Sorry it’s been a bit quiet here on the website for a while … but it’s because I’ve been WRITING! And the new book is out THIS SUNDAY! It’s called A HEAD FULL OF KNIVES, and here’s the blurb:
Martin Hogan is being watched, all of the time. He just doesn’t know it yet.
It started a long time ago, too, even before his wife died. Before he started walking every day. Before the walks became an attempt to find a release from the whirlwind that his brain has turned into.
He never walks alone, of course, although his 18 month old son and his faithful dog, Scoffer, aren’t the greatest conversationalists.
Then the walks become longer. Then the other dog starts showing up. The big white one, with the funny looking head. The one that sits and watches Martin and his family as they walk away.
All over the world, the first attacks begin. The Brotherhood of the Raid make their existence known; a leaderless group who randomly and inexplicably assault both strangers and loved ones without explanation.
Martin and the surviving members of his family are about to find that these events are connected. Caught at the centre of the world as it changes beyond recognition, Martin will be faced with a series of impossible choices … but how can an ordinary and broken man figure out the unthinkable? What can he possibly do with a head full of knives?
Luke Smitherd (author of the Amazon bestseller THE STONE MAN and THE BLACK ROOM series) asks you once again to consider what you would do in his latest unusual and original novel. A HEAD FULL OF KNIVES will not only change the way you look at your pets forever, but will force you to decide the fate of the world when it lies in your hands.
Out Sunday May 11th!
“No, of course I won’t be selling this on the Kindle store. What do I look like, an asshole?”
I’ve had a bit of a theory, and as of yet I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be true. Here it is: since getting a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas (previously I was reading all my eBooks on the Kindle app for the iPhone which was perfectly fine, but the Paperwhite with its e-ink screen is SO much better to allow for restful sleep/rested eyes when reading in bed, plus the bigger screen obviously allows for less swiping) I’ve been buying a lot more books than before from the Kindle store.
(Right, here’s where it gets mildly complicated, so keep up.)
However, after seeing my own books occasionally popping up in the ‘customers who bought this also bought’ section of other books that I’VE bought (I always buy a copy or two of my own books on free listing days; doesn’t hurt) I got to thinking thusly: “If I buy my OWN book…then buy someone ELSE’S book…surely therefore there’s a good chance that people who see the other books listing might have MY book come up in the ‘customers who bought this also bought’ section for that book.”
If you followed that, the thinking makes sense at least, right?
If that’s true, then it’s a beautiful win/win situation; you read new books, and potentially promote your own book in the process (providing you’ve bought your own book before.) In other news, the free listing of TBRP1 was a total failure. First time that’s happened. Very worrying, as the free listings were always the thing I banked on to get the books (and thus my work in general) out there. I hope this is just a one-off, and that something in the The Black Room’s tags or listing is causing it to be a specific no-show, but this could spell disaster, and the end of a literary dream…
“You want magical-realist fiction with that? I mean, fries?”
To learn more about MY books (Woo!) visit www.lukesmitherd.com where you can buy them for Kindle.