Yet again the universe sees fit to clue me in on half the story, prime me like wound rubber band and set me off in all manner of panicky little activities. When all I really had to do was wait. I don't mind so much when it's only my time and effort that are being wasted, but I get a tad annoyed when other people are caught up in my impatience. And yet all's well that ends well (as another scribbler who lived not too far away from me once famously quipped).
Kudos to Sho for The Faithful reaching an impressive #21 in the Amazon bestsellers list.
The other lady to reach bestsellers recently was Andrea - she got 2 books into the lists. Truly awesome.
Yay!!! That means 5 of the World Wise Writers are now Bestsellers.
Not only do I have two books in the Amazon UK bestsellers lists, but someone said this in a review:
"You got this very interesting rhythm going that really catapulted Triple Jeopardy into the category of serious literature. I will confess I was cursing you beneath my breath as I wrote the review saying, 'Why did she call this a smutty romance when it's literature?'
Instead you actually wrote a piece of literature in which you really grappled with the question of what's sex and what's violence and what's the difference between the two? I thought it was interesting and very well done."
Wow. What a day!
That'll teach me to be in too much of a hurry. I accidentally put an old version of Triple Jeopardy up on Thursday, so if you bought it on Friday or Saturday, you will have around 40 more typos in there than there are now, and a couple of missing lines. Sorry.
If you were one of the 13 people that bought an early copy, I'm negotiating with Ammy to get this done as an automatic update, but right now it's Memorial Weekend (like a bank holiday), so it may take a while.
If you don't wanna wait, you can always return your copy and buy it again - the current version has all the corrections (and a nice piccie of Danny's Mirror).
Must try to do better next time.
Must try to do better next time.
Must try to do better next time.
You get the picture.
Just because you are so wonderful and I love you so much, my latest offering Triple Jeopardy is available for a limited time on Amazon UK for 77p and Amazon US for $1.29. This ain't a lot to pay to spend some quality time with three lovely ladies and their rather precarious adventures. We're not talking about the tree-climbing and dinghy-sailing type either. Hang on a sec, in the first book we actually are. Ok, so it may start off all sweet and cute, but if you turn to page 13 it gets pretty dark.
One of the first questions people ask me when I tell them I'm a writer is "Do you have a 50 Shades story?" Until now, my answer has always been no, but when I was looking back through some of my very early stories, I realised that I had something that came pretty close. So here it is - I mean they are - in case you haven't guessed, it's three short stories in one book. That's three times the sexual tension. Nuff said.
Triple Jeopardy - Three girls, three decades, one outcome. These heroines have one thing in common – they attract trouble.
Tina’s Dilemma - Would you tell your best friend? Underneath Justin’s Greek God exterior is a dark bully. Tina has suffered twice at his hands and now he’s about to marry her former best friend. She is faced with a choice – ruin the wedding and risk a friendship or let Chloe marry the wrong man.
Teacher’s Pet – Where does it say “feel free to take advantage”? Vicky’s passionate opinion in class attracts unwanted attention from the local rugby hero, whose mates are just plain loud. But they are exactly who she needs when Dr Parr decides to educate her about more than just Economics.
Date Rape – When play-acting stops being a game. Kent Adams was different to Cassie’s normal dates – this one was a keeper. Erudite, worldly and six foot of pure, knee-trembling muscle, he shares her passion for opera and takes her to Shakespeare’s very own theatre in Stratford. But a combination of misread signals and dark yearnings culminate in the worst night of her life.
When you've read it, I'd really appreciate a comment. Ta J
Phew! This one took a while, but you can now get your sticky little mitts on an actual paperback copy of this awesome book form Amazon UK and US.
So, what are you waiting for? Off you go, read, enjoy, write a review and then come back here to discover more awesome books for you to enjoy.
Oh and just so you know, the kindle version reached #26 in the Amazon bestsellers for Children's Sword and Sorcery Fantasy books only 2 days after it was released. So it's not just me who thinks it's awesome.
Goodness me, what a month May is turning out to be. This is the third brand-new shiny debut novel from one of the lovely World Wise Writers.
If you like multi-faceted adventure stories filled with fairy-tale fantasy worlds filled with magical characters (think Narnia, 10th Kingdom, Labyrinth) then you need to click on this link as soon as possible - if not sooner.
