Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Price Drop: Daughter of the Winds by Jo Bunt!



When the Turkish invade Cyprus in 1974 Pru, a young British Army wife, has her life turned upside down. Two weeks later she flees the country with a baby who isn't hers.

Over thirty years later that baby, now a grown woman called Leni, returns to the island of her birth to find out about the chain of events that led her to be brought up as Pru's child. She discovers the true cost of war, how the hurt still continues through the generations and what being a family really means.

In this story of love and loss Leni will lay ghosts to rest in more ways than one.




Jo Bunt was born in Cyprus to British parents. It made sense to her that her first novel should be based there.

Following the family's return to England Jo went to school in Nottingham, university in Hull and then worked in London as a Recruitment Consultant for PwC for many years. Following a family illness Jo moved to Derbyshire where she now lives with her husband and her twin sons. This has enabled her to focus on her two great loves in life; her family and her writing.

She remembers writing her first 'novel' when she was seven but spent her angst-ridden teenage years writing miserable and dark poetry. She mostly writes mainstream fiction but is also working on a series of children's adventure books, largely guided by her own children. When she is not writing or looking after the children Jo is an avid reader and self-confessed food snob. If she can combine the two she is a very happy lady indeed.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Interview: Hilarious Comedic Author DCJ Wardle on Trading Vincent Crow was kind enough to grant me an interview with up and coming author D.C.J. Wardle.  Wardle has written a comedy that is really striking a chord with the British funny bone. While receiving rave reviews in the UK, American audiences are really latching on and have been giving his novel an average rating of 4.5 stars out of a possible 5.

His novel, Trading Vincent Crow, is the hilarious tale of a man who decides to better his position every three months, without fail.  This means trading up for a better job, a better lady friend, better - everything.

An amusing take on one man's ambition, Wardle weaves a tale that is both cautionary and brings out the laughs.  You can get his book here:

Here is my interview with Mr. Wardle:

1) What is your inspiration?

The idea of trading-up Vincent’s life for a better one is loosely based around the experience of a man on e-bay who traded a giant paperclip online, and after many more trades got himself a house. I expanded this idea so that Vince has to trade-up his entire life every few months, not just the job, but the clothes, the house, girlfriend, car, everything.

A lot of the socially-challenged elements that make up Vince’s character I’m sure came from my own experiences entering adulthood where I was absolutely hopeless when it came to talking to people I didn’t know or exuding self-confidence. I believe with age I’ve got a lot better in this regard, as I’m sure most people do, but I think this vulnerability is what makes Vince’s character fairly accessible to many readers.

At times the sub-plots draw vaguely on some of my own experiences. For example, Vince starts off as a washer-upper in a suburban pub. My own formative years saw me employed part time in a number of pub kitchens devoting my evenings to the contents of industrial-sized sinks.

2) Who is your favorite author and why?

Some of my favourite books are from the Jeeves and Wooster series by P.G.Wodehouse. I also enjoyed some of Gerald Durrell’s books as he has a pleasant way of being entertained by peoples’ (and animals’) eccentricities without judging them. However, I am interested in a wide and varied range of book styles. Through my travels and work abroad I’ve had the pleasure of delving into whatever books previous travelers have abandoned to lighten the load of their backpacks, and with it the chance to experience a range of authors I wouldn’t otherwise have encountered.

3) Who would you say your writing style is most influenced by?

My joy of the dialogue in some of P.G.Wodehouse’s books have inspired me to dabble with the dialogue in trading Vincent Crow, all though I think my style is actually quite different.

Beyond the literary, my sense of how to express or tell a story will have been influenced by a range of media. For example, I am a fan of the radio panel game Just a minute and am in awe at the linguistic abilities of the contestants to weave their witty monologues on the spur of the moment. Similarly, comedians such as Vic Reeves who delight in the use of language as they deliver their jokes have probably been equally influential.

4) Tell us about your book in under 140 characters; Twitter pitch.

Vince Crow decides to trade his life for a new one: job, girl, wheels, pad, threads, until he’s a success -witty, satirical, British humour

5) What are your future plans?

