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Up and Running

At last I’m up and running – well, walking – with my first ebook, ‘On the Run’ now available.  It was a very exciting book to research and write and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
With all the terrible things happening in the world, the story is even more contemporary than when I started writing.
Let me know what you think.
I will keep on uploading stories, ranging from children’s stories to adult fiction.

The next one to go up will be, A Seagull Stole My Bellybutton, for kids of five or six years up. The story is about Leanne, a little girl who refuses to give up. Leanne was enjoying a warm summers day at the beach with her parents when it happened. “It didn’t hurt. There was just a tug on my tum. I opened my eyes and saw a shiny white gull flying off with my bellybutton dangling from its beak…”
What would you do if that happened to you?
Leanne gave chase, after all bellybuttons are important. Without one your belly fills with sand, seawater and fluff stuff.
It’s a nice little story, although I say so myself with all modestly!




  • Derek- A naval story for a belly laugh.

    Congratulations on your new website.
    Will watch this space eagerly.

    Cheers Roy

  • Thanks Roy, I am trying to work out how to sign an ebook

  • Your writing is great, Derek. Fast-paced and sleek. I’ve read your On The Run and I enjoyed the ride.

  • Congratulations, great to see your writing being published. Joe loved the Seagull Stole my Bellybutton story, children everywhere will enjoy it.

  • Thanks everyone for their support. There will be more of my work up there , including adult short stories, as I have them converted to ebooks.

  • A lot of people unfamiliar with ebooks have contacted me asking how they can upload ‘On the Run’.
    Go to the internet and download a FREE ebook App, NOT an ebook reading device, which definitely will not be free. Download the book and whatever else you want to read and you will be in business. Once you get used to the idea they are great and content is cheaper than hard copy — but I don’t think they are going to replace those shelves of books or the piles of colourful kids books in their bedrooms.

  • Can’t wait to get stuck into On the Run. Love the cover. Great to see the ball rolling Derek.

  • I am an older reader.

    Where does young end and old start anyway?

    Mr Mortimer’s book is a contemporary story told well in clear and crisp prose.

    The pace is relentless.
    We are kept on the edge of our seats as we are drawn into wider and wider circles of the paranoia of our times.
    The action unfolds in familiar places.
    City landmarks,a country town,servos,fast food shops and supermarkets all serve as the backdrop to events triggered in far off places.
    It is an atmosphere of frenzy and fear fed by the shrill voices of big media seeking bigger and louder headlines into which ordinary and innocent people are drawn. .
    The story reaches a shocking and dramatic end that fair catches your breath.

    So congratulations Derek.

    I am recommending it to as many people as possible young and old.

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