Showing posts with label ebooks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ebooks. Show all posts

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Release: Broken World

I've just released my latest collection "BrokenWorld" on Amazon, which consists of three darkly humorous dystopian short stories set in a world gone wrong. Are these tales a harbinger of the future of our planet or a testament to what's already taken place? Perhaps they're both.

I hope you'll check it out and decide for yourself...

Broken World: Three strange and darkly humorous dystopian tales of a world gone wrong:

Cafe Grotesquerie

In a broken world there exists a strange and sinister eating establishment unlike anything known or imagined - referred to in some quarters as Cafe Grotesquerie - where only the most discriminating and well-connected are privileged enough to enter its doors and devour its dark delicacies. Once inside, however, status still reigns supreme, and for one particular couple - Audrey and Aubrey - a hunger for power proves far more desirable than anything on the menu. But when confronted by a supercilious sommelier, the suspicious disappearance of their waiter, and civilization collapsing all around them, will they even be able to make it through dessert?

Step inside and find out...

Foreign Bodies

Victoria and Max have just arrived at their hotel, La Guerre Sans Fin, ready to enjoy an exotic bargain-priced getaway in one of the less hospitable corners of the planet. Unfortunately for them, between what they perceive to be plagues of marauding insects and wildly erratic weather patterns, their holiday soon becomes a far more perilous enterprise than anticipated. When a group of local tribesmen appear on the scene, however, they at last begin to feel as though things are about to brighten up for them. And in this broken world of theirs, indeed they are...

The Joneses

Mr. and Mrs. Jones' zealous desire to be seen as doyens of the community lead them to undertake a misguided mission that rapidly spirals out of control. Their adoption of children from an impoverished part of the world was intended to bring them widespread admiration, but when their charges turn murderous everything starts to unravel. However, in spite of the grim realities that now confront them, they remain stalwart in their pursuit of a higher social standing. But is that really the smell of victory in the air...or did things just get a little too hot to handle?

BONUS CONTENT: Includes the first 3 chapters of the best-selling sci-fi/fantasy adventure The End of the World.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Keeping Up With...

The Joneses. Yes, the third and final story in my "Broken World" trilogy will soon be completed, so in the meantime here's a peek at the book cover. Think of the tree as representing the tree of life...but in a broken world.

This one is all about the travails of parenting. The Joneses, you see, didn't have much of a clue about just what they were taking on in their rush to "adopt" Ali and Omar. And mistakes, as we all know, almost always have to be paid for.

More to come...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Paperback Editions Now Available in Europe

I'm very pleased to announce that very soon all of my books that are currently available in paperback editions in the U.S. will also be available in paperback in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

I've made most of my books available in paperback form where feasible, as I know there are many people who - quite understandably - still prefer to hold a physical book in their hands and read from paper pages rather than screens. I completely get that, and that's why, in the U.S. at least, I've been diligent in making sure hard copies were available for those who want them.

But now, I'm happy to say, they will also be available in Europe, too. Actually, I just checked and it looks like most of them are already available on the Amazon U.K. site. Perfect!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ereader News Today's Book of the Day is...

The End of the World! Yes, it's getting a little limelight today courtesy of Greg at Ereader News Today. It also has the book trailer up on the site, so if you haven't seen it yet, please head on over there by clicking here and check it out!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The End of the World on Pixel of Ink!

The End of the World is featured today on Pixel of Ink! Please head on over there and click its "like" button. If you do, I'm going to be sending you the largest package of good karma you've ever received!

I don't expect to sell Amanda Hocking or J.A. Konrath numbers, but hopefully it'll get a nice boost.

Many thanks and be sure to get lashings of good karma now!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The End of the World Book Trailer

I've finally got around to doing something that I'd wanted to do for a while now, and that is to produce a book trailer for my contemporary fantasy novella The End of the World.

I hope you'll take a look. It's only a couple of minutes long, which in the big scheme of things is really just a nanosecond of your life.

And if you do, I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kindle Finds / Kindle Fire

There’s a great new site to find books for your Kindle, named – rather aptly – Kindle Finds. The great thing about this site is that, just like listings and sponsorships at Pixel of Ink, a book needs to have a 4+ star average rating from at least 10 reviews, either on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads (that’s all from one of those sites, not a combination of the three), which helps readers know that the books they’re browsing have been screened for quality and popularity. So many more incredible books are now available due to the rapid growth of the eBook and self-publishing, but there’s also an awful lot of dross. I don’t mean that meanly, it’s just a fact – and an inevitable one (and that’s from all publishers, by the way, not just independents).

