Monday, 16 October 2017

SHARING HAMILTON - NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

My latest release, the co-authored Sharing Hamilton, with U.S. author Diana Rubino is now available to pre-order on Kindle, ahead of the official release date of 30th October. Order now and you won't be charged until the book is delivered to your device. The paperback edition will closely follow the Kindle release.
PRE-ORDER FROM Sharing Hamilton
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SHARING HAMILTON
Philadelphia, 1791. James and Maria Reynolds are flat broke. Well aware of the attraction between his wife and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, James hatches a plan to blackmail Alexander and get rich - and sends Maria to seduce him.
Meanwhile, the mysterious Dr. Severus Black befriends the Hamiltons and becomes a close confidant of Alexander’s wife, Eliza. While Mrs. Hamilton grows fond of the handsome doctor, she also senses something different about the debonair young man.
Meanwhile, a vicious serial killer is stalking the city by night. As Hamilton’s affair with Maria runs headlong towards personal and professional catastrophe, the constables of Philadelphia draw a net around the emerged killer of young serving girls.
But what connection could Dr. Black have with the murders, which a hundred years later would be mirrored in his own country... by none other than Jack the Ripper?
In 'Sharing Hamilton', historical romance author Diana Rubino and award-winning thriller writer Brian L. Porter uniquely blend the mystery and romance genres, based on the true story of the Hamilton affair with the added spice of a serial killer stalking the streets of USA's first capital city. 
http://getbook.at/hamilton 

Friday, 13 October 2017

AN ITALIAN INTERVIEW

When my short story collection, After Armageddon was released in an Italian language translated edition, Dopo l'Armageddon e altri racconti (Italian Edition) 

 it took me and my publisher totally by surprise when, in its first week on release in Italy, it went to #1 in the Amazon bestselling rankings for short story anthologies. This followed on from the book hitting the top of the charts in both the UK and USA, thus making After Armageddon a truly international bestseller.

This was in fact my second Italian bestseller as Sasha had already topped the rankings in it's English edition, on Amazon.it. Quite remarkable really!

Recently I was approached by Elisabetta De Martino, the translator of the original English version of the book with a request for me to do an interview for her literary blog, Penne in libertà. I was happy oblige and the interview has now appeared on her site at https://penneinliberta.wordpress.com/interviste/

Elisabetta has published the interview in English, and on visiting the site, it is possible to have the whole site translated to English as well. Though you can click the link above to visit her blog, I have also copied the full interview below for anyone who would like to read it.

After Armageddon can be found at After Armageddon a universal link that will take you to your local Amazon website. Italian readers can see the translated edition at Dopo L'Armageddon and for Italian language readers around the world the universal link is   http://getbook.at/Armageddon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Individual stories in the collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Interviste


