Category Archives: short stories

Free Book Promotions

My books ‘Sting in the tail and other stories’ and ‘An act of mercy and other stories’ will soon be available to download for free from the Kindle store.

AN ACT OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES: A collection of dark and intriguing tales encompassing blackmail, murder and sex.

‘An act of mercy and other stories’ will be available from January 15th – 19th. For ‘An act of mercy and other stories’ please visit here for the US and here for the UK.

STING IN THE TAIL AND OTHER STORIES: A collection of short stories, many of which have an unexpected twist in the tale. The stories range from ghostly happenings through to tales of crime and moral conflict.’

Sting in the tail and other stories’ will be available from January 20th – 24th. For ‘Sting in the tail and other stories’ please visit here for the US and here for the UK.

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Is there a difference as regards “reading” and “listening” to a book?

I was somewhat taken back when, several weeks ago, I heard an item on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme concerning reading. This short piece (which I have, unfortunately been unable to find online), consisted of a series of viewpoints as to what constitutes reading and, in particular whether listening to audio books can be construed as reading in the true sense of the word. One listener expressed the view that listening to audio books was not reading, and that anyone who said that they had read a book (when they had, in fact listened to it being read) was “lieing”. Now “lieing” is a very strong word and to my mind was misused by the person who employed it here.

There is, of course a difference (technically speaking) between reading and listening to a book and one may enter into a debate as to whether someone listening to a book has the same experience as the person who turns pages and absorbs the book in print or ebook format.

I, personally feel that there is something very special about handling and reading a book. I also find that my mind is more inclined to wander when listening to (rather than physically turning the pages of) a book. I will sometimes go into the kitchen to make a cup of tea while listening, miss a short segment and not go back as (in my view) I haven’t missed anything of significance. In contrast I will put a physical book down, go and make my tea and return to the bookmarked page ensuring that I have missed nothing of the plot.

Having said the above, I am a huge fan of audio books and believe that to listen to a well narrated book is, in effect to read it. So while the person who described those who say they have “read” a book (when, in fact they have listened to it being read), is technically correct. He is, in point of fact splitting hairs as to concentrate on a book being read is, to all intents and purposes to read it.

So far as my own books are concerned, I must confess that I like the idea of people possessing a physical copy of my work. I see it sitting amongst other books and the feeling of my book being enjoyed, then going to join a library of much loved books to be re-read at a later stage gives me pleasure. I am, however delighted that my latest collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” is available in paperback, Kindle and audio formats. Ultimately what matters is that my readers enjoy my work in the format that is most convenient/best suited to their needs and I certainly wouldn’t quibble where a reader to inform me that she had “read” my book when, in fact she had listened to the excellent audio narration of Alex Lee.

As ever, I would welcome the views of my readers. Do you feel that there is a difference between reading and listening to a book? And, if so in what lies that difference?

(For links to all of my books, including the print, Kindle and audio versions of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” please visit my “About” page, https://newauthoronline.com/about/).

Book Promotions

My books ‘Samantha’ and ‘The Suspect and other tales’ are both available for free on the Kindle store.

SAMANTHA“Samantha tells a story of a young girl forced into prostitution in the city of Liverpool. Can Sam’s love for Peter, a man she meets in a nightclub, save her? Or will Sam end her life in the murky waters of Liverpool’s Albert Dock?”

‘Samantha’ will be available from November 9th – 13th. To read ‘Samantha’, please visit here for the UK and here for the US.

THE SUSPECT AND OTHER TALES“Tales of the unexpected, ranging from stories of crime and vengeance through to ghostly happenings in an ancient mansion.”

‘The Suspect and other tales’ will be available from November 14th – 18th. To read ‘The Suspect and other tales’ please visit here for the UK and here for the US.

My book ‘The Writers Pen and other poems’ is also available in Paperback. Please visit here for the UK and here for the US. For the Kindle version please visit here for the UK and here for the US.

THE WRITERS PEN AND OTHER POEMS“A collection of 44 poems encompassing the passing of the years, nature, man’s place in the world and politics.”

 

 

Today is Author’s Day

On local radio today I learned that November 1st is National Author’s Day, https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/authors-day/. I must confess to not having heard of this celebration until early this morning and being intrigued did a little digging which turned up the above link.

From the above, it appears that Author’s Day is an American celebration (it was certainly started in the USA). However given that it was mentioned on a (UK) local radio station, this celebration would appear to have crossed the Atlantic.

I would be interested to know whether any of my readers has any additional information regarding Author’s Day?

Kevin

Free book promotions

My books ‘Sting in the tail and other stories’, ‘Streetwalker and other stories’ and ‘An act of mercy and other stories’ will be available for free in the Kindle Store. The deal will be running from the 19th October to 23rd October.

Sting in the tail and other stories by [Morris, K.]

For ‘Sting in the tail and other stories’, please visit here for the UK, and here for the US.

For ‘Streetwalker and other stories’, please visit here for the UK and here for the US.

An act of mercy and other stories by [Morris, K.]

For ‘An act of mercy and other stories’ please visit here for the UK and here for the US.

My latest collection of poems, ‘The Writers Pen and other poems’, is available in the Kindle store and can be found here for the UK and here for the US.

The Writer's Pen and Other Poems by [Morris, K.]

For reviews of ‘The Writers Pen’, please visit Goodreads here.