Tuesday, 30 January 2018

NEW RELEASE - The Princelings of the North

The Princelings of the North

by Jemima Pett

Book 8 of the Princelings of the East series
genre; older middle grade mystery adventure – age 10 and upwards.
ebook: 47,000 words, ebook ASIN B0785RY891 / ISBN 9781370899159
paperback: 237 pages; ISBN 9781389104404

The Princelings of the North is the eighth in The Princelings of the East series. Princelings Dylan and Dougall, who live in the far northwest of an island off the northwest coast of the Realms, rescue an exiled prince, and battle against the odds to restore him to his birthright.
Irrepressible Dylan and steady Dougall are inseparable denizens of the tiny castle of Haunn, so far away from the rest of civilisation that it’s almost off the map. And maps are one of the key elements of this intricate adventure. Dylan finds a treasure map inside a bottle washed up on the shore – and he reckons he knows where X is. Instead of treasure, he finds the exiled Prince Kevin of Castle Deeping, antagonist in the Talent Seekers, bit-player in Bravo Victor, and mystery prince in Willoughby the Narrator. Kevin has had time to realise what a fool he’s been, and now wants vengeance and his castle back, which is just the sort of adventurous challenge that Dylan craves.
Lovers of the series will devour this latest adventure, but newcomers may find it best to start with the box set of books 1-3 or book 5; book 7 links to Kevin’s disappearance. This is a mystery adventure in a world not quite like ours, suitable for age 10 and upwards. The series is set to conclude with book 10.

Excerpt

“It’s a map, look! A treasure map!”
Dougall looked at the scrap of paper his brother Dylan had smoothed out on their bed.
“How do you know it’s a map?”
Dylan sighed, and pointed out the lines. “There’s the outline of the island, and the rocky inlet where the boats go in, and the wiggly lines are where the creek goes into the marshes. And there’s an X for where the treasure is buried!” he finished, leaping off the bed. “Oh, why can’t we go now? It might rain tomorrow!”
“But where did you get it?” Dougall was not one to act without all the facts.
“It got washed into the tide pool down near the Ensay Burn. I fished it out. It was in a bottle. I saw it glinting green and bobbing about.  I thought it had a stick inside it, but it broke when I dropped it on the way back and I found the paper!”
“But why do you think it’s a treasure map?” Dougall had not yet caught his brother’s enthusiasm.
“It’s got an X on it, look!”
“It could mean anything, X.”
“Like what?”
Dougall thought for a bit. He wasn’t familiar with maps, except of the night sky, since he was one of the star-watching team at the castle.  He didn’t go out of the castle much, except onto the crags above to check the solar cells or the turbine flow. It was Dylan who went all over the island, running messages. He’d been most places.
“Have you been to this place?” he asked Dylan, wondering whether he really did know what he was talking about after all.
“Umm, not exactly.  It’s pretty much on the way to Tober Hold, but I usually go a bit further up the glen, and keep to the high ground.  This bit’s all wet.” He pointed to the network of lines he’d described as the creek.
“And there’s nothing there that could be marked as a cross?”
Dylan thought for a bit.  Then he looked at the map again and then at his feet. “There’s ruin on a rock. By the crossroads,” he mumbled.
Dougall looked closer at the map. “Well, nobody’s marked the roads going into and out of the cross. You might still be right. Is it the right place for the crossroads?”
It was Dylan’s turn to study the map closely. “Yes,” he concluded. He stared at it for a moment. “Why would anyone…”
“Mark a cross on a map and not the roads leading up to it?” finished Dougall, his eyes sparkling.  “How long will it take us to get there?”
© J M Pett 2018 The Princelings of the North ch 1

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Raising money for the Ulva Buyout Appeal #UlvaBuyout

The little island of Ulva is just to the south of the area where Jemima has placed Castle Haunn, Dylan and Dougall’s home on the Isle of Mull.  The community of North West Mull have the opportunity to buy the island from the current landowner, and use it as a sustainable resource, securing their own futures. Jemima invites everyone to join in her part of the fundraising effort on her JustGiving page, where you can get more details.  Anyone donating on her page will get a copy of a new novella written especially for the appeal, Dylan and the Lights of Ulva, with Jemima’s thanks.
Please help to promote this massive appeal for the small number (in the tens rather than the hundreds) of islanders.

