Shortly after I wrote Four Old Geezers And A Valkyrie, I decided to write a short story called The Piano Exam as a free publicity 'hook' to advertise the novel. In The Piano Exam, the central character decides to take on a piano exam and finds himself receiving lessons from a very unusual teacher called Mary Maxwell-Hume.
The story comes with its own piece of piano music. Years later, I sent it to a fellow writer in America, Bruce Levine, a massively experienced musician and musical director. Bruce liked Mary Maxwell-Hume in particular, and encouraged me to write more stories specifically about her. This novella is the result: The Discreet Charm Of Mary Maxwell-Hume. It's listed for publication later this year.
I'd be very interested in hearing what people think of it, and to encourage you, I'll offer a free (hard) copy of Four Old Geezers And A Valkyrie to the first 15 people who email me to say that they'd like to read The Discreet Charm Of Mary Maxwell-Hume in electronic form, and send me back some sort of comment. (Offer ends 31st July 2017.) To be honest, I'd be very interested to find out if anyone actually reads this at all.