HUGH HOWEY IS ONE OF THE FEATURED AUTHORS! Who’d have thought I’d get in an Anthology alongside the very famous Hugh?! But I did. Even better, on the Retailers’ listings, I’m mentioned second in the title naming of the authors participating! Has fame claimed me at last? Well, we’ll see.
Stories on the Go has been put together by the indefatigable Andrew Ashling and his equally tireless team of indie authors, just in time for you to have it FREE as a Christmas gift!
101 indie authors have contributed their short-short stories, including yours truly (I’m about number 67 in the list. My story’s called ‘One for the Boys’)! You’ll find real variety in every genre imaginable within these digital pages.
Why be bored on the bus, in a waiting room, or stuck in a queue, when you can be reading Stories On The Go and escaping into 101 other worlds?
101 authors offer 101 Very Short Stories that are perfect for reading on your phone when on the go. Feed your reading addiction in quick bites and discover new favorite authors — all for FREE.
Stories on The Go is a collection in the flash fiction style (less than 1000 words) including tales from top New York Times and USA Today bestsellers such as Hugh Howey and Jennifer Lewis. And me. Don’t forget me.
This anthology aims to be a showcase of recent indie writing.
Hugh Howey launched the idea on Kboards, a forum for Kindle readers, but also the meeting place of an active community of indie writers.
The result is this anthology of 101 very short stories by 101 authors.
To make it more attractive for you, the reader, we set ourselves a limit of a thousand words. You should be able to read each story in under five minutes — on your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet at home or in the office, but also on your smartphone, on the go, while you are commuting or waiting at a coffee shop for your significant other to arrive.
We included as many genres as we could. We hope that maybe, with only five minutes of your time on the line that would otherwise be wasted anyway, you’ll be tempted to venture outside your comfort zone and try out some new genres and new authors.
COMING 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.
I’ll be one of the local authors attending at The Atrium, North Walsham, North Norfolk, UK, tomorrow, Saturday 9 August 2014 between 10.00 a m and 4.00 p m.
This event has been organised by the Showcase Gallery in the town. Bob White, who kindly invited me to attend, said: ‘The idea is for people interested in writing and reading to come and meet authors and have their books signed, possibly for early Christmas presents.’ Or birthday presents, or just because, hey, you feel in a giving mood. And why not?!
Amongst the other authors Bob has lined up are Chris Crowther, Joanna Lehmann-Hackett with her novel on Norfolk Rebels, Steve Appleyard who has written lots of local books, including Dogs Welcome — Norfolk Beaches and From Pot to Plate, Phil Johnson who has written The Little Blue Boat for children and Mike Weatherstone, whose book Norfolk, A History Through its village Signs, has proved popular.
Bob said he’s hoping other authors will have confirmed by the start time tomorrow.
Come one, come all.
I’m sorry I was unable to post about this before, but my internet connection has been cranky beyond all coping with.
Here’s the full address and the other details:
The Atrium Spenser Avenue, North Walsham Norfolk NR28 9HZ
Crime fiction author, Jayne-Marie Barker (www.jaynemariebarker.blogspot.co.uk) invited me to participate in an interesting blog tour on writing. Jayne-Marie, who featured on this Blog Hop on her own blog last week, has written a first crime thriller series with the unique Inspector Allen, but she’s working on a new series now, featuring DI Rachel Bennett. Newly promoted to the rank of DI, Rachel has her work cut out leading a new team, dealing with a husband whose profession puts him in a dangerous place, not to mention the cases she must handle, and the mysterious deaths she must solve. Jayne-Marie’s first novel is completed but it hasn’t hit the bookshelves yet. Books two and three in the series are under construction. She’s also working on the outline for book two in more detail. Busy lady!
Like many authors, Jayne-Marie feels her writing is an obsession. I understand where she’s coming from, because if writing wasn’t an obsession how many authors would continue in the face of poverty pay and years of rejections? Only obsession can cut it. Jayne-Marie is an interesting new entrant on the crime shelves. I hope you’ll look out for her books Distant Shadows and Beneath the Daisies.
Now, back to ‘me, me, me’! -To tell you something about myself, I’m Geraldine Evans, a trad-turned-indie author of the 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn procedural series amongst others. After having eighteen novels published in the usual way (Macmillan, St Martin’s Press, Worldwide, Hale, Severn House), in the autumn of 2010, I took the indie plunge and became entirely responsible for the publication process of my work.
