Category Archives: Newsletter

May Newsletter – Bank Holiday Ebook Giveaway & We Need Your Reviews!

This newsletter was sent out to the Acute Angle books mailing list on 4th May 2012. If you’d like to receive future newsletters in your inbox, drop us a line at

Dear Friends and Family,
Welcome to the May newsletter. In this edition, we’re asking for your reviews, and also giving you the chance to download the ebook for free.
It’s been a busy month following the release of Pegasus Falling, and it looks like it’s going down very well with readers everywhere. As well as being in stock at, the paperback is also now available at Waterstones in Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes and Rye Books in East Dulwich, London. We’re keen to support local bookshops and we’d encourage others who feel the same to pick up their copy of Pegasus Fallinglocally. Even if it’s not in stock yet at your local shop, most should be able to order it in easily if you provide them with the ISBN number (978-09562299-1-5).  
The ebook is also now available widely and, thanks to, for virtually any device. As well as and, you’ll also find it in the iBooks store, and with many others to follow.
We were thrilled when William and the book were featured in the Milton Keynes Citizen a few weeks ago, with an article appearing on the inside front cover, much to our surprise and delight. If you don’t live in the area, or missed it at the time, you can read it online here.
We’ve already had a handful of reviews on Amazon (take a look here) and several bloggers have agreed to read and review the book, so keep an eye out for their thoughts in the coming weeks. It can not be underestimated how important reviews are to people – especially when they’re buying a book by an author they don’t know.
We’re therefore asking (very nicely!) anyone who’s read the book to please take a few moments to post a review online. The best place to post a review is on You don’t need to have bought the book there, but you do need to be logged in to an account from which you’ve made a purchase in the past. Go to the Pegasus Falling page and click on “Create your own review”. (You can comment on either the paperback or the Kindle edition – your review will be seen on both.)
Please be honest and say what you liked and didn’t like about the book. If you thought it was wonderful and worthy of 5 stars, then great. But if you thought it was only worth 1 or 2 stars, then that’s fine too – but please explain why. As long as you’re honest, your comments will help others who are happening upon the book to make their choice. Your review doesn’t have to be long – just a sentence or two will do.
If you’d like to help us further, you could post your review on other sites too. There are hundreds out there, but here’s a selection to choose from. Click on the hyperlink to go straight to the book’s page: our American friends) it’s available to download on Kobo) great site for all booklovers. Check out William’s author page while you’re there) (you need to buy the book here first before reviewing it – see below for a coupon)
iBooks or Aldiko on your iPhone/iPad/smartphone
It’s a bank holiday weekend and with the weather looking typical for a British bank holiday, it looks like getting stuck in a good book is the order of the day. So, we’re making Pegasus Falling free to download at where you can download a copy of the ebook suitable for any ereader or for reading on your PC. Head over there and use the coupon code SF42B for a 100% discount. Feel free to forward the code to your friends and family – this offer is open to all – but the coupon expires on Monday evening, so hurry!
Before I sign off, some of you may have heard that William’s wife Sheila is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. I’m sure you’ll all join us in wishing her a full and speedy recovery.
Mike Harris
acuteANGLE books
Find us on Facebook:
Follow us on Twitter: @cypressbranches

Pegasus Falling has landed!

This post was originally published on on 26th March 2012

A newsletter was sent to the mailing list this morning to announce the launch of Pegasus Falling. Here’s what was sent. To join the mailing list, send a message to contactusATacuteanglebooksDOTcoDOTuk.

Dear Friends and Family,

Launch day has finally arrived and Pegasus Falling is now available as a paperback and ebook. Yesterday, we held a small party at the care home where William is now resident, so that the man himself could be included in the celebrations. A massive thank you to those involved in putting the day together and to everyone who attended for giving the book a brilliant launch. Pictures of the day can be found on the website here.

We plan to make Pegasus Falling available as widely as possible and you have a plethora of options for where to buy it. And if you haven’t made up your mind whether to buy it yet or not, you can download samples from both the paperback on the acuteanglebooks website and the ebook at Smashwords (follow the links below).

The paperback is available now to buy online from and if you order before 30th April 2012, you’ll get the ebook as well for free.

It can be ordered from Amazon and Waterstones.

It is also available to buy through the Facebook page –

We’ll be approaching high street retailers over the coming weeks, including big chains and local bookshops, to see if they’d like to stock the book. In the mean time, if you’d like to buy from your local shop, they can order it from their wholesaler by quoting the ISBN number – 978-0-9562299-1-5.

