What week is it?

Is it Wear your Best to Work week? I’m all for that kind of thing. I mean, we live in a fantastic age where we have incredible choice for what to wear, so why not bust that suit out and wear it with pride? But no, no, it’s not that week.

Is it Stay in Bed week? Unfortunately no. While I would welcome the change of pace, I’m sure the economy wouldn’t enjoy workers dropping tools, wheels, keyboards and pens to take a kip.

Is it Put your Phone Away Week? I wish, I wish, I wish it was. You know how much fun it is when you can talk to someone without a black rectangle covering their face?

Alright, alright. I’ll let you in on the gag. It is, in fact –

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Smashwords Read An E-Book Week!

And to celebrate, they’ve got a bazillion titles up on discounts. 25%? Yup. 50%? You bet. 75%? Even so.

100%??? There sure are! In fact, if you head to my profile page:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JeremyTyrrell

You’ll find all of my books for… free. That’s right, gratis. Go nuts. Get the entire set of Adaptation (Just get the compendium, it’s easier). Go on. What’s that? You want an octopus detective? OK, go get Tedrick Gritswell of Borobo Reef and, while you’re there, get Tedrick Gritswell Makes Waves.

Not your thing? Grab Atlas, Broken or the Bullet. Or if you’re into Paranormology, grab all five books and shove them in your cart. Electrons come free, baby, so go nuts.

Then, when you’re done, go and visit some other authors and give them some love. And then… and then… and then read them! That’s part of the whole ‘Read an E-Book’ week deal. If you enjoy them, great! If not, that’s fine too. Oh, and if you don’t mind, please come back and leave a review when you’re done.

If reading really ain’t your thing, might I suggest you listen to the audiobook versions? It’s kinda sorta still almost and E-book, right? It still counts. It’s just that you’re reading with your ears. Yeah. Let’s run with that.

What are you still doing here? Go and read a book!

Read an E-Book week goes until March 7, so get in while you can.

Tedrick Gritswell Makes Waves – On Preorder

This is getting exciting! Old Stumpy is up for preorder at Smashword, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes and Google books. You know, the usual spots.

If you’re thinking about getting into the world of Borobo, you might want to hit Smashwords up now and get Tedrick Gritswell of Borobo Reef for free! That’s right, you’ve only got a day or so left to grab a freebie and ride that octopus bandwagon.

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Here’s some links to your favourite book outlets:

What are you still doing here? Get going!

Adaptation – Part 6 on Pre-release

The wait is over. The time to crack champagne (or a decent Lagavulin whisky) is now!

Adaptation – Part 6, the conclusion to the Adaptation Series, is up on Smashwords and Amazon, and shortly it’ll be on Google Play, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo for pre-order.

Pre-order?

That’s right, pre-order. I was aiming for the 15th of December, but due to restrictions with the publishing houses, the earliest I could get was the 23rd of December.

Just in time for Christmas, eh?

An Apology…

On a side note, I must apologise to my Kindle audience. I am very sorry that you may have received an old edition of Adaptation – Part 1. Because of the way distribution works, I have to manually upload my books and editions of those books to Amazon and I’m pretty sure that the edition that was up there was not the latest, and had a bunch of spelling and grammatical issues in there.

If you’re one of the unlucky ones, I am sorry. I have re-uploaded the latest edition today, and that should clear in a couple of days. I will be looking over the Kindle versions after I finish, just to make sure I haven’t mucked up again.

OK, so, it’s party time?

You bet! Come on, this is a celebration! Part 6, up on pre-order, release on Friday the 23rd!coverart6small

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Good News

Woot! Woot! I’m happy. Can you tell?

Yes, got that much. Why?

To quote Kylie Minogue, “You did it again!

Uh, did what again?

That’s right! It’s amazing how the power of people can manifest. All it took was the power of the internet and the will of others and, boom!

It was a long time coming, heck, several years in fact, but the end result was worth the wait. I wasn’t sure if it was true, so I checked it twice and, sure enough, it’s a fact.

