Spring Newsletter

Had a good evening at Fiction Fix last night. We had two new readers, Will Stebbings and Gary Francis-Williams. Will read from his novel, Off the Mark, a coming of age story set in the 1960s, and Gary read from The Mysterious 1 & 27, a tale of unpleasant relatives scrambling to solve clues and get their hands on a huge fortune left in the Colonel’s incomplete will. Gary said it was his first reading, but he gave an accomplished and most amusing performance. Morgan Fitzsimons treated us to the start of the tale of Betsy Butterfingers, an accident-prone witch – hopefully we’ll hear more about Betsy in the future.  Ron Graves did a spooky mood piece and Helen read some more from her unpublished SF novel, the Zarduth Inperative.

For a laugh, I did a bit from my Poltergeist: the Legacy fanfic, The Harrowing of Hell (you can find all of it here on my blog). It went down pretty well, and Gary told me he’d enjoyed it even though he didn’t usually like horror. I must admit that I’d never thought of it as horror before. These genre categories are very blurred and slippery to pin down and I’m always interested when readers find something in my work that I didn’t realise was there.

Pro Se have announced that three of my books will be coming out this year – no firm dates yet. The first will be The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone, which will be in print for the first time along with a bonus Afton & Jerome story. I’ve seen the sketches for the cover, once again by Adam Shaw, and it looks very good. The other two 2017 book will be three and four in the Anna & Zenni series, StarChild and The Beauty of our Weapons. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

Dave and I are going to Eastercon for the first time, Innominate at Birmingham. I’ll be doing a reading and also appearing on a panel about Biohacking. Should be interesting!

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.

The New Novel Is Out!

My new Afton & Jerome novel is out, available on Amazon US, UK and Smashwords (and probably other places as well). It’s SF/detective with a touch of the supernatural and a bit of humour. My usual obsessions with food, art and poetry are also included. Dave did an introduction and the book ends with an extra short story, Five of Humours; one of Melancholy; one of Honey.

Here’s a link to the announcement from Pro Se.

Here’s an Amazon UK link, and here’s one for Amazon US.

Here’s the Smashwords page.

Here’s the cover, which I think is beautiful.

Dead Men Cover

Afton & Jerome’s first outing in the novella “The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone” is also available as an e-book (link on my Amazon author pages). A paperback version will be produced by Pro Se later in the year.

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.

Made in Peterborough

I shall be taking part in Made in Peterborough, an event promoting local writers. It’s on February 7th in the Central Library, and I’ll be there for the morning session, 10-12 a.m. I’ll have some books to sell, and will answer questions about my work and writing. If anyone’s in town that Saturday morning, please pop in for a chat!

Blood Type now out in paperback.

Blood Type: an Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge is now out in paperback. It’s edited by Robert S Wilson, published by Nightscape Press and will benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I have a story in it, along with many other wonderful writers, including William F Nolan, Mike Resnick and Peter Watts.

I’m pleased to have done my little bit to help this charity. Cystic Fibrosis is a nasty disease with a huge impact on the lives of people who have it. When I worked in medical research – we studied the absorption of drugs in patients with malabsorption syndromes – there were some CF patients in the study. At the lab we tracked the changes in bacterial flora and antibiotic resistance of respiratory infections in our local group of CF patients, which was complicated and challenging work. It’s a hereditary disease – we had several sets of siblings. It was heartbreaking when we had a patient die, but it wasn’t all bad news. One of our local CF patients is the longest surviving recipient of a triple transplant – heart, lungs and liver. His own heart was transplanted into another man, who he got to meet – that must have been a very weird experience!

Blood Type is a big book and well worth just over a tenner, with free postage in the UK. It’s also available on Amazon US and Createspace.

Digital Book Day – some thoughts

So I set my collection of SF & fantasy stories, The Dragon, Fly, to be free on Digital Book Day, July 14th. I gave away 260 copies, and had over 200 visitors to this blog, which was nice.

Pros:

My book got into the Top 10 Free SF Anthologies list, so it hopefully got some useful exposure.

I got lots of new readers, who may like my stuff and want more. I might even get an Amazon review out of it.

I’ve sold a few books since.

Cons:

When I first put my books on Kindle, a free book promotion would push you up the rankings and keep you there for a while. Now they’ve altered the algorithms and a book quickly crashes back down into obscurity after its brief moment in the sun. I’m not sure that giveaways are much help anymore.

The book has now turned up on at least one pirate site.

Overall conclusion:

I think the results of Digital Book Day were generally positive and I’ll probably take part again next year.

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