The Lake District Four Valleys Walk…

For a first outing in the Lakes in some time I decided on this nice circular walk from Wasdale Head around the 4 main valleys of the region that I’d planned earlier in the year as the winter storms raged outside… today though even the weather smiled on the usually damp and misty Western Fells on what was a long but satisfying day…

pillar from wasdale head

dawn in the mountains

The topography of the western Lake District is so aligned that four of the seven main valleys converge on the relatively small area between Great Gable and Honister Pass. The advantage of this to the hiker is that these four valleys can be linked by a circular walk through some of the finest scenery in the National Park that is no more than a longish day’s outing in the fells… >>>Read rest of post

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An Author Spotlight from Echo Fox Books:

Here is a recent author interview I did with Echo Fox Books; please check out the Equilibria Series and the other interviews on the site too…

Author Spotlight: Pete Buckley

Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot:

When the discovery of a murdered FBI Agent in a Manhattan apartment coincides with the arrival in New York city of a mysterious high ranking Russian agent from Siberia; a high speed manhunt is sparked that begins in the city streets and leads the dead agent’s former partner Jim Bergman, deep into the woods of New England…  full interview

Author Spotlight: Pete Buckley.

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A Blog Hop – My Ten Favorite Screen Characters

I would like to thank Jonathan Dixit author of Babyworld for inviting me to join this blog hop… I’ll no doubt remember one I’ve missed out as soon as I’ve posted this but here are my own ten favorite film characters. The authors I’ve invited are listed at the end of the post.

1 Jean Reno as Leon in the movie Leon – The Assassin

2 Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall

3 Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in the Bourne Trilogy

4 Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala in Star Wars

5 Winona Ryder as Lydia in Beetlejuice

6 Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobe in Star Wars

7 Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan in Clear and Present Danger

8 Keisha Castle Hughes as Paikea in Whale Rider

9 Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in Invictus

10 Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X Files

I am inviting the following authors to continue the challenge.  Apologies if you’ve already done it. If you want to participate, simply list your ten favorite screen characters and maybe a video clip or photo (though I didn’t get that far) and ten or so more authors you would lke to invite on the blog hop along with a link back here from the post.

It’s completely voluntary with no time limits or anything like that and should get a few new visitors to your blog… Enjoy!

JC Brennan author of A Fine Line

Terri Lyndie author of Wolf Eye Sly

KK Allen author of the Summer Solstice Series

Richard Graf author of The Banjo Essays

Ericka Clay author of Unkept

DB Nielsen author of the Keepers of Genesis Series

Grant Nicol author of On a Small Island

Cleo de Lancey author of Kieran the Pirate

Pamela Winn author of Healings

Fallon Lak author of Torn Apart

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Hills, Horses and Sunshine – a Few Thoughts on Summer

As I contemplate the map, looking for inspiration on where to head in the summer, it occurs to me what a big part the summer trips away played in my own childhood. There was little in the way of sitting on beaches for two weeks that many of my school friends talked of but we didn’t miss out there – with both parents from Barrow by Morecambe Bay the seaside experience was there for my sister and myself throughout the year at half terms and weekends. No – the Summer Holiday was always the Great Adventure.

The choice of where we went fell largely to Dad and I with Gill’s only concern being that there were horses somewhere nearby and Mum trusting to our judgement as we pored over the maps laid out on the kitchen table like some latter day mariners planning a voyage of discovery. Mountain areas were a firm favorite with Dad and I both wanting summit challenges while Mum was content with the picture postcard views. As long as there was pony trekking nearby we were onto a winner. The only remaining decision was whether to head north – which meant the Scottish Highlands – or south which meant a leisurely journey through the idyllic French countryside ending in the Alps or occasionally the Pyrenees.

North or South? This decision was always Dad’s; after all he was doing the driving and paying the vast cost of a ferry to Calais in the days before (relatively) cheap travel. As for me I wasn’t bothered by the weather and like Mum preferred it not too hot but Dad always longed for the sun baked lands of the South and if the previous summer had been one of wind and rain in the Highlands then France it would be. Usually the right balance of hills, horses and sunshine would maintain a status quo that kept everyone happy for most of the time though there were odd moments of discontent.

