Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Karkonose Mountains - Some Facts

The Karkonose Mountains (Polish: Karkonosze  Czech: Krkonoše) lie between Poland and the Czech Republic, separating the regions of Silesia and Bohemia.

The mountain range is the source of the mighty River Elbe and is popular in Poland and Czech Republic for skiing, hiking, and various outdoor activities.  It is a very beautiful place and its natural beauty is recognised by the United Nations (Unesco programme) and it is protected as a nature reserve in both countries, where it has been afforded 'National Park' status. 

The region is known for its legends and is sometimes referred to as The Giant Mountains.  In Germanic folklore the mountains provide the location for the ballad: The Shepherd of the Giant Mountains and is also known as the home of a troublesome mountain spirit known as Rubezahl. Oh, that's me by the way, in case you did not know.

The region is featured in Mike Evers' novel, The Chaosifier, where it is the location of my home on Thunder Mountain.  Can you find it on a map, I wonder?  Mike also included some actual locations in the book, for example, Chojnik Castle.

Anyway, that's enough for now. The Karkonose Mountains are such a wonderful place. You really must visit me some time.

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The Karkonose - Wikipedia

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tea and Biscuits - with author Graham Smith #amreading

Enjoying tea and biscuits at the citadel – Author Graham Smith

I am very pleased to announce that crime writer, Graham Smith, is a guest at the citadel.  Graham hails from the Scottish border with England and is quite often found in the town of Gretna Green – famous for being where eloping young couples get married.  I am sure that he has supervised hundreds of such matrimonial couplings (and personally fended off swarms of angry, shotgun-toting fathers, to boot).

Welcome, Graham. Are you enjoying your visit to the citadel?

Yes thank you. It's very scenic and peaceful here. I could happily use this place as a writing retreat. Is there somewhere I can plug my laptop in? Do you have wifi?

Tell us what is happening to you at the moment as a writer.

I've just finished the first draft of my debut novel. I have had a story accepted into Action - Pulse Punding Tales - Volume one which is being editing by Matt Hilton and also features such names as Stephen Leather, Adrian Magson, Col Bury and David Barber to name but a few.

Do you have anything exciting lined up for the future?

I am resting from the novel just now and plan to start editing it in a month or so. In the meantime I will be writing a number of short stories in my usual hard boiled manner. I have had a good chat with Harry Charters and he has told me his back story so that is very high on my to do list. I have a recently finished a piece for the Bloody Scotland short story competition and it's a piece which I'm really pleased with.

You are a good friend of legendary detective, Harry Charters.  Can you give us any insights into what makes him tick?

Harry is a straightforwardly complex kind of guy. He is a decent person who has hidden himself inside a bottle after he made a bad mistake. He has good values and is honest, polite and caring of others despite his gruff exterior. However once he's crossed or sees a real or imagined injustice then he becomes the devil incarnate. He'll kill without a second thought, maim with impunity and if he wants you to tell him something then you better tell him 'cause he's happy to use torture on you. Conversely while he is not close to his family he loves them dearly and would do anything to protect them.

In answer to your question - we do indeed have wi-fi. In fact it was set up by the gnomes more than 50 years ago, so we are pioneers in the whole field of wireless technology here at the citadel.

Graham has two fantastic books available on Amazon right now. You can have a look at them here:

Harry Charters ChroniclesEleven The Hardest Way

Friday, 13 April 2012

Harry Charters - A force to be reckoned with! @GrahamSmith1972

A few weeks ago, Boris - my chief of secret police, informed me that my chaos network was being investigated by an American investigator by the name of Maynard Soloman. Fortunately, we managed to put him off the scent, and his Winnebago was last seen somewhere in Minnesota.

However, it now appears that our UK operation has attracted the attention of a new, altogether different type of gumshoe.  Boris even told me they attempted to spike his bourbon with a spot of horse tranquilizer, and he barely even noticed.  Now, I am not usually one to encourage such things, but this man is clearly a force to be reckoned with.

Boris is now doing some research on this veritable juggernaut.  His name is Harry Charters. Perhaps you would do well to find out about him, too.

Harry Charters Chronicles

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Chaosifer - Sizzling Second Edition Out Now! #Kindle

The sizzling second edition is out!

I am so pleased that people can read more about me once again.  Most of what is written in the novel is not  exactly what happened. 

Hmm? Okay - so it is what happened - sort of.

I am a reformed character now. Honest!

You can find the pristine new version of The Chaosifier through these links:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Campaign of the Gods - Trailer

The Mountain Lord on Twitter