Saturday, 16 April 2011

Bagpipes & Bullshot Update - News and Reviews


It was all a bit of an experiment to e-publish to Amazon Kindle and this week's blog is an update on progress. It's been two weeks since Bagpipes & Bullshot was given an on-line launch and blog tour which, with the help of fellow bloggers, tweeters and facebook friends, saw it go from an Amazon ranking of 28,000 to reach number 19 in the bestselling women's fiction list and number 24 in Kindle bestselling romance. I'm pleased to tell you that high sales continued right through the following week and only now has Bagpipes & Bullshot left the Top 100. I'm hoping that with the Easter holidays coming up, the e-book buying public will help it to find its way back into the chart listings.
  
I'm excited to tell you that Bagpipes & Bullshot has been given some 5 star reviews on Amazon.co.uk and also on dot com. It also received a 5 star review on Romance Writers of America member Melanie Robertson King's blog. You can read the review here.


I'm currently awaiting a review to appear on the Quick Brown Fox Canada blog and I'll let you know as soon as it's up. Also this week, I was interviewed for our local newspaper, the Dumfries & Galloway Standard, and photographed with my two Westies Polly and Ruby. The headline read 'Romance Booms' and you can see the PDF here an the on-line link here



The very latest news is that Bagpipes & Bullshot is now available to buy and download from the Smashwords website in a format of your own choosing. Although, it is likely to be another week before it reaches the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and other distribution outlet's catalogues.





To celebrate I'm running a competition. To be in with a chance of winning a free download of Bagpipes & Bullshot from Smashwords all you have to do is leave a comment in the box below and answer one question about the book. If you have a problem leaving a comment, as some people have in the past, then you can enter by email instead at: janice.horton@btinternet.com
The competition is open until 9am Friday 22nd April 2011.
Tip: you can read a story description on the Smashwords site here.

Q. In what American State does Innes Buchanan meet Orley MacKenna?


Next Friday on this blog I'm interviewing Robin Harper, the first member of the Green Party to be elected into parliament. Robin has just had his autobiography Dear Mr Harper published by Birlinn and it has been described as "an entertaining book in which Robin's convictions, both Green and otherwise, come through almost subliminally: his message, because he certainly has one, is all the more powerful for that."

Not to be missed - see you Friday!

14 comments:

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You've done wonderfully well, Janice, and deserve all your success. Long may it continue. And well done for interviewing Robin - a great scoop!

Bob West said...

Very Interesting blog. I am now a follower. I thought you might want to check out Paradox Principles as well.
All the best, Bob West
http://westbob.blogspot.com/2011/03/reversing-your-thinking.html

Jane Lovering said...

The great thing about having so many e-books on my Kindle, is that my TBR pile doesn't make me feel quite so guilty as its real-life counterpart, tottering beside my bed and collecting dust! Congrats on the great sales - long may they continue!

Janice Horton said...

Thank you Rosemary! I've sent all my very important questions to Robin and can't wait to do the interview. He's a highly interesting individual and lovely man!

Janice Horton said...

Hi Bob - thanks for the follow and for your kind comment. Do come back this Friday. I intend to blog update on a Friday or Saturday.

Janice Horton said...

Hi Jane - yes, I know what you mean - there is less to dust and it's all easier to carry around. I love paper books too, and always will, but have read far more books on my Kindle than I ever expected to. Positively pounding the buy buttons and devouring 'um. Can't wait to read your next one actually - when can I get it?

K. Rosenberg said...

Janice, that's great to see all of your five-star reviews! Congratulations on that and good luck with the interview of Mr. Harper. I'll drop back in next week to check that out!

Janice Horton said...

Hi Kenneth. Thanks for dropping by and for your kind comment. Are you still on the slopes?
I too am looking forward to the interview with Mr Harper. I have had the pleasure of meeting him on two occasions, both times at the Scottish Parliment, a building he is as passionate about as his politics. Not that it's the politics I'm interested in - it's more about his facinating life and him writing a book about it all!

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like it's all going really well, Janice! Congrats on a very successful launch and all those great reviews.

Janice Horton said...

Hi Talli - thank you very much. I love your new look blog btw - very fresh & exciting looking!

Bert Johnston said...

Thanks, Janice, for the update on the results of your Launch for Bagpipes and Bullshot, and congratulations on your success.

I told you at the time it would be a model for me when I launch Sunrise in the Cloud Forest later this year. I'm not sure I can make it as big a launch as yours, but your success gives me an incentive to try.

Janice Horton said...

Hi Bert - nice to 'see' you again. Thank you for your kind comment. All best wishes with your launch of 'Sunrise in the Cloud Forest' later this year. Please let me know as soon as it's available. I'll look forward to reading it.

Melanie said...

Pleased to hear your success story! May you continue to have great sales.

Janice Horton said...

Thanks for your kind comment, Melanie. xx