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Something About Me and My Book:
My new book, A Case of Black Rock, is a collection of short stories covering a wide selection of genre. It is available at Amazon Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056NU8YY

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By Peter Klien

Genre: Dance Macabre

Title: A Case of Blackrock Mineral Water
Author: Simon Marshland

Think of Edgar Allen Poe or you might want to think of HBO’s Tales from the Crypt. Alfred Hitchcock’s TV tales might also come to mind when you read Simon Marshland’s 15 short/short stories titled after the first of the strange tales - A Case of Blackrock Mineral Water.
Not all of the stories end with someone saying hello to death and there is at least one (find it for yourself) that actually does have a happy ending. That said, all of the stories do look at life from a far-side point of view and just might cause you to read it again to make certain what you think happened actually did happen. This is not a problem because the stories are short and you will probably read more than one at a sitting.
Plotting is terse and to the point as is required in very short stories. Character development is surprisingly good, again considering the length of the stories. As for style, I would refer you to those mentioned above - Poe, Crypt and Hitchcock.
About the author
Marshland says of himself, “Rolling stone with most of my life spent on the move, living and working in places diverse as East Africa to South America. More recent activities have been based around the Mediterranean ranging from yacht chartering in Greece to fish farming in France. Currently I live in the West Country but admit to itchy feet. But wherever I've been or wherever I am I always write. It has become a habit I find impossible to kick.”
He has published several books including Mr Christopher, Private Lives and Dark Destiny.
Best read at night near a fireplace where the logs are burning while outside it rains and/or the wind is howling. Not recommended for those who insist on reading novels. I can’t help but think it is a shame short stories find it difficult to find their way into print. But for those who want something different I can Highly Recommend A Case of Blackrock Mineral Water. Reviewer: Peter Klein Allbooks Reviews Int. www.allbooksreviewint.com


Title: A Case of Blackrock Mineral Water
Author: Simon Marshland







As for me, most of my life has been spent on the move, living and working in places diverse as East Africa to South America. More recent activities have been based around the Mediterranean ranging from yacht chartering in the Greek Islands to fish farming in France. I now live in the West Country but admit to itchy feet.
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http://www.marshlandmuse.blogspot.com

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A Case of Black Rock

My new book, A Case of Black Rock, is a collection of short stories covering a wide selection of genre. Available from Amazon kindle at http://amazon.com/dp/B0056Nu8YY

 

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Posted on September 17, 2011 at 6:00am

A Case of Black Rock and other stories

 

I would like to introduce my new collection of short stories now available at…

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Posted on July 7, 2011 at 11:42am

The Short Story

The short story went into decline when so many of the magazines that supported them died. That is not to say there are not short story magazines around from the prestigious New Yorker and possibly Harper’s to the leading newcomer Amazon for online stories. But in the main the rest of them now cater for science fiction and horror which narrows the horizons for most aspiring short story writers. That said there are a number of online publishers of short stories but few of them pay and for…

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Posted on June 26, 2011 at 9:39am

A Book is Born

Ever wonder how a thought from nowhere can morph into a novel? Author Simon Marshland describes for us how his new novel, "Mr. Christopher," journeyed from thought to novel. Enjoy.



Writing is a strange business. For some, ideas and words flow with the steady reliability of a great river while others struggle for hours or even weeks in search of either. Yet more write in the manner of a small stream, quietly placid one moment then like rippling rapids galvanized into frantic activity… Continue

Posted on September 11, 2010 at 12:28pm

Mr Christopher

I'm pleased to introduce my new book Mr Christopher published by Kindle.


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Posted on September 1, 2010 at 11:07am

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At 2:15pm on April 14, 2010, Jo-Anne Vandermeulen said…
You're welcome...many have your back...:).
At 9:11am on April 14, 2010, Jo-Anne Vandermeulen said…
Congratulations! Now talk about MASSIVE exposure...Way to go! (From iFogo main page - Simon and his book is featured!)
Twitter and status update time~ Go for it...blow your horn and share the great news! I'm going to...:).
Blessings
Jo
At 10:56am on March 30, 2010, Kate L gave Simon Marshland a gift
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I just wanted to introduce myself and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People. Check it out at http://www.thebookbuff.blogspot.com
At 12:41am on March 3, 2010, Simon Marshland said…
Many thanks for your support and I will certainly give the book suggestion some thought.
At 6:19am on March 2, 2010, Marie Pinschmidt said…
Happy to oblige, and hope it helps. If I may offer a hint: The last part of your book could be developed into a new and separate novel. Best of luck.
At 4:13pm on November 24, 2009, Gary Eby said…
Greetings! I met you on "Promote Your Book." I'm the author of The Eby Way. Hope we can be friends.
At 11:53pm on July 19, 2009, DragonCub said…
Hi,

I'll appreciate if you check out DragonCub – ( A brand new online bookstore ) at http://www.dragoncub.com/books

This site is specially designed for your to add book(s) easily and let others know about your work and generate sales ! Nothing is charged from you!

Looking forward.
At 3:39pm on April 14, 2009, Mike O'Hare said…
Best wishes and good luck regarding the sale of your book. You have picked the perfect time to release such a subject in to the populace. We have a novel based on the same subject and we would love to exchange ideas with you regarding marketing or anything else that would help promote more awareness into this blinkered world.

Regards,

Mike O'Hare and Elfreda Pretorius
At 11:44am on April 12, 2009, Mari said…
This sounds very interesting.
:-)
Mari Sloan
At 6:40am on April 12, 2009, Martha A. Cheves said…
Hi Simon. I'm glad to see you here.
Martha
 
 
 

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