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Welcome to my website

Hi! My name is Ian Kingsley and I'm an author. The purpose of this website is to provide details about my books including reviews, extracts, information about the real locations used for my novels, and to allow you to watch video trailers for each work. My books are summarised below. Please click the cover image or link to reach more detailed information about each one. Below the summaries you will find information about other aspects of this website.

If you would like to gain a better idea of my style and the kind of books I write, check out the Similar Authors heading near the bottom of this page. This provides an independent comparison.


Flying a Kite
contemporary fiction (paperback)

Deftly written, original, genuinely entertaining... a rewarding and entertaining read from beginning to end and highly recommended for personal and community library Contemporary Fiction collections.
Midwest Book Review

Money had always solved everything for multi-millionaire Aldo Galliano. So when faced with his trickiest decision ever - whether to counter imminent death by cryonic preservation or faith in God and an afterlife - he offers a one-million pound prize for the most convincing argument either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the existence of God. Enter Bruce Kramer, a dropout theology graduate, who takes on mankind’s ultimate quest. But dangerous rivals will stop at nothing to prevent his success.

'Fluid, smooth and flows at a lovely pace. Really engaging from the start. Like The Shack, there is a niche for this kind of book.'

—Gillian McDade (author of Standing Man)

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Sandman
psychological thriller
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eBook)

'A gripping psychological read with characters that reach out and grab you. A real page-turner.'
—Sophie King
(bestselling author)

Lazing through hot summer days at their beach hut, life seems just about perfect for the Vincent family—until their peace is shattered by murder. An incident between Paul Vincent and Stevie Clarke—an unbalanced beachcomber known by some as 'The Sandman'—leads Paul to inform the police he believes Clarke is the murderer. This provokes frightening and prolonged reprisals against the family from Clarke. Matters deteriorate further when Leah, Paul’s teenage daughter, unwittingly reveals evidence to the police that implicates her own father. This gripping psychological thriller places turbulent emotions in stark contrast to beautiful surroundings, testimony to the fragile nature of tranquility.

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book coverReality Check: Science Meets Religion
psychological thriller (eBook)

 

This accessible, thought-provoking and entertaining book reconciles religion and science in the modern world. It ratifies enigmas such as creation versus evolution and God's position when disaster strikes. It shows the logic of life after death and even how modern scientific theory may explain the location of Heaven.

If you sometimes struggle with conflicts between your religious beliefs and science, this book may resolve those problems. And if you never imagined there was a sound logical argument for belief in God then this book might just prove to be your godsend.

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Heaven: lost and found
psychological thriller (eBook)

If you knew Heaven existed, wouldn’t you like to be a part of it after your life on earth expired? In biblical times, some 2,000 years ago, people imagined Heaven was a place somewhere up in the clouds, but that's hardly convincing today. But what is? Read this little eBook to find out.
 

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Information about this website

On this website I include articles that offer a few tips to other writers based on general techniques and tools I have built up over a long writing career. Although my fiction only began in 2010, many of the writing techniques developed over the years are equally applicable to fiction and non-fiction. Being aware how important it now is for authors to own their own website, I have included information that might help them with this. Luckily I have been webmaster of my own travel website for many years, which helped me. For more information about me please read my Biography. I live near Christchurch in the beautiful county of Dorset, in England.

Previous non-fiction books written under my real name of Ian Kampel are now out of print. I now write under the name of 'Ian Kingsley' because few people can apparently spell my real surname of 'Kampel'; that is a distinct disadvantage for an author! During my many years in the technical publications industry, someone once pointed out that an anagram of my real name, 'IAN KAMPEL', was 'MAKE PLAIN' which, they said, was very appropriate: for my job then was ensuring complex subjects were easy to understand for the armed services. Judging by early reader reviews, I have hopefully retained that ability in order to make 'Reality Check: Science Meets Religion' reader-friendly.


