Monday, 17 July 2017

Been very busy, new release coming soon

I know I've been away for some time, but my excuse is simply that I needed to get back to work on completing the fourth book in my Mersey Mystery series, so I effectively cut myself off from other matters in order to concentrate on the last few chapters of A MERSEY MARINER. 
Working closely with my Beta Reader, Debbie Poole, I finally completed the final chapter last week and together, we gave it a final check before i sent the completed manuscript to my publisher. so, the book is now in the hands of Creativia for laying out and eventual release, which should be within the next few weeks.
The longest of the Mersey Mysteries so far, A Mersey Mariner has undergone no less than eleven checks/edits before being submitted to Creativia, so it's my hope that very little work will be needed at their end before the book's release. I'd also like to say a great big thank you to Debbie whose work in helping to get the book completed with the minimum of errors has been incalculable.

So, what's it all about? you may ask. Here's a brief synopsis of the book that I hope will have you all rushing to place your orders when the book is made available for preorders!

A MERSEY MARINER
DEATH ARRIVES ON THE MORNING TIDE
The ageing cargo liner Alexandra Rose steamed into the Mersey Estuary, enveloped in thick fog that delayed her entry into the port of Liverpool. When one of the ship’s passengers is found dead in his cabin, it sets in motion a train of events that leads to one of Detective Inspector Andy Ross’s most baffling and complicated cases to date. The first death is soon followed by another, and Ross soon discovers that his case has its roots in the depths of the Amazonian Rainforest in Brazil. A billionaire entrepreneur, passengers who may not be exactly who or what they say they are, a team of medical researchers and a team of vicious mercenaries combine to confound and complicate what begins as a simple death aboard a nondescript and insignificant ship. Ross and his team from the Merseyside Police Specialist Murder Investigation team need all their skills in order to solve the case of the ‘Mersey Mariner.’
For all the previous books in the series please go to  http://getbook.at/MerseyMysteries




Thursday, 18 May 2017

AN UNBELIEVABLE 100th CONSECUTIVE FIVE STAR REVIEW FOR SASHA


I'm totally ecstatic this morning as Sasha's life story just received its 100th CONSECUTIVE 5 star review on Amazon UK. We will certainly be holding a special party for Sasha and all the dogs. It's a totally amazing achievement and shows how much her story and the message of hope carried by her book has touched and helped so many people, especially owners of epileptic dogs.Thanks so much to reader Wilderwein for this super review,
5.0 out of 5 stars A positive example for everyone
By Wilderwein on 18 May 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
A wonderful, absorbing story about a very special girl, who can teach everyone a powerful lesson:

never give up, just wag your tail! No matter what happens in your life: be strong, tenacious and brave like Sasha. It's a moving tale about love, family and resilience. I love dogs, but I couldn't imagine how empathic some of them can be!
A book everybody should read to learn Sasha's lesson about life.

See more at  http://getbook.at/Sasha
Available in Kindle and paperback editions, and FREE on Kindle Unlimited. No Kindle? No problem. Simply download the FREE Kindle app from any Amazon book page and then download Kindle books to any device.
ABOUT SASHA
Winner of The Preditors & Editors Readers Poll Award for Best Nonfiction Book 2016
Top ten finalist, The Best Indie Books of 2016
SASHA is the story of a very remarkable dog: a Staffordshire Bull Terrier abandoned close to death at the age of 6 weeks old. Rescued from a street gutter, she had the good fortune to be adopted by author Brian L. Porter and his family.
Despite suffering from a catalogue of injuries, including two broken legs and skin allergies, and eventually being diagnosed as a serious epileptic at just two years old, Sasha's story is one of triumph over adversity; of love, happiness and inspiration. Her love of life and capacity for enjoying every day to the fullest is nothing short of miraculous, and her story is told here by the person who shares every moment of her life on a daily basis, and how a disabled author and his dog have become dependent on each other.
It is a story that has already touched many who have come into contact with her, from vets to nurses and a whole host of followers on her own Facebook page. Read her story and join them in sharing in the life of an amazing and very special dog!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

SASHA AND SHEBA'S POETRY CONTEST

SASHA AND SHEBA'S POETRY CONTEST - SPONSORED BY CREATIVIA PUBLISHING
How much do you love your dog/dogs? Can you put that love, or your general feelings about your best canine friend into words? Starting today, and for the next three weeks
, Sasha and Sheba are running a poetry contest to find the best "I Love my Dog" poem.

