Newsletter – June 2018


This is the newsletter of UK author Tim Walker. It aims to be monthly and typically includes: book news and offers, guest author profiles, book reviews, flash fiction and poetry.
Readers of this newsletter are invited to volunteer for the guest author slot, submit a book review, flash fiction story (up to 250 words) or poem to for future issues.


Uther’s Destiny, the third book in A Light in the Dark Ages series, continues to attract positive reviews and the cover has been short-listed for the Alternative Read Book Cover Awards… voting is open until end of June so please visit their site and vote for Uther – thanks! VOTE HERE

Book one – Abandoned (
Book two – Ambrosius: Last of the Romans (
Book three – Uther’s Destiny (

This month’s guest author is JANE RISDON.

This newsletter has a rock music theme… read on…

Hi Tim, thanks so much for asking me to share some information about Only One Woman with you. As you may know, this is my first foray into Women’s Fiction. I normally write crime/thrillers. So this was an amazing challenge for me, and especially as I’ve never co-written with anyone before. Christina Jones is my co-author, an award-winning, best-selling author in her own right.

Only One Woman was published as an E-book and a Paperback for Kindle in November 2017, and the Paperback and Audio for stores and mass markets was published in May 2018.

Photo taken in Studio City on 12/15/15.

The May paperback edition features a foreword written by Graham Bonnet, former singer with The Marbles – Only One Woman was their hit single in 1968, hence the name of our novel. Only One Woman which was written especially for Graham and his cousin, Trevor Gordon, by the Bee Gees. Graham went on to front the iconic rock outfits, Rainbow (Since You Been Gone), Alcatraz, Michael Schenker, Ritchie Blackmore and others. Graham now fronts his own band, The Graham Bonnet Band and is touring Europe and the UK in August 2018. We are really happy he agreed to write this for us and it tells the story of how his musical career began and also how much he loved reading Only One Woman; lots of guys love it too.

Only One Woman is a love triangle set in the late 1960s and has a musical theme, with the main characters, Renza, Scott – lead guitarist with Narnia’s Children, and Stella. Christina and I share a musical past; she was fan-club secretary to my then boyfriend’s band (now my husband) and so many of the experiences in the book are based – with poetic license – upon the real UK Music Scene in 1968/69, with lots of current events of the day, including the Moon landings, The Cold War and all the social changes happening at the time. There is a lot of music and fashion in the novel and so far guys love it as much as gals. It is much more than a love story.

Here is an extract:

Renza’s Diary
July 20th 1968

     Narnia’s Children, Rich and Stephan were crammed in Bessie, with me sitting on Scott’s knee, for our trip to ‘Tin Pan Alley’. Scott’s arms held me tightly as we lurched along, Bessie was obviously getting too old for all the work she had to do.
We parked near Soho and went into Denmark Street and up some stairs at the side of a music shop into a little cramped room full of people who looked like musicians, all going through sheet music and chatting to the publishers about songs.
The person ‘dealing’ with Narnia’s Children had set aside some sheet music and also some records which he called ‘demonstration recordings’ for them to listen to. Apparently singers recorded songs written by the songwriters to demonstrate to other singers what they sounded like, so they could decide if they wanted to record them or not. However, they said that whoever produced the record in the end would probably change things a lot anyway. It was all very exciting.
We even listened to a song recorded by The Bee Gees, called ‘‘Coalman’, which Stephan wanted Narnia’s Children to record, but no one was keen on it, even though The Bee Gees were apparently considering it for their own long playing record at some point.
Cilla Black was in there, choosing songs, and I thought she didn’t look that special close up. There were a couple of others, who I knew were famous but I couldn’t recall their names, and Scott frowned at me when I asked him who they were. So I shut up. It was still all so new and rather thrilling for me.
After a couple of hours the band had chosen some songs and we left with sheet music and recordings for them to keep of songs they were interested in.

Apparently they were due back in London tomorrow to have talks with some famous songwriters and record producers, so I wouldn’t be seeing Scott again until Sunday, if they weren’t playing.
On the way back we stopped off on the London Road and went inside the Little Chef for Coca Cola and a hamburger. I’d never been inside before or had hamburger and fries. Stephan had a pink milkshake – it was very American.
The band was fascinated when I told them that this Little Chef was the very first ever to be opened in the whole of England. I’m full of these little gems according to Rich.
Scott stayed behind with me when the others went back to their flat and Mum said we could go for a short walk if we wanted. We wanted. We set off on our usual route around the village and mercifully this time none of the kids were stalking us.
The cruise had been great fun and everyone ate and drank too much and partied too hard, Scott said.
‘You’d love it babe, there was so much to do on board and the shops and restaurants were amazing, so cool, so hip,’ he said excitedly, eyes shining. ‘And the people: so much money, so glamorous and sophisticated.’

