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Mike Anthony

As well as writing #novels and short #stories, Mike is an accomplished #pianist, singer and songwriter, creating musical drama for stage and radio.

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It’s very frustrating that my characters are learning and singing songs at such a rate that they’re dying for some new material- apart from the 1000’s of ones that haven’t sung yet. Fleetwood Mac are big favourites and, as the stories have now reached 1980, surely Stevie Nicks must have had Gypsy in her head before 1982 so Jon and his friends could get to grips with it. And as for the gorgeous tracks on Tango in the night , they’re a good seven years off. I hear the brilliant Stevie Winwood has a new single on the horizon for late 1980 or thereabouts. Looking forward to Jon Penryn getting to grips with While you see a chance.

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40 years ago in September 1978, I was privileged to spend a wonderful afternoon with Daphne du Maurier at Kilmarth near Par in Cornwall. I had written to the great lady asking if I might call on her while I was in Cornwall, towards the end of my 6th summer season there. During one of my life highlights, we talked about her books, the films based on them, she asked me to sing to her, we emptied a bottle of Croft Original and I was completely entranced by the magical turn of phrase with which she graced our conversation. A truly great lady and a memory I treasure. She loved Cornwall, as I do and if I am able to inject some of that love into my books, I will be proud and I hope she will be pleased. There is more on this in the blog if you’d like to join me there.

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Jon set up in his usual place in the bar and knew the form. This was an easy-going evening, not background music nor cabaret but creating an ambience for guests so that they could enjoy conversation with an underscore of feel-good music, a situation that was Jon’s trademark. He played and sang the two hours in one straight session, feeling that such a short time required continuity, a break in the middle unnecessary. - Extract Book 4 I used a number of guitars and keyboards for gigs and for any musicians following the books, I’ll post some details.

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This little book you gave me has some plans in it that seem to relate to the old buildings. The Penkevil family crops up in various books in the Vatican Library relating to the monasteries but the trail goes completely dead in the late 16th century, last entry I could find was in 1585. Extract Book 4 If you’ve been keeping up with me you will know that Tegan works in Rome. I feel a trip coming on – Unisciti a me a Roma

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‘Well, what are you going to do?’ she said softly, with no hint of concern in her voice despite a trembling inside. Jon said nothing, simply picked up the letter and tore it slowly into a hundred pieces, scattering it on the kitchen floor, taking the three steps to Iso and holding her close and now he could feel the trembling, the words in his head finding expression, not in anger but with exasperation. Extract Book 4 Kevrinek

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Pinpricks of stars now peppered the night sky, the last remnants of the sun melting away as she showed him around the universe above them. Listening to the sound of her voice was like a song that he wanted to play forever. Extract Book 3

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Save me was ringing in his ears as he approached the city and he was reminded that the roots of Queen sat proudly in Truro, Roger Taylor the drummer being born and bred in the area, forming his first band, The Reaction, playing local gigs before moving to London, there to meet up with Brian May and Freddie Mercury to form ‘Smile’. The West Briton newspaper were responsible for printing the first ever advertisement for the Freddie Mercury fronted Queen at PJ’s in Pydar Street, Truro, and they had played their first gig about a month before in the city. Extract Book 3

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KEVRINEK- MIKE ANTHONY My head is in Suffolk, my mind in Cornwall. A curious feeling but it’s easy to drift back to the decade I spent there and when my books are set. I remember the air of danger and electricity that greeted me as I awoke on the north coast of Cornwall and that feeling of history at every turn as I explored the beaches, valleys and moors. I recall the places I played and sang, the lovely people I met and the atmospheric evenings we shared. My head is peaceful in Suffolk yet my mind yearns to be in KEVRINEK with my characters. They need my help, and possibly a keyboard player. Join me there.

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In that moment, Francis took decisive and explosive action. A single, deafening roar rent the air and, not only did Kyle’s knife fly into the air and out of sight, but two fingers of his right hand disappeared along with it, blood splattering Kerensa’s face and body. Extract Book 3

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KEVRINEK – MIKE ANTHONY I’m already getting questions on the books, but I have to be a bit careful with answers and some are already up to book 3 so if you’re on one or haven’t yet started, I don’t want to give out too many spoilers. This has prompted me to set up a separate AUTHOR page so we can discuss the books together. https://bit.ly/2yMlw3F Why not get involved, it would be great to develop this project together and I would love you to meet up with the characters from the books. I have little to do with the process, the final say on how things develop will always be with them, and they will be more likely to listen to you than me! To recap Book 1 lays down the basics – Free Download coming very soon via the website or hardcopy via Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PElIvs Book 2 goes deeper in every respect. Download for Free here: https://bit.ly/2zrh7mj Book 3 The plot thickens and expands Book 4 I’m halfway through and the characters are impatient with me.

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Good morning! Cheating a bit as I’m not in Cornwall but I wish I could be! Kevrinek is there, waiting for me to explore. Perhaps you’d like to join me? We can meet up with Jon, Kerensa, Andy, Iso (oops, not until Book 3 but you’re gonna love her) Tegan and Tim (oops, not until Book 3 and he could drive you crazy). This morning, it’s damp and dark here in Suffolk and the phone box on the quayside in the film ‘Local Hero’ comes to mind. If I call the number, would someone on the north coast of Cornwall please pick up…………….

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If anyone has photos of Cornwall as it is now that they would like to share with me, I’d love to see how things have changed since I spent a decade there. I can always put one or two on the site, with your permission of course, and will make sure free paperback copies of my stories are sent to you should I use any.....Read this weeks blog by clicking the link in the bio.

