SOULLESS: The Sale

Hello everybody,

I hope you’re all having a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging these last couple of weeks– I’ve been busy with the holidays and writing a book that I’m so, so, so close to finishing. However, in the New Year I plan to share teasers, start giveaways, regularly blogging again, and MORE. So, stay tuned!

For now, though, I’m happy to announce that SOULLESS is on sale at the moment!

The Amazon Kindle formats of SOULLESS are at 99p/$1.62 (equivalent to 99p) for the next 42 hours only!

US: http://www.amazon.com/Soulless-Joshua-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00GXMLWTC/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1388448432&sr=8-1&keywords=soulless+joshua+j.+johnson

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soulless-Joshua-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00GXMLWTC/ref=sr_1_8_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1388448908&sr=8-8&keywords=Soulless

If you pick up a copy, then please know I’m very grateful for it! Every copy really does make a big difference, and so I thank you for your support.

Until then, enjoy the rest of the holidays!

All the best,
Joshua!

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THE SWEET LIFE: Release Day

Hello everybody,

I’m very excited today because it’s the release day of my new novel, THE SWEET LIFE, a re-telling of Hansel & Gretel with a twist.

Inspired by Hansel & Gretel, THE SWEET LIFE follows the story of Harry Sugarlock and Georgia Sweetcane as their lives become more complicated than they ever thought they could be… During his childhood, Harry had a curse placed upon him, and ever since he’s been leading a secretive double life. But, one day, everything starts to unravel, and Lushtree Forest is taken by surprise. Featuring witches, wands, werewolves, magic, candy cottages, and more, this magical re-told fairy-tale will take you on a journey you won’t forget…

It’s available in both paperback and ebook formats, too.

Amazon UK (paperback, £4.97): http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Sweet-Life-Twisted-Fairytales/dp/1494444909/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387010748&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sweet+life+joshua+j+johnson

Amazon UK (ebook, £2.19): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sweet-Life-Twisted-Fairytales-ebook/dp/B00H8T2NFG/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1387010748&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sweet+life+joshua+j+johnson

Amazon US (paperback, $7.59) http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Life-Twisted-Fairytales/dp/1494444909/ref=la_B00H8ZGA22_1_3_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386990146&sr=1-3

Amazon US (ebook, $3.58) http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Life-Twisted-Fairytales-ebook/dp/B00H8T2NFG/ref=la_B00H8ZGA22_1_3_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387011561&sr=1-3

Thank you so much for all your support– I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. 🙂

DOUBLE NEWS

Hello, everybody!

So today I have two things to share with you! I’m very excited to share these, and I hope you like them! So, what are we waiting for? *drumrolls*

First up, I have a new book coming out! It’s entitled THE DIAMOND HOTEL and is due for release April 8th, 2014! It’ll mark my first move into contemporary novels, and this is a mystery crime fiction novel, set in Russia. Below is the blurb:

One day, Mrs Rushmore’s son–who’s in his twenties–, packs up his life in London into a suitcase and jets off to Russia with no explanation.
Mrs Rushmore has always had her head buried in the sand, and it isn’t until she has several conversations with several people, that news soon spreads that something suspicious might be going on with her unemployed-but-somehow-wealthy son…
Three days later, a knock is heard on her door, and she soon discovers that Jack has been found dead in The Diamond Hotel– a building that is now emptier than ever before, with nothing but abandoned shops, a bank, and a dirty but growing industrial site surrounding it.
All the police know is this: he was never seen during the daytime, he was never heard speaking, and that they were no physical marks on his body that could draw up a conclusion of how he died.
Immediately, investigations are launched, and the case begins to attract media attention. At the same time, the Russian and the British police forces clash– but they all want answers to the same questions.
Why did Jack go to Russia in the first place? What was he planning on doing? What did he do during the three days leading up to his sudden death? And, most importantly, how did he die?
People who were once thought to be innocent may be hiding secrets, because who knows what surprises lay ahead once the stones are beginning to be turned…

In addition to the reveal of THE DIAMOND HOTEL, here is the front cover of THE SWEET LIFE, releasing on December 14th, 2013!

