Guest Post: Laxmi Hariharan, author of The First Life of Vikram Roy

The First Life of Vikram RoyLaxmi Hariharan writes kick-ass dystopian YA novels set in Bombay. I can’t wait for her new book, The First Life of Vikram Roy, the latest in the award-winning Ruby Iyer series, to come out on 20th October. In the meantime, here’s a guest post from her about the book and her commitment to supporting Syrian refugee children. Continue reading

VAT rule changes force UK E-book price rises

HMRC moneyIf you’ve got an e-book reader (maybe you got a new Kindle or Nook for Christmas) and have been looking to stock it up since yesterday you may have found that prices on a lot of e-books are a bit higher than you expected. There’s a reason for that. It’s a change to the EU rules on VAT which applies in all EU countries, so that from now on VAT has to be charged at the rate applying in the country of sale. So how does that affect things? Continue reading

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer – Spotlight Blog Tour

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer

Laxmi’s Hariharan’s new book, The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, is a white-knuckle ride through the disintegrating streets of Bombay as a terrifying encounter with a molester on a train propels our heroine from her everyday commute into a battle for survival – her own survival and the survival of the city she loves. Continue reading

Assault on the New York Times bestseller list

PowerPackFBIf you’re an indie author, you’ve probably heard of David Gaughran. He runs one of the top indie publishing advice blogs and is author of two help books – Let’s Get Digital and Let’s get Visible. Or maybe you’ve come across Joanna Penn, book marketing guru and one of the leading lights of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Or perhaps you’ve found Write, Publish, Repeat by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant turning up in your recommended books on Amazon. Continue reading

Catherine Ryan Howard’s Self-Printed Splash

selfprintedsplashbadgeToday I have a guest post from Catherine Ryan Howard, self-publishing guru extraordinaire whose book Self-Printed: the Sane Person’s Guide to Self Publishing, hand-holds you through the whole self-publishing process from start to finish. It was my bible when I started self-publishing, so I’m excited to tell you the totally revamped third edition of Self-Printed is out today in paperback and ebook. Continue reading

Guess the true statement and win Jessica Bell’s thriller, White Lady (Statement #37)

Today I have a guest post from fellow ALLi author Jessica Bell.

To celebrate the release of her latest novel, White Lady, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:

Mia, the daughter of Sonia’s lover, …
a. becomes a Muslim so she can marry Sonia’s son, Mick.
b. asks Sonia to teach her how to slit people’s throats.
c. wants to be a punk rock star.

What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting. Continue reading

Writing about Japan from 5,000 miles away

Mount Fuji from KawaguchikoI write murder mysteries featuring expat Londoner Josie Clark, who lives in Tokyo, where she’s inclined to stumble across a surprising number of bodies. I love sharing my experience of Japan through my books – I try to make my readers feel as though they’ve actually been there themselves. But it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, as the places I describe are on the other side of the world, so I can’t just pop out and take a look to remind myself what they’re like. Continue reading

My Writing Process Blog Hop

Blog HopI’ve been invited to join the My Writing Process blog hop by Margie, a writer I met when we were both quarter finalists in the mystery and thriller category of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014. Thanks, Margie!

Margie’s blog is mlortega. She’s just published her first book, Turn Key Condition, a cosy mystery with a dark side, so do take a look.

The way the blog hop works is, a writer answers four basic questions about their writing process, and then passes the baton to two other authors. So here we go! Continue reading