30 August 2012

The World of Neal James and his Crime Detective Novels

Interview snippet
Q1) Tell us a bit about your books.
I have four books already published, and A Ticket to Tewkesbury (ISBN 9781905809349) was the first, in 2008.  It begins as a love story, back in 1946, and is brought to the present day by the discovery of an old letter written, but not posted.  The story then takes you into the dark, murky waters of espionage, as competing parties vie for possession of a set of secret files brought back from Germany by a soldier at the end of WWII.
Short Stories Volume One (ISBN 9781905809608), released in 2009, is an anthology encompassing horror, crime, romance, science-fiction, humour fantasy and adventure.  There are 36 pieces varying in length from 1,000 to 3,000 words.
Two Little Dicky Birds (ISBN 9781905809936), 2010’s novel, tells the story of the search for a serial killer who, between 1975 and 1992, terrorized England and took the lives of 18 innocent victims.  It also tells the tale of the rise through the ranks of PC Paul Townley and his tutelage under the command of DCI Harrington of the Yard.
In August 2011, Threads of Deceit (ISBN 9781907728266) wove an intricate plot around one, single, five-minute conversation in a northern UK public house which may, or may not, have happened in the early 1980s.  It is a story of murder, fraud, embezzlement, deception and betrayal, and in set in the South West of England.

Q2) What do you love about writing?
Writing gives freedom to my vivid imagination, and it’s something that I used to love doing at school before the reality of earning a living took a hold.  As Neal James, and not Philip Neale, I can swap the personality and go into areas that my life, as an accountant, would never have taken me.

Q3) What has your journey to publication been like?
Interesting, challenging and exciting, but tinged with the disappointment encountered by many new writers – the inability to get agents to take them seriously.  I have been extremely lucky in finding a wonderful publisher in Pneuma Springs. Not only did they take my writing on board in late 2007, but all along the way, they have offered help and guidance to a complete novice back then, and continually surprise me with the things that they are prepared to do to increase the exposure of my work.

Q4) You write in different genres – do you have a favorite genre?
Yes.  Although all three of my novels have been crime-related, I have a driving passion to write science-fiction.  I wrote a short story some years ago called The Rings of Darelius.  Three members of an advanced civilisation find themselves marooned on a backward, hostile world.  They need to return home with a cure for a disease ravaging their world and threatening the existence of their civilization.  That story was about 3,500 words.  It is now a novel of 100,000 in four parts, and 50 chapters.  I see it as the beginning of a series – a saga in the mould of Asimov and Herbert.

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.These novels are available on Amazon Kindle and Google Play. Soon to be released on Kobo.

28 August 2012

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books August 28 - 30, 2012 #Kindle #eBook #freebook

Spring Leaf Books has announced that the e-book edition of 'The Kipper Patrol' by Louise Wilkinson is free on Amazon from 28 - 30 August, 2012.
If you haven't picked up any of Louise Wilkinson's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.

"The story of young pilots who’s lives were dramatically changed during World War II, as they played a significant part to defend the United Kingdom."

Thornaby, 1930, saw the formation of 608 squadron Auxiliary Air Force. Remembered by some veterans as “the kipper patrol,” their job as part of Coastal Command, involved protecting shipping convoys, looking for submarines and defending the northern supply routes.
The Kipper Patrol serves as an insight into the history of this squadron, as well as the history of Thornaby Aerodrome itself. It uses as its basis, a series of interviews with veterans from the squadron and presents their memories of squadron life, along with many of their personal photographs. The Kipper Patrol provides a long awaited history of a squadron remembered by many local people, and recognised by both the Airman Memorial and the replica Spitfire. It serves as a lasting memory to both the squadron and the aerodrome, and in particular, to the many veterans who so willingly gave up their time to share their memories. Spring Leaf Books...

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27 August 2012

How to Launch a Bestselling Book | By Michael Hyatt

By Michael Hyatt
Summary by PublishedBestsellers.com

First three disclaimers:
• I can’t promise this will work for you.
• This assumes you have a wow product.
• This doesn’t include what the publisher did.

