Gray Justice – Crackling Good Summer Reading


This month I’m featuring Alan McDermott and his book Gray Justice, the debut novel in his four part series. Warning: once you start an Alan McDermott novel, you can forget about today’s to-do list.

About Gray Justice

When ex-soldier Tom Gray loses his wife and child to a career criminal, it seems life can’t get much worse. But when the killer is let off with time served on remand, Gray knows there is something fundamentally wrong with the justice system. Engaging the help of his ex-SAS buddies, he kidnaps five repeat offenders and asks the public to vote on their fate: Should they be allowed to continue their criminal ways with inadequate punishment, or has Britain had enough?

His website attracts a worldwide audience and, although the authorities know where he is, they are powerless to stop him.

Can Gray carry out his audacious plan? Will Andrew Harvey and his fellow MI5 operatives find a way to stop him?

Gray Justice, the first book in the Tom Gray series, is more than a simple tale of revenge: it’s a rollercoaster ride with an ending you’ll never forget.


About Alan McDermott

Alan McDermott is a software developer from the south of England, married with beautiful twin daughters. When he isn’t creating critical applications for the NHS, he is writing action thrillers.

His debut novel, Gray Justice, has been very well received and earned him membership of The next two books in the series – Gray Resurrection and Gray Redemption – were released in 2012, and book 4 will hit the shelves in July 2014 

Alan is currently working on his fifth title.

You can follow Alan on Twitter through his @Jambalian account.


More info on Gray Justice

UK readers please click here.

USA readers please go here.


Big Prizes Soon – Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Contest

You’ve been waiting patiently, and only a few more weeks till the contest ends with a bang — $200 in Amazon cash to the grand prize winner, $100 in Amazon cash to the 2nd prize winner, and $50 to the third place winner. Every correct entry over the life of the contest increases your chances at one of the grand prizes. And you get to see pictures like this showing my cat in her favorite resting place.

Our winner for last week’s question was Teresa H., who answered the question correctly, which town in Northern Illinois is Bob Olson from? — the answer being Sycamore.

Usually we get several people sending in the right answer, so congrats Teresa! You win a $5 Amazon gift card. And the new question is: What is the name of Max Vinyl’s attorney? You will find the correct answer in part 104, 105 or 106 right here on Venture Galleries, which the Doing Max Vinyl serial is hosted, along with many other fine books. Please send your answer by midnight PST on Sunday, April 20 to to be eligible for the weekly prize and the big prizes at the end.

Cassidy Jones – for Cool Kids

My iAi feature this month is Elise Stokes and her book:

Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book One)

One Girl. One Accident. One Incredible Superhero.  
Cassidy Jones is your typical fourteen-year-old– that is, until a seemingly harmless accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist turns her world upside down.
Discovering incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses that defy logic, Cassidy embarks on an action-packed adventure that has her fighting for answers…and for her very life.

About Elise Stokes

Elise Stokes lives with her husband and four children. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom. With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise’s understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate girls to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence. The stories in Cassidy Jones Adventures are fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds. Cassidy Jones and the Secret FormulaCassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift, and Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant are the first three books in the series. Book Four, Cassidy Jones and the Luminous, will be released in 2014.

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We’ve Got a Winner

Every time I read your answers to trivia questions I get goosebumps. Congratulations to Marsha B! She answered the latest Doing Max Vinyl Trivia question correctly. Annie Ogden said RATS definitely do not conduct electricity …

Those who submitted a right answer are automatically entered in the grand prize drawing, which is right around the corner, folks. Marsha B. wins a $5 Amazon gift card for having her entry picked from among all the right answers this time.

The new question … drumroll please: In which beautiful old town in Illinois does Bob Olson live? You will find the answer in part 93, 94 or 95 right here on Venture Galleries. Send your answer by Sunday, March 23 at 12 midnight PST to

A reminder of what’s at stake. All the correct entries received during the life of the contest are entered in a drawing. We’ll have a Grand Prize winner ($200 Amazon gift card), a 2nd prize winner ($100 Amazon gift card) and a third prize winner ($50 Amazon gift card). Nothing fancy – just a pile of cash money …

Just do it – read the serials, answer the question, and send me your answer to have a chance at those prizes.


