Sunday, January 15, 2017

HELP WANTED IN MOVING ENTIRE CITY: Please inquire within.

Hi gang,

So, I know we don't talk very often, and I apologize for that. I feel some history is in order as to WHY that is, exactly, but we'll get there.

First let me say: Hello, I'm Kelly, (also Dee, as in Demented Dee, or Darkprism, or the Demented Tour Guide; I am a critter of so many little names), and I love you.

There.

Now that we all feel good and awkward, I'd like to talk about New Amsterdam.

As many of you may or may not know, Torquere Press is closing its doors. This is an exceptionally sad bit of news for everyone involved. Torquere was one of the first to give me a shot, and I found some exceptionally good editors there back in the day who taught me all kinds of things. I will miss them, and I find the closing of anyone's business - especially a business involved in spreading the stories of the LGBTQ community - tragic.

So I'm mourning, but I'm also trying to figure out what to do with New Amsterdam. Torquere has three titles: Hearts on Fire, Winter's Knight, and Shot in the Dark.

"Luck in the Making" - the short story that technically comes between HuF and WK is with Loose Id. As is the NEW New Amsterdam novel, Earthquakes.

The short story "The New Deal" is somewhere, but honest to God, I'm not sure where I put it. If you've seen it lately, do speak up.

So about that history I referenced above. You'll note that all three of those titles above were co-written with on H.J. Raine. You may also note that she is nowhere to be found, anymore. And that's quite literally the case: she has vanished. Return to sender, the number you are trying to reach is no longer in service, etc. etc.

Anyway, that's one of the reasons I withdrew. I was burned to a crisp. Toasty me was toasty. I used to be all up in this community and fandom and pretty much everywhere on the Internetz I could be. Some of you are still with me - many thanks, I adore you, all the baked goods to you and yours - but many have wandered away wondering why I was hiding under the bed, refusing to come out and play.

Thanks to a few key folks - AF Henley, I'm looking at you - and MANY others (who may or may not want their names mentioned, but just know if you think I'm talking about you, I probably am :)) - I've been slowly enticed with freshly baked cookies to emerge from hiding and write again. I did FIGHT, and I did Meet Me at the Gates, and I did Vision Quest (with Henley), and finally, finally, FINALLY I returned to the streets of New Amsterdam to do Earthquakes.

And now here we are, with my rights returned to me, and there are decisions to be made. See, before Raine went POOF, I did manage to extract all the rights to the entire world and the characters and the books from her. I got it in writing, as a writer, ya know, would. So if those books were re-released, they could, in theory, be under one name.

Or, perhaps, they could be under both names, but any/all royalties - assuming I sell them again and a publisher would, you know, TAKE THEM to sell them again - would come to me.

They'd all need new covers. I'd like to tidy up HuF to make the, ah, twist flow a bit more smoothly (although after watching The OA on Netflix, I don't feel nearly as bad about that potential non-sequitur).

But I'm doing this foot-shuffle-weight-shift dance 'cause I must decide, and goodgodman it's hard.

So! I'd love to know what people would like to see. Please see zee poll below!

Many thanks for reading, and much love for voting.
*HEARTS* Kelly


What is the fate of New Amsterdam?

Send them to a new publisher and do a second release, possibly with updates, and sell them. Royalties unto you.
Send them to a new publisher but publish them under your name, singly, and get paid
Send them to a new publisher and put them out as free reads. Your name on 'em. Any upcoming New Amsterdam stories would be for $$
Just host them somewhere and let people download them off your website. People love freebies.
Self-pub them and put them up on Amazon. Do note that this would require me to pay for a new cover, at minimum, on all three pieces. May not recoup the cost.
Just let them die, Kelly. They've had their day.
OTHER - I'm going to comment somewhere to let you know my clever idea.



Monday, December 19, 2016

Breaker: Exile Vol I - New Release, Blog Tour, and Giveaways!


Breaker: Exile, Volume 1

the first novel in AF Henley and my Exile series, makes its debut on January 10, 2017!

... And to celebrate, we're holding a giveaway!