Okay, with that out of the way, here are the seven actions I took:
1. I set a specific goal.
2. I assumed personal responsibility.
   Why? Three reasons:
   *No one knows the product better than I do.
   *No one can be a better spokesperson than I am.
   *No one has more at stake than I do.
3. I engaged my tribe early.
4. I secured endorsements.
5. I formed a launch team.
6. I focused the promotion.
7. I created a can’t-say-no offer.

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Neal James - Waterstones Book Signing 01.09.12

Neal James will be signing copies of his four published books.

Date: Saturday, 01 September 2012
Time: 10.30am
Address: Waterstone's Leeds, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS

Further details: Tel: 0843 290 8443
E-mail: manager@leeds-93albionstreet.waterstones.com
Site: http://www.waterstones.com

If you are unable to attend an event. Waterstone's can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details.

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'. These novels are available on Amazon Kindle and Google Play. Soon to be released on Kobo.

We wish Neal James the very best with this events.

24 August 2012

Kindle Book Promotion With Twitter-Tips and Best Practices | AmyHarrop.com

Twitter is a great tool to use by itself, or in conjunction with other social media tools, when you want to give a bit of oomph to your book promotion. Here are some tips to make Twitter worth your while.

1. Tweet good information regularly
Communicating frequently is key to effectively communicating with your followers. Firstly, it keeps your name in their minds, secondly you must tweet useful and specific information relating to your book and its subject matter. This makes them continue to follow you, plus when they retweet your useful information, others follow, thus increasing your potential sales audience. If you have a blog, make sure you tweet your new blog posts as well.
Try tweeting facts, quotes, or controversial opinions about your book topic to your audience.
 
2. Retweet and Credit other people’s tweets
Finding and reposting relevant tweets is a great way to build relationships with others and show that you respect the community.
 
3. Develop relationships with fellow authors
By tweeting with one another, you create your own network, and will likely be able to guest blog or interview on their sites and vice versa. This networking, as in the business world, is essential for positive success, and gets your name known in wider circles. Follow other authors on Twitter and show them your appreciation!

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Kindle Book Promotion With Twitter-Tips and Best Practices | AmyHarrop.com

23 August 2012

Book Savvy Spotlight on Peter Good

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Peter Good*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'The Creator's Diet'?
I'm a Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Ndlovu-The White Elephant'?
I was born in Kenya. Lived in the 'outbacks' of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, before going to Rhodesia in 1958. I joined the BSA Police Force in 1959 - serving till 1967. The book is about a retired ex-police constable, who commits a murder, flees the country, but returned as the leader of a terrorist gang. He is on a diabolical mission, he is wily and ruthless, but he has one fear - a recurring dream in which he is crushed and gored by an elephant, that appears white in colour, and remembers that the police officer that is after him, was given the name NDLOVU - meaning elephant by the local chief as he never forgot a criminal till he caught him.

Q2. When and why did you start writing?
I started in 1998. When my children were growing up, they would ask me to relate to them experiences from my time in the Rhodesian police force, and I would recall some funny and other sad incidents for them. It was my wife Cheryl, who suggested that I put them all together and write a book.


Q3. How long did it take you to write this book?
It took me roughly three years to finish writing the book.

21 August 2012

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books August 21 - 23, 2012 #Kindle #eBook #freebook

Spring Leaf Books has announced that the e-book edition of '90 Minutes Is Not Enough' by Robert Mann is free on Amazon from 21 - 23 August, 2012.
If you haven't picked up any of Robert Mann's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.

"A fast-paced story of the rise of a football team from obscurity to premier league status."

The Plot
Have you ever wondered if your local town's football team could make it in the Nationwide League and how they would get on? Meet the players, manager and the somewhat unorthodox chairman as they go from the obscurity of non league football to the glory of being the winners of the first domestic final in England played at the new Wembley in their inaugural season in the league. Follow their progress in a breathtaking rollercoaster of a journey around the football grounds of England, spiced with a bit of romance, a lot of skulduggery and some very unexpected twists. Essentially, it’s all about the beautiful game and the dreams of success encompassed within every fan, player and manager. Spring Leaf Books...