Jane Risdon – Biography:
Jane Risdon has spent most of her life in the international music business. Married to a musician she has experienced the business first hand, not only as the girlfriend and wife of a musician, but later with her husband as a manager of recording artists, songwriters and record producers, as well as placing songs on TV/Movie soundtracks for some of the most popular series and movies shown around the world.
Writing is something she has always wanted to do but a hectic life on the road and recording with artists kept those ambitions at bay. Now she is writing mostly crime and thrillers, but recently she’s collaborated with award-winning author Christina Jones, on Only One Woman. A story they’ve wanted to write together, ever since they became friends when Christina became Fan-club secretary for Jane’s husband’s band. Only One Woman is published by Accent Press and is available from all good book stores, on Amazon and other digital stores.

Jane Risdon – links:
Jane’s Amazon Author Page:
Author Blog:
Facebook Author Page:
Christina Jones Facebook Page:
Only One Woman Paperback: ISBN: 9781783757312
Only One Woman Audio: ISBN: 1520037635
Only One Woman e-pub:
Only One Woman Simon & Schuster North America/Canada: ISBN: 9781682994252
Only One Woman Facebook Page:
Graham Bonnet Tour:
Graham Bonnet Band:

My guest this month is legendary guitarist from Tubeway Army and punk band, Open Sore, SEAN BURKE. Sean lives in Berkshire and continues to writes songs – for examples of his current work follow the Soundcloud link below.

VERTIGO song lyric
As an angry young man back in the day, Sean was a founder member of punk band Open Sore, who famously played at the Roxy in London, amongst other venues including the Marquee. Their iconic song, Vertigo, written by Sean and vocalist, Bob Kyley, was selected for the Farewell to the Roxy live album.
“Ask anyone who has heard the Farewell to The Roxy album or even the bands themselves who played on it who’s was the best song and its odds on that Open Sore’s Vertigo will be the song they all say.” Quote from Punk77 fanzine
I asked Sean why he chose this lyric for my newsletter. He replied, “I wrote this in 1977 about the dangers of living in high-rise tower blocks in London and it all came back to haunt me during the Grenfell Tower tragedy last year. These lyrics suddenly have a fresh vibe.”

It’s so high what we doing up here?
It’s so high what we doing up here?
It’s so high what we doing up here?
We got vertigo, vertigo, vertigo!

It’s so high

whatcha planning for us down there?
Whatcha planning for us down there?
What you planning for us?
We got vertigo, vertigo, vertigo!

We don’t like the view from this mountain
Everything is so distant to me.
Our legs ache, the lift ain’t working.
Meet me at the bottom and I’ll take you up for tea.

We just hope there isn’t a fire
We won’t stand a chance at the top.
Hellish fire not unlike a pyre.
The ladders wouldn’t reach us
The ladders wouldn’t reach us
The ladders wouldn’t reach us up here.

It’s so high, what we doing up here?
It’s so high, what we doing up here?
It’s so high, what we doing up here?
We got vertigo, vertigo, vertigo!

It’s so high…

YouTube link:

“This song was written in 1990 about Sonia Sutcliffe suing Private Eye who on appeal had the original damages awarded reduced by 90%, casting doubt on her testimony that she hadn’t sold her story to the News of the World – I felt strongly about it at the time.”

I don’t owe you blood money
I don’t owe you blood money
Why don’t you sell them a photo
Oh, of yourself.

Then you may reach the papers
And have lots of friends again
Then you may never go out again
Yes, you can have some friends just to stay indoors.

You sit in an angry courtroom
You have no fear.
I don’t believe all the stories I hear
But I think you knew it all.

It must have been hell you
The things they said about your husband
It was true
I think you knew it all.

I don’t owe you blood money
I don’t owe you blood money
It’s a shame when there’s a nightmare
It’s a shame yeah
Where blood money’s concerned.

Why don’t you think of helpless people
Besides yourself?
Like the 20 motherless children
And let them forget it all.

Let their horror die in vain
‘Cause the woman ‘her husband, honey, he was insane’
It’s a shame they know…

Blood’s money
Money’s blood.

Words and music by SEAN BURKE. cc

Soundcloud link:

One thought on “Newsletter – June 2018”

  1. Wow thanks so much Tim, really looks fa and such great timing. Much appreciated. It has been hectic since the mas market paperback publication with book launches and books signing which has been wonderful but exhausting. We really appreciate all those coming to our events, buying our book and generally being so supportive of us, and including you and your kind support. Fabulous. Much appreciated. xxx

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