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.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Enter a Goodreads Giveaway for White Water Landings

To celebrate eighty years since the first Empire Flying Boat was launched, we're hosting a Goodreads Giveaway for White Water Landings. Two copies of the paperback are available as prizes in this raffle, and you just have to be a Goodreads member to participate.
  A13062w Centaurus at Alex web

Geoffrey was part of the commissioning team for the second Empire Flying Boat to be launched, Centaurus, G-ADUT (picture courtesy of Mark Postlethwaite).  In White Water Landings he talks about the altitude testing - 10,000 feet with an unpressurised cabin and no oxygen, and the landing when he was sent into the tail section to report on how it felt. He had nothing to hold onto except a few wire struts, and only the airframe skeleton to stand on!

Enter here for a chance to win.  Open until 30th September, for members anywhere in the world.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

White Water Landings by J.M. Pett

White Water Landings

by J.M. Pett

Giveaway ends September 30, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
You can buy the ebook of White Water Landings at Smashwords, or the paperback at Book Depository, if you can't wait!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Bank Holiday Bonanza #princelings series #MG/crossover #fantasy

This weekend (August Bank Holiday in England and Wales), we are offering the first three Princelings books for a combined total of $2.98.  I think that works out at around £2.50.

Book 1: The Princelings of the East is permafree on Amazon and Smashwords, and other online retailers.

Book 2: The Princelings and the Pirates is on a special promotion of 99c/99p at Amazon using this link.  You can also get it on Smashwords from the previous link, but may not reach places like iPad and Kobo before the special promo ends.  If you see it at that price after the promotion, buy it while it lasts!

Book 3: The Princelings and the Lost City is only available at Smashwords at the special price of $1.99 (about £1.50) using the coupon QV63U.  Coupon ends 31st August, midnight Pacific time.

This is a great chance to get started with the Princelings series before book 7, Willoughby the Narrator comes out this winter!

Special prices not guaranteed after 30th August

Monday, 22 August 2016

White Water Landings at Aviation Book Fair, London 19th September

If you're an aviation fan in the UK, you'll enjoy the RAeS Annual Aerospace and Aviation Book Fair, which takes place at the Society's HQ near Hyde Park Corner, London, on Monday 19th September 2016.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is a professional organisation dedicated to promoting aerospace events, activities and maintaining professional standards, and has branches worldwide.  The Society is celebrating its 150th year this year, as well as lauding the 80th anniversary of the iconic Spitfire.

The annual book fair attracts publishers of all types of books involving aircraft and flying, both fact and fiction, whether historical, topical or futuristic.

We will be promoting White Water Landings at the event this year, which is coincidentally the 80th anniversary of the Short C42 'Empire' Flying Boat.

For more details of the Book Fair, which is free to visit, see this link.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sign up to receive Viridian series Newsletters

If your first reaction was 'I've already done that', then please do so again.

You may have seen Jemima's post about the failure of the newsletter software in April.  This has now been sorted out (it takes a while when she's written three books and edited another since the end of March).  The problem appears to have occurred before the backup she re-installed, which meant we lost the original list of subscribers completely.

We apologise for the inconvenience, but please sign up again at the Viridian Series website, and get ready to receive occasional offers, exclusive news and insights into Pete and the Swede, Dolores, Maggie and Zito as they explore the outer reaches of the galaxy.  And inner bits, too.

We promise we will not use your email address for any other purposes than sending news of the series. Your data will not be shared with any third party, other than the app MailPoet, who host the sign-up admin (subscribe/unsubscribe forms and algorithms), and they do not keep any copies of your details.

At present we plan to re-release The Perihelix in the autumn, with special arrangements for those already in possession of the first editions.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Jemima Pett announces four new Princelings books

Jemima Pett has spent July working on the completion of her Princelings of the East fantasy adventure series for older children.

Jemima says
"I approached July thinking I had book 7 to write, which was already scheduled to be the story of Willoughby, who we met in The Talent Seekers (#5).  I had written about one third of it last winter, but stopped because I couldn't see how to get in everything that needed to happen before the last book.
So the first thing I did was to write out 'A Short History of the Realms', noting the key events from the start of the books (thanking myself for doing part of this for Bravo Victor) to the final denouement.  That made it very clear that I had one more entirely 'new' book to put in, and instead of trying to shoe-horn other short stories where they didn't belong to fill in other gaps, I could revert to an old idea, of collecting those in what will now become book 9."