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18 August 2012

The Eastwood Booktown Project - a superb initiative

Pneuma Springs Publishing (PSP) supports the development of Eastwood as a "Booktown".
PSP is a friend and supporter of the Eastwood Booktown initiative, as well as several Eastwood writers*: publishing books for authors: Harry Riley, John White and John Butler. PSP commend the Eastwood Booktown Project initiative and wish the Eastwood Booktown Development Group every success.
The Eastwood Booktown Flyer

The Eastwood Booktown Development Group - Photograph.

*Eastwood Writers
Harry Riley is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tales’ and ‘Sins of the Father’.
John White, is the author of ‘Brook Breasting’.
John Butler is the author of 'In Search Of Ireland Again'.

Pneuma Springs is passionate about books and the authors who write them.

14 August 2012

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books August 14 - 16, 2012 #Kindle #eBook #freebook

Spring Leaf Books has announced that the e-book edition of 'The Waif' by Julius Falconer is free on Amazon from 14 - 16 August, 2012.
If you haven't picked up any of Julius Falconer's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.

"An engaging and wonderfully entertaining detective mystery novel."

The Plot
The discovery of the body of a petty criminal one winter’s night in 2011, in a quiet Yorkshire hamlet, sets in train a series of events which stretches Inspector Walter Moat’s capabilities to the utmost. His wily opponent, as he eventually discovers, is an elusive master-criminal called Lomax, who weaves a devious and ruthless path to achieve his goals. Moat and his sergeant find themselves attempting to nail a crook intent on thwarting the resolve of a friendless waif.
Follow the inspector in an intricate and baffling investigation in which only a brainwave saves his reputation. Gracious English, dry wit, learned asides, well-researched background – all the Falconer hallmarks are here. Spring Leaf Books...

“A triumph of literary wit” ...publishedbestsellers.com

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13 August 2012

A book trailer for Falconer's Novels - Traditional British Crime Detective

Looking for sophisticated and stylish entertainment to stimulate jaded brain-cells? LOOK NO FURTHER! Falconer is here with a top-rate whodunnit in the finest British traditions: urbane, cultured and witty.

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Julius Falconer is a mystery writer from Warwickshire and a former translator. He is a member of the Crime Writers' Association and retired teacher that writes detective stories that are clever, witty, erudite and stylish. The novels are a genuinely refreshing approach to good old murder mystery, a new style of penmanship for the hardened mystery fan.
He now divides his time between a cottage in central France and the house in Yorkshire which he shares with his daughter and her husband. As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, Falconer is the author of the following murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield.

Books by Julius Falconer: (These novels are available on Amazon Kindle and Google Play.  Soon to be released on Kobo.)

10 August 2012

Neal James has been interviewed by Debbie Brown, Amethyst Eyes Blog

Interview snippet
Could you share a little about yourself and what led you to become a writer?
I suppose it goes back to my schooldays. I always liked writing stories, and English was one of my favourite subjects. When a short story competition cropped up in 2007, I decided to give it a shot and one of my submissions ended up in the top ten. It didn’t win – that would have been expecting too much – but it gave me the confidence to push on, and I found a couple of writing sites. It just seemed to go from there.
I’m 60 this year, have been married for 36 years and have two grown up children. I’ve lived in Derbyshire all of my life, and try to write as much of the locality as I can into my work. I’m the son of a collier who came through the state education system, became an accountant and this profession has given me the freedom to write whilst bringing in an income.

Do you write full time? How much of your life is set aside for writing?
No – I wouldn’t be able to bring in enough income, and do not have an agent to push my work. The writing, at the moment, is strictly part-time, and for the sheer enjoyment of seeing my books in a library or book store.
Timing is tricky, as there’s no set day or time for writing. I just do it when the story tells me that there’s another chapter to write. Weekends, lunchtimes and evenings are best, but I never try to force myself to write – that’s the way that errors creep in.

