Graeme Bourke

Biography

In 1985 Graeme took up fly fishing in Tasmania and during this journey he kept a diary which was used to produce his first non-fiction book "Come Fly Fish With Me," which has now been published as an ebook. This book received wide acclaim from the fly fishing fraternity. He then completed a correspondence course on writing and began writing articles for sporting and travel magazines. In 2008 he published his second book on fishing "If Only The World Would Go Fishing." This book is no longer available having been sold out. His main ambition was to write fiction, so in 2010 he published "Hawkins' Grove" which has also been converted to an ebook. "Come fly fish with Me" and "Hawkin's Grove" are available in hard copy from "Window on the World" bookshop in Ulverstone, Tasmania. Mountain Pride, The Ghost Ship,The Gates of Hell and The House of Dreams are only available as ebooks. In June of 2014 Graeme uploaded the first book in his trilogy "The Orphan and the Shadow Walker: The feedback has been very positive. Sales from the second and third book have been encouraging. "An Ancient Warrior" is his most recent fiction novel. Graeme writes book reviews for a local newsletter and from the these he has compiled the best of these reviews so If you are looking for a book to read he guarantees you will find something here. He has just published a new book called "A Fortunate Destiny," a love story set in the early seventies around the trauma of the Vietnam War. "Tears in Thailand" has now been published. This is a true story telling of Graeme's journey in Thailand, his experiences and emotions as he enjoys the land of smiles. Read his excerpt on the blog, of his separation from his partner in Thailand because of the Corona virus. Copies also available at Window on the World book store in Ulverstone, Tasmania. Critics have praised his work and even compared it to be the equal to anything that is out there.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up and why did you start writing.
I grew up on the North West Coast of Tasmania and fishing for trout was one of my main hobbies. The idea for my first book "Come Fly Fish With Me" came from my initial journey into fly fishing which was taken from a diary I kept at the time. While this book is printed in hard copy a revised edition will eventually become available as an ebook. Like a lot of people I always had the idea in my head to write a book but never seemed to get around to it, this was my first publication. Feed back from readers was in the positive which then encouraged me to do some more writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think what really motivated me to become an indie author was the simplicity of it. In other words it was easy to set up and upload at no cost. Also, rather than write endless letters and submissions to publishers that took up a lot of my time and energy, and there was no guarantee that they would even look at your submission, I could publish an ebook myself which at least put my work out there. I think I also recognised that this was a new avenue for writers, something that I could keep under control and be the master of my own destiny as far as writing went.
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Where to find Graeme Bourke online

