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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. 

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Happy New Year!

Happy new year, everyone! As ever, this is a time for reconciling the old, and thinking about what will happen in the year ahead.

Last week, I took a look back at some of the highlights of 2012 on Facebook and Twitter. If you missed it, here are the links to the highlights. They include posts from this here blog, some reviews from amazing blogs from both sides of the pond, and a series of interviews I did as part of the Best Indie Books blog tour in September. They’re all well worth a read, so feel free to look around. 

Tuesday 18th December: We started with one of Pegasus Falling‘s best reviews, courtesy of Zohar at ManOfLaBook.com
Wednesday 19th December: Author Juliette Hill’s interview with yours truly from September’s #BestIndieBook Festival
Thursday 20th December: Award-winning author Melissa Foster’s article about the power of cross promotion, and the huge success of the #BestIndieBook competition.
Friday 21st December: Another great interview with Mike by Amanda 
Socci on her blog, SocciWriter
Saturday 22nd December: The day Mike was invited on to Nick Coffer’s show on BBC Three Counties Radio to talk about Pegasus Falling

Sunday 23rd December: A look at the fantastic response the book has had on Goodreads. Check out some of the great reviews readers have left.


Monday 24th December: Anne Cater’s wonderful review on her brilliant blog, Random Things Through My Letterbox. If you haven’t seen Anne’s blog before, it’s well worth a look. Earlier in the year, one random thing
landing on Anne’s doormat was Pegasus Falling. As you can tell from the
review, I think she liked it!


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I owe a huge thank you to everyone who read, reviewed, commented on, hosted and supported the book throughout the year. I could not have hoped for a better reception to William’s work, and I certainly couldn’t have made 2012 such a success without the myriad of people who gave up their time to help us out. I wish I could have included all links to all reviews here, because frankly, every single one means a heck of a lot. 

So what of the future? Well, tomorrow I’ll be posting about what you can expect from acute Angle books in 2013. 2012 was quite spectacular in many ways, and with the second and third instalment of the Cypress Branches trilogy due out this year, 2013 promises to be even better.

Stay tuned!

Happy reading,
Mike

Book Bloggers Appreciation Week – a thank you

I only realised it was Book Bloggers Appreciation Week on Monday when I started to see the various posts appearing on all the wonderful blogs I’ve started to follow. Because it has been such a whirlwind of a week so far, I’m coming to the party quite late, but wanted to mark the occasion with my own tribute to a world which, up until 8 months ago, I knew virtually nothing about, but now I have a huge…appreciation for!

Bloggers have become a hugely important aspect of book marketing, and it has been fantastic to find so many generous bloggers out there who are willing to take a punt on a virtually unknown author like William – especially as it’s his grandson coming begging, and not the man himself! It can be a cut throat world out there for Indie authors and publishers and I certainly would not have been able to get the word out there about William’s books if it hadn’t been for the wonderful bloggers who have not only taken that punt, but come back with wonderful words of praise and encouragement.

I have met some great people behind the blogs, too. Great personalities, funny, clever, occasionally out-there bloggers, and yes, some are very good writers themselves. No blog is the same as the last, and I have loved discovering blogs which have taken a different approach to their reviews or the look of their site. I look forward to meeting more over the coming months and years.

Book blogs have become part of my every day routine now. I look forward to seeing updates appear in my inbox and check out new ones all the time. They are a wonderful source of books I would never have even come across, or necessarily considered if it hadn’t been for their erudite assessments.

It would be unfair to pick out individual bloggers for praise. Every single one who has not only read Pegasus Falling, but also taken the time to tell the world what they thought is deserving of praise and my heartfelt thanks. I know many of the bloggers I have approached over the past year asking for a review had already been inundated with requests from the burgeoning world of Indies, and I am still amazed when they come back to me with an excited “yes please, I’d love to read your grandfather’s book!” It takes an enormous leap of faith to commit to reading a book written by a pensioner and self-published by his doting grandson, so honestly, thank you!

To all the bloggers I have met, and will meet soon, it has been, and continues to be an absolute pleasure sharing William’s work with you. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for you guys.

Mike

Back to earth with a bump

Hello everyone,

It’s been a crazy fortnight here in London, for more than just the most obvious reasons.

For the entire two weeks of the Olympics, I found my life turned completely upside-down and inside-out. Not one aspect of my usual daily routine was left untouched, which included the marketing campaign for the Cypress Branches books.

And it wasn’t just because the Olympics were on. As I reported back in July, I’ve been undertaking an internship at the Hand & Eye Letterpress in East London – an incredibly interesting and engaging experience which I will blog about in the next few days. I’ve also been getting ready to move house, so not only were my days taken up by commuting and learning new skills, but my evenings and weekends were consumed in carboard boxes and dealing with logistical nightmares!

And, of course, there was the inevitable distraction of the games themselves, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I managed to get tickets to the beach volleyball, which was a great experience. Unfortunately, being so busy, I didn’t get the chance to visit the Olympic Park itself during the fortnight, which is a shame. It would have been amazing to have experienced that atmosphere. But there was still a thrill watching it on the television, knowing that it was all happening just a few miles up the road (we could actually see the Opening Ceremony fireworks from the top floor of our flat). I managed to catch quite a lot of the action on TV, but it had to be a background thing – there was simply too much to do to be able to sit down and enjoy it properly.

I knew that the past fortnight was going to be difficult, and deliberately didn’t plan any activities for the books. And so it proved. I found myself with no spare time whatsoever, and I must admit that the momentum has been lost with the books.

Thankfully, in that period, more people have been reading Pegasus Falling and a couple more reviews have appeared on blogs and Goodreads. A massive thank you to Meg at A Bookish Affair and Joanna on Goodreads for their kind words.

But as London starts to adjust back to normal after a very peculiar, exciting and affirming two weeks, alas a return to normality for me is a while off yet. I fear another bout of radio silence is beckoning, as I disappear on holiday to Sweden next week – a break which is very overdue and I can’t wait to get away! So, this week is a case of try and catch up and get ready to head away again.

Keep an eye out for some exciting news in September regarding the second instalment of The Cypress Branches trilogy. I know that there are a lot of readers out there eagerly anticipating it and I’m chomping at the bit myself to get it out there…but there’s still so so much to do before it’s ready.

In the meantime, have you all read The Bridge yet? The short story which William wrote before embarking on the Cypress Branches is available as a free ebook from Smashwords, so if you can’t wait to get your teeth in to It Never Was You, there’s something to keep you going!

Happy reading!

Mike