Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
Thanks to all my friends who helped spread the word about the recent free promotion on A Raucous Time, I know how valuable everyone's time is, and I'm truly grateful for your support.
Recently though, I've been squandering the precious stuff over at Pinterest, creating a board for actors and locations suitable for "A Raucous Time". Come on over and see my wish list - and see if you agree with my choices! Click here to visit the board.
Along with the third and last (so far!) Celtic Cousin adventure, An Explosive Time, A Raucous Time is now available to download at a Summer Special Sale price of only 99 cents, or 77p.
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Massive thanks to all who've downloaded, and tweeted & shared about this freebie - it ain't over yet of course - if you haven't already grab this fun action packed story for your kindle until Midnight 28th May (EST time).
Already done that and got the tee shirt? The action gets even weirder for long suffering DI Crombie in "An Explosive Time" - he's on the trail of a disappearing elephant - a trail that unsurprisingly leads straight to the Celtic Cousins' front door - while upstairs in Rhyllann's bathroom an even greater surprise awaits Crombie. Snap it up now for only 99 cents, around 77p.
A brief apology & explanation for something that I should had done but didn't do. "Crombie's Christmas" was only intended to be a short free Christmas special. To send it free on Amazon meant enrolling this little stocking filler into 'select', and unfortunately I allowed the select period to "Roll over". So apologies if you purchased this, and found it a little too short a shortie. But the good news is more outings are planned for DI Derek "Tigger" Crombie, and you're cordially invited to request an advance reader copy, free, of course!
AN EXPLOSIVE TIME FOR ONLY 99 CENTS/77P CLICK HERE.
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The Celtic Cousins' Adventures - Time after time after time.
With perfect timing, one of my wonderful readers has posted a new review on "A Raucous Time" - which is now available as a free download until Tuesday 28th May (offer ends at midnight EST - which is Wednesday morning here in the UK!)
And there's more ...earlier this month, I asked "The Mind Palace" if they'd be interested in an advance reader copy of my current work in progress, "The Griffin's Girl". The answer came back "Yes - but we'd like to read "The Griffin Cryer" first. One of their Palace Review Squad, A E Shaw has written an insightful and complimentary review, which you can read here, "The Indie Pub" along with other indie publications which win "The Mind Palace's" approval, this is their mission statement:
"Here at the Mind Palace we fully support those who publish through those amazing independent publishers who have kicked our viewing pleasures wide open. The books that are produced via this route are the little gems that keep us on the edge of our seat and begging for more."
A massive thank you to everyone who takes the time and trouble to review, book bloggers and readers alike! It's wonderful to have feedback, and I'm very appreciative. If you've read a great book lately, remember it's good to share!
Here are the links once again to download a free copy of A Raucous Time.
Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk or viewBook.at/B0062SDMV8
Would YOU like an advance reader's copy of "The Griffin Cryer's" sequel? Message me on facebook, tweet on twitter to @tinksaid, or join my mailing list. Thank you!
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I've had a free house all afternoon, and managed to write two blog posts. I've come to the conclusion that I'd fail miserably if I entered Words Unlimited Writing Contest.
And that's a shame. Laura's book cover would be very easy compose a story for, a mysterious robed figure against a very dramatic background – is it a she? if so, how did she get there, what is she doing there – is this an ending or a beginning? Like life, so many questions, and searching for answers is how all my stories begin. Although I usually begin at the end; and smile when readers remark that most of my stories conclude with a strong finish. The exception is "A Ripple in Time" where I trust readers to work out for themselves the identity of the stranger on the shore.
The start of the Celtic Cousins' Adventures, "A Raucous Time" goes free tomorrow, for 72 hours until 11.59 EST 28th May 2013. Our boys have a pretty raucous time hunting for King John's lost treasure.
The story behind the story began with a simple idea – Why has King John's treasure – lost in the thirteenth century – never been found? There's no excuse really – apart from the sons growing up and leaving me with too much time on my hands but I continued musing: what if it wasn't lost, but hidden? Who would hide it – and why? If you'd like to discover more about how this story evolved, come on over to the Celtic Cousins' own site, where I'll reveal all.
If you just want a stonking good read this Bank Holiday Weekend, download "A Raucous Time" from Amazon.com, or Amazon.co.uk. (Ave. 4.7/13 reviews, 5*/7 customer reviews).
Words Unique Writing Contest: Since Mervyn of Talon Publishing is my editor, and of course Laura Wright LaRoche is a very good friend and also designer of two of my own book covers, I'm not entering the Words Writing Contest. But you can - and should! A book cover designed and donated by Laura will be revealed on Words at one minute past midnight (British Summer Time) on 25th May. You then have 72 hours to write a short story to complement the cover. So what are you waiting for - get on over to Words now! Or at least - after you've read this post!
Charlie Plunkett's Unique Sketch Contest: I wouldn't want you to miss out on Charlie Plunkett's great free contest either - go to Charlie's site, download this wonderful sketch of Balkind and friends by Damian H, and bring it to life with colour. Then take a photo of your finished artwork and stick it on facebook, or pinterest, or tweet to either me, @tinksaid, or Charlie, @Charlieplunkett. Winners will be given advance reader copies of my work in progress, which is a sequel to "The Griffin Cryer."
