Presents. Family. Time off. More board games than a 3# year old man child has any reason playing. Food. More food, and still food to be eaten. Christmas has been and gone and been a great time, and I’ve done sweet FA in the writing department. Well, okay, I guess I’ve written two articles about coping with Christmas and New Years, which are now up at Buzz Feed in the community section in the hope of a little traffic for my self-help title, but nothing else. Always grateful for some likes and shares for those articles btw…
‘Get Over It’ launched at the beginning of the month after a pre-order period and a month of posting self-help posts on social media. It launched with about a dozen sales and has flat lined since. So, not stellar. It joins ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ and ‘Ivory’ as titles that are non-movers, leaving ‘Harvest’ and ‘The Room’ as my titles that have daily sales.
Colin Jobson smiled in an act of humour he didn’t feel as he watched Solly leave. He was keen to get back to the recordings and there was trepidation too—Willis’ story was creepy. He waited for the door to close behind Solly, then glanced around the gloomy office, lit by a dozen desk lights. He was alone. Hunching over his desk, he popped the earbuds back in his ears, closed his eyes against the room, and pressed play. Willis’s voice filtered into his consciousness.
‘…Is the door to the room you’re in now closed? It doesn’t matter; if it isn’t closed now, it will be at some time, or there will be another closed door somewhere near you… Sit there and listen… Go on, take a moment and listen… Hear anything?
‘Imagine that if you hear a noise—it could be something moving behind the door, ready to rap at the door or try the handle… If you try and reassure yourself that it’s the wind, your pet, or the house settling, remember it could be those things… Equally, it could be something else. If you don’t hear a noise, then it could be that some-thing is lurking on the other side… Waiting.
‘That’s what it’s like for me… Now go and open the door without any trepidation… I dare you…’
My horror title ‘The Room’ will be re-released next Friday (Friday the 13th–what could possibly go wrong?) on Amazon Kindle.
But, what is it about I hear you cry?
After an assault at work, Tom Willis is left with Post Traumatic Stress-Disorder: noises and closed doors arouse debilitating bouts of irrational dread as to what might lie behind them. He is at risk of losing his job and his girlfriend, but when those closest to him start to share his terror of something lurking behind closed doors, he realises it is not only his sanity at risk, but his life and the lives of those around him. To unlock the secret of his fear Tom must revisit a childhood he has done his best to distance himself from. A time when he was an orphan living in a children’s home. In his hometown, with his childhood best friend, and in the basement of their ruined home, he will face a battered and scarred door. To challenge the room that is haunting him, he must confront the past, and ignore the persistent warning in his mind—“Don’t open the door…”
It’s a novel at approx 460 pages–so that’s a lot of words for 0.99p / 0.99c. Yes. It’s a frighteningly good bargain. You could buy that now! Why don’t you? Don’t be scared. It won’t bite–although what’s behind that door will…
Sadly not the title of a follow-up to my novel ‘Ivory’. Recently I made some changes to the details of my novel through Kindle. It was held up and removed from the store due to an undisclosed copyright infringement, which you can read about here. It was a stressful experience, but was resolved with a couple of emails, and you can read about that in the follow-up post. It shook me enough to take my books out of the KDP programme–I don’t want to commit my books to an exclusive deal if they can be so easily removed by a fake copyright claim. Especially as the that returned…
‘Ivory’ is back on Amazon. Yup. After Amazon pulled ‘Ivory’ off the virtual bookshelf last week for an alleged copyright infringement, I sent an email asking for the details of the copyright infringement… Continue reading