Could you tell us a little about your novel?
The last one, released in 2011, was ‘Threads of Deceit’. It’s a crime novel, set in the textile industry, and tells the tale of a young man’s ambitions derailed by something which he sees. There’s murder, fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, deception and betrayal weaving in and out of multiple plot lines, and the whole book is written around a single, five-minute event which occurred in a northern pub over twenty years ago.

Would you take us on a brief tour of your novel and the world you’ve created?
‘Threads’ is set in the West Country, in and around the town of Taunton, although the storyline comes from my home town of Derby, and the events in the plot reflect the eighteen years I spent in the textile industry. There are no direct links to actual characters from the time of the book, but if you know your way around the city certain locations become apparent.

Read the full interview

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.

9 August 2012

Audio clip of Harry Riley's radio nostalgia story

Listen to Harry Riley's reading of 'Do you remember when radio ruled the waves' which was broadcast on Erewash and Beyond show, Erewash Sound.

Click to listen to the feature audio clip. (OR listen via the player below).



About Erewash Sound
Erewash Sound was launched in late 2004 by a team of experienced volunteers. Broadcasting on 96.8FM, Erewash Sound serves the Erewash Valley area of Derbyshire with music and local news features. Erewash Sound is a genuinely local radio station, run by local people for local people.

*Harry Riley is the author of two books: ‘Captain Damnation and other strange tales’ and ‘Sins of the Father’.

7 August 2012

Free eBook Promotion from Spring Leaf Books August 07 - 09, 2012 #Kindle #eBook #freebook

Spring Leaf Books has announced that the e-book edition of 'Drifting Beneath the "Red Duster"' by Neil J. Morton is free on Amazon from 07 - 09 August, 2012.
If you haven't picked up any of Neil J. Morton's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.

"Travel the world in this thrilling real life adventure story and you will truly be entertained and amused."
During the 1950s Britain’s merchant fleet was at the peak of a long mercantile history. The Red Ensign was flown with pride from the stern of mighty ocean liners and cargo vessels trading on a worldwide scale. This is the real life story of a steward aboard and ashore in far flung corners of the empire.
Adventure was what the author craved when he joined the Merchant Navy and adventure and romance aplenty called during the years that were the heyday of Britain’s proud merchant flag, the “Red Duster”. From Brazil to the Caribbean, to New Zealand and Australia where he now lives, the author will share with you a rollicking good yarn or two. Spring Leaf Books...

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“A superb true-life adventure, ‘best of its kind……. ” ...publishedbestsellers.com

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6 August 2012

Neal James' interview with Victoria Watson, Elementary Watson Blog.

Q1) What do you like most about writing? What do you dislike (if anything)?
The freedom that it gives to my imagination. As Neal James, I can step into another personality and write the kinds of things that Philip Neale, the accountant, could never even contemplate.
Q2) What inspires you to write?
The challenge of doing something completely outside of my normal routine. It’s like being on holiday without ever leaving the comfort of your familiar surroundings.
Q3) Do you find time to read, if so what are you reading at the moment?
Reading is another one of the major sources of inspiration. Just seeing what other writers are doing is a massive pointer as to where I could be. I never copy what I write, but the ideas which come out of reading, say, another crime novel always set me thinking. I’m reading ‘A Place of Execution’ by Val McDermid; it’s a crime novel set in Derbyshire where I live.
Q4) Which author(s) has/have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Crime – James Patterson, Jeffrey Deaver, Val McDermid.
Science Fiction – Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert.
Fantasy – Terry Pratchett.
Humour – Jasper Fforde, Deric Longden.
Horror – James Herbert, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz.
Q5) If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
I am actually a CIMA qualified accountant, and have been doing the job for over 30 years. It puts bread on the table and gives me the flexibility to indulge in writing as a passion, and not something on which I need to rely for an income.
Q6) What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths? Writing in a variety of genres; I never seem to get ‘Writer’s Block’. Each style has its own stories to tell, and that’s the beauty of it – I never chase down a story; I let them tell themselves to me as and when they are ready. Time is another factor – my publisher never pressurises me and this gives me a relaxed atmosphere in which to get things down on paper.
Read the full interview

See book reading video of Neal James' forthcoming publication, Full Marks - Chapter One

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit'.