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Posted on 14 Jan 2012 12:13:21 GMT
Dr. Watson says:
Hi everyone!

I know it is not my book, but this needs promoting, it has undertones of genius, incredibly clever, witty and at some points laught out loud funny!

Well worth a try! I believe it is free at the minute too!
Youthful Eyes

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 13:31:40 GMT
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Posted on 14 Jan 2012 13:38:12 GMT
A man is dead. The killer is a woman. But what secrets lie beneath the surface - so dark that a man has to die?

Only the Innocent has an average of 4.86 starts over 29 reviews (UK and US) on Amazon

It's currently being sold for just 0.93 on Amazon UK for a limited period. I would love you to download it and let me know what you think.

Good luck to everybody on this forum - I know what you're all going through with the pain and thrills of marketing your book. But I bet it's been worth it!


Posted on 14 Jan 2012 14:06:00 GMT
Thanks for the recommendations

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 14:27:12 GMT
I have just discovered Kindle self publishing - its great. I have written loads of stuff over the last 20 years, and now its all coming to the surface!
So far, I have concentrated on the shorter material because of the time to format it, but I have loads of longer stuff too. Some is short fiction

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 14:31:05 GMT
what kind of stories Andrew? will look out for them

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 15:43:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2012 15:51:23 GMT
I put in some links, but it seems the system cannot cope with them, and prematurely terminated my post!

This weekend, the free offering on KDP is The Gentleman with the Lamp but last weekend it was Babbage and the Buskers which got an amazing review and five stars! It is a serious analysis as to whether the reason Charles Babbage did not make a working computer was because he hated buskers. I have written other computer related stuff too.

Most of my fiction is short stories with a lot of dialogue and a twist in the tail. I try to make it fun to read, Even in the technical stuff. It has also been suggested that I might have been to the Ronnie Corbett school of story telling, but if I told you, I would have to kill you!

Just so you know - dont put quotemarks in your posts - the system freaks out!

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 15:45:37 GMT
Minijax says:
I think you're determined to tease us with only half the sentence, Andrew.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 16:07:28 GMT
mark says:
Here's the blurb for my debut novel, Flux

Iain is looking forward to the weekend when a number nineteen bus shatters his body, but broken bones are the least of his worries.

In this disturbing yet darkly funny novel, Iain's near death experience is not a vision of exquisite godliness with light at the end of a tunnel. Instead he experiences a place of darkness and heat, inhabited by foul creatures, the sounds of suffering and a beast.

During a long recovery Iain becomes plagued by nightmares and premonitions, shadowy apparitions, a magpie, and a vile old man. They all have a message, that something wants Iain and it won't give up easily.

Iain's friends do their best to cheer him up in the best way they know how, until the unexpected events of one sunny afternoon mean that he is on his own, caught up in the age old battle of good versus evil.

Currently sitting at #22 in >fantasy>horror.
Hope you enjoy it.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 17:19:36 GMT
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 77p

It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.
--The Bookbag

1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader

"1923" is uplifting and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

1923: A Memoir is a protest against social injustice, corruption, war, famine, poverty, and societies blinded by greed. More importantly, it is the story of hope and the notion that anything can be overcome if desired. --The Publishing Guru

"Smith stays true to himself and his inner voice as he recounts the events of his early life."-Feeding My Book Addiction
From the Back Cover
The sky is clear. I am in the back of a truck, in a long convoy of vehicles. We are moving like an enormous centipede up a two lane road. There are 15 men in each lorry. Woodbine cigarettes and Capstans dangle from our mouths. The straps to our tin helmets hang loosely around our chins. We are cocksure and unafraid. We are survivors and conquerors pushing our way through northern Germany. Opposite our convoy, there is an endless procession of refugees. They are pushing their scant possessions in hand carts or dragging along worn luggage with ropes wrapped around them. The procession contained men and women, the young and the old. Thin, cadaverous horses followed the throng dragging their hoofs in the thin soil beside the road. The jetsam was a mixture of forced labourers, ex prisoners, ex concentration camp inmates and the Diaspora from Germany's eastern provinces. They were all moving southward, as if believing that their homes still existed or that they still had relatives alive to give them shelter. If the Netherlands and Belgium were any example to me, there was little left of Europe. What had not been bombed had been looted and what had not been looted had been burned to the ground.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 17:30:13 GMT
My first Young Adult novel came out in November and has had a couple of good review: Ghost Club: The Unloved