The contest will run until Sunday, 16th April, and the winner will be able to choose either a copy of Sasha, or Sheba: From Hell to Happiness, in your choice of paperback or digital editions, generously supplied and delivered by Creativia Publishing. Certificates will go to the first 3 places and those top 3 poems will also be included in my next dog rescue book, Sasha & Sheba's Canine Friends.
THE RULES
OK, here's what we're looking for.
1. Poems can be in rhyming or non-rhyming format up to a maximum of 28 lines.
2. Writers of the winning entries give their permission for their poems to be included in the book, Sasha & Sheba's Canine Friends, and all entrants give their permission for their poems to be reproduced on any of the organiser's websites or Facebook groups.
3. Your poem should express your feelings about your dog, perhaps how you found each other, why your dog's love is important to you, or why you love your dog, why your dogs love each other as well as you, anything at all relating to your own dog or dogs and the love and interaction that exists between you and your best friend.
4. Entries must be received by midnight, UK time, on Sunday, 16th April. Entries received after that time will sadly not be included in the final judging.
5. The judges decision is final. As a former winner of the Preditors & Editors Poet of the Year Award (as Juan Pablo Jalisco) and the author of two bestselling poetry collections, the sole judge will be Brian L (Harry) Porter.
6. Please indicate at the bottom of your poem which book, and in which format you would like it in the event of your poem being the winner.
7. Poems must be your own, original work and must be previously unpublished either digitally or in print, and should be sent by email to sashadoo13@gmail.com with 'POETRY CONTEST' in the subject column.
8. Finally, please include your name, mailing address and email address at the bottom of your poem so we know where to send your prize if your are the winner
Hope you enjoy putting you thinking caps on and penning your own poetic masterpiece in tribute to your dogs. Have fun!
Please share on any groups you belong to. The more the merrier!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

SASHA'S A NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER IN AUSTRALIA + REVIEW

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Animal Care & Pets > Dogs
Fantastic to see Sasha holding the Number 1 bestseller position in Australia today.
Her story is definitely continuing to touch hearts and minds around the world. Here's her latest review:
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story about a beautiful and happy dog
By Jen wright on 22 March 2017
Format: Paperback
What a beautiful and engaging book. The story of Sasha is a fabulous read and for anyone who loves staffys (and all dogs)this book is a must.. The story of this brave and happy dog is written beautifully and I enjoyed it thoroughly..
See more at  Sasha
Available in Kindle and paperback editions and FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

The review quoted above is Sasha's 91st consecutive 5 star review on Amazon UK. I'm so proud of my very special girl and we also received some good news from her vet today with the results of her latest tests.
Sasha's vet phoned today with the results of her recent tests for Cushing's Disease. I'm delighted to say Sasha DOES NOT HAVE CUSHING'S. The vet also had the lab check for other problems too that might be causing problems for her liver but I'm pleased to say everything was normal. So, we can concentrate on getting the seizures under control and Rebecca the vet and I discussed at length various things including Sasha's diet and we have devised a new plan to augment her diet with more protein and less carbohydrates, and additional Omega 3 in an effort to both support her liver and help to prevent further cluster seizures. Sasha will be going to see Rebecca for a check-up in two weeks time, so we'll see how she's doing after that visit.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

SHEBA - ONLY 99 PENCE/99 CENTS UNTIL 23RD MARCH

My bestselling Sheba: From Hell to Happiness, is on a Kindle Countdown Deal until 23rd March. You can get the book for only 99p in the UK or 99 cents or equivalent anywhere else in the world.

SHEBA
Sheba is the sequel to Brian L Porter's award-winning bestseller, Sasha, and tells the story of rescue dog Sheba, Sasha’s best friend, starved, beaten and used as bait for the training of fighting dogs and then thrown on a rubbish tip and left to die, a barely living skeleton.

The author and his wife adopted this unfortunate waif and so began a long period of recuperation and training, as they gradually helped Sheba back to full health and helped her to learn to live sociably and happily within their pack of rescue dogs.
Sheba with best friend Sasha


A story of real triumph over adversity, full of emotion and a fair amount of humor too, Sheba’s is a real-life tale of what can be achieved in rehabilitating a dog, having suffered a living hell, from the brink of death to a life full of happiness.    
    
