A laugh and a cry at cancer

Chemo on the Rocks review


First off, I have read the other reviews and some of them were written by people known to the author. I declare that I have never met Rebecca Durkin and am making my judgement purely on what is between the covers of Chemo on the Rocks.

Wow, what a subject for a book. We all have something in us that says approach the cancer subject with care – as though it were contagious. It’s a subject we avoid because of inner fears. People who’ve had it often don’t want to talk, just like those traumatized war veterans don’t want to discuss the carnage they saw.

Rebecca Durkin breaks down the cancer barrier, and hold still, reader, this does not mean that her memoir is stuffed with misery and pathos. Far from it, she generates wide smiles and wry grins while looking at some of the more drastic effects of ovarian tumors. She finds irony and ridicule along the route of her treatment and some of the reactions of the people involved. Much of it happened in Ketchikan, Alaska, which she likens to Alcatraz. The Birdman himself could not have felt more lonely and isolated.

I was left not sad for Rebecca, although sympathy is due, but more like uplifted because what came across was the courage, fortitude and determination of an admirable lady. I’m so glad that she is with us to tell the tale. I’m sure other sufferers will benefit from her candor.

If you’re still worried about how all this will read, then you need to know about Rebecca’s fluent style. Just sample some of the phraseology from her own description of the book:

“Chemo on the Rocks is a hard-fought battle in the fallopian trenches.”

“She prematurely crashes onto Mount Hysteria and wanders aimlessly through the Hormone War Zone.”

Take a break from the thrillers and fantasies and enjoy, yes enjoy, a dramatic true story.

Rooting for the bad guys

From a five-star review of “Tread Carefully on the Sea”

The characters are all both extremely likeable and distinctly charming in their own ways. You soon find yourself willing the bad guys to get away as much as hoping the heroes will conquer. Each character is complex yet easy to understand.A truly worthwhile and enjoyable read. Look forward to many more books from this author.





Being shy can spoil a good story

If it’s in your head, write it

Someone I know keeps telling me they have a story in their head. They know the beginning, middle and end and have a clear view of the main characters, even their names.

So I say to my friend: “Why don’t you write it?”

“Oh no,” he replies. “I couldn’t do it justice. I can’t write well enough.”

I wonder if Oscar Wilde ever said that. Or Mark Twain.

There are probably many people in this world who would be excellent story-tellers if only they had the confidence to take fingers to keyboard.

If you’re one of them, please pluck up the gumption to get writing. You may be denying to the reading public a great piece of literature.

Just try it. The worst you can do is prove yourself right – that you haven’t got the talent. Then you would have lost nothing. On the other hand, you may surprise yourself and produce a high seller.

I can guarantee one thing: If you don’t write that story, it will forever haunt you. If you do set it down on paper, it may lead to the biggest thrill of your life.

If anyone wants to discuss this further, please contact me.


Pirates, adventure, romance, history and a galleon

From “Tread Carefully on the Sea”, a tale of pirates, adventure and romance set in Jamaica, the Caribbean and Savannah. This is the prequel to “Treasure Island”.

~ One of the stories that had evoked within the Royal Navy a sneaking admiration for the pirate chieftain was that he had captured a big Spanish galleon and made it his own. Now Townsend could see in front of him the confirmation of that audacity. The big ship sat on the ocean like she owned it.





“Echoes” – supernatural/historical fiction

    • “ECHOES”

      by P.J. Roscoe

      Supernatural/historical fiction

      THE BOOK

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  • Bronwen Mortimer moves to a quiet village on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, England, in the hope of starting a new life after suffering years of abuse, but the echoes of the land will never lie quietly and when she witnesses a murder, she must face the past and win to have any chance of living in the present.A supernatural thriller moving between present day and 15th century when Henry Tudor claimed the throne. There were many casualties of war, but some refuse to be forgotten.

  • Paula Moel Fammau 37 small file (1)P.J Roscoe is the award-winning author of ‘Echoes’, ‘Freya’s Child’ and the enchanting collection of faerie stories, ‘Adventures of Faerie folk’ for young children. She has two short stories in Anthologies, ‘Love Alters’ and ‘Steps in Time’. She lives in North Wales and writes every day, walks in nature, connects with spirit and believes in faeries! She says, “If I couldn’t write, it would be like asking me not to breathe, so I continue and enjoy life, I never merely exist!”

  • Outside the rain had finally stopped.  The large black clouds raced across the pitch black sky and the wind blew strong, bending the branches on the trees. For a moment the quarter moon shone down and cast shadows. Silently, the one shadow moved. It stayed close to the hedge and stood for a while by the broken gate, watching … waiting. The clouds blew across the moon and the shadow was gone; it was dark again.Website address www.pjroscoe.co.ukBuy links http://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-PJ-Roscoe/dp/0692333851/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429016701&sr=1-1&keywords=echoes+by+p.j+roscoe



From “Tread Carefully on the Sea”, a tale of pirates, adventure and romance set in Jamaica, the Caribbean and Savannah. This is the prequel to “Treasure Island”.

The cry that would have brought forth a dozen soldiers was about to leave the governor’s tongue – but remained unleashed as the pirate warned: “I wouldn’t do that, Governor, for the sake of your niece’s health.”





Pirates, adventure, romance – and an eagle

From “Tread Carefully on the Sea”, a tale of pirates, adventure and romance set in Jamaica, the Caribbean and Savannah. This is the prequel to “Treasure Island”.

As the shirt was removed, her eyes came level with a huge tattoo of an eagle on his chest. Ridiculously, that gave her renewed terror, as though the tattoo was worse than the man. There was certainly menace from the eagle. It stared at her, its talons outstretched and its wings spread wide. It looked prepared to pounce right out of his chest and claw at her face.novel