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#BookLaunch: Pandora’s Prophecy by @JulieRyan18

#BookLaunch

Social media is a wonderful thing. It’s a place to hang out and make friends, and to meet new authors and their books. It’s my great honour to showcase today the wonderful Julie Ryan with her third release in her Greek Island mystery series. Give it up for Pandora’s Prophecy!

Pandora’s Prophecy

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‘Pandora’s Prophecy’ is the third in the Greek Island mystery series but can be read as a standalone, although some characters from the previous books do make an appearance.

Lisa and Mark are going through a rough patch, Vicky is seventeen and has just discovered that the man she thought was her father really isn’t, Ruth is getting over her husband’s betrayal after nearly twenty-five years of marriage. On the surface they have nothing in common except that they are all staying in the same hotel on a Greek Island. As they each come into contact with the mysterious Pandora, their lives will change forever. Bodies begin to pile up as a serial killer is on the loose who might just be targeting the hotel. The Island’s Police Chief, Christos Pavlides, tries to solve the puzzle but he has problems of his own to resolve. It seems that the local celebrity author is the one who holds the key.

 About Julie

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Julie Ryan was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and two cats, a rescue cat and a dippy cat with half a tail.  She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.

She is the author of three novels set in Greece, “Jenna’s Journey”, “Sophia’s Secret” and ‘Pandora’s Prophecy.” She considers Greece to be her spiritual home and visits as often as she can. This series was inspired by her desire to return to Crete although there is a strong pull to revisit the Cyclades too.

 Jenna’s Journey | Sophia’s Secret | Pandora’s Prophecy

Author links

Twitter:  @julieryan18

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Julieryanauthor

Blog:  www.allthingsbookie.com and www.juliesworldofbooks.blogspot.co.uk

Huge congratulations, Julie, and best of luck with the launch of Pandora’s Prophecy! Peeps, what do you think? Are you intrigued?

In the name of research… I’ll even eat oysters.

It’s no secret that I love sea food of almost all kinds. So do my leading ladies. Sophie is quite famous for her addiction to all things prawn and lobster. However, there was a gap in my seafood repertoire. Or my mollusc repertoire, to be precise. Oysters.

I’ve always fancied the idea of oysters, but I’d never gotten round to trying any. And then I started overthinking the whole thing and decided I could live quite well without. Until, that was, I put oysters into Alex and Casey’s mouths:

That’ll teach me not to try.’ Alex felt stupid for a moment, but then he succumbed to the funny side.

‘I haven’t had woman yet,’ he gulped. ‘Gosh, what must he be thinking?’

As if on cue, the waiter reappeared. He set down a large plate of fresh oysters on the table and smiled widely.

‘On the ‘ouse. For the ‘oney-mooners.’ He turned and spoke directly to Alex. ‘So you can ‘ave woman tonight.’ He placed air quotation marks around “‘ave”. Alex gaped at him open-mouthed while Casey snorted into her napkin once more.

Alex felt heat rising from the tips of his toes right up his body and into his head. His ears burned with embarrassment. It took him several seconds before he could speak.

‘Did he… Did he think… He didn’t think I was asking for an aphrodisiac, did he?’

Casey lifted her shoulders. She reached across the table to squeeze his hand. ‘I wouldn’t worry about it.’ She dropped her voice to a whisper. ‘Maybe you’ve inadvertently hit on the secret phrase to get free oysters in this place.’

Alex was still in shock. ‘But this is so… it’s so… it’s rude!’

‘Shh,’ Casey admonished him. ‘Now you’re being rude.’ She gave his hand a final stroke before she released her grip and sat back. Tentatively, she poked at one of the oysters with an index finger. The slimy centre of the mollusc quivered at her touch, and Casey yelped softly. ‘Eurgh! How can people eat these?’

From: 7 Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells.

Now I wrote that scene without ever having tasted oysters, and that didn’t sit well with me. How could I be sure that Alex and Casey would feel about these squidgy little things in the way I described? How could I even be sure that they are squidgy little things?

So during a recent family holiday to France, I bit the proverbial bullet and had a go. It helped that we found ourselves with some very good French friends in Arcachon, the very oyster capital of France. Here goes…

First, the shucking…

Okay, baby, I can do this.