My Social Media Interaction

Twitter is my main social media outlet and it is where you can most easily interact with me. I would like to invite you to join them and follow what I am up to - or thinking about! Just click the link beneath my picture above. You will also see the latest count of my followers there.

If you're not familiar with Twitter, do be assured there are many people who use it for serious purposes, not just for discussing family issues or trivia. Most authors and celebrities have a Twitter account these days. It will only take you a few moments to open an account and you don't even need to tweet yourself; you can just enjoy the tweets of others. Use lists to home-in on the people you want to follow. (I hope you include me on that list!) You can read my latest tweets below if you do not subscribe to Twitter.

I try to post interesting tweets most work days. They relate to: writing, books, inspiration, philosophy, humour, dogs, love and peace.

You could really help me by retweeting (RT) and of my tweets that you like. That way you resend the tweet to all your followers. Thank you in advance!

Sometimes I blog, but when I do I always link to new posts from Twitter, since this is my day-to-day social media output.

I copy my tweets across to Facebook, but time does not allow me to carry out anything more over there, and that includes confirming friends. Sorry. So follow me on Twitter instead. I've learned to say a lot in a few words through Twitter!

I have posted pictures to show you the real locations used for my novels within the pages devoted to each novel. In addition to this, I have included further pictures of these locations on my Pinterest boards.


Reading eBooks on your PC

Some of my books are available as eBooks.

Did you know that you don't have to have a Kindle or special reader to read eBooks?

Click here to read how to download a free eBook reader. I have written this article giving you a choice. All make for relaxed reading on your computer, and one option is a PC version of the Amazon Kindle.


If you live in the Bournemouth area you can pre-order SANDMAN from my local bookshop: Bookends

It is good news for me, perhaps, that people sometime have difficulty getting copies of my book locally because demand sometimes exceeds supply. They are my locally approved stockist and do all they can to try to maintain stock on the shelf. The remedy, of course, is to either pick up the phone to reserve or pre-order, or buy from Amazon.

To place a telephone order for later collection from Bookends in Christchurch, Dorset, call 01202-479059.


Please could you spare a few clicks of your time!

If you like an author's work, there is a quick and easy way you can help give him/her a vital boost for a few clicks of your time: via Amazon 'tags'. Just scroll down an Amazon book page and you will eventually find a heading called 'Tags Customers Associate with This Product' (see illustration above). Beneath this are the 'tags' that readers have already associated with the book. (If the link 'see all tags' is visible then click this to see them all.) The idea is that when people use search phrases matching these tags, the results will include this book; but Amazon takes the number of times a tag is associated with a book as a 'vote' for that tag's validity. As a result, tagging a book by just confirming existing tags helps that book to rise a little higher in relevant search results—and to sell more copies. You can add new tags if you like.

So please, if you enjoy my books, I would be really grateful if you 'tagged' them by confirming as many of the tags as you think appropriate. This won't take you a moment and those clicks and ticks will go a long way towards making it more likely I will be able to get more novels published in the future through greater sales. Thank you!


Here are my latest tweets on Twitter...

If you're not into social media, the panel below allows you to follow me daily without even diving in. Bear in mind each tweet is limited to 140 characters. That does make you concise! I tweet most days, so you can keep in touch! (And if you do get into Twitter, it would be fantastic if you retweeted my occasional tweets about my books. Thank you for your support!)

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY...


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'Ian Kingsley's Flying A Kite clearly documents the literary talent of its author. Deftly written, original, genuinely entertaining, iconoclastic, Flying A Kite is a rewarding and entertaining read from beginning to end and highly recommended for personal and community library Contemporary Fiction collections. Of special note is the author's own web site at iankingsley.com that is packed with helpful information for aspiring writers seeking to create their own memorable literary works.' (Jack Mason, Midwest Book Review)

"Characters are direct and effective. I enjoyed the pace which allows the reader to think about the important concepts by himself." (Heikki Hietala, author of Tulagi Hotel)