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So, thank you for joining me in this double reveal. I hope you like the front cover, and I really hope you like the sound of THE DIAMOND HOTEL. I’ve been working on it for most of 2013 and so it makes me so happy to be able to finally reveal it! 🙂

Friday Five: Week 2!– December 6th, 2013

1. Welcome back everybody! This is my second week doing a Friday Five, and I can’t believe how fast this last week has gone! It’s literally passed me by in a blur. Since last Friday, my most exciting day was when SOULLESS released on November 30th. I love this book so, so much, and it’s been great to know people have been spreading the word and discussing the book. They were once a time when I never thought the book would ever get finished, so for it not only be a physical thing that I can hold and slot onto my bookshelf, but for it to be out there and available for the world to have their bookshelves is a truly amazing experience. To everybody who has either taken a chance with SOULLESS and bought a copy in the release week, and to those people who may go on to buy a copy, thank you so, so much— I wish I could put into words just how much it means to me— every copy counts, and your support is something that I would never take for granted. Never ever ever— and that, everybody, is a promise.

2. Related to this is the SOULLESS blog tour. The Blog Tour kicked off for the book this week, and it continues to run all into next week. It’s been amazing working on this blog tour, and it’s this that has made this week an extremely good week. I’ve been interviewed about my writing and my books, I’ve discussed the diversity of writing, the story behind SOULLESS, and— just earlier on today— I’ve been writing and discussing why reading is still important in today’s technological culture. Whilst writing books and being an author is something I adore, this half of being a writer— being able to talk about the books, the characters, and other topics— is something that is really fun, and it always makes me very happy when I get invited to do a guest post like this. I’ll always take an opportunity when it comes my way— even if it does mean that sometimes I overbook myself and end up with no time to breathe! It always end up good in the long-run, most of the time!

3. Away from the book side of things, I went on a day trip this Wednesday to the city of Lincoln. I had to be up so, so early at the time of 4.45am. It was so cold! I was picked up by a friend when it was still pitch-black outside, and we went on to the bus station. There, we caught our bus and traveled for two and a half hours through country-roads before arriving in Lincoln. When we arrived, we visited a cafe that I swear must be the most cozy cafe in all the land. It was really nice to take some time out and drink hot chocolate whilst watching the world go by. Sometimes, I think we can all be too busy to truly stop and take things in— everybody seemed so festive when you looked, and it was nice to see everybody looking so happy. Other places I visited was an entire shop dedicated to stationary— I totally paid £1.75 per red pen for editing, because the red pens were cool! I have three books I’m starting to edit this month that aren’t by me, and two books I’ll be editing on top of this after Christmas, so it’s ALL THE RED PENS for me! I also visited the Cathedral, ate a very large slice of double chocolate gateau, and bought a book: ICONS by Margaret Stohl.

4. Also, during this week the First of December rolled around. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone! Naturally, I put up my Christmas decorations as soon as I could. I had been so jealous seeing all the people in America with their Christmas decorations going up during their Thanksgiving holiday, that I didn’t think I would be able to wait much longer! I listened to Christmas music and battled with the Sellotape, all whilst tweeting updates— naturally— as I went along. I’m happy to say that they did end up alright, and I’m sat by the glow of them as I write this blog post. 🙂 I’m feeling just so festive! I’ll be having a real Christmas tree, too, this year, and tomorrow morning I’m going out to do my Christmas shopping, which is always very exciting. But you’ll hear more about that next week!

5. Finally, this week was the second week I’ve been using the sticker method of accountability by Victoria Schwab. Basically, for every one thousand words, you earn a star. I’ve been using an app on my iPad for this, but the same principle applies. Although I took Wednesday off, and I didn’t do any writing that day, I’ve managed to write/edit/blog a total of 11,000 words so far this week, and so I feel as though it’s working well. To anybody out there is writes, I would really recommend this. Not only do it provide accountability for your work, as well as making it easier to manage, it also enables you to visualize how much you’ve done. I’m going to continue on with it for the rest of December, and hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have a screenshot of the calendar to show you that I can discuss and delve into more detail with you.

So, that’s it for this week: it’s been a week of blog touring, author interviews, Lincoln, bus trips, chocolate cake, and an amazing release week on top of all that, with a dash of festivity entwined all around it. Thank you for reading, as always, and I’ll hopefully see you next week.

Have a very good weekend a very good week week, and see you next week, same place, same time. 🙂