Time To Go Back

Fifty-five years ago, I boarded a train that would take me away from home. Backpack slung over my shoulder, suitcase trundling behind, I was off to university. Now it was time to return.

Taking a window seat, I watched the countryside slip by. Quickly becoming a blur, it reminded me of the speed reading technique I had adopted while scanning academic articles on theoretical physics. One came to mind where the author professed time travel to be possible. I showed him. My eloquent math equations put such nonsense to rest.

I must have dozed off, for the jolt of the train stopping work me from my nap. The sign announced I was at my destination. Hurriedly, I gather my backpack and suitcase. Exiting the carriage, I was surprised to find how little had changed. Hurriedly, I made my way to the exit.

A cab drew into the forecourt. The driver, having stopped, wound down his window. “Homesick already?” was the question. “It’s only been a week.”

“A week,” I exclaimed. “Is this some kind of joke? Wait a minute. Is that you, Jack? You’ve hardly aged a day.”

“Neither have you, boy.  Hop in and I’ll take you home.”

Dog Walking

Neither snow nor rain, heat or cold,
will stop my dog from being bold.

Each day a walk he does require.
Even though I may desire

to stay at home and rest my limbs.
He waits patiently until his walk begins.

Roger Harper Book 3

Not much longer to wait

The Man Who Could Not Cheat Time

The Man Who Could Not Cheat Time

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Series: Roger Harper, Book 3
Genre: Mystery
Tags: All except omnibus editions, Roger Harper Separate Books
Publisher: EpiludeBooks
Publication Year: 2020
Length: 256 pages


About the Book
IN THIS THIRD ROGER HARPER NOVEL, our hero finds himself imprisoned in Cuba. By enlisting the help of another inmate, a Brazilian journalist, they escape, only to become embroiled in a conspiracy involving the kidnapping of young people on the island. Follow Harper as he battles with a former archenemy, who is behind the mystery.
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From narrating short stories to eighty-thousand word novels

I have three daughters. As children, I used to tell them bedtime stores, which I made up as I went along. They included tales about fairies, dragons, or thing that go bump in the night.

At one time I was a teacher and used to take some of my pupils camping. The highlight of an evening would be to sit around a campfire. Here I would tell them more off-the-cuff stories about ghosts or headless mail coachmen being chased by highwaymen.

I started jotting these stories down and amassed a collection of twenty or so. I forgot about them for some thirty years. When I retired I came across the again, backed up on a 3½″ disk. This was the incentive to start writing.

I must confess I do not always prepare an outline. Sometimes, I begin by writing the opening chapters and then the conclusion, skipping around in the middle as ideas come to me. In truth, both methods seem to work.

Bernadine, my wife, is a great resource. She helps with the plot, makes constructive suggestions about what works and what does no. She is a forceful editor and a dogged proofreader. I am indebted to her.

Short Stories

An exciting Anthology of 22 short stories and 3 poems.

Available as eBook and Paperback (coffee table edition). Both contain 33 colored illustrations.

Merry Dance

Merry Dance

Join James in a Merry Dance.
• Step lightly from the picturesque mountains of England’s Lake District to the enduring Great Pyramid of Ancient Egypt.
Before you start your journey
• Check at the end of your garden for fairies and dragons.
• Look under flowerpots turned upside down for pebbles or stones.
• Ensure there is no container of water harboring frogspawn.
During your travels
• Find the time to visit the Library of Congress, in Washington D.C.
• Explore a ghost town in New Jersey.
• Avoid an icebound prison planet, located in a distant galaxy.
• Do not hold a conversation with brown bears.
• Do not bring home samples of tree fungus.
• Hide under the covers when things go bump in the night.
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Second Roger Harper Novel Now Published

The Man Who Would Stop A Clock

The Man Who Would Stop A Clock

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From Dubai, through the peaceful English countryside, to the tourist sites of London, a group calling themselves the Executive relentlessly pursues Roger Harper and his family.
Inextricably entangled in a deranged scheme to hold the British Government to ransom, Harper frantically uses his special ability in an attempt to thwart the cabal.

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Cover update

The Man Who Would Cheat At Cards has received an update to the cover. This reflects the book being the first in the Roger Harper Series. Future purchases will reflect this change.

The Man Who Would Cheat At Cards

The Man Who Would Cheat At Cards

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Imagine waking up after being in a coma for three months, to discover you now have special abilities – you can read people’s minds and influence their actions. What would you do? Help fight terrorism, thwart industrial espionage, or fritter your talent away cheating at cards?
Choose the latter and it will come back to bite you in the most unexpected of way.


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