Paul Stevens

Biography

There is a favorite line from my novella Dinner Party For Eight in which Angela asks Harry:

“What do you think I am?”
Harry considered this for a moment. What was she actually?
“Well I suppose you are a very beautiful cook.”

So if I have to answer the same question what am I actually? I would also need to consider this for a moment. I would like to say I’m an ex astronaut, have more degrees than a thermometer, have competed in the Tour de France without any EPO, surfed Teahupoo in Tahiti and emerged unscathed, sailed round the world, am an ace Alpine skier, am a member of Mensa, have a beauty queen wife and gorgeous kids, and started my own corporation which has listed on NASDAQ. I could go on but like Arnold Schwarzenegger I don’t want to boast.
Well to be honest, I have gone some of the way towards all those things. I do have a letter from Wernher von Braun, I do have three degrees in Physics, I have flown in a jet plane (Emirates Air), I do cycle the mega steep hills here where I live but unfortunately can’t get EPO anywhere, I am a keen surfer who has almost managed to break his neck, I am an ocean going skipper and I did own my own yacht though if it was me I wouldn’t sail with me as captain, I do ski but you need to get out of the way, I do have a beautiful wife (though her agreeing to marry me has to be my biggest piece of luck ever) and two great kids, I do have my own software business but no stock exchanges alas and I would like to take the Mensa test but I’m pretty sure I would fail and then I wouldn’t be able to live with that so I would rather rationalize. I live in that sapphire city – Cape Town.

