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
This universal link will take you to your nearest Amazon website anywhere in the world.
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!

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.  

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

A MERSEY KILLING - WHAT A TERRIFIC REVIEW!

Sometimes, an author receives a review that makes all the work that goes into creating a book seem totally worthwhile, and today was one of those days. A MERSEY KILLING  has received a phenomenal review from former Merseyside police officer Steve Bentley, also a native of the city of Liverpool. To receive a review like this goes to show the accuracy of my facts and procedures appertaining to the police procedures and the events and places of the time era the book was set in.

Steve's review was originally posted on his own webpage at A MERSEY KILLING, REVIEW and is reproduced here from Amazon UK:

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
To use the vernacular of 1960's Liverpool, this book by author Brian L. Porter was fab, gear and sound! I believe these days Scousers would also call it boss!
As a former detective who served on Merseyside in the 1960's I simply delighted in this novel. My enjoyment was heightened even more so owing to my long-ago teenage memories growing up in Huyton who used to "sag" off school to attend Cavern lunch time sessions at the height of the Mersey Beat days. This book has those days as a back drop to the tale of murder, intrigue, suspense and Porter deftly weaves his work bridging three decades in the telling of the tale.
The characters are real. The author clearly has Merseyside roots and accurately depicts the city of Liverpool, its folk, geography, the old docks and the terraced houses.
As a former detective, I found Detective Inspector Andy Ross and his sidekick "Izzie" to be entirely credible. I felt I knew them from my past. The way the cold case investigation unfolds is also a credit to the author and so realistic. He even includes a little internal police politics to add an authentic feel to the proceedings.
Porter has a feel for real people. It comes through in all his characters particularly Connie, the God-fearing long-suffering wife of James, the bigoted Irishman. There are brief references to sectarianism in the "old days" in Liverpool but with respect to the author it is down played and contains, for example, no reference to the Orange Lodge parades, an annual event in the city often the source of flare-ups between Catholics and Protestants. Notwithstanding that, the author does a fine job of portraying an authentic "feel" to the times in the city.
Porter is a master at using dialogue to tell his story. He allows the characters to live, breathe and inform.
All in all I found this novel thoroughly enjoyable, easy to read and it has its element of surprises to keep the reader guessing.
A final word - you don't have to have Liverpool connections to enjoy this book. It stands alone as a very good piece of writing and is highly recommended reading.
Just off to order Book 2 in the 'Mersey Killing' series! Well done, Brian, and thanks for the good read.
A MERSEY KILLING 
A skeleton and a missing woman. A doomed romance. A mystery spanning two generations.

Liverpool, 1961. A group of young men come together seeking fame and fortune, as the fledgling sounds of the Swinging Sixties take root in the city. Very soon, Liverpool will become synonymous with the groups and music that will shape a generation.

Liverpool, 1999. Skeletal remains found in the docklands lead Detective Inspector Andy Ross and Sergeant Izzie Drake into a journey through time, as the investigation takes them back to early days of the Mersey Beat.

Whose bones laid beneath the mud of the River Mersey for over thirty years, and what links them to a young woman, missing for the entire time?

A Mersey Killing, the first book in Brian L. Porter's Mersey Murder Mysteries series, is a crime story deeply rooted in the early days of rock n'roll.

A MERSEY KILLING is available Kindle and paperback editions and is also FREE on Kindle Unlimited from A Mersey Killing
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Don't forget the other books in the series,  All Saints    and  A Mersey Maiden also available from Amazon. 


The Mersey Mysteries from Brian L Porter