Thursday, 16 February 2017

Plans for Willoughby's Book Launch

Having extended the pre-order phase for Willoughby the Narrator, book 7 in Jemima Pett's Princelings of the East series, we are now getting ready to consider book launch arrangements.

The latest idea is to launch on Thursday April 27th, which coincides with the letter W of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

We are therefore inviting bloggers to join us for the book launch by posting about the book on that day, and joining in with a Giveaway.  You can join in whether you are doing the A to Z or not!

Jemima will be publishing details for the sign-up (to get a spot on the Giveaway) and BookLaunch Blast on her blog, with a special sign-up page with all the details and resources you need.  She'll also be pushing it on her A to Z Theme Reveal post on 20th March. (link not active until then)

Watch here for full details, coming soon.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Plans for 2017

A very happy new year to all our readers.  It looks like it's going to be a momentous one.  I hope that we get through it okay.

willoughby the narrator cover

Princelings books

We currently have a target date of March 15th for Willoughby the Narrator, but this could slip, depending on how much work is required once we have our editor's comments.  It is still available on pre-order at iTunes, Nook and Kobo, priced at $1.99.  This is likely to be held for the first few weeks after publication to let Kindle readers catch up with purchases from Smashwords!
Danielle English has already developed a near-final draft of the cover for book 8, the Princelings of the North, although the book has not yet gone to our editor.  The reveal will be later in the year, when we feel ready to estimate a publishing date.  Jemima says the cover is 'stunning'.
Jemima keeps mentally writing episodes of the final book.  She's wavering between taking time out of the Perihelix rewrite to get these down on paper, or at least into the computer.

Viridian System series

The good news is that Jemima has solved some of the problematic comments about diversity issues in the book, and you can read her comments on the Viridian series blog.
She says she's rewriting the Perihelix, but refuses to admit to a word count, which means there's a lot of crossing out going on.  It seems to have taken her a while to come to terms with the comments she's received on the first book, and she wrote about this in an IWSG post on her blog this month.

Guest posts

Following last autumn's guest posts on the Story Reading Ape's blog, Jemima is now posting every second Sunday of the month (except January's was on a Thursday).

Check out January's coupon offer for the Princelings Box Set on Smashwords, in the advert on the right.

Monday, 5 December 2016

December is upon us already

December is here already, and we have all the books available on Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, Book Depository and other online stores for your entertainment and family gifts.
Check out the panel on the right for a FREE COUPON for the Princelings Box Set, Books 1-3.

Click the menu item Bookstores if you want a link to our books at your favourite store.  You can also order paperbacks from your independent bookseller using the ISBNs listed.

New Year, New Reads 1st January 2017

If you're giving gift cards or ereaders, please direct your lucky recipient to the New Year, New Reads 99 cent special, with many participating authors pricing their books at 99c (or less) just for New Year's day.

Check the list here:

​ (if it isn't showing go to Patricia Lynne's blogpost here for all the details)

Jemima's Christmas Craft Fair stall

Jemima had an excellent Christmas Craft fair appearance last month - the fair was well attended and she sold plenty of books.  The photo was taken before the fair opened!  Her father's memoir White Water Landings was the most popular seller.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Norfolk, UK - author book signing

Jemima Pett will be meeting and greeting people at the Great Witchingham Christmas Craft Fair from 2 till 5 pm on Sunday 27th November.  This event is organised by the Ladybirds group at the Great Witchingham Village Hall, Lenwade, Norfolk, UK.

Books on display (and for sale) will include Princelings of the East books 1 to 6,  the BookElves Anthology Volumes 1 and 2, and White Water Landings.

Last year's fair was very successful and we hope to see even more of our friends there.

We will also have gift vouchers for the new Princelings books 1-3 ebook Box Set.

PS  The cake stall is first class!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Princelings Box Set - books 1 to 3

We are pleased to announce the release of an ebook box set of the Princelings Trilogy.

Princelings of the East Books 1-3 will be released on 25th November 2016 on Smashwords, and is available to pre-order on Apple iTunes, Barnes&Noble (Nook) and Kobo, and possibly some other retailers tba.

A time tunnel, a pirate king, a lost city. In three separate adventures, Princelings Fred and George aim to solve trifling problems, but uncover dangerous and sometimes desperate foes, each with his or her own agenda, threatening the peace of the Realms.
This first box set from the series comprises the Princelings of the East, the Princelings and the Pirates, and the Princelings and the Lost City.

princelings box set 1-3 cover

Pre-order here: Apple iTunes  **  Barnes & Noble  **  Kobo

Buy from 25th November at Smashwords (view now)

A further box set of books 4-6 is planned for the new year.


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

A further selection of Jemima's Inktober sketches

Having given you a selection of the chapter illustrations for Willoughby the Narrator last month, it's only fair we give you some from The Princelings of the North this.  Enjoy.

We have a target release date for this book - Dylan & Dougall's birthday, 27th November 2017.  It hasn't even gone to through second editing yet, but you can look forward to it anyway.
Derisaig castle, autumn

Castle Craig
Kevin's bag

Castle Edin

Pippin flies Dylan to Buckmore

Vexstein from the north

Hearing Hall, Vexstein

Derisaig castle, summer

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A selection of Jemima's Inktober posts

Today, Jemima finishes the chapter illustrations for Willoughby the Narrator (Princelings book 7), so tomorrow she's starting the ones for The Princelings of the North (Book 8), which will doubtless become known as D&D or Dylan's book for short.  That boy always did take over everything.

Here are a selection of the Willoughby illustrations.

Willoughby's bag

Illustration for 'Diamond Souls'
Diesel's meagre fire
Castle White Horse in ruins
King Fred's fire at Castle Marsh

George's latest flying machine

 all pictures copyright J M Pett 2016

Friday, 30 September 2016

Willoughby's chapter illustrations during Inktober

Jemima has taken up the inspiration of Danielle English, her cover illustrator, to join in the challenge of Inktober.

Inktober encourages participants to do a pen and ink sketch or drawing daily during October, and to post it publicly in their favourite social media.

Jemima has 'about' 19 chapter illustrations to do for book 7 of the Princelings series, Willoughby the Narrator, and she thought this would be a great idea to push her to complete them and to share them with you as they unfold.  She'll be posting them to her Pinterest wall first, which should also share on Twitter and the Princelings Facebook page.

Only 19?  what about the other 12?  Well, there are the illustrations for book 8, the Princelings of the North, to be done too...

Also check out Danielle's Kanizo Art pages: Facebook, Twitter

Airship (19 Oct 2015) (c) Danielle English, Kanizo Art

Monday, 26 September 2016

Wise words about book publishing

We were attracted to this post by Judith Briles, the Book Shepherd, giving you all the best places to look to avoid being scammed, or just ripped-off, when you publish your own book.

There's lots more useful advice on this site, too.