Where to buy in print


Books

A Star in a Jar: The Search for Cold Fusion
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Series: Steve's Life & Times, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,570. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Energy
Twenty years ago, two scientists, Martin Fleischmann & Stanley Pons, Professors of electrochemistry, announced to a stunned world they had discovered the secret to Cold Fusion by literally creating a star in a jar in a modest basement using just $100 000 of their own money. Here is this truly fascinating story with more twists and turns, ravels and unravels, than an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
I’m Staying With Windows XP and Here’s Why!
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Series: Steve's Life & Times, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Category: Essay » Author profile
Here's why I'm not joining the flock and upgrading my Windows XP system to Windows 7 or 8 or anything else for that matter.
The Good, Bad & Ugly of Google Adwords
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,990. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Advertising
Google Adwords is an astonishingly powerful system that any business on the planet can use to its advantage without big budgets. This articles explores its reach and power whilst at the same time discussing its design flaws and the potential for advertisers to totally waste their ad spend. .
How To Get the Most Out of Netflix
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,770. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
Netflix is a virtual trove of entertainment. Its sheer size and endless flux of titles coming and going offers great opportunities for entertaining viewing – if you can locate the right titles, that is. How often have you sat down, and even though you know Netflix teems with content, you are basically stuck for which title to watch? This book tackles that subject head on.
Fast Track to Zero Withholding Tax for Non US e-Book Publishers
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Series: Steve's e-Book Publishing. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Taxation / small business
As a foreign publisher, your withholding rate on royalties earned is automatically set to 30% until you can claim the rate you are entitled to in terms of a tax treaty your country has with the US. Here's how to fast track this process and get this sorted once and for all and the actual process (apart from the paperwork involved in submitting the W8BEN) can be achieved in about 15 minutes.
10 Days in Waikiki
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Series: Steve's Go 2!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Recollections of a fun 10 day family trip to Waikiki, Hawaii and it includes a suggestion of a place to stay ideal for a family.
The # 1 Killer Secret To Producing Free Professional Ebook Covers
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Series: Steve's e-Book Publishing. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
They say you don’t judge a book by its cover but unfortunately that’s exactly what happens here in the Kindle world. I’ve tried my own hand at them and they all come out looking unprofessional or even worse, awful. But now I’ve invented an amazingly easy way to create professional covers IN MINUTES and FOR NOTHING once you have familiarized yourself with a few procedures.
Salzburg, The Salzkammergut, & The Eagle’s Nest
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Series: Steve's Go 2!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
This short Go 2! Article suggests an interesting and varied one week trip to Austria, which takes in Vienna, Salzburg, the Salzkammergut and the Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden. Since these places are all quite close to each other, the trip is doable in say a week without extending your budget too much. [Article - 4 pages]
How to Watch Netflix & Hulu Outside the US with Apple TV
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 44,690. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
Are you fed up with the quality of programs on Pay TV? This comprehensively researched guide introduces you to the amazing content available worldwide (a lot of it totally free) using streaming or downloading over the internet to Apple TV. It’s a friendly hands-on how-to guide packed with step by step instructions and tips as well as putting everything into perspective.
How to Watch Netflix & Hulu in South Africa with Apple TV
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 44,690. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
Are you fed up with the quality of programs on DStv? This comprehensively researched guide introduces you to the amazing content available worldwide (a lot of it totally free) using streaming or downloading over the internet to Apple TV. It’s a friendly hands-on how-to guide packed with step by step instructions and tips as well as putting everything into perspective. South Africa specific!
Kindle Publishing: The # 1 Killer Marketing Secret
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Series: Steve's e-Book Publishing. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,650. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
The conventional wisdom is that you, a writer, must now become a full time marketer, spending endless hours facebooking away, websiting away, blogging away, and twittering way, all in return for what by most standards are very poor returns from self publishing. This Article suggests a technique that liberates you from the above yet is productive in sales terms at the same time. [7500 words]
CreateSpace Publishing: The # 1 Killer Formatting Secret
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Series: Steve's e-Book Publishing. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
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Need to format a book for print publishing on Createspace? Don't want to wade through volumes of 300 pages or more on how to do this? Look no further! Here's all you need to know in only 890 words! Short is sweet!
Kindle Publishing: The # 1 Killer Formatting Secret
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Series: Steve's e-Book Publishing. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Need to format a book for publishing on Kindle? Don't want to wade through volumes of 300 pages or more on how to do this? Look no further! Here's all you need to know in only 1148 words! Short is sweet! [Article - 1148 words]
The Amazing Story of The Reggae Reggae Sauce
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Series: Steve's Life & Times. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,620. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Courses & dishes / sauces & dressings
The amazing story of Levi Roots, The Dragons' Den, and the Reggae Reggae sauce [Article - 5348 words]
The Prostate Dilemma: The Devil if you Do and the Devil if you Don’t (aka The PSA Shuffle)
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Series: Steve's Health Before Wealth!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases
An essay on the awful Prostate Cancer Dilemma. Yes, it's the Devil if you Do and the Devil if you Don't. [Article - 3881 words - 7 pages]
The Sundowner Diaries
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,020. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » General reference » Curiosities & wonders
The collected articles in The Sundowner Diaries Series. A series of essays on topics that demand my attention. Enjoy!
Oh No! Don't Tell Me I've Got Rats!
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Series: Steve's LOL!. Price: Free! Words: 5,600. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Cleaning & caretaking
The title says it all... A humorous look at what a rat invasion did to my wife and how she dealt with it. [Article 2749 words – 5 pages]
A Personal Account of Cataract Surgery
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Series: Steve's Health Before Wealth!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Vision
Well, I've had two cataract operations, one in each eye by different procedures, and here is my story. For those of you that have surgery coming up, this article is your friend. It's from a patient's perspective. [Article - 2000 words - 4 pages]
