Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Goodreads Giveaway for WHITE WATER LANDINGS



To celebrate the start of the Empire Flying Boat Service 80 years ago, we are offering two copies of Geoffrey Pett's memoir in a Goodreads Giveaway during June.

After his recruitment and training by Imperial Airways, Geoffrey was sent out to Africa aged just 22, to set up ground stations on the new flying boat route operated by Imperial Airways from London, England to Durban, South Africa.



In the book, he talks in detail of setting up the station at Lindi, on the coast of what was then Tangyanika and is now Tanzania.

There was great excitement on the day we had our first flying boat land. It was coming southbound from Dar Es Salaam and everything went according to the plan we had always thought of.   
Except, of course, that the locals were most intrigued to see the flying boat land and to see what went on. Everything to them was so new and so amazing because they'd only ever been used to the once-a-month coastal steamer coming through, or there might have been some trading dhows coming down from the Red Sea but that was all.   
To have this flying boat coming in and landing, the magnificent flying machine coming down and landing on the water, beautiful spray coming up till she'd settled down. And then taxiing to the moorings we'd laid, which were satisfactory, which were picked up well and truly by the radio operator; the launches operated well and truly, and, you know, the customs officer came on board with us on the auxiliary launch, and the port health officer came on board in order to inspect health documents, and everyone was exceedingly happy!


Enter the Giveaway


Enter the Giveaway using the Goodreads link below.  Entries close at midnight (Pacific Time) July 1st 2017.



Goodreads Book Giveaway

White Water Landings by J.M. Pett

White Water Landings

by J.M. Pett

Giveaway ends July 01, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Can't wait for the giveaway?

Buy White Water Landings
Kindle:  Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
Nook, Kindle, Kobo and iPad: smashwords.com
Paperback: Createspace shop,  Amazon.com, Book Depository

Friday, 19 May 2017

Willoughby the Narrator - Early Bird offer closes soon

willoughby the narrator cover
If you keep meaning to get Willoughby the Narrator for your ereader, buy soon before the price goes up to the regular amount.  Check the others in the series if you feel you need to know how much that might be :)


We had a nice spread of winners from the Launch giveaways, with prizes going to the USA, Romania, the Philippines and Lithuania.  We would be grateful for reviews if you enjoy your prizes.
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Watch out for news of book 8 in the Princelings of the East series.  The third draft (hopefully final) is going to the editor next month.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Adirondack Editing - Removing Filter Words

This is one of a series of editing posts by Susan Uttendorfsky featured on The Story Reading Ape.

Adirondack Editing

Removing Filter Words

Filter words are placed between your character and the action. 

Generally, they are added to a sentence when trying to describe something that your character is experiencing or thinking. While, as usual, there’s a place for them in writing, you can tighten up your scenes immensely when they’re removed. It’s another tidbit for helping you show, rather than tell, as without the filter words, you’re forced to add more description to get what you mean across.

What are some filter words? 

Felt, realized, saw, wondered, seemed, decided, heard, knew, touched, watched, and can are some of the more common ones. You can search the Internet for other lists of filtering words. Cutting away your filtering words and forcing yourself to write without them results in more vivid scenes. Here are some sentence examples of filter words:

  • She remembered him kissing her at their wedding. 
  • She felt relieved when he broke their date. 
  • I heard a noise in the basement. 
read the rest of the post here

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Willoughby the Narrator - the launch!!


At last, you can read the whole story of Willoughby the Narrator!



Just where did Willoughby, one of Humphrey’s friends in the Talent Seekers, learn his ninja skills?  How did he come to be a Narrator?  And what happened after he fell from the high tower at Castle Deeping?  Discover Willoughby’s origins, his big secret, and follow his adventurers as he travels around the Realms, telling stories and acting as an undercover agent for the rich and powerful!

Willoughby is Book 7 in the Princelings of the East series.

Buy Willoughby the Narrator now:


ebook: iTunes ** B&N ** Kobo ** Smashwords
PaperbackAmazon.com ***  Book Depository

Not started the series yet?

