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Friday, 29 March 2013

A Good Friday for a Great Read

Regular readers will know that I urge all Kindle owners or users of the Kindle app to subscribe to the Kindle Deal of the Day.  As far as I know, there are separate deals posted in the US and in the UK and your eligibility to access one or the other depends on where your account is based.  I really don't know if other regions have a deal of the day email, but if you don't then start lobbying Amazon.

So with apologies to my non-UK based readers this mini blog entry today is directly of interest to UK based Amazon account holders, especially for those with an interest in well written mystery thrillers, but please don't let that stop those of you originating outside of the UK taking a look at the subject of today's UK Deal of the Day.

If you could wend your way to the Deal of the Day today then you will find that Amazon have offered three books up for sale at the very reasonable price of £0.99 each.  The one I'm going to bang on about, though, is the long awaited new book by Gordon Ferris, 'Pilgrim Soul'.  Gordon has been steadily carving a niche for himself over the last couple of years, starting with 'The Hanging Shed' which was a big hit in the Kindle community when released.  Gordon has just released his fifth thriller, 'Pilgrim Soul', which unites his two main characters, Danny McRae and Douglas Brodie, in an adventure that sees Brodie stalking the mean streets of post World War 2 Glasgow.  Normally Gordon's books sell on the Kindle store for £2.63, which is still a fair price for them, but mosey on over to Amazon today and you can pick the new book up for just £0.99.

Here's Gordon's personal blurb for his book, emailed to myself and many other like minded people this morning:

It's a grim irony that my latest book, PILGRIM SOUL, is set in the worst winter in the 20th Century. But by 29 March 1947, the Big Thaw had set in and Britain was inundated. Shades of things to come? But it's not just the weather that seems to be set on repeat. There are other themes from 66 years ago that echo down the years: the rise of terrorism, upheavals in the Middle East, anti-Semitism, a UK financial crisis, war crimes' tribunals, soldiers with battle fatigue [Post Traumatic Stress], and issue of the first Retail Price Index

On the cheerier side: Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, Edinburgh hosted the first Arts Festival, Cambridge University voted to allow women to become full members, and Pakistan and India gained independence from Britain. It was also the year in which Elton John was born, not to mention Camilla - our future queen?

Which is a long preamble to my Spring news: PILGRIM SOUL is today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal at 99p [see below] For those of you who prefer the real thing, PILGRIM SOUL comes out in hardback on 1 April and has been chosen as Waterstones' [where to put that apostrophe?] Book of the Month in Scotland. To coincide with publication, I'm in Glasgow on the morning of 4 April for book signings at Waterstones in Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street. I'm also giving a talk and Q & A session at Newton Mearns on 3 April, 7-8 pm, Bistro in the Shopping Centre, followed by East Kilbride on 4 April, 6.30 to 8.00 pm at Waterstones.

On 9 April, between 2 and 4pm, you can hear me interviewed by Janice Forsyth's Culture Studio on BBC Radio Scotland. Then, on 2 June, I open the Big Lit Day at the Dumfries & Galloway Festival at Gatehouse on Fleet; I'm particularly chuffed to be 'bookended' by James Kelman, of Booker Prize fame. Maybe some of that Booker magic will rub off on me... Lastly, the paperback version of PILGRIM SOUL comes out in August, just in time for my gig on 11 August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I'm appearing at 6.30 pm with Deon Meyer, a writer from South Africa, who's getting international notice.

In the meantime, Happy Easter; keep warm!
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Kindle Daily Deal: March 29

For today only, three gripping crime novels are just £0.99 each: "Pilgrim Soul" by Gordon Ferris, "The Crowded Grave" by Martin Walker and "Gone Again" by Doug Johnstone. You save at least 70% off yesterday's Kindle price.

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Kindle Daily Deal: March 29

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