Professor Noakes Steps Up and Goes Anti-Diabetic and Anti-Statin
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Series: Steve's Health Before Wealth!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,400. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting
A famous scientist steps out and refutes current thinking on good eating habits and current cholesterol dogma. [Article - 3485 words]
Did You Spank Your Wife Last Night?
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Series: Steve's LOL!. Price: Free! Words: 10,500. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
A humorous adult essay on the fall out from the book publishing phenomenon 50 Shades Of Grey. Plus 3 other fun articles!
Our Engagement Ring
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: Free! Words: 5,140. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
The twisting and turning story of our engagement ring and some reflections on gemstones.
China Has Organs For Sale
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Law » Civil rights
An article on the awful but lucrative Chinese trade in organs from executed prisoners.
A Nostalgic Look at Mail Ships, Lost Hotels, Classic Cars, and Drive In Cinemas
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
I'm nostalgic for things past...life moves so quickly and not always for the better. I reminisce about pipes, hats, hotels, flying boats,mail boats, and stamps. Enjoy! [Article - 1500 words]
The World’s Biggest Cycle Race
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: Free! Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling
A keen cyclist and interested in the world's biggest timed cycle race? Find out the inside story here...
The Mad Hatter World of the Holy See & the Vatican
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Clergy
The Title says it all. And it is a pretty mad hatter world, a veritable Disneyland or even better. Alice in Wonderland. [Article - 2124 words]
The Great Google Rat Race
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Web / browsers
A humorous yet telling look at how Google has imposed a world tax on business [Article - 1556 words]
I Hate Ski Lifts
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Snow sports
A humorous look at mastering ski lifts before you can master skiing... [Article - 1579 words ]
The # 1 Killer Proofreading Secret
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Series: Steve's e-Book Publishing. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
So far I have 35 published books, novellas, or articles. How I wish I knew about this technique before I started. It's virtually a guarantee that you will emerge from the creative process with clean error free copy. It's simple, effective and a MUST for any serious self publisher. This Article is not only short, it's sweet! [Article - 1193 words]
Why are Movie Stars So Short?
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: Free! Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Yes indeed! Why are movie stars so short? Find out here. [Article - 1611 words - 4 pages]
Dubai & Its Nasty Secret
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
I've been to Dubai no less than 12 times and this brief article summarizes my impressions of this monument to profligacy shimmering in the desert. And it reveals a nasty little secret! [Article - 1235 words]
A Simple Arbitrage Strategy to Stock Market $$$
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 8,990. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Stock market investing
This article explores a simple method of making stock exchange profits from statistical arbitrage. [Article - 7000 words - 25 pages]
Piers Morgan is Running America
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Series: Steve's Essays. Price: Free! Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Well we have an odd situation here don't we? A British Anchor is telling Americans what to do! Read about it here... [Article - Humor - 1000 words]
Tale of 3 Cities
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Series: Steve's Go 2!. Price: $4.97 USD. Words: 13,200. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This is a Combo of 3 articles: Cape Town Mon Amie! (6104 words), One Week in Havana (2224 words), & Ski Beirut(4792 words).
Dinner Party For Eight (humorous adult novella)
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Series: Steve's LOL!. Price: Free! Words: 29,410. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
Got two hours and want to have some fun? Dinner Party for Eight scythes a side splitting swathe through a British Upper Class dinner party in Hall House, a newly built mansion on top of a cliff somewhere in Cornwall, England. The Novella races along at the pace of a laugh-a minute as it delves into the many idiocies of human social mores. Enjoy! [Novella - Adult Humor - Adult Satire]
Cape Town Mon Amie!
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Series: Steve's Go 2!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
An informal and passionate look at Cape Town by a Capetonian who has been privileged to live in this stunning location all his life. Often simple is best and the author explores how a Capetonian actually goes about enjoying his beautiful city. Cape Town Mon Amie! [Article - 6600 words - 18 pages]
The 7 Deadly Stock Market Sins
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,980. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Stock market investing
How many mistakes can you make on the Stock Market over a period of 25 Years? Plenty! The Author summarizes his own experiences on the Stock Market into a package of 7 Deadly Sins which if avoided will hugely impact one's chances of success on this difficult and elusive investment platform. He also offers a strategy which he would adopt if he had his time again. [Article - 9480 words]
Surf Warrior
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,150. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Surfing
In this memoir the author recounts his efforts to become a surfer at 65 by compensating his complete lack of sporting talent with sheer determination. Along the way he gets a new body, and a whole new outlook on life. This book takes the reader on the inside track to longboard surfing in middle age by focusing on the journey itself to that first amazing ride.
Never Ever Buy a Yacht!
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Series: Steve's LOL!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sailing
This hilarious memoir touches all bases of what can and does go wrong with yachts at sea! In a fit of madness the Author bought a 45 foot 15 ton ocean yacht to go cruising round the world. This tracks the mind numbing journey between the 2 best days of his life (the day he bought it and the day he sold it).
Ski Beirut
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Series: Steve's Go 2!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Impressions of a cheap one week skiing trip to Mzaar, near Beirut, in Lebanon, and sightseeing in Beirut.
10 Minute Guide to Home Exchange
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Series: Steve's Here's How 2!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Budget
In 10 minutes this article will tell you all you really need to know about effective Home Exchange. [Introduction - The Reality of Home Exchange - Ethics - Is an Exchange Worth It? - Car Exchange - Proceeding - Marketing - Narrowing Your Search - My Own Experience - Tips] [Booklet - 2722 words - 14 print pages ]
The Binomial Man
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Price: $4.97 USD. Words: 29,780. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Surfing
In this rollicking memoir author Paul Stevens recounts his efforts to become an ocean going sailor (at 60), a surfer (at 65), and a skier (at 68), by compensating his complete lack of sporting talent with sheer determination. Along the way he gets a new body, and a whole new outlook on life.
One Week in Havana
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Series: Steve's Go 2!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Impressions of a one week visit to the forbidden city of Havana. [ Article: 2224 words, 16 Kindle pages ]

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