We're both super excited about this new release and thrilled to be able to share it with you. Throughout this tour, we're going to be introducing many of the characters within, and associated with, Exile's bizarre shores, as well as introducing Exile itself. There will be teasers, giveaways, and a ton of chances to touch base and say hello. We hope you'll join us!

So, what's "Breaker?"

Breaker: Exile, Volume 1 is a gay urban fantasy romance (Book 1 of the Exile Series) that follows two men as they navigate life and love while dealing with some interesting and heartbreaking anomalies caused by the "Cure."

Breaker: Exile, Volume 1

by Kelly Wyre & A.F. Henley

In the wake of several near-cataclysmic events, humanity created the Cure, a DNA-altering antidote to death by disease and old age. But all cures come with side effects: a small percentage of the population develops a wide range of powers, some of which are lethal to others, and some which are lethal to the wielder.

These people are called the Estranged, hunted and shunned, safe only on the Island of Exile. It is here that Kaeva and Eddie meet—and where they set a prophecy in motion, quite possibly sealing their own demise, and even the end of Exile.
  • Genre: Gay, Urban Fantasy
  • Notes: contains some explicit content and includes thoughts and discussions of past and potential suicide.
  • Book 1 in the Exile series

But the tour is not just about introductions. There are also giveaways.

What's this about giveaways?

Grand Prize consists of: 
A signed, print copy of "Breaker: Exile, Volume 1," 
a $20.00 gift certificate to Less Than Three Press,
and a coordinates bracelet with the Believe. Seek. Prove. reminder so you can always find your way back to the island of Exile!

But the giveaways don't stop there!

Simply leave a comment at each of the tour stops to be entered into a random giveaway for a silver-plated starfish anklet (and whatever else we can stuff into an envelope!). 

There will be a winner at each and every stop.

So, what do I have to do?

Follow along with the blog tour and check out the Rafflecopter entries as we go along for an opportunity to win the Grand Prize and/or leave a comment for a chance at each site for a chance to win the individual giveaway. The below list of site visits will be updated with direct links once they become available.

Terms & Conditions
This giveaway will run throughout the blog tour, and finish at midnight on January 31st, 2017.Winner must be of legal age, and legally able to accept the prizes as awarded. Void where prohibited by law. By entering this giveaway you are confirming your eligibility. Grand prize entries will be collected by Rafflecopter on each tour stop. There will be one winner, tour-wide. Individual giveaways will be collected via comment at each tour spot, and winner will be chosen via random number draw. For each giveaway: no purchase necessary to win, and odds of winning are determined solely by the number of eligible entries.
Winner must respond within seventy-two hours of the congratulatory post. Posts will be made on my social media platforms (AFHenley.com, KellyWyre.com, Tumblr, twitter, Facebook, and Google+). Winner may or may not be announced on the blog sites, in accordance with that site's preference. It is the responsibility of the winner to watch for the announcement, and a new winner will be redrawn if there is no response.
Shipping costs will be to the expense of the authors, and can be shipped anywhere that we are legally allowed to do so. If you cannot receive a legal shipment of erotic material, do not enter the giveaway.
This contest is not sponsored by WordPress, Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, twitter, Tumblr, or any of the sites wherewith the giveaway has been posted.
By entering this giveaway you agree to hold AF Henley, Kelly Wyre, and our designates harmless, should something go awry with either contest or the prizes awarded.

Best of luck to everyone that plays along, hope you enjoy the tour!

All our love,
Kelly Wyre and AF Henley

Breaker: Exile, Volume 1 - now available for pre-order at: Less Than Three Press -  Save 15% until January 10th by pre-ordering your copy!

Friday, October 14, 2016

FREE CHAPTER FRIDAY

Many thanks to Emily Carrington for hosting FREE CHAPTER FRIDAY.

Remember to comment on the FACEBOOK POST or HERE to enter to win a free ebook copy of EARTHQUAKES - A NEW AMSTERDAM STORY.

Read on for CHAPTER ONE...

Sunday, March 20, 2016

WINNER! Congrats JASON WATSON for Winning the Earthquakes Blog Tour Prize Pack


WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congrats Jason Watson

@jwats1127
YOU WON!

