Be a good zero! Have a great Independence Day!

Read a special guest post by author Jackie Keswick from Great Britain, who has interesting words to say about 4th of July. Good words. Heart-warming words. Words, which relate to her latest novella, The Power of Zero. This heart-warming, exciting thriller features a young and homeless version of Jack Horwood. Check it out! See how a zero is a powerful thing. Embrace being a zero yourself.

I haven’t been blogging for a while since I had so much to do. But I miss you guys, and I miss sharing my happy happenings with you. Expect regular Thursday blogs starting next week. I’m happy to announce that Book 2 of Disorderly Elements (Like a Torrent) is out – see the fun, animated cover below!

And now, I’m handing the microphone over to my friend and writing colleague, Jackie Keswick.


Independence Day

Hi all, I’m Jackie Keswick and Kate has very kindly offered me the chance to chat a bit about Independence Day and my story, The Power of Zero, which is just out on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. For part of my day job, I blog about England and English history, so it’s not surprising that The Power of Zero is set in England, or that I’m taking note of the calendar.

Right now, everyone in the US is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day. This means that just up the road from where I’m sitting and writing, a party is getting underway at Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington. It’s usually a fun shindig with barbecue, games and (sometimes) fireworks… and an audience that’s a mix of people from all sorts of nationalities, all having a great time.

Is it weird that here you have a bunch of Brits celebrating the anniversary of being walloped by a group of people who decided they wanted their own country? Not as far as I’m concerned. The British who join in the Independence Day festivities don’t celebrate losing. They’re celebrating the courage of a group of people who – once upon a time – might have been described by the rulers of the day as “a bunch of zeroes.”

How would you define a bunch of zeroes, exactly? Well, how about: powerless, disregarded and ignored? Belittled, maybe? Told to sit down and shut up?

Probably all of that. Just like Jack, the main character in The Power of Zero. When you’re twelve and living on the streets, dodging the system and the pimp you’ve just escaped from, you might not think that you have the power to change your situation. You might think that you’re a zero.

Most of us know the feeling. We all think every now and then that we don’t have the power to change events. The representatives of the Thirteen Colonies, who signed the Declaration of Independence, probably thought the same way before they started on their journey. What could they possibly achieve, just a few settlers, going up against the British Empire?

We all know what they’ve achieved.

What they learned along their journey is the fact that zeroes have power. They learned – just as Jack is taught in The Power of Zero – that it’s good to be a zero. Because “a one is a lonely thing. Add a zero and you’ve got a party. Add a few zeroes and you’ve got a crowd. There’s no maths without zeroes and computers wouldn’t work at all. Zeroes change things. That’s how powerful they are.”

We all forget at times that we have that power. The Fourth of July, whether you’re a US citizen or not, is a great day to remember that fact. So HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all the Americans, and if you’d like to find out what Jack does with his newly learned knowledge, and what kind of man he becomes over time, check out The Power of Zero.


THANK YOU, JACKIE! If you wish to be informed about Jackie’s other Jack Horwood books, check out her site at

This is what you can expect from The Power of Zero:

When a homeless boy meets an ace hacker…

Twelve-year-old Jack Horwood has run from the pimp his mother sold him to, preferring to take his chances on the streets. A house with a cheerful red door – and a classic convertible out front – prompts him into a spot of breaking and entering, and soon he has a warm, dry basement to squat in.

Until the owner of the house, Jamaican hacker Rio Palmer, discovers his hideout. Rio offers him a safe place to stay, but Jack doesn’t believe a word the man says and runs.

Rio can’t forget the youngster who is scared and vulnerable, and stronger than many men Rio has met. Finding Jack is a tiny challenge. Teaching him to trust is like climbing a mountain. But when faced with a true zero and its power, Rio can do nothing else.


My latest release! Check out book 2 of Disorderly Elements on Amazon. New file formats will be up in other stores by the end of the week!

Navigating a new relationship? Hard. Loving an ill-trained elementalist? Impossible – but odds improve when family steps in.

Ash, the water-whisperer, and Cooper, the earth elementalist, seek help from Cooper’s grandparents while at their small farm in upstate New York. Fessing up to grandma might lessen the horror of their power control issues. When Ash and Cooper are together, the earth moves and the rivers rise to flood stage.

Keeping their relationship going without leveling the city pales in comparison to facing off with the greedy Brian Clegg and his gang. Brian works for the environmentally destructive frackers, threatening Pittsburgh like never before.

Two men. Their love. Their leadership. Will they rise to the occasion? And will Pittsburgh survive their struggle to set an evil deed to rest?

Book 2 in the Disorderly Elements series, LIKE A TORRENT features paranormal battles, a spicy romance with two hot guys in love, and a Japanese sword with a mind of its own. For adult audiences only.




KATE PAVELLE – the real me. My blog, crime fiction, historicals, and memoirs.
KS PavelleA bit of magic in our real world, geared toward both the young and the young-at-heart.
Olivette Devaux – hot romance, both straight and gay. My Kate Pavelle titles will migrate to the OD pen name as I regain rights to those books. 18+ readers only.

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