EBOOK – from £1.53
Pegasus Falling is also available as an ebook. This is a very exciting prospect as the e-reader phenomenon takes hold. We’ve priced the book very competitively and will cost as little as £1.53 in the UK, EUR2.60 in Europe and $2.40 in the US (depending on the addition of VAT).

Kindle – download at the Amazon Kindle store in the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Smashwords – head to to download the book in a range of formats which are suitable for any reading device or for reading on your computer. It’s an American site, so prices are in US$, but you can buy from anywhere in the world using PayPal (they’ll do the currency conversion for you). It’s a great site in itself with a huge range of interesting and unusual ebooks published independently.

The ebook will be made available through other ebook retailers in the coming weeks, including the Apple iBook store on iTunes and Kobo. Keep checking and it should appear shortly!

We’re now about to plug the book for all its worth to generate interest and excitement. We’ll start with the local press and social networking sites and work our way up to the national press over the coming weeks and months.

But there’s nothing like word of mouth to get the buzz started, and there are a number of ways you can join in and help us spread the word. If you can do any of the following, we’d be incredibly grateful!

Like the facebook page – Next time you’re on Facebook, have a look at the Pegasus Falling page. Clicking “Like” will not only show all of our updates in your newsfeed, but also help us spread the word around Facebook. The more likes we have, the better our chances of success. Feel free to join in and leave comments and messages on the page.

Leave a comment – use the comments box at the bottom of the page in the shop to tell us (and your friends!) what you think of the book.

Follow us on Twitter – follow @cypressbranches for updates and use #PegasusFalling to talk about the book. We’re getting followers from all over the world, which is fantastic.

Rate us on Smashwords – leave your star rating and help us raise the book’s profile on the site.

Tell your friends – if you’ve enjoyed the book, let your friends know!

Tell us – email contactusATacuteanglebooksDOTcoDOTuk to let us know your thoughts. Please mark your email “Not for publication” if you’d prefer your comments not to be used in our publicity.

Once again, a massive thank you to everyone who’s bought a book (or plans to) and for all the support we’ve been given over the last few years.

Happy reading!

Mike Harris
acuteANGLE books


This post was originally published on on 9th March 2012

Below is the text from the latest newsletter, sent to members of the mailing list on 7th March 2012. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list and receive all future newsletter directly to your inbox, please send an email to newsletterATacuteanglebooksDOTcoDOTuk

Dear friends and family,


There may only be 141 days left to go before London 2012, but booklovers have another, much closer, date to look forward to. Pegasus Falling, the first part of the Cypress Branches trilogy, launches in just 19 days and after a lot of hard work, and what seemed like an interminable wait, the first batch of books arrived this morning from the printers and I am very happy to announce that Pegasus Falling is now available to pre-order from the website. Head over to to order your copy.

Pre-ordered books will be dispatched to arrive on launch day so this is the only way to guarantee receiving your copy before the official launch date of 26th March. Depending on how well the postal service is working, you may be lucky enough to receive your copy a day or two early (but I can’t make any promises!). Pre-ordering will be available until Wednesday 21st March 2012 when the site will revert to normal sales. All orders placed after 21st March will be dispatched from 26th March onwards, so hurry to make sure you bag your copy early.

Those of you with Ereaders will be glad to know that Pegasus Falling is also going to be available on many devices. From launch, it will be available in the Amazon Kindle bookshop. Other devices and ebook services will follow in due course. Links to all available formats will be presented via the “Pegasus Falling Digital Edition” page on the website.

A lot will be happening over the next couple of months as the PR campaign kicks into action. As I’m keen to keep these newsletters to no more than once a month, if you’d like to keep right up to date with all the news, you can:

Follow @cypressbranches on Twitter and use the hashtag #PegasusFalling to discuss the book with your friends. Let’s get it trending!
“Like” us on Facebook. Pegasus Falling now has its own Facebook page. Search Pegasus Falling, like the page and all the latest will be streamed straight to your newsfeed.
Join the website and discuss the book in the Forum. Membership on the site is free and I’m keen to get people nattering about the book in the forum. Click on “Join this site” in the top left of the screen on the site and get the discussion going.

Facebook, Twitter and of course, the website itself will be updated regularly with news and photos and anything else happening. The newsletter will be sent out every so often with a digest of the latest in case you missed anything.

As ever, please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone you think would be interested in the book. Everyone is welcome! And feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or queries – the address to write to is contactusATacuteanglebooksDOTcoDOTuk.

I’ll be in touch again on 26th March to mark the launch day. Until then, best wishes to you all.

Mike Harris
acuteANGLE books

A note on the digital edition: We will not be selling ebooks directly from the website. Instead, we are making it available through third-party sites which specialise in selling ebooks.


