Apologies as always for the late post….another long day at work.  Today I’m on the blog tour for Ring Fenced and am delighted to bring you a guest post about the author….

the blurb

Sex. Money. Power. Control. Benjamin wants it all.

He is Bennie, a loving husband and father; Benjie, a beloved son. He climbs the ladder as Ben, a corporate banker, and rakes in money as a bestselling author. And when he wants to escape it all, Benjamin styles himself as Jamie — the lover of a beautiful musician.

His life, in a word, is perfect. But after years of keeping his separate personae a secret, cracks begin to appear in the façade.

When an unexpected series of events topples Benjamin’s carefully crafted world, his separate lives collide with dire consequences.

Where to buy: 

http://geni.us/ringfenced

https://www.creativia.org/ring-fenced.html

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017ZDYQL8

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017ZDYQL8

Ring Fenced is on an Amazon Countdown Promotion – selling at 99c /99p from  11-15 Sept 2019

guest post

I suppose I’m no different to almost every author in being delighted and enthralled to know that something I’ve written is read, and hopefully enjoyed, by readers throughout the world.

I wouldn’t have been able to achieve a fraction of my success had it not been for IT with the massive leaps it’s taken during my lifetime.

It’s only in recent years that books have become so practical to produce and distribute at modest costs. Modern technology has made it extremely accessible to read and write the written word.

With the growth of the internet, a reader, anywhere in the world, can peruse a near limitless bookshelf. Pre-purchase, you can read the blurb, check reviews and even read the first few pages before parting with a penny. Within seconds after purchase, you can read the book on your choice of device, be it an e-reader, desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. You can alter brightness and/or font size and can also bookmark or comment on any of the text for later referral. If you’re not a digital fan, but instead prefer physical books, you have the same pre-purchase benefits and you can place your order having an option for next day delivery.

Developments in audio technology have made it practical to produce downloadable audiobooks at a modest cost and print-on-demand enables physical books to be economically produced, without requiring a voluminous print run.

With many millions of books available to choose from, it’s humbling to know my books have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times by readers in countries spanning the world. I’m truly fortunate to have found favour with so many. I’m delighted that Ring Fenced as well as my Alex Warren murder mystery series and my thriller Source are all available on both e-book and paperback, and are either available now or coming soon on hardback and audiobook.

Without word processing, I would not have been unable to write effectively. I must confess –the quality of my handwriting is deplorable. This stems back to my childhood when (as now) I was always in too much of a hurry and didn’t take the time to properly and stylishly form my script. In hindsight, I suppose I must have developed my own virtually unintelligible shorthand. I well remember getting into serious trouble one time in my early high school years. An essay was returned to me ungraded, with instead a teacher’s scrawl on the top. I was disciplined for insubordination when, being unable to interpret it, I asked for an explanation. Only later did I discover the remark stated, ‘your writing is illegible!’ Some years ago, when I was moving jobs, I considered my greatest regret at leaving was I couldn’t take my secretary with me. She was the only person I’ve ever known who could reliably read my handwriting, often when I couldn’t remember or interpret what I’d written myself. I believe she deserved to be awarded an honorary degree in cryptography.

Many years ago, in order to reduce my communication problems, and with my wife’s assistance, I taught myself to touch-type on an old Adler manual machine. However, not much later, I became an enthusiast of early computers, learning BASIC using a Sinclair ZX81. {It only had a tiny Ik processor and used an audio cassette player for storage. I’m sorry I didn’t keep it as it must have an antique value now}. A few years later, I became one of the first owners of an Amstrad 9512 word processor and since then there’s been no looking back. With evolving hardware and software sophistication, handwritten notes have largely become a thing of the past. Besides legibility, there are so many benefits to word processing. Being in a digital format enables documents to be stylised, saved, copied, shared, edited transmitted and published.

For me, it has meant I can create a rough first draft then go back and correct, edit and (hopefully) improve my writing. I can pass my work to an editor or proof reader to mark up potential changes or make comments for me to consider using ‘track changes’. The old system of losing the original manuscript behind a plethora of ‘red pen’ adjustments is no more.

All these developments and more have made life so much easier for authors to prepare their work and as a reader and lover of books, I’ve benefitted from significant changes in products and availability.

about the author

Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it’s only fairly recently he started writing novels. “It’s a more honourable type of fiction,” he declares.

Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller ‘Ring Fenced’ and the financial thriller ‘Source’, as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.

Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title ‘Mind Your Own Business’. The first, ‘So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord’ is already available.

Where to find Zach online: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

tour hosted by

Rachel’s Random Resources

Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Zach for providing with some fab content!

Hope you’ve had an amazing day!

Chelle x

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