Hello! I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday. Today I’m taking a short break from all the seasonal revelry to bring you all a wee treat! I’m really pleased to reveal the musical version of the Ethersay trailer to you. It’s funny how doing something as simple as removing the narrative from a film can give it a slightly different feel. Like the original trailer with voiceover, I’m really proud of these films and so grateful to Stewart Kerr Brown of The Imagination Engine and actor Jodi Findlay for all their hard work. I hope you enjoy watching, and enjoy the new year when it comes!
It’s nearly Christmas! Who’s excited?!! I know everyone in the King household is feeling very festive – the gifts are wrapped, the mulled wine is ready, the kids are hyper with excitement. All we need now is some snow! Not too much, though, just a little bit will do!
For those who haven’t seen it, the video recordings of the launch event for Ethersay, which was held earlier in December, are now online. Due to the length of the recordings there’s two parts. So, click on each link below to see me answering questions from the host for the event, Fiona Hyslop MSP, and the audience on Ethersay, writing, influences and inspiration and to hear me read a little from the book.
Happy Friday, folks! So, two realisations struck me this morning. The first was that it is only ten days until Christmas (I know, how on earth did that come around again so quick?!!). The other was that it has already been two weeks since Ethersay was released. I just can’t believe where the time has gone, which I suppose is what happens when you’re busy. And no doubt about it, these last two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind, between the launch, doing online events, and taking bookings for future events, I’ve barely had chance to draw breath!
So, today’s post is all about taking stock and saying thank you. Thank you to everyone who has bought Ethersay in the last two weeks. Thank you to those who managed to get along to the launch or who participated in my online party or one of the online events which I guest-hosted. Thank you to those who have liked and shared my posts about Ethersay on social media. Thank you to all those who have been in touch with me to tell me how much you enjoyed the book. Thank you to those who have left a review on Amazon, Goodreads or somewhere else on the internet. And thank you to those who have told a friend about Ethersay, or who have bought it for a friend or loved one as a Christmas gift.
All the advertising in the world does not come anywhere near the power of word of mouth and personal recommendation. This is true for all writers but especially important, I think, for indie authors – without a vast marketing machine at our fingertips we are so, so reliant on people talking about our books. So, once again, thank you.
I have been absolutely blown away by the great reception that Ethersay has received, and really delighted by some of the reviews readers have left. Here are a few quotes from what readers have said on Amazon UK and US:
“A book you can lose yourself in on a winter day…I have honestly never read anything like it.”
“I was hooked from the start. Strongly recommend.”
“Exciting and well-paced.”
“The way King infused Scotland’s political history into the story was brilliant, and all the mystery, suspense, and drama kept me intrigued and clutching my chest at times.”
As a writer, there is no better reward than hearing that someone has enjoyed your book. So, I’m going to say it again, thank you!
Happy Tuesday folks! This weekend was very busy and exciting, with Ethersay keeping me well and truly occupied! Since the book came out on Thursday I have held online events, done some guest blogging and of course, held the paperback launch in my hometown, Armadale in West Lothian, on Sunday.
The launch event was immensely successful and I would like to thank all those who came along to support me – the turnout was excellent! I would also like to thank local MSP Fiona Hyslop for hosting the event. Here are some photos from the day:
The launch event also saw the premiere of the trailer for Ethersay, created by Stewart Kerr Brown of The Imagination Engine and starring West Lothian based actor Jodi Findlay. I am delighted to share the trailer with you – it is available on YouTube and on my Facebook page so if you like it, please do share it!
Happy Wednesday, folks! It’s cold and wintery here in Scotland, the days are getting shorter, and Christmas isn’t quite near enough to get excited about it just yet. So, if you’re like me, you might be in need of a bit of cheering up, right? Well, for a midweek treat, I thought I’d share a bit of trailer-related news with you.
Last week I spend a couple of days on location in Aberdour, Scotland, filming the trailer for Ethersay. The trailer is being created by Stewart Kerr Brown of The Imagination Engine and stars West Lothian based actor Jodi Findlay. This was the first time I’d ever been involved in film-making and I had so much fun! Being a writer can, at times, be a solitary business and it was refreshing and inspiring to collaborate on a creative project with such wonderful, talented people.
The trailer will be premiered at the Paperback Launch Event on 3rd December and will be posted online just shortly thereafter, so watch this space, but in the meantime here are a few photos taken during the making of the Ethersay trailer:
Hopefully these photos have intrigued you. I’m very excited about the trailer – can’t wait for the big reveal!
As I mentioned last week, I will be holding a paperback launch in my hometown of Armadale, West Lothian on 3rd December so if you live in the area and would like to come along, simply join the event here.
However, for readers who are further away I am pleased to announce that I will be holding an online release day party on Facebook on 30th November, from 7pm until 10pm GMT. The party will take place on the Event page and it’s easy to get involved – simply RSVP by clicking ‘going’ and don’t forget to invite your friends, too! Then come along on the night to play games, chat about the book and above all, have fun! Oh, and there might be a giveaway or two along the way! So, to get involved, join the event now by clicking here.
I look forward to seeing you all on 30th November to celebrate Ethersay’s release!
I’m really pleased to announce the release of my third novel, Ethersay, on 30th November 2017. I’m also delighted to reveal the book’s cover in this fantastic teaser trailer created by the incredibly talented Stewart Kerr Brown of The Imagination Engine, with voice-over provided by the fantastic Jodi Findlay:
Frankly, I am over the moon with this trailer, with the cover, and with how the book has turned out. This novel is quite a change of direction for me – my first contemporary story, my first dual narrative, and my first novel which combines politics with a healthy dose of suspense!
In the coming weeks I will be releasing more intro material, including a full length book trailer. But for now, here is the cover image along with the book’s blurb:
Release date: 30th November 2017
“The day after the referendum, my life fell apart…”
The day after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Glaswegian Yes activist Rebecca Owen decides to run away. After being involved in a car accident she is knocked unconscious and when she wakes, she finds herself inexplicably marooned on an isolated Scottish island, Ethersay.
Suffering from memory loss, Rebecca finds herself drawn into the island’s mysteries, particularly those surrounding the strange disappearance of a young woman, Delilah Berry, whose fate seems to be inextricably intertwined with her own. As Rebecca draws closer to the truth about Delilah, she is forced to confront what happened to her in Glasgow, and everything she lost, with devastating consequences…
A stirring tale of passion, loss and betrayal, Ethersay is a novel about the search for truth, but also the pain of remembering.
Like the sound of Ethersay? Add it to your Goodreads reading list today.
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