What’s a Fact? Jez, what are you on about?

Why, Adaptation – Part 1 is now perma-free, as it should be, on Amazon. Just like Grosvenor Lane, just like Atlas, Broken. Just like… oh, wait. Jolimont Street Ghost still isn’t free, darn it.

But, hey, let’s celebrate the win, shall we? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a happy dance to do.Mini Jeztyr Logo

Smashwords Summer Sale

The Steam Summer Sale was on. Drastically reduced prices across the board. Yes, I stocked up. Yes, I maxed out my internet connection downloading a lot of games I’ll probably never play. Yes, I had to sleep on the couch (Wifey was not impressed).

What could be better?

The Smashwords Summer (or Winter in the Southern Hemisphere) Sale, of course! Click on the link below:

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2016 July Summer/Winter Promotion

July 1- July 31

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When the clock ticks over, you can pick up ebook bargains galore! Books half price, books free, and yours truly is right there with you. Head on over to:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JeremyTyrrell

and grab yourself (in any format):

Just use the coupon code for the respective books. If you can’t find the coupon code, let me know and I’ll dredge them up for you (I’m expecting them to appear on the page when the clock ticks over).

And, of course, Adaptation Part 1, Grosvenor Lane Ghost, Jolimont Street Ghost and Atlas, Broken are always FREE.

What are you waiting for? Oh, right, the clock to tick over to midnight, right? OK. Wait for that. Then go bananas!Mini Jeztyr Logo

You did it! Grosvenor Lane is Free!

My sincerest thanks to everyone out there who hit up Amazon and made a play to make Grosvenor Lane Ghost Free for Kindle because – drumroll (as if the title of this post wasn’t a give away) – continue the drumroll to add tension and Boom!

Grosvenor Lane Ghost is FREE at last!

You did it for Atlas, Broken (and that was awesome) and now you did it again!

You don’t know what this means. Oh, I’m gushing. I haven’t written a speech. It’s all so overwhelming… um, I’d like to thank the Academy…

No, really, thank you guys for all your efforts and, hey, if you haven’t picked up your copy, why not head over there now? While you’re there, I don’t suppose you could make Jolimont Street Ghost free as well?

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We want you to make it free

You there! Did you know that you already own several of my books?

Open up your favourite e-reader or e-book application and go right ahead. Put in Jeremy Tyrrell into the search bar and go for it. Download and share to your heart’s content.

Wait, are you with Amazon? Well, that might pose a problem.

The Problem

The problem is this: Amazon refuses to allow me to make my books free. I physically cannot, in the little price editor thing that they’ve got, set it to zero or blank or null. In fact, I cannot set it for anything less that 99 cents.

That’s their business model, and, if I wish to distribute with them, I need to follow suit. Fair enough. It’s their platform. Their ones and zeroes. Thing is, my book is my ones and zeroes, and they should be yours, too.

Sure, you can download the .mobi format from the Smashwords site for free, I don’t know how that plays with adding it to your account, or whether you can share it, or if it goes from device to device or what.

And, really, why should you, the reader, pay for something that everyone else gets for free, simply because of the carrier?

The Solution

The solution, I found the other day, is that Amazon will honour competitor’s prices. So, for example, if I were to post one book on iTunes for $5, and on Amazon for $6, Amazon will, wisely, match the $5 price tag (same currency).

The only thing you, as a reader, need to do is inform Amazon of the cheaper price. Above the ‘Author Info’ and below the ‘Product Details’ is a little option to ‘tell us about a lower price’.

To do this, you need to be on the .com website, not the .com.au. It’s not there for some reason. Don’t know, don’t care.

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When you click on this, it expands to ask ‘where’ and how much. Bung in a competitor’s page, like the one from Barnes and Noble:

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Here, copy and paste this for Grosvenor Lane Ghost:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grosvenor-lane-ghost-jeremy-tyrrell/1120385725?ean=2940046187342

And put in 0 for the price and shipping, click Submit Feedback and Bob’s your uncle.It says Thank you for your feedback, and the dialog goes away. I think that it is a manual process to validate, but, I assume, once they’ve approved that it is indeed cheaper at Barnes and Noble, they’ll let you have it for free.

