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Above is the cover and one of the wonderful illustrations by talented artist Ellie den Hartog taken from my latest book The Farm of Horrors - A Moggie and Buster Adventure. These amazing images will soon be available on Moggie and Buster merchandise.
For years I have wanted to try my hand at writing a children's book and when Ellie offered to draw the illustrations, the die was cast.
I usually write adult action and adventure and it was fun to carry that theme over into my first children's book. At first, I thought the subject might be too dark for children and perhaps I should tone down some of the scarier scenes, but I eventually decided against it on the grounds that today's youngsters are a lot more worldly thanks to video games, TV and internet.
I believe this is a book for adults to read to their children, allowing them to act out the voices of the characters, animal and human.
Also in my mind as I hammered away at the keyboard was this line from C. S. Lewis "… a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story."
To fully enjoy the awesome illustrations I recommend the paperback edition of the book. Both paperback and eBook editions are available from Amazon worldwide.
A second Moggie and Buster adventure is in the works.
Reviews of the book are welcome.
The story ...
When Jesse, a Goldendoodle being looked after for a family friend, mysteriously disappears from Moggie and Buster’s third floor apartment, the two cats set out to find her. Following clues from animals they meet along the way, Moggie, who is brave, and Buster, who is timid and afraid of his own shadow, fight renegade creatures and evil men as they track the missing dog through a strange and alien landscape.
When all seems hopeless, they hear the first whispers … beware the Farm of Horrors.
And their real quest begins ….
Welcome to Turpin’s world
The first book in the ‘Caribbean’ series, Caribbean High, features the fictional island of St. Peters, however, many of the locations in the story bear a close resemblance to places in Dutch St. Maarten, and people who live or have visited the island have a lot of fun pointing out the similarities. The characters in the book are fictitious yet many people in St. Maarten insist they know these characters very well. And I was actually approached by a reader who said: “That’s me, in your book, isn’t it?”
Caribbean Deep breaks away from the fictitious island of St Peters and takes the action to Puerto Rico and Bonaire, where the main protagonists, Turpin and Jones, battle an international gang of human traffickers, corrupt government officials and a mole deep within the U.S. Military. As with Caribbean High, the second book features plenty of seagoing action both above and below the water. Both books in the Caribbean series are available as eBooks and paperbacks from Amazon worldwide.
Biscay: Our Ultimate Storm is a true account of how my wife and I survived on a yacht after it was capsized twice in a Force 10 Bay of Biscay storm that threw us both into the water. This is a must read for couples contemplating sailing offshore. For non-sailors, it is a story of survival and, ultimately, a love story and not just one of human relationships but also of the sea. The book is short, a quick read but one my wife and I are sure you will enjoy.
About the author:
Born in Keighley, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Gary attended Eastwood secondary modern school where he excelled at cross country running and earned adequate grades to obtain CSEs in History and Geography. Hating school with a passion, he never returned to pick up his diplomas and suspects they went into the dumpster when the school was demolished.
A life spent traveling, much of it under sail, brought him to the island of St. Maarten in the Dutch West Indies and a spell as assistant editor of a Caribbean sailing magazine. Later he formed his own publishing company printing weekly and by-weekly newspapers to the sailing and tourist industry. Moving into broadcasting, he produced and hosted a series of maritime shows along with a prime-time daily music/news/chat show that earned him the name ‘The Voice of the Caribbean’. Today he is the Editorial Director of All At Sea, a sailing/lifestyle magazine that is distributed throughout the islands of Caribbean and south Florida. He is married to Jan, his wife of 40 years. They have a boat that keeps them poor and two crazy Caribbean rescue cats.
To comment on the books or ask a question, please get in touch through the contact page and I will get back to you.
The action thriller Caribbean Deep is available in eBook format here: viewBook.at/CaribbeanDeep
and at: smashwords.com
The first action thriller in the Caribbean series, Caribbean High,
in paperback and eBook from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk
Biscay:Our Ultimate Storm
is available as a mini eBook here:
Go to my Amazon Author's Page here: Author.to/GEBrown