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Sunday in Summer…

This isn’t about books, it isn’t about marketing, it isn’t about writing, and it isn’t about reading.

It’s just about spending a Sunday summer afternoon with someone you love, and appreciating it.


Posted in books, goodreads, writing

Goodreads Giveaway!

Just a short blog to let you guys know that I’m giving away a sighned copy of my latest thriller, The British Lion over on Goodreads.

It’s the second book in the John Rossett series of thrillers, about which one reviewer said:

“The British Lion is undoubtedly one of THE books of the year…”

Whilst another said:

“The British Lion is an extraordinary and exciting tour-de-force, a pulsating portrayal of a broken nation that is breathtakingly imagined and terrifying in the sheer power of its possibilities…”

Not bad eh? And you are getting it for free! So enter the giveaway here and good luck!


Posted in Conservatives, Labour, Politcs, Tory Party

Clowns to the left of me…

     Just looking at the list of people being talked about for the Labour and Tory leadership, and I can’t help but think what a bunch of no mark political lightweights they mostly are. Barely one of them has any experience outside of politics, law, media, or charity. And not one of them looks like they could successfully run a corner shop let alone a country. 

     Where have all the great politicians of the past gone? The thinkers, the orators, the innovators, the people who come from the working classes, and have experience of damp walls and dole queues? 

     Where are the leaders, and most importantly of all, the people who inspire?

     It’s no coincidence that we’ve ended up in such a mess during a time when we have a parliament full of opportunists, and parties being run by PR people and media relations execs. MP’s are more worried about how they look and sound, than what they are doing and saying. 

     Let’s be honest, just how well do we think a country is going to be run, when the Prime Minister, Chancellor, and Home Secretary, are not even able to stand on a stage without being coached about how far apart to put their feet?

     Just think about that for a moment… You are being led by people who don’t even know how to stand up on their own.

     Scary isn’t it?

     So, who do we blame for being stuck with this bunch of middle manager’s, opportunists, and expenses driven halfwitted cowards? 

     We blame ourselves.

     Yep, me and you.

     We are the ones who accept parachuted parliamentary candidates. We are the ones who don’t deselect underperforming MP’s and give them a job for life. We are the ones who read the media baron newspapers even though they churn out more rubbish than Mexico City on Boxing Day morning. We are the ones who sit back. We are the ones who vote for the same party because it’s the party we’ve always voted for and we “couldn’t vote for the other lot”. We are the ones who let them off the hook so they don’t have to try. We are the ones who don’t get involved. We are the ones who shout at the telly, but don’t shout at the hustings. 

     We are the ones who let them do it to us. 

     We are the ones who let them get away with it.

     You and I.

     We are the ones who are to blame.

     So stop moaning on Facebook, and get out there and do something about it.

Posted in books, sample chapters, writing

The British Lion Sample Chapters.

I keep forgetting to spread the word about the free sample of the my second novel, The British Lion, which is available to read over on my Facebook author page.

It’s a thriller, and the sequel to my first book, The Darkest Hour, about which the Wall Street Journal said:

“Schumacher’s assured and atmospheric writing make this a memorable novel…”

So it must be good!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy it!

The British Lion sample on Facebook