Book Savvy Newsletter Pneuma Springs Publishing 

Welcome to the October 2010 and the debut edition of Book Savvy newsletter. 
Savvy Quote

"Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life."  

 -- Stephen King

In This Issue

Featured Books

Featured Author

New Releases

Coming Soon!

Special Offers!



 ...a truly unique and inspiring plot
...intriguing account of one of the worst tragedies in history.
Coming Soon!
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...witty stories for the discerning golfer.
A succinct & unique collection of short stories!
Compelling detective thriller loaded with twists and turns...
Julius Falconer
Looking for sophisticated and stylish entertainment to stimulate jaded brain-cells? LOOK NO FURTHER! Falconer has shown yet again that he can produce a top-rate whodunnit in the finest British traditions: urbane, cultured and witty.
A young woman goes to an isolated Warwickshire monastery to visit her brother, who is a monk there. Her sister drops her off at the door. The girl meets her brother in the parlour; they say goodbye and part; and she is never seen again. Read more...
"A real page turner with plenty of red herrings and false leads to keep you entertained. Not only is it enthralling..."
- An Amazon review by Laura Parker 
Grahame Howard

John Carter aged 9, finds a magical wishing book hidden under a floorboard in his bedroom. He tells his sister and close friend and together they have many adventures. Unknown to them there are other parties who also want to get hold of the book.
This is an edge of the seat book that will keep the reader gripped until the end. With the many twists, it is impossible to know who to trust. Read More...
"...the first in a series of books for children, 'The Wishing Book' kept my grand-daughter enthralled from beginning to end." 
- An Amazon review by Annette Day 
Neal James

An incredible crime thriller with a tightly-woven plot that will have you in tenterhooks and keep you guessing right till the very end. A guaranteed page turner; it will defy your efforts to put it down!
Be warned; this is not for the faint hearted. Read more...
"The story is richer and more complex than the run-of-the-mill mystery novel and was a quick, highly engaging read."
- An Amazon review by Matthew Arnold
Featured Author

Q: Can you tell us a little about your book (The Spider's Banquet) featured in this issue of Book Savvy? 

A valuable mediaeval manuscript is kept, unknown except to a few scholars, in an isolated monastery, until, in a bewildering sequence of events, it is copied, sold and stolen - not necessarily in that order - and the focus of deaths. Real history is interwoven with fiction as the detectives seek to unravel the web of deceit and murder and to identify the spider at its centre. (The title is a reference to Roussel's ballet of 1913, but its relevance becomes properly apparent only at the end of the novel.)


Q: When you write what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?

Not an emotion so much as an intellectual stimulation: joy in the things of the mind!


Q: Many of the book reviews for your novel have described it as enthralling, intriguing, full of suspense as well as entertaining and even erudite, how do you manage to combine all these virtues in a detective crime novel?

I try not just to tell a story but to embellish it with outside references intended to set up resonances and provide interest for the reader. I make sure I check that there is a proper balance between developing particular points and moving the story forward with a variety of styles (e.g. narrative, conversation, authorial commentary) and changes of scene where appropriate. I also try to appeal to readers' interest in forensic detail, in the psychology of murder, in the breaking of alibis, in 'thrills' and in the more intellectual aspects of the genre. I give the reader a chance of solving the crime. I use a style of English that I think will gain and hold the reader's attention.

Q: You have written over a dozen crime novels and are a member of the Crime Writers' Association, why do you prefer to write in this genre of fiction?

As a member of the Crime Writers' Association, I declare my interest in the genre. It is a genre which has proved extremely popular with authors as well as readers in the last 150 years. It is one which requires a great deal of ingenuity if it is to successfully draw the reader into a crime in which the disclosure of the culprit is of interest. On the other hand I confess to using the genre as a vehicle for other purposes. A crime novel maintains the reader's interest as a thread through a variety of other topics and issues.

Q: How do you get the inspiration for the deft plots of your novels, is it all imagined or do you get some inspiration from real life experiences?

A writer must draw on experience to be confident of not indulging in pure fantasy, my plots emerge out of the assembly of characters and the original situation (this is how the characters would react in these given circumstances; their actions and reactions would lead to these specific events).

Q: Which of your novels is your favourite?

The favourite amongst my own novels is Jagger, which focuses on the short career and untimely death of a popular and apparently harmless schoolmaster, but the one which has sold best is The Spider's Banquet.

Q: What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?

I sent fliers off to lending libraries, bookshops, local newspapers and local radio stations.


Q: Do you use social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to promote your books and have you had any success with it?

Yes. I have used Facebook - with some success.


Q: Do you do more promoting online or offline and which do you prefer?

Offline. I think I have not generally exploited the internet as much as I should, even though I have used Facebook and I have my own website.


Q: 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?

Facebook entries.
Thank you for your time. We wish you every success in your writing career.

Special Offers

Offers available while stock lasts.
Chasing the carrot £9.99  £5.00 
Making it £7.99  £4.00
A Death Twice Avenged £7.99  £4.00
One Last Time £7.99  £4.00
Eternal wish £6.99  £3.50
Trawlers & Trawler folk £9.99  £5.00
Read & Soar £5.00  £2.50

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