A Golden Age for Dystopian Fiction

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Dear Readers
Thank you to everyone who ordered / reviewed / listened to the audiobook for ‘Why You Were Taken’. It’s doing well and has a 4.5 star rating on Audible. Yay!

We’re busy redesigning the cover (again!) to freshen it up for the release of the third book in the series and to make sure it’s signaling the correct genre. Of course, once we have the new cover finalised, you’ll be the first to see it.

(If you haven’t yet read ‘Why You Were Taken’, you can grab it for 99c till the 1st of September.)

It’s a great time to have a set of dystopian thrillers published: Entertainment Weekly reports that dystopian lit is enjoying a surge in popularity. Classics like George Orwell’s ‘1984′ and Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ are doing especially well.

 

Interested in reading more?

The New Yorker: A Golden Age for Dystopian Fiction (June 2017)

BookBub: 12 New Dystopian Books Not to be Missed (February 2017)

 
WHEN TOMORROW CALLS

I’ll be handing over the manuscript for the third book in this series to my editor next week. It’s called ‘What Have We Done’ and it’s available for pre-order already. Eeek!

Next month I’ll start work on the prequel novella, and hopefully I’ll be able to share that with you before the end of the year. Itll make a great December freebie.

 

TALKING ABOUT FREEBIES

I’ve just published an excerpt from ‘Grey Magic’ as a standalone short story on Amazon. ‘Fenrir (free till the end of the week) is about a viking who is called to fulfill his bloody destiny despite his desire to stay home with his love.
(Warning: Contains V/S/L)

 

 

TRY THESE INDIE AUTHORS

The Given (FREE)
Colby R. Rice
4.4 star rating (85 reviews)
THE GIVEN is a fast-paced, post-apocalyptic survival tale, set in the streets of a dying city that has been crushed by alchemic law. Layered with the elements of gritty crime drama, dark urban fantasy, hard sci-fi, and horror, it’s a wild ride to the end of a young girl’s sanity as she struggles with an impossible choice.


The Last (FREE)
Michael John Grist
4.5 star rating (201 reviews)

The Last man alive vs. 7 billion zombies. Action, gore and ingenuity. How would you survive?


Nineveh’s Child 99c
Gerhard Gehrke
4.5 star rating (6 reviews)

They told me the world above was dead. They lied. It was their world that was dying. Six years later, Nineveh came for me. And nothing would stop them from trying to take me back…

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GET IN TOUCH!
If you do end up ordering the ‘Why You Were Taken’ audiobook, I’d love to know what you think of it! I’ll be thrilled if you email me, or leave a review on Audible.

 

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That’s it for now. Happy reading / listening!

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken 

How We Found You

What Have We Done

Grey Magic

Sticky Fingers

The Underachieving Ovary

The Memory of Water

Every Breath You Take

The JT Lawrence Suspense Box Set

PS. Want to make sure you never miss a release? Follow me on Amazon or BookBub.

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Why You Were Taken (and other free 5-star thrillers)

Dear Readers

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The great news is that the audiobook for ‘Why You Were Taken’ is live! We’re so happy with it. You can listen to the first chapter here.

If you haven’t yet read the book, it’s currently free along with some other fantastic reads in this 5-star thriller giveaway.

WHEN TOMORROW CALLS

I’m knee-deep in the edit of the third book in this futuristic thriller series, and the cover designer has been briefed, so I’ll have something to show you soon. I’m feeling anxious about the work (especially the ending) because I think you’ll either think I’m completely mad (or a genius). It’s the weirdest thing I’ve written, and that’s saying something!

THE WRITING PROCESS

I was interviewed by Joseph Bendoski of the Start Writing podcast. We chat about genre-hopping, rule-breaking, cover design, and we cover a few marketing tips, too. I’ve never been good at public speaking, so a large glass of wine helped! Click here to listen to the episode.

FACEBOOK VIP CLUB

On the advice of other successful authors, I’ve set up a Facebook group for readers who enjoy my work. It’s a place where we can hang out and you can ask me inappropriate questions. If FB is your thing and you’d like to join, you are very welcome.

IN OTHER NEWS

Local online retailer Loot.co.za featured my work for Women’s Day! It’s surreal to see my books up like that. Thanks Loot!

 

TRY THESE INDIE AUTHORS


When the Sky Falls
4.4 stars (10 reviews)

Joseph Bendoski, who interviewed me for the Start Writing podcast’s audiobook is live. ‘When the Sky Falls’ is an unpredictable conspiracy thriller. You can also grab his ebook for 99c.