About the Author

Jemima wrote her first book when she was eight years old. She was heavily into world-building, drawing maps, building railway timetables, and dreaming of being a champion show-jumper, until schoolwork got in the way. Then she went down the science path, writing research papers, manuals and reports, as well as editing the newsletters for her sports clubs. Forty years on she started writing stories about her guinea pigs and their adventures in a fantasy world where everything ran on strawberry juice. Eventually the Princelings of the East took shape, originally intended as a trilogy, but the characters just wouldn’t lie down.  The planned ending will now be with book ten.
Meanwhile, Jemima continues to enjoy the company of new guinea pigs in her home in Norfolk, UK. You can enjoy their blog ‘George’s Guinea Pig World‘.
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Monday, 8 January 2018

Goodreads Giveaways through February - Princelings series

To support the launch of book 8 in the Princelings of the East series on January 30th, I'm promoting Goodreads Giveaways for each of the earlier books in the series - plus the newbie! With apologies to my US friends, these are open worldwide with the exception of the USA, due to the change in the Goodreads Giveaway policy.

The Princelings of the East

George and Fred leave their home to solve a nationwide problem - meeting princes and strangers, without a clue of who to trust.
Giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/272138-the-princelings-of-the-east
 (ends 29 Jan)

 The Princelings and the Pirates

George and Fred set out to solve the mystery of the disappearing wine, and get pressganged, shipwrecked, and save a damsel in distress before getting caught up in the battle of Dimerie.
Giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/272140-the-princelings-and-the-pirates
 (ends 6th Feb)

The Princelings and the Lost City

A simple case of showing Princess Kira to their home castle leads to heartache as she seems to have a personality transplant after exploring a deserted castle in the forest. Meanwhile, George discovers flying machines...
Giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/272141-the-princelings-and-the-lost-city (ends 13th Feb)

The Traveler in Black and White

Lord Mariusz, also known as Hugo, was the antagonist in the first book, and wants to set the record straight. He tells his own tale of how he came to be a simple cola salesman in the Realms. Nothing's simple with Hugo - the most charming person you're likely to meet!
Giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/272146-the-traveler-in-black-and-white (ends 20th Feb)

The Talent Seekers

Humphrey is a gentle soul, making his way westward and hoping to find safety and friendship in a world full of vagabonds, vigilantes and other things beginning with v. Fortunately he's just the sort of person the Talent Seekers are looking for. Giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/272147-the-talent-seekers (ends 24th Feb)

Bravo Victor

Victor is sent on a mission with secret agent Sundance, to stop someone illegally importing cola to the Realms - and to find George, who has disappeared after going to a flying fest. Smuggling, flying, high finance and lots of drama! Giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/272148-bravo-victor (ends Feb 28th)

Willoughby the Narrator

Willoughby tells his own story of his surprising exile in the Realms, taking us on a sweeping journey over the last seven years of the saga. He also tells his delightful stories, which is how he makes his living - when he's not performing as an undercover spy for the more honourable kings and princes, like Fred. Giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/272152-willoughby-the-narrator (ends 28th Feb)

The Princelings of the North

The new release takes us from the north of the realms to the south, as Dylan and Dougall rescue an exiled prince and help him get his castle back - with the aid of the bandits and pirates. Maybe not the best way for a settled existence? Giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/272842-the-princelings-of-the-north (ends Feb 28th)

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Smashwords End Of Year Sale - up to 50% off most of our books!

SALE ON NOW!

Smashwords special end of year sale is on now - and ends 1st January.

Princelings of the East Series

All the Princelings books have been on offer since November, to help you catch up before the launch of the Princelings of the North (book 8) on 30 January.
This week you can get those HALF PRICE - so a reduction on the reduced price!!

Check the Princelings of the East series books 1 to 7 on Smashwords here. The discounted price of $2.99 will be reduced to just $1.50 when you use the coupon code shown on the buying page.  Just click, enter the coupon code, and buy.  So simple.  And download the version of your choice - epub kindle, whatever.  Actually I think you get them both once you've bought it once.