Ecco a voi l’intervista con Brian L. Porter, autore di Dopo l’Armageddon

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Brian, what do you do in your life apart from writing?
Well, when I’m not writing, most of my activities are centred around our ten rescue dogs, especially caring for my epileptic dog, Sasha, the subject of my international award winning book, Sasha, which has been a #1 Amazon bestseller in the UK, Australia and in Italy, which was surprising for an English language book. The book has also been in the Top Ten on Amazon in Canada, France and Germany too. My wife, Juliet and I are avid dog rescuers and currently share our lives with ten beautiful dogs who share our home and our lives. After the success of Sasha’s story, I wrote a sequel, Sheba: From Hell to Happiness, detailing the life of Sheba, another of our rescues, and Sasha best friend which became an Amazon UK #1 bestseller on the day it went on preorder.
The rest of my time tends to be devoted to research for future books, most importantly for my successful Mersey Mystery Series, which is proving very popular. Set in my home town of Liverpool, it’s important to me that the factual content present in all my novels, in accurate and up to date and I work closely with my researcher Debbie Poole in Liverpool to achieve the necessary realism and accuracy my novels deserve.
How many books have you written already?
Including translated editions, I currently have 31 published works listed at Amazon UK as Brian L Porter. In addition I have three children’s/young adult books listed under the Harry Porter name plus one collection of romantic poetry published as Juan Pablo Jalisco, (also an Amazon #1 bestseller in the USA and UK). The majority of those books are my thrillers/mysteries, with of course, my short story collection, After Armageddon, a #1 bestseller in the USA and UK and also in Italy in its translated edition.
How did you start writing? Have you been encouraged by someone?
First of all, I’ve always been an avid reader, from being a young boy at junior school. I’d never entertained any thoughts of becoming a writer, however, until, some years ago I suffered a nervous breakdown which, together with a heart problem, meant I could no longer continue my career in business management. A friend suggested writing as a form of therapy, and so, encouraged by Isobel, I began slowly, writing poetry to begin with. I was quite successful as a poet and eventually had over 200 poems published, mostly in poetry anthologies and online magazines. I then saw an advertisement in my local library for a short story contest so I thought I’d try my hand at writing an entry. Although my story didn’t win the contest, I had caught the writing ‘bug’ and continued to write a number of successful short stories many of which were published in various anthologies, much like my poetry.
It was my son, Alan, who eventually encouraged me to try writing a full length novel. I gave it a go, and was delighted when my debut work, A Study in Red, The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper was accepted for publication by Canadian Publisher, Double Dragon Publishing. I have not looked back since that day and have gone on to become a fairly successful author, with a dozen Amazon bestsellers to my name, always encouraged by my current publisher, Miika Hanila at Creativia Publishing, in Finland. One constant during my early novel writing days was the support and encouragement I received from my wonderful mother, Enid Ann Porter, who was always ‘on my side’ always pushing me to do better and who picked me up when I felt down or my ideas had dried up and I felt like giving up. Sadly, my Mum died at the age of almost 91, just before my books really began to take off. I know she’d be proud to see how well my books have succeeded and most of my books carried a dedication to my dear mother.
Do you have any particular habits when writing?
My only habit is the fact that I like to be in total silence while I write. Some authors I know like to have music playing in the background or even have the TV switched on, playing in the background, but for me, the only way to maintain absolute concentration is by being surrounded by a wall of silence to enable me to maintain total focus on my work.
 Which writers have influenced you the most?
Number one on this list has to be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes stories. As a young boy, I became enthralled, first of all with the story of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and in the coming years I went on to read all of his Sherlock Holmes stories, both long and short, as well as Conan Doyle’s prodigious number of non-Holmes related short stories. I’m sure, even today, that many people only think of Conan Doyle as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, and don’t realise he actually wrote hundreds of wonderful short stories. I can thoroughly recommend them.
I’ve also been greatly influenced by the books of Clive Cussler, for me, the father of the modern adventure novel. I can read his books over and over again, and never get bored when revisiting one I’ve previously re, kind of like visiting an old friend.
In writing my murder mysteries, I was also influenced by the works of the late, great Ed McBain. His 87th Precinct crime thrillers never ceased to entertain me, and many of them still hold pride of place on my bookshelves at home, I see him as the grandmaster of crime fiction.
Finally, I have always been influenced by the style and content of the medical thrillers of U.S. author Tess Gerritsen.  I actually contacted Tess while I was writing my first novel and she was wonderfully encouraging to me, an unknown author, an I was delighted when she sent me a ‘good luck’ message to be included on the cover of A Study in Red. Not just a great writer, but a real lady too!
Apart from writing, what form of art do you like the most?