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Thanks to all those who downloaded "An Explosive Time" I hope you enjoy this wild whacky Celtic Cousins' Adventure. Many of you took Detective Inspector Crombie to heart after his brave (some might say fool hardy) actions in "A Raucous Time". Over forty, Crombie obviously has an interesting past. We're currently negotiating with the grumpy old copper to tell all. The good news is there's a series of adventures planned, provisionally entitled "A Case For Crombie". If you'd like a chance of an advance reader copy simply use this form, and future updates will arrive in your email box.
There's still around twelve hours left for you to grab a free copy of "An Explosive Time", just click on the link and as if by magic it'll turn up on your kindle or e-reader. If you enjoy the read, please spare a few seconds to review. Your opinion matters, and helps other readers find good books. And makes for a less neurotic Crombie.
"An Explosive Time" will be free to download from tomorrow for five days until the 23rd May. Sharrel of Free EBooks Daily - (that's her site button on our blog bar) invited the grumpy fat man over to her site for a chat. Like all good interviewers, Sharrel managed to winkle a few secret passions from Crombie, however, his lips remain tightly closed about "The Great Elephant Stampede". As the chronicler of The Celtic Cousins' Adventures, I'm as disappointed as anyone else that we may never know the truth about what happened in Africa. However, that won't stop me speculating. Wren and Rhyllann presumably know what happened. No surprise Wren won't tell - he's always been deviously secretive. However, for the gregarious Rhyllann to stay stum leads me to believe that he's deeply embarrassed by that particular adventure.An Explosive Time
Since I also know Rhyllann's mum was involved, and Crombie's always been sweet on her, and as we're all aware Africa is a continent of dark mystery and romance, well ... my imagination works overtime! Maybe one day the world will be ready for the truth. Until then, you're all very welcome to help yourself to a liberal dose of thrills, laughter and fish 'n' chips served up with An Explosive Time:
An Explosive Time: Free to download from 19th - 23rd May: Detective Inspector Crombie of the London Met deals with alligators, elephants, and a cosy little arrangement between the underworld and Whitehall that threatens to send his world supernova. It really doesn’t surprise him to discover the Celtic Cousins, the collective bane of his life, are the catalysts of this explosive time.
A bonus chapter from “The Middle of Nowhere”, the latest Paul Mallory Adventure by American writer Mr Stephen Spencer follows this edition of “An Explosive Time”.
Click here to download An Explosive Time from Amazon for free.
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If you've already enjoyed these adventures of Alfie, Crombie and the Celtic Cousins, please help spread the word - a tweet or share on facebook would be much appreciated.
Attention book lovers! The fabulous and very prolific indie author Elle Casey has organised a Super Spring Giveaway - and there are masses of titles to choose from, with over 1,500 books to give away. Take a look at these beauties: Book images are linked to Amazon so you can read the blurb & even sample those which intrigue you. Then go here Elle Casey's Springtime Indie Book Giveaway to place your order. You can request as many different titles as you wish.
Answer: Bad reviews!
What do all successful authors do about it?
Get over it!
The first one stings a little, but most successful authors (having already employed an editor, beta readers and proof readers to iron out all the little niggles,) soon learn to deal with the fact that no-one can please everyone all the time. Just make certain the "Hey – I love this book – when's the next one due out?" reviews out weigh the "This story sucks and I barely managed to read it through my yawns" type of reviews, and hope to please most of the people most of the time. By the way, this advice is given by mega successful authors, not just me!
In case any regular blog readers are wondering what brought this little "tough love homily" on, it's because I happened to read a post written by someone who appeared to be in pieces because of one bad review. I meant to compose an uplifting "there there my dear, cry on my shoulder" type post. But really, "get over it" and "move on" makes a better author – and a shorter post.
So on to the next common trait of a successful author –
What else do all successful authors have in common?
I can't speak for other authors, but two recent parodies of "The Griffin Cryer" have had me rocking with laughter. The first has been a very public shameless rip-off by the great Randall Peterson, via his Twitter account @itsonlymeandyou. The second came from my own editor – it's too rude to re-produce here, but if you're over eighteen, and you'd like a copy of "The Griffin Cryer – The Alternative Version" (approx 300 words) email Mervyn@talonpublishing .com, with the subject line "TGC Alternative" – I sincerely hope everyone reading this takes advantage of this offer! (That'll teach him!)
Third and last common successful author trait –
(or if you prefer successful author common trait)
"Write the first draft with the door closed, the second with the door open." (Stephen King – who else?) With this in mind, Sean & Daniel Campbell who are currently working on the long awaited sequel to their chartbusting novel "Dead on Demand" are seeking beta readers. Zoom on over to their site now, before demand exceeds supply, or drop them an email at Early Look @90daysnovel.com (join the spaces).
I'm thrilled to have three titles nominated in the 2013 eFestival of Words Competition – "An Explosive Time" appears in Best Action/Adventure, while "The Griffin Cryer" has been nominated in three categories: Best YA, Best Fantasy/Urban Fantasy and "The Book we would like to see made into a Movie". Most surprising of all, my Celtic Cousin Wren, who is undoubtedly a maverick, has been nominated for
"A Ripple in Time" has been nominated for Best Novel, and it really is an honour to be amongst such glittering company. Thank you to everyone at eFestival of Words, and good luck to all my indie author friends. I sincerely hope the best ebook wins!
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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