This post was originally published on on 11th January 2012

Below is the text from the January newsletter, sent to members of the mailing list on 11th January 2012. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list and receive all future newsletter directly to your inbox, please send an email to contactusATacuteanglebooksDOTcoDOTuk.

Dear friends and family,

First of all, a very happy new year to you all. Once again, it has been a long time between newsletters – in fact, well over a year this time! And it’s been quite a year – I’m not entirely sure where the time has gone.

Despite the lack of news, there has been no shortage of action behind the scenes as far as The Cypress Branches is concerned and I’m now ready to reveal some very exciting details of the forthcoming release of the first paperback edition.


As I revealed in the last newsletter, The Cypress Branches has been split into 3 parts for release as a series of paperbacks. The first is very nearly ready and will be released on 26th March. That’s only 75 days from now!

Titled Pegasus Falling, the first book follows the emotional story of paratrooper Sammy and his search for the woman he loves in war-torn Europe. William’s work has been edited in such a way that this story is able to stand alone as it is, but will also link in with the other two books when they’re released. The editing has been as “soft touch” as possible. The order of chapters has been moved around, but nothing has been added and as little as possible has been omitted. It’s been another labour of love to get the paperback ready. Lessons have been learned from printing the hardback and many of the compromises that were made to fit the whole work into one volume haven’t been necessary this time. (Many of you will be happy to hear that the text size is larger than in the hardback.)

The manuscript is very nearly finished – all that remains is one last proofread – and the cover is also just about there. My humble thanks go to everyone involved in the photo shoot in the summer. I think we have finished with a very powerful cover which is a credit to the book. Once everything’s signed off, it’ll be off to the printers.

Pegasus Falling will be priced £8.99 and will be available for pre-order from the website very soon – hopefully mid/late February. If you’d like to register your interest before then, please send an email to sales AT acuteanglebooks DOT co DOT uk. It will also be available as a digital book on Kindle from Amazon. I’m also exploring other digital formats, so watch this space – and let me know if there is a particular format that you’d like to see it published in.

Earlier this year, I took down the old website – In its place I have been putting together a brand new website – – in preparation for the launch of Pegasus Falling. The new site is designed to be much more attractive, professional, user-friendly and interactive. The idea is for it to grow as the books are released. Some of the features of the new site include:

News – a blog to cover all the news stories about the book as and when they happen.

Shop – a place to buy all of the books as they’re released with all the information you need about each book on its own page and easy & safe checkout using PayPal. There will also be a “look inside” feature where you’ll be able to download and read a preview of the book.

Forum – a place to discuss all things Cypress Branches with other readers. The forum can be read by anyone, but only members will be able to take part (see below).

FAQs – for all those niggling questions you might have.

Membership – by joining the site, you’ll be able to post messages in the forum and sign up to receive the newsletter (but don’t worry, if you’re already on the mailing list you’ll still receive it even if you don’t join the site). Membership is free and you can sign up by clicking on “Join this site” in the top right-hand corner of each page.  Members will receive news and offers before anyone else and there will be other benefits in the future.

I’m also planning a lot of other online features to help the book get mentioned, including a Facebook page and comments boxes. I’ll send more details about these features closer to the book launch. As ever, I’ll keep email updates to a minimum though, rather than clog up everyone’s inbox. The @cypressbranches Twitter feed will continue and be updated more regularly – if you don’t already, please follow us for all the latest news.

The site is up and running now, so please feel free to have a look around and join in – it would be great to get the forum up and running. Please do get in touch if you have any comments, suggestions or if you spot any problems – it’s still under construction, so there may be a few niggles.

This will be the last newsletter sent from contactus AT thecypressbranches DOT org. This and all other “thecypressbranches DOT org” addresses will now be wound down and all future newsletters will be sent using a dedicated email address – newsletter AT acuteanglebooks DOT co DOT uk. Please add this to your contacts list or safe list to ensure you continue receiving the newsletter.

You can contact me/us by emailing contactus AT acuteanglebooks DOT co DOT uk (also as it appears above). Please do not reply to the newsletter address – it is an unmonitored account and we may not read it!

2012 promises to be a very exciting year. I simply can’t wait to get Pegasus Falling out there at last. Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested, and point them in the direction of the new website. This continues to be a small, family-run project and its success depends on a community spirit getting behind it and people talking about it. A lot of people have a lot of faith in William’s work and it would be fantastic to make it as big a success as it deserves to be.

I’ll be in touch again in February with details of how to pre-order your copies. In the meantime,  a big thank you to everyone for their continued support and a very happy and healthy 2012 to you all.

With best wishes,

acuteANGLE books