First Negative Review for Audio Version of ‘Echoes’.

From America, I’ve had my first negative review for the Audio version of ‘Echoes’. I have to say its a little bit harsh. Although, after looking at his other reviews he does seem to be harsh with everyone.

My response to Alpha20’s review is the following.

I am sorry that you did not enjoy the Audio version of ‘Echoes of a Storm’, and as a paying customer you have every right to have your say. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write and post a review. Something I wish other people would do more often; although I would hope for a more positive reaction.

However, I feel your review is overly harsh (although it is in keeping with your other reviews) and I of course totally disagree with all your comments especially about the narrator.

I fully support my choice of voice actress and I think she had done a wonderful job of bringing the book alive. From the many positive comments and posts I have received, I can say with confidence that the vast majority of my Readers and Listeners agree with me.

As for my story being boring, that is your point of view and I respect that.

I hope you find something more to your taste

Kind regards

Reviews are really important Ladies and Gentleman, please (yes I know I sound like a broken record) if you enjoy any of my novels in any format, leave a review. I do read them all.

If you want to read Alpha20’s review the link is below…/B073GC…/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl…



A Rant About 2 out 5 stars and no Reason Why.

On Goodreads one particular reviewer has given Tea and Tea II both 2 out of 5 stars but not given a reason why.

Let me say now, at the start, that I have no problem with this person given me only 2 stars. Everyone has a right to put whatever rating they feel is appropriate, also if you cannot take criticism of your work….don’t publish.

I acknowledge and accept he does not like the stories, and I am cool with that. That is not what the rant is about.

My rant is about…this person not saying why!

Looking at their profile, I would say that this person is a male aged in their late teens or early twenties, they read, and rate, a lot of gay literature as well as a lot of Alex Rider books.

They have given lot’s of books between 1 and 2 stars (so it’s nothing personal) and they have given a few books 4 or 5 stars.

Now, I placed Tea and Tea II in the Gay category on Amazon because one of the main characters is gay, and there are gay issues raised in both books. However, the relationship between the werewolf and the gay tailor is platonic, and the issues raised are really for the older and more mature readers.

I should point out at this stage that I am a straight man, but I have gay friends and some of the conversation in ‘Tea’ is very close to an actual conversation, I had with a gay friend of mine when we were both very drunk one night.

Hence, the issues raised in the book, whilst not personal, are taken from real life. Actually it would be nice if someone from the Gay community who had read the book could say if I had got it right, or even if I should advertise the story under gay literature

Anyway, back to the rant – I just wish this person had said why he had given me two stars. If he had said – “I have given this story two stars because as a twenty year old I find the story boring” or “I have given this two stars it is not very well written” or finally “I have only given two stars because it is not really a gay story.”

Then I could understand why, as well as other people who see the 2 stars.

I would like to end on a positive note. So, to that man who gave two of my stories 2 stars – thank you, at least you took the time to leave feedback.


The Y Front Standoff – Did not go quite so well

Well the results of the free promotion for ‘The Y Front Standoff’ did not go quite so well.


USA =45

UK= 13

Germany = 3

India = 1

Canada = 3


Total = 65


There could be many reasons for the poor showing – I normally write fantasy and this is Sci -fi, the writing style is very different, the humour is quirky, maybe the title puts people off or maybe it’s just a terrible story!!!!

Whatever the reason, I’ll just have to accept the results, and wait to see if anyone puts constructive and sensible feedback on Goodreads, Amazon or here which might shine a light on the poor performance.



A Very Nice Commet for ” A Simple Man”

I received a very nice comment on for my poem “A Simple Man”

“Nicely crafted application for the job of soulmate. The images evoked carry the reader from superficial attraction to unending love, ready, willing, and able to stay the distance. It might fill the dreams of every girl, but it will fill the dreams of the right one. Hats off to you. Thank you for sharing.”

If you fancy reading any of my short stories (there are quite a wide variety) then click on the link:

There are also hundreds of other short stories by other authors on this website

My first review for “The Moonlight Dance”

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book of three short stories 22 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
  Solomon Pace is one of my all time favourite villains, and after reading the full trilogy and ‘Tales of Solomon Pace’. I thought I knew the character very well.  However, Alan then writes three short stories, which lets me see a totally different side of the character and revels more of Solomon’s past.
All the stories are well written and enjoyable. For me, the stand out story has to be ‘Rain Down’ it is simply superb and the twist at the end is brilliant.
When people ask why do I read ‘Alan Scott’ novels? The answer to that is very simple – He writes excellent, well rounded and believable characters, that draw me in and keep me engaged throughout his stories and tales.
If you like dark fantasy, then read this book, you will not be disappointed.