Monthly Archives: September 2014

UPDATE: Slight Delay on the publication of All the Lonely People, Rafferty and Llewellyn series

ALL THE LONELY AMAZON EBOOK selfpubCOMING IMMINENTLY! BUT NOT, UNFORTUNATELY, QUITE AS IMMINENTLY AS I HAD HOPED. FOR WHICH APOLOGIES.

The digital edition of this book. 

I’m so sorry, but although I missed the pre-order deadline from Amazon, THIS BOOK WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VERY SOON.

I’m just putting some more finishing touches to it and will upload the final edited digital edition within the next week.

Here’s the blurb:

All the Lonely People
#12 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series

A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…

‘Solidly written, with strong characters and realistic depictions of police work, Evans’ latest will appeal to procedural fans.’ BOOKLIST ON ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to speak to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But he’s not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.

What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex. Because Keith Sutherland was a man who attracted enemies and with good reason: he was a serial adulterer who had never quite got that there are boundaries you don’t cross. As a businessman, he’d blocked a profitable takeover and his partner’s longed-for retirement. As a lover, he’d failed to commit to a long-term mistress who wasn’t getting any younger and whose other options were fast-fading. As a father, he didn’t seem to be much mourned. As for his friends; he had the knack of turning them into enemies. Sutherland was a victim made for murder many times over.

But a lack of witnesses makes the investigation challenging. The killer seems to have managed to appear, murder with one lucky thrust and vanish again like a will-o’-the- wisp and is rapidly turning into Rafferty’s worst nightmare. A nightmare riddled with questions that have no answers and with his every tentative theory debunked by his logical partner.

And as Rafferty wrestles with the case, he must also confront his fiancée’s determination to avoid him after their bust-up. He has to wonder if he’s the only one desperate for a reconciliation. With his love life and his latest investigation both going awry, he has reason to be in despair on both counts. His frustration and fear is such that it won’t take much, should Superintendent Bradley goad him one more time, for Rafferty to take a swing at him. With the inevitable – ‘goodbye career’ – result. Even if his love-life is falling off a cliff, if he can find the killer he might be able to restrain himself and hang on to his career at least.

 

The Sunday Show – Chris, The Story Reading Ape – Payback time.

Here’s thestoryreadingape, whom most of us know and love, in interview on the smorgasbordinvitation blog. Want to know a little more about our lovely Ape? Then read on. . .

REVIEWS: FREYA’S CHILD AND TIME TELLS

REVIEWS

As she has been waiting the longest – sorry PJ! I’ll post my review of Freya’s Child by P J Roscoe, first.

Here’s my review: FREYA’S CHILD by P J Roscoe

Thoroughly Engaging

This is not one of my usual reads, but I enjoyed it, particularly the beautifully poetic language at the beginning.

A village massacre in Viking times. A present-day archaeological dig at the site of the massacre, the lead archaeologist of which, Kathryn, has been suffering terrible recurring nightmares. And a married couple – Robert and Helen — whose marriage is in a bad way after Robert’s neglect and obsession with his career and then his mental breakdown, cause simmering resentments in Helen. These are the separate elements of the story. All three strands come together when the warring couple move to the husband’s home town in the Wirral, the location of the dig site, in the hope of salvaging their shattered marriage.

But soon their marriage comes under other pressures. Charlotte (‘Cherry’) their small daughter, starts talking to imaginary friends; friends who turn out to be not so imaginary and not so friendly, after all. A visit by the married couple to the archaeological site with their little daughter renews Robert’s friendship with Tony, his boyhood friend.

Strange, spooky and frightening events happen at the site of the dig and at the home of Helen and Robert, our married pair. The lead archaeologist, Kathryn, has been suffering terrible nightmares since long before the dig; since childhood, in fact. She has a burning need to get in contact with the past – her past –and expunge it, or the nightmares will never end. But the dig has suffered fierce local opposition, led by a forceful character named Mr Merton. A string of criminal acts occur, including theft and murder. The continuation of the dig is in danger and with it Kathryn’s hope of ridding herself of her nightmares.

Charlotte’s inexplicable collapse after visiting the dig and touching a rune stone, brings the archaeologists’ support and help when the child is hospitalised suffering from the sudden onset of a coma-like illness. The doctors can’t understand what has caused this illness and, even after conducting various tests, seem unable to do anything about it. Helen, Charlotte’s mother, sure, in her heart, that her child needs to be rescued from the past and those who are determined to keep her to compensate for the loss of their own child during that long-ago massacre, is convinced the only hope for Charlotte is for them to go back to the dig site and conduct certain rituals.

The climax comes during a desperate attempt to drag the child out of her coma and near-death situation, when present and long-distant past come together in an exciting finale.

Apart from a few typos and the unusual line spacing in the paperback — neither of which detracted from the story — I found this an expertly told tale. The transition from times past to times present and back again were smoothly-handled. I found the characters believable and their actions thoroughly understandable — what wouldn’t a parent do to save their child?.

Recommended. Four stars (it would have been five but for the typos and the choice of line-spacing, both of which should be addressed in any follow-up edition).

A tale of good and evil convincingly told. FOUR STARS

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REVIEW: TIME TELLS by Jan Woodhouse

Great Read!