I'll be sending you a free ebook copy of my new novel, Earthquakes, along with an Amazon gift card and there will be a necklace in the mail!

Thank you so much for entering!

And thanks to EVERYONE who entered and followed along on the tour. Appreciated more than you know!

Have a wonderful day, and I'll see you next time!
Light and love to you and yours.
Kelly Wyre


Saturday, February 20, 2016

EARTHQUAKES BLOG TOUR - POSTS & PRIZES GALORE



WELCOME TO THE
EARTHQUAKES - A NEW AMSTERDAM STORY 

BLOG TOUR!


I'm so exited to announce the blog tour that will go along with my March 1st release of the latest New Amsterdam novel, Earthquakes. This one's been a long time coming, everybody's been so patient, and I want to celebrate in true demented style!

BRING ON THE VIRTUAL BAKED GOODS PRIZES!

I will be giving away a necklace with a quote from Frank Sinatra's "Stranger in the Night" - "Love was only a glance away, a warm embracing dance away" - along with a $25 Amazon gift card, and a free ebook copy of Earthquakes.




Entries for the grand prize will be tallied via Rafflecopter!


Choose your way to win by entering here or by following along on the BLOG TOUR!

All kinds of people were gracious enough to have me on the tour, and along the way, I'll be giving away MORE prizes and talking about the recurring characters in New Amsterdam. And maybe some ballet. Or guns. Or whatever else tickles my fancy.

BLOG TOUR STOPS

Grand prize will be drawn after the contest closes at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on 3/18/2016.

Many thanks, much love, and good luck!
xxooKelly

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Ellis Parker is a lucky man: he escaped his persecuting family, survived his tour of duty, and met Maxwell Clark in the city of New Amsterdam. Clark showed Ellis more than the ropes: Clark helped Ellis figure out who he is – a gay submissive with a massive fixation on a beautiful, mysterious ballet dancer named Bryn Rothe. Ellis knows a Good Man when he sees one, and he wants nothing more than to score a first date with Bryn.

Little does Ellis know that Bryn has a violent past that is crawling out of shallow graves to haunt him. Even his hectic schedule and beloved stage aren’t enough to distract him. It’s impossible for Bryn to figure out how he feels about Ellis with his demons between them, but when Ellis saves Bryn not once but twice, Bryn is forced to admit that there’s something about Ellis that Bryn might not merely want but need.

Together, they journey to the scene of Bryn’s original crime – Charles Towne, South Carolina. There they will dig up secrets that might explain Bryn’s tortured life but might also be his – and Ellis’s – undoing.


MARCH 1ST
GLBTQ Romance, Suspense, Mystery, with a bit of Kink for Spice

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Need More?

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Connect with Kelly!


Saturday, February 13, 2016

New Amsterdam Character Web - January 2016


New Amsterdam Character Web
(As of 1-1-16)



Click the image for a much bigger picture of the world of New Amsterdam.






Friday, February 5, 2016

BRACE YOURSELVES: EARTHQUAKES MARCH 1ST!


The Next New Amsterdam Novel is coming soon to an online everywhere near you!

March 1st!

EARTHQUAKES: A NEW AMSTERDAM STORY
with a BONUS short story:
"Luck in the Making!"

STAY TUNED!

Prizes, contests, blog tours, questions, comments, and demented silliness to ensue!

Light & Love!
Kelly


Art by Fluister
Earthquakes: A New Amsterdam Story:

Ellis Parker is a lucky man: he escaped his persecuting family, survived his tour of duty, and met Maxwell Clark in the city of New Amsterdam. Clark showed Ellis more than the ropes: Clark helped Ellis figure out who he is – a gay submissive with a massive fixation on a beautiful, mysterious ballet dancer named Bryn Rothe. Ellis knows a Good Man when he sees one, and he wants nothing more than to score a first date with Bryn.

