Monday, 25 March 2019

Progress on the end of the Princelings series

Progress has been slow on finishing the Princelings series, mainly because of non-writing commitments and also because of world events.  As Jemima says: it is very hard to write the events leading up to a revolution when all around us, madness that is stranger than fiction seems to be taking us in the same direction - revolution in the real world.

Nevertheless, Jemima is settling into her writing boots through April, updating her progress at Camp Nanowrimo.  The aim is to write the story - if not the completely nuanced books - for the last two in the series.

She explains:
The Chronicles of Marsh is an opportunity for Fred (King of Castle Marsh) to reflect on how it all came to the tipping point of revolution.  That has to be a book in itself, but the scenes that Fred remembers, or gets Willoughby to research, will help avid readers understand the descent into revolution that starts the final book - as it stands now, that is.

Princelings Revolution has to fulfill the epilogue of the very first book.  Prince Engineer George has to invent a flying machine that reliable crosses the Great Western Sea with a cargo on board.  It sounds so simple... yet events in the realms will conspire to block his progress, and potentially bring down the fabric of their society. 
And what's stopping me most, probably, is the thought of writing all the pain that Fred and George are going to go through as their world is shattered.

'World is shattered'.  I expect most of us are either watching events in other countries or embroiled in them ourselves, and feeling our own world is shattered.

Sombre days indeed.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Read an Ebook Week - March 3rd to 9th 2019

We're supporting Read an Ebook Week with our books entered at very special prices in Smashwords' promotion.

The Princelings of the East series:

Book 1 - FREE
Books 2 to 8 - just $1 each (normally $3.99)

Box set 1 (books 1,2,3) - $3.50 (normally $6.99)
Box set 2 (books 4,5,6) - $4.50 (normally $8.99)

Dylan and Dougall Novellas - FREE

Viridian System Series

The Perihelix - FREE (usually $2.99)

Curved Space to Corsair - $1.50  (Launch price $2.99)

BookElves Anthologies

Volumes 1 and 2 - FREE (normally 99c)


White Water Landings - $5.24 (normally $6.99)

Buy here:

For all of these books, head to the Princelings Publications page and scroll down to click on the book(s) of interest.  Select your first book and you can link to others from your purchase page.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Princelings of the East books 4-6 due on 20th February

The long-awaited second ebook box set in the Princelings series will be out on Smashwords, and is now available for pre-order on iTunes, B&N and Kobobooks.

Set 2 comprises:

  • The Traveler in Black and White: this prequel to the series enables Lord Mariusz to set the record straight in his own laid-back style. Was he really a profiteering, hard-hearted, opportunistic charlatan? Or just a charming victim of circumstance. He's certainly charming. 
  • The Talent Seekers provide Humphrey with the opportunity to use his unnatural powers of hearing and memory. He emerges from the obscurity of gangs of refugees and outcasts, victimised by the evil Lord Colman, to become the hero of the hour. But surely, isn't friendship what it's all about?
  • Bravo Victor takes us further away from the Realms than we've ever been, showing that inventions and shady deals know no boundaries. Why has Princeling George not returned from the flying festival, and who is trying to smuggle a banned drink into the Realms? Sundance is tasked to find out, but it's Victor's expertise that he needs to solve his problems.

These three books in the series take us from the discovery of the time tunnel through to the complications of travellers crossing their time lines, while all the while making progress towards an end product to deliver the promise the Princelings made in the very first book.

Buy it from 20th February on Smashwords, and on iTunes, B&N and Kobo if you like to pre-order.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

BookElves Anthologies are free through to mid-January

Seasonal tales - the BookElves Anthologies were designed as holiday reading for 8 - 12 year olds, as tasters from some prolific authors.

This year, again, we're offering the ebooks FREE until mid-January on Smashwords, iPad, Nook and Kobo, with possible price-matching or 99c equivalent on the Amazon stores.

 Buy the books

Volume 1:
Contributions from:
AmazonUK Smashwords iTunes

Volume 2:
Contributions from:

AmazonUK Smashwords iTunes

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Curved Space to Corsair release postponed

Curved Space to Corsair had a target date of November 1, which we've now postponed to January.

Editing is going well, but won't be completed in time to get the book properly checked for November 1st.  Any time after that is too busy with book launches leading up to Christmas.  So we'll leave it to January and hopefully give it enough space for people to find it.

Jemima is currently rewriting the start (where have we heard that before?) and making a few other tweaks as per the feedback from her editor.

Then it goes back to the editor for a further review.  We are very happy with the diligence of our new editor!

You can get The Perihelix from Amazon, and we're working on a new paperback edition to come out with Corsair's paperback.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Curved Space to Corsair with the editor

Princelings Publications is pleased to announce that Curved Space to Corsair, book 2 of the Viridian System series, is now with the external editor.

The target release date is November 1st, 2018.

We have the cover device from illustrator Danielle English (who has a new Etsy shop for her own work).

It will fit on the background and interlace with the titling, something like this.

You can pre-order Corsair at iTunes, B&N and Kobo, and will be available for pre-order at Amazon probably late September.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Special offers for Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale through July

Our publisher/distributor Smashwords has its annual Summer/Winter sale throughout July.

It's summer in the northern hemisphere, and winter in the southern. To help you find good books to endure the season from your beach or armchair, we're offering the following books free or at half price:

The Princelings of the East Books 1-3 (Box set 1)  50% off at $3.50

The Princelings and the Pirates (book 2) special offer at $1, particularly for GMGR members

The Princelings of the North (book 8, published this year), FREE for the first 50 readers

The BookElves Anthologies (both 1 and 2) FREE

The Perihelix (book 1 of the Viridian series) FREE for the first 50 readers

White Water Landings (non-fiction/memoir) 50% off at $3.50

Note that the following books are currently permafree on Smashwords and everywhere else except Amazon (who sometimes pricematch):

The Princelings of the East (book 1)
The Viridian System Sampler
Dylan's Yuletide Journey

Offers are open from midnight 1st July Pacific Time to 31st July, 11.59pm, save for those limited as stated above.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Perihelix, scifi by Jemima Pett - second edition out now

The Perihelix (second edition) has been available on and Smashwords for a few weeks now.
It is now live on all online stores, including iTunes, B&N and Kobo.
In the two years since we took it off sale after lukewarm reviews, Jemima has revised the beginning several times, taken it to a new editor, lost that editor in tragic circumstances, and finally delivered the changes she suggested.
If Jemima hadn’t already written the second book Curved Space to Corsair, she might have given up. Thank you to all those who sent her messages of support and encouragement.

If you downloaded the old version, you should be able to download the second edition from your buying site free of charge. Otherwise it’s now on sale for $2.99 - see sidebar for special offer.
 If you haven’t read it yet, it would be really kind of you to push it to the top of your list and review the new edition on your blog, Goodreads, Amazon or your buying site. Thank you.

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Also, checkout the book at BookGoodies, or on the Viridian System website.

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.


“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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