The Spring sale has sprung

It’s Spring. So that must mean Amazon’s Kindle Spring Sale is here.

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Even better than that, my latest novel Killing Dylan has been selected to appear in the limited-time promotion (until 25 April, 2016).

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So, if you’ve got a kindle and a spare quid, you can pick up a copy now for just 99p. What a flippin’ bargain! In case you don’t already know, here’s what it’s all about:

Someone is trying to kill celebrated author Dylan St James. But who would want him dead? And why? And who the hell shoots someone with a harpoon, anyway?

Disgruntled, failed crime writer, Freddie Winters, spends his days conning old ladies, setting up fake book signings, sneaking into literary festivals uninvited and lamenting his lack of success. When his old Friend, Dylan, turns to him for help, Freddie agrees to use his own limited detective skills to find out who’s behind the murder attempt.

With a group of suspicious ex-wives, a jealous rival, a crazed stalker fan and an exploding postman to deal with, Freddie soon stumbles upon a catalogue of crazy behaviour and a truly bizarre motive for murder. But can he stop the killer before it’s too late?

Killing Dylan has already been described as a “brilliantly over the top, laugh-out-loud comic caper.” Another lovely reader said: “Sharp and very, very funny, this book is a delight!” And it’s guaranteed to be the funniest book featuring a harpoon attack you’ll read this year.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a bargain and get your copy now.

Happy New Book!

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a great 2015, and here’s to 2016 being even bigger, brighter and better for you all.

And as if a brand new year wasn’t good enough, there’s another reason to celebrate – today is the publication date for my new comedy crime novel, Killing Dylan.

That’s right, head to Amazon now and you can pick up your copy from today.

Here’s what it says on the back cover:

Someone is trying to kill celebrated author Dylan St James. But who would want him dead? And why? And who the hell shoots someone with a harpoon, anyway?

Disgruntled, failed crime writer, Freddie Winters, spends his days conning old ladies, setting up fake book signings, sneaking into literary festivals uninvited and lamenting his lack of success. When his old Friend, Dylan, turns to him for help, Freddie agrees to use his own limited detective skills to find out who’s behind the murder attempt.

With a group of suspicious ex-wives, a jealous rival, a crazed stalker fan and an exploding postman to deal with, Freddie soon stumbles upon a catalogue of crazy behaviour and a truly bizarre motive for murder. But can he stop the killer before it’s too late?

So, what are you waiting for? Get your copy now

I hope you like it. And I hope you have a great New Year!

Cheers

Alastair

Happy birthday George

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It’s been quite a year. Exactly one year ago today, my first novel, The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring, was published. And my lovely wife bought me this brilliant card to celebrate.

Since it went on sale, the book has sold quite a nice number of copies – more than 13,000 so far, to be precise. And it’s received some very positive reviews – 120 5-star reviews on all the various Amazon sites.

It reached number 18 in the UK Kindle chart, and number 2 in Australia. It was also an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Humourous Fiction and #1 Bestseller in Romantic Fiction.

So, thanks to everyone that bought a copy, wrote a nice review, or sent me a message to this blog or my Facebook page to say how much they enjoyed it.

But it doesn’t end there. I’ve been toiling away at all hours in my little cupboard/office. And in a staggeringly unlikely coincidence, just this very morning I finished writing the first draft of a new novel. What are the chances?

There’s still a bit of work to do, and plenty of editing. But hopefully the new book will be out very soon. Watch this space for updates and maybe even a teaser of the first chapter…

Anyway, that’s more than enough self-congratulation. I’d better get back to work!

The joy and pain of Amazon reviews

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What do authors think of customer reviews on Amazon? Obviously I can only speak for myself, but I have mixed feelings.

They can be a great way to get feedback from readers. And they can help to boost book sales. But then, sometimes, they can be violent, hurtful, digital bullets that make you doubt yourself, your ability to write and, at times, the sanity of the general public.

I recently wrote an article for literary website Quadrapheme giving my own two-pence worth on the subject.

You can read the whole thing here

Enjoy

 

George Thring goes on sale

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The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring is now available to buy on Amazon. It’s available in paperback and you can also download it for your Kindle.

It’s been a bit of a slog to get it to this stage, but I’m thrilled to say that the book is now finally on sale. I’ve loved writing it, and all the other bits from editing and redrafting to selecting the cover design and everything else involved in getting it to this stage. Huge thanks to Dave Lyons at Raven Crest Books for taking a chance on my silly novel and helping me get it out into the world.

I hope you enjoy reading it. And if you do, make sure to leave a positive comment on Amazon.

Get the book here