The first draft of book 7, to be called Willoughby the Narrator, is now finished, and Jemima expects to finish the first draft of book 8 in a few days time.  Intriguingly, that is to be called The Princelings of the North, and stars Dylan and Dougall, who have so far appeared only in short chapter books or short stories, included in the BookElves Anthologies.

Our trusty cover illustrator, Danielle English, already had the brief for book 7 and the newly numbered 10, and has now also been briefed on the other two books.

Our release timetable (subject to editing and everything else involved in a book launch) is now:
  • Willoughby the Narrator (Princelings #7) - winter 2016/17
  • The Princelings of the North (Princelings #8) - autumn 2017
  • The Chronicles of Marsh (Princelings #9) - autumn 2018
  • Princelings Revolution (Princelings #10) - winter 2019/20
All timings subject to change.  Apologies to our antipodean readers for working on northern seasons.

Read more about these books and the latest on their publication on Jemima's blog or by following the Princelings website 

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Reblog from Daily (W)rite - How to Structure a Novel

This excellent post from Michael Dellert on structuring your novel using some very formulaic approaches is very interesting.  You may be a pantser, but it could help sort out your narrative problems when you're editing.  Structure your work better and it may read better, too!

Adapted from the Marshall Plan.  Full details in the link above.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Princelings books in Smashwords Winter/Summer promotion

You can get each of the Princelings series ebooks at half price during July with the Smashwords Summer/Winter promotion (because it’s summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the south).

Although the first ebook is permafree, the rest are either $2.99 or $3.99 at present, and you can get them for $1.50 or $2 with the code SSW50 – which is there right by the ‘Buy’ button.  
The promotion runs to July 31, 11.59 pm Pacific time.
Of course, if you'd rather have the paperbacks, you can find them at and Book Depository.
Happy summer/winter reading!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Bravo Victor Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to John T from Middlesborough, UK, who won the copy of Bravo Victor on the Goodreads Giveaway.

It's all packed up and ready to take to the post office, John!

We'll be waiting to the autumn for another Goodreads Giveaway.  I hope you've enjoyed them.

Watch out for Jemima's next Giveaway Hop next Monday on her blog.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Perihelix withdrawn pending a second edition

The Read to Review programme from Goodreads' Space Opera group generated further detailed feedback which has resulted in removing The Perihelix from sale with immediate effect.

Jemima intends to revise the book, putting it through all the editing processes as usual, and bring it back out later in the year.

If you bought an ebook version, you should be able to upload the second edition free of change, unless she makes so many changes that a new title and ISBN is the preferred route.  If that happens, we will make vouchers available to our early purchasers via the Viridian Series newsletter.  So sign up to get the latest news.

And at that point - we discover that the Viridian Series website's mailing list is down.  Please use the email follow button and we'll let you know when the newsletter sign up is back online.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May update

We have a lot of action on at present:

Princelings of the East

For the Princelings series, Jemima is returning to the seventh book, which had 'about a third' drafted last year.  She reckons she has to outline the last book in order to complete the seventh, and since she never outlines, she's been putting it off!
The paperbacks continue to be available at the Book Depository and other stores, as well as the ebooks online at Amazon, Apple, B&N, and Smashwords.
Bravo Victor is our May Goodreads Giveaway.  If you're a Goodreads Member, do enter for a chance of winning one paperback copy, sent anywhere in the world.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bravo Victor by Jemima Pett

Bravo Victor

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends May 31, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
We also have a giveaway for Children's Book Week, running until May 8th.

Viridian System

Jemima completed the first draft of Book 2 at Camp NaNoWriMo, and (not unusually) couldn't let go so wrote an opening to Book 3 as well!  She's letting it fester for a but before returning to edit it.  You can read more about this, and her thoughts on the title, on the Viridian System website.

We are offering 10 copies of the ebook to members of the Space Opera Fans group on Goodreads in their Read to Review programme.  If you are not a Space Opera Fan member, then leave a comment below if you're willing to commit to a review on your blog and at least one buying site (including Goodreads) by the end of September 2016.


The BookElves are considering whether to do a third volume this autumn.  The general consensus appears to be that everyone is willing to contribute, but nobody has much time to put it together and promote it.  Since Jemima aims to get one book out this autumn, we think Volume 3 will probably be postponed for one year, but  no firm decision has been made.

