About alex

Alex lives quietly with family on the West Coast of Scotland and has been variously; an ice-cream van driver in Kansas, an investment banker in San Francisco, an oil accountant in London and a teacher in Madrid among too many other 'seemed like a good idea at the time' enterprises.

The Piper’s Promise is Live!

My new Ridge Walker Thriller, THE PIPER’S PROMISE is published this weekend!

Pipers promise

 

‘A real page-turner, it keeps you guessing the outcome until the very end.’

Pipers promise

“When his best friend Thad is arrested for a series of murders he didn’t commit on the wrong side of the planet, the young Scottish adventurer, Ridge Walker, must find the real killer in order to prove his innocence. But as Ridge crosses swords with a merciless adversary and the savage ethos of centuries of warrior culture, the death toll speeds up and the seemingly random slayings take on a laser-sharp accuracy slicing ever closer to those he loves.

Two worlds collide in this race against time. As he sinks deeper into the macabre quagmire of a sick and vengeful mind he begins to realise the full horror that awaits him.

They say ‘the apple never falls far from the tree’ and it’s going to be a bitter harvest this season.”

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WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT ALEX BRECK:

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

‘Highly recommend to pretty much anyone and everyone

who loves a good read!’

‘More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing.

I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.’

‘A moving, gripping and at times disturbing thriller with the rich

scene-setting we have come to expect from Alex Breck.’

THE PIPER’S LAMENT

‘Another gripping adventure for Ridge Walker,

this book doesn’t disappoint!

Well rounded characters, old and new, exciting storyline,

all told with a touch of grim humour. Buy it!’

HE WHO PAYS THE PIPER

‘A darkly comic romp from Scotland right through Central America.

Fast paced action and some great incidents along the way

to a surprise ending

– looking forward to seeing what Ridge gets up to next!’

 

Pipers promise

‘Fast paced with good characterisation… I genuinely wanted to find out what

would happen next… happy to recommend’

Wendy H. Jones author of the DI Shona McKenzie mysteries

 

If you like

Passenger 19 or Play Dead or The Missing Ones

then you’ll love Alex Breck!

Find out more about Alex Breck

and get a free short story at www.alexbreckbooks.com

Crime Thriller & Mystery/Crime Fiction/Serial Killers

Crime Thriller & Mystery/Crime Fiction/British & Irish/Scottish

Mystery Thriller & Suspense/Crime/Serial Killers/Vengeful

Mystery Thriller & Suspense/ Thrillers/ Action-packed

Catch up soon!

Alex x

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Alex Breck on the Radio

Alex Breck on the Radio - Wendy's Bookbuzz

I had a total blast on Wednesday being interviewed live on Mearns FM which is a community radio station based over on the chilly East coast of Scotland.

Luckily I could do the interview by telephone from my wee island.

Wendy H Jones (pictured above) was at the helm and she piloted the show with all the skill and wit that she brings to her DI Shona McKenzie Dundee crime thrillers.

All was well until halfway through and I was wittering away about something and I noticed the lack of response from my DJ interviewer. That was when I realised I’d been cut off and was only talking to myself… Technology is great when it works, right?

Two frantic minutes of phone activity later and I was back on the radio again before the song finished.

I had to pick five tunes for Wendy to play on the radio throughout our interview which had some relevance to my writing. Not easy! Not all of my favourite choons are radio friendly if you get my meaning.

So what did I pick? You’ll just have to listen to find out!

Catch up here on MixCloud.

Watch out for the imminent release of the third Ridge Walker adventure ‘The Piper’s Promise’ later this month.

Here is a short snippet about the new book:

When Thad is wrongly arrested for murder on the wrong side of the planet, Ridge Walker must find the real killer in order to prove his best pal’s innocence. But as he crosses swords with a merciless adversary and the savage ethos of centuries of warrior culture, the bloodshed takes on a laser-sharp accuracy slicing ever closer to those he loves. They say ‘the apple never falls far from the tree’ so it’s going to be a bitter harvest this season.

Have a great Easter!

Alex x

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PS: Here’s a very recent review for my latest thriller The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

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From Deep In The Forest – The Piper’s Promise

 

into the forest

Yes, the third Ridge Walker instalment will be published very soon!

