Great Big Trumpety Triumphant Fanfare, Please: Dory’s Avengers, Re-released TODAY

Yes, today’s the day I’ve been waiting for, the culmination of a year’s hard tweaking – my lovely sleek new version of Dory’s Avengers is available to buy on Amazon Kindle.

Please click on the appropriate link below to find out more.

UK link     USA link     Australia link     Canada link

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A tale of loyalty and betrayal, kindness and cruelty, mystery and discovery, oppression and freedom, Dory’s Avengers is modern take on a good old-fashioned adventure with a great soundtrack, a healthy portion of sport and a huge dollop of humour, all leading to…

Stop right there! No spoilers.

To celebrate this momentous day, I have been out dog walking and chatting with my good friend and fellow author Georgia Rose, creator of the wonderful Grayson Trilogy among other works, and she’s been kind enough to share our chat on her blog. Would you like to have a read? Then head on over … here.

Thank you for joining me today to celebrate my book re-launch. I hope you enjoy reading Dory’s Avengers as much as I enjoyed writing it. And for those of you who have been asking, yes, I am writing novel number two (which goes under the super-exciting working title of New Book at the moment – it does exactly what it says on the tin, I suppose). Finally!

Happy weekend 🙂

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Big Fanfare Please – The New Improved Dory’s Avengers Is Available to Pre-order!

Excited! Buzzing! Finally, after the best part of a year’s editing, re-editing, re-re-editing, re-re-re-re…you get the picture, Dory’s Avengers is due for re-release on Friday 30 September 2016. The manuscript has been professionally proof read (yes, I know what I do for a day job, but not even an editor can proof her own work) – many thanks to Julia Gibbs for her expert work, and the cover art is looking fan-blooming-tastic courtesy of James Willis of Spiffing Covers:

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I’ve managed to upload the manuscript not only to Kindle Direct Publishing, where the e-book is all ready to pre-order (Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Amazon Ca, Amazon Au), but also to Createspace for those of you who prefer a yummy printed book – thank you to Mary Matthews (aka author Georgia Rose) of Three Shires Publishing for teaching me so much at her excellent self-publishing workshop earlier in the year. Hell, I’m even going to be releasing Dory’s Avengers on Audible once I’ve found the perfect narrator – watch this blog for further news on that particular venture. There’s no stopping me now.

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But hang on a moment – wasn’t Dory’s published three years ago? About this time of year, with a book launch and signing sessions and lots of champagne?

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Okay, I confess – yes, it was. I’m not going to go into details about what went wrong (mutters dark oaths about vanity publisher dazzling naïve author with false promises); suffice to say, about a year ago I decided to reread my literary triumph and ended up hugely embarrassed by the standard of editing, proof reading and, I have to confess, my own blunders. All the parts I’d been uneasy about but had left in; all the rambling scenes I’d included simply so I could air one amusing phrase; all were there, mocking me and making me want to…give the book a damn good structural edit and re-release it.

And so I did.

I can honestly say I am delighted with everything to do with the revised edition of Dory’s Avengers, and I’m looking forward to sharing more blog posts and snippets from the book on An Author’s View in the weeks leading up to the big launch on 30 September. If you bought a copy of the original and feel tempted to give the sleek new version a try, please contact me and I will give you a free copy, if possible in the format of your choice. If not, I hope you will purchase a copy, love it and leave me a peachy review, but I will be equally interested to know your reasons if you’re not keen. If people are reading Dory’s Avengers, I will be one happy author. You, dear readers, are after all the reason why I write.

Reviewers Required – ‘Bribe’ Offered #TBSU

DorysAvengers Cover ArtLadies and Gentlemen, would you like a free e-copy of my debut novel Dory’s Avengers? You would? That’s fabulous. Please complete the contact form below, indicate your format preference (pdf, mobi or epub) and a copy will be winging its way to your inbox as soon as I receive your request.

Is there a catch? Well… perhaps a tiny weeny one, as the title of this piece has probably told you. If you would write an honest review of Dory’s Avengers on Amazon and on Goodreads I would be very grateful to you. Please write exactly what you think of the book, even if you hate it. I won’t hold it against you, and I won’t cry (much!). Take all the time you need to write the review; I’m not going to demand it appears within a certain time as I very much appreciate your help.

