Friday, 15 December 2017

I WON A CONTEST

I was delighted to win the Christmas caption contest jointly sponsored by Penady Secrets and artist Mick John. These are the beautiful art prints produced by Mick which will soon be arriving at my door, on canvas. The picture of Sasha is taken from her 7th birthday photo, in a Textured Expressive Brushed Oil Paint Effect and the one of Honey is from one of the first photos I took when she first arrived two weeks ago and is in a Textured Oil Paint Effect.
Big thanks to Mick for his help and patience in helping me to select the best possible artistic finishes for my prize selections.

The two prize selections will soon be on their way to me, produced on canvas, ready to hang on the wall at home.

This was such a great surprise and I am over the moon to have actually won something not actually connected to my books.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

GLASTONBURY - #1 BESTSELLER - FREE TILL FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER

Here's a chance to grab a copy of my award-winning Glastonbury, FREE in Kindle edition until 15th December. Wiiner of the Preditors & Editors Best Mystery Novel Award, 2010. Currently #1 in three categories in the Amazon US Freestore.
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Biblical
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Mystery
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > British > Contemporary
A REVIEW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
By Debbie Poole on June 11, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is full of suspense as Joe Cutler and his team search for Excalibur around Glastonbury. Walter Graves is there as an expert to help them but all he does is make phone calls. Is he really going to help or will he hinder them? There is a lot of mystery around this artifact. Does Excalibur really exist?

A London crime family are very interested in what will be dug up. What are they hoping it will be, and are they a danger to Strata Survey Systems?
See more at  http://viewbook.at/Glastonbury
Also available in paperback and in Italian translated editions, and FREE on Kindle Unlimited
GLASTONBURY
Winner, the Preditors & Editors Readers Award for Best Mystery novel, 2010
Hidden in the shadows of Glastonbury Tor lies an ancient secret.
After millionaire Malcolm Capshaw hires Joe Cutler and his team to search for a fabled artifact, they enter a maze of lies, murder and betrayal. The real purpose of their search is soon exposed, as an old London crime family displays an unusual interest in an 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.
Italian language edition also available


Monday, 11 December 2017

SUCCESS IN THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS

SHEBA 1st IN CATEGORY (BEST NONFICTION BOOK), 4TH OVERALL IN THE BEST INDIE BOOKS OF 2017 AWARDS
A MERSEY MARINER 1ST IN CRIME, 14th OVERALL
Thank you for your votes!
The final votes are in and out of over 2000 initial nominations, Sheba: From Hell to Happiness has finished as the Best Nonfiction Book and in 4th place overall in the Best Indie Books of 2017 Awards. Thank you to all who voted for the book and also for A Mersey Mariner which finished 1st in the Crime category and in 14th place overall.



See Sheba at http://getbook.at/sheba


A Mersey Mariner is at http://getbook.at/merseymariner
Both are available in Kindle and paperback editions and also FREE on Kindle Unlimited
A REVIEW OF SHEBA
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheba, rescued from Hell
By HZ on 26 November 2017
Format: Kindle Edition


Sometimes, man’s cruelty never ceases to amaze me. Training dogs to fight for human ‘amusement’ is bad enough, but stealing and using people’s loved and innocent pets to use as bait in order to train the fighting dogs is much worse. Poor Sheba was one such dog, used and abused, starved, beaten and tied up to be attacked as ‘training’ for the fighters. Just how cruel can people get? Near death, this poor dog was thrown away like a piece of trash on a rubbish tip, a living skeleton, and left to die. Somehow she was found, rescued and despite being close to death the author and his wife made it their priority to save this little dog and return her to health and a happy life. How they did it is beautifully described in Mr. Porter’s book, in which he doesn’t seek to dodge the mistakes they made along the way in trying to rehabilitate a dog that had been so cruelly abused, which adds to the poignancy of this excellent book. Needless to say, ‘Project Sheba’ was a resounding success and ten years later, Sheba is still with the Porter family, a much loved and loving, family dog.
I recommend this book not only to dog lovers but to anyone who enjoys reading about the ability of man to overcome difficulties as the Porters did in loving and caring for this dog, who most people thought would be dead within weeks of them rescuing her. I defy anyone, man or woman, to read this book without feeling a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye. The photos in the book are a testament to the great job the family did in restoring Sheba to health and happiness. Long may she live and enjoy her life with Mr, Porter, his family and their wonderful pack of rescue dogs.
SHEBA; FROM HELL TO HAPPINESS
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.
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.

