Book Buzz

They all said I should create a buzz around my books, so I did.

Random Bullets is a contemporary crime thriller with a paranormal twist. Set mainly in Jersey, Manchester, Cornwall, London, and places not of this world. It’s my personal favourite.

A Slice of the Seventies, The Lying Scotsman, and Straws are all loosely autobiographical and form the Mug Trilogy.

Potholes and Magic Carpets is a contemporary novel set in rural Kent and London. A tale of not so simple folk.

Her demonic Angel is my baker’s dozen of short stories in various genres. It is also available as an audiobook.

Living with Postcards is a perfect present from the past. It is my only non-fiction book and is colour-illustrated throughout.

The Hostile series is an unusual collection of paranormal crime thrillers, mostly set in Manchester. Each can be read as a standalone. Book one, The Hostile, is also available as an audiobook. Holiday for The Hostile is book two in the series. Book three is The Hostile Game. Audiobooks of these two books are in production on ACX. I’m currently writing book four, Confronting The Hostile.

Kindle editions of my ten books on Amazon are £0.99 each, or equivalent currencies and are always free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. The paperback versions of my books won’t break the bank either. If you enjoy audiobooks as much as I do, two of my books, The Hostile, and Her demonic Angel, are available as audiobooks on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

Here is the link to my Amazon author page http://amzn.to/2b96qaj, the link to my Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/JoyMutterAuthor/. The link to my author website is http://joymutter.com where you can find my blog, reviews of all my books, my reviews of books by other authors, my Goodreads Giveaways, plus excerpts from each of my ten books.

Her demonic Angel is FREE on Amazon from 13th-15th May

Her demonic Angel is my baker’s dozen of short stories. I wrote them in a variety of genres, so there should be something for everyone. Some tales are more strange than others, but all are different shades of dark. Despite its slightly suggestive title, Her demonic Angel is not erotica.

To whet your appetite, here are titles of some of my short stories: The boy they called Dragon, The day nobody gave a damn, An email from Jane, Stuff, Getting rid of the enemy, Skin, Too beautiful, Philately will get you nowhere, Mirror, mirror, and In memoriam.

http://amzn.to/295kGjn for the U.K. Kindle edition.
http://amzn.to/29dSEpd for the U.S.A. Kindle edition.
http://amzn.to/295uZbl for the U.K. paperback edition.
http://amzn.to/29ii97E for the U.S.A. paperback edition.

Each of my ten Kindle editions is £0.99 or equivalent currencies on Amazon and are always free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. The paperback versions won’t break the bank either. 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 an excerpt from Her demonic Angel http://amzn.to/2bMiO4c.

The Kindle edition of Her demonic Angel is FREE on Amazon today, 10th – 12th February

Her demonic Angel is my baker’s dozen of short stories. I wrote them in a variety of genres, so there should be something for everyone. Some tales are stranger than others, but all are different shades of dark. Despite its slightly suggestive title, Her demonic Angel is not erotica. To whet your appetite, here are the titles of some of my short stories: The boy they called Dragon, The day nobody gave a damn, An email from Jane, Stuff, Getting rid of the enemy, Skin, Too beautiful, Philately will get you nowhere, Mirror, mirror, and In memoriam.

http://amzn.to/295kGjn for the U.K. Kindle edition.
http://amzn.to/29dSEpd for the U.S.A. Kindle edition.
http://amzn.to/295uZbl for the U.K. paperback edition.
http://amzn.to/29ii97E for the U.S.A. paperback edition.
All nine of my Kindle editions are £2.25 or equivalent currencies on Amazon and are always free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. The paperback versions won’t break the bank either. If you enjoy audiobooks, two of my books, The Hostile and Her demonic Angel, are available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes as audiobooks.
Please feel free to sneak a peek at a sample of Her demonic Angel here http://amzn.to/2bMiO4c

Kindle edition of Her demonic Angel and other short stories is FREE today on Amazon

Her demonic Angel NEW FRONT cover resizedPublished in 2016, Her demonic Angel is my baker’s dozen of short stories. As I wrote them in a variety of genres, there should be something for everyone. Some tales are stranger than others, but all are different shades of dark. Despite its slightly suggestive title, Her demonic Angel is not erotica. To whet your appetite, here are the titles of some of my short stories: ‘The boy they called Dragon’ ‘The day nobody gave a damn’ ‘An email from Jane’ ‘Stuff’ ‘Getting rid of the enemy’ ‘Skin’ ‘Too beautiful’ ‘Philately will get you nowhere’ ‘Mirror, mirror’ and ‘In memoriam.’