This was an interesting psychological novel. It delved deeply into relationships, motivations and the lingering effect that our upbringing has on us. It was filled with undercurrents, subtle and not-so-subtle.

Even though this isn’t normally the kind of book I read, I found myself intrigued as I got deeper into the story and more involved in the lives of the characters and the power one person can have over another and how the power of suggestion, repeated often enough, can mean the suggestion is retained in the subconscious until, one day, we act on it.

It was a little sinister in places and the way the author delved into the character’s motivations and thought processes hinted at autobiographical themes.

I thought that the motivation for the character Lizzie to act as she did towards the end of the book didn’t quite ring true. I felt it needed more fore-shadowing and that Lizzie needed to be a weaker and less grounded personality for her to do what she did. But, that said, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

Jan Woodhouse is clearly a very talented author with a mastery over the English language that meant the story really flowed for me. I read it in just over a day and when I finished it I knew that this novel revealed an author who is a real writer. A very talented lady and a book – but for that slightly jarring note about Lizzie towards the end and the unexpected, abrupt, ending itself – that would have fully earned five stars.

Well-written, engaging and intriguing in its treatment of relationships and the undercurrents that run through everyday life. Highly recommended. FOUR STARS

Publishing Is Rotten To The Core

And still there comes silence from the publishers’ best buddies! What a surprise.

David Gaughran hits the nail squarely on the head (yes, I know it’s a cliche, but it’s late, I’ve been working for thirteen hours straight, so blah). The propaganda machine of the publishing industry carries on as usual. Don’t be one of their victims. They’re ALL vanity publishers now.

David Gaughran

"Rotten apple" by Kulmalukko. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons “Rotten apple” by Kulmalukko. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

There is something seriously askew with the supposed values of the publishing business.

The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets.

As always, I’m conscious of whose agenda this serves and why writers allow themselves to be used as pawns in this game.

Exhibit A: Harlequin

Amazon is regularly slated for the way it manages its tax affairs. I have written extensively about this before, but, in short, Amazon is using extremely common methods for minimizing its tax bills that are used by every major tech company (and many other multinational corporations too).

You can argue these loopholes should be closed (and I would agree), but these actions are legal. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the major publishers, and the global media conglomerates which own them…

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Sell More Books Through Amazon Links

Excellent article!

If you want to put global links in your posts but don’t want to lose your Associates’ income, this is the way to go. The best of both worlds. I’m definitely going to give it a go.

With thanks to thestoryreadingape and Nicolas Rossis (originator).

Nicholas C. Rossis

georiotI was reading a post on D.G. Kaye’s blog where she was explaining that “when we post links to our books on Amazon and people from different countries of the world click on them, you may be losing potential readers because many countries have their own country code in the URL and believe it or not, if they land on Amazon.com and aren’t tech savvy to navigate to their own country page, it results in a potentially lost sale.”

That’s when it occurred to me; I’m friends with Ryan Shepherd of GeoRiot fame, so why not ask him for a guest post on the subject? Here is what he has to say.

How To Sell More Books Through Your Amazon Links

In today’s break-neck, 24-hour news cycle culture, most people find it hard to decide what to pay attention to. So when someone elects to browse books online instead of…

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Meet Guest Author Mike Jecks

What an amazingly prolific author Michael Jecks is! Makes me feel like a sloth.

He’s also branched out from writing his very popular historicals into thrillers. Is there no end to this man’s talents? (Gnashes teeth!).

With thanks to thestoryreadingape blog.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


Michael Jecks 01Hi, I’m Mike Jecks, always writing under the name Michael Jecks, and I’m the author of 35 published books, as well as a bunch of short stories, novellas with Medieval Murderers, and, let’s not forget, five unpublished books.

I never meant to be a writer.

Back in the 1980s, I embarked on a new career in computing. Before that I’d been determined to have a life as an Actuary. What’s that? A mathematician and statistician who applies his brain to insurance and finance problems. Or, as I learned later, having failed every exam for two years, a person who finds accountancy too exciting.

I thought there must be more to life, so I set out to be a computer salesman. And I did very well. My first 5 years saw me as one of Wordplex’s top salespeople; my second 5 years saw me as a successful salesman in Wang Laboratories

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This Might Be A Terrible Idea

Can’t wait! David Gaughran’s bringing out his enormously helpful (and thoroughly updated) Second edition of Let’s Get Digital next week. And if you bought the First edition, this one’s FREE! Please support this savvy very generous Irish writer by sharing.

David Gaughran

shutupI’m launching the 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital next week and today I’m going to try and answer all your questions.

Most have surrounded something I’ve hinted at over the last few months. I’m doing something pretty cool and different with this launch. Or maybe crazy is a better word.

In short: I’m giving it away free to all purchasers of the old edition. More on that below…

When is the 2nd edition out?

It’s officially launching next Wednesday, September 17, and I’ll be posting again then. As always, subscribers to my New Release Mailing List will get an exclusive for a day or two before that, so if you are desperately impatient to get your mitts on Digital 2, sign up here.

Isn’t that later than planned?

Yup, sorry about that. It is for good reasons though. I’m told that new editions generally have…

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