Today I finished writing the first draft of The Trouble With Liam

It usually takes me approximately four months to write, edit, layout, produce the cover artwork and publish each of my books. A year has passed since I published my twelfth book, Confronting The Hostile. With a dozen books under my belt, I decided to take my sweet time writing book thirteen, but I’m happy to announce I’ve just finished working on the first draft of The Trouble With Liam. I’m excited by how it’s turned out. My latest book is a dark psychological thriller set in Ireland and Sheffield. It follows the dramatic events in the life of  Liam O’Sullivan, an Irishman more attractive on the outside than the inside.

I would have probably published this book by now, but I spent a couple of months helping my best friend, Kathleen Kelly,  to publish her first book, called 11. I edited it for her, laid it out for Kindle and paperback, and produced the cover artwork. It’s just received its first five-star review on Amazon and Kath couldn’t be happier. I’m also happy because the publication of 11 means I’ve been able to return to working on my own book.

I’ve already produced two possible artworks for the book cover that I’m reasonably happy with but I might work on a few more before deciding on the final version. As a former graphic designer, I always enjoy working on my book covers. I also love working on all the drafts that follow on from the first, so, with a cheery wave, I’m off to start working on the second draft of The Trouble With Liam.

4 audiobooks on sale, 4 in production

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There are currently four of my audiobooks in production on ACX. They should all be joining the four audiobooks already on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes before Christmas. Two are being narrated by Alexander Doddy and two by Tracey Norman. I can’t wait to hear the finished results. I’ve produced the audiobook covers ahead of time and here they are (see above). The covers of the audiobooks already available are below. Here is the link to my audiobooks on Audible.com http://adbl.co/2sEnfTO but they are also available on Amazon and iTunes.

Now to carry on writing chapter 3 of book 5 of The Hostile series. It’ll be my thirteenth book.

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The excitement is mounting

As my daughter and her husband recover from yesterday’s long flight to Delhi, then Kathmandu, in preparation for the start of their epic honeymoon trek to the base camp of Mount Everest, I’m designing the back cover for the paperback edition of The Hostile Game. I’ll then be carrying on with writing book four. Could our lives be any more different?

Here is my first design for the back cover of the paperback edition. Any thoughts?

Terry, John, and Robert in my Facebook launch team for The Hostile series have now read this latest book and given me valuable feedback. Zoe has reached chapter 20. Their reaction has been extremely positive and encouraging, to put it mildly. I can’t wait to publish The Hostile Game but I’ll hold off until the end of this month when I’ll be offering the Kindle for free on Amazon for a couple of days. The excitement is definitely mounting.

Here are the details of the paperback versions of my nine books on Amazon

Random Bullets is a contemporary crime thriller with a paranormal twist. Set mainly in Jersey, Manchester, Cornwall, London and places not of this world.  £5.95 http://amzn.to/2bpCpqy

The Hostile is an unusual paranormal thriller set in Manchester. Book one of The Hostile series. It’s also available as an audiobook.  £5.50 http://amzn.to/2lby23W

Holiday for The Hostile is book two in The Hostile series.  £5.95 http://amzn.to/2kPBlRY

Potholes and Magic Carpets is a contemporary novel set in rural Kent and London. A tale of not so simple folk.  £6.45 http://amzn.to/2lyqqJv

Her demonic Angel is a baker’s dozen of short stories in various genres. It’s also available as an audiobook.  £4.75 http://amzn.to/2cr4Jec

The Mug trilogy is loosely autobiographical. A Slice of the Seventies is book one of the Mug trilogy.  £5.80 http://amzn.to/2fcdc5V

The Lying Scotsman is book two of the Mug trilogy.  £8.25 http://amzn.to/2mfqDRK

Straws is book three of the Mug trilogy.  £5.95 http://amzn.to/2boabci

Living with Postcards is a perfect present from the past. Non-fiction and colour-illustrated throughout.  £11.85 http://amzn.to/2dlbw3Q

All Kindle editions of my books on Amazon are £2.25 each or equivalent currencies. If you enjoy audiobooks, two of my books, The Hostile and Her demonic Angel, are available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes as audiobooks.

Here’s the link to my Amazon author page http://amzn.to/2b96qaj. To find out more about my books or if you fancy reading my blog, book reviews, and book excerpts, this is the link to my website http://joymutter.com. My Facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/JoyMutterAuthor/

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In the words of Roger Daltrey, Giving it all away

Revised Potholes and Magic CarpetsThe Kindle edition of Potholes and Magic Carpets is FREE on Amazon today, 19th December and also on the 20th.

The main action in Potholes and Magic Carpets takes place in rural Kent and London. Published on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions in 2015, my contemporary, character-driven novel looks at the dramatic incidents, challenges and temptations in the lives of four couples of varying ages, professions and sexual persuasions, all linked by either blood or friendship. The negative, selfish, sometimes violent natures of several characters in Potholes and Magic Carpets wreak havoc on the innocent. A tale of not so simple folk.