I recall the second time we headed overseas and the wall to wall sunshine of Italy that greeted us at the far end of the Mont Blanc tunnel. The Aosta Valley should have been perfect but rebellion was in the ranks as Mum claimed that ants were invading the tent. Now I do remember seeing a few ants around though I don’t recall them causing any problems but the result in any case was a move over the Col du Grand St Bernard to Switzerland. Here in the Rhone Valley in the green and wooded hills near Aigle it seemed everyone was happy once again. That was until Dad who was missing the Italian sunshine, pointed out that this area must get as much rain as the West of Scotland. I guess it was a bit damp and while the rest of us didn’t mind temperature in the sixties instead of the eighties he had a point.

I’d been happy with both locations being discouraged by neither ants nor rain but my turn was to come. The route back into France took us to a large organised campsite close to the town of Bourg en Bresse that I later dubbed The National Wasp Centre. Dad had the sun back and Gill got to go horse riding but no matter how hard I looked I couldn’t see the Alps from anywhere in the site and to eat food outdoors was to invite wasp attack!

I guess that overall though, the problems were minor and I can look back at this and all our family trips as great experiences. I just hope that I can give my own boys as much enjoyment through travel as I had. Now where was that map…

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Pete Buckley – Update on two travel books

Pete Buckley:

Here are my old travel books, 31 Days in a Campervan and A Long Walk in the Alps featured on Reading Recommendations. Thanks to Susan Toy for inviting me back! I intend to re-issue 31 Days in a Campervan in most e-book formats at some stage soon via Kindle and Smashwords as it is only around in paperback. A Long walk in the Alps is already available in most formats.

Pete Buckley Jan 2015

Originally posted on Reading Recommendations:

Pete Buckley was featured on Reading Recommendations in Dec. 2014 promoting a new novel. He’s back now to tell us about a couple of travel books he had previously written and published.


A Long Walk in the Alps was published in 2009 and is available in E-book and paperback

A Long Walk in the Alps recounts a hike through the mountains of Switzerland from Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland to Zermatt in the Valais. In this real-life adventure, the author sets out along the path known as the Eiger Trail with the aim of reaching the mountain town of Zermatt beneath the far off Matterhorn but the journey is almost over in its early days…

Buy Links:
Amazon US – eBook and paperback
Amazon UK – eBook and paperback
Smashwords – eBook
Trafford Publishing – paperback


31 Days in a Campervan: Trolling Around New Zealand was my first book published…

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The reason I write and publish …

Pete Buckley:

I think a lot of authors are inspired by these same things… an insightful post.

Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:

Island in the Clouds

It’s never been about the money (because, as I have said before, you’re more likely to win the Irish Sweepstakes than make much money at all in this publishing game), and it’s not about the fame (similar reason as for the money part).

It’s because I believe I have a story worth telling and that I’m the only one who can tell that story the way I’ve chosen to tell it.

But it’s mostly because I love to think that someone out there who has read what I’ve written will be touched by it in some way – hopefully in a positive way! – and that my story makes them think, feel, and experience something they would not have otherwise known, had I not written.

Someone like Heartny, for instance, who I met online through my blog when she commented on one of the posts I wrote about Chickungunya, as…

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More Things I Love About Being Indie…

With reference to a recent post I made entitled “Why I Love Being Indie” that focused on the many upsides of being an indie author, I can add promotions like this one to the list. The #IndieBooksBeSeen after Christmas sale organised by indie author Jessica Keller, and running until Jan 1 2015, offers a wide range of indie titles for $0.99 including The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk which was my own contribution.

The great thing about promotions like this one is that they bring authors from a wide range of genres together to help rather than compete against each other. I am definitely of the opinion that this is the way the indie movement will flourish and move forward and I hope to be involved in many more in the future. In the meantime, please check out all the authors and books participating in the After Christmas Promo. Just click on the photo to be taken to the site.

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