In order of publication (but can be read as stand-alones), my Rafferty & Llewellyn series consists of the following: Dead Before Morning, Down Among the Dead Men, Death Line, The Hanging Tree, Absolute Poison, Dying For You, Bad Blood, Love Lies Bleeding, Blood on the Bones, A Thrust to the Vitals, Death Dues, All the Lonely People, Death Dance, Deadly Reunionand Kith and Kill. My other procedural series is. Casey & Catt: Up in Flames and A Killing Karma.
I’m also the author of the biographical historical novel: Reluctant Queen, about Mary Rose Tudor, the little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII, a suspense-thriller: The Egg Factory, and several other fiction and non-fiction books, some under pen-names.
To carry on this great tour, please find my four question responses below.
What are you working on?
I’m working on the 16th novel in my Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series. Asking For Itinvolves yet more murder and family mayhem for my Detective Joe Rafferty. I’ve also just started the research for another long biographical historical, my second, this time set in England’s Plantagenet era.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
They’re fun! To write and, I hope, to read. There’s no relentless concentration on just the hunt for a murderer. With his selectively law-abiding family, my detective, Joe Rafferty can rarely give his entire mind to the latest investigation. He’s not always lucky enough to avoid bending the law himself. I think of my Rafferty books with the tag line:
As a policeman, his family is Rafferty’s curse. Most of them think – if they must have a copper in the family – he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.
It’s not that his close family members are major law-breakers. But they are inclined to bend what they regard as the ‘little’ laws—laws unimportant in the great scheme of things. Like Ma Rafferty’s dodgy ‘bargains’, for instance. Only, sometimes, these bargains are stacked halfway to the ceiling of the spare room. In Rafferty’s mind, she’s practically the neighbourhood fence and he spends half his time waiting for the knock on the door.
His Ma, who’s a past master at getting her own way, is not averse to using emotional blackmail to make Rafferty feel guilty when he upbraids her (mothers’ use of emotional blackmail: worthy of a blog post on its own!). ‘It’s only trying to eke out my pension that I’m doing,’ she’ll tell him. ‘Sure and amn’t I a poor widow with a roof to keep over my head and food to put on the table? Would you have me starve?’
Why do you write what you do?
I write what I do because I enjoy it. The sub-plot mayhem provides another strand to take me away from the main murder thread when plotting problems paralyze my brain. Concentrating for a while on problems in the sub-plot generally helps me find a solution in the actual murder investigation.
My books are set in Essex in England. The expression ‘Essex Man’ (and ‘Girl’) is a derogatory term used by the middle-classes for those they consider their moral, social and educational inferiors. And with their dodgy deals, lack of further education, bingo and ‘bargain’ buys, the Rafferty family in many ways epitomise the breed. But I wanted to write about ‘real’ people and not add to the world’s collection of crime novels about staid, morally upright, middle-class detectives. I wanted to throw a few fireworks in there. Joe Rafferty spends his life, as the saying goes, between a rock and a hard place. Besides, I thought I’d enjoy creating a policeman caught in a permanently family created dilemma. And you know what? I was right!
And when you consider that, historically, the police force was always the career of the working-classes, I believe, in my DI Joe Rafferty, I’m spot on.
How does your writing process work?
My writing process differs greatly, depending on whether I’m writing another Rafferty & Llewellyn, Casey & Catt mystery or a biographical historical novel. With the latter, I find it essential to have a clear, year on year timeline of the events in my character’s life and the world at large.
But, for my Rafferty novels, I’ve always been very much a ‘seat of pants’ writer. I still strive, periodically, to force myself to make a plan for these, but even when I manage it, the plan rarely amounts to much. Anyway, plans make the writing such a dull plod through a ‘do this and then do that’ list that, if I didn’t end up ignoring it, it would suck all the life from my writing and the fun from the work.
My Rafferty books have a lot of humour in them and require me to let my brain have plenty of freedom. I don’t like feeling ‘caged-in’ by some rigid outline. Yes, I know you can write against the outline if that’s the way the characters demand to go. But then, what’s the point in writing the blessed outline in the first place, if you’re just going to ignore it?
So, with, often, just a single idea in my head, I tend to dive in and trust to native wit and ingenuity to get me out of any plotting scrapes in my crime novels. I’ve managed it eighteen times so far (including one stand-alone and the two books in my Casey & Catt series), so I remain optimistic that the seat of my pants won’t get singed.
