Just as well that I am not superstitious.

Just as well that I am not superstitious.

I’ve just noticed that in the UK on Amazon, my novel  “Echoes of the Storm”:

a. Has 13 reviews
b. is 666 in Dark Fantasy (kindle)
c. is 666 in Low Fantasy (kindle)


Author reading his own word – Poem: A Simple Man


I’ve been think how best to try and prompt my work, and have decided that maybe reading my own work and posting it on Youtube might work.

Hence, I’ve recorded my poem: A simple man, which I wrote for my girlfriend

Hope you enjoy it


You can buy the poem by searching Amazon for “Love and Life by KJA Ireland”

As always:

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in retrieval systems, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior permission of the author.

This is a work of fiction.  All characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

A Full Manuscript request for’ Echoes of a Storm’

A Full Manuscript request for’ Echoes of a Storm’

As you know I have been sending ‘Echoes’ out to various publishing houses and guess what? I’ve had a full manuscript request from the second company I sent it to : )

Obviously, I am grinning from ear to ear : ) but under all that excitement I am telling myself to calm down as there is a long, long way to go and the chance of rejection is still very high.

However, for tonight only I am just going to enjoy the fact that I got a Full Manuscript request. Below is the email and for fairness sake I have blanked the company name.

From: Editors xxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:41 PM
Subject: Full-Manuscript Request

Thank you for sending us samples of your work.

I am pleased to inform you that after careful consideration XXXXXX editorial section would now like to view the full manuscript of your work.

Please send the full manuscript to us as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format to our email address: editors@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.com please send your full manuscript as a complete file as opposed to sending chapters individually.

Alternatively, you can send your manuscript to us in hardcopy, and preferably also on disk in Microsoft Word format. However, should you wish, you are welcome to send your work as a CD or USB without a hardcopy or as hardcopy without a CD or USB.

If you are going to submit by post please include an SAE should you wish your work to be returned to you at any stage.

Thank you for your patience during this process. We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours sincerely,


As always I will keep you informed


PS still smiling.


You can get my self published copy on Amazon just search “The Storm Series Alan Scott”

The cover to my new book – A Kingdom Falls – which is out now

My new book is now currently available on Kindle on Amazon. Once again the wonderful Saskia Schnell has created a marvellous and atmospheric cover.

Below is the book description and cover

“Queen Rebecca Rothgal is under immense pressure as the Twin Kingdoms slide into turmoil. The cost of rebuilding from the previous devastating war has almost bankrupted the kingdom. Bandits freely roam the lands. Packs of werewolves are destroying farms and small villages. The Queen’s own cousins are plotting her downfall.

To make matters worse, a new prophecy is sweeping the land – a prophecy that foretells the return of the Midnight Man and his malevolent plan to plunge the land into darkness.

However, there are whispers spoken among a select few – whispers of a man who will take a stand and deny the darkness – a man who will hold the line and stop the evil – a man whose name is spoken in awe by those that follow him… Mancer!”

A kingdom Falls

Readwave – A place to find snippets of my writing

If you fancy reading snippets of various pieces of my work (both the fantasy/ horror and the non fiction stories) you can find them on the Readwave website

My snippets can be found at –  http://www.readwave.com/alan.scott.14/

or you can simple google “Readwave” and find the site. There are many thousands of different types of stories, poems, articles which can be found there.

Hope you find this useful : )


A Poem I wrote for my Girlfriend – A Simple Man

A simple love poem called – A Simple Man

My love – I am but a simple man.

I don’t have film star looks, nor do I have any fashion sense.

I can’t afford weekend breaks to Paris, Milan, or Berlin.

I hate live music festivals and being one of the ‘in’ crowd.

I don’t know any celebrities or famous people.

My love – I am but a simple man.

I am not a deep thinker, nor very philosophical.

I don’t jump out of perfectly serviceable aircraft or bungee from tall bridges.

I’ve done my share of ‘all nighters’, but have no wish to relive my youth.

My love – I am but a simple man.

I don’t own a boat, a fast car, bike, or a plane.

I don’t have a holiday home or a ‘little place in the country’.

I have not wrestled alligators or saved a small child’s life.

My love – I am but a simple man.

So does this make me boring?

Does this make me sad and lonely?

Does this make me a lesser man?

Do I lack what a woman wants?

My love – I am but a simple man.

I know who I am and I am at peace with myself.

I can laugh and I can cry.

I stand my ground for what I believe is right.

My love – I am but a simple man.

I will not steal from you.

I will not hit you.

I will not cheat on you.

I will not make you feel small to make me feel big.

My love – I am but a simple man.

I will hold your hand as we walk.

I will kiss you every day.

I will hold you and protect you.

My love – I am but a simple man.

I love you before the painted mask is applied.

I love you in your comfortable clothes.

I love you when the snot falls from your nose.

I love you for just being you.

My lady – this simple man, simply loves you.

The end

The poem is taken from a book of short stories called “Love and Life” under my pen name of KJA Ireland and is available on Kindle via Amazon


A letter to my 10 year old self

Hi Alan, I’m writing to you from your future it’s the year 2013 (you are now 44 – Yup, you make it that far at least).

Sorry Pal, I’m not going to tell you what happens between then and now, because what happens to you, make you the man you are today. And I like who I am

All I will say is -life is going to be hard for awhile and you are going to get hurt, both physically and emotionally. But you know about pain anyway (The finger still hurts in cold weather by the way and the shoulder occasional freezes).

However, there are also good times, you will see the world and oh yes – look out for your 22nd birthday. All I am going to say is – what a night!

So anyway, what sort of man are you today? Just a normal bloke, with a handful of good friends, who is well liked, can live with the things he has seen and done, and has found peace.

Before I forget, you will find out that your dyslexic in a couple of year’s time, so don’t worry about the spelling etc. In fact by the time your 44 you will have self published 7 books.

That’s it pal, stay strong and see you on the far side.