Where to buy in print

Books

Tipperary to Thailand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,220. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
A series of short stories spanning one hundred and forty five years. Eight of the stories are non-fiction and tell of my families journey and my own personal journey. The ninth story is fiction but reflects where I am in my life and what is now important to me.
Huntsman Series Preamble
Price: Free! Words: 10,070. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
This preamble was written to give you an insight into why I created the character of Mica and explains how I created her, how she became a warrior. I have included a synopsis of each of the three stories and an excerpt from each novel to give you a better understanding of her journey. I have also included a list of the main characters and a few words about each of them.
Preamble to Mountain Pride
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,690. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
To understand the character of Leif O’Connor you need to read these five short stories. The first, Father’s Fight, sets up the relationship between himself and his father. Mr Tweed, evokes a small boys dreams, and Shonnon Rise sets Leif on a journey of enlightenment through fly fishing. Todd My Hero, is about loss and heartache, while Mountain Rescue sets the scene for the novel Mountain Pride.
Tears in Thailand
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,460. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
After suffering a series of traumatic emotional issues I was virtually shanghaied by my stepdaughter who booked me on flight to Thailand with two of my friends. Several trips later and into my second Thai girlfriend, I was introduced to her friend, a petite bar girl on the infamous Bangla Road in Patong Beach. This is a true story of love, life and cultural education.
A Fortunate Destiny
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,460. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The author lived through the time of the Vietnam war and when the marbles were spun to choose the next bunch of recruits he missed out. Many of his friends went to war, one never came back, another was so traumatised by his experience he cannot remember being there. This story depicts the heartache, the shattered hopes and dreams, and the ultimate reality of war through a love story.
Graeme's Book Reviews
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,170. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Reference
Now updated to thirty seven reviews. It is so hard sometimes to find a good book to read and I do get annoyed when I spend good money on a book and then find it doesn't meet my standards of reading, or that it is poorly written. I can guarantee that you will find something here that you will enjoy. By acquiring these reviews you will save money.
An Ancient Warrior
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,870. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Torn apart both mentally and physically seventeen-year old Danae Miller is confined to an asylum for telling the truth. No one believed her, her journey was impossible, although the medieval arrow in her back, that almost killed her, should have told them something. The child, the unborn son she carried and the man she loved were both lost to her. A fast paced story that keeps you reading.
Jaram: The Final Journey
Series: The Huntsman, Book 3. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 97,720. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Having taken her revenge for the death of her parents Mica crosses the seas to Jaram where she follows the clues in the book of fairy tales in hope they will lead her to her grandmother. In doing so she becomes involved in a war between three brothers fighting for the kingship. The war, the sword and the book of fairy tales all shape her final destiny.
The Orphan and the Shadow Walker: Pathway to the Truth
Series: The Huntsman, Book 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 94,310. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Mica, an orphan raised by a warrior and taught how to use a sword continues her journey of revenge. Having slain the first man responsible for her parent's death, she seeks a second man, who she hopes will tell her why this happened and maybe even give her a clue to her origins.The shadow Walker also takes his own path of revenge.
The Orphan and the Shadow Walker: The Awakening
Series: The Huntsman, Book 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 98,540. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.86 from 7 reviews)
A warrior from a lost battle comes across a caravan where all are slain, except a small girl. He takes the girl with him but not before she retrieves her father's sword and book of fairy tales. He teaches her how to use the sword. When the girl grows up she takes the path of revenge and begins a journey to find her identity, to find out who she really is.
The House of Dreams
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 97,130. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is a unique love story that is guaranteed to stir your emotions and reach into your heart and maybe even bring a tear to your eyes as Tammy Travoix, by suffering, changes and enriches the lives of the people she comes in contact with.
The Ghost Ship
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 81,790. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Trapped in another time, a time of buccaneers and hidden treasure. Joshua Devlin grows up in this new world, falls in love and becomes a man.
The Gates of Hell
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,440. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A compelling fast paced thriller where the key character hides in the metropolis of Melbourne after leaving the French Foreign Legion. His identity is not revealed to the reader until the very last page. The police, his mother, the girl who seeks him for reasons of her own and his enemies know he is there, but they have no idea who he is, where he is and when he will strike.
Mountain Pride
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,320. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Written from the authors vast knowledge of the Tasmanian highlands in the winter, where he himself hunted in the snow and faced all the dangers, all the hardships that the key character experiences. No fiction novel has ever been written on the Tasmanian highlands as the author portrays it in this novel. It is a rare insight into a unique and dangerous landscape.
Hawkins' Grove
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,850. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
This acclaimed Tasmanian odyssey set in the highlands of Tasmania has been used by writing groups as an example on how to write a novella. The author has had extensive experience in the highlands and is able to portray the lifestyle and the countryside to the reader with visionary ease.

Smashwords book reviews by Graeme Bourke

  • Value Received on Sep. 21, 2012

    On reading the first chapter I was immediately drawn into the story. While the story has potential I found it confusing as it tended to lose its ebb and flow with too many scene changes.
  • The Package on Oct. 01, 2013

    Finally, someone who has the literay merit to write a good erotic story with an intriguing ending.
  • My Lady Ellen on Sep. 06, 2014

    A very well written historical romance that depicts the culture and historical moment very well
  • Out There- Riviera Affair on Jan. 01, 2018

    I found this a well written novel and enjoyed the fast pace.
  • A Breath of Hope on April 04, 2018

    I am a writer with over twenty years experience in non-fiction, fiction, and I have written for magazines. I also critique books for a local magazine so I have good knowledge of what is required as a writer. You asked for feedback so here it is. The first line, the first paragraph or first page is critical for a reader and your first lines would not get past any editor looking at your work. You are pushing your character, Hamilton onto the readers rather than easing him into their minds. I think those readers who have given you five stars have done you an injustice in making you think your work is up to standard when it isn't. All that aside I can sense your urgency to write, to tell a story which you do admirably. There are storytellers and there are writers, to be able to do both demands a lot of hard work. I suggest you read R. W. Peake, one of his Caesar series to give you an example to follow. I wish you all the best with your writing
  • One Moment in Time on May 11, 2020

