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When artist John McBride stumbles on a series of strange events, he finds that the biggest Imagebullion heist since the eighties is about to be committed by small time criminal, Belfast-born Eamonn Murphy, now living in England. His cruelty and greed exceeds his ability, and results in a bungled heist.

However, he does get away with twelve million pounds worth of bullion. He struggles to get the haul out of England. Will his luck hold? McBride is chasing him all the way.


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Murphy’s Heist by David Chilcott

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King Derek Pants Protests

King Derek Pants Protests.

King Derek and the Purple Wizard

So this is part of the newly eagerly awaited King Derek and the Wonder Wizards Series … “goodbye harry potter” … this is going to be a HUGE hit with the kids.  The writing style is charismatic, funny and the illustrations are superb by illustrator Gary Dillon.  Available in ebook and print editions.

Interview with talented creator, Andy Dale.

What is “King Derek and the Wonder Wizards Series” about?

King Derek is the King of Dudley who everyone loves, but he is never quite happy. So he always calls upon ‘Wonder Wizards’ as ‘Wonder Wizards make all things wonderful’. But it never quite works out that way.

What is “King Derek and the Purple Wizard” about?

King Derek worries that Queen Queenie is too pretty for a bald, chubby King with an enormous nose. But when he meets Preston, the Purple Wizard everything goes horribly wrong.

What inspired you to write this series?

I wrote the first book for three daughters of a friend three years ago and they loved them. Also trips to Dudley Zoo and Castle when I was a child gave me lots of ideas.

Who are the primary readers of this book?

Children who still like a bedtime story and children who have just started reading books on their own.

How long did it take you to write?

Probably 48 hours.

How did you come up with the series?

After writing first in the series, it seemed the obvious things to do.

Did you learn anything from writing this book, and if so what?

How important it is to have an image of the character first.

What do you want to say to your readers? 

King Derek and the Purple Wizard

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To understand that things can go wrong and that although King Derek is now really satisfied with what he has got, he will still get himself into a pickle when feeling low.

First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom by Andy Dale (Author Interview)

First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom by Andy Dale (Author Interview).

First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom by Andy Dale (Author Interview)

First Years - Piranhas in the Bedroom Cover Image

First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom Cover

What is “First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom” about?

An unfortunate 19 year old boy with limited ‘life’ experience who goes away to college with the aim of getting a degree to allow him to follow his dream to be a teacher. But he ends up in a house of students who just want to have fun. Oh, and he didn’t plan to fall in love with a girl from Rochdale.

What inspired you to write this book?

A chance to recall my own college days from the 80’s. A return to an easier time before mobile phones, the Internet and X-Factor.  Also as a fan of the BBC series ‘Life on Mars’ I wanted a way to show how life has changed in the last 25 years.

Writing comedy has always come quite easy but this time I wanted to write a love story.

Who are the primary readers of this book?

I think men in their early 40’s, but hope ladies too will also enjoy the nostalgia.  As well as modern day students to show they weren’t the first.

How long did it take you to write?

Interestingly I wrote first nine chapters back in 1987 when I was at college. But then it was another twenty years before I wrote any more before finishing it this year. So you could say it was 25 years.

How did you come up with the title?

This came to me in October 2012. It was always called ‘First Years’ because about a group of first year students, but it needed more. Reading back through the story I recalled how Jonathan’s roommate had two piranha fish in a tank in the bedroom.

Why did you choose this cover?

I wanted a ‘Carry On’ style cover that should the reader all the different distractions facing a boy at college in the 80’s. 

Did you do any research for your book?

I read a lot of books by Mike Gayle and Nick Hornby. Books aimed at the male market.

Did you learn anything from writing this book, and if so what?

I think the importance of developing rounded characters and write detailed description of them before you start typing.

What do you want to say to your readers?

I hope you have as many laughs reading this book as I did writing it.

Andy Dale Biography:

Mad Aston Villa fan; distracted from writing by a career in IT. I am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and I have become a leading light in the Microsoft SharePoint community.

Born in a semi detached house in Willenhall back in the late 60’s I have always been a Black Country boy at heart. I was one of the first pupils to go to Sneyd Comprehensive when it opened in 1978. At Sneyd, a passion for story-writing quickly became apparent.  With stories ranging from unfortunate male comic characters to a fruitless search for a missing top hat. School Table Football champion, two years running, who really just wanted to be a Primary school teacher.

I have been heavily influenced by romantic comedies from the 80’s; like Four Weddings, Pretty Woman and Fever Pitch. Naming my cats Harry and Sally also points to another romantic 80’s film that had quite an effect on me.