Happy birthday Mr. Kindle – Five years on…

Yes, I know, right!

Was there EVER a time when we read proper books? I mean, with actual pages? Surely not?

It’s a bit like when I tried to explain to my nephew the other night that we only had three tv channels once upon a time. He just stared at my from beneath his floppy fringe and grinned – like I was making stuff up. It took a show of solidarity from my sister and brother-in-law to convince him that such a Draconian thing was possible.

Happy birthday to yoooooou.

This little beauty is five today.


Yes, five.

And everything has changed. Forever.

I’m not going to talk about the publishing industry in general, my long-suffering writer mate Mark Williams bangs on about that enough over at his blog, so I’ll leave that to him, but the digital landscape is not the same as it was when the Kindle first hit the virtual shelves, that’s for sure.

One thing that hasn’t changed however, is that Sugar & Spice was – and always will be – the first indie title to reach number two in the Kindle store.

Yep, our very own baby is all grown-up and to celebrate, Amazon are doing some birthday promo for us. Check it, and other featured titles, out on their home page here.

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Of course, nothing ever stays the same and the Kindle is no exception. With the advance of technology, the latest offering from the Amazon boys and girls is a super-duper far cry from the beast that first brought us e-reading. Their new Kindle Voyage is an all-singing and dancing star of an ereader and a million years ahead of anything else out there.

It might even make you a cuppa.

So, what’s next? And well you might ask, but I don’t have a crystal ball. We didn’t know back then, that we’d be translated into a multitude of different languages, have hit the top spot in China and go on to sell over a million books. Crazy eh?

Nobody can know what the future holds (despite what Mr. Williams will have you believe) but we know one thing: people will always love to read – however they choose to do it, and whilst they love to read, we gotta keep writing! ;-)


Happy Thanksgiving…but hold the turkey

I’m pretty sure that right about now, most of you are gathered around the Tevo with your loved ones, watching the game, eagerly awaiting that yummy roast bird.

Am I right?


Of course I am.

I bet you’ve also been browsing the net/shops for early ‘Black Friday’ deals too. Maybe bought yourself a book or three for your Kindle/e-reader? On the next none-dark day that had a countdown….


Here in the UK (and probably every where else across the globe) the mighty ‘Zon have been ramming deals down our throats for the past week now and it’s not even the weekend.

By the time it gets to Friday, they’ll have no stock left to discount.

Just like Christmas: when it gets here, you’re sick of hearing about it.

Well, you can keep your pumpkin pie and turkey for 2014 – I’m having Chinese.

Three weeks ago, the fabulous team at startup digital publishers FIBEREAD completed the translation and formatting on our international bestseller ‘Sugar & Spice‘. The Chinese branch of Amazon uploaded it to Amazon.cn and we – well, we kinda did nothing. We couldn’t understand the site, nor did we have any control over promotion or distribution, so we ‘liked’ the Chinese version of the cover and went on about our business.

At the end of last week, we noticed (with the help of Bing translate) that we were #1 in three obscure categories and were bobbing around just outside the Amazon China Top 100 Kindle Store.

This morning, this happened:

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Yep. We hit the top spot.

#1 in the Top 100 Amazon.cn store.

Ahead of JK Rowling, Dan Brown and George Martin. Oh, and some guy called Asimov.

Three years since it was first published and 350,000 sales later (40,000 of which were hardback sales in France), we’ve got another number one on our hands. This time, it’s in one of the largest ebook marketplace in the world.

Let’s see what happens…

Enjoy the turkey, I’m ringing for takeout.

Happy Thanksgiving!


5 day FREE promotion – Part 1 INDIGO KIDS: JAX

Just in case you missed it the first time around – here it is again. The beginning of the end starts here…

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Here’s the links:

Amazon UK


Enjoy! ;-)


PS. Look out for Part 5 – Harmony is coming soon!

5 day FREE promotion – Part 2 INDIGO KIDS: HADI

We all like getting something for nothing, right? Of course we do!

So, to celebrate the release of Part 4 – CECI (Seesay) we are giving away HADI – Part 2 ABSOLUTELY free!


Yup, you read/heard that right.

Indigo children ~children believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities.

The INDIGO KIDS: Seven special children – one mission. Through time and space, seven uniquely talented children are called together. Connected by an invisible thread and each with a special gift, they are given a supremely important job: To save the world. They are the chosen ones. They are – the Indigo Kids.

PART TWO – HADI (approximately 22,000 words) – Hadi is a geek. He’s always been a geek. With few friends and growing up in a rapidly evolving Egypt, Hadi’s only escape is into the world of computers. A world where he is King and he feels safe. When the mysterious grey man turns up at his mother’s door and offers him a coveted place at a clandestine institute, Hadi has no choice but to take it. There, he starts to uncover secrets that will change his life – and possible everyone elses – forever. He is being called – they are being called.

It’s time for the beginning of the end. It’s time for…. Awakenings.

“Answer, my children – answer as if your heart would break. Answer the shades, the hues, the petrol blues. Answer the call…of Indigo.”

Parts 1-4 JAX, STARR & CECI are out now! Part 5 – HARMONY is coming soon! Ming & Xi & Shai will be released before the summer and Book 2 – Paragon & Book 3 – Nirvana will follow.

**Warning – this is Young/new adult fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal. It may contain some mild sexual references and/or profanities.**

So tell your friends, tell the kids – it’s FREE. What are you waiting for?



And all other Amazon sites…

Saffi ;-)

Saffi’s end of summer sale extravaganza #4.5

Well, despite the simple use of a calendar, Amazon have decided to put this book FREE at the same time as the other one

So, what does that mean for you uber-lucky readers? Well, it means, that BOTH of the ROSE RED RHYMES short stories will cost you NOTHING to download right now.

SO, Ring-a-Ring O’Roses is GRATIS right now! And just in time for Halloween too…yep, it’s fact. We are just FAR too good to you lot.


Here they are – the links:

Amazon UK


All right. My work here is done.




  • Buy Sugar & Spice from Amazon

  • Buy the French edition of Sugar & Spice (Paraphilia)

  • Buy Snow White from Amazon

  • Buy Snow White in PRINT from Amazon

  • Buy Rapunzel from Amazon

  • Buy Ring A-Ring O’Roses from Amazon

  • Buy The Night Before Christmas from Amazon

  • Buy Anca’s Story from Amazon

  • Buy Anca’s Story in PRINT from Amazon

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  • Buy ‘Awakenings’ – Book ONE of INDIGO KIDS from Amazon


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