What Makes the River so Dangerous?

Matt and Benjy have to cross the Mississippi River, but how, with security checkpoints on all the bridges still standing? It’s the year 2021, and things we used to take for granted have become deadly. 

Join us on the blog tour and enter to win prizes including a Kindle Fire 7″ HD or PaperWhite, winner’s choice!

Excerpt, videos and contest 


Have You Entered the Goodreads Giveaway?

On Goodreads? 5 signed paperbacks will be given away on April 15. Just click on the image to go to the giveaway …

Doing Max Vinyl Contest Ending Soon

Elves write these questions while I sleep, you know. They also give away the prize money … so congratulations to Marjorie R! She answered the latest Doing Max Vinyl Trivia question correctly. Bob Olson had a guitar in the tent.

Everyone who submitted a right answer is automatically entered in the grand prize drawing, which is right around the corner, folks. Marjorie R. wins a $5 Amazon gift card for having her entry picked from among all the right answers this time.

But don’t go away, because here’s the new question: According to Annie Ogden, which animal definitely does not conduct electricity? You will find the answer in part 82, 83 or 84 right here on Venture Galleries. Send your answer by Sunday, February 23 at 12 midnight PST to

Reminding, not nagging, I always say. What’s the big jackpot here? The elves will pick from all the correct entries received during the life of the contest and choose a Grand Prize winner ($200 Amazon gift card), a 2nd prize winner ($100 Amazon gift card) and a third prize winner ($50 Amazon gift card). Nothing fancy – just a pile of cash money …

Up on YouTube there’s a new sensation: my new video trailer for Saving Raine (The Drone Wars: Book 1). Let me know how you like it!

Until next time – enjoy the trailer, enjoy reading Doing Max Vinyl for free, and if we don’t talk till then – Happy Valentine’s Day!


Bones of the Earth – Scott Bury’s Masterpiece

Canadian Author Scott Bury is my iAi featured author this month. Scott has written several books, but his masterpiece is The Bones of the Earth, a journey back to the dark ages, when dragons and other beasts struck fear into the hearts of men. My 5-star review of this book can be found on Amazon right here.

Start reading this book, and you will soon find yourself ignoring your to-do list for today and tomorrow.

About Scott Bury

Scott Bury is a journalist, editor and novelist based in Ottawa, Canada. His articles have appeared in magazines in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia, including Macworld, the Financial Post, Applied Arts, the Globe and Mail and Graphic Arts Monthly.

His first published novel is The Bones of the Earth, a fantasy set in the real time and place of eastern Europe of the sixth century. One Shade of Red is his second novel to be published. He has also published a short story, Sam, the Strawb Part (proceeds of which are donated to an autism charity), and a paranormal story, Dark Clouds as well as Initiation Rites, Part I of The Bones of the Earth. His work in progress is tentatively titled Walking from the Soviet Union, and tells the true story of a Canadian drafted into the Red Army during the Second World War, his escape from a German POW camp and his journey home.

Scott Bury lives in Ottawa with his lovely, supportive and long-suffering wife, two mighty sons and the orangest cat in history.

He can be found online at, on his blog, Written Words, on Twitter @ScottTheWriter, and on Facebook.

Saving Raine Trailer – Goosebumps!

This trailer will probably give you goosebumps, so enjoy!

Incredible Istanbul – Day 13

No one can resist the charms of Istanbul’s narrow streets …


Every way you might turn, there’s a hill. Strong legs and good shoes recommended …



Zipping around the Bosporus in a speedboat sure beats those slow oceangoing vessels …


After a morning out in the cold and wind, a hot bowl of red lentil soup does the trick …


Mosques are everywhere, for example the Santa Sophia, definitely worth a visit. It used to be a Christian church …


Additionally, the ancient basilica cistern is a must see (made famous in Dan Brown’s latest book, Inferno). The entrance is easy to overlook …


Now it’s exam day, so I have to get back to cramming. The course has been rewarding, but tomorrow I fly back to Switzerland and back to real life. Time to start thinking about my next trip to Istanbul!

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