Here’s a review of Potholes and Magic Carpets on Amazon. Thank you to whoever wrote it. I think they’re American because of the way they spell humour.
“I absolutely LOVE Ms. Mutter’s writing style. Her descriptions are captivating to me, as a lifelong fan of all things “British”, I enjoy her humor and the clarity with which she delivers her characters. I feel like I know them well by the time I’m well into each chapter. This title is on my Christmas list for myself! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents!”

The Kindle edition on Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/29gA3bE
The Kindle edition on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/29Bawbi
The paperback edition on Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/299FSV3
The paperback edition on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/29dnSxj

Until 31st January 2017, Kindle editions of all my books are reduced to £0.99 or equivalent currencies on Amazon. They are always free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. The paperback versions of my nine books won’t break the bank either. On 1st February 2017, my Kindles prices will return to £2.25. If you enjoy audiobooks, two of my books, The Hostile and Her demonic Angel, are available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes as audiobooks. The audiobook of Potholes and Magic Carpets is in production.

Please feel free to sneak a peek at Potholes and Magic Carpets here http://amzn.to/2bHkrQI

lying-scotsman-fingers-crossed-print-plus-textIn other news, I changed the cover of The Lying Scotsman today and have spent the last week shortening the book, although it still is 400 pages long. My writing style has naturally evolved since I started writing The Lying Scotsman, my first book despite being book 2 of The Mug trilogy. It’s the book that first made me want to concentrate full-time on writing.

I wanted to revise the entire book, so I did; one of the benefits of self-publishing. I also used a greyscale image of the original cover, without the text, inside the book, as it would be a shame to waste it. The changes I’ve made will probably go live on Amazon in a few days. It took a while before my improved cover of Random Bullets showed on Amazon, but today I noticed the new cover is up there. I’ve also revised the cover and text of the paperback version of The Lying Scotsman and hopefully the new version will also soon be on Amazon.

lying-scotsman-fingers-crossed-print-back-cover-plus-textI have to put the finishing touches to my hour-long talk about my books that I’m giving on 24th January at Oldham Coliseum.  My daughter is arriving for Christmas on 21st December before she and her husband fly off to New York on Boxing Day to relive when he proposed to her two years ago on the lake in Central Park. Who says romance is dead? Her husband could teach The Lying Scotsman a thing or two, ha!

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017 to everyone!

My Facebook Launch Team for Holiday for The Hostile

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I recently set up a launch team group on Facebook for my current book, Holiday for The Hostile, sequel to The Hostile, my 2016 paranormal thriller. I finished writing the first draft two days ago and am now working on the second of four drafts. I always make four drafts of every book I write to try to make them as perfect as possible. I will also record the audiobook edition before publishing Holiday for The Hostile in late 2016 or early 2017 in kindle and paperback editions. I’m in no hurry to publish as I don’t have a publisher breathing down my neck; I set my own deadlines because I self-publish but I’m a harsh taskmaster. If you would like to be part of my launch team, please feel free to do so. The more the merrier. I’m also a team member on several other authors’ launch teams, even picking up an editor role for one of those authors, as I mentioned in my previous blog post entitled I’m an accidental editor.

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My original idea for a cover depicted a girl swimming through liquid tarmac, a scene in Holiday for The Hostile, which is set in rural Ireland. However, I changed my mind after reading author Colin Garrow’s article on  the benefits of authors branding their series. I’ve always understood it is preferable to have a common theme or look to a series of books, but I conveniently shut my eyes to this because I had ideas which didn’t lend themselves to branding.

 

 

 

 

holiday-for-the-hostile-cover-with-text-2The Hostile NEW FRONT coverA couple of days ago, I decided to rethink, so I redesigned the cover and came up with the grey and red hand cover, as it complements the first book. There will probably be a third book, which is odd as I never intended to write a series. It just happened.

 

 

 

 

 

holiday-for-the-hostile-road-photo-greyscaleThe original cover idea won’t be wasted as I intend adding a greyscale version within the body of the book. An extra bonus for the reader. I also will add a greyscale image of a silk postcard, which is also an important, highly sinister part of the story. The postcard, pictured below, is actually one from my own collection of over 2,000 postcards. If you’ve already read Book 1, The Hostile, you’ll be delighted to learn that Holiday for The Hostile is even stranger. Several readers have said in their reviews that The Hostile was the strangest book they’ve ever read, an opinion which delights me, especially as they went on to say they loved it. I’m hopeful that they will enjoy the sequel even more.

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Summing up

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The Kindle editions of my one non-fiction and seven fiction books in various genres are currently £2.25 or equivalent currencies on Amazon. Kindle editions of my books are free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. I regularly advertise free Kindle offers for each of my books, plus run Goodreads Giveaways of paperback editions. My eight books are also available worldwide on Amazon in paperback at reasonable prices. Her demonic Angel and The Hostile also have audiobook versions on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
I’m currently writing the sequel to The Hostile and bursting with ideas for future books. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on my publications. Here’s the link to my Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2b96qaj.
To find out more about me and my books or if you fancy reading my blog, reviews and book excerpts, here’s my website’s link: http://joymutter.com.