The title is ‘The Piper’s Promise’ and the book is set mostly in Japan.

In A Forest

One of the most important locations for the book is a mysterious and gruesome forest which looks quite like the one in the image above.

Since I was a wee boy I’ve always loved playing in the woods but I have to admit that writing this thriller has put me off just a little. I won’t be venturing out into any dark forest that’s for sure!

My little island doesn’t have any major woods to speak of but my son and I often travel over to the mainland to mountain bike down some epic Forestry Commission trails and particularly on a Sunday when there’s no tree-felling going on.

You’re not likely to meet many people in my story-forest however but without spoiling the plot I’d say that if you did you would be thankful…

I usually like to listen to music when I’m writing and I have an eclectic taste. The only common thread between the songs I listen to is that they have to be LOUD.

This tune below is called A Forest by The Cure who are an old favourite from my student days.

So pull down the blinds, switch off the lights and turn your volume UP…!

Into the trees
Into the trees
   Into the trees…

 

Here is a short snippet about the new book:

When Thad is wrongly arrested for murder on the wrong side of the planet, Ridge Walker must find the real killer in order to prove his best pal’s innocence. But as he crosses swords with a merciless adversary and the savage ethos of centuries of warrior culture, the bloodshed takes on a laser-sharp accuracy slicing ever closer to those he loves. They say ‘the apple never falls far from the tree’ so it’s going to be a bitter harvest this season.

 

Alex x

#thepiperspromise alex breck author

 

 

 

 

PS: Here’s a very recent review for my latest thriller The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

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Make A Living Writing Fiction. Can It Be Done?

 

Can You Make A Living Writing Fiction?

I read somewhere recently that the average income of most fiction writers would fall below the minimum wage. While the famous authors continue to attract a disproportionate amount of the overall pot, most writers are not making an adequate living from their books and there are said to be many who make no money at all.

make a living writing

You can read about this in more detail in a Guardian newspaper article here. Apologies for my overseas readers as the figures quoted are all in UK pounds although there’s not a lot of difference between the pound and the dollar these days.

Now, I don’t make any claims to be among the highest paid authors in the land but I certainly don’t work for nothing. Much as I love writing, life is too short to be permanently broke. I confess to supplementing my writing income by using online marketing but for me there is no distinction between the two nowadays.

We ALL have to get used to the fact that unless we market our books and ourselves too, then no-one is going to get the opportunity to even see your next masterpiece.

And once you embrace that mindset shift, it’s amazing how quickly you get into branding yourself as an author and how simple it can often be to make additional income doing stuff connected to your writing.

I’ve talked about Anne R Allen’s wonderful blog before and today I just wanted to share a piece written by my new friend Elizabeth S Craig called ‘Yes, You Can Make A Living Writing Fiction.’ living

It’s not a fluff article and you’ll pick up solid practical steps that anyone can do to help boost their book sales and bottom line.

That’s all for today and I hope you find these two articles useful.

If you want some direct help in marketing your books or any other simple ways to supplement your income online, so giving you more time to write, then message me on my Facebook Page and I’ll get back to you.

 

Alex x

Coming soon – #thepiperspromise

PS: Here’s a very recent review for my latest thriller The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

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Strange Fascination – David Bowie Biography

To anyone who’s read my Ridge Walker thriller series, it’s quickly obvious that I am a huge David Bowie fan.

Therefore I was sad beyond belief when he died last winter and initially I found it difficult to open this wonderful birthday present from my wife. Like many people around the globe, his passing seemed to mean more than just the loss of another ageing pop star. Of course we couldn’t have known in January 2016 that this was just an appetiser for a cruel and seemingly endless banquet of high profile deaths that were to come.

But I eventually got round to reading the book and I thoroughly recommend it to any Bowie fans.

My favourite Bowie album?

Ha! It changes all the time like my favourite books but if I had to choose just the one then I guess it would have to be DIAMOND DOGS of course!

