2014 has been one of the best years of my life. My small children (a son and a daughter) continue to make me the proudest dad in the world, while my writing has been a source of fun and very welcome income, not to mention the amazing week I had at the London Book Fair 2014 as part of the Amazon crew…Wow, just…wow, it’s been amazing! I can only thank you all, very humbly, for your support. You have no idea how much it means to me.
I was out working my day job today, New Year’s Eve, in the pissing rain, reading gas and electric meters around the outskirts of Glasgow, working out plot lines and ideas in my head for Robin, Little John, Tuck etc…. I am genuinely a working class man who’s been lucky enough to sell a few ebooks and it’s a dream come true – literally – and it’s ALL thanks to you, my readers!
I can only hope the next book, Rise of the Wolf, which will be out early next year, lives up to expectations and does as well as the other books.
I’ll raise a glass to you all for Hogmanay tonight, and again, thank you all sincerely for your support in 2014.
Have a great new year in 2015!
The Wolf and the Raven is now available as an audiobook from Audible – it seems to be part of their Xmas sale too, so get it cheap now!
Wolf’s Head is also in the sale if you still haven’t heard that one.
Take a quick look at the new Q&A I did with Indie B.R.A.G. who recently awarded The Wolf and the Raven their coveted medallion! Here’s a little taster of one of the questions:
Tell me a little about Sir Guy of Gisbourne.
Well, everyone has heard of Sir Guy – he appeared in the original ballads (unlike some of the other well-known characters like Maid Marian) as a man who had a fierce rivalry with Hood. I’ve kept that aspect of it alive and made him a charismatic, dangerous swordsman who’s vowed to bring about our hero’s destruction. In the original stories from hundreds of years ago there was a very violent clash between Sir Guy and Robin, where Robin actually killed him and mutilated his dead opponent’s face quite sadistically! I didn’t quite go as far as that, but, as always I do like to stick as close to the old tales as much as possible while adding a few new elements of my own…
Just had an email from Amazon KDP to tell me I’m one of their Kindle All-Stars for November! Apparently I was one of the top 20 authors in the UK for that month in terms of sales and borrows from their Kindle library.
I’m really pleased and quite humbled. Lost for words actually!
Thank you to everyone that bought one of the books in November, I hope you enjoyed them. 🙂
I’m working hard on the next Robin book, Rise of the Wolf, so stay tuned for more news on that in the New Year. Hopefully people enjoy it as much as the first two….
To celebrate the imminent release of The Wolf & The Raven audiobook I’m giving away a couple of signed copies of the paperback version on Goodreads. Free to enter so click the link and good luck!
The audiobook has been completed, just waiting on it being approved so it should, all being well, be available from Audible and iTunes within the next few days!
Check out this page one of my readers set up, it’s pretty cool and really fun to wonder who might play each character! Sean Bean as Sir Richard-at-Lee? Ray Stevenson (Rome, The Punisher) as Little John? Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones, Riper Street) as Stephen (I really, really like that one, the guy is perfect for the part)?
Who would you like to see playing the people in my books? Take a look and share your choices!
Sorry for the pic of Sean Bean, I Google’d images of him and couldn’t resist that one hahaha!
So the Australian Kindle Daily Deal promo is over and it was very successful! I missed when it started but the books got to at least 3 and 4 in the Aussie Kindle Bestsellers list (that’s not any subgenre or anything, it means they’re the third and fourth bestselling Kindle books in Australia today!).
They’re still at 3 and 5 which includes number 1 placings in the overall fiction charts, the Historical Fiction chart and the War chart. I don’t normally sell very many books in Australia so I’m really pleased with this – hopefully it keeps going and our friends Down Under take to a Scotsman like they took to the AC/DC boys when they emigrated from Glasgow!
Let There Be Rock!
If you live in Australia and have an Amazon.com.au account you’re in luck: Wolf’s Head and The Wolf and the Raven are BOTH part of the Kindle Daily Deal promo.
I’m on the opposite side of the world so can’t check if/when it’ll go live but the prices are showing as reduced right now so…fill yer boots!
How about this for an Xmas gift idea: my books are all in the Kindle Matchbook program, which means if you buy the paperback as a gift for someone you get the Kindle version for free for yourself! So if you were planning on buying the Kindle version to read yourself, why not treat someone to the paperback?! 🙂
In other news, I just approved the final version of The Wolf and the Raven audiobook so it should be available to buy on Audible and iTunes in time for Christmas! If you liked the other two audiobooks you will love this, I think Nick Ellsworth did a fantastic job narrating.