Go nuts with Jolimont Street Ghost, and Atlas, Broken. And Adaptation. You can find the links to them in the side bar of this website.

Boom. Thank you. The books are yours.

Please enjoy them with my compliments and gratitude.Mini Jeztyr Logo

 

Of Crickets and Ants

In Atlas, Broken, Henry comes across a cricket in his backyard, chirruping merrily at the moon.

The next day, he finds it savagely gutted by ants.

I’m not an expert when it comes to the life-cycle of crickets. Where I live, they come out every Spring, all shiny and black, and chirp like mad throughout Summer.

During Summer you can look in the cracks in the clay soil and find them poking their glossy, black heads out, twitching their antennae, leaping and scurrying away with a purpose. Chirp! Chirp! Their song is full of energy and promise. It’s a chorus of hope, a medley without a beginning and without an end, just one, constant beat. Chirp! Chirp!

And then, as autumn sets in, you hear their tune change. They sing their sorrowful song, their lives are nearly spent. Crrr… Crrr… The grass hides little black bodies, shuffling around aimlessly, hiding when one approaches, silencing their song temporarily until they feel safe once again. Crrr. Crrr.

The cold creeps in. More and more one finds the shells of crickets crumpled on the ground. A mess of brown and black limbs, they have been trodden on, or they simply gave up scurrying. The ants are ruthless, cutting them to bits, dragging all of the smaller pieces back to their nests, leaving the chunky husk to be blown about or crushed underfoot.

After a couple of days there’s nothing left as a reminder. No marking stone, no stain, nothing. The rain has washed away anything the wind has left behind. It might as well be that the cricket never existed at all.

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If we look at Henry in the light of the Cricket, is there any wonder that he has such empathy for his little companion?Mini Jeztyr Logo

Jolimont Street Ghost – Free at last!

Tada! Please find Jolimont Street Ghost at Smashwords, yours for free, with my compliments, in whatever format you like.

Cue the fireworks and open the champagne. OK, maybe I’ll just crack a beer and watch Hellboy.

You see, I wanted to hold off on the release until I had all my ducks in a row. I wanted it available in printed media, as well as on Google Play and Amazon, get the webpage up, and all of that stuff, but I, um, kind of mucked up the delay thing at Smashwords and, well, long story short: it’s out.

But, hey, it’s out!JolimontStreet

It’s released!

It’ll be up on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and Kobo in a day or two, and I’ll update the website accordingly, but why wait? Head to Smashwords and bag yourself a free copy now! (Besides, it ain’t gonna be free on Amazon).Mini Jeztyr Logo

It’s that time again…

‘Jolimont Street Ghost’ second draft is done. Still a few things to tidy up. Still some paragraphs that need work. But now it’s time to break out the red pen.

Yeppers, it’s head down, bum up, editing hat on with some white noise flooding my ears, reading over the printed pages of the next great thing, cup of coffee dripping onto the pulp, marking little annotations with my red pen in cryptic squiggles and hieroglyphs.

There’s more to consider than just the story, though. Now that I’m at the pointy end, I need to update the Paranormology series image, figure out an actual release date rather than ‘sometime around March-ish’ – ah, a deadline.

What else?

And, you know what? I’ve been doing some thinking. This episode is in stark contrast to Grosvenor Lane, which is light-hearted and childlike. As I was doing the second draft, I realised the protagonist has grown a lot. His thoughts and attitudes are more adult and the situation he finds himself in is less Enid Blyton and more Howard Lovecraft, and this transition is palpable across the other two books.

It wouldn’t be fair to judge the series based on a single book now, would it?

So, as an extra kicker, Jolimont Street Ghost will be free.

As such, there’s no pre-release period, so I’m going to have to factor that into my release date as well.

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