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 19:38:36 GMT
Here are some of the reviews my book has attracted I am overwhelmed and so proud.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Turnkey or Not?, 30 Dec 2011
By ravah - See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Turnkey or Not (Kindle Edition)
an absolute fascinating insight to the world of the prison service through the eyes of a long serving prison officer. the story was well written and easy to follow. the light humour that ran throughout the whole book reflected the character mr levy must have been during his time in the prison service. for a first book his writing skills are spot on. Mr Levy should now consider maybe writing another book. well done. enjoyed reading this book and it is the sort of book you do not want to put down. A MUST BUY.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A Turnkey Or Not? Tony Levy, 24 Dec 2011
By Whitto ! - See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Turnkey Or Not? (Paperback)
Tony's autobiography of his twenty five years in Her Majesty's Prison Service is a gripping read from start to finish. I almost read the whole book in one sitting, showing just how interesting it is. I left the Prison Service nearly ten years ago for similar reasons that Tony highlights in his book. It gives the outsider an interesting perspective of what actually does go on behind the locked gates and high walls surrounding our prisons, instead of the hype and spin that various other agencies want the public to believe. It highlights just how the staff are looked upon and treated by senior managers and the necessary support of friends and colleagues in some very traumatic circumstances. An emotional rollercoaster, having you laughing out loud at some anecdotes and also sad at the tragedies that can happen during life in prison. Tony gives a balanced view, also highlighting incidents from a prisoners perspective too.
If you only read one book this year, make it this one, you wil not be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy memories, 22 Dec 2011
By Turnkey - See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Turnkey or Not (Kindle Edition)
After just retiring from the prison service after serving for 31 years I can only say that Mr Levy has done a superb job of putting pen to paper.
This well written book brings back so many vivid memories of my own time in the service. I would recommend this book to anyone either in the service or not. If you are new to the service this book will give you a great insite as to what we dinosaurs had to go through and the kind of wind-ups you will never have the chance to do these days due to being political correct.
If you have never worked in the service and would like to see what being a prison officer is all about, this book is a must.
Well done Mr Levy, and thank you for bringing back so many memories.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read: A Turnkey or Not?, 22 Dec 2011
By Gitana - See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Turnkey Or Not? (Paperback)
Having been closely associated with the police force for over 20 years, I was intrigued to learn more of the life behind the prison walls. A Turnkey or Not? answered many questions and provided a fascinating insight into the political and working arena of a prison officer's life. An interesting read, sprinkled with humour, but highlights the sad reflection of how so-called progress evolves into backward steps. A lesson to learn!
A Turnkey Or Not?

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 20:24:03 GMT
D. Andrews says:
My book, posted here a couple of days ago on this forum, is free today and tomorrow (14 & 15th Jan) in Kindle format:
The Serpent in the Glass (The Tale of Thomas Farrell)

Middle-grade fantasy, but it would also appeal to adults.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 21:22:24 GMT
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Posted on 14 Jan 2012 21:24:24 GMT
Briano King says:

If you're looking for something new in fantasy and action and adventure, I hope you will enjoy my first book in 'The Shadow Guardians Saga'.

In a future world made of four lands, a near apocalyptic event known as 'The Awakening' has revived Earth's long-dormant magical forces, which are bestowed upon the chosen and only those who have cheated death. Blessed with these powers, the 'shadow guardians' not only have super-human abilities but the gift to use shadows as portals to other lands. The book follows the story of Tenju and Aikki, two young and gifted shadow guardians who are sent to search for answers when other shadow guardians start to mysteriously disappear. However, what begins as a simple surveillance mission soon escalates into a predicament where they question their trust, friendship and the cause of the very mission itself.

The Shadow Guardians (The Shadow Guardians Saga)

Happy reading!

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 22:26:37 GMT
MadCow says:
We surveyed the purple walls and the king size bed with its leopard skin headboard and bed cover. A cat o'nine tails hung from the bedpost.

`Talk about coitus interruptus!' said the Bumble. He sat up in bed resplendent in a white singlet that needed the Daz doorstep challenge. I guess we were it. I threw a Marlboro to him then lit my own.

He stuck the cig in his mouth. `Got a light then?' he said, unabashed by our entrance.

`Sure,' I said and strolled over to the bed. I took out the can of lighter fluid and sprinkled it over the bedclothes covering his fat carcass.

`Hey! What the f*** are you doing?' He attempted to get out of the bed.

I pushed him back and struck a match. `Move, and your chestnuts get toasted,' I said. `You almost got me and your brother killed, you f***er! Switching the gold bars and loading the gun with blanks - that your idea of a laugh?'

`You're still here aren't you?'