AMAZING BOXED SETS DEALS:
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Murder and Mayhem
Fans of Paula Hawkins and Lee Child will love this limited-time boxed set of 20 new, exclusive thrillers by NYT, USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors. 
Pre-order now for 99c!
EMAIL ME!
If you do end up ordering the ‘Why You Were Taken’ audiobook, I’d love to know what you think of it! I’d be thrilled if you emailed me, or leave a review on Audible. 

 

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That’s it for now. Happy reading / listening!

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water
Every Breath You Take
The JT Lawrence Suspense Box Set

PS. Want to make sure you never miss a release? Follow me on Amazon or BookBub.

Slade Harris is Alive! (New to Audible? Grab the FREE audiobook now.)

Dear Readers

 Slade Harris is alive and well, and you can hear his incredible voice now, too, because the audiobook version of ‘The Memory of Water’ is up on Audible / Amazon.

*Warning: You may need to take a cold shower after listening to this one*

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BONUS 1: FREE AUDIOBOOK

(If you are new to Audible, you can get this audiobook FREE by signing up for their free trial. It’s an amazing app — you won’t be sorry!)

 I love how audiobooks are helping me get through my (LARGE) reading pile, because now I can ‘read’ in the car, in queues, and when I’m wrangled into watching Peppa Pig with my kids. 

 

BONUS 2: 99c EBOOK

PS. I’ve priced the ebook at 99c for a limited time to attract some attention, so if you haven’t yet read it you can grab it now!

IN OTHER NEWS

In other news, I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT of ‘What Have We Done’, the third book in the series ‘When Tomorrow Calls’. Now to get down to some serious editing and revision. We’re still on track for an October release.

 

TRY THIS INDIE AUTHOR

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If you enjoyed ‘Why You Were Taken’, you may enjoy Yudhanjaya Wijeratne’s brand new release ‘Numbercaste’. Apart from the beautiful cover, it’s got a solid 5-star rating and some outstanding reviews. Think Dave Eggers (‘The Circle’), but edgier, with a bit of Orwell, and reflected in a Black Mirror. Sound brilliant? It is. You can check it out here.

 

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That’s it for now. Happy reading / listening!

 

• JT Lawrence •

Author / Playwright / Bookdealer

www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water
Every Breath You Take
The JT Lawrence Suspense Box Set

 

The Memory of Water (plus a freebie)

Dear Readers

I’m so excited to share this new two-minute sample from my hot-off-the-mic audiobook ‘The Memory of Water’. Click here to listen!
 

Slade Harris will do anything for a story, including murdering the woman he loves. 
 

‘The Memory of Water’ was my debut novel, published by a small indie press in 2011. I’m always nervous to share it because it’s experimental, doesn’t stick to tropes, and it evokes strong reactions in reviewers. That said, it is my most consistent bestseller with over 45,000 downloads, and was my first book to be selected by a fantastic USA audiobook producer.
Whether you love or hate Slade Harris, this book will make you feel something. And now, Slade has a sultry American accent which *ahem* adds a whole new dimension to the story. We’re busy putting the final touches on the audiobook, and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready to download.

 

PS. The audiobook versions of ‘Why You Were Taken’‘The Underachieving Ovary’ and ‘Sticky Fingers’ are all in production as I write this, so I’ll have news on them soon, too, including some free short stories on audio.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

I’m hard at work getting book 3 in the ‘When Tomorrow Calls’ trilogy ready to launch in October. I’m currently at 75K words and the momentum is building. Kate’s in a world of pain but I know she’s strong enough to fight her way out of it. You’ll get to find out exactly who Zack is and what he was trying to tell Kate at the end of book 2. I can’t wait to share this story with you!

 

DID YOU ENJOY ‘HOW WE FOUND YOU’?

If you read ‘How We Found You’, I’d love it if you’d leave a review on Amazon. It’s doing really well with 52 reviews and a 4.7 star rating, but every additional review helps to get it on new readers’ lists.

FREE SHORT STORY

If you have not yet read my short story ‘She Did It’, you can grab it from Amazon for free. It’s about a detective who relies on his gut (and his hallucinations) to solve an intriguing murder case.

 

TRY THESE INDIE AUTHORS


If you enjoy dark fantasy you may like ‘Child of the Night Guild’ (Queen of Thieves Book 1) by Andy Peloquin.

4.8 star average (70 reviews) 99c

Ruthless criminals are made, not born. Queen of Thieves—an insight into the transformation from innocent child to thief and killer willing to do anything to save the ones she loves.

