Monthly Archives: March 2013

ARCs of It Never Was You available now

UPDATE 24th APRIL 2013
ARCs of It Never Was You are no longer available, as the ebook has now launched. 
If you are a reviewer or blogger interested in receiving a copy of William’s books in exchange for an honest and fair review, then please contact me by sending an email to contactus AT acuteanglebooks.co.uk. 


CALLING ALL READERS OF LITERARY FICTION!

It Never Was You will be released in paperback and ebook at the end of April.

In the run up to the launch, I am releasing 50 Electronic Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of It Never Was You to readers in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Fill in the form below to request your copy now!

I will send an ebook (in the correct format for your reading device) to any reader who agrees to post an honest and fair review on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk (wherever you are based) within 4 weeks of the book’s publication date (24th April 2013). Reviews do not have to be positive – just honest – but please read the description below before requesting your copy.

You will gain extra brownie points if you also post your review on your blog, Goodreads, B&N, Waterstones, etc.

Will you enjoy It Never Was You

If you enjoy reading emotional stories with war as the background – but not necessarily “war fiction” (think Pat Barker, Sebastian Faulks, Ian McEwan, Louis de Bernières) you’ll love William’s books.

Part love story, part social history, The Cypress Branches trilogy weaves together the stories of an incredible set of characters whose lives and loves are buffeted by the ever changing attitudes and politics of the post-war era. They are ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times and it makes for exhilarating reading. 

In part 1 of the trilogy, Pegasus Falling, we followed the story of Sammy Parker, a World War II paratrooper who, after attacking a German officer, finds himself incarcerated in a concentration camp. There he discovers not only the horrors of the Nazi’s final solution, but also Naomi, a woman who Sammy comes to depend on to survive. When the camp is liberated, the couple are separated and Sammy battles to find out what happened to the woman he loves.

Part two, titled It Never Was You, follows the heartbreaking story of a quiet, middle class merchant seaman and his unexpected, tragic relationship with a beautiful and exuberant waitress from the Liverpool docks as they struggle to reconcile their feelings for each other with the class boundaries and ever changing attitudes of post-war Britain. It continues the saga started in Pegasus Falling and packs a lot of emotion, drama and history into its pages.

The book is written using UK English conventions and features British regional dialects. 

If you’d like to take part, but haven’t read Pegasus Falling (Part One of the trilogy) yet, don’t worry. It Never Was You can be read and enjoyed without reading Pegasus Falling first. 
However, if you’d prefer to read the trilogy in order, I’d be happy to supply you with an electronic copy of both books, on the proviso that you to post a review of both books on Amazon. As this will double the amount of reading you are committing to, I’ll be happy to wait a little longer for your review of It Never Was You (but not too long, mind – I’ll be dying to find out what you think!)

Ready to receive your ARC?

If you think you’d enjoy It Never Was You, and can commit to reading it before the end of April, please fill in the form below. We’ll email your ARC to you as soon as possible. 

The Seven Ages of Gramps: Part 4

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. 



Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth.

The Seven Ages of Gramps: Part 2

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. 
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. 

Just 48 hours to go to help make it happen for Gramps

There are just 2 days left before our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the initial print run of It Never Was You finishes, and we’re still short of the target amount needed to make it happen.

We’re trying to raise funds through Indiegogo for two reasons.

1. We need to secure funds to pay the printers who will run off the first 100 copies of William’s wonderful new book.
2. By asking our friends, family, loyal and new readers to contribute this way, we’re giving them the chance to read the book well ahead of its official release date in April.

It’s a win-win scenario. Everyone who contributes £5 can choose to receive the ebook version of It Never Was You. By contributing £10, you can choose to receive the paperback, hot off the press! I’m expecting the ebooks to be available mid-March, with the paperbacks expected back from the printers late-March. They’ll be sent to contributors the moment they’re ready. They won’t be available to buy until late April.

It Never Was You is a truly epic love story. Set amongst the sprawling Liverpool docks during the Second World War, it continues the saga started in Pegasus Falling, I am certain that it will become a classic, but that will only happen if we can give it the launch it deserves.

How can I make a contribution? 

1. Head to http://igg.me/at/cypressbranches/x/2088376
2. Scroll down to the Perks (on the right) and choose either the “It Never Was You advance ebook” (minimum contribution £5) or “It Never Was You paperback” (minimum contribution £10).
3. Enter your details (I’ll need a postal address to send the paperback to) and click on “Check out with PayPal”. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to contribute – click on “Pay with a credit or debit card” when you get to the PayPal checkout and uncheck the box where it asks you to enter log in details.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has or is about to contribute, as well as all the wonderful bloggers, tweeters and Facebook friends who have been busily helping me get the word out about this campaign over the past month. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you, all!

Happy reading!

Mike