A REVIEW OF A MERSEY MARINER
on 24 October 2017
This man is a brilliant author with traits of Agatha Christie, Alistair MacLean, and all the best British crime writers. This book holds your attention from the start and weaves its way through one twist after another. As I was reading it I mentally posited several endings - all were wrong, of course! Like the previous novel, A Mersey Maiden, this book has major international links and twists that make it so much more than a simply good crime novel.
Brian is a master at developing his characters and you really feel as though you personally know all of the key players - must have a pint with them next time I am in Liverpool. Sad about Andy Ross (Brian Porter!) being an Everton supporter, but I suppose we are all aloud a few errors of judgement!
Read this book! Read all four of Brian's books and keep pestering him to write more (two are in the pipeline)!

A MERSEY MARINER
DEATH ARRIVES ON THE MORNING TIDE.

The aging cargo liner Alexandra Rose steams into the Mersey Estuary, enveloped in thick fog that delays her entry into the port of Liverpool. When one of the ship’s passengers is found dead in his cabin, a chain of events is set in motion 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 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.’

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A CHRISTMAS INTERVIEW WITH SUSIE BALLINGER

I was recently asked to to participate in a short interview for Christmas with blogger Bookworm 1977 aka Susie Ballinger. It was published today on her blog at Book Reviews and Much More and here are my answers to Susie's 5 Christmas questions:

Christmas Question Time


On the 1st of December, we will bring you the last edition for this year of question time with the authors.
Here are the questions we asked the authors.
Do you consider yourself a Christmas Grinch or do you see yourself as Mr. or Mrs. Claus?
Would the people know you best disagree or agree with your answer?
What do you like best about Christmas?
What books are you hoping to find in your Christmas stocking this year?
What is your favorite Christmas song or Christmas Carol and why?
What was the best Christmas present you ever received as a child?
Which Christmas character from literature would you like to have as a house guest this Christmas and why?
Thank you to all authors who have taken part in question time and may I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Authors Answers

Brian L Porter

Answers to your questions.
1. I'm definitely Mr. Claus where my wife Juliet is concerned. I love to buy her something really special for Christmas and also like to place lots of little presents under the tree as Christmas day surprises. I was brought up to see Christmas as a time for giving, not receiving, so I do tend to be a Grinch when it comes to certain people who seem to think Christmas is all about what they want for themselves and don't think about others. This sadly includes certain younger members of my own family who don't seem to realise what the original Christmas story was about. The three wise men came bearing gifts, not expecting to receive anything in return. Those who know me will expect nothing less than the answer I just gave you. 
2. I love the feeling of peace and quiet that seems to hang in the air on Christmas morning, when the shops are all closed, the streets are quiet and for a short time at least, the world seems to be at peace.
3. Rather than one particular book I would love to receive an Amazon gift card or even five or ten pounds in an envelope so that I can trawl through the books on sale at Amazon. It's amazing how many cheap good reads you can find on the Amazon website. So even five pounds could get me five 99p thrillers to read on the dark winter nights.
4. My favourite Christmas song is the carol, Silent Night. Not only does it sum up the meaning of Christmas for me, but as an ex-servicemen, it reminds me of the Christmas truce that took place in the trenches during the first World War when the fighting stopped for a short time and the British and German troops exchanged gifts and played football together before the truce ended and they returned to the madness of the war. Apparently the truce was triggered by the German troops being heard singing Silent Night, (originally written in German), and the British joined in the singing and one thing led to another, until their officers met in no-mans land and the unofficial truce began.
5. My favourite Christmas present as a child was undoubtedly the railway layout I received when I was ten years old. It was amazing, with various tracks, stations, landscapes etc and two fantastic new electric trains, one passenger and one freight train. It gave me hours and hours of pleasure for years to come until the time came when I left home to join the Royal Air Force. I carried on adding items to it over the years from my pocket money until it had more trains, trees, tunnels, level crossings and a road system with cars and buses etc. My Mum and Dad didn't have much money back then, and as young as I was I realised they must have saved up all year to buy me that most fantastic and treasured present.
6. I'd love to have poor Nancy, from Oliver Twist as my guest for Christmas dinner. Though she had nothing and was a downtrodden and extremely poor person from the lowest echelon of society, controlled and beaten by the evil Bill Sikes, and undoubtedly sent out to sell herself on the streets of Victorian London, Nancy had a big heart and came to love and care for Oliver, ding her best to protect him from Sikes's violence. I would love to be able to give her one day of enjoyment, and good food and company, away from the degradation of her life with Sikes and Fagin.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE - CHARLI'S STORY

