Saturday, 17 February 2018

FREE Girl on a Train

FREE for the first time ever...

No 1 bestseller - the 'original' GIRL ON A TRAIN - this weekend only, 17/18 Feb

UK: Click HERE
Number 1 in entire Amazon UK and Australia charts
 

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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Friday, 9 February 2018

My Shift from Indie to Traditional Publishing

The last few months have been pretty manic and I thought it was high time I came up for air to let you know what I've been up to! 

The terrific news is that I've now got a UK publisher, Bloodhound Books, for my next two novels. This is a pretty big shift for me. I've been known, to date, as a 'Hybrid' author, with traditional deals abroad and self-published books in UK – a route that has worked out incredibly well for me. So, why the change? 

Firstly, it means I can get TWO novels out in 2018, which would have had me on the floor in a heap had I not had a publisher! A standalone within six months and the next in my Dr Sam series, soon after – is a great way to keep a high profile. For any author, staying in the spotlight is the key! And there's no better way to do that than by bringing out a new book.

But the main reason for choosing a publisher has been the increasing workload. I currently have six books out in the world needing individual management. By that, I mean tweaking the prices, setting up Amazon deals and promotions, changing the metadata from time to time, responding to readers queries. It’s a bit like having a huge family – six demanding children vying for my attention with two more on the way!! I’d got to the point before Christmas when it all seemed too much. The thought of  setting up the next title from scratch felt downright daunting, even though I’ve done it several times before. Doing everything from organising the book cover through to the Blog Tour at the launch itself is a lot of work and systems change – just when you think you’ve got the hang of it, it doesn’t work that way anymore!

I've used a Trello board to organise my book releases in the past and each book has had a run up of about six months from the moment of completion to launch date, with over a hundred different stages each time. The hardest part is doing everything in exactly the right order and covering all the little details as well as leaving enough time, such as gaps for proof copies to be mailed over from US, then getting these out to proofreaders.
So, on the verge of running out of steam, I contacted a publisher who had approached me earlier in the year, Bloodhound Books. I’d heard through the grapevine that, although a small indie publisher, they were expanding rapidly, taking on new bestselling authors and getting great feedback from a bunch of happy writers. I’m delighted to say Bloodhound read my book and snapped it up within 36 hours! They also wanted the next one in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, PERFECT BONES – the thriller I was originally planning to release this year. I can’t tell you what a weight off my mind it has been to pass over the nitty gritty (and hard graft) to a dedicated team of industry professionals – phew!

I can now focus on editing these two books and planning the next book... I'll still be writing full-time, but I'll have more chance to smell the roses, too! Seriously, all creative people need space to fill up their 'creative well' or else they find themselves running on empty. I'll still be doing promotion and sending out a few personal ARCs of the new books to readers, so if you’re interested in reading an advance copy, just let me know via Twitter or my Contact Form.

I can’t give too much away at this stage, but here's a taster for the new standalone, currently called DON'T YOU DARE (the title may change now that my publisher is in the driving seat!):

I've had the first feedback from Bloodhound during the editing stage: 
        'This, truly, is a brilliant novel...' 
Yikes - what more could I possibly wish for?!

So, February onwards is going to be full-steam ahead with edits on DON'T YOU DARE for the launch on May 5th, 2018 (save the date!), before I knuckle down to more edits with PERFECT BONES. That's when I'll be reacquainting myself with my intrepid amateur sleuth, Dr Sam, when she returns for this police procedural, due out in November 2018.

In the meantime, I'm playing around with a few new ideas for book number nine...

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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Saturday, 30 December 2017

My favourite Book of the Year in 2017 goes to...

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer


I loved it! If you missed my Review, you can read it HERE
See all my Book Reviews on this Blog, HERE or on Goodreads, HERE

With all good wishes for a Very Happy and Peaceful 2018



AJ Waines has got TWO new thrillers coming out in 2018 - 
for book Giveaways and updates on my new releases!
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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Friday, 8 December 2017

FREE Book! [but you need to be quick...]

TODAY only - Inside the Whispers (ebook) is FREE on Amazon for the first time ever! Now’s the time to fill in the gaps in your Thriller library!

December 8th ONLY

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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also part of a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

 Breaking news - I've just signed a Two-book publishing deal with Bloodhound Books!


I'm delighted to announce that I've signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books for my next standalone thriller and Book Three in the Dr Samantha Willerby series. The fabulous news is that the stand alone will be published as early as this summer 2018! And Book Three in the series will only be a few months behind it.

Bloodhound Books are a leading and fast-expanding publisher of crime and thriller fiction with the digital savvy and marketing know-how to get the books seen in all the right places. Their collaborative approach with authors and strong emphasis on promotion particularly appeals to me. I reckon this is a very positive step forward for my writing career: publishing with Bloodhound means I can pass the production side of things on to them, so I can concentrate on writing more new novels as well as interacting with my lovely readers!


 CLICK to join my Newsletter for book Giveaways and updates on new releases!
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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Book Review: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and SheepThe Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very hard to give a rating to this book, because I absolutely loved the 'voice' of the book (5 stars), the quality and originality of the writing style and the brilliant way we are transported back to 1976 with so many nostalgic touches that made me smile. It's captivating for those reasons, but for me, personally, I didn't feel swept along by the actual storyline. Maybe I read it over too long a period; maybe I'm used to novels with more of a pacy, page-turner feel to them? As an aside, however, having said that, I adored another 'hot summer' book: The Night Rainbow by Claire King - which also has brilliant fresh children's voices, but DID keep me gripped throughout. (You can see my review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)

There are beautiful concepts and themes in Joanna Cannon's book: the oppressive heat of that summer (I was taking exams and remember it well), the portrayal of the neighbourhood gossip/close-knit community and twitching curtains, the mission of the two young girls to literally 'find God' (and believing this would be the answer to everything), their search for clues as to Mrs Creasy's whereabouts after her disappearance and the scenes about the discovery of Jesus at the drainpipe. The latter is exquisitely done.

Sadly, for me, the latter part of the story didn't feel tight enough and ultimately struck me as rather meandering and incidental. The 'mystery' aspect seemed to run out of steam. Nevertheless, I'd certainly recommend giving it a go, for the reasons I've noted.

View all my reviews
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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
CLICK to join my Newsletter for book freebies and updates on new releases!
All books can be read in any order 
(Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) also form part of a series)
  •  Over 400,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  30,000 sold in the first month & #1 in 'Crime Noir'
  • Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

In Conversation at Southampton Festival of Words

I'm thrilled to be a featured fiction author at the Southampton Festival of Words this year. Come and hear about the 'original Girl on a Train',  what it's like being both self-published and traditionally published and get the low-down on my new book, Lost In The Lake. All in the relaxing surroundings of the Docks Coffee Shop. I'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, 25 October at 7.30pm

Venue: Docks Coffee House, 44 Oxford St, SO14 3DP
Tickets: £5.90 (inc booking fee) in advance/£7 on the night - includes a free hot drink!

Click here to buy tickets


A few copies of Lost in the Lake, will be on sale on the night, but if you bring any of my books along (you can buy them HERE), I'll sign them!

Read my interview ahead of the festival.

Check out the full programme:
So: To Speak Festival

Thanks to Charlie Place for the flyer image above!



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) also form part of a series)
  •  Over 400,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  30,000 sold in the first month & #1 in 'Crime Noir'
  • Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017