Here is my Goodreads review:

Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive StoryStrange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story by David Buckley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For an absolutely fanatical Bowie fan like me, this book was a treasure trove of valuable nuggets which continually impressed me by virtue of the breadth and depth of the research. Buckley has spoken to so many of the important people in the life of David Bowie from the very early days up to the last days. This not only gives the reader an intimate understanding of the man but also helps us to understand the pressures he lived under and the reasons for some of his more unusual artistic adventures.
I loved the way the book provides almost a line-by-line analysis of many of his best loved songs and the social, psychological and geographical context behind them. I couldn’t get enough of the first half of the book but, as Bowie had only recently died when I received the book as a birthday present, I found the latter half of the book a little depressing and less enjoyable but that’s probably more to do with my grief at his loss and my preference for his earlier works than a lack of quality from the writer.
Perhaps not ideal for the general music fan because of the intense level of detail, the book is bound to delight anyone who loved his music and theatricality. A book I shall return to many times.

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Alex x

Coming soon – #thepiperspromise

PS: Here’s a very recent review for my latest thriller The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

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Six Four Scores A So-So

Hey Guys!

You might remember I’m due to be publishing my third Ridge Walker ‘The Piper’s Promise‘ pretty soon and most of the book is set in Japan, so over the holidays I thought I’d catch up on some contemporary Japanese novels.

This one, Six Four, has had rave reviews and so here is mine from Goodreads for what it’s worth. An interesting book but you’d not want to sell yer granny for one, I don’t think.

Six Four

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let me start by saying this book was unlike any I have read before which is something in itself.
The hype in the bookshop and on the cover is perhaps a tad overblown and I’d imagine many readers will give up Six Four before it really gets going.
The ‘office politics’ don’t grab you by the throat but it does ramp up in tension as you plod onwards and after a while it suddenly feels like the author has inserted a razor-sharp knife into you almost without you knowing it. Then he slowly and inexorably begins to twist it and at that point you just have to keep reading until the end.
Overall I would say it is worth reading and I continued to think about it for days afterwards. If you’re looking for a taste of modern Japan on an epic scale without stereotypes, violence or gore then I’d give it a go. Top tip: write down the names of the key players early on – you’ll thank me, I promise!
PS: Why the pink page edges?

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Alex x

Coming soon – #thepiperspromise

PS: Here’s a very recent review for my latest thriller The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

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Your Christmas Cracker from Alex Breck!

Christmas Cracker

Christmas Bundle Price – Get ALL 3 Published Thrillers at a 25% Discount

Hey, I know present buying can be a real hassle sometimes!

Just because you know someone really well doesn’t mean they can be a breeze to buy for. And the last thing you want to do is waste a ton of money on a present they won’t like.

But… I have your back, my friends.

If you know your friend likes reading fiction and perhaps some black humour thrillers by Scottish authors then why not improve your odds of success by buying them a bundle of books. Maybe they won’t like one but totally love the other two?

Buying a whole bunch of books by different authors could be expensive however.

Let me sign your books

And your chances of finding some that have been personally signed by the author will be slimmer than stumbling across an honest politician!

Until now.

You can grab all of my three published thrillers; the first two Ridge Walker books plus my recent Scottish thriller,The Devil You Know, for a Christmas Bundle 25% discount!

And as soon as you give me your mailing address I will sign your books and post them off

Christmas Cracker


 

 

 

 

These are the three books you’ll get in your Christmas Cracker Bundle –

He Who Pays The Piperthe pipers lamentThe Devil You Know

So what could be better?

Hit that Paypal button and I’ll put down my mug of mulled wine and start sticking on the stamps.

Have a cool Yule!

 

Alex x

PS: Here’s a very recent review for The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

 

 

 

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The Thing Speaks For Itself by A.S.A. Durphy

The Thing Speaks for Itself: A missing person. A fading mind. Time is running out.The Thing Speaks for Itself: A missing person. A fading mind. Time is running out. by A.S.A. Durphy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this fast-paced and tautly written thriller. Gritty and unflinching at times, it nevertheless manages to combine hip humour and wry observations that will make you smile. Gracie is a tough cookie who has issues and can be awkward to handle but, if she can be hard on the bad guys, she is even harder on herself. Although a Scot, I once lived in San Francisco many years ago and this excellent tale accurately evoked my memories of the city and it’s environs. I can see hard-headed Gracie being played by a younger Jodie Foster perhaps and many of the characters were well-rounded and believable. A fine read which kept me hooked until the end. I will wait for more from A.S.A. Durphy.