White Water Landings

We are considering changing the version that is available in print. At present there is a Createspace paperback, and the Blurb-produced souvenir hardcover with spot colour.  Given the time problems we have in receiving our own copies from Createspace (due to shipping and customs etc, it usually takes two month for a consignment of books to reach us here in the UK) we produced an edition with minor amendments through Blurb - meaning to do the paperback, but a new hardback edition was produced as well.  These are currently only available through the Blurb store.  We may swap those over so the Blurb edition becomes the internationally available  hardcover and paperback, and leave the Createspace paperback and Blurb colour version available in the respective online stores.  You would then be able to order those versions via this site (and the White Water Landings website) if you preferred.  It might affect prices too - probably reducing the cover price to you.

Friday, 22 April 2016

April events and work in progress

As mentioned last month, Jemima attended the 'Flying through the Thirties' symposium at Croydon Airport, where her display of her father's archive was well received. Among things mentioned were the Q code system of communication - and the manual is in the archive.  The book White Water Landings caught people's attention, too.  There are plans to attend a Croydon Airport Museum Open Day in September or October.

Jemima talks through the Q code book with a visitor

Camp NaNoWriMo has given Jemima the impetus to get on with Book 2 of the Viridian System series - it still lacks a title, but it has reached about 82% of the anticipated word count.  Jemima comments: "It's a lot of adventure, with some mystery and plenty of twists, but I need to work on the action element once it gets to the editing stage."  Yes, that's a first draft for you!

Jemima plans to do Camp NaNo again in July to focus on the seventh Princelings book - provisionally called The Chronicles of Willoughby the Narrator.

Watch out for a Goodreads Giveaway next month - Bravo Victor will complete the romp through the Princelings paperbacks.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

A busy month for Jemima

March has been a busy month for Jemima Pett as she has been preparing for next month's A to Z Challenge.  She revealed her theme this week; pop over to her blog to see what she's doing.

On Saturday she attended the Ely Writers' Day, which was fascination for the range of topics covered, and lots of useful tips.  For example, she can become a member of Cambridgeshire libraries even though she doesn't live in Cambridge, and take advantage of their online catalogues for research.  Cambridgeshire and Norfolk use different distribution systems, too, so the ebooks listed may differ.  As a thank you, Jemima donated paperbacks of all six Princelings of the East books and a hardcover copy of White Water Landings to the library.

Jemima was one of the finalists in the Ely Writers Centre short story competition, and was very pleased to come third in this, her first attempt at a competition.

Preparations are in hand for the Airminded Symposium at Croydon Airport Museum on 16th April.  Apart from the new banner we revealed in February, she's preparing displays of her father's photographs, some documents and flying manuals, and some extracts from the books.  Booking is now open for this event, you can get a direct link from the post on White Water Landings website, but we've experienced some difficulty with it even so.  Tickets cost £35, and include a three-course lunch and a tour of the museum.

All this prep work is to leave her time to focus on writing book 2 of the Viridian System series during Camp NaNoWriMo in April.  The focus she gets at Camp to finish 2000 words a day is worth the effort, Jemima says. "It's all about time management, especially with A to Z Challenge people to visit later in the day.  I write first, get some fresh air and exercise, then attend to the blogging in the evening.  I don't know why I don't do that all the time, really."

Well, you know what they say; if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.

Next weekend is Easter, so we wish you a happy Easter, Passover, and any other celebration you make.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Croydon Airport Calling: Flying Through the 30s: A one day symposium on air...

If you like aviation history talks, you'll enjoy this event run by UCL (University College London before rebranding) and Croydon Airport Society.  Jemima will be there with archive material, as well as books, from the coffee break to the end of the event.

Croydon Airport Calling: Flying Through the 30s: A one day symposium on air...: 16 April 2016 The Aerodrome Hotel, Croydon Airport London Programme 9:45 – 10:15 Coffee and Registration 10:15 – 10:30 Wel...

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Goodreads Giveaway for March

We are pleased to return to our giveaway of the Princelings of the East series in paperback.  Although they were all finally ready for publication in July, some of the later books made it to paperback for the first time in April last year, and the Talent Seekers is one of those.

The Talent Seekers finds us with a new hero - Humphrey, who was briefly featured in the Prologue of Princelings and the Lost City.

Humphrey is on the run, although he's not sure who from, and there are plenty of other fleeing oppression in their homes, now being chased for fun by the lords of one of the other castles. 

Humphrey's special talent is for hearing things from a long way away, even through walls. This brings him within reach of a special message - one that leads him to a new home and a new career, fighting against the forces threatening the stability of Castle White Horse, the Talent Seekers, alongside people he is proud to discover are his friends.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Talent Seekers by Jemima Pett

The Talent Seekers

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends March 31, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Winners of the Perihelix Launch Giveaway

Congratulations to those who won copies of The Perihelix in our giveaways on Librarything and Goodreads in February.  Books are on the way to:
  • Syndi and Melissa, both in Canada
  • Maida in Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Kristia in Cyprus

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Jemima takes White Water Landings to Air-minded Symposium

Croydon Airport Society and University College London are holding a symposium on air travel in the 1930s on April 16th, 2016.

