My readers may have noticed that I sometimes weave the creation of songs into the narrative of my books' storyline. In the novelletta “Montmartre” from Riding a Strong Wind, Rory McKay is moved to compose a song to highlight the plight of the homeless. After some sticky adventures, he manages to release it in support of the cause. The song is called “Homeless in New York” and it's one of my earliest produced compositions. In fact, it was produced three times by three different musical producers – but that's an entirely different story.
Another example is the song "Winter Bites" which my mature, but charismatic, character Randy Riley composes in Book 1 of the “Kyle in Hollywood” series, Kyle Harrison Movie Star. In Book 3, Just Cause It's Kyle, (available soon on pre-order), Randy Riley composes “Sticks and Stones”, in support of the anti-cyber bullying campaign that Kyle is spearheading.
I thought it might be interesting for readers to hear the song as a teaser for the book as it ties strongly into the storyline. So, to download a free mp3 of the song, please go to the Music page and grab a copy from Dropbox.
If you fancy an irreverent, engaging romantic comedy minus the saccharine, Kyle Harrison Movie Star is on sale for 99 cents or 99 pence. On Amazon US from now until 25 April, and on Amazon UK from 23 to 30 April.
For much less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you get a full-length story touching on many current issues, a sneak peak into the lives of Hollywood actors, and an intriguing on-location episode in Almeria. Satire, dry Scottish humour and a dose of romance. And if you fall for Kyle, as many readers have, there is Book 2 already out there, and Book 3 in the works. It might just be the distraction you need to get you through the week.
Just a quick update on my current projects. I have been writing on and off, bouncing between two very different stories. Just Cause It's Kyle is in first-draft stage and queued up to receive a developmental edit. In the meantime, I have started to work on a totally new concept, provisionally titled, The Breath of Death.
For those of you who like short stories, my collection of travel-inspired romantic tales is deeply discounted at 99 pence on Amazon UK only, for a week. The book is called Riding a Strong Wind and it will be available at the sale price until 14th April.
In these trying times, you might find it a diverting antidote to the everyday mayhem surrounding us. Cheers!
Hello, hope your January is not too cold wherever you are.
I wanted to just check in and mention a couple of book-related pieces of info.
Now I've been caught up pretty much with thinking music recently because I'm finding the humour to go in my books in short supply, with all the turmoil in current events, BUT I do have some of my books out on Amazon's Countdown Deals, so here are the details:
Scot Free in Hollywood – on sale now at 99 pence until 13th January
Forty-Love in Positano – on sale now at 99 pence until 14th January
Also coming up on UK is:
Night of the Webcam - 19th to 26th January – 99 pence
Similar Countdowns are scheduled on Amazon US:
Night of the Webcam - 12th to 19th January - 99 cents
Forty-Love in Positano – 14th to 21st January – 99 cents
However, not to just go on and on about book promos, I am thinking of posting my brilliant recipe for cooking carrots here, if there's interest – and yes, they taste pretty good, like caramelized sweets! Not to mention what they do for your eyes … Actually, I admit it's a dastardly devious ploy to have your reading vision improved, so you can read more of my books!
Cheers, all the best for 2018
Just completed a short-and-sweet book trailer for Kyle Harrison Movie Star, Book One of the Kyle in Hollywood series. My video creator takes particular care to match the images and text to the music beats, so the whole thing took two entire days of intensive work, from media gathering to assembly to complete revision and production of two versions, and finally the choice of one. As usual, I am delighted with it, but interested in your comments.
The greatest challenge was to make it as short as possible while accommodating a bit of storyline. The musical composition playing behind the images is my own “Homeless in New York” because the instrumental track fit better with the general mood of the book. Those of you familiar with the quirks of my writing process may know that I often integrate some kind of song into my narrative. In this book, the character Randy Riley composes a song called “Winter Bites” for the soundtrack of the movie The Bite of Winter, in which he co-stars with Kyle Harrison. In the movie, Randy portrays an ageing cowboy confronted by outlaws, and the song relates to the moment when the gang is closing in on him.
However, the instrumental's somber mood did not fit the imagery and general tone of the book as well as the song I selected. You can still listen to “Winter Bites” for free on Soundcloud at this private link:
Since we are still in the first thirty days after launch, I have brought the book price down to 99 cents to encourage new readers to the series. You can read a generous excerpt on the Amazon product page, to see if it's the kind of book you would enjoy.