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE - CHARLI'S DAY WITH US 
Today, December 4th, was the day when Sasha and Sheba's #1 fan, 11 year old Charli, and her Mum came to visit, having flown over from Ireland yesterday. Charli had written two wonderful reviews of both Sasha and Sheba's books earlier this year and had expressed a wish to meet the dogs as her greatest birthday wish. i managed to track her family down through Amazon and Facebook, hoping to help make this little girl's dream come true. I had no idea at that time that Charli lives in Antrim n Northern Ireland. Imagine my surprise when her Mum, Marie, contacted me, and said she would fly over with Charli as a special treat for her, and today, the day finally arrived.
We all had a lovely time with Charli and Marie, and Charli got on great with Sasha, Sheba and all the dogs, and brought them some lovely treats for Christmas too, as well as presents for me and Juliet. I won't reveal what we gave Charli as she hasn't opened them yet. Here's a few photos from our time together.
I'm just so happy that we were able to make this beautiful little girl's dream come true. I hope she enjoyed her time with us as much as we enjoyed her being here, and I know Sasha and Sheba loved going for a walk with me Carli and her Mum, what I think was possibly the highlight of her day.
Charli, we love you. xxxxxxx
 

Here are the reviews that Charli wrote on Amazon after she'd read the books:
Sasha's review:
5.0 out of 5 stars Sasha
By Kindle Customer on 11 June 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved everything about it I was so sad when it ended I love the way it was so moving and I really looking forward to reading more and I mean way more books like this one by the way I'm am called Charli and I am 10 years old I wish I could meet Sasha ,now that would be dream come true I'm going to try and meet your lovely dogs and most importantly sashes and sheba for my 11 birthday it would be the best by far! I know how you felt I love animals soooooo much ,it would be such a dull and boring world without all the animals and I really wish more people can be like you and Juliet 😄 thank you for reading this if you do and i wish sasha and all your other dogs very much of luck🐕🐕
Sheba's review:
5.0 out of 5 starsThis amazing story about a epic dog called sheba
By Kindle Customer on 24 June 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
I cried while reading this book when you were going to send Sheba back to the pound but I'm sooo glad you brought Sheba back after what she has been through I also was upset by what abuse she got in a short month or two by the way this is also Charli aged 10 I also read Sasha book it was so unfortunate that Sasha broke her leg twice but I'm glad she still had the life every dog deserve and I'm glad Sasha and Sheba had the time of their lives for a long time I love you sooooo much Sash and Sheba can't wait to see u hopefully at my 11th birthday it would be a dream come true by the way we adopted a rescue dog called Buck but sadly he died at the age of 15 he was the best dog ever I love him sooooo much and I always go to his grave I love you buck thank you very much if you're reading this thank you Brian bye