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Have You Read Any Of My Books?

My latest devilishly hot thriller – THE DEVIL YOU KNOW – is still on a special price on Amazon – UK  / USA
Or paperback – UK / USA  Imagine
#thedevilyouknow

 

 

Here’s a very recent review from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

 

Bought The Piper’s Lament yet?

This second Ridge Walker novel is also available in print form here musical the pipers lament

 

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Alex x

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Did You Survive NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is done and dusted once again!

 

nanowrimo
That was my third year of being a NaNoWriMo Winner and this time it really was down to the wire. I had to write about five thousand words on the 30th of November to get my word count in on time!

I can thoroughly recommend it for anyone who has maybe heard of the National Novel Writing Month but hasn’t given it a try yet. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days seemed like an insurmountable challenge for me when I first looked at it but IT IS possible.

NaNoWriMo won’t guarantee that your fifty thousand words will be a literary masterpiece but it will build up your writing muscles and you will be able to write faster, with less procrastination and like any other craft, the more time you spend doing it, the better you become.

So make a date in your diary for next autumn and give it a go. Plan early with your plot all worked out beforehand or be a ‘pantser’ and make it up as you go along…

What’s Your Story?

And if you were a NaNoWriMo Winner this year then drop me a line and let us know how you found success. Or if you crashed and burned like I did one year then share your story and maybe you can help others avoid the same pitfalls.

Have You Read Any Of My Books?

My latest devilishly hot thriller – THE DEVIL YOU KNOW – is still on a special price on Amazon – UK  / USA
Or paperback – UK / USA  Imagine
#thedevilyouknow

 

 

Here’s a very recent review from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

 

Bought The Piper’s Lament yet?

This second Ridge Walker novel is also available in print form here musical the pipers lament

 

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Enjoy your reading and writing!

Alex x

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International Adventure Assistant Needed: Apply Here

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International Adventure Assistant Needed – Is That You?

Right now I’m auditioning narrators to turn my most recent thriller The Devil You Know into an audio-book.

It’s very exciting and I never knew there were so many talented people out there. Obviously every author will have their own specific criteria and in my case I require someone who can deliver an authentic Scots accent and even with this strict stipulation there are lots to choose from.

Most of the top quality guys are also actors – who knew?

This means that the lead times for these audio-books will be long and so I don’t expect the first one until next summer. But if it works out then I’ll hopefully transform all of my novels into audio-books!

If you want any tips or contacts then please get in touch! it’s a fascinating world!

All of this got me thinking that Ridge Walker could probably do with an assistant or two. I mean he can’t keep on expecting his poor wife to risk her life again and again can he? Not now they have a family.

There would have to be some (deadly) strict requirements however and probably NOT the usual sort of thing you’d expect to see on a resume!

So, if you think you might fit the bill and have the following skills and attributes then get in touch and soon you might be an international hero jetting off & saving the world!

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Pulling Ridge Walker out of dangerous international situations at the drop of a hat
  • Communicating with foreign nationals without being able to speak the language
  • Have an ability with a variety of weapons
  • Be a fervent fan of the beautiful country of Scotland
  • Not have met an alcoholic drink you didn’t like
  • Be able to work without supervision, leadership or even a clue what is going on
  • Have a scant regard for the practical workings of ‘the law’ anywhere in the world
  • Be drop-dead-gorgeous, male/female but untouchable (he’s been there-done that..!)
  • Having several passports / identities would be a bonus

 

So there you have it!

Previous applicants need not reply, all applications will be treated with the utmost contempt etc etc..

 

My latest devilishly hot thriller – THE DEVIL YOU KNOW – is on a special price on Amazon – UK  / USA
Or paperback – UK / USA  Imagine
#thedevilyouknow

 

 

 

Bought The Piper’s Lament yet?

This second Ridge Walker novel is also available in print form here musical the pipers lament

 

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Alex x

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