 

 

 

Her demonic Angel NEW BACKpaperback cover awHer demonic Angel is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions and is also on Audible, Amazon and iTunes as an audiobook. Another of my eight books, The Hostile, is also available as an audiobook on the same sites.

http://amzn.to/295kGjn for the U.K. Kindle edition.
http://amzn.to/29dSEpd for the U.S.A. Kindle edition.
http://amzn.to/295uZbl for the U.K. paperback edition.
http://amzn.to/29ii97E for the U.S.A. paperback edition.

All Kindle editions of my eight books are only £2.25 or equivalent currencies on Amazon and FREE to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. The paperback editions of all of my books on Amazon are also reasonably priced. The paperback edition of Her demonic Angel is only £4.75 or equivalent currencies.

In other news, I’m delighted my paranormal crime thriller, Random Bullets, received its fifteenth 5-star review on Amazon this week. It has never received a lower rating than 5-star in the year since I published it on Amazon, although I’m sure it will receive a lower rating one day. At least I can always it’s first year’s ratings were perfect. Random Bullets remains the favourite out of all of my eight books, probably because the awful thing that happened to the main character, Edward, happened to me, although his reaction was more extreme than mine has been, so far.

I just thought that I’d better mention …

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I thought that I had better mention the fact that my official author site is at http://www.joymutter.com and is not this site. My Amazon author link is http://amzn.to/1QbEyVT.

I think I started this particular site before I even thought of publishing my own books. It was more for fun, but gradually morphed into blogs about my books, which have taken over my entire life.

All of the information, links and details about each of my eight books, my reviews, excerpts, my blogs, information about my Goodreads Giveaways and bio are on my http://www.joymutter.com page. I would greatly appreciate a visit from you on my official site as it gets rather lonely over there. The only comments that I seem to receive on my official site are from spammers, which I am sure you will agree is very disheartening, ha! Please, make my day and leave a comment on my official site.

Dipping a toe into Facebook advertising waters

IMG_0690I thought that I ought to pay some attention to my non-fiction book, Living with Postcards. With a mixture of hope and desperation, I have just placed a small advert promoting my Living with Postcards Facebook page on Facebook. It will run for 7 days from today. Please let me know if any of you see it lurking in the sponsored panel down the side of your page. I’m very interested to see how effective the advert will be. My recent Facebook advert for my Joy Mutter’s Books page gained thousands of views but zero sales. The same might happen with my Living with Postcards sales. Who knows?
Thankfully, a number of readers are taking up my free kindles whenever I offer them, which I do with annoying regularity. I hope that I will eventually receive some mind-blowing reviews after people have read the free kindles or the free paperbacks offered on my Goodreads Giveaways. It is naturally not obligatory for anyone to write reviews, good or bad, but hopefully a few people might spare the time and effort. Life will become frustrating without ratings and reviews, although I am eternally grateful for the wonderfully encouraging ones that I have already received.
As someone very close to me said recently, ‘Joy, people are too busy these days to bother with buying and reading books’. She could be right, especially when it concerns the books of unknown authors like me. Am I downhearted? Not really. I still love what I do and refuse to give up writing and publishing my words.
If you reckon that I bang on about my books too much on Facebook, Twitter and Vine etc, well, I am sorry, but these days my books take up at least 95% of my life. I have no pets to tell you all about and refuse to buy one.

Minor setback

19th May 2016

Audiobook cover plus text Her demonic AngelWell, unlike the production of Her demonic Angel audiobook which sailed through problem-free, six of the twenty chapters of The Hostile audiobook need revisiting. Fourteen chapters passed the scrutiny of ACX with flying colours, so that news was very encouraging.

I was disappointed about the problematic six chapters for about five minutes, then buckled down to start remedying the slight issues. I rerecorded chapter three entirely on the same day that ACX told me that there were one or two extraneous sounds. I am now in the process of sound editing it and will then work my way through the rest. I have also sorted out sound errors on chapter seven. Luckily, I am not up against any external deadline, so I am not in the least bit panicked by this minor setback. The Hostile audiobook will be available within the next month though, or my name’s not Joy Mutter!