Okay, baby, I can do this.

Careful now, that knife is sharp. Come on, give it up, you sucker.

Careful now, that knife is sharp. Come on, give it up, you sucker.

Nearly done.

Nearly done.

Next, the presentation.

Ta-da! (And no way I'm going to eat all of these!)

Ta-da!
(And no way I’m going to eat all of these!)

Lastly, the eating.

The proof of the oyster is in the eating, yada yada. Ready, steady…

Right. So this goes in my mouth...

Right. So this goes in my mouth…

...now.

…now.

And swallow.

And swallow.

It's kinda...

It’s kinda…

...salty...

…salty…

...and watery, but not necessarily unpleasant...

…and watery, but not necessarily unpleasant…

I survived! I didn’t shuck-them-up. And I didn’t end up in hospital, contrary to hubs’ dire prediction.

Would I eat them again? Sure! Would they be my first choice? Err… no. And what did I really think? Well, I put those words straight in Casey’s mouth, so you can find out for yourself…

Have you ever tried oysters? What did you think?

#BookLaunch: Grumpies on Board by @CarolEWyer

#BookLaunch

It gives me tremendous pleasure to shout today about an awesome book launch by a wonderful and outstanding author. Give it up for the one and only Carol E Wyer! I had the pleasure of meeting Carol at a book festival not too long ago and to interview her for a radio show, and I’m telling you: Carol is a funny, kind and extraordinary energy ball like no other. This is the woman who eats chocolate-covered grasshoppers (or locusts?) for a book launch. This is the woman who makes eyes at a taxi driver whilst waving an umbrella in the pouring rain outside a hotel. This is the woman who lives with GRUMPY!

Here she goes… Carol E Wyer and Grumpies on Board!

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I live with a genuine Mister Grumpy. He makes Victor Meldrew look like one of the Chuckle Brothers. He is very, very grumpy. Grumpy people do not like holidays. They don’t like too much sun. They don’t like sitting by pools surrounded by families and children and they don’t like getting old.

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I discovered years ago, the only way to drag my grumpy guts away was to offer him an alternative holiday. He needs stimulating and entertaining on holiday. He needs to explore places, be outdoors, learn facts and most of all enjoy new experiences. Guess what? He isn’t the only one who wants to enjoy adventure or active holidays.

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Over 50s are turning their backs on poolside or even rambling holidays or cruises and are seeking challenges while we are still fit and active enough to enjoy them. Many are trying out glamping or gap years, backpacking around Australia or Thailand. We are willing to consider a polar expedition, go on a yodeling holiday, crew a tall ship, climb a mountain, try out bungee jumping in New Zealand, quad biking in Morocco, travel the Extra- Terrestial Highway in the USA on a motorbike, head off for a night in a converted whisky barrel and we might even be interested in Zero Gravity trips into space. We want to grab opportunities and see the world. We want to travel further, more often and stay away for longer.

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Grumpies On Board offers a vast range of holiday possibilities—including staying in a snowball to watch the Northern Lights or learning to become a Ninja—some fascinating trivia, some super jokes (yes, honest) some true anecdotes (sorry Grumpy. I know I should have kept quiet) and comments from Mr and Mrs Grumpy about each holiday choice. It is the best travel guide you will ever have and should make you laugh.

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So, I’d like to off you your own personal invitation to join the Smile High Club and purchase a copy of Grumpies On Board out today.

Why not add something exciting to your ‘book it’ list? After all, we only live once!

Available to order from all bookshops or

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Safkhet Publishing

Grumpies on Board

A “book it” list like no other, with humorous suggestions for extreme active ageing trips and why grumpies should not go snuffle trunting

Fancy a holiday with a difference? Then pack your bags and get ready for some extreme active ageing. Us ‘older’ folk are heading away from the traditional hotel holiday and at last, having fun!

This humorous guide, compiled by Mr and Mrs Grumpy, offers alternatives to the usual holiday—from sensible to outrageous—to suit every grumpy guts.

