M25 and I noticed a new sign they added. It seems everybody is heading to The Writers Forum.

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Click to go to The Writers Forum

Alright, I know it’s convincing but in truth I found a clever little app that allowed me to create this sign. However, The Writers Forum is the place to be if you have an interest in creative writing whatever your level. The website is something I and few budding authors set up a couple of months back and it is going from strength to strength.

It’s a great place to submit short stories and get feedback from others. We are now running our third flash fiction Competition and this month will see our first short story competition.

Sammy wants to say ‘Hi’

In one of my first blogs I thought it would be nice to introduce you to Sammy, my Lancashire Heeler. He’s a friendly chap and at every opportunity he likes to come up and give you a big LICK and say

‘Hi – I’m Sammy’

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