Author Interview – Alexander Raphael — OUT OF STANDARD BOOKS

I wanted to share an interview I did with the very awesome Victoria Ray. We’ve been blogger friends for years so was a real pleasure to answer some questions for her Author Interview series. Check out the interview and her site by following the link at the bottom. Enjoy 🙂

Alexander Raphael discusses his new (third) book, his place in the literary world, the power and challenges of writing daily. His first book of short stories – THE SUMMER OF MADNESS – is famous for moving, funny, heartbreaking, informative, and utterly captivating plots. 28 more words

Author Interview – Alexander Raphael — OUT OF STANDARD BOOKS

Announcement: Happy times. My new book is out

I have great news for you all. My new book is out. It’s a collection of short stories called Always Never, Rarely Sometimes and I’m so happy to be able to tell you all about it. Like with Illusions, Delusions, there are seven stories but this time the focus is on more traditional storytelling with a slight twist.

Read about a regular boy named Harry Potter whose life changes overnight when the literary character becomes a phenomenon. Or about a middle aged lady who goes for quiet coffee and gets more than she bargained for when she spots a group of four friends. Not forgetting the story about an unhappy child’s Christmas being changed thanks to a very surprising encounter. And there’s plenty more 😀

Paperback UK
Kindle UK

Paperback US
Kindle US

Those are the links if you want to get a copy. It’s also part of Kindle Unlimited. Hope you’re having a wonderful day 😊

Gr8at: BBC Winterwatch

BBC nature show Winterwatch has encouraged viewers to send in photographs of the winter wildlife. These are the ones I prefer most. Do you have a favourite?

Alister Kemp took this image of a mountain hare in the Scottish Highlands.
Adam Walters photographed this frosty fungi.
Photographer Chris Draper spotted these four wonderful stags
This was taken by Lisa Wood in Nairnshire, Scotland
Raymond Leinster captured this red squirrel in the snow
This striking mage is from Gaz m from Lincolnshire.
DJH Flickr captured said that this little stonechat bird.
Anniison photographed the multicolour winter leaf.

Line(s) of the Day #TheQueensGambit

“Chess isn’t always competitive. Chess can also be beautiful. It was the board I noticed first. It’s an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it. I can dominate it. And it’s predictable, so if I get hurt, I only have myself to blame.”

Elizabeth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) in the superlative drama series The Queen’s Gambit (2019), which tells of an orphan’s rise through the ranks of the male-dominated world of chess in the 1950s and 60s.

Line(s) of the Day #TheOffice

Darryl Philbin: In the warehouse, we’d use code names for people we wanted to talk about. Andy was “Jelly Roll”, Mike was “Dennis the Menace”, Ryan was “Douchebag.”
Ryan Howard: Hey, that’s not a code name, that’s just an insult.
Oscar Nunez: Plus, everyone would know who you meant.

Craig Robinson, BJ Novak and Oscar Martinez in The Office: An American Workplace (2005 – 2013), the hugely successful American adaptation of The Office (2001 – 2003), which ran for 14 episodes but was hugely influential.

Line(s) of the Day #TheSecretGarden

Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”

As said by Colin Craven in The Secret Garden, the children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.