Friday, 1 December 2017

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE FOR SHEBA

PLEASE VOTE FOR SHEBA, - BEAT THE FACEBOOK SABOTEURSThere are just four days to go to vote in the 2017 Indie Book Awards, with voting ending on 4th December. Sheba's bestselling book, Sheba: From Hell to Happiness has reached the final round of voting, but thanks to being banned by Facebook from posting on groups until 6th December, they have effectively sabotaged my hopes of winning the award by preventing me from posting requests for votes from my friends and contacts on the numerous groups i belong to.
PLEASE can I ask all my friends to vote for Sheba's incredible life story at http://www.readfree.ly/vote-50-best-indie-books-2017/  It only takes a minute to vote. Just tick the box next to the title and then enter your name and email address, and click on submit.
Please share with friends and on any groups where you can. We can still beat the Facebook saboteurs who have banned me from posting and possibly cost Sheba the chance of winning the award. THANK YOU ALL.
SHEBA: FROM HELL TO HAPPINESS (With 100% 5 star reviews)
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.
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.
To buy Sheba's book please go to http://getbook.at/sheba 

Monday, 27 November 2017

FANTASTIC NEW REVIEWS FOR SHEBA

2 NEW 5 STAR REVIEWS FOR SHEBA. STILL ONLY 99p/99 CENTS. PLEASE KEEP VOTING FOR THE BOOK IN THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS
Still on offer until Thursday 30th November at http://getbook.at/sheba Sheba: From Hell to Happiness today received not one, but two terrific new reviews on Amazon UK. Currently nominated for the Top 50 Best Indie Books 2017, PLEASE vote for Sheba in the poll which closes on 4th December. Vote at http://www.readfree.ly/vote-50-best-indie-books-2017/ by ticking the box next to the title, entering your name and email address and clicking on Submit. It's as simple as that.



Here are the new reviews:
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheba, rescued from Hell
By HZ on 26 November 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Sometimes, man’s cruelty never ceases to amaze me. Training dogs to fight for human ‘amusement’ is bad enough, but stealing and using people’s loved and innocent pets to use as bait in order to train the fighting dogs is much worse. Poor Sheba was one such dog, used and abused, starved, beaten and tied up to be attacked as ‘training’ for the fighters. Just how cruel can people get? Near death, this poor dog was thrown away like a piece of trash on a rubbish tip, a living skeleton, and left to die. Somehow she was found, rescued and despite being close to death the author and his wife made it their priority to save this little dog and return her to health and a happy life. How they did it is beautifully described in Mr. Porter’s book, in which he doesn’t seek to dodge the mistakes they made along the way in trying to rehabilitate a dog that had been so cruelly abused, which adds to the poignancy of this excellent book. Needless to say, ‘Project Sheba’ was a resounding success and ten years later, Sheba is still with the Porter family, a much loved and loving, family dog.
I recommend this book not only to dog lovers but to anyone who enjoys reading about the ability of man to overcome difficulties as the Porters did in loving and caring for this dog, who most people thought would be dead within weeks of them rescuing her. I defy anyone, man or woman, to read this book without feeling a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye. The photos in the book are a testament to the great job the family did in restoring Sheba to health and happiness. Long may she live and enjoy her life with Mr, Porter, his family and their wonderful pack of rescue dogs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian and Juliet you are a truly amazing people with very big hearts for the lengths you ...
By A. nezy on 26 November 2017Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
i have the pleasure of greeting Brian, and his gorgeous doggies every morning after my school run, i new the circumstances of most of his rescue pets but having read this i cried all the way through. Brian and Juliet you are a truly amazing people with very big hearts for the lengths you go through to help these poor animals. This book is a highly recommended read as to is his other book "Sasha to" see how far they have come from the start of their life to the present day is unbelievable . Well done Brian and Juliet, and bigs hugs to the pack.
ABOUT SHEBA: FROM HELL TO HAPPINESS
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.
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.