The Enhanced Ebook

October 4, 2019

In the early years of this millennium, I produced my first novel, Cogrill’s Mill, as an ebook in pdf and took it to the London Book Fair on a CD.  But the publishers or agents I spoke to there did not want to know.  A few years later someone contacted me to ask if I had any ebooks for sale, but I had already set up my own publishing company and was busy producing my first books in print on demand to spare the time to revisit the market for ebooks.  Then just a short time later a number of large companies entered the arena offering a variety of different ebook formats and the digital publishing revolution began.

Around this time I met someone at a book publishing conference in London who said that the way to go was to publish in Epub format.  He told me about the success of Apple’s enhanced ebook publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  I was immediately interested and went about producing enhanced Epub editions of a few of my own books.  Unfortunately, my marketing strategy at the time was not very good and the books languished on the Apple iBook store without selling.  Instead, I concentrated selling my ebooks on Amazon using their marketing strategy, but I could find no way to produce a multimedia ebook in the Amazon Kindle format in the same way I could for Epub.

Now, as a reward for my readers, I have made the enhanced Epub edition of my first collection of short stories, Crime and Passion written under my pennames of Luke Johnson and Jack Lindsey, available as a free download from Apple Books for portable devices and from Kobo.com.  If you like the stories you are welcome to seek out my other books at http://peatmore.com.  Please leave an honest review for any Peatmore Press book you read as this will help promote my writing.

Keith Jahans

The Free enhanced ebook is available for download at
https://books.apple.com/us/book/id879916042 and at
https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/crime-and-passion-3


Book Review – The Assassination of Margret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

April 5, 2018

This is the title story in a collection of shorts by author Hilary Mantel known for her award winning novels about Henry VIII’s “Fixer” Thomas Cromwell.  I have not read these novels but have seen the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall which was the first of the Cromwell stories and it is clear from these that she is a talented storyteller.

The stories in The Assassination of Margret Thatcher collection are expertly written with well crafted descriptions of the characters and the settings in which the action takes place.  But apart from the title story, which is the last in the collection, I found the narratives hard to follow.  However, I am glad I persevered with the stories as short story writing is a difficult art to master and I was intrigued to see how a writer with Hilary Mantel’s reputation went about tackling them.  The collection has received many excellent reviews so it might just simply be that the stories are not to my taste.

Keith Jahans

The assassination of Margret Thatcher is published by Fourth Estate
and is available in hardback, paperback, as an ebook and audiobook


Book Review – Forget Me Not: An anthology of short stories by Kitty Campanile

October 13, 2017

Writing short stories is a different art to the novel and difficult to do, but Kitty Campanile is an expert.  There are some real gems here.  Because they are so short these are ideal if you are looking for a distraction between tasks or are a car, train or plane passenger.  Each one is a delight and well worth the read.

Keith Jahans

Forget Me Not is sold by Amazon and is available
as a paperback and as a Kindle ebook

 


Celebrating the Short Story

September 20, 2016

In August 2011 I published a blog about the rebirth of the short story (see https://peatmore.wordpress.com/2011/08/22).  Now it seems that this form of fiction writing is going from strength to strength.  The BBC is once more running its annual competition for its National Short Story Award and all this week the short listed stories are being broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 until Friday 23 September (http://tinyurl.com/hzbtokk).

In addition  the BBC Readings Unit have chosen some of their favourite Radio 4 short stories to listen to again (http://tinyurl.com/zrgva4y).

Not to be outdone Peatmore Press has launched my Kindle ebook short story collection, “New Beginnings” as a free download for 5 days beginning today.

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Go to http://amazon.com/dp/B00MTK5FAO or http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MTK5FAO to grab your copy.

Keith Jahans


Fiction and Lies

February 23, 2015

Fiction by its very nature is not true. Writing novels and short stories means writing lies. But for good fiction to work it has to be believable which means that it has to be a good lie.

In 2010 Peatmore Press published a police procedural crime novel, “Victim of Compromise”. The author took great pains to make the police procedures described in the story as accurate as possible but it is practically impossible to get every detail exactly right. Police and forensic methods change over time and between different forces. Many crime writers set their stories before the advent of technologies such as genetic finger printing and the widespread use of CCTV cameras to save the need to describe up to date modern forensic techniques. Indeed when writing such tales even when setting stories in the present day it is best to make it clear when and where the story is set particularly if you hope it will be read again in the future.

To celebrate this theme within fiction writing, Peatmore Press has posted the short story, “The Lie”, taken from its “New Beginnings” collection published in August last year, on its website. It is available to read for free at http://www.peatmore.com and there is also a link to it on the side panel of this blog. We hope you find it both enjoyable and thought provoking.


What’s in a name

August 19, 2014

Peatmore Press has just released a second ebook short story collection as a follow up to Crime and Passion. C&P brought together two writing styles, one dark and one light that also manifested itself in the first two Peatmore novels, Cogrill’s Mill and Victim of Compromise, and because of this two different pen names were used. This was always going to be difficult to sustain with the second short story collection particularly as it encompassed just one central theme, namely that of starting over. Thus it was decided that the new book would be put out under my real name and the title New Beginnings.

This does not mean that the names Jack Lindsey and Luke Johnson will no longer be used. There is a third Jack Lindsey novel, written in the same light vein as the previous two, currently in the planning stage.

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New Beginnings by Keith Jahans is available on the Amazon Kindle Store and as an Apple ibook on the iTunes Store via the Peatmore Press website at http://www.peatmore.com


Book Review – Hidden & Other Stories by Victoria Taylor Roberts

June 19, 2014

Here are fifteen stories on a concurrent theme that everyone has something to hide. These narratives are about ordinary people coping with their everyday lives. The stories are brief, ideal to dip in and out of during a train, bus journey or lunch break. Some are sad and some uplifting. They are all expertly drawn accounts of the human condition and many end in a delightful twist.

Hidden

Hidden by is published by Authors Online and is available at http://www.authorsonline.co.uk
and http://www.amazon.co.uk for £7.99 (paperback) and £5.61 (kindle format).


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