Until 12th May 2017, get the Princelings Box set (books 1 - 3) at Smashwords for just $1.99.  That's three ebooks which usually retail on Amazon at $6.97 for just $1.99.  Use the coupon code AD68D.

Want a chance to WIN Willoughby the Narrator?

Just go to Jemima Pett's launch for Willoughby the Narrator and enter the Rafflecopter.  Entries open worldwide: closing date May 5th 2017.


Goodreads Giveaways

In conjunction with this book launch we have two separate Goodreads giveaways

1) The Princelings of the East (Book 1 of the series)  paperback copies to 2 lucky winners in US, UK, Canada or Australia.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Princelings of the East by Jemima Pett

The Princelings of the East

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends May 02, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
2) Willoughby the Narrator (Book 7 of the series). Paperback copy to one winner worldwide.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Willoughby the Narrator by Jemima Pett

Willoughby the Narrator

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends May 18, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway



Saturday, 8 April 2017

Choosing Keywords - reblogged from the Story Reading Ape

Choosing Keywords is a terrific guest post on TSRA from Jaq. D Hawkins


We’ve all dealt with it. We get our book files ready, check one last time for any typos that might have slipped through, get a cover file ready and write the crucial blurb that will sell or fail to sell our book… once someone actually sees it.
Then we get down to the line for selecting keywords and the fate of the book’s discoverability lies in the careful selection of a few words or terms that we predict people will use to search for a book just like the one we’re about to upload.
On Amazon, usually the seller that results in the largest percentage of sales, we get a limit of seven words or terms. How do we choose the keywords that will bring our book to the attention of our target audience?
Read the full post



Monday, 13 March 2017

New edition of the Viridian System Sampler now available

We slid this announcement into the post about Read an eBook Week, which finished yesterday.

In case you didn't notice - we have a new edition of the Viridian System Sampler out.

viridian-system-sampler


The 2017 edition contains three stories previously only on Jemima's blog, and all the stories are now in the style of the series (although the first is still in Zito's own voice).

Each comes with an explanation of how the story came about - most are in response to an online flash fiction prompt. These short stories sometimes have twists and narrow escapes that might not be sustainable in the series. Zito, who runs a bar and an escort agency on the primary planet, Pleasant Valley, features large in these tasters. The new ones include back story, and first appearances of characters who became important to the series.

The story titles in the second (2017) edition are:

  • The Orichalcum Library
  • The Appeal of Alpha Kenworthy (new)
  • Disappearing Act
  • Auburn Moon, Vermilion Tides
  • Upwelling
  • The Coprolite Conundrum (new)
  • The White Rose of York (new)
  • The Inspector Calls (new)

This sampler may continue to be revised to include different stories from time to time, although we wouldn't expect to do so now until 2019. You should be able to update your copy to the latest version from your purchase site.

Get it from Smashwords, iTunes, B&N, or Kobo




Sunday, 5 March 2017

Read an Ebook Week 5th - 11th March 2017 #ebookweek17

Once again we are participating in the Smashwords Read an Ebook week, which extends also to Apple iPad (on iTunes), B&N for Nook, and Kobo readers on their own sites.

This year's offers on our books, valid from midnight Pacific Time on 5th March to midnight 11th March:

Princelings of the East series

  1. Book 1, the Princelings of the East FREE as usual
  2. Book 2, the Princelings and the Pirates FREE 100% off with code SFREE (save $2.99)
  3. Book 3, the Princelings and the Lost City FREE 100% off with code SFREE (save $2.99)
  4. Book 4, The Traveler in Black and White, $1.50 50% off with code RAE50 (save $1.49)
  5. Book 5, The Talent Seekers, $2.00 50% off with code RAE50 (save $1.99)
  6. Book 6, Bravo Victor, $2.00 50% off with code RAE50 (save $1.99)
  7. Books 1-3 box set, $1.25, 75% off with code RAE75 (save $3.74)

Viridian System series:

BookElves Anthologies

  1. Anthology Volume 1, FREE 100% off with code SFREE
  2. Anthology Volume 2, FREE 100% off with code SFREE 

Non-fiction

You will also find hundreds of other discounted ebooks on the promotion home page at Smashwords. Filter by discount, genre, or both!


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.
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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.