Unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial

Bomber Command is close to my heart. You only need to read my books or read my blog to understand that. Finally there is to be a memorial to all those brave lads who lost their lives flying on missions to bomb our adversaries during WW2. However, even now, flack (pun definitely intended) seems to follow Bomber Command and its controversial missions. Even Churchill virtually turned his back on them, choosing to distance himself. Sorry, mate, you gave the orders. The buck stops here, as they say.

The BBC is not covering the event ‘live’. Unusual. This is exactly the sort of thing they cannot get enough of as a rule. The event is also suffering what sounds like bad organisation.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160077/Hundreds-veterans-miss-unveiling-bomber-command-memorial-allowed-cancellations.html

Why on earth were veterans missed off the invitations list? It would make sense to me to invite ALL of them. They deserve it after all. But no, something has gone wrong there, with many missing out because they didn’t access a website nobody told them about? Something is definitely off with this one.

The Batte of Britain Memorial Flight is set to fly over and release hundreds of poppy petals. I can only hope this goes according to plan as the idea is perfect.

I was happy to donate some of my royalties from Per Ardua to the Bomber Command Memorial. It gave me great pleasure to do so. The center piece, a nine foot high group of figures, a seven-man crew from a Lancaster, is impressive and, in my opinion, perfectly captured. I can only hope that the mistakes made with the organisation of the opening doesn’t mar what promises to be an otherwise great event.

Lest we forget.

My New Cover and Release Date

Life Begins at Forty

Here’s the new cover for my new novella, Life Begins at Forty. Painted by Paul Richmond of Ohio, USA, in my opinion he’s captured the characters of Jack and Ifan perfectly and chosen a wonderful moment from the book to focus on. See the link below or to the right to check out his website and take a peek at his cheeky cheesecake boys, his own take on the pin-up girl portraits of the 1950s.

http://www.paulrichmondstudio.com/

This is a sequel to Per Ardua, set six years later. A new decade has arrived, it is 1950 and a brave new world beckons but a poison pen targets the Welsh community Jack and Ifan call home and suddenly their relationship is threatened with exposure. Can they weather this attack? Will it split them asunder or make them stronger? Find out on the 12th October.  Click the picture on the left, the one in the sidebar, to go straight to the book’s page at Dreamspinner Press to order. It will retail at $4.99 and is currently available as an e-book only.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_297&products_id=2554