Archive for April 2015

My winter tour – How I Increased my sales of print books

Apr 29th, 2015 | By

By N.E. David I’m a Roundfire author – and proud of it. My debut novel, BIRDS OF THE NILE, was published in 2013 and in my submission to John Hunt Publishing I pledged myself to selling 1000 copies of my book. A bit rash, you might say, especially since my previous publications, three short novellas,

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Cover Stories – Intelligent Designing for Amateurs

Apr 27th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown There’s a reason the cover for Intelligent Designing for Amateurs looks so much like the cover of a Victorian novel. It was. As the author of the original novel: Cauldron of the Ancient Savages, is long dead, there’s a pretty good chance the surviving estate won’t sue. Not least because Archibald Simmon’s

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Cover Stories – Messiah

Apr 25th, 2015 | By

By Sheena Vernon Everyone told me that weddings were stressful but I hadn’t realised what this meant until my betrothed daughter turned from being amenable and easygoing to being Bridezilla overnight. However, while we fought over how much the catering, the wine, the dress, the marquee, the band, the yurts and all the other totally

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Cover stories – Canine Cover Model

Apr 23rd, 2015 | By

By Marie Yates It will come as no surprise that the hound on the front of the book is Reggie, of ‘Reggie & Me’ fame! This is the real ‘Reggie’ who is not only the inspiration behind the canine character in the story, but part of the inspiration that created the entire Dani Moore Trilogy.

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Cover stories – Holding on and Letting Go

Apr 21st, 2015 | By

Do you ever wonder about the models on book covers, and how the author managed to find the perfect person, in the perfect pose, wearing just the right clothes… did they hire someone? Have a stroke of luck and chance upon the perfect photograph? Or did they stand before the camera themselves? K.A. Coleman explains…

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Cover stories – Headline Murder

Apr 19th, 2015 | By

Here’s a brand new cover for a book not out until August 2015! What’s the cover story? Peter Bartram explains… ” The front cover of my first Crampton of the Chronicle mystery, Headline Murder, features an old-fashioned sit-up-and-beg typewriter. It reminded me of the time I had an interview for my first job on a

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Cover Stories – Charnel House Blues

Apr 17th, 2015 | By

A cover is a first taste of a book, a first glimpse into the world of the tale… but should you judge the book by its cover? Perhaps in this case, the answer is ‘no’ because this one is so much more than a pretty boy vampire novel… Suzanne Ruthven said… “I think the choice

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Cover Stories – Emancipation of B

Apr 15th, 2015 | By

By Jennifer Kavanagh The letter B is of great importance in the book, not least because it’s the name of the protagonist – people keep asking me why he doesn’t have a proper name. I’m afraid my answer is that they have to read the book! But the letter itself has some meaning, and illuminated

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The landscape of Moon Song

Apr 13th, 2015 | By

By Elen Sentier   If you’re thinking of reading my novel Moon Song you may well like to visit Nectan’s Kieve, between Boscastle and Tintagel. It’s where a lot of the story is set :-). My dad used to live just across from there back before WWII, in the cottage of what is now a

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A Destiny Between Two Worlds

Apr 11th, 2015 | By

Coming soon from Top Hat Books… As Munekazu awoke that fateful morning in October 1944, dawn offered no inkling that his life, or the lives of hundreds of thousands of other Okinawans, would be profoundly changed—forever. The American enemy’s bombs that rained down and exploded throughout the city that day razed seventy-five percent of Naha,

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