Jemima will be displaying various items from Geoffrey Pett's archives, as well as signing copies of White Water Landings.

We are bringing out a revised paperback of the book in the next few weeks, which could be more attractive for UK and European readers, especially those who prefer to support independent bookstores.

More details shortly.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The Perihelix is out now!

The Perihelix, by Jemima Pett is now available on all eReaders and as a paperback

Two asteroid miners, three women, five pieces of a legendary weapon hidden around the galaxy -- and two opposing forces trying to find it.

Many thanks to all those friends who have helped promote the launch:

and everyone who tweeted, shared, retweeted, tweets and shares any of the promotional posts.

You can get the ebook of The Perihelix from Amazon for KindleApple for iPadB&N for Nook, and Kobobooks (for Kobo) and in all ebook formats from Smashwords.

For a limited period onlyThe Perihelix is available at only 99c (99p in the UK).  We hope early purchasers will leave a review on their purchase site and/or at Goodreads.

Add it to your Goodreads booklist!
The Perihelix is also available in paperback
  • the Createspace version ISBN 9781523407613 is sold via Amazon outlets, and the Createspace store.
  • The Blurb edition ISBN 9781364414917 is sold through most retailers although you may have to order it.  It is printed in the UK and can be shipped worldwide.
  • Now also available at the Book Depository with free shipping nearly everywhere!
The Perihelix has been entered for the IAN Book of the Year (2016) contest - see details here.

Friday, 12 February 2016

The Perihelix is available in paperback format

There are two editions of the Perihelix in paperback

  • the Createspace version ISBN 9781523407613 is sold via Amazon outlets, the Createspace store, [and Book Depository, tba]
  • The Blurb edition ISBN 9781364414917 is sold through most retailers although you may have to order it.  It is printed in the UK and can be shipped worldwide.
  • the Blurb edition ISBN 9781364463083 is a proof version with 13 typos and larger print, available at a reduced price only through the Blurb bookstore or this handsome widget.

The recommended retail prices are $10.99, £7.99 and €10.15.  Prices may vary.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Perihelix in a Goodreads First-reads giveaway

As part of our launch for The Perihelix, we are giving away TWO copies of the paperback to lucky Goodreads readers, as part of the First-reads programme.  Although there's no obligation, Goodreads encourages the winners to give a fair review of their prize.

The competition runs from now to the end of February. You have to be a Goodreads member to take part (but sign-up is free and well worth it!)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Perihelix by Jemima Pett

The Perihelix

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends February 29, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Book Blast offer

If you blog and would like to take the html code for a Book Blast in the week starting February 15th, just leave a comment below and we'll get in touch.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

The Perihelix is ready for pre-orders

We are pleased to announce that The Perihelix is now listed on Amazon and on Smashwords, and also on Apple's iBookstore, B&N and Kobo.

Two asteroid miners, three women, one spacecraft, and a hunt for five pieces of a legendary weapon scattered around the galaxy.
Big Pete and the Swede bring their latest haul of orichalcum back to Viridium C for a long vacation, but they receive strange messages, and uncover a threat from two opposing powers manoeuvring to drag them back to their pasts - pasts they have tried very hard to erase.

Release date is February 16th 2016

You can pre-order The Perihelix from Amazon for Kindle, Apple for iPad, B&N for Nook, and Kobobooks (for Kobo).

For a limited period only, The Perihelix is available at only 99c (99p in the UK).  We hope early purchasers will leave a review on their purchase site and/or at Goodreads.

Add it to your Goodreads booklist! 
The Perihelix (Viridian System, #1)
The Perihelix is also available from 16th February in all ebook formats from Smashwords.

Newsletter subscribers to the Viridian Series website should watch out for further special subscriber offers!

We will have news of the paperback books in early February.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Goodreads book giveaway for The Traveler in Black and White

Happy new year to you.

We continue our Goodreads giveaways through the new paperbacks of the Princelings of the East series with book 4, which is a prequel, but gives away all the secrets of book 1.

One copy of the new paperback is available, anywhere in the world.  Just log in to Goodreads and enter the giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Traveler in Black and White by Jemima Pett

The Traveler in Black and White

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends February 01, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway