He Came Back – New Short Story Coming Soon…

My latest short story, inspired by a trip to a haunted village in Hampshire, called He Came Back, will be released soon.

Telling the tale of mysterious occurrences upon the return of a villager, it will be available in eBook format from all good online bookstores and in printed format directly from www.davidegates.com.

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BD’s Big Diet Book

A different kind of diet book!

This one doesn’t tell you what or how to eat, but rather gives you the experiences of more than a dozen different diets, allowing you an insight into each to enable you to choose the diet that’s right for you!

Based on real-life experiences, detailing the highs and lows of each diet, with a scoring mechanism for each, this book gives practical help and advice, along with some humorous tales, on a variety of diets and dieting.

Available at all good online bookstores in eBook and Paperback formats.

Store links (opens in new tab):

Amazon / Smashwords / Paperback

Unlike other diet books, this is an amusing, encouraging and refreshing approach to one man’s journey through the minefield of diets available. It details his frank, honest experiences of the diets and highlights some pros and cons of each to give you a better informed opinion of which would best suit you. I will be using this as a reference guide in my own quest to lose weight and get healthier and I hope to achieve the same success. – Kindle Customer

Perfect gifts for Christmas

Looking for a little something that’s different? Why not give an AUTOGRAPHED copy of one of my books?

Scan the QR code to purchase any of the following:

Access Denied, The Roots of Evil, The Wretched (£10 each including P&P).

Motorcycle Man – Full Colour Illustrated Edition, The Shitty Chalet (£5 each including P&P).

Omonolidee – Full Colour Illustrated Edition (£15 including P&P)

Happy Birthday to Access Denied!

Seven years ago today, Access Denied was released. A poignant, heart-felt story of the relationship between a father and his daughter, and the fight he had to undertake against the cruel, corrupt and dishonest Child Support Agency (CSA) and Family Courts.

It’s as relevant now as it was when it was first released. The travesties that had a life-long effect on the man and his child are still being experienced by those today that have to deal with the Child Maintenance System (CMS) and Family Courts who still lie and mislead people and make unjust and criminal judgements against them.

I’m still immensely proud of the book and how it has helped people – and even saved some of their lives – as they found themselves in the same situation I was in, without support or advice.

If you haven’t read it, you really should. With 100% positive reviews, it’s available in Audiobook, Paperback, Kindle, ePub, iBooks and all other eBook formats, and is a “must read“.

Here’s an excerpt from it:

One of my most precious memories is that of when Kelly and I went to Victoria Park, which leads down to Southampton water.

Kelly was not long at school and we walked along the nature path in the woods that would lead us down to the sea. As we walked through the woods, we came across a raised wooden pathway that enabled you to walk across the ponds and marshy environment.

It was quiet, the sound of traffic dulled into submission by the foliage and trees and only the sound of songbirds, likely warning of the invaders to their territories, could be heard.

Then, suddenly, a loud cracking sound from across the water which sat between the “bridges” we were on and the steep bank that went up several tens of feet opposite was heard. I held Kelly close to me and knelt down, hugging her close and pointing across the water to what I’d seen and urging her not to make any sound by placing my finger to my mouth.

Three deer stood upon the bank, about four feet higher up than we were, above the water line. A moment passed and I caught Kelly smiling, the wondrous sight of these beautiful animals in front of us.

Almost as soon as we’d seen them, they broke their stance and ran up the bank and deeper into the woods. Within seconds, they were gone from view.

It had been a magical moment that Kelly and I shared. Wondrous and almost dream-like in its perfection.

Even now, when I revisit the same spot, I remember that moment and what we shared that no-one else did.

©Copyright David E. Gates.

“Normandy” selected for display at Army Flying Museum

I’m honoured to have my poem, Normandy, selected for display at the https://www.armyflying.com/museum from the 3rd November.

Inspired by the history of the army air corps and its predecessors from the second world war (Glider pilot regiments and the royal flying corps of the first world war). Inspired by stories of courage, bravery, and comradeship.

Alongside the poems there will be a mass art installation of over 500 knitted mini medals created by groups and individuals from across the UK and further afield inspired by stories and artefacts that are on display at the museum. All poems and medals will be on display for visitors to see at the museum from the 3rd November until 10th December 2020.

Other poems are available in my anthologies: Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman and First Words.

Omonolidee: The Shitty Chalet – Now available.

Released on Halloween, October 31st, another in the Omonolidee series, available now from all good online bookstores:

The Shitty Chalet is a torrid tale of turgid travel in Devon and Cornwall.

Join David E. Gates and his girlfriend, Karen, as they travel to the West Country for a short break that turns out to be anything but relaxing and restful!

“Fabulous. Made me laugh, a lot.”

By David E. Gates Posted in News

Shortlisted for the Fresher Writing Prize!

My short story, The Need, has been shortlisted for the Fresher Writing Prize 2020 competition!

It’s as yet unpublished, but you can read some of my other short stories in my anthologies, First Words and Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman which are available at all good online bookstores, including Smashwords. And Amazon.

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Motorcycle Man – Available now.

David E. Gates brings you a joyful illustrated reminiscence of his days of motorcycling. A memoir for bikers, of all ages, everywhere.

Experience the thrills and spills of a young man’s foray into motorcycling. From simple scooters to high-powered super-bikes, from commuters to tourers, revel in the highs and lows from the author that brought you Omonolidee.

With additional material from Dean Hopton.

Available now from Smashwords and all good online bookstores. And Amazon.

For an autographed, printed copy, for just £5.00 inc. P&P please purchase via the button below.

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A Poem…

Some, it seems, just don’t get it.
They think they’re immune and ultra-fit.
But this thing doesn’t care who you are.
Hence its spread, near and far.

Cyclists on pavements, despite roads being clear.
Speeding through town, coming too near.
“Get off the pavement!” I yell at them all.
Because, quite simply, they’re not playing ball.

The rules are simple, but they don’t understand,
How to stop it, getting out of hand,
More weeks of lockdown, if you keep being a tool,
Going out for no reason, like a total fool.

You may be a carrier, and pass it on,
To your daughter, your mum, your dad or your son.
Do it for them, if for nobody else,
Do it for you, and your own health.

The message is clear, stay in, don’t go out,
The rules are to protect you, so please don’t flout.
Stop taking trips, for non-essential buys,
Or you may find, it causes your own demise.

At least if it happens, and you find yourself dead,
It’s one less idiot, to stop the spread.
So, do me a favour, don’t be a din.
Please, for now, just stay the fuck in!

©Copyright – David E. Gates 2020.

More poems and other stories are available in the following anthologies from David E. Gates, available from all good bookstores. And Amazon:

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