Although I started working on this series three years ago, some of the themes are unnervingly topical, like the recent scandals rocking the Hollywood power players.
If you read Scot Free in Hollywood, which is now officially Book Two of the series, you might enjoy knowing how Kyle's career got started and how he was introduced to the fascinating world of Hollywood movie making. If you haven't, then this is the perfect introduction to the Kyle in Hollywood series. Book Three (tentatively entitled Just Cause It's Kyle) is coming soon.
My latest release and Book One of the “Kyle in Hollywood” series is now published. It's the prequel to Scot Free in Hollywood (Book Three is in the works).
As a launch special, the book will be available for FREE for three days, starting sometime on November 4th (Saturday). So grab a copy to read now or for “the long winter evenings” as Wooster said to Jeeves. If you've read Scot Free in Hollywood, you will not want to miss the back-story. If you haven't, even better, you can read both in the optimal sequence, although each book is a stand-alone. Available from any Amazon site.
I think this novel turned out much better than anticipated when I started writing it, false modesty aside, and I learnt a valuable lesson about writing prequels: DON'T. Avoid if at all possible. Just creating a logical timeline for both took two whole days, although the challenge was fun in its own way. I hope you will conclude that it was worth doing! As usual, if you enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a short review. Cheers!
Well, here we are. I'm ready to go directly to the publishing phase, but once again the busy editors at Kindle Scout are taking their time releasing the title back to me. Since we are approaching the 10th day of 15, I expect to hear by the end of the week at the latest.
Meanwhile I wanted to let you all know that I've decided to throw in a couple of days of free download to thank those who have nominated Kyle Harrison Movie Star, and to encourage anyone not familiar with my writing to have a look. Usually I never give away my books, but it seemed like the thing to do as this title has received so many page views during the campaign.
I'll publish the free days here as soon as I know when that will be. Comments, feedback and, especially, Amazon and Goodreads reviews would make my day, so I hope the sheer brilliance of the writing will motivate some of you to post a few lines (brilliance is, of course, in the eye of the beholder and, if you think it's brilliant, I will certainly be beholding!)
Kyle Harrison is not a typical romcom. There is romance, there is humour (at least I hope you will find some amusement in the story), but there is also a good dose of social commentary based on my own experiences and observations from many years ago. With the recent power abuse scandal rocking the very core of the Hollywood apple, I find myself horrified to discover that the old gossip about the "casting couch" culture is not only accurate, but that it reveals a rotten core a thousand times more disgusting than I could imagine.
In the series "Kyle in Hollywood" my hero acts, risking his career and his freedom, whenever he is aware of sexual abuse. One can only wish that more real people had done the same when the situation called for affirmative action, instead of voicing shock and surprise (and, even worse, regret) decades after the fact.
So, if you feel like a break from the depressing reality, let Kyle's adventures entertain you with a more optimistic take on the fascinating world of movie making. Books 1 and 2 are already published, and I'm busy working on Book 3, with a tentative release date of early next year, if not sooner.
Subscribe to my newsletter to receive advance notification of promotions and new releases, and to get free content. Also remember that I promised a link to Soundcloud for my Nashville-produced song, which my character Randy Riley composes in the book. Details in the "Thank You" email from Kindle Scout.
Finally finished! Book 1 of the “Kyle in Hollywood” series has started its 30-day Kindle Scout campaign, and it's open for nominations.
You can read a generous extract on the campaign page. If you think this is the sort of book that Amazon should publish, please leave your nomination. Here is the link:
Super easy to do: click the blue button <Nominate Me> while being logged into your Amazon account.
If the manuscript is successful, you will receive a free Kindle copy of the published book. And please feel free to involve your friends, the more nominations the better!
My latest romantic thriller set in Venice, “Night of the Webcam” is now available!
Discounted to 99 cents (down from $3.99) as a thank-you to all the lovely supporters who nominated it during its Kindle Scout campaign.
Available in paperback and as eBook at Amazon, Apple's iStore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd, Playster, Inktera, Tolino and 24Symbols.
Grab a copy and let me know what you think.
Today is the last day for “Night of the Webcam” on Kindle Scout. Things have picked up considerably since my last post, and the book is receiving a lot of attention. Please take a moment to check out the excerpt and nominate it before the end of its campaign tonight at midnight.
Here is the link to the Scout Campaign page for “Night of the Webcam” and remember that, if the book is selected, everyone who nominated it will get a free copy of the Kindle version.
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