Monday, 28 May 2012

Playground Cool Paperback

Evening all,

As promised Playground Cool is available now in the UK in paperback. In fact, some fleet fingerd rascal has already bought a copy. Well done to them. As mentioned previously, it's £7.49. Enjoy.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Agent rejection

Morning folks,

As the title suggests I'm still banging my head against the rejection wall. I received an email from Jo Hayes at the Bell Lomax Moreton Agency which said:

"Thanks for sending us a sample of your book to review. After extensive consideration, we do not feel that we are the right agency to represent your proposed material."

Experience tells me that the consideration was most likely anything but extensive and that the "we" referred to is in fact the minimum wage Reader they employ to sift the slush pile. Still, been there before.

I have to admit when the email landed yesterday I was surprised as I have no memory of submitting anything to this agency. Mind you, my email to them is dated 18th March so it's no wonder I don't recall.

Anyway, no harm done. In other news me and the wife are a bit pink from the sun and the decorating has past the halfway stage.


Friday, 25 May 2012

Playground Cool Paperback in Europe!

That's right folks. As of ten minutes ago I have added Amazon Europe to my distribution channels for Playground Cool. Eh?

It means that if you don't have a Kindle but you want to read my book, or like me you just prefer the feel of a real book, you can now buy my debut novel in print from and the rest of their Euro websites. Exciting times.

Sadly it's a bit pricey (£7.49) but it is pretty good. Amazon need a few days to update the sites so you can find it so I'll post a link when it's ready. Needless to say the rest of my books will be made available in paperback in the next few months.

By the way, to the person who bought the first paperback Playground Cool from, many thanks, you are a visionary and a pioneer. I'll happily sign it anytime just in case I end up famous then we both win.

Carry on...

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Book Sales, Kindle Users and Painting

Morning gang,

I'll be brief as it's late/early and I'm tired from my neverending painting project.

The number 1 features heavily for me today. I have sold 1 copy of Playground Cool in paperback. Good times.

I have only had 1 vote for book of the month over at Kindle Users Forum. Bad times.

Aside from that my digital sales are steady despite the lack of promo. In terms of the day job there's talk that next week we might here something with regards to redundancy. So the dream of a period of full time writing might be back on.

When I know. You will. Night all...

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Bee Gees, Kindle Users, Paint and Alison Steadman

Morning kids,

It's been awhile but now I'm back and my fingers are sticky with gloss! That's right, I'm elbow deep in a decorating project which is taking up more time than I'd like. That said, it's looking good and I do have a shiny new 9 foot wide cinema screen dangling from my freshly painted ceiling.

In book related news I've done no promo at all in 2 weeks but thankfully book sales have continued, although at a slower pace than usual, especially in America. When the paint has dried, I'll address that and spread the word.

On that note, I have positive news. A chum from the Goodreads website has nominated my latest book The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe for book of the month for June on the Kindle Users Forum. Voting is underway now so if you can be bothered a vote would be appreciated.

Finally, as you will know another music legend has died in Robin Gibb. I was particularly saddened to learn that people hadn't heard of him. I kid you not. I was listening to Radio One in the car today between meetings while the reporter explained who the Bee Gees were. They then proceeded to ask a host of folk about their music and half of them didn't have a clue. They should teach this stuff in schools! Sad times.

Finally, a musician mate of mine texted tonight to say Alison Steadman had turned up to his gig tonight. Make of that what you will.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

5 * Review of the Jazz Cafe!

That's right folks. The new book has only been out for a couple of days and somebody loves it. Needless to say, I'd be daft not to mention it. So here's a link:

and here's a bit of it just in case you can't be bothered to click:

"This book turned out to be a thoroughly stonking read! It started off pretty gently and then the story, action and indeed characters gradually built up to a pretty great crescendo which, along with the grand finale, left me almost breathless."

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe has arrived!

Evening folks.

So, in November last year I started this blog with a view to creating a chronicle of my writing. The title of the blog made reference to the Jazz Cafe. Now, finally, that book is available to buy on Kindle.

It's my first foray into crime/detective fiction and is also the first in what is going to be a series of books featuring Mitch and Rupert, the lifelong friends who find themselves caught up in murder, corruption and a tale full of twists and turns. It's also set at the seaside! Winner.

Here are the links to Amazon:

The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe Amazon US

The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe Amazon UK

I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Hi folks,

Just a quick update tonight. Playground Cool is now available in paperback via Createspace. It will be on Amazon within a few days too. You'll need to be a millionaire, or live in America, or be my mother, to want to buy a copy though because of the costs of shipping outside the US. But it does look pretty cool and if you don't do digital books then this is the option for you.

I am also a member of Book Blogs who seem like a nice bunch so far and hopefully it will lead to more followers of these ramblings.