"Fluent, graphic writing and excellent use of description... Characters alive with captivating dialogue." (Elijah Iwuji, author of Praying in the Will of God)


"I love the characters. Ada is superbly done." (Anne Lyken-Garner, author of Sunday's Child)


"Up there with some of the best published work around." (Walter Robson, author of Access to History: Medieval Britain)


"Very good, and addresses a universal question in a much better way than Dan Brown in Angels and Demons, where the God vs science debate is just another sub-plot in yet another ciphering book. In Flying a Kite it's the main plot thread, convincingly dealt with and riveting." (Richard Pierce, author of Dead Men)


"Fluid, smooth and flows at a lovely pace. Really engaging from the start. Like The Shack, there is a niche for this kind of book." (Gillian McDade, author of The Standing Man)




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"With suspense and interesting plot twists, as well as a series of well developed characters that add to the unique storyline, Ian Kingsley has written a thrilling mystery that the reader will not be able to put down, once started." (kratzy - Amazon.com reader review)


"Ian Kingsley has written a phenomenal mystery story that has all the elements of a murder mystery combined with the suspense of a thriller... I highly recommend this book to any fan of a good mystery or thriller. It really keeps the reader guessing with all the twists and turns." (Bookworm - Amazon.com)


"Sandman" is a modern thriller by Ian Kingsley that keeps the reader captured in the twists of a story with many underpinnings... This book is perfect for vacation reading, but will also definitely please everyone that is a fan of serious mystery books. (kratzy - Amazon.com)


"Sandman" by Ian Kingsley is a book that begs to be read. From page one, you are drawn into the story created and you won't want to put it down. The thrills and chills normally associated with mystery/thriller novels are all there in bright and shiny color just waiting for an idle afternoon needing a kick start. (GR - Amazon.com)


"An emotional thriller with just enough twists to keep the ending undistubed by the reader's attempts at guessing... perfect for that weekend escape to the beach, just don't let your imagination run away with you." (G. Reba - Amazon.com)


"Set in lovely scenery this book is really enjoyable and gripping. It's very hard to put down once you start reading it and will keep you guessing right to the end. Highly recommended." (Alison Cole - Amazon.co.uk)


"You've got a page turner on this one and it will not disappoint. Will the family rise about it or will it take its toll and tear everyone apart? ... This is one to give out to your friends and to keep on the shelf for that late rainy night." (M. Stanhope - Amazon.com)


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"The most abstract of concepts are communicated in a clearly digestible form… There is a tremendous need for the genre represented here: arguments which transcend the physical world. For many, if not most, the task of adequately preparing oneself to respond to such questions is simply too daunting. I appreciate the scholarly professionalism and the extensive referencing… [The author] rises to the challenge of what most would consider an extremely difficult calling." (James Revoir - Authonomy)


"This is a very intriguing piece. I believe there is a significant demand for such discussions... I especially appreciate the inviting style, which will definitely be a plus for more skeptical readers." (Faith Rose - Authonomy)


Similar Authors

It is rightly said that "a change is as good as a rest," and that is certainly true for readers. Yet readers may not want too drastic a change, so the independent Literature Map is an ideal way of discovering similar authors to try, thereby expanding the number of titles waiting for your enjoyment.

I have included a region of the literature map below showing authors considered to offer similar character-rich novels to mine: such as Sophie Hannah and Richard Goddard.

Basically, the closer authors names are on this map, the closer their work is. So a glance at this small piece of our planet's literature map below will help you to decide whether my work might appeal to you, given you recognise other authors in this neighbourhood! Sophie Hannah is at the centre, and Richard Goddard and myself, Ian Kingsley, are at about 5 o'clock in relationship to her. (I have added coloured borders to make this easier for you!)

So if you like novels by other authors on this area of the map, I would be delighted if you considered giving my work a try. Let me know what you think when you've read one!

The Literature Map is a great resource for readers. Click here to display the fullest and most up-to-date version showing similar authors to myself.


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