Little does Ellis know that Bryn has a violent past that is crawling out of shallow graves to haunt him. Even his hectic schedule and beloved stage aren’t enough to distract him. It’s impossible for
Bryn to figure out how he feels about Ellis with his demons between them, but when Ellis saves Bryn not once but twice, Bryn is forced to admit that there’s something about Ellis that Bryn might not merely want but need. Together, they journey to the scene of Bryn’s original crime – Charles Town, South Carolina. There they will bury Bryn’s father but dig up secrets that might explain Bryn’s tortured life but might also be his – and Ellis’s – undoing.

More About New Amsterdam
Free Reads in New Amsterdam
FAN ART & Cool Stuff


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Monday, March 30, 2015

EDIT: WE HAVE A WINNER! WIN A FREE EBOOK COPY OF MEET ME AT THE GATES!

Congratulations JODI!
@jodim1970
You are the winner!

Many thanks.
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Enter to win a free ebook copy of my supernatural, past-lives contemporary romance:

MEET ME AT THE GATES


About the book:
Outer Banks, NC bookstore owner Hyacinth Silver Fox has a secret millennia in the making: her soul was magically entwined with another, and at night she dreams of every lifetime they've ever spent together. The rules of their magic are simple: Hydee always knows her lover, but he, or she, doesn't remember her. It's up to Hydee to find and make her soulmate see they are destined for each other, and this lifetime is no different, but there's one problem: her soulmate is Theo Monk, heartthrob actor and Hollywood's sometime-infamous badboy. Hydee's hope of reuniting is wearing thin, but she has no idea how dire the situation really is.

Because meanwhile in California, Theo Monk is losing his mind. Anxiety and paranoia rule his life, along with his on-again-off-again girlfriend and her entourage. When fear and frustration push him to an edge, Theo cuts and runs as far from his problems as he can without knowing Fate's giving him one last shot to unite with the only person who can help him. Hydee and Theo must save one another before hope runs out and Hydee's despair and Theo's fear keep them apart forever.



Check out the WE ARE INFINITE Stories Readers Shared to Celebrate the Novel's Release!

Story Index


See what readers & critics are saying about the book:

"The idea that love might be eternal is one of the happiest ideas that I have seen in a long time, but getting an opportunity to actually experience this sense of the eternal is one of the most refreshing approaches to a romance novel that I have ever come across in my life."
- Author AF Henley

"If I could describe the overwhelming appeal this book had for me in one word, it would be Resonance. Yes, with a capital ‘R.'"
- Amazon Review

"I love reincarnation romances, but this might be my favorite."
- Amazon Review

"The way this author puts words together is nothing short of magic. And the message of this book is really nice."
- Goodreads Reviewer

"This was a great book! The story was beautiful and lovely to read! I loved it!"
- Happy Reader Review

"I enjoyed the hell out of this [book]!"
- Speed Reading Book Nerd Reviews

"It was like stories in stories and the ending made me cry. In good ways, lol."
- Barnes & Noble Reviews


HOW DO WE ENTER, KELLY?

Via RAFFLECOPTER, of course!



ENJOY, GOOD LUCK, MUCH LOVE, and MANY THANKS!

May you always walk in love,
Kelly Wyre

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WIN! A FREE SIGNED COPY OF MY NOVEL FIGHT!

DING!
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Congratulations SULA HOLLAND on winning the print copy of my novel, FIGHT!

Many thanks and much love to all who entered!
Stay tuned for more contests and ways to win.

Light & love to you and yours,
Kelly Wyre

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YOU UP FOR A FIGHT?




DING: Round Two! 

I'm giving away a free, personalized & signed print copy of my gritty, male-male action romance 
FIGHT.


About the book:
To Nathan Hunt, honesty is anything but the best policy. Telling the truth has gotten him nothing but heartache and pain; so lying about who he is and what he wants seems to be the only path to job security and friends. Hell, it even brings him a hollow kind of happiness. 

Except, that's not much of a life for any man. Especially one with Nathan's passions. Desperate to cure his self-made misery, Nathan agrees to go along with a con that will score cash for Nathan to start over. There's just one problem: lying is getting harder by the day. And a con who can't lie, is a con who gets caught. 

