David Cousland


Born in the industrial Midlands in 1950, I was educated at Dudley Grammar School (to the best of their abilities)before going on to work in the banking industry. The latter years working on plastic card payment schemes. Married (twice) with two daughters and three grand-children, my hobbies outside of the family and writing include golf and travel, occasionally combining the two when searching for golf balls that have strayed way off line. Although I have no musical ability whatsoever, I do love listening to music be it live or recorded. Highlights- seeing Cher in Las Vegas; Stevie Wonder in Brisbane and meeting Rick Wakeman.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever had was "South with Scott" - the story of Robert Falcon Scott's attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. I've had the book over 50 years and it still holds pride of place on my bookshelf. I think that is probably the reason I enjoy reading Biographies / Autobiographies (some at least).
How do you approach cover design?
Originally I used an agent, but with more recent e-books I've enjoyed trying to create my own with more than a little help from friends / family plus an occasional model. It has to be cost effective. The cover is the first selling point, has to be attractive, eye-catching and reflect a part of the story.
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Where to find David Cousland online


Carnage at Clifton Court
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,310. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Sent to the stylish Portofino with the sexy and ruthless Bernadette, the case is wrong from the outset but a daring rescue resolves the issues. When terrorism strikes too close to home the job gets even tougher. They know it's coming but where? Matt falls into the arms of Martine, years younger, black and beautiful, their lives are soon caught up in the mayhem and carnage at Clifton Court.
I Don't Drink Decaf
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,330. Language: British English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Can bringing the wrong coffee be a reason for murder? It can if it is the final straw. Augusta and Diana have had enough of their husbands, The very deadly but sexy and glamorous Rachel can offer a way out. Follow them from conspiracy to plans to action. Can it really work out?
The Michelangelo Legacy - A Portrait of Francesca
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
How can a simple glass of red wine would change a life forever? Her living portrait; David, a new man in her life; Florence; Arrezo; a sensuous and dramatic but all too brief encounter; making love at the bottom of her pool; twins. Her best friend's revelations; it was nonsense or was it? Her world was out of control, turned upside down.
Snake Eyes Allison
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
A short western with a difference - One hot dusty afternoon a stranger walks into Mama Rita's bar carrying a sack. Ridgeway needs to know what it contains - it contains one hell of a shock and his last breath.
The Wrong Man's Ring
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Crystal wakes as a married woman, but can't remember it all. Her husband is a Las Vegas multi millionaire or more, but now he's dead and Sgt Santos investigates. Who, why? Read the story and find the answers.
Face of the Viking
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,810. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Freya Campbell dreamt of becoming a model but had always been too shy or timid to try, the arrival of Stefan, a tall, good looking, blond haired Viking on a motorbike at the office door could change her life forever; her first real man and a love life perhaps, bright lights, fortune and fame with her face on the cover of magazines; the world was at her fingertips if she only had the courage.
Scent of the Dragon Queen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,410. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A secret agent, thrown into a new job with a sexy new boss. Can life get any better? Follow Matt Stewart from London to the Orient in his quest to uncover the traitor in their midst.

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