What a response to my short horror KID on Amazon.com
So look. I know it’s not the same as being No.1 in the NY bestseller lists, but for a little tongue-in-cheek eBook I reckon I’m entitled to crow just a teeny bit. This morning A-Z of Understanding Italians has gone back to No1 in Italy (yes, Italy), but just look –
Susan Roebuck has written two very different books and both have been finalists in the EPIC eBook Awards.
Sue’s first published novel, Perfect Score (non-explicit m/m suspense), is published by Awe-Struck Publishing was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards in the Mainstream category and also received an Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category of the 2011 Rainbow Awards.
Her second book, a novella, Hewhay Hall (dark thriller/horror), was published in April 2012 by Etopia Press and she’s just heard that it’s a finalist in the 2013 EPIC eBook Awards in the Horror category.
Steve: Welcome back, Sue, and congratulations again.
Sue: Thank you, and thank you for inviting me today, Steve!
Steve: Do you have a favourite character you have written? Who and why?
Sue: It has to be Sam from “Perfect Score”. This is what one of my reviewers, Lena Grey, said (she sums him up better than I can): Life knocked him down so much that anyone of lesser moral quality would have given up, but not Sam. Every time he’s knocked down he rises like the Phoenix from the ashes. Sam’s an amazing combination of strength, intelligence, gentleness and forthrightness; in the face of injustice, whether for a person or an animal, Sam’s there on his white horse ready to do battle.
Steve: Who was the toughest character for you to “get right”?
Sue: It has to be the demon Slater in “Hewhay Hall”. He’s a creature who’s seen differently depending on who’s looking at him. He personalizes himself to whatever your fantasy is. But he does have a proper physical appearance that is too horrible to write here J
Steve: Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
Steve: What is the most recent novel you have read that you would recommend?
Sue: “The Man Who Rained” by Ali Shaw. It’s set in a backwater (probably in the UK) in a place called Thunderstown where the weather comes to life. The plot’s an amazing concept of imagination.
Steve: What have you in the wings for your readers to look forward to?
Sue: Perfect Score was set in the US; Hewhay Hall in the UK. My new work is set in Portugal and is about injustice and corruption – a regular theme in my novels. In this suspense story, you’ll be flung into two fishermen’s lives and there’s a female bullfighter who struts arrogantly about the pages until you want to slap her!
Steve: We expats and ex-expats have so much to draw on, don’t we! Now, where can readers find you?
Sue: Here you go –
Here is an EXCERPT from Hewhay Hall:
The Cross-Keys Pub was not the comfy and warm snug that romantic tourists dream about. No fire crackled in a welcoming hearth; no frequent customers kept their own personalized tankards above the bar. No carpet adorned the grease-impregnated, creaking floorboards, and the publican was no ever-attentive, apple-cheeked individual polishing glasses. He was as indifferent to his customers as he was to the cobwebs dangling from the liquor bottles on the shelves behind him. Sunken eyes in a cadaverous face darted everywhere but at Jude, who perched on one of the hard wooden bar stools.
“You mean the phone’s out of order too?” Jude asked, frustration at the lack of signal on his cell phone and now this new information making his voice high with disbelief.
For a long moment, the publican didn’t budge from resting his elbows on the bar, and his expression didn’t change until a light sparked in his otherwise dull eyes. He glanced at the public phone in the corner and shrugged his shoulders to show it was dead too.
Buy links for Hewhay Hall:
Buy link for Perfect Score: Amazon
Author: Chris Womersley
A CRIME UNSPEAKABLE. Australia, 1919. Quinn Walker returns from the Great War to the New South Wales town of Flint: the birthplace he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of a heinous act. A LIE UNFORGIVABLE. Aware of the townsmen’s vow to hang him, Quinn takes to the surrounding hills. Here, deciding upon his plan of action, and questioning just what he has returned for, he meets Sadie Fox. A BOND UNBREAKABLE. This mysterious girl seems to know, and share, his darkest fear. And, as their bond greatens, Quinn learns what he must do to lay the ghosts of his past, and Sadie’s present, to rest.
Not horror, not in the strictest sense, but horrific nonetheless. This is a superb book, not only for the vivid reminders of the horror of war and the things mankind is capable of, but for the wonderful writing. I was unsure from the blurb if I would like it so downloaded the sample to my Kindle. It captured me from the first line and I have read the whole book greedily. This is not some dismal military tome, far from it, and the aspects of war are deftly woven into a peacetime story. If you’re looking for something that gives pleasure through its language, buy it. You won’t be disappointed. 5 Stars.
Yes, as soon as the Jubilee weekend was over, Diavolino in paperback finally appeared officially on Amazon.co.uk
It says ‘not currently in stock’ but I’ll bet you that will change quickly. Why? Because thanks to you they’ve already been processing orders. When I last looked, Diavolino was at number 29 in Fantasy Horror, and that’s within hours of the site being open for orders. It would be really great if that continued (hint).
Thanks to all of you. I’ll come up with some competition/freeby shortly so watch this space (*competition is HERE)
Once again, the buy link in full: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diavolino-Steve-Emmett/dp/1936751941/ref=tmm_pap_title_0