28 March 2013

Author Neal James interviewed by Nat Wood, M/M Romance Stories Blog

An insightful discussion of Neal's latest book Full Marks

Interview Snippet
Firstly, tell us five things about yourself.
1. I’m an accountant by trade, and have been in this line of work since 1974
2. I’m 60 years old, and have been married for 36 of those
3. I’ve been writing since 2006
4. I now have five books out on general release and available worldwide
5. There are three completed manuscripts, two partially written books, and two more ideas on the drawing board

When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
2007, when one of my short stories made it into a full-length novel and was accepted by a publisher in Kent.

How did you choose to write the genre you do and are there any genres that you would like to write some day?
Crime just seemed to follow naturally from my first novel, ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’, but I’m not restricted to that genre. My anthology ‘Short Stories Volume One’, published in 2009, contains 36 pieces of varying styles.

Tell us about your writing technique. Do you plan out every chapter detail beforehand or write as you go? Is there a particular environment and situation that helps to aid your writing?
As an accountant I use a spreadsheet to control the structure of the plot, and MS Word for a more detailed outline of the text. Each chapter is laid out to ensure that I don’t make continuity or anachronistic mistakes. I can write pretty much anywhere when the ideas come to me, but background noise (radio, record player) is very distracting.

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27 March 2013

James Patterson's '12th of Never' in eBook

A baby on the way and two killers on the loose.
Will Detective Lindsay Boxer be pushed to breaking point?
An eccentric professor walks into Lindsay's homicide department to report a murder that hasn't yet happened.
A convicted serial killer wakes from a two-year coma. He says he's ready to tell where the bodies are buried, but does he have a much more sinister plan in mind?
Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when she is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.
Download eBook: Kobo

26 March 2013

Book Savvy Spotlight on Steve Perry

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Steve Perry*
Enjoy the interview.
Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'When Payday Loans Go Wrong?
Financially speaking my life has been nothing short of a disaster due to my inability to control my finances - leading from one mess to another. Firstly it was a war with the bank, and then my catastrophic mistake with the payday loan industry. 'When Payday Loans Go Wrong' tells the story of how I managed to mess things up so badly!

Q2. Why did you write this book?
I couldn't change what had happened to me, the only thing I could do was warn others of the dangers.

Q3. What provided the inspiration for you to become a writer in the first place?
I was driven by rage. I felt an overwhelming need to tell others of what had happened to me, to warn them of the true damage the loan industry could cause and hopefully to prevent the same happening.

20 March 2013

10% off all books when you spend £20 or more. Offer ends 31st of March 2013

10% off £25 on
Children's and Fiction books
Offer valid from the 19th of March until 31st of March 2013. The offer will deduct 10% from the total basket value when a customer selects at least £20 of print books at Waterstones.com.  This offer excludes everything other than print books such as Kindle devices, eBooks, audio downloads and Kindle accessories. Offer can be applied to both full price and discounted books. Offer is not valid on Reserve & Collect orders. Offer only available at Waterstones.com, not in Waterstones stores. Single use only.

14 March 2013

Get ready for the weekend with this great eBook! - Best Kept Secret By Jeffrey Archer

The third novel in Jeffrey Archer's compelling saga, the Clifton Chronicles 1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate. In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more.

12 March 2013

COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg releases 'Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead'

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

5 March 2013

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