Learn about Arctic boot camps, ayurvedic retreats, drumming holidays, ice blokarting, motoring experiences, skijorking, tubing, Vespa excursions, voodoo trips and discover why Mr Grumpy will never go truffle hunting again.

With over 300 suggestions of how to get the best out of your vacation and live life to the maximum, this book aims to inspire and entertain.

Well, people, how about it? Go and get your copy of Grumpies on Board now! Happy reading…

Would you risk it? Announcing the release of my brand new romantic comedy “7 Years Bad Sex”

It’s out today! Hooray!

 Yes! You can get 7 Years Bad Sex right now.

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Wooohooo!

Get your Kindle copy here: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon DE | Amazon CA and on any other Amazon domain.

Of course I’m bringing you paperbacks too. They’re also available from Amazon.

What’s the story?

7Years_NewTeaser1 One wedding. One curse? Disaster ever after…

A seven-years-bad-sex curse? Surely not! Yet something went wrong when rock singer Casey and drummer Alex got married on that beautiful yacht anchored off St Tropez in the south of France. Something went badly wrong. For even on their wedding night, the young couple discovers a complete and somewhat surprising inability to make love. Muddling through their honeymoon with a string of thin excuses for their predicament, the lovers defer finding a solution (and panicking) until the return to their home in London. After all, they married for life and to make rock music, not for the love of sex. Right?

But when they resume life as normal in London, all hell breaks loose. Increasingly frantic in their quest for release, the unhappy newlyweds embark on a string of hilarious and occasionally harmful antics that drives them, their band, and an assortment of random strangers to the brink of despair. But it ain’t over ‘til it’s over or, in this case… it ain’t over ‘til the newlyweds sing.

Here’s what some advance readers thought of 7 Years Bad Sex

7 Years Bad Sex is a witty, intelligent, and hilariously funny romantic comedy that aims to please… Or not, as the case may be. A must read!’ Kelly at Perusing Princesses

7 Years Bad Sex is going to be one of those books that everyone is talking about. A fantastic story, engaging plot, and totally wonderful main characters to fall in love with.’ JB Johnston at Brook Cottage Books

‘Fun and romantic, with a touch of rock and roll, 7 Years Bad Sex is a light-hearted look at what happens to one newlywed couple when they are unable to consummate their marriage—I couldn’t put it down!’ Jonita Fex at The Book Chick

‘A fantastic refreshing change, but who would have thought characters not having sex would stress me out so much? Absolutely hilarious too. Loved it!’ Rachel Miles at Love Between the Sheets

 Obviously I’m biased, but I think 7 Years Bad Sex is your Must-Read this summer! Here are those buy links again:

You can get your Kindle copy here: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon DE | Amazon CA

In the name of research…

This story sees Casey and Alex try out all manner of unusual, wonderful and occasional weird strategies to re-ignite their sex life. Natural aphrodisiacs feature on the agenda fairly early on when Alex inadvertently talks his way into getting a free serving of fresh oysters in a fancy restaurants The results… you can find those in your very own copy of 7 Years Bad Sex.

However. I wrote this part of the story with absolutely no knowledge of what oysters would look like, feel like, and **gulps** taste like. Therefore, on a recent family visit to France, I bit the bullet and did some research after the fact… More about that soon, but here’s my initial reaction.

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And the verdict? I put my words in Casey’s mouth, no pun intended. Let’s just say… it wasn’t all bad. LOL! I’ll tell you the full story about my oyster tasting next week.

Thank you, as always, and…

…happy reading! I guarantee you one thing apart from many a laugh and breathless moment whilst reading this romantic comedy. When you’ve finished reading, you’ll never toast anyone ever again without making eye contact! Or would you risk it? :-) ;-)

Add your voice to my Thunderclap for a real **bang**!

Have you heard of Thunderclap? By which I mean not the natural phenomenon nor the band, but the social media variety? The one that allows you to bring together 100s of supporters all at the same time to hold a virtual loudhailer to a message you want to share on Twitter or Facebook?

Well, it’s awesome. It really is. The possibilities are mind-blowing!

Here’s the gen.