The Box Set of books 1 - 3 is not in the sale, but it's reduced to $2.99 anyway.

White Water Landings

White Water Landings, Geoffrey Pett's memoirs of his time in Africa in the 1930s with Imperial Airways, is also half price this week - at $2.50.  Click here to go to the buying page.


BookElves Anthologies

The BookElves Anthologies have been FREE since mid-autumn.  Just a heads up that they will be going back to 99c at some time in the near future.  Volume 1... and Volume 2.

The Viridian System Series

The Viridian System Sampler is also available totally FREE.  That also may change in the new year.  Watch out for information on the re-release of The Perihelix, and the second book Curved Space to Corsair.

Friday, 8 December 2017

December Blizzard!

After October's editing frenzy, there seems to be a veritable blizzard of activity surrounding Jemima's work on the internet at present.

On The Story Reading Ape, Jemima completes a full twelve-month of posts this Sunday.  Topics have ranged from reading challenges to naming characters, from wish-lists to a tribute to Fred and George. We would like to thank Chris Graham for all his work finding great posts to alert us all to, and for giving guest authors so many opportunities to blog.

Over on Solveig Werner's blog, she is doing an Advent Calendar.  Jemima has provided two insights into the way different castles carry out their Yuletide festivities in the Princelings world.  They are featured on Dec 2nd and 10th.

Sally Cronin's Smorgasbord invited guest authors to submit seasonal posts to revisit - fact or fiction.  It's truly a smorgasbord of stories, tips, recipes, memoirs, and much more.  You'll love the twist in Jemima's story Christmas Lights.

Opportunities to get the books at special seasonal prices are featured in the Bargain Books Under $3 section of BookGoodies.com.  The Princelings Box Set, Traveler and Talent Seekers have already had features - watch out for the ones to come.

Over on the Kindle Book Review, theres an extravaganza of 'meet and greet' as they invite you to follow authors on their Amazon pages, and get entries in a Giveaway to win one of two Kindle Fires, plus loads of reader goodies.


If all that wasn't enough, Jemima is fundraising for the Ulva Buyout with her Justgiving page, in conjunction with the launch of The Princelings of the North, which is now available for pre-order at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and B&N.


If you'd like to join in with a Book Blast for the launch on 30th January, she has a sign-up page for that on her blog.

We would like to wish you a very happy holiday season, and hope you and your family manage another year of this crazy world in relative security, health and prosperity.  Happy yuletide!


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Editing frenzy

Jemima Pett is currently in an editing frenzy that is likely to keep her fully occupied to the end of the year.

The Princelings of the North


The Princelings of the North is back from the external editor.  We'd like to thank Dawn Cavalieri immensely for all her hard work on this.  Jemima is working on the changes needed, and may pass it to her beta readers for a final check before it is released.

The target date is 30th January 2018; the ebook is already available for pre-order at Kobo, B&N and on the Apple ibookstore.  When the final draft is ready for the beta readers it will also be submitted for Kindle pre-order at Amazon.

If you are interested in doing an early review and/or a book launch post on your blog, please leave a comment below.


The Viridian Series books 1 and 2

After the sad death of Kate Jackson, who gave us so much free advice on re-editing the second edition of book 1, we are very grateful to our new editor who stepped in and gave it a thorough assessment.

Once the Princelings has been put to bed, Jemima will tackle the re-edit of The Perihelix.

Jemima is also in the middle of the first edit (third draft) of Curved Space to Corsair.  She may complete that, go back to the Perihelix, and then do some more revisions, to make sure changes in the first book are reflected in the second.

At present our best estimate is a spring release for The Perihelix 2nd edition, followed by Curved Space to Corsair next autumn.




Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Jemima's September guest post on TSRA

You may be interested in Jemima's September guest post on the Story Reading Ape's blog.  She discusses the dilemma for new authors who see Goodreads as an opportunity to push their books - but how do they do that without being banned for spamming people?




