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Month: March 2016

Reconquista on sale today!

dfw-ja-r-cover-ebookReconquista‘ is launched today on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and other on-line retailers.  The three hundred and eighty page novel costs

£2.10 per  ‘e’ book and

£7.99 per paperback print on demand.

The £7.99 price is until 9th May only, up to and for the duration of the Clapham Literary Festival. The paperback will be available in bookshops at the beginning of April at £7.99 ( until May 9th ).

The ‘e’ version has been available for pre-order on the Kindle Store since before Easter. The first Smashwords sale took place less than twelve hours after the book was made available on-line.

The first in the Al Andalus series follows the, sometimes harrowing, and often dangerous, adventures of Nathan and his friends as their city falls to the invading army of King Alfonso X of Castile and Leon. It is suitable for twelve year olds and above.Pre-launch review readers (of all ages) have given good feedback and reviews. Some examples are –

  • Excellent. A real page turner.’
  • Reconquista is brilliant. It vividly brings the past to life. ‘
  • The story rattles along and I often didn’t know and couldn’t guess what is coming nextI read it at one sitting.

I hope that people enjoy it as much as some of my pre-publication readers have.

Reconquista will officially be launched on Saturday 7th May at Clapham Books as part of ‘Omnibus Edition‘ the 2016 Clapham Literary Festival.  This is a ticketed, but free, event in the garden marquee, with sherry and flamenco guitar. In the run up to the Festival and during it, ‘Reconquista‘ will be available at the special price of £7.99.  Clapham Books is ‘official’ bookseller for the Festival.

And ‘Reconquista‘ is also one of the books for discussion at the ‘Readers Afternoon’ festival event at 2.00p.m. on Friday 6th May in the Omnibus Arts Theatre.  This session, chaired by celebrated novelist, Elizabeth Buchan, engages with local book clubs, asking them to read the books then come and discuss them with the authors. The selection of books includes short stories, thrillers and ‘Reconquista‘. All the authors involved live and work in Clapham or very nearby.  Ticket price £7 ( and £6 concessions ).

The Festival will be publicised by The Story Bazaar web-site as well as through Omnibus and much publicity can already be found across south London, the Press Release and Programme is here. Local radio stations and Lambeth Libraries are taking part. We hope to generate a buzz on social media, with the hashtag #claphamlitfest on Twitter.  A live twitter feed will be running through-out the Festival shown in all three venues.

If you want to know more about ‘Reconquista‘, its genesis and development try reading the following articles                           Entitlement                   Reading a book by its cover


Coming soon……

dfw-ja-r-cover-ebook30th March 2016

Reconquista‘ will be available on Amazon, Smashwords, ibooks, Barnes & Noble Nook and other on-line retailers from 30th March 2016.

The ‘e’ book is priced £2.10  and the Kindle Store is already taking pre-orders. It is available in both e-pub and mobi versions.

The paperback (380pp) is priced, for six weeks, at £7.99.

From early April the paperback will also be available in all good bookshops.  For six weeks only it will have the special price of £7.99, as part of the 2016 Clapham Literary Festival taking place from 3rd to 8th May.cadizpanorama3

Travel with our heroes, Nathan, Atta and Rebecca, as they battle, with their friends and allies, against villains, bandits, pirates and war-lords and survive the sea and the mountains in Winter. Most of all, they have to overcome their own fears, as each of them finds their own way to freedom.

It is October 1264. Outside the city an army awaits the signal to attack.

Within the city walls, fourteen year old Nathan, his older cousin, Rebecca and their friend, Atta, face an uncertain future. On this fateful day, the city they have always known is about to be torn apart. Friends and family are about to be scattered far and wide. Each of them has a vital decision to make. Each has a journey to undertake.

In war-torn Al Andalus King and Emir vie for supremacy. Bandits and pirates roam land and sea in their wake, as our heroes set out on their desperate journeys to find freedom and safety. If they are to succeed, they must first face down their fears and decide what sort of people they want to be. All of them have to grow up.

Not all of them will make it home.

Book 1 in the Al Andalus series

Pre-launch readers (of all ages) have already given feedback and reviews.

  • Excellent. A real page turner.’
  • Reconquista is brilliant. It vividly brings the past to life. ‘
  • The story rattles along and I often didn’t know and couldn’t guess what is coming nextI read it at one sitting.’

At readers can see their Amazon and/or Goodreads reviews, or can send in reviews to the web-site through the comment boxes.

PictureTranche2May12 052If you belong to a book club in SW4 or SW11 why not purchase your paperback copy from Clapham Books, The Pavement, Clapham, the official bookseller for the Clapham Literary Festival? Then register with Omnibus and come along to the Readers’ Afternoon at 2.00 p.m. on Friday 6th May to Omnibus Arts Centre to meet J.J.Anderson and a group of other authors.  Entry costs £7 per person (£6 concessions ). She will be signing copies of ‘Reconquista‘ and talking about the book.

Join the journey.

If you want to read more about ‘Reconquista‘, the origins and development of the book ( in gestation for over a decade ), or the history behind the story and Jerez, the city in which it is set, there are a selection of articles at  particularly

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