The Bumble's End
Jimmy Bain
Crime/Tartan Noir/Dark Humour

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 22:28:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2012 22:29:43 GMT
MadCow says:
The van doors slammed and the vehicle started up and sped across the motel car park. Lauren bounced around in the back as it jounced over the hard snow. She skidded to the right and banged her hip against a wheel-hub as the van presumably turned onto the road. As the speed increased, a wave of anger burned through her. How dare they! How bloody dare they! They must surely know by now she wasn't the person they wanted.
She struggled over onto her side and managed to unwind herself from the blanket a little. Another roll, and another, and she was more or less free of it. Jerking her arms outward, she threw it off and sat up. Her lip was bleeding again.
Hot from her exertions as well as her rage, she swivelled around to look to the front of the van, expecting to see through a gap or a window into the driver's cab. What she saw instead made her overheated blood run cold as ice.

Don't Look Down THRILLER
Barbara Scott Emmett

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 22:44:47 GMT
If I was going to write a review of my first novel, a fantasy adventure called The Legend of Finndragon's Curse, I couldn't have done it better than the real one that I have pasted below:
This is a magical tale which transports the reader not only to the magical welsh mountains but right back to their childhood. The storyline is truly original, capturing the essence of Welsh legend with echoes of Tolkien and Blyton thrown in for good measure. The only thing that could have improved my reading experience is if i were reading by torch light in a den made from my mums tablecloth, dining chairs and broom. Cant wait for the next instalment Mr Earl. The Legend of Finndragon's Curse

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 22:51:21 GMT
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Posted on 15 Jan 2012 08:22:00 GMT
N S Cooke says:
Bandwidth: The Story of Devlin Mallard - Revenge of a Torbay Ghost

Devlin Mallard - I'm afraid he's a badie, anti-hero. A nasty piece of work: wife beater; womaniser; psychotic killer with a twisted sense of black humour. And did I mention he died in 1929, hung for a crime. But he's back - surfing the BANDWIDTH. Out for revenge. And who can stop him? A computer programmer? A washed up detective? Or a pair of old ladies who bake scones and hold a weekly seance?

Posted on 15 Jan 2012 09:06:11 GMT
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Posted on 15 Jan 2012 14:41:16 GMT
Lee Emerick says:
20 Years After The Zombie Apocalypse
Harriette Madyson is the last woman alive. Twenty years ago her world came to an end when a zombie plague engulfed the population of Earth. At the tender age of seven she found herself in a nightmarish situation where the dead literally returned to life. Left with little to use and nowhere to hide Harri now finds herself stalked across the frozen desolate landscape of North America pursued by the former love of her life. All that she has to keep her going is the hope that she can make it home to die in peace.

Survival After The Zombie Apocalypse
Konnor Roland picks up from where Harriett Madyson left off in the next installment of the Zombie Apocalypse series.
In the last bastion of the old world, Konnor finds humanity's future threatened again, as the machinery of the past they have grown reliant on breaks down.
With little choice, Konnor must enter an old military underground bunker full of danger and death to repair a water purifier before mass panic ensues above ground, bringing an end to the last survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse.

Both of the above books are available together as The Zombie Apocalypse

Extinction Theory
Sydney Trent, a mass extinction theorist unfortunately finds one of his darkest theories becoming reality as humanity faces it own possible extinction. In a race against time Sydney must face and fight his own demons as the dead literally take to their feet. A spin on the popular zombie genre this book goes against the grain by exploring what else could create and drive a zombie as well as a nightmare zombie outbreak!

Super Nova
Set over 100 years in the future, Commander Jack Emerick finds him self in a difficult situation. His team have been tasked with securing a disabled military facility in a far flung uninhabited area of space. However when they get there they find something far more sinister than a mutinous crew or terrorist activity that threatens the future survival of all mankind.

Mechanical Jihad (Super Nova)
Sequel to Super Nova
Jack and Cantrell return to find themselves in troubling times. Yet again the Mechanicals are plotting against humanity only this time their plans come to fruition. This latest tale in the Super Nova series finds humanity on the brink of extinction as they fight for their very right to survive. Live and let live is something that the Mechanicals do not understand.

Three Lee Emerick books in one volume
Contains Extinction Theory, Super Nova and Mechanical Jihad

Posted on 15 Jan 2012 21:29:17 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
The latest reviewer to have read Tollesbury Time Forever calls it "a strange, magical book" and claims "you won't find another book like it again." Not bad for 0.77p!

Posted on 15 Jan 2012 23:46:15 GMT
MadCow says:
Some guy beat the cr*p out of Tijuana with his false arm and pushed him into the river.

The Bumble's End by Jimmy Bain
Crime but not as we know it.

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 12:04:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2012 19:06:54 GMT
Avid Reader says:
Distant Suns is an apocalyptic thriller. What do you think would happen if we had two suns in our Solar System? Single sun solar systems are rare and Jupiter had all the right ingredients, but fell short of becoming a sun. If it were given the material it needed to become a sun, what do you think would happen on Earth? Distant Suns follows the lives of several individuals and spans the globe as this drama unfolds.
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