I’ve also got a bit of a random request to make. I know – it’s all me, me, me today, isn’t it! Here are the links for Dory’s Avengers on Amazon UK, USA and Canada. If you get a moment, would you have a look at the way my book is advertised, and let me know (again via the handy contact form below) what would encourage you to buy it? More importantly, would you let me know what would discourage you from buying it? Please don’t pull any punches here; I am presently at loggerheads with my publisher as I consider there to be one thing in particular handicapping sales. The publisher disagrees, but if I could confront them with evidence to support my theory they may be more inclined to listen.

Thank you very much.

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Cloud Nine!

Well, I’m starting to come down from cloud nine following the wonderful Dory’s Avengers book launch last Thursday. Wow! Even my vivid imagination was unable to come up with anything as fabulous as the reality. I am intending to write a proper blog soon, but at the moment it’s all I can do to stop beaming long enough to write anything at all.

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Thank you to everyone who made Thursday 29 August 2013 the best day of my life so far. Thank you to everyone who came along, bought a copy of Dory’s and shared the evening with me. Thank you to everyone who took photos and helped out supplying my guests with refreshments and copies of Dory’s Avengers to purchase. Thank you for all the support from followers on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and, of course, right here on An Author’s View.

Thank you all a million times. You’re the best!

DORY’S AVENGERS is available for purchase in hardback and on e-readers.

Amazon UK   Amazon USA   Amazon Canada   Nook UK   Nook USA

Amazon is Despatching!

Earlier today I had a look at Dory’s Avengers on Amazon to see if the e-version of the book is being advertised yet. It isn’t, but I did discover that:

  • The hard copies of Dory’s Avengers are now being despatched by Amazon.

And:

  • Amazon only has two copies left in stock!

There was me thinking DORY’S AVENGERS wasn’t published until next week! However, according to Book Guild, Amazon despatching now is perfectly acceptable and above board.

Of course, now I’m tempted to order a copy for myself… simply to see if the copies left in stock tally drops to one, you understand! The idea of ordering my own book puts me in mind of the elderly man attempting to track down a copy of ‘Fly Fishing’ by J R Hartley in the heart-warming old Yellow Pages advert. For those of you who don’t know what I’m on about:-

‘Hello, Amazon? Do you have a copy of Dory’s Avengers by Alison Jack? You do? Would you reserve it for me? Wonderful! My name? Ah yes, it’s Alison Jack.’

It’s no good. I’ve got to go and buy it…

Author Interview – Mark King

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FRENZY available for purchase on Amazon
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This week please give a very warm welcome to MARK KING, author of the fast paced thriller FRENZY. Amazon reviewers give FRENZY glowing praise, with phrases such as:  ‘Keeps you up for hours’ and ‘A gripping story’ cropping up again and again. ‘Thank goodness there is a second book on the way as the ending is really just the beginning….’ says one reviewer, and I’m convinced. A copy is on my Kindle and I’m raring to get started!

So what of the author? Allow me to introduce you to Mark and we’ll let him take it from here.

Alison – Hello Mark, and welcome. Thank you for taking the time to take part in this interview. Please would you tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.

Mark – FRENZY a Daniel Jones Story (ISBN 9781846248771) my first book was published in March of this year by Book Guild Publishing. I am also the author of the successful world-wide blog, Always Hanging Around and have recently joined the Twitter world, alongside writing articles for various local media outlets. This is a far cry from my previous job as an Area operations Manager from which I resigned two and a half years ago during the worst economic melt-down seen in living memory, so I could follow my dream to become a published author. I’m also helping a friend follow his own publishing dream, and I’m always happy to freely give advice to other virgin authors either through markkingthauthor@gmail.com or my FRENZY page.

Alison – FRENZY sounds like a gripping read. Do tell us a little more about it.