    I had trouble with the dialogue in this story, basically how you write dialogue in a story is vastly different than how you speak in real life. To try and use real life dialogue doesn't work, for me anyway. You cannot rely on a big ending, your story has to have some body, some means of getting there. I suggest you read some of Georgette Heyer's work, even though it is romance, her dialogue is amongst the best I've read.
  • Blackthorn 'An Archer's Tale' on May 07, 2022

    With the advent of ebooks there has been a deluge of authors on the scene. To be a really good fiction writer you must master dialouge and characterization, and of course have a good plot and ending. The author of this novel misses a great opportunity to create a more interesting key character, Hugh Blackthorn, if he had kept the reason for his anger towards the priests a secret, thus creating some intrigue for the reader. It could have been used as part of a great ending. Also over use of his anger towards the priest went on too long, as did the word 'beast' to explain battle rage. The in-experience of the author is obvious.
  • Wolf Land Book Two: Storyfalls on May 12, 2022

    Struggled with this and it did not finish it..
  • The Emperor's Edge on May 15, 2022

    There is nothing new in this book it has all been written before and the story fails to draw the reader in. Halfway through the book the ending is all to clear to the reader. So why read on. Amanthe the woman enforcer is portrayed as a strong woman but ends up in prison three times and escapes each time. I found the dialouge annoying with its toing a throwing. It done nothing to enhance the key characters.
  • English Knight on May 27, 2022

    This story opened up with some promise but I was soon puzzled by the authors reason for demeaning his key character. Alfraed is a young man who was raised in Costantinople. He is aboard a ship heading back to England where his father wishes to spend his declining years. While on the ship, Alfraed goes on drinking binge, which created some confusion for me about how the author wanted to present his character. This section has no impact on the story what so ever. Further on in the book the author does the same thing when Alfraed has a ridiculous argument with a blacksmith, which didn’t fit the character he was trying to portray. Also. Other characters in the book were singing their master’s praises (Alfraed) to all and sundry. It isn’t needed and weakens the key character. However, the plot is feasible and keeps you reading and the story and writing improved as I read on. If you compare this book with one of Bernard Cornwell’s Viking series you will understand what I have said here. Receiving criticism is a vital component of being a writer, for with out you cannot improve.
  • Endurance: The Complete Series on Aug. 09, 2022

    It is sometimes very hard to find a good book to read, because with the advent of ebooks the market has been flooded with authors attempting to write when they obviously do not have any talent for writing. The talented few are in the minority and I would consider this author to be in the minority. The opening of the book went straight into the story and delivered to the reader the characters in a meaning full way. This is how I consider a novel should be presented. I don't like pages of narrative in the beginnings. The history of the characters was fed into the story along the way. I thought the classic introduction of Ivanokoff with his "I do not do airlocks" was incredible. With those few words of dialouge his character was revealed. A great piece of writing and deserves five stars
  • Keelic and the Pathfinders of Midgarth on Aug. 16, 2022

    This novel definitely does not capture my imagination for as far as I am concerned this is a fantasy too far. There is no precedent for this. Keelic is a twelve year old boy who commands a huge ship and has just defeated the pirates. There was terminology here that did not make any sense as there was no explanation or words used that would enable me to identify what the authors characters were talking about. How do you create meaningful dialogue from a boy age twelve to his peers? Even his parents sit in the background. There is no real connection between the characters. To achieve any semblance of reality would take a master writer. It was a waste of time reading this and I never finished it.
  • The Steerswoman on Oct. 06, 2022

    This book to me is not a five-star book, or a four, I have given it two. This is a recurring theme with ebooks where reviewers give five stars when the work is not up to standard. The problem with this is that the author will think their work is acceptable and will continue writing in the same way. To receive criticism and a low rating causes the author to step back and reassess their work. Budding authors should have their work professionally assessed, especially if it is their first book before they publish. Compare this book to any of L E Modesitt Junior’s wizard novels and you will understand what I mean. I did not enjoy this book.
  • Witch's Bell Book One on Nov. 12, 2022

    I enjoyed this because it was a bit different than the normal fantasy/magic type stories that have become rather repetitious. At times the conversations went on too long and I thought that the standard of the dialogue dropped off occasionally.