Sunday, 17 September 2017

My new Ferarri

Arrived in Portofino just as Ferrari were preparing to reveal their latest car.
I would have asked for a test drive but I didn't have my driving license with me!!
Does 0-100 km/hr in 3.5s.

Thursday, 27 July 2017



If you've read 'Deadly Secrets' then you may be interested in two short spin-out stories that extend some of the scenes and give more depth to some characters.

If you haven't read 'Deadly Secrets', you'll find these EXTRA stories at the end of the ebook.

'The Old Lady Encounter' extends the scene when Gavin and Emma have escaped the gunmen who arrived at Emma's house.

'Krystal's Story' provides an insight into the reason for Krystal's life on the street.  

The EXTRAS can be found here - Bonus Extras

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Public Lending Rights for ebooks

Great news for readers and writers. Public Lending Right (PLR) has finally been extended to include ebooks.

This complements the legislation passed in the Digital Economy Act 2010 which extended PLR to audiobooks and on-site loans of ebooks.  This means that authors will receive PLR payments for remote loans of their ebooks.

The Digital Economy Act 2017 now completes the picture to ensure authors will receive their PLR payments for books and audiobooks, ebooks and e-audiobooks whether loaned in the library or remotely. With an increase in the number of loans of ebooks to around 4 MILLION this year this is not a moment too soon.

PLR will soon be updating their system for registering ebooks.  If you are an author and haven’t yet registered with PLR, you should to make sure you receive payments due to you.

PLR for ebooks and audio books loaned remotely will apply to loans made after 1 July 2018.  Payments are due to be paid in arrears in early 2020. The rate of payment remains the same as for physical loans 7.82p/loan with a cap of £6,600.

More information here

Sunday, 26 July 2015

About Gordon Bickerstaff

I was born and raised in Glasgow but spent my student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, I learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and I cut the grass in the Meadows. I also learned some biochemistry and taught it for a while before I retired to write fiction.

I do some aspects of DIY moderately well and other aspects not so well. I live with my wife in Scotland, where corrupt academics, mystery, murder and intrigue exists mostly in my mind. I enjoy walking in the hills, 60s & 70s music, reading and travel.

I have been writing fiction since I retired in 2011. Until then, I had been writing academic and teaching material and there are a couple of academic books bearing my name. Retirement has allowed me time to do more of what I’ve wanted to do since I was a child – write stories for entertainment.

I published my first novel, Deadly Secrets, with Endeavour Press in 2013. followed by Everything To Lose in 2014. At the beginning of 2015 I decided to leave Endeavour Press and publish myself as an indie. 

Then in 2015 I published The Black Fox. To celebrate going indie I had my first two books completely re-edited and refreshed.

My fourth book in the series, Toxic Minds, was published in 2016. The fifth book, Tabula Rasa (clean slate) was published in May 2017.

A FREE sample of each book is available to download.