The latest addition to my shelf this week, is an author review request.
I often wonder, after having promoted a new author’s debut novel, what fate befalls them, out there in the cut-throat world of publishers, rankings and ratings.
It is therefore good when an author makes a welcome return to Fiction Books, with a second great sounding book, as proof that many go from strength to strength and continue to attract an audience for their work.
Just a small caveat when reading Alan Jones’s books … He is a Scotsman, writing about a part of his Country he knows well, with all its faults and warts … So violence and swearing are a part of the everyday landscape and are included in Alan’s authentic storylines and characterisations!
Introducing – ‘BLUE WICKED’
Eddie Henderson finds himself as the unlikely investigator with information that there’s a serial killer targeting the substance dependent underclass who inhabit the notorious Glasgow housing estates. The police force ignore his warnings but one young detective believes him and she helps him search for the truth, despite putting her own career at risk.
Their desperate search for the truth on their own proves Eddie right and sparks off a massive manhunt, with Eddie and Catherine, the young detective, at the forefront of the investigation.
A Great Welcome Back To Author – ALAN JONES
I was born in Glasgow 1960 and lived there for the first 22 years of my life. I now live and work on the Ayrshire coast, in the animal health industry. I’m married with four grown up children, and in my spare time I read, sail, make furniture, play football and watch films, when I’m not writing.
I started writing in 2003, but it took a few false starts over the next ten years before I completed my first novel, The Cabinetmaker. Despite one agent and one small publishing company showing interest, they didn’t take the book on, so I self published on Kindle, and latterly on Smashwords. It was favourably reviewed, but reader’s feedback threw up a few issues.
My second book, Blue Wicked, took a year to write and I used the feedback I’d had from the first book, resulting in a shorter, more pithy novel than the first one. I am considering going back at some point and doing a final big edit on The Cabinetmaker, but part of me thinks I should leave it as it is, and concentrate on future books.
You can check out The Cabinetmaker on its dedicated website
You can find out more about Blue Wicked here
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Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’
Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’
Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!