Nathan's attempts to distract himself from his moral quandary lead him to a mysterious, intoxicating man named Fury. The Mixed Martial Arts fighter knows a thing or two about lies and pasts better left buried. He and Nathan have something else in common – they both want to be with someone who lets them be themselves. 

Together, they undertake a journey that proves honesty is more dangerous and more difficult than either of them could have imagined. And as they combat addiction, thugs, guns, and their own inner demons, Nathan and Fury can only hope that their battle to be together will be worth the bitter fight.


See what readers & critics are saying about it:

"I #@*(&( LOVED THIS BOOK!"
- Goodreads Review

- "I’m highly recommending this to those who want a little something different with a tiny bit of mystery and intrigue, hot sex and sensual/emotional loving."
- The Blogger Girls

- "Terrific book! Gritty, Hot, suspenseful, and emotional. All things I look for in a book."
- Avid Reader Review

- "The chemistry was off the charts."
-Slits Read Review

- "4.5 stars. Minuses – nothing. Pluses – A real urgent sense of emotion and things spiraling out of control. Nathan and Fury have hot chemistry together. Their problems are real and interesting. This book kept me turning the pages both to find out Fury’s past and to see Nathan and Fury work for their ideal future."
- Hearts On Fire Reviews

"...sexy as hell, angsty, loving and showed that what people show on the outside isn’t necessarily what is true on the inside. I look forward to reading more from Kelly Wyre in the future."
- Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews



HOW DO WE ENTER, KELLY?

Via RAFFLECOPTER, of course!




ENJOY, GOOD LUCK, MUCH LOVE, and MANY THANKS!

May you always walk in love,
Kelly Wyre

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nureyev Sleeping Beauty Act 3 Variation

Writing about ballet means I get to spend time watching beautiful things like this... Oh happy, happy me...



Friday, February 13, 2015

Guest Blog: Author David Russel

Hi gang!

Today we have David Russel visiting the blog. He was good enough to answer some questions and drop off information about his latest release! Check it out...

Author Interview

1. Tell us a little about yourself: where you were born, where you've lived, if you have pets, and what's your favorite color? I was born in the Midlands UK; I have lived most of my life in London; I have no pets. Ultramarine is my favourite colour.

2. Describe your own personal history and prediction of writing: when did you start, what have you done, what do you hope to accomplish? I started writing in my twenties. I have published poetry, speculative and romantic fiction. I have also done a translation of the Spanish epic poem La Araucana, and done quite a large body of literary journalism

3. Who is your favorite character to write and why? I like writing my heroines, as I have fantasies about delicious encounters with them.

4. What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you? Overcoming my inhibitions and sustaining continuity

5. What other profession would you like to attempt? I’d quite like to be a lawyer

6. What gets on your nerves: pet peeves, personal dislikes, food you cannot stand? Irritating people who butt in on me when I am trying to say something.

7. You have all the money and resources to do whatever you want for a day: what do you do? I’d do everything I could to publish my writings, compile my recordings and exhibit my artworks

8. Who or what broke your heart? Some old flames singed me – like everybody else.

9. You've had a bad day. What lifts your spirits? Some rousing music

10. What do you love about writing romance? Feeling of euphoria, of turn-on

11. What do you hate about writing romance? I have some sense of guilt about it not honestly describing real relationships, with all their down sides

12. What do you think about the future of the publishing industry? I think the future of the printed book is in the balance. Those sincerely dedicated to quality literary production will have to struggle to ensure its survival. E books will proliferate further. I could not make an estimate of the ratio of quantity to quality, and of sellers to non-sellers.

13. What talent would you like to have that you do not currently possess? I wish I could argue better, have greater powers of persuasion.

14. What's your preferred superpower and why would you like to have it? I wish I had more of an analytical intellect; then I could give more to humanity.

15. You have to watch the same movie every day for the rest of your life. What do you pick? Le Lys de Mer, the film of AndrĂ© Pieyre de Mandiargues’ erotic French surrealist novel

16. What's your favorite sex scene of those you've written? The final seduction scenario in my novella Self’s Blossom.

17. Favorite part of the human body and why? Maybe the thighs; they are foundations.

18. Describe one of your favorite memories. This poem crystallizes my memory of my first one-night stand:

The First Adventure
That shadowy entrance, subdued glint,
spark of eyes!
You trod all cultures with your classic grace
Of posture, figure, profile

The breathy touch, so tentative,
The answering squeeze

All beams and tiptoes as we trod
Unspoken message:
“The dream’s come true”

The curtain nearly volunteered
To close itself.

