I haz a new book!

Well, sort of, as it’s a new version of one of my self-published e-books.

Pro Se Press have just brought out the first print edition of The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone, the prequel to Dead Men Rise Up Never. It has a lovely new cover by Adam Shaw, the artist who did the cover for Dead Men, plus an extra short story, the URLking. It’s available from Amazon UK and US. I’m waiting for my copies to arrive and will be doing a reading from it at Fiction Fix on August 6th.

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This Writing Life

I went to Fantasycon by the Sea, which was in Scarborough at the end of September. I’d never been to the town before – it’s delightful. We stayed at the Grand Hotel, a slightly faded Victorian gem with wonderful views of the bay and harbour. Although the weather forecast was cloudy with some rain, we had a very sunny weekend. We met up with a lot of old friends and found some new ones. I was particularly glad to see Irene Soldatos and Harriet Goodchild, who I’ve known since the old Authonomy days but had never met before in the flesh. They were there promoting their books, Irene’s Bad Bishop, and Harriet’s The Crooked Path, which had only just come out.

I went to some panels, the Elizabeth Bear and Frances Hardinge interviews, and even did a reading from Dead Men. As usual, the reading venue was tucked well away from most of the con, and I only got an audience of eight. We did sell a few books over the weekend, so that was a bonus.

I’m trying to do more readings. Like most authors I suspect, I’m not a natural performer and I find it hard to read my stuff out loud in public. I used to hate reading around the class at school (we even had to do it in French once!) and I was usually several chapters ahead, and so had to stumble back to the right place when my turn came, but these are my stories, so I ought to be able to tell them. A friend has organised a monthly reading evening in a local pub – it’s called Fiction Fix. Here’s a link to a report on her website from the first one, with incriminating photos! I’ve done two readings there so far, and although the venue isn’t ideal and I struggle with using a microphone, it’s good practice. I found that the Anna and Zenni books are difficult to read from, due to the telepathic conversations that make much more sense on the page. Last time I read from The Third Worst Thing That Can Happen On Mars, and I found Vonnie’s voice was much easier to do.

The next date is November 6th, so if you’re near Peterborough, drop into the Draper’s Arms at about 8 pm. I plan to read something from my unpublished space opera, Warbird, which is waiting for a cover and will probably appear next year.

In other news, The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone is due to come out in print and e-book from Pro Se Press soon. I’m waiting for the galleys and to see the cover. I’ll post updates here.

Two New Jilly Books!

Two new books have just landed, both with my name on.

The first is ‘With Amber Tears’, the sequel to ‘To Die A Stranger’, from Pro Se Productions, and here’s the cover, the work of the very wonderful Morgan Fitzsimons.

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From the announcement:

“In To Die a Stranger, Jilly Paddock introduced readers to the rather unique and dangerous world of Anna-Marie Delany and Zenni.  Pro Se Productions proudly announces the release of Paddock’s second novel in this action packed and innovative series.  With Amber Tears is now available in print and digital format.

“Science Fiction,” says Tommy Hancock, Pro Se Productions Editor in Chief, “is a field that, although many feel has little innovation left within it, is just waiting for someone to come and redefine it.  Jilly Paddock is in the process of doing just that with her Zenith Alpha 4013 series.  Jilly infuses every aspect of the universe she is creating in each book with emotion.  From Anna-Marie’s relationship with Zenni to the very way the world functions, how the technology works, Jilly is pouring life into all elements of the tale and that shines through.  With Amber Tears will wrap readers into the experience Jilly is creating and carry them on the ride of their lives.”

With Amber Tears is available now in e-book and paperback at Amazon US and Amazon UK, at Pro Se’s own store at www.prose-press.com for $15.00 and for most digital formats via Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/597724.

The second book is ‘From the Dragon Lord’s Library‘, published by 18thWall Productions and currently available as an e-book. I have a story in the first volume, a reprint of ‘The Dragon, Fly’. Sometimes you write a story that just keeps on giving, and I’ve been paid for this one twice, plus the royalties from sales of my e-book collection that it appears in. Again, the cover is by Morgan Fitzsimons.

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Slow Meandering Blog Tour, Part the Third

Two new interviews appeared this week. Theresa Derwin gave me space to do a guest post on her Terror Tree blog – thanks, Theresa! I included a short excerpt from Dead Men, the scene in which Jerome meets a fairy in the heart of an enchanted wood.

The second was hosted by Ralph L. Angelo Jr. on his Ralph’s Rants blog. Ralph is another New Pulp writer published by Pro Se Press and I’m very grateful for his support. He’s also included in Legends of New Pulp Fiction, the benefit anthology I mentioned in my last post.

Dead Men is beginning to get reviews – an nice 5 star one on Amazon UK and a drop dead gorgeous one on the BFS site. Thank you, Stewart Horn, and I’m so glad you liked the book!

 

Slow Meandering Blog Tour, Part Two

There’s another interview up, thanks to Lee Houston Jr.