If you need a little more convincing, you can read an excerpt, or find out what people are saying about Thunder.
Here's the skinny:
When fifteen-year-old Olivia Williams and her two younger brothers wake up from a car crash, they’re positive their world has changed. The talking horse is a big clue. And he has a lot to say. According to Thunder, fairies, magic and good ol’ St Nick are all for real. On some level. Which would be incredibly awesome, but there’s a problem. A rift has formed between the layers of existence, and the evil Sliders are taking advantage of it—bringing violence, fear and hatred with them.
Now the three siblings are immersed in a tangle of reality and fantasy. One with trolls, freakish amphibians ... and town-devouring rats. Fortunately, help is on hand as Thunder introduces them to a world of Shifters and other powerful beings. Like Olivia’s very own Guardian, Ethan. Whom she actually does like. A lot. How could she not, when his job is to stand between her and death?
With humanity at stake, the Williams children must do more than accept the unbelievable. They must accomplish the impossible. The rift needs to be sealed and they’re the only people alive with the potential to do it.
Oh, and when you have read it, Hannah sure would appreciate a comment on Amazon. Ta J
... after you defeated the Goblin King and all his minions, your book reaches the dizzy heights of #26 in the Amazon Bestseller charts.
Congrats JD - isn't that worth all those hours of frustrated mutterings at the dark offspring emanating from the evil Tower of Microsoft?
They have no power over you. Repeat after me: "You have no power over me!"
When you get to end of an enduring battle, you know the achievement is all the stronger. Despite curve ball after curve ball, JD Faulkner has prevailed and her incredible book Mirrored Time is now available on kindle and as a paperback. I strongly recommend you check it out - if my word isn't enough, read an excerpt on her blog and see what other people have said about it. Also, you can follow her progress through the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - she's currently a quarter finalist. it also gives you the option to download the 1st 16 pages for free. Here's the blurb:
First it was water.
And finally smoke.
Gwen Conway never knew there were so many ways to die. Honestly, it was something she would have been happy not knowing.
Maybe, they really are just dreams. Nightmares. But they won’t stop. And dreaming of her death is getting old. Then there’s the sleepwalking. She’d like to pass on that too.
Gwen’s pretty sure the dreams have something to do with her new job. Which of course, is definitely not just a ‘job.’
Don’t get her wrong, working for the Archiver of the Time Streams has its perks. Having the power to travel to any past or future time is fantastic. Plus, there’s Rafe, the ex-gladiator from the future. She’d like to keep him around too. Not that she would tell him that. It’d go straight to his head.
But she’s less than pleased to find herself in the middle of a time travelers’ war. Especially against a crazed half-god who has the power to obliterate the existence of any time or place. And the Guardians, her so called allies? All the help they offer is strict rules and smug superiority. Plus, they seem convinced she’s already lost, that she’s already died.
Gwen is starting to wonder whether she should have read her employment contract more carefully.
Oh, and when you have read it, JD sure would appreciate a comment on Amazon. Ta J
I promise. This is the last time I'll publish these ego-stroking stats (unless of course, I reach number 1. As if.)
Death Wishes did actually make it into the top 20 of the Amazon UK Bestsellers list for Women's Fantasy Fiction - it peaked at #12.
At that point it was ranked 6,672 overall in the UK. That is pretty amazing - self-pubbed books normally languish around the 1 million mark.
For those of you who like numbers, have a look at the time and date stamp. Lots of magical number 5's going on. Yeah, I know, dead geeky, but hey - Math Teacher in the house.
Thanks once again to all those people I tracked down and harried like a Terrior with a bone. I won't forget you when it goes viral!
What can I say? After a day spent pleading, cajoling and calling in favours from friends and family all over the country, Death Wishes has made a phenominal leap up the Amazon UK Bestsellers list for Women's Fantasy Fiction from #67 to #21. And a similar leap from #76 to #28 for Women's Action and Adventure.
I'm kinda feeling that the all important top 20 is within reach.
That's when the magic really starts to happen.♥☺♥
I have sent out a few more emails and my fingers are tightly crossed. Strangely enough, I'm asking the Angels to help me out here. So far, they've done a stunning job.