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Rhododendrons now stole the show, cascading along the valley, a riot of colour beneath a clear blue sky. If paradise existed, this was surely how it would look. Iso took in the soft air with a hint of fragrance from unseen azaleas, thinking of she and Jon together and merging this magical time of year with the most magical moment of her life - Extract Book 3

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The day starts on a cold, dewy Suffolk morning.....Meanwhile, down in Cornwall, amazing things are happening at Kevrinek. Bigger and bigger webs are being spun. The characters have taken over and drive us back five hundred years whilst staying firmly in an England of the 1970’s. Kevrinek is charged with atmosphere, not always a comfortable place to be but, if you want to help me uncover secrets from the dark ages, you’ll love the characters we meet along the way. You will need coats, gloves, scarves and it would be good if you can sing a bit, or play an instrument. If not, come anyway! Book 1 The Homecoming creates the premise. (Free download coming soon via the website) Book 2 Chamber of the dead takes us deep into the labyrinth. (Download for free on the website). Book 3 Kingdom of the South is where mysteries explode Join me on the journey. It’ll be fun – well, you’ll find a lot of romance, death and danger plus a whole load of brilliant music. Suits me fine!

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Reaching the cave arch as the first spikes of stinging rain arrowed down, Jon knew exactly where to find the ideal refuge. Inside the cave to the lee of the roaring wind, he sat on fine dry sand staring at the creaming breakers along the shore, doing nothing, feeling something indefinable and thinking a jumble of uncoordinated thoughts. Words were not required but music was. Extract Book 3

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Below the roof fall, down the steps to the lower chapel, beyond the solid wall stretched another narrow tunnel and there, entombed within a low chamber behind yet another wall of rock, six large, sealed lead caskets lay in the darkness, their contents destined never to be gazed upon unless someone with faith and resolve were to step forward and free them from their resting place. But did such a person exist? Extract from the prologue Book 3

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‘Pray follow me’ said the prior, starting up the steps, the knight in close attendance, the cloying intensity of the place unsettling. At the top of the stairs they entered a wide chamber some ten feet in height, with an altar on which burnt two candles, bright by comparison with the pitch dark stillness all around. An alcove on the far right was just visible due to soft light from two small lamps, the flames casting ghostly shadows as the men entered the side chapel. Extract from the prologue Book 3

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I have been driven through to the end of Book 3 in the KEVRINEK series. KINGDOM OF THE SOUTH has been an amazing experience for me and I’m grateful to my characters for making it such an enjoyable experience. Read More Here: https://bit.ly/2ApaFOe

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Reaching the cave arch as the first spikes of stinging rain arrowed down, Jon knew exactly where to find the ideal refuge. Inside the cave to the lee of the roaring wind, he sat on fine dry sand staring at the creaming breakers along the shore, doing nothing, feeling something indefinable and thinking a jumble of uncoordinated thoughts. Words were not required but music was. - Extract Book 3

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So all day long the noise of battle roll’d Among the mountains by the winter sea Until King Arthur’s table man by man Had fallen in Lyonesse about their Lord King Arthur then because his wound was deep The bold Sir Bedivere uplifted him And bore him to a chapel nigh the field A broken chancel with a broken cross That stood on a dark strait of barren land Sir Thomas Mallory. Published 1485 Used in Book 3

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Extract Book 3 'Kingdom of the South' see more at www.mikeanthonywrites.com #author

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Those moments, tasted once and never done Of long surf breaking in the mid-day sun A far-off blow-hole booming like a gun. And in the shadowless, unclouded glare Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where A misty sea-line meets the wash of air - John Betjeman #cornwall #cornish #kernow #cornishwriter #cornishbook #books #ilovereading #newbook #music #bookswithmusic #read #kindle #romance #novel #book #coastal #beach #southwest #creamteas #truro #newquay #bodmin #poem #JohnBetjeman

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So all day long the noise of battle roll'd Among the mountains by the winter sea; Until King Arthur's table, man by man, Had fallen in Lyonnesse about their Lord, King Arthur: then, because his wound was deep, The bold Sir Bedivere uplifted him, Sir Bedivere, the last of all his knights, And bore him to a chapel nigh the field, A broken chancel with a broken cross, That stood on a dark strait of barren land. On one side lay the ocean, and on one Lay a great water, and the moon was full.

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Early morning. It’s very quiet here in Suffolk and the moon seems reluctant to accept that its work is done. I’m excited about the day ahead………..wonder where my characters will lead me today? To Cornwall, that’s for sure. With music, that’s for sure. I hope it will be a happy day for them……….that, however, is unsure. #book #character #shortreads #mikeanthony #books #novel #fiction #romance #love #paperbacks #BookAddict #BookLovers #IReadEverywhere #GreatReads #cornwall #BookWorld #teaser #romantic #drama #cornish #southwest #dartmoor #author #writersofinstagram #writing #writingcommunity #writerslife #newbook #kindleunlimited

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Early morning. It’s very quiet here in Suffolk and the moon seems reluctant to accept that its work is done. I’m excited about the day ahead………..wonder where my characters will lead me today? To Cornwall, that’s for sure. With music, that’s for sure. I hope it will be a happy day for them……….that, however, is unsure. #book #character #shortreads #mikeanthony #books #novel #fiction #romance #love #paperbacks #BookAddict #BookLovers #IReadEverywhere #GreatReads #cornwall #BookWorld #teaser #romantic #drama #cornish #southwest #dartmoor #author #writersofinstagram #writing #writingcommunity #writerslife #newbook #kindleunlimited

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She was pretty in ‘Disney movie’ way, with a slightly turned up nose, fair complexion and jet-black hair cut into the nape of her neck with just a hint of pink on the top of the head stretching from her fringe to just beyond the crown. The ‘Disney movie’ notion made him consider that she would have freckles on her nose..’ #author #kevrinek #cornwall #cornwalllife #romance #bookexcerpt #newbook #book #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity

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