See more at  Sheba: From Hell to Happiness where the book is available in the Kindle edition or in paperback as well as being FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

A REVIEW OF SHEBA
on 1 March 2017
After reading about Sasha I had to read about her best mate Sheba and what a story it is. My heart broke as I read about the start in life this little dog had. How people can treat dogs like that makes my blood boil. But the love that this dog received when she finally got her happy ending just makes you feel so good. Fingers crossed there are more books about these dogs as they really are fantastic
The author with Sheba and Sasha and their bestselling book covers


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

GLASTONBURY - FREE UNTIL 16TH MARCH

Here's a chance to read my best selling, award-winning mystery novel, Glastonbury, ABSOLUTELY FREE until midnight on the 16th March. Just go to Glastonbury to download this great Kindle offer. No Kindle? No problem. Just download the FREE Kindle app from any Amazon book page and you can then download Kindle books to any device.

GLASTONBURY was the winner of the Preditors & Editors Best Mystery Novel Award 2010
Hidden in the shadows of Glastonbury Tor lies an ancient secret. After being hired by millionaire Malcolm Capshaw to search for a fabled artifact, Joe Cutler and his team from Strata Survey Systems are drawn into a web of lies, murder and betrayal.

The artifact is revealed to be bogus, and the real purpose of their search is slowly exposed. A menacing presence, in the form of an old London crime family, displays an unusual interest in the events in the ancient town where Christianity laid its roots in England.

There, aided by the enigmatic professor Lucius Doberman, Joe and his team must solve the mystery of Glastonbury before the sinister historian Walter Graves makes the discovery that could cost him and the whole team their lives.

A mind-bending mystery for fans of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Glastonbury is a gripping story from bestselling author Brian L. Porter.


A REVIEW

Brian L. Porter is a man of many literary talents, as demonstrated by his medical thriller Pestilence and his poetry compilation Lest We Forget. The native Liverpudlian shows what he knows in using Merrie Olde England as his backdrop for his works, going from the fictitious Olney St. Mary in Pestilence to the skies over Great Britain with his WWII prose collection. His lost treasure melodrama, Glastonbury, centers on the town in Somerset where two teams of fortune hunters square off in a death match, mostly ‘cuz they don’t like each other’s faces. There’s something almost American about this novel, from Joe Cutler’s wiseass attitude to Walter Graves’ casual duplicity. Even though the baddies, the villainous Malcolm Capshaw and his henchmen Maitland brothers, are bred and buttered Continentals, the hot-to-trot Sally Corbett, Charlotte Raeburn and her cousin Jennifer come off like pin-up gals from the Dallas TV series. For Anglophobes who generally steer clear of British-based novels, you’ll find that this whole storyline could have shifted to Los Angeles (or Dallas) without missing a beat.

Not that Porter doesn’t stay true to his roots. Capshaw is an old-school London mobster maintaining a veneer of respectability. Only he’s drawn offside by getting wind of a wild goose chase in Glastonbury where people are whispering about Excalibur, the fabled sword of King Arthur. He’s got the backstabbing Walter Graves on the high road and the cutthroat Maitlands on the low road, and who’ll be in Scotland---erm, Glastonbury, before ye? Professor Lucius Doberman (seriously!), that’s who, and he’s got our boy Cutler and sexy Sally doing the heavy lifting for him. The spit hits the fan when Capshaw’s S&M games with Charlotte take a fatal turn, and the Maitlands are compromised while doing their cleanup chores. It looks like Sally’s going to be the next in line when the whip comes down, and Cutler has to make some fast moves before Capshaw captures the fair maiden, the magic sword, and everything else on the round table.

Check out Brian’s Amazon page for a list of books on sale by this versatile author. Rest assured, Glastonbury is a great place to start.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A READER'S POST ABOUT SASHA

One of the recent readers of Sasha's life story, Mandi Steinhovden posted this wonderful message on my Facebook page a couple of days ago. It's great when someone takes the time to post something like this on Facebook and it shows just how much Mandi enjoyed reading Sasha's story. I have thanked her personally and Mandi will also be posting her own review of the book on Amazon soon. Can't wait to see what she has to say about the book on there. So I just want to say thank you again to Mandi for these lovely words about the book in her home.

I have just finished reading this amazing story of a beautiful courageous little girl named Sasha. This book has made me smile laugh and at certain points cry her story being told in such a way by her human daddy that you feel like you know them personally. Have a read I promise you won't be disappointed

Read all about the book on Amazon at Sasha
It's available in Kindle edition with full colour photos and in paperback, and subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can get the book for FREE.