Glenn Ashton, who used to be a banker and a lawyer, had more fun writing novels than wrestling with finance and the law, and so turned his hand to his hobby. Glenn Ashton is the pen name of Ashton Glenn van Schalkwyk.
His author blog is at http://glennashton.blogspot.com
OBELISK SEVEN (on Kindle & Amazon):
Co-authored with my wife Loraine Lundquist.
When Nick Kangles, the wealthy host of a global warming TV show, and Kate Stanton, the top notch microbiologist, try to solve the mystery of seven obelisks that are sending out signals, they uncover the countdown of a threat to our civilization.
Kate meets Nick in the square of the Pantheon in Rome, when they share a table to avoid the rain.
He is travelling the world to convert people to fighting global warming by setting up greenhouse gas trading schemes, while she has been called in to help find out what is eating the carbon in the massive oil deposit in the Ghawar Field in Saudi Arabia.
Nick and Kate detect signals from obelisks in Rome, Paris, London, New York and Egypt.
They set out on an increasingly dangerous hunt to find the link between these seven obelisks and a new microbe that threatens the world's oil supply, and discover that someone is willing to kill to keep the link secret.
Obelisk Seven came about because we had a wonderful tour guide who introduced us to marvels in several cities in Europe, and the time we had to spare in the Da Vinci airport in Rome.
That's where Obelisk Seven was conceived. After much research and hard work and tons of sheer fun, our novel was finally born.
We are hoping that many of our readers might join in two movements - one to right an old wrong by obtaining the return to Egypt of the ancient obelisks (and of the bust of Queen Nefertiti, now imprisoned in a Berlin museum), and the other to fight global warming.
We dedicate this book to you, the reader, with the wish that you will find in its pages lots to interest you, and mysteries to intrigue you.
Glenn Ashton & Loraine Lundquist
Please read more about this book at Glenn's Amazon site by clicking here: https://www.amazon.com/author/glennashton
SILENT LIPS (on Kindle & Amazon):
New Yorkers race against time to save the city from a genetically engineered virus.
What is this disease? Who made it? Can it be stopped?
Inside the city, its sky blackened by the fires of its funeral pyres, men and women fight to find the answers, while selfless volunteers flood in from all over the world to join New Yorkers in their fight for survival. Once in, you cannot leave.
With a quarantine of the city enforced by the Army, doctors in the ParkLab set up in Central Park try everything they can think of to cure people, and the U.S. President makes the most agonizing decision any president has ever made.
This book is dedicated to all who have visited or lived in the wonderfully vibrant city of New York, the premier city of our world.
During one of my visits to the city I was walking in Central Park when the thought struck me: What if something happened and this huge, bustling, energetic city was forced to shut its borders, to keep people inside and stop people entering?
That thought stayed with me for several visits until one day I sat down, pen in hand, and sketched out the story of Silent Lips.
It is the story of New York struck by a mysterious disease which forces the President to blockade the city. Nothing can leave; nothing can enter.
I thought of men and women inside the quarantined city, fighting to find the answer to the mysterious sickness that rages in the city, while still more men and women from all over the world volunteer to come to the city on one-way tickets to help it fight for its survival.
This is the story of a young man with a mission, a battered old VW Rabbit, and of scribblings in his tattered blue notebooks.
It is the story of the Prime Minister of Israel, smuggled into the city to share its suffering.
It is the story of President Charles Stanton, faced with the most anguishing decision a U.S. President has ever had to make.
It is the story of a young reporter, Naomi Jacobs, who is asked by the Governor to tell the world of New York's desperate fight and who ends up having to fight for her life.
Above all, this is the story of the people inside and outside the city who watch with anguish the mounting crisis.
I hope you enjoy Silent Lips.
LITTLETOWN COMBO ONE (on Kindle & Amazon)
Go with your child in the LittleTown series on the journey of some small animals to set up their new town far away from humans, where they now can live in peace and safety with each other. Watch as the LittleTowners fight fires, play together, feel terror together, and learn together.