Now, allow me to say that I’m not simply recommending Kindle Finds because I have one of my own books on the site. That just wouldn’t be right. Then again…it wouldn’t be The End of the World, either.

Also, today is the day Amazon begins shipping its brand new Kindle Fire – in the U.S. at least. I think it’s going to be a while before they distribute to other countries, which is a shame. I really don’t know why they can’t do global rollouts with things like this, especially considering the size of the company.

Anyway, I don’t have one on order. I have a Kindle, of course, and it suits my needs very well. So I don’t need a Kindle Fire. Do I? Um…no, I suppose I don’t need one. But do I want one? Oh, you bet I do. You see, I’m something of a closet gadget freak. Were I a millionaire I would have rooms literally overflowing with gadgets of all kinds, most of which I would only use once, some never at all.

But as well as the gadget freak in me, there’s also the ever present pragmatist who never fails to remind me of the distinction between want and need. Who will eventually win out in the battle over Kindle Fire? Only time will tell. But the truth is I don’t need one. Then again, $200 really isn’t all that much…it’s just ten $20 bills, that’s all. But I don’t need it…but at that price…oh!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Release Day! Schism: A Psychological Thriller

The day has finally arrived for the release of my new book Schism at the Amazon Kindle Store. It’s a dark, disturbing psychological thriller laced with plenty of dark humour. I do hope you’ll check it out.

You can find it at the U.S. Amazon Kindle Store here and at the U.K. Amazon Kindle Store here.


As a boy, Horatio Higgins was ignored by the other children, but that didn't stop him having lots of friends...friends only he could see and whom he'd regale with tales of his fantastical exploits. Eventually, though, his parents became concerned at the inordinate amount of time their son appeared to spend talking to himself and took him for treatment, which, in time, proved successful...almost. One friend remained. Unfortunately it was the spiteful one.

Years later, living alone in his tiny London flat, Horatio's loneliness is mitigated only by his acid-tongued friend and the company of what he affectionately refers to as "my wife". After losing his job, however, his life begins a rapid downward spiral...that is, until he meets a sweet, impressionable young woman named Nore. As their relationship lurches unsteadily forward, Horatio finds himself struggling against a riptide of conflicting realities he's ill-equipped to cope with. Can Nore save him from himself or will she, too, be dragged into a world where the line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly and perilously blurred?

Weaving together dark humour with shocking, unsettling twists, Schism is sure to stay with you long after you've turned the last page.

Warning: This book contains Adult Subject Matter.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Reader's Guide

The End of the World is one of the featured books on today’s The Reader’s Guide. The site publishes information on quality reads and bargain ebooks for both Kindle and Nook. It’s a relatively young site, but one that seems certain to grow into a great resource for readers looking for high quality books at affordable prices. Please check it out here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Weight of Words

There's a very interesting article in the Guardian book blog at the moment, discussing the pricing of ebooks compared to traditionally published books. It's very interesting and well worth checking out. I found the cost difference between publishing a paperback compared to a high quality hardcover to be extremely surprising. And of course, with the sea change in the way consumers have access to books now that epublishing has taken off exponentially, makes it all the more fascinating.

Because ebooks cost so little to produce and distribute than physical editions, should you pay considerably less for the electronic book? Or are you actually paying for the content - for the hours and hours of hard work and imagination that the writer put into their story?

Frankly, if it was just about production costs you'd have to virtually give all ebooks away. But that isn't the point, is it? It's the content you're really buying, just as with an MP3 that contains a musician's artistry and songwriting skill.

Now, with so many indie (self) publishers selling their novels at $0.99 (and some of them becoming bestsellers) and the big houses charging ten times that and upwards in many cases, the dust has yet to settle on what people are willing to pay for a downloaded copy of a book. Personally, I think the price of the book should reflect the quality of the content (and the size of the work to some degree); the price of production is, to my mind, irrelevant.

I also think that in time (perhaps a short time) those big houses will be dropping some of their prices to a more competitive level - at least with books from lesser-known authors. But for those big name authors with huge fan bases, well...I think Stieg Larsson and Danielle Steel can sleep easy for quite some time to come.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The End of the World Is Here!

Yes, that’s right. After a few not entirely unexpected formatting problems in the conversion process, I have now published the Kindle edition of my new short novel The End of the World, adapted from my play of the same name. It’s now live on the Amazon site, ready to download to your Kindle device or app, by clicking here in the U.S. or here in the U.K.

It’s about 27,000 words in length (the equivalent of around 104 pages if translated into paperback book form) and costs a paltry 99 cents (about 62 pence), so it’s a very inexpensive and (hopefully) entertaining read.

By yours now while stocks last! :)