Find it here. I’ve tried to give all the facts in a fresh way – this promotion stuff is hard!

It also looks like With Amber Tears, the sequel to To Die A Stranger, will be coming out in the not too distant future. The book is formatted and we’re adding a few more details to the cover, but it’s nearly ready.

I’ve also got a story in Legends of New Pulp Fiction, the benefit anthology for Tommy Hancock, my publisher at Pro Se Press, which is coming out from Airship 27 in late October/early November. Not sure if I’ll have print copies of this to take to Fantasycon, but I’ll try. Here’s an image of its back cover, so you can see what an amazing book this will be.LegendsNewPulpBackCover

 

Slow Meandering Blog Tour

To promote the new book, Dead Men Rise Up Never, I’ll be doing various interviews, and I’ll add links to each one here.

First up is on Nancy Hansen’s blog, Writing from Home. Nancy is another New Pulp writer and also has books out from Pro Se Press, as well as Airship 27 and Mechanoid Press. She’s running a series of interviews at the moment (she’s done Raven Dane, Bobby Nash and Jim Beard) and was kind enough to host mine. It has lots of lovely pictures of covers and some of my crafty stuff – a cross-stitch Cerebus the Aardvark, a cats, moons and stars bracelet and a phoenix tarot bag, which I keep my Ancient Egyptian Tarot in.

Nancy has added an interview with Bev Allen, who I went to school with. She was one of the terrible trio of writing friends who could always be found scribbling away and talking through scenes from the latest epic at the back of the classroom. All three of us are published authors now.

Lisa M.Collins has put up an interview here. We tried to vary the questions, so it’s a bit different. Thanks, Lisa, for doing this and also for all the promotion on Twitter and Facebook. You probably haven’t read ‘To Die A Stranger’ yet, but when you do, please don’t be offended that I called one of the baddies Michael Collins. I’m sure he isn’t from your branch of the family!

Dead Men seems to be selling well, especially in e-book. Now holding my breath and crossing my fingers as I wait for the first reviews to land.

Cover Reveal

I’ve been sitting on this for a couple of weeks, waiting until I could show you the cover for my next book from Pro Se Press. Here it is in all its glory, a great piece of artwork by Adam Shaw.

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I love it! I think he’s captured Afton and Jerome perfectly, although Afton would never let Jerome use a gun as he’s so clumsy he’d probably shoot himself in the foot!

The title is Dead Men Rise Up Never and it’s an SF/detective novella using the characters introduced in The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone which I self-published on Kindle. It also contains a bonus short story, Five of Humours: One of Melancholy: One of Honey, which is about our heroes drinking to forget a particularly upsetting case.

Here’s the press release on the Pro Se blog.

Dead Men will be out in print and as an e-book in the next few weeks.

Spring Newsletter

The Pro Se version of To Die A Stranger is now three months old. Not sure how it’s selling – one disadvantage of being with a publisher is that you don’t get the instant feedback on sales that you do when you’re self-pubbed. I bought half a dozen and gave some away to friends and relations, my sister bought three and I know of a few others sold in the UK. It’s POD, so it won’t vanish from the shelves. Amazon did discount it for a while, so it’s worth watching out for a reduced price in the future. I have no control over that, as it’s all down to Amazon.

After a dry patch, I’m starting to write again. The sequel to TDAS, With Amber Tears, has been finished for a while, but I’ve never been totally happy with it and it was a little on the short side. I ripped the first half of it apart – rather like opening up a tin of spam along one side with an old-fashioned can-opener – and added two new characters and a bit more world-building. I think it’s better now. Dave’s going to read it and run an edit then, if we’re happy with it, it can go to Pro Se.

Warbird was accepted by a small publisher – it’s being edited and is in search of an appropriate cover. The plan is to bring it out later this year.

Judging from its Amazon rankings, the e-book of Blood Type is still selling. It isn’t out in paperback yet – I’ll let you know when that happens.

Spring has sprung here – we’ve had snowdrops and daffodils, and are now into violets, honesty and forsythia. The apple blossom is still in bud, and seems a little late this year. My father’s lawn is full of self-seeded primroses – not only yellow, but blue, pink, purple and red – plus violets in several shades of purple. He even has violets growing in his drive!

Three… two… one… we have lift-off!

To Die A Stranger is now officially out – here’s its page on the Pro Se website. It’s available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon, US and UK, and from other outlets including Smashwords.

I ordered two copies from Amazon UK and got them within a couple of days. In my opinion (and I admit that I’m very biased!) it’s a good-looking book, with a lovely cover and nice formatting on the inside. Pro Se have done a great job.

Pro Se's To Die A Stranger cover

To Die A Stranger

Pro Se Press have just released To Die A Stranger in a lovely new paperback version. It’s available on Amazon US and Amazon UK. New e-book versions will follow.

Have ordered a few copies and can’t wait to see it in the flesh!

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