Ten Questions with Denis Kilcommons (aka Jon Grahame)

ANGEL picToday is the release date of Jon Grahame’s second book, Angel.

Angel is the second in a post-apocolyptic trilogy and will soon be followed by the final instalment, Redemption, later in the year.

To mark the launch of Jon’s book he will be touring the Huddersfield area signing books at various Waterstones stores. Please click here for his tour dates.

Jon will also be giving various interviews throughout the month of March and if you’d like to see Jon’s first interview by Ethan Jones then please visit Ethan’s blog here.


Jon Grahame Book Signing Tour

Jon GrahameReaper is the first of a trilogy of post-apocalyptic novels written by Jon Grahame. Angel is the second instalment and is due for release on March 18th 2014. To mark this release Jon will be doing a ‘mini book tour’ around the Huddersfield area where he will be signing both copies of his books.

Jon will be signing both Reaper and Angel at:

Waterstones Huddersfield New Street – Saturday 22nd March 12-2
Waterstones Wakefield – Saturday 29th March 12-2
Waterstones Bradford – Saturday 5th April 12-2

Jon will also be attending the Media Centre and Huddersfield Literature Festival PechaKucha Night event on Thursday 14th March at 7pm.

Goodreads Giveaway – 50 copies of Angel up for grabs

ANGEL picTo promote the launch of Jon Grahame’s second novel, Angel, we are giving away 50 copies through Goodreads.

Angel is the second book in Jon’s post-apocalyptic trilogy. His first book, Reaper, will also be getting a revamp with a new matching cover and the final book, Redemption, is due out later this year.

For your chance of winning a copy please visit the Goodreads website here.

Tim Murgatroyd Tour Dates

Tim Murgatroyd will be visiting various branches of Waterstones in the next few weeks. He will be promoting his third book in his Chinese trilogy called The Mandate of Heaven, but Tim will also have his first two books available to purchase as well.

After his successful signing in Middlesbrough, Tim will be continuing his tour up north with the following signings:

Waterstones Harrogate – Saturday 1st March 10-12
Waterstones Northallerton – Saturday 8th March 10:30-1:30
Waterstones Durham – Saturday 15th March 12-3








For more information please visit the Waterstones website here.

Tan Twan Eng: The man who paints with words

coverTan Twan Eng is February’s cover story for Penang Monthly:

“It was in early December last year when we met the award-winning writer of The Gift of Rain and The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng, who was in Penang for the George Town Literary Festival. Casually dressed and equipped with Hilary Mantel’s massive tome, A Place of Greater Safety, he sat down at the cafe in Penaga Hotel for a chat…”

To read his interview with Ooi Kee Beng please visit Penang Monthly’s website here.


Myrmidon buys self-published historical novel


Myrmidon has acquired the rights to Queen of Bedlam, a self-published debut novel by Laura Purcell based on the life of Queen Charlotte, wife of “mad” King George III of England. It will be the first in a series of novels about the lives of royal women from the Georgian period.

For the full review in The Bookseller please visit their website here.


The Afterword Reading Society: The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy

CarThe Afterword Reading Society are a group of book lovers who read books together and share their thoughts in the Canadian newspaper, the National Post.

The Cartographer of No Man’s Land was their book choice for January and they have a unique and interesting way of showing their understanding and enjoyment of the novels they read.

To see their Q and A with P.S.Duffy, and to see their charts and opinions, please click here to take you to their blog post.


Breaking Bad takes home two Golden Globes

Wanna CookBreaking Bad, which reached its climax in 2013 to a record audience of 10.3 million American viewers, had been a sleeper hit in America and the UK until its dramatic fifth series. However the show, which follows Walter White’s transformation from high school chemistry teacher to meth amphetamine kingpin, has always been critically acclaimed and has won Emmy awards and nominations since its debut in 2008.

Wanna Cook? is the Complete, Unofficial Breaking Bad Companion and is a comprehensive 500 page guide to all five seasons of the Emmy award and Golden Globe award winning TV drama.

The companion includes guides to every episode aired and includes details such as camerawork, settings and music, as well as in depth analysis of the wider themes of the series including the roles of violence, place, self-change, legal ethics and fan reactions.

Due for release in May 2014.

“Outstanding” Guardian readers pick The Mandate of Heaven by Tim Murgatroyd as one of their top books of 2013

From Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother to Jim Crace’s Harvest, and from Ruth Rendell’s No Man’s Nightingale to Iain Banks’ The Quarry, Guardian readers pick their favourite reads of 2013.

Below is the review from Bob Horne based in West Yorkshire.

The Mandate of Heaven by Tim Murgatroyd (Myrmidon) completes an epic trilogy of conflict, culture and passion in medieval China as the brutal Mongol occupation of the Middle Kingdom threatens civilised ancient tradition. Its imagery is gently poetic and complements the robustness of the narrative. Far away in time and space; contemporary in issues, character and relationships. Outstanding.

For the full list of reviews please click here.