Thursday, 6 August 2020

Summer news from Princelings Publications

Most of the activity this year has been about tackling the Covid-19 restrictions, completing the Princelings of the East series and preparing the audiobooks. We're coping fine under coronavirus restrictions, so we hope you are too.

Princelings Revolution (Princelings book 10)

Princelings revolution temp cover
The final book in the Princelings series has completed its post-beta comments edit. It's currently just over 50,000 words although front and back matter will take it nearer to 52,000.

Most of the current work is on the illustrative side. Dani English is close to completing the cover, which will replace the teaser cover we've been using so far.  It's spectacular! If you're interested in doing a cover reveal, we are scheduling that for September, so please leave a note in the comments and we'll get back to you.

Jemima is working on the chapter illustrations, which remain black and white line drawings, although we did consider colourised versions for the ebooks. That will probably happen in due course, and you'll be able to update your copies from wherever you bought them free of charge.

Princelings Revolution is currently due for publication on 1st October 2020 on all ebook platforms, and paperback tba.

Princelings Audiobooks

The Princelings of the East is available on AudibleAmazonApple (iTunes) as an audiobook.  

It is also linked with Whispersynch on Amazon if you like to use that. Update your ebook copy of the Princelings of the East through your Amazon account if you like to use that.

The Princelings and the Pirates is coming soon!  It is now going through the QA process at Audible, and is entirely in their hands as to when it goes live.  Check the links for the first book to see if you can find it.

An updated The Princelings and the Lost City is going to the narrator shortly, along with character notes and voice suggestions. We anticipate it being ready by Christmas.

At present we have no plans for further audiobooks. It will depend on demand, and the willingness of our narrator to continue!


Other titles

Jemima Pett has started to curate a selection of her short stories for publication next spring. If you've read her stories on her blog and have a desire for a particular style of story, let her know, on her blog or via twitter.

The Viridian System series is not finished yet. Jemima will be working on the third book once Princelings Revolution published. The overhaul of the VS website will also be completed in the late autumn. Our apologies for the delay.

A Princelings Notebook, in paperback, is available from Blurb.  You can use this to make whatever observations you like, and it has illustrations and quotes from the Princelings books scattered through the pages.  If you prefer photos of guinea pigs to adorn your work, check out the Guinea Pig Notebook. It may be the first of a series.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Happy New Year to all our Readers!

It's not too late to snag a New Year's bargain from our Smashwords catalogue.  Most of those that aren't usually free are 25% off with the coupon shown on the page.  That includes the two Princelings Box sets, which are already discounted.  An ideal chance for you to catch up on your reading, but the sale ends at 11.59 pm Pacific Time on New Year's Day.

Latest release - Chronicles of Marsh


Since the last update we have published Book 9 in the Princelings of the East series: Chronicles of Marsh.

The Princelings of the East are now King Fred and Prince Engineer George.  Gone are the years of innocence when they travelled for adventure and uncovered time tunnels and pirate plots.  Now Fred, assisted by his queen, Kira, has the responsibility for his people, his lands, and for persuading the lords and kings of the Realms to act together for the common good. George just has to work on his inventions, always thinking of a final goal: to fulfil the promises made to Lord Mariusz so long ago.
Neither has an easy task.
Fred decides to write a history of his reign, starting with the joy of his inheritance, and documenting how technological progress is not necessarily the key to communal good.
Buy Chronicles of Marsh
as an ebook:
or as a paperback ISBN 9780464454038
Chronicles of Marsh (The Princelings of the East, #9)

Coming Soon - The Princelings of the East Audiobook

We are nearing the end of recording the Princelings of the East.  The narrator, Christopher Preece, is doing a fine job and has got most of the voices just as Jemima imagined them! 

The target launch date is around February 1st, which is a Saturday, but that shouldn't matter.

Watch your favourite audio store for it (online only).

Subscribers to Jemima's Patreon page will receive free download codes.

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)

Memoir


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.



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Volume 1:
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Volume 2:
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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.