Definitely cinema. I love watching movies, particularly older, classic movies from the 1940s and 50s. Some of those films managed to create some superb special effects without the modern day benefit of Computer Generated Imagery, (C.G.I.).  In particular, I loved the superb effects created by the great Ray Harryhausen for the old Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts etc. I loved the old musicals too, such as Singing in the Rain, with Gene Kelly. Slightly more modern, but I loved films like The Great Escape with Steve McQueen, and a stellar cast of great actors and from the modern crop of movies, I love the work that went into the producing of Independence Day.
What themes are you interested in and what themes do you like writing about?
Anyone who has read my After Armageddon collection of short stories will probably have guessed that my tastes are quite eclectic. I enjoy thrillers, mysteries, science-fiction and good old-fashioned adventure stories. When it comes to my novel writing though, I stick to writing what I do best, which is of course thrillers and murder/mysteries. My true-life dog rescue books were totally different of course and extremely personal ventures, which I thoroughly loved writing and seeing my wonderful rescue dogs receive the exposure they deserved.
We know that you care for dogs, what is it you love most about them?
Dogs have a seemingly endless capacity for giving their unconditional love and loyalty to their owners, in return for so little. All they ask for is a good meal, a warm place to sleep and a little love and affection, and they will truly become the best friend a man (or woman) could wish for. I will never understand the way some people can be cruel towards, or abuse these wonderful, intelligent animals that are capable of bringing so much pleasure into their owner’s lives.
My wife Juliet and I currently own ten beautiful rescue dogs, of varying breeds who bring joy and happiness to our lives every single day. All of them share our home, our lives and our affection. Some of them went through terrible abuse or neglect before coming to us, and yet their capacity for love and loyalty was undiminished and they quickly responded to the love and care we gave them from their first days with us, and all have become valued and well behaved members of our canine ‘family’. We truly would not want to be without any of them.
You co-operate with ThunderBall Films. Can you tell us more about your work with them?
I was first approached by the CEO of ThunderBall Films, Mario Domina, some years ago. He wanted to buy the rights to adapt my book, A Study in Red, The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper, into a movie. As our working relationship grew, we became good friends and Mario read and enjoyed more of my books, until he finally told me he felt my books were written as if for movie or TV adaptation, they were so ‘visual’ to use his description. As a result he signed the rest of my novels to a franchise deal and also asked me to become a screenwriter for ThunderBall. I’m currently working on a screenplay for them based on a true story of demonic possession, written by a U.S. author and entitled The Devil Called Collect.
Which story from After Armageddon are you most fond of, and why?
Although I like them all (I wrote them, after all), I think my joint favourites would be The Voice of Anton Bouchard, and Toxic Bitch. The Voice of Anton Bouchard is novelette length and is set in Paris during a very hot, steamy Paris summer. A serial killer is at loose in the city, striking at young women in the dead of night. The story is told from the perception of the chief of police, Anton Bouchard, and I can guarantee readers they will be faced with not just one, but two surprise twists in this tale.
Toxic Bitch was originally commissioned by the now defunct Sonar 4 Publishing and first appeared in their anthology, Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror, in 2011. It’s a salutary tale, a warning of what may become of mankind and our planet if we continue to pollute and defile the environment. Some people have described it as a very, very scary story, and others have called it a lesson in how to destroy the world. When I was writing it, I just thought it was a good storyline and never expected it to have the kind of effect it has had on readers. I suppose that’s a good thing.
Those who enjoy something a little more ‘quirky’ will probably enjoy Megalith, a strange and rather frivolous piece of work I wrote while in a particularly ‘outside the box’ mood. Again, it has had a positive effect on readers who have reported to me that they enjoyed the story, especially for its unusual and almost impossible but equally satisfying premise.
Do you think that your books could change the world in some way?
The short answer to that, in the most part, would be no. My novels and mysteries are intended to be read as pure entertainment and it makes me happy to think they bring a few hours of reading pleasure to those who buy and read them.
In the case of my dog rescue books however, I would like to think that they might encourage those who read them to spare a thought for all the abused and neglected dogs in the world and maybe, just maybe, the next time they are thinking of buying a dog, they might consider adopting a rescue dog from their local animal shelter or sanctuary. Saving one dog’s life might not change the world, but it WILL change that particular dog’s life, for ever.
How can our readers find out more about you and your books?
Readers can obviously visit my author page at any Amazon website. For your Italian readers that would be at https://www.amazon.it/Brian-L.-Porter/e/B00466KITC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
I also have a website at www.brianlporter.co.uk
I’m also on Facebook, as Harry Porter at https://www.facebook.com/harry.porter.12139862
Thank you for talking to me Brian and I wish you continued success in your writing and in your dog rescue work.
Thank you for inviting me to talk with you, Elisabetta. It has been a pleasure and a privilege. I hope your readers enjoyed the interview and I wish them all…Happy reading, ciao!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

