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Welcome to the December 2010 edition of Book Savvy newsletter. Compliments of the season and wishing you a happy new year.

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"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
--Mark Twain
 
 
 
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Love and war intertwine seamlessly in poignant novel set in wartime England.
 
 
 
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...witty stories for the discerning golfer.
 
 
 
 
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Sail with Captain Cook in this rousing sea adventure novel.
 
 
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A fascinating book based on her unforgettable trip to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Authors
Events
 
 
Claire Voet on
Talk Radio Europe. Listen to the interview
 
 

Neal James
also interviewed on Talk Radio Europe Book Show on Thursday 23rd December at 1.30pm UK time. Look out for audio file.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By
Steve Morris
 
Crafted to be short and snappy enough for coffee breaks, but long and lingering in the memory, Steve Morris maintains the momentum from his first book "In All Probability" with more of his diverse short stories of the unexpected.
Psychological sharpshooters, fickle football fans, science fiction - anything can turn up in a "Jumble Tale. Read more...
 
 
"As with 'In all Probability', Jumble Tales is a mixed bag. Our favourites are 'One-Nil' and 'Get it Out of Your System'. Both offer a unique perspective of their protagonists and are brimming with humour, irony and ridiculously sublime wit..."
- A Review by thetruthaboutbooks.com
 
  
 

 

By
Mark Beggs
 
Disillusioned with life after the death of his wife, David finds a new love. His new love is costing him a lot, so he borrows money from his employers without their knowledge. On the verge of being caught, he has to repay the money quickly. The banks turn him down but he decides to take the money from them the hard way. With incredible ingenuity he keeps the police on the wrong track and is all set to carry out one last job to clear the slate. .....Read More.
 
"I have to say this was an excellent book and so easy to read. The twist is brilliant and you as the reader will be dying to reach the end of the book. It was the best book that I have read in a long long time."
- An Amazon Review by Fiona 
 
 

 

By
Julius Falconer
 
From the top of the stairs, a little girl of five overhears an argument in the sitting-room below, between her father and a late-night visitor. Her father is killed. She did not see the killer and cannot remember clearly the content of the conversation, but she remembers the killer's voice. Twenty years later she recognises the voice, identifies its owner and sets out to take her revenge. Read more...
 
 
"...As a river springs from a mountainside, the author Julius Falconer - himself a fountain of knowledge - spurts out amazing stories which keep his readers spellbound."
- A Review by Samuel Aina on Publishedbestsellers.com
 
  
 
 
Featured Author

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Jumble Tales'?
I'm a travelling teacher of students who are too ill to get to school. I also teach science and maths in schools and am also an examiner. I love my job and am currently enjoying life in my new rural home near the England/Wales border.
"Jumble Tales" is a collection of fatalistic, random chance-based tales and builds on my first short story collection "In All Probability", this collection is smoother, more mature, and better rehearsed. The aim is to step over established boundary lines of science, fiction and of plausibility. With a little romance and sport tossed into the spinning drum for spice.
My characters are not brave knights but more often anti-heroes, shy emotional people, those with insecurities and difficulties often battling their hardest to stay in this crazy world that we have created. Sometimes they evoke sympathy and sometimes they get their just desserts!
 
Q2. Why have you written short stories and not a novel?
My personal view is that short stories suit the ever diminishing attention span of our high speed, "instant gratification" society, and they take less time to write. The thinking behind both "Probability" and "Jumble Tales" was to produce stand-alone entertainment that can be enjoyed whenever we get the odd five or ten minutes. The stories can be read in any order and you don't have to worry about remembering character names if you lose it under the settee for a week.
 
Q3. You have had loads of excellent reviews for your books "In All Probability" and "Jumble Tales"- however one review suggested that you have an "often disturbing imagination" how do you feel about this comment?
I was so pleased with the way the press reviews went for "In All Probability".
The "disturbing" comment is completely fair and I can see that a few isolated scenes might be described as disturbing. I plead guilty!
 
Q4. How do you get the inspiration for your stories, is it all imagined or do you get some inspiration from real life experiences?
"Bizarre. I just don't know where you get these ideas from..." someone I know said to me in 2009.
Neither do I! I've got a whole bank of story ideas; some concocted in my teenage years and all waiting impatiently to see the light of day.
 
Q5. What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?
Being new to this, I hadn't got a clue. I asked advice and learned as I went along. Some of the stories had previously appeared in magazines. Some press let me down and some were brilliant. My stroke of luck was that a few magazine editors genuinely enjoyed it and gave me advice and encouragement in their interviews/reviews.
The cover helped the book a lot. A few people have written directly to me to say how much they like it.
 
Q6. If you had to pick just one book marketing tool that you've used to promote your book, which would you say has been the most effective?
Book Reviews.

Q7. Do you have a blog and how often do you update it?
Yes. This is the modern way of doing things.
I have a Facebook page which I am updating whenever I get any news about "Jumble Tales":
http://www.Facebook.com/SteveMorrisstories
I also have a dedicated web site:
http://www.s-morris.co.uk
 
Q8. Do you recommend authors getting publicists to help them promote their books? Do you have one?
Well, due to current work commitments, I am currently speaking to publicists especially with a view to the next book. I've heard very mixed reviews of publicists. My view is that the only difference between the old high street names and the fresh emerging talent is just a little sprinkle from Lady Luck, but no matter how good the book, it won't sell if nobody knows about it, so well targeted publicity can help. I admire the energy and legwork of some writers. Forward planning before the book comes out is also essential.
 
Q9. Do you have any thoughts on the effect of e-publishing on traditional books?
Yes. I spend far too much time in front of screens as it is. Books are tactile, comforting and valuable. I also love to spend time browsing through book shops. What will happen to them? A rare endangered species, an independent bookstore owner recently told me that they can no longer sell sets of reference books or encyclopaedias, because readers simply page-up information online. I can see his point but books are more than just words. I like the warmth of sets of information to hand on my shelves.
How often do you look at the cover of an e-book?
Give me an 18th Century hand stitched half calf leather bound volume with gilt tooling and pure white pages any day.
 
Q10. Any comments on your publishing experience?
In 2008, I was taken on by a literary agent. They were young, realistic and with modern ideas. While circulating my stories around the established but diminishing list of traditional "houses" and waiting the obligatory eon for formulaic editors to smoke their way through it, they showed me a paperback book written by another one of their former clients, who'd had a book published with Pneuma Springs Publishing (PSP). The agent thought that the book's presentation was better than some "big names". I bought another PSP title and the agent sent my manuscript to PSP. And I've never had to open nicotine reeking envelopes since. 
 
 
Thank you for your time. We wish you every success in your writing career.
 
  

 

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