Raymond Long


Raymond Long was born and grew up in England. He has degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics, both from English universities. During his scientific career he worked in university and research council laboratories, two agencies of the British government, and private industry. He is now a full time author and editor. He has lived in Switzerland and Spain, but has now returned to his native England.

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Dictionary of English Irregular Verbs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,340. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Words lists
An alphabetic list of verbs that goes far beyond the standard paradigm of three parts: "ride, rode, ridden". This book lists eleven parts, setting out differences in use and meaning between words like "shrunk, shrunken" and "passed, past". It lists irregular nouns like "liar" and distinguishes passive participles like "beaten" from those with active meanings like "fallen".
Elementos del Inglés: Las Letras Mudas
Series: Elements of English. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,650. Language: Spanish. Published: May 3, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
La letra "b" en la palabra inglesa "debt" y la letra "k" en "know" no tienen sonido. Como la "h" en castellano, estas letras son mudas. En la palabra inglesa "though", las letras "gh" son mudas, pero en "tough" representan el sonido de "f". ¿Cuales letras son mudas en inglés? Este libro enseña las normas que rigen cuando las letras deberían ser mudas, y enumera las excepciones a estas normas.
Elements of English: Palatal Sounds
Series: Elements of English. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,440. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
The English words create and quest both end with a t-sound. But add -ion, and creation ends with "shun", question with "chun". Proceed ends with a d-sound, but add -ure and procedure ends with "jur". Add -ion and the d changes to ss, so procession ends with "shun". The s in vision and pleasure is pronounced like the j in French. This book explains the principles behind these sounds and spellings.
Elements of English: Verb Forms, Regular and Irregular
Series: Elements of English. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,800. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
Many books on English verbs list only three parts: "ride, rode, ridden". This book goes further, listing ten parts. It consistently shows differences like "shrunk, shrunken" and "rotted, rotten". It lists irregular nouns like "liar" and passive adjectives that can have active meanings, like "accomplished". And it groups irregular verbs with similar forms, to show the patterns behind the groups.
Write Gripping Fiction: Practical Techniques for Engaging Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,870. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Want to write fiction? Want to get published? Author and editor Raymond Long argues you need to enthrall readers in one character's personal story. Keep your readers behind that character's eyes, experiencing a life as it unfolds. Immerse them in the fictional dream of being another person. This book sets out the techniques at every level from basic story setup to wording individual sentences.
The Rules of Spanish Spelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
The Spanish letter z can change to c: voz, plural voces. It's similar but not the same for j and g. When is the letter u silent in gu? When are b and v pronounced like English b, and when like v? When do pronouns join onto verbs? Why is there an acute accent on llamó but not on dio? When does mi have the acute accent and when not? This short book answers your questions with a minimum of jargon.
Elements of English: Silent Letters
Series: Elements of English. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
The letter b in debt and the k in know are silent. The gh in though is silent, but the gh in tough sounds like f. When are letters silent? There are some clear rules, but many exceptions. This short book aims, with a minimum of jargon, to teach the rules and principles of English spelling so that learners can work out when a letter should be silent. Exceptions to the normal rules are also listed.
Writing Books: a Practical System
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
My early stories had dragging middles and weak endings. After five years as an author, I finally saw why this was and how to fix it. This short book briefly sets out the system I developed to design exciting stories with satisfying endings. If you're struggling to write, as I was, this system could be for you. Don't spend five years working it out for yourself. Read it here instead.
The Best Lie is the Truth
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,800. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Venezuela: A body floating in the bay turns out to be a wealthy American. A promising young banker who knew him is missing after mysteriously coming into money. Their circle of friends includes the scions of wealth and political power, and a girl of entrancing beauty whose origins no-one seems to know. The pressure is on to solve this case, and not just because of the corpse's identity.
Carrion Crow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,630. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In a war-torn land, a new threat arrives: desert nomads envious of the fertile coast. Once content to raid for plunder, they now turn to conquest. The daily struggle to stay alive despite the carnage becomes a fight to escape the most brutal enslavement. Amid all this, a chance meeting with one bewitching woman changes the direction of a man's life. That change could alter the course of history.
Spanish Verbs Made Easy: a Simple Guide
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
For many people, the great stumbling block in learning Spanish is that big verb table. It looks a lot to remember. But there are patterns in there, meaning that you have to remember far less than it seems. This short book is not a complete language course, but a simple system focused on teaching you how to commit Spanish verb forms to memory.
More Than Human
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,350. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Nations torn down, new empires rising in their place! Technology racing forward at a breakneck speed, rushing mankind toward the cataclysmic final war that could end everything! Cyborg warriors! Vast armies of combat machines! Can humanity survive, or will the ambitions of empire-building industrialists destroy everything? And what will our species become once machine enhancement is the norm?

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