I was actually somewhat encouraged that errors were discovered by ACX as it proved they were actually listening to the tracks. I had been amazed at how easily Her demonic Angel audiobook passed quality control on ACX, considering it was narrated, recorded on Audacity and sound edited by yours truly. So, undaunted, it’s back on with the headphones and off I go again.

Still giving it all away

15th May 2016

Since my last blog, I have been working towards the publication of the audiobook of The Hostile. I have only two chapters to sound edit and then I am ready to upload it to ACX. Then I will be holding my breath in the hope that there are no problems. There weren’t any issues at all when I produced the Her demonic Angel audiobook, which is now available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

In the past couple of days, I have dipped a toe into advertising my books on Facebook. I am hoping that it will be effective and actually produce a few sales. According to Facebook, people seem to be looking at my advert, which consists of a video of all of my books. It’s running for a week and cost only £12, so I am not expecting miracles, although for a miracle to happen would be perfect.

I ran a one day offer of a free kindle edition of The Hostile yesterday, just for the hell of it. Hopefully the readers who have taken advantage of my many free offers and promotions will leave reviews, but it is naturally not guaranteed. I very recently was delighted to discover that I had gained a couple of five star reviews for two of my books, Living with Postcards and also for The Hostile. I pasted their kind words into the Reviews page on this site.

THE HOSTILE KINDLE COVER [477741]Yesterday, I offered my next-door neighbour, Lee, the choice of a bottle of wine, money or a paperback copy of my latest book, The Hostile, for unblocking my outside drain and trimming my hedge. I hasten to add that he offered to do these jobs, I didn’t beg him. I am delighted to announce that he chose my book as payment! I laughed and told him that I’d have punched him if he had chosen the wine or the money ha! He now has two of my books, although he knocked on my front door to ask if he could buy a paperback of Living with Postcards from me at Christmas to give to his mother. Luckily I had one spare copy that I could sell him. Now that Lee has so generously unblocked my drain and cut my hedge, I wish I had given, not sold it to him.

Just because

2nd May 2016

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As it’s such a cold, wet Bank Holiday, I thought that I would try to resist continuing to work on my audiobook of The Hostile, as it’s supposed to be a holiday. Instead, I decided to throw all of my books on the floor and photograph them on my iPhone. Trying to be logical, I ranged them in order, from the first book I wrote and published, A Slice of the Seventies, to the latest, The Hostile. And why not? Before you say anything about the quality of the photograph, I am a writer not a photographer.

My Goodreads Giveaway of 5 free paperback editions of Random Bullets ended yesterday

Random Bullets book coverI have just sent the five paperback copies of Random Bullets off to the five lucky winners. It was the first Goodreads Giveaway that I have ever attempted and it remains to be seen if it will affect book sales. Nearly six hundred people entered the draw, which was encouraging, and also resulted in about a hundred people adding it to their ‘to read’ list on Goodreads. This is far more than have added any of my other books to their ‘to read’ list. If you aren’t on Goodreads, you probably don’t have a clue what I am talking about, but I shall carry on regardless.

I had allowed Americans and Canadians as well as Brits to enter the draw, and naturally it was all Americans who won a copy of Random Bullets. This meant that my ploy to have free postage with my Amazon Prime membership went out of the window, as I had to not only pay Amazon for the paperback but also for the postage to America, but hopefully the extra expense will be worth it. You live and learn, well, I try to anyway, ha!

I think my next Goodreads Giveaway will be exclusively for British entrants, but I will probably relent at the last minute and include Americans and Canadians as well. Many of my most supportive online friends are American, so it’s only fair that I don’t exclude them. I’m such a giver ha! I have probably given away almost as many books as I have sold, but that’s fine by me … sort of.

Her_demonic_Angel_Cover paperbackI am just about to trot off to Goodreads Giveaways to give away 5 free paperback copies of Her demonic Angel, my collection of short stories. This practice of entering my books on Goodreads Giveaways might turn out to be addictive. I hope that I don’t bankrupt myself!

Memory jogger

The kindle edition of my new thriller, The Hostile, is free on Amazon today, 1st May and also tomorrow, 2nd May. Grab yourself a bargain! Link to the Kindle edition of The Hostile on Amazon