Sunday, 29 January 2012

Get into K J's Shorts!

I have just released K J Shorts - a short selection of short stories on Kindle. It's on sale at the minimum price of 99 cents or 77 pence.

BUT - you can get your hands on K J’s Shorts for free on Saturday - Sunday 4th & 5th February, from approximately  08:00 AM GMT (12:01 PST) - it's a 48 hour offer.

See Amazon UK and Amazon USA for book details.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Book review - Sanctus

SanctusSanctus by Simon Toyne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this fast-paced, page turning thriller. If Dan Brown was half as good as his book sales suggest, this is the book he could have written – but he’s not, and he didn’t.

I know there are lots of books out there with religious themes of conspiracy and evil deeds, but this stands out, not least because the author has given the Templers and Catholics a break and has made up a religious sect in Turkey.

My one adverse criticism is that I think the author overcooks it at the end. It became immensely frustrating having half-a-dozen viewpoints constantly on a cliff-edge. At some point near the end I was screeching out loud: “JUST GET IT DONE WITH!” When he did get it done with the ‘secret’ was a bit of an anti-climax, because he’d ramped up too much tension before it was revealed.

I will, however, read the sequel.

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Friday, 13 January 2012

Book Review - Annabel Horton, Lost With of Salem

Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of SalemAnnabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem by Vera Jane Cook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where do I start?

This novel is amazing: beautifully written, gripping, and un-putdownable (I nearly overran my journey to work via London Underground several times).

Vera Jane Cook has created a timeless character in Annabel Horton – literally. Destined for her soul to pass through time dimensions and to constantly face her demons, Annabel must save her extended family from the Devil’s clutches. When I say extended, I mean close relatives, extended by several hundred years!

Running at about 137,000 words it is never tedious. It is, however, sometimes complex matter to keep up with the family tree, but it is well worth bearing with.

At times heartfelt, always verging on the dramatic, Vera Jane Cook’s novel is a masterpiece. When reading this you may find yourself questioning time and reality, but I doubt you’ll question the abilities of this author. Five very large stars.

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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Well, first post of the new year.

Happy, and all that formal stuff.

I don’t have too much to say right now, except that my beloved novel, Pike’s Quest, has received yet another 5 Star review on Amazon UK. I know there is a damned good author reading it right now – Vera Jane Cook, and early indications are that she is really enjoying it. I await a final assessment. I have to say, I’ve taken her early comments a very high praise indeed – see her CV and you’ll see why.  

I'm writing the sequel to Pike's Quest - I hope more people buy the first one very soon. Anyone who's read an enjoyed it - please pass the word ASAP. Tell everyone how good it is - how GREAT it is - and how CHEAP it is until the end of January (only 77p on Amazon UK, 72p on Kobo/WHSmith, 99 cents in the US. If you know any publishers/agents, tell them, too.

Just an update on my last post: rBooks sent me a holding response to let me know that they had passed my message on to Random House and that I should get a reply in the new year. At the time of writing, the e-book version of The Fear Index, by Robert Harris is still on their website at £19.81  nearly £1.00 more than the hardback version.

I wait with baited breath ...