I was poised to give the word;
Fired by our kisses, you took it from my mouth

Each garment spoke surrender as it fell
A flower-show of fabrics
Adoring those limbs which they had covered;
Warm air on new divested skin
Near liquid in its heady density

Our bodies new-revealed, dreamed up
A gallery of art-figures,
Our mounting breath
Kindled their animation in our honour
 Those facing entities suffused with mutual nourishment

The rising sun the backcloth of our dual climax
The bathing epilogue
The farewell walk
A froth of blossom round our tender steps
That fleeting perfection was the purest art
Framed in an idyllic memory.

19. What do you do to relax? I play guitar and keyboard

20. What advice would you give a younger version of yourself? Keep your cool; be determined; face criticism but do not be intimidated about it.

21. What advice would you give a writer who’s not yet been published? Be adaptable, but also be determined. 

Thank you, David! Wonderful of you to stop by.

Here's more information about where you can find David on the Interwebs, along with details about his latest release!


Dreamtime Sensuality: An Anthology
Many a dream can be realised with a little forethought. The characters in this quartet of stories are intelligent, sensitive and literary. They are also supremely voyeuristic and open-minded. Their intelligence is counterbalanced by inhibitions, which they can only lose by premeditated seduction scenarios, which relate intimately to their professional, creative and cultural lives. The great effort each couple puts into arranging a scenario seems to enhance the quality of the experience. A great source of inspiration for this and other works has been the novel The Girl Beneath the Lion by André Pieyre de Mandiargues.

Stories Include:


"Seductive Semaphore" 
Fashion Designer Bethesda and journalist Hector live opposite each other, with windows facing. They make initial contact through visible, provocative gestures. Soon afterwards, they get direct contact when Hector assists Bethesda with her folio. She invites him round to model for some of her fashion creations, and proceeds to seduce him. The seduction continues with a ritual visit to a sports centre, and then to a beach. They leave it open as to whether their relationship could ever become long-term.

"The Heroine and the Author" 
Dreamer Hecate discovers she has a terminal illness. She wants to make the most of the time she has left by being celebrated in literature as a charismatic, legendary figure. She meets Ferdinand, a ghost writer, who is happy to undertake this massive project with her. In the process, She gets an idea of his physique through jogging and the fitness centre. Then there is a seduction scene inspired by the literary models of Sappho and Donne. Being ‘open-minded’, they make a pact for each one to go and have a sexual adventure – his hetero, hers lesbian. Their relationship is enhanced by this extra dimension.

"Dreamtime Sensuality" 
Romona, highly literary and highly inhibited, goes to an exotic island location. She deeply desires a passionate encounter. At the Pension where she stays, she meets Stefano, who fulfils her requirements exactly. The proprietress of the Pension picks up on Romona’s shyness, and gives her reassurance, including some practice in the art of kissing. Romona orchestrates an elaborate beach seduction scenario, and they are both fulfilled. They never meet again, but their exchange of emails and text messages goes on indefinitely. 


"Dancing with Danger" 
Verona is a Scriptwriter and Gareth an archaeologist. They both have ‘retreats’ near the coast, and discover their common interests. Verona contrives a half-seduction on a deserted beach, wearing 18th century retro gear – related to their common interests. After some further encounters, they give each other a ‘dare’ to go and have a really risky encounter with someone really dodgy. Gareth finds a young woman on the run. Verona has a rapturous encounter with someone who gets hauled in by the police, suspected of terrorism. She uses her charm on the interrogating police officer to extricate herself. So Verona and Gareth both meet up again, to tell their respective tales.

Buy Links:
Smashwords
Amazon


Author Information
Author Bio: b. 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell.’

Author Links
www.davidrussell-author.blogspot.co.uk