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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
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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

PS: Have you listened to my new Podcast show Alex Breck’s Banter yet?

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Don’t read this… if you believe in the Loch Ness Monster!

 

Don’t read this…if you believe in the Loch Ness Monster!

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I had to laugh at first, when I read about the media frenzy whipped up by a recent article in my local Sunday paper here in Scotland. It seemed like an April 1st joke which had got out of hand, just another story about those crazy Yanks. For those of you who missed it, the gist is that some schools in Louisiana have been given leave to teach children that the Loch Ness monster is real in an attempt to discredit Darwin’s theory of evolution. But then I stopped laughing…

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If you’re not worried about Creationism…

you should be

 

It’s happened many times before, of course. That old adage that whatever happens in America will eventually cross the pond to the UK.

  • McDonalds
  • 24hr supermarkets
  • 200 TV channels
  • Police on the street with guns

I can remember years ago returning from working in the US to regale my Scots friends with tales of the above ‘monsters’ which are now, of course, ubiquitous in Scotland and throughout the world, sadly.

Hence my concern.

For I was previously unaware that here in the UK, there are private Christian schools which in 2013 are to run Government approved qualifications which mirror the US based fundamentalist curriculum which includes the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme.

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Let’s just get this straight.

 

 

 

The ACE programme includes such gems as the contention that dinosaurs have walked the earth alongside man and thus evolution can be disproved.

Their textbooks educate children that dinosaurs may still exist the earth and that the Loch Ness Monster is actually real.

There is a belief that man was placed, fully formed, upon the earth, which itself is far younger than science has proclaimed.

Back in the UK, The British Humanist Association has accused the government agency responsible for approving qualifications for failing in their duty to ensure all children receive an accurate science education. Other education bodies have warned that the creationist movement is sneaking in through the back door.

 

Having studied science at university and being fairly local to Loch Ness I have to take umbrage with all this primitive nonsense. My oldest friend and first true love has lived on the shores of Loch Ness all her life and in fact, perhaps, way back in the day, our antics may have given rise to many of the ‘possible sightings’ of the mythical beast, who knows…

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But thankfully, it seems that most people feel as I do.

 

Why I Hate Stereotypes about Americans

The furore surrounding the Sunday Herald article sparked off debate in social media sites and in a follow up piece in the paper some of the thousands of Americans who visit Loch Ness every year were allowed to add their disbelief.

One fellow from Texas said just after cruising the loch that it might be a good idea to try and ‘actually catch one’ before basing a theory around the existence of a monster.

A lady from Chicago said she ‘couldn’t believe people would be that stupid. It just seems utterly ridiculous to me.’

A student from Louisiana was refreshingly quoted as saying ‘not everyone living in Louisiana has fallen victim to these radical outcries and that some of us still prize logic and reason.’

So, perhaps there is hope for us all yet.

 

You are of course welcome to visit the exceptionally beautiful Loch Ness, just in case I’m wrong and Nessie does in fact exist. The Scottish Tourist Board owe me one for that!

Of course, as we locals on the West Coast of Scotland know only too well, there ARE monsters living amongst us…, from May until September anyway.

 

The dreaded Midgies.

 

Be afraid people, be very afraid…

 

Check out a parallel universe Loch Ness in my Ridge Walker novel, He Who Pays The Piper on Amazon Kindle.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Piper-Ridge-Walker-novels-ebook/dp/B0089Y0V94/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1339666227&sr=1-1#_

 

You can see the original Sunday Herald article by Rachel Loxton at;

http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/education/how-american-fundamentalist-schools-are-using-nessie-to-disprove-evolution.17918511?_=ed7b8be68eb0840ce06aa52d98275dbf19000149