Thunderclap is a new ‘crowd-speaking’ platform that allows you to donate a Tweet or Facebook message to an artist’s project… like for example a book launch. Like, for example, my upcoming launch of Fairy Tale in New York. If you pledge, the message is let loose on social media all at the same time. It’s completely safe, it’s not spam, and it will automatically post just one message on your behalf, just once. Like, for example, this one I made for Fairy Tale in New York.

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 I got lift off!

For a Thunderclap to go ahead, you need a minimum of 100 supporters. And I’m ecstatically pleased to report that my Thunderclap campaign for Fairy Tale in New York has lift off!

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If you want to add your support, it only takes 5 seconds to join. Really. Honestly! Try me! Here’s how:

1.  Visit this link. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/17561-fairy-tale-in-new-york

2. If you are prompted for a sign in, you can do so with your Twitter or Facebook ID

3. Click on ‘support with Twitter’ or ‘Support with Facebook.

4. Confirm by clicking ‘Add my support’.

And that’s it! If you feel like it, you can even tweet about this to get more people involved. Let’s launch my Christmas Fairy Tale with a real bang next week. :-)

Thank you!

 

Congratulations~It’s a book!

Publishing a book is like giving birth. It’s a long time coming, it involves a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears, and the euphoria when you finally hold your baby in your hands is second to none.

I gave ‘real’ birth twice, to two wonderful little boys. But this is my FIFTH book baby, and the emotion, excitement and pride are every bit as intense as they were for the previous four book births and their real life flesh-and-blood-baby counterparts.

I write romance with rock stars, and here’s your latest fix:

Fallen for Rock: Out today!

Fallen for Rock: Out today!

 Fallen for Rock

‘A thrilling and delicious story of love and self-discovery woven around a broken romance that will make you turn page after page and cheer to the end.’

Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock.

Glossy and sophisticated professional high-flyer Emily has no time for nonsense such as the rock music her ex-boyfriend Nate adored so much. Yet when she unexpectedly comes into possession of VIP tickets—access all areas—for new rock band phenomenon, MonX, she can’t resist the temptation.

The fateful gig turns into more than one night, and Emily finds herself strangely drawn to this new and unfamiliar glittery world. However, only weeks later, MonX and her own universe fall apart with devastating consequences for all. When MonX lead singer Mike appeals for her help, she reluctantly embraces a new opportunity. But she soon discovers that while she may be a rock chick after all, a groupie she is not… Or is she?

Just exactly where do her loyalties lie? And what direction will her life take now that she’s left behind everything she treasured?

Warning! Fallen For Rock contains some explicit content and strong language that may not be suitable for readers under eighteen years of age.

 Get it now!
Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Amazon.de | Amazon.ca | Amazon.au

Party Time!

Join me today, 30 June 2014, on Facebook and Twitter for all-day launch festivities including games, music, flash giveaways, and virtual food and drink.

Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of Fallen for Rock and to spread some joy, I’m giving away the following items:

One Large Signed Poster of “Fallen for Rock”

Three Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Swag (Postcards and Bookmarks)

Three Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock SWAG SPECIAL” including 2 bookmarks, 2 postcards and 2 guitar picks

Five Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Guitar Picks (two picks per set)

One Set of “The Complete Nicky Wells Swag” (signed): Bookmarks and postcards for Sophie’s Turn, Sophie’s Run, Sophie’s Encore, Spirits of Christmas and Fallen for Rock

One Audio CD: Bon Jovi “Greatest Hits” (2010)

 One Amazon Gift Certificate for £5/$7 or equivalent

Fallen for Rock Swag

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The Small Print: Giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway entrants must be aged 18 or over. Giveaway closes at midnight on 14 August 2014. Winners will be notified by email.

The Tour

I write romance with rock stars. I know all about touring. Of course I’m taking this release on tour! Here’s a list of all the wonderful blogs that will be hosting Fallen for Rock with reviews, guest posts and/or interviews over the coming weeks. Give these bloggers a big round of applause when you stop by there: they are truly amazing, and I couldn’t do what I do without their support.