On with the tour UPDATE: Stroke of luck! the lovely and talented crime author Leigh Russell, has agreed to be one of the two authors to follow me on this Author Process Blog Hop. She’ll post, answering the same four questions, on her own blog on Monday 14 July 2014 (here’s the link to Leigh’swebsite: http://www.leighrussell.co.uk/. And here’s the link to her blog: http://leighrussell.blogspot.co.uk/)
Leigh is the highly successful author of the Geraldine Steel series. She is a No 1 Best Seller on Amazon’s Kindle and her awards include the following:
Cut Short was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood DaggerAward 2010. Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People’s Book Prize 2014. And now the Geraldine Steel series and Ian Peterson spin off series have been optioned by Avalon Television Ltd to be made into a TV series. How exciting! Congratulations on that, Leigh!
Leigh’s other books include: Fatal Act, Stop Dead, Death Bed, Cold Sacrifice, Road , Dead End and Cut Short.
Leigh’s next novel is the second DS Ian Peterson Murder Investigation, entitled Race to Death, to be published September 2014 (available for pre-order). But the digital edition is available now.
I’m afraid I have a confession to make here. I’ve asked various authors to take part in the tour, but, so far, I’ve had no takers (holidays, other commitments, the usual stuff in busy lives). But I hope to update this post before the end of the week with news of the next authors on the tour. Watch this space!
Just to let you know that DEAD BEFORE MORNING, the first in my 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn police procedural series, is now FREE! (only in the UK so far; I hope to persuade Amazon to price-match in other countries also, but no luck so far).
I expect to keep it free for the foreseeable future so you can have an introduction to my work. I f you like British procedural series that have a quirky take on family life and police work it could be worth your while to download it.
ABOUT THE RAFFERTY AND LLEWELLYN SERIES
Brit DI Joe Rafferty, working-class lapsed Catholic, is cursed by coming from a family who think — if he must be a copper — he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.
And, if you like Tudor Biographical Historical Fiction, don’t forget that Reluctant Queen: The story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English king, Henry VIII,is a Goodreads Giveaway until 30 April 2014, with the chance to win one of ten copies of the pb edition.
‘A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author’s love of the Tudor period shines through.’ HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Venice. Beautiful place, but oh, those endless steps over the canals! My weary, couch potato legs proved unable for the challenge (an inability not improved when I decided to put myself on a starvation diet for the duration after checking out the restaurant prices). I had to keep taking a rest on the bottom steps and hope some great, gallumphing, fellow tourist didn’t stand on me!
I took out a BookBub ad for Death Line #3 in my Rafferty and Llewellyn procedural series on 9 March 2014.
I also entered it in Amazon’s Select programme and had four free days from 7 – 10 March 2014.
I chose to go with the free book option in the Mystery Category (or, rather, my finances chose this option as the only one viable!).
Here’s the screenshot for 9 March, the day of my best ranking on amazon.com:
As you can see, Death Line reached a ranking of 2 Free Overall.
No 1 in Police Procedurals.
No 1 in British Detectives.
There was an all-country total download of 46,882, with the US responsible for nearly all of it.
Here’s the country by country Amazon breakdown mid-morning on 11 March, one day after my freebie offer finished and two days after the BookBub ad:
I’ve made a few edits to make allowance for my woeful maths and general brain fatigue! I had originally mistakenly listed the paid sales as just for the book that was the subject of the Bookbub ad, when in fact it was for all books. Mea Culpa.
THIS TOTAL COMPARES WITH AN ALL BOOKS PAID SALES RATE OF 272 (including 3 borrows) BY THE SAME DATE IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
This worked out as a Total Daily Sales Rate for all books of 42.90 on 11 March compared to a Total Daily Sales Rate of 24.72 on 11 February 2014. The PredictedMonthly Sales Rates were 1,330, compared to a Predicted Monthly Sales Rate of 766.54 and an actual February Sales Rate of 630 (I’ve had to pretend in the predicted figure that February had 31 days instead of only 28 to give a proper comparison).
In addition, the sales of the first and second in the series greatly increased and at mid-morning on 11 March had sales for the US totalling 152 for the first and 94 for the second in the series. Prior to the Bookbub ad sales for these two books were 11 and 8 respectively at 23.30 GMT on 7 March. Just over one a day.
So that would make the comparative Daily Sales of these books:
Dead Before Morning13.81 on 11 March and only 1.57 on 7 March
Down Among the Dead Men 8.54 on 11 March and only 1.14 on 7 March.
I also made my very first sales of any sort to Brazil and Mexico and had only my second ever Japanese downloads.
Admittedly, we’re not dealing in enormous numbers of sales here; no J K Rowling, me! But the BB ad shifted an awful lot more books. I’m sure you’re able to work out what the percentage increase is (if you do, can you share? Never quite got to grips with percentages).