By Paul Steffan Jones AKA, 2018-12-08
What you wish for is
not always careful
a glib handover
in an ambient Tiger tank
in shadows of oboes
on an European coastline
you know so well
a meaningful vote
devoid of much meaning
not the kind of leaving
you had in mind
when you let that paper
drop into the aperture
we’ve been mis-sold
and demoralised democracies
so let’s invent pop up monarchies
and subvert history
as it is all made up
as it stumbles along
or at least that’s what
the fecklessness of many
of our leaders seems to suggest
and remember to schedule a tour
of our shiny new fiefdom
some time after we have
regained control of it
not that we ever had it
under our control
journey to the more neglected areas
whose road signs brightly herald
the contribution made
by the former partner
to the construction of those routes
linking these communities
to the prospect of a more civilizing life
though by then these may well
have been taken down
or fallen down
amid the amnesia often
reserved for the poor
ticking a box
shouting the loudest
and decrying those
who don’t share exactly
the same views
doesn’t always deliver our wish lists
as our unity drip drip drips
into stalactite statues
in mothballed baggage reclaim halls
what we've packed
is what we've become
By Thaddeus Hardcastle , 2018-12-06
This is my first book and I am currently working on book two, so I am still learning.
I have added part of the preface in my book. The book has only just gone up so I don't know how much I am allowed to show.
This story sort of came to me in a dream, the charters names and plot danced in front of my eyes at around three am forcing me to wake up. By four am I was writing the story you see before you.
I did not want to write about the usual stuff but the charters had other ideas on the matter, they pushed me in certain directions and did things I did not want them to do but they are their own people after all. Who am I to interfere?
You will notice that there is a large Welsh influence throughout the book (shock horror I am Welsh), there will be a little Welsh folklore as well as symbols and some contextual passages throughout the book that all add to the storyline both in this book and hopefully in books to come.
Links with another planet which you are all familiar with will become apparent as will the link between this world and the creation of the Welsh culture which may not be made clear in this book. What was the reason for this?
Most books and films that have characters from the UK in them only have them from England, Ireland, and Scotland. I felt this to be wrong and that it was time for a change.
Paperback back cover
Myth, magic add a little Welsh folklore.
Throw in an evil so old that it is only called the darkness.
Add two children, one boy and one girl both 12years old and attending the first year of school at the same time.
The school teaches magic born and mundane alike and NO there is no waving of sticks or flying on broomsticks (broomsticks are for sweeping after all).
Thomas is rich arrogant and entitled, also unhappy and lonely.
Andra is quiet, bright, not at all comfortable with the way she looks and also lonely.
We follow them through their epic battle with evil.
We follow them through the good times and the bad, through joy and sorrow.
They live on a planet that is in a different dimension, where dragons are thought extinct and mythical creatures exist.
I have two introductions that may characters Andra and Thomas made me write, I will post them if anyone is interested.
Yes I know there will be errors but I will learn from them and do better next time
Diolch guys (and girls)
By AmeriCymru, 2018-12-05
By Alan Stephen Evans , 2018-12-04
It was many years ago that I first met Ceri Shaw online. I would go so far as to say that both he and I gave Zuckerburg the idea for Facebook.
At the time we were dabbling with what technology was available, basically an old sospan fach, a cheeseboard, some tin foil and a transistor radio demolished for parts.
That said we managed to create two networking sites. Americymru and Deheubarth.
Years later a magazine fell off my dusty old shelf and up popped Ceri's name again. I guessed that the platform called NING had long gone but also guessed that Ceri might have found another way to bond people together like a grand mixture for Welshcakes.
He had and Americymru was and is alive and kicking. Sad to say that my old NING site is still in a folder on a hard drive somewhere. I did however turn my attentions to writing for a newspaper before leaving having been unpaid to the sum of almost £7k. Yes they are about.
So it was that I set about doing what I know best and creating another online platform for my hometown of Llanelli. Llanelli Online. What else? The site is a news led site but also has some great features like interviews with politicians, celebs and local characters.
It is here then that I will direct you to find out more and it is here here that I will endeavour to share some of the best bits with you.
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you enjoy the blog.
By Ceri Shaw, 2018-12-02
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By Cathy Ace, 2018-11-26
Award-winning crime fiction author Cathy Ace (Swansea born and raised) is launching her latest novel THE WRONG BOY on January 9th 2019 (now available for pre-order). Known for her Cait Morgan Mysteries (featuring her Welsh Canadian criminal psychologist sleuth) and her WISE Enquiries Mysteries (featuring four professional female PIs who run their business out of a Welsh stately home) she has now turned her lens on Wales in a different way - a darker way. Early comments about the book suggest it will appeal to those who have enjoyed recent Welsh crime TV series like Hinterland, Keeping Faith and Hidden. Cathy now lives in British Columbia, Canada, and enjoys returning to her Welsh home whenever she can. This new book is set in the real location of Rhossili - though she's changed its name to protect the innocent!
Here's a taste of what the book is about - with some of the early comments about it:
Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon's Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he's just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .
"A disturbing storyline of family secrets, deftly told, and with a remarkable sense of place. Almost mythic in nature, it’s narrated by a chorus of voices which stay with you all the way to the stunning ending and beyond." Craig Robertson, international bestselling author
"Family secrets stalk three generations of women in Cathy Ace’s suspense-packed page turner, THE WRONG BOY. The ending is a stunner." Hallie Ephron, NY Times bestselling author of ‘You’ll Never Know Dear’
“…a truly gripping and strong narrative, coupled with a story line that is both intriguing and thoroughly entertaining.” Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, award-winning, No. 1 bestselling Icelandic crime fiction author
“A clever plot with a web of intrigue and characters who stay with you.” Jane Corry, author of the Sunday Times bestsellers 'My Husband's Wife', 'Blood Sisters' and 'The Dead Ex'
“Cathy Ace’s skill at evoking place is a stand-out highlight of The Wrong Boy, a neatly wrought story which combines a mystery…with a study of tangled relationships within a close-knit community…” Martin Edwards, author of ‘Gallows Court’ & winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library
"A close-knit community in a quaint Welsh village in an area of outstanding beauty. Sounds cozy. But Cathy Ace's stunning new standalone, THE WRONG BOY, is about as cozy as a cornered snake. Told in a rising chorus of authentic voices, the story is deft and disturbing, creepingly claustrophobic, and with a grip that tightens to a choke-hold before its shattering conclusion." Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of ‘Go To My Grave’
“Drenched in Welsh atmosphere, forbidding weather, and mysterious folklore, THE WRONG BOY is a gem of a thriller that bewitches right up to the twisted ending you won’t see coming. Masterful plotting and characters so real, you’ll swear you know them. Ace is a master portraitist.” James W Ziskin, multi-award-winning author of The Ellie Stone Mysteries
‘Like a slow pot that boils, the author builds...this tightly-woven and intriguing mystery...grippingly riveting as the story came to a dramatic climax.’ Dru Ann Love, Dru's Book Musings, MWA Raven Award Recipient