You and your kid will sit at the feet of Grace the Librarian, the gentle little deer mouse, as her wise words shape the little ones.
Feel her fear as little blind Vola, the flying squirrel, has to learn to fly all over again.
Watch an angry Teacher gnaw down tree after tree with his huge beaver teeth to remove mistakes made by the grasshopper mice twins, He and Me.
See the brave starnosed mole swept along by the oil in a pipeline, and rule over the court as The Judge. Sit in court as The Judge tries to find out what The Chicago Kid did on Tum-Tum-Hill.
Discover how the smart water shrew Pal Silver saves Mrs. Muskrat, who is trapped under water in a cage, from drowning.
Read about Bones, the Mole that started counting thousands of dinosaur bones buried in a pit in Bonesburg.
Follow Kanga the Kangaroo Rat as he fights a rattlesnake that crept into his burrow.
Sit under a tree as Squirt-Squirt, the sensitive skunk, becomes a poet.
Discover how the smart, bubbly water shrew Pal Silver saves Ms Muskrat, who is trapped under water in a cage.
Laugh with them as they help Mr Packrat bargain for a telephone.
And you will learn why the Chicago Kid lost his whiskers in the hospital on Get-Well-Hill.
Laugh when The Chicago Kid faces a trial presided over by The Judge.
Chuckle at the problem posed by the Never-Movers, and sympathize with Baby Muskrat as she learns about the new world.
Plot with the two little voles, Timid Timmy and Timid Tania, to trap a weasel.
Visit Chien's Thumbs, the hidden studio of the little prairie dog where his portraits are kept secret for as long as his models want them to be.
Listen to The Kid explain the adventures his friend had at the President's White House, and find out why the first pocket gopher born in LittleTown was named Talpo.
And you will both wince with the little ones as they are injected on Get-Well-Hill to save them from the plague, laugh with them as they learn to play football with an acorn, and much, much more.
MODERN PROVERBS - FOR THE 21st CENTURY (on Kindle & Amazon):
Modern Proverbs is dedicated to all who love proverbs, sayings and idioms tripping off their tongues, or off the tongues of others.
If the old proverbs sometimes seem a little bit too old, then perhaps what you need is a modern proverb, designed for our age, the 21st century.
This book contains over 500 new proverbs I decided to write during the down times of many a business trip. It's amazing how inspiring it can be to stare out the window of a jet at 30,000 feet and watch huge cloud banks drift across the landscape far below.
I fell in love with proverbs and idioms around the age of ten, when I was gifted a book of proverbs by my grandmother. I dived into it, and finished it in a day or so. Those first proverbs gave me an essential weapon to fight adversity (not to mention the angst of a normal adolescence): a comeback ability second to none in my rather limited circle.
So it was fun to start with a blank page, a pen, and my memories of days gone by.
If you know someone who enjoys reading or proverbs, it could make a good gift, just as my grandmother's did to me when I was young. I hope that Modern Proverbs inspires others to create new proverbs! We could do with a few thousand more.
THEFT OF SOULS - THE TRIAL OF LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (a Kindle eBook)
Every now and then a convulsive heave of History throws up a man or a woman who steps forward, grips History by the scruff of its neck, and makes it move in a direction he or she has chosen.
Such a man was T.E. Lawrence, known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia.
Driven by forces within him, Lawrence found himself able to play a major role in one of the vital theatres of the conflagration we now call World War I. From his station in Cairo, Lawrence plunged into the events taking place in Arabia, meeting and befriending and finally advising and leading the leaders of the Arab resistance against the rule of Turkey.
His story is legendary; his exploits documented in his own writings and the writings of others.
This play is set in Arabia. It places Lawrence in the dock of an imaginary court, charged with the theft of the souls of some of the men he lead. It uses his own words, from his writings, especially The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, to lay out the case against him, and in his defence.
This play is dedicated to Lawrence, and to all those who have read about him and about the war in Arabia.