Mark – Frenzy is the story of a young man whose stability in life, and dreams for the future, is shattered when he discovers a terrifying secret about the new ruling class called the Over-seers.  In grave danger he has no choice but to flee for the safety of his family. Enter Gwendolyn who saves his life and seeks the help of Mary, the only person still alive over forty, and the three heroes are forced onto a quest to find the one thing that could save their lives. My main influence for the book came about when the financial system collapsed, and the world found out the truth about that these new gods we had called Bankers who have spent the last three decades having a feeding frenzy on the wealth of humanity.

Alison – I couldn’t help but chuckle at your inspiration for FRENZY; the good old ‘untouchable’ bankers! What was it that initially inspired you to become an author?

Mark – After the unexpected death of my father-in-law it became clear to me that you had to do whatever you want to achieve in life now, because you can never tell if tomorrow will come. So in November 2010 while I was driving to work one morning feeling miserable I knew the point had come where I needed to take a new direction in life.

Alison – I’m sorry to hear about your father-in-law’s sudden death, but it does go to show that even bereavement can have a positive outcome. Thank you for sharing this with us. I’m sure as an author you are a voracious reader; what are you reading at the moment?

Mark – I like History so at the moment I am reading a very large volume titled ‘A History of Christianity’ by Diarmaid MacCulloch. It’s a very slow read. It feels as if I have been reading it for months and I’m only a third of the way through, but at least I’m getting my money’s worth.

Alison – I’ve just had a quick look at the description on Amazon. It does sound a fascinating read as, like you, I love history. My attention span is more suited to TV documentaries though; book wise I tend to be purely fiction. I see you have a highly successful blog, please tell us more about that.

Markwww.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com is the title of my blog. I picked this title because as a hopeful new author all you seem to be doing is always hanging around for other people. From the first time you give your precious new manuscript to a friend to read; when two months later you ask them how they are getting on with it, only to be told, ‘well I’ve read the first three chapters!’ This carries on all the way through to waiting for responses from publishing houses, agents, editors etc. etc.  It is hard work keeping a blog alive so you must make sure you update it on regular bases (I post two-three times a week) or people will just drift away, and lose interest.

Alison – I’m finding out just how hard it is to maintain a blog as there are so many other good writers all vying for the readers’ attention. I start to panic if I haven’t written for a couple of days! What is your personal writing style? Are you one who likes to plan or do you see where your imagination takes you?

Mark – By the time I had served out my notice at work it was May 2011 and I had the basic story of FRENZY in my head, although at the time it had a totally different title. I had the very first chapter planned out as well as the ending, but the middle part of FRENZY I had to just let my imagination flow to join the two ends up together.

Alison – Some authors find their characters become real enough to start talking to them. I know mine do, especially in the middle of the night! Were your characters talkative?

Mark – There are three lead characters in FRENZY, Daniel Jones, Gwendolyn and Mary, with half a dozen other very strong sub characters. When I’m writing about each one I try to place myself in their shoes. They don’t so much speak to me, it’s more of a case of how I would feel in their situation. I think it doesn’t matter if you are male or female, in certain situations we all feel the same emotions. Fear is fear and love is love, sadness is sadness and joy is joy.

Alison – Do you think you will stick with one genre in future, or would you like to experiment with multi-genres?

Mark – I am presently writing the sequel to FRENZY which I have initially titled ‘DOOM a Daniel Jones Story’. I believe the character I have created in Daniel Jones is strong enough to last through a series of books, although I have many other stories in my head in different genres that I would like to one day tell.

Alison – The reviews on Amazon certainly suggest that Daniel Jones is a very strong character, and your readers all seem very eager for the sequel. When you were working on FRENZY did you need to do any research?

Mark – FRENZY is set in the near future so you don’t need to be accurate with the facts so much because nobody can predict the future. We can only dream and then hope our nightmares don’t come true. But, and as I say there is always a ‘but’, I still had questions that needed answers and the only way to complete this is by research.

Alison – I’ve mentioned the excellent reviews that FRENZY has received. Would you like to add some links?

Mark – FRENZY has received some very good reviews through sites like www.goodreads.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.mrrippleysenchantedbooks.blogspot.com, www.massmovement.co.uk, and even on Amazon in America. The most recent review was in issue 2 of the Iceni magazine on page 35 www.icenimagazine.co.uk.

Alison – Wow! It must be fabulous to get such positive feedback for your writing. As this is your debut novel did you learn much from the publishing process? Are there things you would do differently in future?