According to Goodreads, the site has over 55 million members worldwide. That’s a lot of readers. It doesn’t take much to understand why nearly every self-published person comes to the conclusion that they should be promoting their books on the site.
It’s a sensitive issue, and one that has changed a little since the original Goodreads was sold to Amazon. I notice more ways that Amazon and Goodreads use each others’ opportunities. Amazon now enables you to do giveaways… Goodreads has been doing that since it started. Goodreads now has an extensive list of marketing opportunities that it promotes to authors, which look like things in the Amazon school of marketing to me, but are nevertheless valid and valuable opportunities – so take them.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Jemima is editing

Following the publication of Willoughby the Narrator in April, Jemima has turned her energies to rewriting and editing.




  • The Princelings of the North (Princelings book 8) is now with our external editor
  • The Perihelix (Viridian System book 1) has come through a revision and editing process (Jemima locked herself away during Camp NaNoWriMo to complete it).  We are negotiating with a suitable external editor to handle all the Viridian series books.
  • Curved Space to Corsair (Viridian Series book 2); Jemima has completed a structural assessment and is now working on the edits.  She aims to complete the second draft by the end of August.

Beta readers

The Perihelix is now ready for beta readers, preferably those who have already read and criticised the first version. If you fit that category, and would like to make constructive comments about the new version, please leave a comment below with a link to your original review (not necessary if you emailed your comments direct to us).


Pre-order

The Princelings of the North can be pre-ordered on iTunes, B&N and Kobo.  If you'd like to see the buying page on Smashwords, it's here (Smashwords do not do pre-orders).  The current target date is 30 January 2018.  There is a full description of the story here.

It will be set up for pre-order on Amazon once it comes back from the editors.



Saturday, 1 July 2017

FREE BOOKS through July @smashwords

free books at smashwords

The Smashwords Summer/Winter sale is on all through July.
If you want to catch up on the Princelings series, or you missed out on the giveaway for White Water Landings, now is a good time to buy.
Click the titles to go direct to that page.  The code is up at the 'Buy' button.  Scroll down the Smashwords page to see 'other books by this author'.
All the books listed are eBooks.  Links to paperbacks (at standard price) are on each page.

Free Books

  • The Princelings of the East (POTE 1)
    • Princelings Fred & George leave home to discover what's stealing all the energy, and discover a time tunnel
  • The Princelings and the Pirates (POTE 2)
    • Why hasn't the wine been delivered? Princelings Fred & George find themselves abducted by pirates when they go to find out
  • The Princelings and the Lost City (POTE 3)
    • It's completely abandoned; so why can George smell baking bread - and why is Kira acting so strangely? Princelings Fred and George solve another problem, with the help of George's new invention, a flying machine that runs on strawberry juice
  • The Princelings of the East (books 1-3)
    • Catch up with the series in one handy box set of ebooks before you start reading the next five in the series
  • BookElves Anthology Volume 1
    • Seven authors and seven seasonal tales for young readers
  • BookElves Anthology Volume 2
    • another set of seasonal tales from seven writers for children of middle grade upwards
  • Viridian System Sampler
    • eight short stories set in Jemima Pett's scifi world
  • Dylan's Yuletide Journey
    • a short chapter book introducing Dylan and Dougall; this also appears in the BookElves Anthology volume 1

jemima pett visual bookcovers

Half-price Books

  • The Traveler in Black and White (POTE 4)
    • Mariusz, also known as Hugo, tells how he discovered a time tunnel in his back yard, and what happened when he went down it
  • The Talent Seekers (POTE 5)
    • Humphrey seeks friendship and purpose as he travels away from the Lost City of Arbor, and finds trouble in the Realms
  • Bravo Victor (POTE 6)
    • Victor, the bar owner who features in most of the series books, has his own adventure as he ventures into foreign parts in search of a spy, and Princeling George, who has disappeared
  • Willoughby the Narrator (POTE 7)
    • Willoughby's badly timed arrival in the realms means he needs to find a new career; he tells how story-telling gave him opportunities he never dreamt of, some of which will give him nightmares
  • White Water Landings (non-fiction/memoir)
    • Geoffrey Pett gives an account of his recruitment and career with IMperial Airways in 1930s Africa - the golden age of flying boats

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.