Janus Arrival, the concluding part of Janus Paradisi trilogy is ready to hit the shelves on April 1. Continue reading
Those wonderful people at SFFBookBonanza have put together a new promotion featuring dozens of ebooks at 99c.
The promo only runs from 19th to 25th February, so click on the image (or on the genre-specific links below it) to choose your bargain of the week!
Books for just 99c on Kindle from 19 – 25 February
Note: Make sure to check the price before you buy.
Books may not be discounted in all regions.
Go to Space Opera | Go to Hard SF | Go to Military SF
Go to Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic | Go to Cyberpunk & Steampunk | Go to SF Romance
Go to Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery | Go to Urban Fantasy | Go to Horror
Go to Fables & Mythology | Go to Fantasy & Paranormal Romance
Go to Science Fantasy | Go to Humour SFF | Go to Young Adult | Go to Kids
At last – the concluding part of the Janus Paradisi trilogy!
You’ve been very patient – thank you! (2017 was a pretty tough year, to be honest.)
But right now, the book’s running through final checks before its upcoming launch: you can pre-order it HERE.
Paradise is a ride away – if you survive the journey.
So near, yet so far away…
SS Challenge has arrived in the Andromeda galaxy. Their landing party is held hostage by a colony on the planet Tenebra. Communications are cut off. Continue reading
NEW MUST-HAVE PARADISI CHRONICLES RELEASES (details below)
As my regular readers know, my JANUS PARADISI series takes place in an open-source sci-fi universe. A what?
Essentially, a group of authors agreed on the backstory and main features of a time and place where all action will occur, then write their own stories within those parameters.
These stories can be from any sub genre (hard sci-fi, space opera, fantasy, romance, whatever), as long as they stick to the overall parameters, such as planet names and environments, technology, history, and so on. They can use other writers’ characters (with permission), usually giving them walk-on parts, or referring to great events in other writer’s stories. Continue reading
Then Google Alerts notified me that the novel was available on a few pirate sites. I checked and found that one site claimed not only to have my novels but also every anthology I ever was published in. Some charge for their copies (and keep the income). Others hand out copies for free. Forever.
I explored a few pirate sites’ extensive book lists. Some of these pirates claim to have as many ebooks as Amazon! Most likely, these were cover shots only and downloaders would get a nice virus instead of my book. (Be warned!)
As my free offer was limited in time and scope, I was at first unhappy about this. But I decided to ignore it, because… Continue reading
KINDLE/NOOK AND NOVELS GIVEAWAY COMPETITION
The contest I announced last week is now over and the winners’ names will be released next week. So keep those fingers crossed.
(Apologies to followers who received a draft copy of this post, sent in error last week. And this contains an update.)
It’s well known that book reviews are important to readers making buying choices. My two Janus Paradisi novels enjoyed a straight flush of 5-star reviews and I was a happy man!
Of course, I’m eager for more reviews and took a look to see if I’d garnered any. I found the opposite: a whole bunch of reviews had vanished.
Of course, I queried this with Amazon: no reply.
I queried again: no reply – for a few days.
Then came the good news: Amazon reinstated those reviews after investigating. Thank you, Zon!
I want to make it clear that I strongly approve of Amazon’s campaign to stamp out fake and bought reviews that boost a rich author’s lousy book to top position, misleading book-buyers. I guess I was just collateral damage, but anyways, Amazon refunded me the stars and so now I’m happy again.
An author friend suggested I’d drawn attention by being a new author with 100% 5-star reviews. So now I’m hoping for a few 4-stars… although it feels odd to be wanting worse reviews to enhance credibility and sales.
Ah, well. Such is the modern world.
SUCCESS STORY: DAVID BRADLEY
I had to mention this. You have to hand it to this guy: following a long list of acting appearances including the Harry Potter movies, Captain America, and Broadchurch, he’s been in both Game of Thrones and Dr. Who.
Well done, that man! And he’s from Yorkshire! Just like me.
So we’ll be looking for his appearance in Westworld soon?
Happy reading, until next time.
I’m offering Faces Of Janus free for a couple of weeks for sci-fi fans’ summer reading enjoyment.
(Grab it here or click the image below.)
Writing the short descriptive blurb for the promotion was hard. (Hell, I took 60,000 words to tell the story and now you want it in 70 words?) You see, there are three different stories in the novel, intermingled with the main plot. Although I hope everyone gets equal value from the overall experience, each protagonist’s story might appeal more to a specific type of reader:-
- Zag: the spy, assassin, womanizer = adventure (Guys)
- Katya: lost girl with secrets and thwarted love = coming of age/frustrated romance (Young Adult)
- Angel: achiever, powerful and successful woman = ambition/drive (Post-YA)
I show the alternative blurbs below this image of the text I chose. Let me know what you think of them and if they are too overly-targeted or just market-segment themed 😉
Alternative 1: For the guys…
2091: Earth is dying.
Agent Zag Bishop penetrates a corporate conspiracy to expose the truth about the space program.
With affections divided between his powerful boss, Angel Flores, and Katya Ulyanov, the young recruit with a secret past, Zag seeks to join humanity’s greatest adventure.
Spies, lies, assassins, intrigue, corruption, romance, betrayal, mistrust, hi-tech and space travel.
Grab it now!
Alternative 2: For the YA (young adult) reader…
2091: Orphan Katya Ulyanov escapes the desert camps and earns her place as a security agent. She falls for her boss, Zag Bishop, lover of the agency’s manager, Angel Flores.
Hiding a secret past, Katya struggles with her conflicting emotions and nightmares, and Zag’s mixed messages.
Zag and Angel discover the true objective of the corporate space program and plan to leave for a paradise among the stars.
Will Katya win through the intrigue, corruption, romance, betrayal, and mistrust?
Will she grab a place on humanity’s greatest adventure? Will Zag stand with her?
Alternative 3: For the Post-YA female reader…
2091: Security company chief, Angel Flores, has risen far on a dying Earth.
She takes agent Zag Bishop as a lover when her affair with the agency’s owner wanes.
Together, they discover the truth about the corporate space program and plan to join humanity’s greatest adventure among the stars. But Zag is attracted to a young recruit, Katya Ulyanov, a girl with a secret past.
Can Angel overcome the corruption, betrayal, and distrust to gain Paradise?
So what do you think? (Comments below.)
For more background on the key players, see the interviews they gave in an earlier post.
And Happy Reading!
I described my two newbie cover design mistakes in my previous post: genre-specific features and trilogy consistency. So let’s move on. Spoiler warning, more confessions…
I found the original “Janus Challenge” cover conveyed an optimistic wistfulness as the ship headed for the wormhole. I loved it.
BUT… as with everything you love (chocolate, sleeping late on weekdays, vacations…), there’s always a reckoning (weight gain, unemployment, the dreaded return to work…) Continue reading
Yes, I’ve been very quiet online recently.
Family affairs kept me on the move between Luxembourg and UK for a month or more, while I worked on my final edits for “JANUS CHALLENGE“, my second novel in the Janus Paradisi series.
Expect more about “JANUS CHALLENGE” very soon.
It’s so hard to blog or write dialog while driving up and down the UK’s congested Continue reading
Sequel to “Faces of Janus“
Publication: Spring 2017