30 June 2014 Samantha Stroh Bailey
30 June 2014 Celtic Connexions
30 June 2014 Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog
30 June 2014 Rosie Amber
30 June 2014 The Adventures Within
30 June 2014 Love Between the Sheets
30 June 2014 Perusing Princesses
30 June 2014 Random Rants and Rambling from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Drama Queen
02 July 2014 Bless Their Hearts Mom
02 July 2014 Brook Cottage Books
02 July 2014 Comet Babe’s Books
02 July 2014 Read My Dang Book
04 July 2014 Creating Serenity
05 July 2014 Kim the Book Worm
05 July 2014 The Boyfriend Bookmark
07 July 2014 The Love of a Good Book (1)
07 July 2014 The Love of a Good Book (2)
07 July 2014 Bookworm Brandee
07 July 2014 Crooks on Books
08 July 2014 Julie’s Book Review
09 July 2014 Booketta
10 July 2014 Me and Reading
10 July 2014 Chick Lit Plus
16 July 2014 Cosmochicklitan
19 July 2014 Books to Light Your Fire
21 July 2014 Jersey Girl Book Reviews
24 July 2014 Sky’s Book Corner
04 August 2014 Emma Calin
07 August 2014 Chick Lit Central
07 August 2014 The Phantom Paragrapher
11 August 2014 Jera’s Jamboree
11 August 2014 Best Chick Lit
11 August 2014 My Pen Name Only
04 September 2014 The Book Chick
 September 2014 Literary Chanteuse
September 2014 Supportive Business Mums

See you on tour… and rock on! :-)

Have you Fallen for Rock yet?

Last minute panic…

Good morning! Or not, as the case may be. I’m sitting here, poised and ready to upload Fallen for Rock to Amazon for release on Monday. The files are polished, the blurbs are ready, the pricing is worked out to the penny… all systems are go, and then this happens when I try to visit the Kindle Direct Publishing homepage:

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Now I’ve been an Amazon customer since it was first born way back when and a KDP author since 2011. I’ve never seen a screen like that. My first reaction is abject terror. What is going on?

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I have a book launch on Monday. I need to upload my book file urgently. KDP can take anything from 12 hours to 48 hours to upload a file to Amazon. With that, I have to walk a very fine line. I don’t want the book available too far ahead of launch day because that’ll spoil the fun. I definitely want it available on launch day because otherwise… that’ll spoil the fun too.

Thus I thought: Upload on Saturday morning for a Monday release. That ought to do it. Right?

Yes. Unless, of course, I can’t get the book uploaded!!

So I do some digging, and it turns out that the problem doesn’t lie with Amazon at all.

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I dig some more and discover that the problem is countrywide… (we’re talking UK here, of course).

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To add insult to injury, the site for logging outage queries or complaints with BT is also down! In fact, the only sites that are working right at this moment are Google, Facebook and, thankfully, WordPress (otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this). Speaking of Facebook, I posted there and had a heart-warming response of sympathy and encouragement. I love you, folks! Here’s just a snapshot of the conversation that ensued…

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So what’s next? Drink tea and stay calm, I think. (I’d post a photo, but I’m still in my jamas!)

There’s nothing much else I can do right now except sit tight and wait. At the time of publishing this post, all the affected sites, including KDP and Amazon, are still unavailable to me. Don’t get me wrong. I know technology goes wrong, and I suspect (hope!) that the good folks at BT are working like mad  to get this fixed. But why did it have to be this particular Saturday morning? I mean, come on, I only upload books twice a year!

Still, there’s no point in ranting. I’ll keep checking and trying, because that’s my job as your friendly author of romance with rock stars, LOL. In fact, this whole situation is not unlike the sound desk going down just minutes before a gig, so I do feel quite rock star. :-)

And the reason I’m writing this? Well, for one, it gives you a lovely insight into the world of publishing, specifically the last minute hiccups that make life so very exciting. And for another, it’s just so that you’ll know why Fallen for Rock may not be available very first thing on Monday morning, 30 June, as previously promised. But I’ll do my utmost to make it happen.

Thanks for reading, and rock on. Wish me luck! x

12:46pm ~ POSTSCRIPT: My hopes were fulfilled and prayers granted!!! The outage ceased, the sites became available, and the book is uploaded pending review and going live… squeeeee!