Just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought my book, both sides if the pond and even a lovely Spanish person - I sincerely hope you enjoyed my naughty little story, and if all those who bought it can write a review, it will help to keep me in that bestsellers list for a few more days.
If you did enjoy Death Wishes and would like to read books with a similar level of craftsmanship (although very different topics),
I can thoroughly recommend the following: The Faithfulby S.M.Freedman: Non-psychics are cockroaches. I Fidele are the exterminators. Crossfireby Andrea Domanski: Once a normal teenage girl, now an Amazon warrior. Add in a bunch of kick-ass preternaturals and one maniacal demi-god and what have you got? The worst birthday ever!
Thanks to some amazing friends, for a fleeting hour, Death Wishes was at number 56 in the US Amazon bestseller list for Women's Fantasy Fiction and 65 for Women's Action and Adventure. How cool is that? I've never been on a bestseller list before and 56 is amazing!
On the UK lists it was 67 for Women's Fantasy Fiction and 76 for Women's Action and Adventure - must be harder to get on the list in the UK - the overall ranking was 105,774 in the UK, 76,014 in the US. Do we read/buy more books in the UK? Surely not. Go Figure.
Pleased I am.
Off to send a few more emails to chums.
Wow! This is a great read! Ms. Green writes with sass and
fantastic British humour. And what a great concept! A woman dies before she's
supposed to, and causes chaos in heaven. Ms. Green's take on heaven is
refreshing and new, it's very much like a typical office with all the politics,
snarky attitude, and angels trying not to piss off "The Big Guy", and
is totally relatable and hilarious.
And then we have the super hot angel, Machidiel, the "new guy" who
gets thrust into the spotlight as he fights for Jo's life, and has to fight
against his growing attraction to Jo when he gets sent to earth to help her
fulfill her bucket list.
Full of heat, sass and humour, Death Wishes is a fantastic must read.
Seriously. MUST. READ. :)
What do I have to do to get a hot guardian angel? Just let me
know, and I will get right on that. But first, I gotta review this fantastic
Let me say this: I pretty much NEVER cry. But the end of this book had me
fighting off a serious case of happy tears. The characters Ms Green has created
are so loveable and so real, that by the end, you will feel like you are
reading a story about your best friend. Her humor sparkles, her passion sizzles
and her image of the bureaucracy of Heaven is truly unique (and hilarious). I
don't care if I'm talking in cliches: This book deserves all the good ones!
It's a fun, great read that still gives you thoughts to ponder. A beach read
with some bite? A rainy day story with a nice touch of heat?
This was a wonderfully written and humorous spin on heaven (with
ultra-modern technology, people!) and an English Maths teacher. And an angel to
die for. The character of Jo Gold is so well developed, I felt like I was
reading about a dear friend. I was by her side during her life's ups and downs,
her struggles and triumphs, and her passions and breakthroughs. Ms. Green
depicted the humor and romance and longing in such a real but completely
fantastical way. A great read, balancing both light and deep moments and
surprises that keep you guessing. Buy it, read it, review it!
With all of the originality that Rowanna Green readers have come
to love, DEATH WISHES takes readers on a journey to the afterlife, where things
are almost nothing like you might have imagined them. Combining a one of a kind
story with her masterful control of the English language, Ms. Green has added
another stroke of genius to a tapestry already filled with bright hues of
brilliant fiction. DEATH WISH will be certain to keep readers of smart fiction
entertained for generations to come.
Thank you dear readers, your kind words make me blush. ♥♥♥
Yep people, just cannot help myself with the cliches.J
When we were playing with the back of book blurb, the World Wise Writers and I came up with this tag line: This is a about a hot angel and temptation. Just buy it. You know you want to.
Also, we were looking for a "tweet" length blurb - this is slightly longer, but you get the idea: When Jo Gold dies, all Hell lets loose in Heaven; she must live 'til her bucket list is fulfilled. Who better to help than a rookie guardian angel? Think Coke Break guy with wings. Yummy!
For a limited time only, this scrummy story will be available on Amazon UK for 77p and Amazon US for $1.29. This ain't a lot to pay to spend some quality time in the arms of an Angel.
When you've read it, I'd really appreciate a comment. Ta J