Booksellers, Bookstores and Patriotism

As a British author with a respectable following in my home territories it’s exciting watching the paperbacks of Diavolino coming up for for sale this side of the pond. First off the starting block was the Book Depository where Diavolino was on offer almost as soon as the ink had dried. So a big THANK YOU to them. If you don’t know them I recommend you check them out: They have tons of books and are not limited to the UK – they ship all over the world free of charge. They are prompt AND they have a customer service department that actually responds to you!

Which brings me to giving thanks once again to someone on the other side of the Atlantic. I have been wondering if my local bookshop(s) might stock Diavolino. I mean, I’d be happy to help them promote. Well, imagine my delight when it was pointed out to  me (by the eagle-eyed Julia Kavan – and check her writing out if you like horror) that at least one bookstore in the USA is already offering Diavolino. The least I can do is give them a plug:

RJ Julia Booksellers

“Located in the shoreline town of Madison, Connecticut, RJ Julia Booksellers has always been a place of inspiration, information, and excitement.

RJ Julia opened 21 years ago as an independent bookstore whose mission was, and is, to be a place where words matter, where writer meets reader, where the ambiance and selection and merchandising of books creates an atmosphere that is welcoming and presents the opportunity for discovery. Ultimately we are fiercely committed to putting the right book in the right hand.

We are extremely proud of having won major awards nationally, statewide and locally, including in part: Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year, Lucille Pannell award for bookselling excellence, Connecticut Magazine Best Bookstore, Connecticut Retailers Award for Community commitment, Advocate’s Best Bookstore and the New Haven Business Small Business Award.

We host over 300 events a year. Authors from all over the country—some even from overseas—visit the store to inspire, educate, and entertain us.”

Well, maybe I’ll have to make a trip over and see what we can do! Now, their address is:

768 Boston Post Rd. Madison, CT 06443

Tel: 203-245-3959

Fax: 203-245-8126


and here’s the all important weblink:

They are on Twitter: @rjjulia  and Facebook:

Do you stock my book? Do you know someone who does? Let me know and I’ll give you/them a plug too.


And I have some exciting news to come. So watch this space.

2 Comments on “Booksellers, Bookstores and Patriotism”

  1. Thanks for sharing this news, Steve and thank you to Julia for her eagle eyes! A massive thank you to R J Julia – I’ve tweeted them. They also list a certain ‘Cold Sparks’ too! In the UK, our paperbacks aren’t available online at WH Smith or Waterstones,although some of the major UK wholesalers list them, so maybe? If someone went in and ordered specially? Just a thought!

    • And isn’t that spooky that Julia spotted R J Julia? It would be nice if sellers here at home supported us, wouldn’t it? I’d gladly do a book signing tour to help out and I’m sure you would, too. Maybe some readers can go pester their local shops?

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