Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Pink Boots in Kindle!

The Pink Boots

A dark intriguing story of love and redemption, The Pink Boots exposes the underbelly of a lost generation. "About three things I was pretty positive. First I was in love with Maya: The girl had a seriously bad coke habit and was doing my head in. Second I was in love with Tayel: The boy was gorgeous and funny but there was a part of him he hid from me. Third I was totally and utterly screwed." Abandoned in a toilet as a baby, Jamie Skyla has never known real love until she meets Tayel. He's the new guy in town who comes to represent everything she's never had. Among the druggie crowd in the park, the squat parties and their wall of sound, she finds a home in his arms. What Jamie doesn't realise is that the closer she gets to him, the stranger he becomes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Other Hand by Chris Cleave - My review on Goodreads

The other handThe other hand by Chris Leave

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read.

The voice of Little Bee is an amazing thing, how a white, middle aged, middle class author got the voice and attitude of a 13 year old Nigerian illegal immigrant across so brilliantly I'll never know.

The story itself is immensely powerful and thought provoking, with some passages simply heartbreaking. As the backcover doesn't tell you what the books is about, neither will I, just read it!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

BEA 2011: E-book Future, Google, and Facts

BEA 2011: E-book Future, Google, and Facts

A very informative and thought provoking article. I love the quote "there isn’t an algorithm that can compete with a competent, real-life bookseller. “Hand-selling can make you look like a genius,” he said. “After just a few questions, [a bookseller] can say, ‘Here is what you want to read next’ ” with startling accuracy"

Just how do we replicate this in the electronic world?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Life in a Day Trailer

The Killing - To be published soon!

The Killing - To be Published Soon!

Great news, one of the best TV series I've ever seen, the Danish crime drama "The Killing" will soon be published by Pan Macmillan.

 One of those great TV series, much like "The Wire" that doesn't fit the traditional format of 1hr episodes with each episode having an ending. Set over 20, 1 hr episodes, The Killing is a fantastic, mutli-layered series, with each episode unveiling new characters, new twists and turns to existing plots and characters. You literally have no idea until the very last couple of episodes, and the surprises just keep coming until the very end.

A must watch if you haven't yet seen it.

Oh how I'd love to publish these in ebook form.....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Little Buddha eBook - Take friendship and peace with you wherever you go!

The Little Buddha by Claus Mikosch is the first eBook to be published by Staffchoice Publishing.
Below you can a review of the title, and below links to where you can buy this wonderful little eBook.

If you've read The Little Buddha or perhaps downloaded a sample please feel free to leave your comments below this post. You can download a sample copy from Smashwords.

One day the little Buddha gets tired of sitting all the time alone under his Bodhi tree and so he goes travelling. His journey leads him to a big city, to a dark cave in the forest, to the sea and to the desert. Always being curious, he encounters many different people and many different stories 

The Little Buddha was originally a illustrated book written by Claus Mikosch and with illustrations by Rosie May Harrison. This wonderful story about the Little Buddha and his inspirational journey is now available as an you can take friendship and peace with you wherever you go.

A charming short story, written in a wonderfully simple way. The stories are thought provoking and enlightening and the Little Buddha is always curious and always with an infectious and inspiring joy for life.

A great little inspirational read suitable for fans of titles such as The Alchemist or Jonathan Livingstone Seagull which would make a perfect gift for adults and children alike.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The future of the ibookstore

A great article here on the future of the ibookstore and on the future of the iphone / ipad as an ereading device.

Will Apple successfully create another of their fabled walled gardens for ebooks?

The future of iBooks

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Little Buddha - where to buy update

Just a reminder as to exactly where you can purchase online The Little Buddha ebook.

The Little Buddha retails for either $0.99, £0.99 or 0,99c depending on which site you use.

Diesel ebookstore

Apple iBookstore

Sony Reader Store


If you're an ebook reviewer please email me and I will send you a review copy in the required format.

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The Little Buddha Facebook Page

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You can also find more info about The Little Buddha on Squidoo

The Little Buddha ebook - Take friendship and Peace with you wherever you go.

Seth Godin

Once again Seth Godin has written another inspiring and thought provoking post on the new reality.

I wrote in a previous post how the ebook industry is not only an exciting place to be right now but also it's an industry that is proving that despite a worldwide economic recession...the money hasn't actually disappeared, it's just moved to new places.

Over the course of this year I've noticed a general "feeling" from people who are now bored of several years of economic crisis and have accepted  that things are simply not going to return to the way they were before. This doesn't mean success and growth won't return, of course they will, the world's economy has always moved in cycles of boom and bust. However the next boom won't be created by people doing what they did before the bust, it will be created as Seth points out far more eloquently than me, by people creating new opportunities, by people deciding to take charge of their own destinies, careers and projects, The internet obviously has a huge part to play in this, it serves to make your marketplace a global one, it helps to remove gatekeepers and barriers to entry and it enables greater cooperation and sharing of ideas.

Now is the time to be busy, to start, to continue, to take charge of your ideas and your future and to be a part of the new reality.

Apple Won’t Talk About iBooks Sales - eBookNewser

Apple Won’t Talk About iBooks Sales - eBookNewser

eBooks growth!

The tail end of last year saw on a daily basis dozens of stories highlighting the growth of ebook sales. This seems to have died down now as ebooks become an accepted part of the landscape.  As a newcomer to the world of ebook publishing these stories are both encouraging and motivating.

A recent article on Kobo's expansion plans on ebooknewser again is incredibly enlightening as to the state of this fledgling industry. We're living in a world of social spending cuts by governments and 3 years into the "economic crisis" (is it a crisis or the new reality?). However the growth of ebooks and companies such as Kobo proves that the money hasn't so much disappeared as moved elsewhere. Those of us fortunate enough to be in the world of eBooks would seemingly have a bright future! Definitely something to be be optimistic about!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


So the project has started, months of ideas, planning, researching and work have been realised, you've taken the bold step to release it into the wild and there it is, alive! You have an almost parental pride in your project and
"share" it with everybody you can and in every way imaginable way.

However as every parent knows, the hardest work is yet to come, the task of growing and raising your project has now begun.

Keeping the impetus and motivation going is difficult, there's so much to learn, there's so many other projects that seem to be walking and talking whilst yours has yet to start crawling. If I take the wrong path will it alter it's growth forever, what can I do to improve the chances of it's future success and make sure it grows up to be a fully rounded and healthy business?

The answers are as numerous as they are complicated, however the approach remains this same as starting, this was a planned project, not an accident, so you need to be calm and confident with what you're doing and above all be courageous, believe in what your doing and soon enough everybody else will too.

Friday, March 25, 2011


The last couple of weeks has seen the start of a very exciting project for me, that of creating my own ebook publishing business. My first ebook has been published the charming and inspirational "The Little Buddha" by Claus Mikosch, and is available for sale with all the major retailers. Seeing the results of months have planning, ideas and work finally live and for sale is a wonderful feeling. I could have procrastinated, researched and planned for ever but was inspired by a quote from the book itself:
"Sometimes you simply have to find the courage to take the first step.’
To choose a direction. To make a decision.
And then to stop thinking and simply start"
Now I find  myself writing my first ever blog post and taking another step down the path that leads to me reaching my goals and dreams. I've gone from being a user of Facebook and not much else to suddenly realising how huge the social media world is and how powerful a tool it can be. It's kind of daunting, with so much to learn, however it's also hugely exciting and the challenges it presents are being tackled with enthusiasm and hunger. 
The first step however was the hardest to take but is has been taken and hopefully it will be the first step on an incredible journey.