I am just starting the publishing process for the sequel to Trading Vincent Crow called Vincent Crow: Export. This time I’ve extracted Vince from his natural habitat in UK suburbia and scooted him off to the depths of Asia to set up a new business venture. As is the case with Vince, mayhem and catastrophe are never too far behind. I’ve really enjoyed writing this book as the lead characters and their intricate quirks are now well established. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to bring out the joys of the rhetorical conversation between Vince and his nan. In addition, with the book set in Asia, anyone who has experienced the joy of traveling in Asia, and particularly the delights of working within Asian cultures may find an extra level in which to wallow nostalgically.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Joe Conlan: Review of Nameless

Nameless was brought to my attention by the fine folks over at  Pubshelf is really a place where the indie author gets a fair shake and I am proud to be thought of by their organization. Finding fresh new voices in the world of books can be challenging, especially ones of quality, but pubshelf's recommendations are on the top of my totem pole when it comes to taking a look at a new writer.

Two cups of coffee with author Nicholas Denmon and I was turned on to a book that would literally give me nightmares.  Thanks? I guess? 

It is a tremendous debut novel, the likes of which I haven't read since I read For Nothing, by the aforementioned coffee drinker.   

What can you expect in Joe Conlan's Nameless?  You can expect a serial killer with a depth of depravity that is reminiscent of John Doe in Se7en.  You can expect your skin to crawl.  You can expect to read the book in about two sittings while you miss a meal or two. You can expect twists and turns, in plot as well as your stomach.  In short, be ready for the ride and buckle up.

Nameless by Joe Conlan

"Chilling and taut, NAMELESS, introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. By virtue of one impulsive and deeply human, but all too grave mistake, a good and decent man finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves and values; including the pristine reputation he has endeavored all his adult life to establish.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary."

If all of that isn't enough...

Amazon has 5 stars as the review average with 68 reviews in the US.

In the UK?

4 stars with 780 reviews.

I think it's worth a shot at $0.99 and I think it's worth a shot as it was recommended by the professionals at pubshelf as well as hundreds of peer reviews.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Indie Scene Picks Up Steam

I have been listening to the twangs of indie concerns about being gobbled up by the vast number of books that are published on Amazon. The thought is that there are too many books to get noticed, too many lesser quality books are taking up too much shelf space.

I can't say much, but I can say that there is a solution in the works by a very dedicated few indies that have decided the time is right for us to make our own place in the world.

Please watch the blogosphere closely in the weeks ahead and I will try and keep you all as up to date as possible.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Indie Review - Princess by Courtney Cole

Money can’t buy happiness… even in a world that begins with a Tiffany teething ring.

Sydney Ross has it made. As the 17-year old daughter of Illinois senator Randall Ross and socialite Jillian Ross, Sydney was born with perfect teeth and a killer trust-fund. Everything about her life is idyllic…the life of a princess. The Ross’ are richer than God and twice as beautiful, the picture-perfect All-American Family.

Except that it is all a lie.

After a positive pregnancy test, Sydney’s life unravels in the space of just one breath. Life as she knows it is over and survival itself begins to look questionable as life and death literally hang in the balance with each sordid twist that she is dealt.

After the shocking climax, Sydney is brought to her knees with one seething question: Who in the world can she trust when no one is who they seem to be?

Caution: This book is not set in a Mayberry kind of world nor is it a simple book about teen pregnancy. Princess is somewhat twisted and edgy. You might need to fan yourself during some parts and a box of tissues during others. It contains love, suspense, heartache and loss. Oh- and some adult themes and language, too.

Princess by Courtney Cole is the poster-child for the #indierevolution: the flawless writing style and superb editing make for a novel that is a believable read in the world of literature. The cover is expertly designed, it looks legit. Above all, this author uses her wide writing talent to break free from paranormal romance and write a suspenseful, contemporary novel for an older audience. Her pitch is fantastic. We at All Indie E-books would highly recommend this indie novel.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indie Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations to CakeLady!! You have won the indie awareness blog hop and all the prizes in the hop. Please look out for an e-mail with your prizes.

Thank you for entering our giveaway, everyone. And Happy Indie Awareness Month!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Indie Awareness Blog Hop

Happy Indie Awareness Month! To kick off this great part of the #indierevolution, as promised we are hosting a blog hop.

The hop starts today and will continue for a week. We've got some great e-books to give away, including M.E. Franco's Where Will You Run? (Kindle Edition), the entire Chosen One Trilogy by Mireille Chester, Nicholas Denmon's acclaimed debut mafia crime thriller For Nothing, An Apple for Zoe by Thomas Amo (Kindle Edition), and Allie Burke's Violet Midnight. Paranormal Romance, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery... take your pick. Or don't, because you could win them all.

Comment below with your e-mail address for your chance to win these great works by some talented indie authors. Don't forget to follow our blog; you must be a follower to win.

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Up next, other great blogs participating in the hop!