Mark – I am still learning on a daily basis all the pros and cons of the publishing industry. What I have learnt so far is to be prepared to be disappointed, then be prepared to pick yourself up again, dust yourself down, and try again; but there is nothing I would have done different from the beginning. You should learn from your mistakes, and if you are a virgin author then be prepared to make many.

Alison – Do you post in writers’ forums? Have you received any good or bad advice as a result?

Mark – I don’t post in writer’s forums at present. It’s not because I don’t believe in them, it’s just that since the release of FRENZY I really haven’t had the time. I joined various forums before I became published. They can be a help, especially when you are given a chance to review other hopefuls’ work because some of it can be awful, and a good pointer to where you are going wrong, or right as the case may be. I remember one manuscript were the first two pages were so gripping I thought to myself if this person can’t get published then how will I? By page four the writing had gone downhill so fast I struggled to carry on, then by page eight I couldn’t read any more because it was so badly written.

Alison – Hmm, yes. I’ve read similar books that have somehow managed to get published! There is so much competition out there for new authors, would you consider any other sort of writing work, for example editing or book reviewing?

Mark – Like all new authors until your book is selling enough to make a living then I would consider any type of writing work that brought in some money or free publicity for FRENZY. I’m writing articles for the local media at present, and have thought about writing the screen version of FRENZY, but there are only so many hours in the day in which you can work, and most if these at present are concentrated on making FRENZY a success.

Alison – I read a quote recently saying that an author never runs out of ideas, only time. It’s so true! As a debut author, the first time you held a copy of FRENZY in your hands must have been pretty amazing. How did you feel?

Mark – The first time I held a copy of FRENZY in my hands I felt numb. I was scared to even open it or start reading it in case I was disappointed, or found a terrible error that would have destroyed it at birth. I needn’t have worried, after looking at the gold cover for nearly an hour feeling its smooth printed page I opened it, and slowly began to read through it. I read the book from start to finish over the week and loved every moment of it.

Alison – I can relate to that feeling. The first copies of my own debut novel arrived last week, and I haven’t progressed beyond sniffing the print! On the subject of fiction in general, what is your opinion on prologues and epilogues? Would you include them in your books?

Mark – I can’t see the point of prologues or epilogues. If a book is well written it shouldn’t need them as your story should contain all the information the reader needs.

Alison – I agree, particularly on the subject of epilogues, which usually seem to be a self indulgence on the part of an author who doesn’t know when to let go. There would have been one such piece of self indulgent nonsense in my own book had a friend not been honest enough to point out that it was awful! Most authors are probably daydreamers; I think it goes with the job! Have you ever imagined FRENZY being made into a film? Who would you imagine playing the lead roles?

Mark – I would love FRENZY to be made into a film. I think it’s such a good story it would transfer well to the big screen and look forward to the day this will happen. I just hope I have some control over it so it not totally destroyed in the process. I would have Justin Bieber the singer play the lead of Daniel, Emma Watson from the Harry Potter movies play Gwendolyn, and Dame Judi Dench would be perfect for the part of Mary.

Alison – What made you decide on the setting for FRENZY? Do you base your characters and settings on people and places you know?

Mark – All authors have to use places and people they know as reference points when they write. You have to jumble up the clues sometimes, especially with characters as you don’t want to be sued for defamation if one of them is particular nasty one! Even the most wacky scripts will be based on memories of events that have taken place somewhere in that person’s life.

Alison – There’s always that lovely disclaimer at the beginning of any work of fiction: ‘Any resemblance to real people, alive or dead, is purely coincidental.’ Thank you once again Mark for sharing your views with us, I’ve very much enjoyed this interview. To conclude, please would you share a few of your favourite books with us?

Mark – My favourite book is ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne followed by the ‘Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett, then comes George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and ‘Animal Farm’, with Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code not far behind.

Alison – I’ve not read either ‘The Secret’ or ‘Pillars of the Earth’ so they’re two books I shall certainly add to my list.

Once again I’d like to thank Mark King for this excellent interview. You can follow Mark’s news via his excellent blog Always Hanging Around or by joining him on Twitter