As promised in my last blog, I’m taking this opportunity to unveil the new cover for Niedermayer & Hart. I'd always had plots in mind for three stories, however, I wanted to be certain that the first book was received well before committing myself to writing the other parts of the trilogy. Wilhelm & Laszlo is the resulting sequel.
I am fortunate to have a son, Tom Johnson, who is an accomplished artist, and has generously donated many hours of his valuable time to the task of creating two fantastic new covers. They are essentially portraits in oils, and I am assured by a graphic designer I know, that such cover designs would be considered too costly to produce these days by any mainstream publishing house. I'll be releasing the first pictures of the Wilhelm & Laszlo cover in a few days’ time, once it's actively published.
The covers for both new editions are unmistakably creepy, at least we hope so! The Kindle versions naturally share the same front covers with their printed brethren. Although I’m a fan of Kindle, it still lends an added thrill (I'm sure many book lovers will agree) to hold a new paperback, and turn it over to scan the blurb. So there you have it: re-branded, with two eye-catching covers! Believe me, it took some gnashing of teeth, a lot of head-scratching, patience and a fair amount of going back to the drawing-board before we achieved the look and feel we were after. I look forward to receiving your feedback in the weeks and months to come, but personally speaking, as far as the covers are concerned, we've ticked everything on our list.
Honestly, just take a look at the book cover above, and tell me you don't want to know what's lurking behind that door at number sixty-seven? Be warned though, whilst reading this book some readers have admitted they needed to put the light on when making trips to the loo at night, others have opted to only read during daylight hours. Fortunately, all survived and more importantly (from a partisan viewpoint) lived long enough to leave a favourable review!
I mentioned in my previous post that I would be doing promos leading up to the publication of Wilhelm & Laszlo. For the past week, my psychological thriller Roadrage has been available at a vastly reduced price on Kindle - if you're partial to nice people being plunged into disturbingly credible, deeply unsettling predicaments, then hurry, because the offer ends at midnight on Friday 27th! See links below.
From today, Niedermayer & Hart will also be available on Kindle at 99p in the UK, or $0.99 for US readers, and this offer will run until just before midnight on 31 October (Halloween, yay!). The book has achieved a lot of excellent reviews on the Amazon sites and continues to maintain a high rating on Goodreads etc.
Here are the links for a Kindle copy of Roadrage (available until midnight Friday 27 October):
And here are the links for a Kindle copy of Niedermayer & Hart (available for the next six days):
And here’s the new print version (which may not be fully linked yet to other versions):