East of England blog tour round-up

Over the last two weeks, East of England’s been on a bit of a blog tour, and so it only makes sense to both thank all of those involved and to round up the various posts and reviews into a single posting. As you might imagine, it’s not easy for plucky underdogs like me to get reviews in the press, so every little helps, and that’s where the dedication of book bloggers comes into play.

So, thanks first and foremost both to my publishers Unbound and to book tour organiser extraordinaire Anne Cater. Thanks to each of the bloggers who took part too! In no particular order:

Cheryl MM - who said that East of England is “a clever tongue in cheek nod to the old gangster regimes, but with a small countryside flair to it”.

Novel DeeLights - who hosted a guest post by me; “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me”.

Hayley’s Book Blog - Hayley reckoned that East of England was “near impossible to put down”.

Reflections Of A Reader - who said the book was “great” as well as “dark and brutal”.

Don Jimmy Reviews - who was good enough to host an excerpt from the novel.

Beady Jan’s Books - Jan was kind enough to host a second guest blog post from me, this time on writer characters in movies.

Over The Rainbow Book Blog - who said that East of England was a “gritty, gripping read”.

Anne Cater’s own Random Things Through My Letter Box - Anne kindly hosted a second excerpt from the novel.

The Writing Garnet - who said that East of England was “an impressive roller coaster ride of a novel that left me breathless”.

Check out the links above for the full reviews/posts. Huge thanks again to all who took part!

East of England is available here in paperback and ebook, and from all good online and real-world bookshops. Also, its forthcoming sequel Canine Jubilee is crowdfunding now, and can be supported here.

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Blog tours and reviews

Hi all

Here’s the text of an update I posted over on Unbound’s site for East of England, though it makes sense to have it copied here too.

East of England has been out for a fortnight now, and most folk seem to like it, which is gratifying. If you've been able to leave a review already then thanks very much! If you haven't (or plain haven't got around to reading the book yet), then please consider leaving your thoughts - however brief - on Amazon, on Goodreads, and/or elsewhere on social media. For smaller publishers like Unbound, and for little fish in the writing pond like me, these things really matter, and can help get word of the book out to wider potential readerships. 

If you've not picked up a copy yet, then here's a chance for you!

The publishers have organised a blog tour - basically a sequenced run of interviews, extracts and reviews from crime fiction-oriented book bloggers - which starts tomorrow (Monday 11th Feb, as I'm writing this up on Sunday morning). I'll do what I can to promote this through the ten day run of this tour, but again, anything you can do support-wise (as well as reading what the different bloggers have got to say on the book) is both valuable and appreciated. 

East of England blog tour details

East of England blog tour details

Third, those who've read East of England will have seen (and maybe even read) the opening pages of a continuation novel - the second in a potential series - titled Canine Jubilee. That book again will be crowdfunded via Unbound, and there'll be some stuff coming out about that hopefully in the next few days. 

Fourth and finally, check out my brother Max's page for Field Notes - also being crowdfunded by Unbound - and consider backing the book. Details on that are here

That's everything for now. Thanks for the continued support!

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New year, new thing: 255bookreview.com

For the last couple of years I’ve been collating capsule film reviews of every movie I’ve watched (since Feb 2017). It’s a collaborative exercise with a couple of former work colleagues that you can find over at 255review.com (my reviews are tagged “Eamonn”, straightforwardly enough).

It only takes a few minutes to put some brief thoughts together, plus it acts as a personal diary/reminder of what I’ve seen and not seen.

So I’ve decided to branch out from this and do the same for books. In the past I’ve played with the likes of Goodreads and book blogging. I did this a lot when immersed in post-grad study and had to keep tabs on my reading, but the 255 character format I’ve shifted into has the benefit of brevity, being able to fit into a single tweet, plus there’s something of a challenge to get capsule thoughts and a one-line book description together.

I’m also reminded of the value of reviews to other writers, so part of my thinking is that I can cross-post these to Amazon or wherever and pay a little back to the author that way.

I’ve made the decision not to use star ratings or grades out of ten, or anything like that. I’ll work also not to be negative where at all possible; a straightforward “Not for me” will suffice in pretty much most cases I’d have thought. These are, after all, opinions, not reviews as such.

Anyway. Here we go. The new site’s at 255bookreview.com. It’ll take time to get much in the way of content up there, but I’ll try to remember to cross-post links back here too.

In the meantime, East of England is out on 24th January, and can be bought in ebook and paperback here and from all good bookshops, real and virtual.

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