COMING SOON - SHARING HAMILTON

COMING VERY SOON - SHARING HAMILTON 
Look out for my latest release, which is coming soon from Creativia Publishing. I'm so pleased to have had the opportunity to work together with U.S, author Diana Rubino on a unique venture that brings together her talents for writing historical and romantic fiction and my own expertise in creating mystery/thriller fiction. It should be something very special!
Sharing Hamilton
From Brian L Porter & Diana Rubino - A fantastic collaboration combining historical fiction and romance with the dark machinations of a serial killer in the early days of the USA.
Romance, deceit, blackmail, betrayal and murder are very much to the fore as historical novelist Diana Rubino and bestselling thriller author Brian L. Porter join forces to present a stunning fictional account of the U.S.A.’s first acknowledged sex-scandal, The Reynolds Affair. Ms. Rubino has taken the historical facts of the well-documented affair and added her own fictional twist, with Mr. Porter adding his unique touch, introducing a serial killer stalking the dark night-time streets of Philadelphia.
As Alexander Hamilton and Maria Reynolds conduct their nefarious relationship, behind closed doors, a supposed madman is on the streets attacking and killing the young innocent servants of the wealthy. British-born ‘doctor of women’s medicine,’ Dr. Severus Black, newly arrived from Paris, quickly becomes a close confidante of Hamilton’s wife Elizabeth, but could the debonair doctor also be hiding a closely guarded secret?
Together, U.S. award-winning author Diana Rubino and British award-winning author Brian L. Porter have created a tour de force that shouldn’t be missed.
Release date to be announced very soon!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A MERSEY MARINER RELEASED TODAY IN KINDLE & PAPERBACK - FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMTED

The fourth of my Mersey Mystery series, A Mersey Mariner is now available in both Kindle and paperback editions, and can be ordered from Amazon, worldwide. It's also FREE on Kindle Unlimited. I'm delighted to see the release of this latest episode in the series featuring the cases of Detective Inspector Andy Ross and Liverpool's Specialist Murder Investigation Team. http://getbook.at/merseymariner
DEATH ARRIVES ON THE MORNING TIDE.

The ageing 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.'
AN ADVANCE EDITORIAL REVIEW A MERSEY MARINER is a truly multi-layered mystery that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. In a story almost like a maritime version of Christie's Orient Express, Porter takes the reader on a whirlwind journey to the Amazon Rain forest, finds links to a Colombian Drugs Cartel, and multiple murders in a secret medical research laboratory. - Mario Domina, CEO, ThunderBall Films

See more and order your copy from http://getbook.at/merseymariner
To see all the books in the series go to http://getbook.at/MerseyMysteries

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A MERSEY MARINER - NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

A MERSEY MARINER - AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW
I'm delighted to announce that the Kindle edition of my new release, A Mersey Mariner, fourth book in the Mersey Mystery series, can now be pre-ordered from Amazon worldwide. Order now and you won't be charged for the book until it is delivered to your Kindle on the release date of August 10th.
DON'T DELAY, PRE-ORDER TODAY 
http://getbook.at/merseymariner
If you don't have a Kindle, it's not a problem. Just download the FREE Kindle app from any Amazon book page and you can then download Kindle books to any device. I have about a thousand books stored on my phone and tablet.
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.’

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!