Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Launch day approaches!

Display in Waterstones
(gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling!)

It's nearly here! The launch is on Thursday at 6.30pm in Waterstones, St Andrews. My Rotary Club (The Howe of Fife) are turning up en masse to support me and as far as I know, a reasonable crowd from the university (where I used to work) are also intending to rock up. I'm really hoping that the place is full, not least for Waterstones' sake as they have been SO good to me!

I'd hoped to just bimble around and smile stupidly for most of the evening, while working hard at not spilling wine on me, a customer or any books, but it transpires I'm supposed to read something out and answer questions.

Gulp.

My fears are daft. I know that. I used to lecture as my job. Put me in front of 300 students to teach them about the body and I wouldn't even blink. Ask me to read out the opening chapter of my book... I'm nervous. Really, really nervous.

I'm trying to pacify myself with the thought that everyone there will be a friend and will have chosen to come and support me, or I don't know them but they are interested and want to hear me talk about the book.

It's not working 100%. I feel horribly exposed. What if I read out the first chapter and everyone rushes to get a refund on the book they've just purchased? Or smiles sympathetically? Or get so bored they start chatting amongst themselves?

Everyone keeps telling me to relax and enjoy it - you only get one debut after all - and hopefully I will once I'm there and everyone is smiling encouragingly. Until then, I may be panicking a tad...

I'll let you all know how it went once it's over!

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Giveaway closed


Many thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. Two winners have been selected and emailed.

If I don't hear back from them by Saturday 4th June, I will pick another name.

Sorry if you weren't lucky this time, but I will soon be sending all of you a little goody as a thank you for your support.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Publication Day!!

It's here! A day I never thought would come. My first novel is published!
The launch event isn't until Thursday but both the paperback and the e-book are available right now!

So, if you're a Kindle person, you can get the e-book here:



If you're an Apple person, you can get the e-book here:

https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-wrong-kind-of-clouds/id1106402090?mt=11

It should be available on Google Play and Barnes and Noble very soon...

And last, but not least, if you prefer a good old paperback in your hands, you can get it either directly from Matador (click here) or at any of the main online retailers (Waterstones, Amazon, WH Smiths etc.).

If you want to read the first chapter, I released it over the week - part 1 is here, part 2 is here and part 3 is here.

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

First chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds (part 3)

The Wrong Kind of Clouds cover

I am releasing the first chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds this week. Part 1 was on Tuesday. Part 2 was yesterday. Here's the final part. Hope you all enjoy it!

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Tuesday Morning


The van turned a corner, rolling him on to a bruised rib and making him groan. Patrick lifted his head, groggy and disorientated. His left eye wouldn’t open but through his right he peered at his surroundings. A crack of light invaded through the edge of the door; he was still in the back of the transit. The hard floor was cold under his shoulders and his arms ached. Wriggling slightly, he realised his hands were tied behind his back with what felt like plastic. A cable tie? Squinting at his feet confirmed his suspicion; a narrow black strip of plastic bit into his flesh above his ankle bone. He licked his lips and tasted the metallic tang of blood. What the hell had happened to him?

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

First chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds (part 2)

The Wrong Kind of Clouds cover

I am releasing the first chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds this week. Part 1 was yesterday. Here's part 2. Hope you all enjoy it!

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Tuesday Morning


Summer Morris stared at the phone, blinking, rain dribbling off her hat and down her neck. For some time now, she wouldn’t have pissed on Patrick if he was on fire. Why the hell had he called her?

She tipped her head back, glared at the clouds and sighed heavily. Her short nails clicked over the keys on her phone to call him back as her emotions kaleidoscoped with colours she hadn’t felt for months, before fracturing into the hue of a day-old bruise. She recognised the colour as apprehension.

‘Hello! You have reached the mobile for Patrick Forrester. I am either already on a call or unavailable right now, so please leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.’

She sucked in a quick, impatient breath.

‘Patrick? What the hell’s happening? Are you okay? It’s Summer. Call me back.’

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

First chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds (part 1)

The Wrong Kind of Clouds cover

Over the next three days I will release the first chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds. Hope you all enjoy it!

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Tuesday Morning


There it was. The face of the boy he had been searching half the world for, popping out of the computer screen like a firework exploding. A wide smile; the rippled scars from falling into a fire coursing down the right side of his face; a missing left incisor. Patrick had been hunting him for weeks and there he was, in Chicago according to this blog.

Patrick ran a stubby-fingered hand through his thatch of blond hair, pushing it back from a long forehead – a gesture more suited to an Oxford don than a liar and a thief. He sucked his teeth, picked up a pen and added ‘email Moyenda – tell him Limbani’s in Kent and Mabvuto’s in Chicago’ to the growing list of things to do that perched at the side of his laptop. He wondered how Moyenda would take the news.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Meeting your heroes...

... and ending up looking like a painfully shy person.

Me and Frank Muir (TF Muir) in Waterstones

Last Saturday, one of my favourite authors, Frank Muir (who is also published as TF Muir) was doing a book signing in Waterstones in St Andrews. For those who don't know, he writes fabulous thrillers that are based in St Andrews, that you need to go and read, right this minute. (Well, maybe once you've finished reading this...)

I went along to get a couple of books signed. Now, in my past I have stood up in front of hundreds of students to lecture without batting an eye. But, put me on the spot and ask me anything about me... well, let's just say I can turn to jelly.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Are you sitting comfortably?

Yes? How much of your day is spent sitting?

"Sitting is the new smoking" is the current mantra and perhaps that is very true for many people. Hands up those who get up (from being horizontal all night), sit down to eat breakfast, sit in their commute to work (car, bus, train...), sit at their desk at work for seven or eight hours, sit for their commute home, sit to eat their dinner and then sit to watch TV before going back to being horizontal in bed?

When I was at purgatory work, I used to cycle in and out (about 5 miles each way) but yes, then I sat and sat and sat some more over the rest of the day, unless I was teaching a class. Now I don't even have the cycle to work as I work at home and my 'commute' involves moving from the kitchen to my desk. I was going to turn into someone who sat all day...

Instead, I chose to stand to write. My husband also stands at his desk. He invested in a desk converter that sits on top of his desk and can be raised to various heights. This is his desk:


My desk is an old-fashioned wooden thing with lots of drawers and wasn't quite as conducive to having the addition my husband has. This is my solution!


So, what are the benefits and downsides of standing?

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Goodreads Giveaway

As well as the giveaway with my subscriber list (open worldwide), I am also giving away 2 copies of my book through Goodreads. Sign up for both and double your chances!
The Goodreads giveaway runs from 1st May through to 28th May (GB only). You can click on the widget below to enter.

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The Wrong Kind of Clouds by Amanda  Fleet

The Wrong Kind of Clouds

by Amanda Fleet

Giveaway ends May 28, 2016.
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