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Lesley Truffle's first novel 'Hotel Du Barry' to be released by Harper Collins

Cover of the Hotel Du Barry
 
Lesley Truffle signed a two book deal with Harper Collins in April 2015 - this is her first novel. Lesley is a fantastic author who we are hoping to publish in 2017. I've just finished reading the first three chapter and I can't recommend her enough.
 
About the book:
 
London's luxurious HOTEL DU BARRY has been left unscathed by WW1 and the party has just begun: tainted love, murderous desires and gin. It's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL with a dash of Gatsby.
 
When a laughing baby is found amongst the Hotel du Barry's billowing sheets, tucked up in an expensive pair of ladies' bloomers and neatly pegged to the laundry line, the hotel staff resolve to keep the child. The hotel's owner, Daniel du Barry, still mourning the loss of his lover in an automobile accident, adopts the little girl, names her after his favourite champagne and seeks consolation in fatherhood. Cat du Barry grows up beloved by both hotel staff and guests, equally at home in the ninth floor premium suite as she is in the labyrinth below stairs. Years later when Daniel du Barry dies in sinister circumstances, Cat determines to solve the mystery with the assistance of her extended hotel family.
 
From hotel detective to roguish Irish gigolo, from compassionate housekeeper to foxy chamber maid, each will play their wicked part in this novel that will charm, amuse and delight.

 

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'ON' is now available for pre-order

Blue bleeding down a white cover with ON

'ON' by Jon Puckridge (to be released in January 2016) is now available for pre-order from:

and soon from all other reputable eBook distributors.

OneWorld is a planet orbited by thousands of satellite cities, and home to 23 billion humans. A place where governments, police forces and law courts compete for business within a wholly privatised system; where murder, rape and torture are merely extra items on your insurance policy; where a corporation owns the license for time; and where scientific fact has been replaced by ‘consumer information’. In OneWorld, every product wirelessly links to the ‘grID’, and people spend most of their scheduled ‘waketime’ moving through various overlapping realities via their grID visors.

But now the precarious balance of OneWorld is tipping as the largest of the global corporations launches the next phase of networking: One Network, or ‘ON’. By the time Youren Cartouche, a copywriter working on the advertising campaign for ON, and Constantin Zann, an advanced bio-mechanical detective investigating the strange murder of a human girl, both uncover the truth, they will be fighting for their very existence within a reality disintegrating around them.

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What tagline works best?

ON-cover-strap2We have the new cover design for Jon Puckridge's ON and we need your help with the tagline. At the moment we have six options but which one do you prefer? Let us know.
  1. Your identity is history.
  2. I think, therefore I am not.
  3. There's no 'I' in network.
  4. The last thing you’ll see is the future.
  5. The latest product development is you.
  6. Everyone is no-one.

OneWorld, a planet orbited by thousands of satellite cities (SAT islands), and home to a civilization of 23 billion humans. A place where governments, police forces and law courts compete for business within a wholly privatised system. A place where: murder rape and torture are merely extra items on your insurance policy, a corporation owns the license for time, scientific fact has been replaced by 'consumer information', and history is traded on the stock exchange. Here; every product is wirelessly linked to the grID - a source of both data and geo-electric power, and humans spend most of their scheduled 'waketime' moving through various overlapping realities, via their grID visors.

But now the precarious balance of OneWorld is tipped when CoolGlobalGiant, the largest of the global corporations, launches the next phase of networking: One Network - or 'ON'.

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Week 2 of Ruth's blog tour for 'Across the Bridge of Ice'

Ruth's Blog Tour March 2-30

 

Ruth's Blog Tour for 'Across the Bridge of Ice' is into its second week. This week she will be guesting at:

March 9 Guest blog - Mythical Books
http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

March 10 Spotlight - Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

March 13 Spotlight - Fantasy Book Lane
http://www.fantasybooklane.com/

March 16 Interview - Diane’s Book Blog
http://dianes-book.blogspot.com

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Cover Reveal: "Cold Faith" by Shaune Lafferty Webb

Cover of Cold Faith - Sunny's face against a frozen background with two figures

Cold Faith by Shaune Lafferty Webb will be released May/June 2015.

A protracted volcanic winter has devastated Earth, leaving only isolated pockets of survivors. With food becoming scarcer and the air growing toxic, Rab sees just one chance for survival: a perilous journey north in search of a fabled city where ships were rumoured to have been launched, ferrying the people of Earth to a salvation planet.

But Rab didn’t count on being forced into taking the last three children from his dying village, or on coming across the hostile and sceptical Sunny living with her grandfather in comparative luxury among a large band of refugees in an underground sanctuary. When her grandfather begs to join Rab’s party, Sunny, to Rab’s dismay, insists on coming with them. Years ago, Sunny had been the lone survivor of a similar quest. The reason behind the failure of that quest is something Sunny has never revealed, not even to her grandfather. And Rab is now to discover why.

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Statistics, damn statistics, and wishful thinking - the not-death of the ebook

Picture of Kindle headstone

I have to admit to finding it a bit difficult to understand how an increase in eBook sales of 12.3% (from 2013 to 2014) is being peddled as signally the end of the ebook, particularly when sales of the physical book fell by 1.7% over the same period.

Well, actually I can understand it - it's called wishful thinking. What's happening is that the rate of e-book growth has started to slow, and coupled with a slowing in decline of physical book sale the traditionalists are hoping it signals a return to the printed book. Just remember though, according to Nielsen Bookscan, we bought 237 million books back in 2008. In 2013, this had fallen to 184 million, a pretty drastic fall of 22 per cent!

So yes, it appears the book market might be starting to reach some sort of equilibrium, with about one in three books being a digital one, and the rest being physical books. And yes, there is good news for booksellers with Waterstones reporting that  sales of physical books has increased by 5 per cent during December, compared with the same month in 2013. A picture echoed by Sam Husain, the chief executive of Foyles, who said sales at his chain of bookshops had jumped by 8.1 per cent, compared with December the year before.

Bottom line, however, the eBook market continues to expand, and even if its growth slowed further to 9% it will only take five years before eBook sales constitute 50% of the total market.

You can read the full article from the Telegraph here.

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Ditmar nominations open for 2015 - we need your support

 3 coversWe published three eBooks last year which are eligible to be considered for the 2015 Australian SF ("Ditmar") awards. We need your support to ensure they are on the ballot paper. The three eligible are:

  • Lights Over Emerald Creek by Shelley Davidow
    eBook, published 28 Feb 2014 by Hague Publishing
  • Isis, Vampires and Ghosts -  Oh My! by Janis Hill
    eBook, published 30 Aug 2014 by Hague Publishing
  • Frontier Resistance by Leonie Rogers
    eBook, published 3 Oct 2014 by Hague Publishing

Please consider nominating any, or all of the above books.

Details on the awards, and on the nomination process follow.

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