 

Pamela Crane, author of the multi-award-winning thriller, A Secondhand Life, is back with ‘The Art of Fear’, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins.

4.7 star rating (47 reviews) 99c

A crime no one saw. A suicide no one questioned. A twist no one will predict…as Ari faces her demons and the killer behind them.

Instafreebie Promo: Kick-Ass Women 

If you like your main characters strong, with sass (and female), this free offering is for you. Hope you find something you like!

 

Frank Bowen is a Londoner on holiday in tropical Thailand. Half drunk and strapped for cash, he’s the perfect bait for a political plot that will leave him running for his life, with nowhere to turn.

Meet Jay Tinsiano’s ‘False Flag’
4.2 star rating (20 reviews) FREE


Max Chase has been set up by his own FBI bureau. Now he’s on the run with his wife and 12-year-old son from every security agency in the country. 

4.6 star rating (32 reviews)

Android Assassins (Setup, Book 1) is on sale for a limited time at $2.99.
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That’s it for now. Happy Reading!

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water
Every Breath You Take
The JT Lawrence Suspense Box Set

PS. Want to make sure you never miss a release? Follow me on Amazon or BookBub.

50,000 Reasons to Celebrate

50,000 Reasons

We’ve got lots to celebrate this month!

 

50,000 must be my lucky number because not only have I reached 50K words in my new manuscript (the third book in the dystopian thriller series ‘When Tomorrow Calls’) but I have officially had over 50K downloads of my books on Amazon.

(I also learnt yesterday that a taser blasts its victim with 50,000 volts. Novel research … it never gets boring.)
50,000 downloads! When I set up my first indie title around this time in 2015 I would never have guessed this possible. I know I must sound like a stuck record but … THANK YOU! I couldn’t do it without you.

Also, thank you to Exclusive Books for their great placement of my latest release. Hey John Grisham! How you doin’?

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

My crazy schedule for the next 18 months includes launching book 3 in the ‘When Tomorrow Calls’ series — ‘What Have We Done’ — in October 2017, writing another 12 short stories before the end of the year, and then in 2018 writing the next four books in the dark comedy / urban fantasy ‘Grey Magic’ series: Earth; Water; Air; Spirit: which I’ll be publishing rapid-release-style towards the end of that year. (Coffee donations welcome.)

 

AUDIOBOOKS

We’re making great progress and at least three of my audiobooks will be available by August. Last week I received the first 15-minute sample of ‘The Memory of Water’ from the producer and I just love Slade Harris’s new American accent. If you have time to listen to it I’d love to know what you think.

 

FREE SHORT STORIES

If you have not yet read my disturbing short story ‘The Itch’ (part of the ‘Sticky Fingers’ collection) you can grab it here for free. I challenge you to read it and not scratch.


Also free at the moment on Amazon is my funny short story ‘Travelling Slacks’about a TripAdvisor review that gets out of hand. I hope it makes you laugh!

 

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If you enjoy my futuristic thrillers you may also like ‘The Mockingbird Drive’ by A.C. Fuller, which has an outstanding rating on Amazon at 4.8 stars. It’s the third book in the series so you may want to pick up book 1 for 99c first, or the whole series for $10.


Etisalat-award nominated Paula Marais is back with ‘Under the Surface’, an international mystery set against the backdrop of one of the world’s biggest natural catastrophes. Grab it today for only 99c. 

You can also score New York Times bestselling author E.E. Isherwood’s book ‘Sky Dancers’ at 99c for a limited time. As I write this it’s doing really well on Amazon’s Dystopian list … (I’m not envious at all!).
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That’s it for June. All the best and happy reading!

Janita

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water
Every Breath You Take
The JT Lawrence Suspense Box Set

PS. Want to make sure you never miss a release? Follow me on Amazon or BookBub.

Free Audiobooks

Listen up!

If you’ve never tried audiobooks before,

Audible has a FREE TRIAL where you can download 2 free audiobooks. 

It’s a super simple process to join and the books go straight to your phone, so you can listen any time. I downloaded The Girl With All the Gifts and it’s brilliant! Definitely a great way to get more reading done.

Also available is The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s brilliant dystopian page-turner that’s trending hard due to the new TV series.

Most bestsellers now come in audio, so grab one that you’ve been dying to read and haven’t yet had the time.

My own audiobooks are currently in production and I can’t wait to share them with you. In the mean time, I hope you find the audiobook you are looking for on Audible.

To razing that TBR pile!

Happy listening!

Janita

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water
Every Breath You Take
The JT Lawrence Suspense Box Set

PS. Want to make sure you never miss a release? Follow me on Amazon or BookBub.