There’s three bits of great news in this message!
First, I have a sweet deal on my Appalachian Trail memoir – Balancing on Blue throughout July, scroll down to see more.
Second, there’s an author giveaway happening over the next few days with loads of free books. Again, scroll down for the details.
But first, I want to tell you a story about a photo . . .
The Truth Behind The Last Englishman Cover Photo
It’s a fantastic shot isn’t it? Most people assume that’s me, hiking away into the distance somewhere deep in the Californian desert.
Well it’s not!
If you’ve read The Last Englishman you’ll know that during the middle section of my PCT adventure, I spent a lot of time hiking with Josh ‘Pockets’ Myers. Apart from being a finely oiled hiking machine, Pockets is also a fantastic photographer. Having only picked up a camera a few years prior, he quickly developed into an outstanding talent, and a complete natural.
One of his shots even appeared on the cover of National Geographic, the Holy Grail for any artist.
So who exactly is it on the cover, and how did the photo come about? Let me hand you over to Pockets to explain.
“I don’t remember exactly where we were when I took this photo but I do remember some things.
It was a baking hot and windy day in the desert, the kind of wind that merely swirled the heat around and didn’t cool you off. I decided to take a rest along the trail and usually at breaks I got my camera out. I stopped by the sign because I thought it was a cool shot to show the trail and the emptiness of the area.
After I took a few shots a guy called Brains strolled along and we shared a few words before he took off into the vast unknown.
As he passed the sign I quickly grabbed my camera because the scene that I had imagined just gained a lot more meaning.
The settings which I’m guessing at right now were probably 1/8000second, F/11, ISO 800.
My camera at the time was a Nikon D3 and the lens a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8.”
As I got to know Pockets more during our time hiking, it was pretty obvious how talented he was and when I first saw this photo, I knew it would be perfect for the book cover.
If you want to see more of Josh’s work, and believe me, it is amazing, go take a look HERE.
The Last Englishman is a #1 Best-Seller on Amazon, and available for just 3.99 on Kindle. To order, just click the book below.
Balancing on Blue – Just 0.99 in July!
My Appalachian Trail memoir – Balancing on Blue, is also a #1 Best-Seller on Amazon and was shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year by The Great Outdoors Magazine.
During July it is on offer through Amazon for just 0.99!
(Applies in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and India.)
Click on the book to grab one.
Independence Day Non-Fiction Giveaway
From June 29th to July 4th, there’s a load of great Indie books up for grabs, for FREE. You’ll need to subscribe to the author’s website. Take a look and grab what you fancy!
That’s all I got for you. Whatever day it is, I hope it’s a good one for you.
Keith (AKA Fozzie)
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