Hi guys, first of all, a quick announcement. My first novel, Hudud and Escape, is now available as a paperback which can be found on Amazon. It will also be available on Kobo and the Google Play store in about a week’s time, pre-orders are already open, why the wait? Because Amazon locked me into a 90 day exclusivity agreement that I later regretted, a story for another post.
But the next announcement is that the sequel to Hudud and Escape has begun. Some of you may know that Hudud and Escape was a NaNoWriMo novel and being November, it’s once again National Novel Writing Month. I’ve spent the last year editing Hudud and Escape, publishing it and also, thinking and researching about its sequel. I plan for this to be a trilogy and had planned to write one a year however, I suspect I may not have the patience to wait until next November to write the third, what with its plot floating around in my head already. We’ll see how it goes.
The current working title for Hudud and Escape’s title is Jihad and Unheard and of course, as is the nature of NaNoWriMo, I should have my first draft finished by the end of the month, shortly before writing this, I’ve finished the first three chapters. I’ll try and post more updates here as they come.
I found myself on the forum for Kindle Direct Publishing scrolling through the list of other authors self publishing. I remember reading descriptions out loud to Heather and laughing as we went. I’d start a sentence, “Jenna is found dead and Bill has to find who murdered her, soon the evil magic of her high school…” we’d look at each other, “No!” Scroll to the next novel. It was amusing not because we’d find such silly sounding book descriptions but because they were all like that. And it wasn’t just magical, teen, vampire, nonsense, it was the fact that even in the descriptions they were creating plot holes. I understand why it’s so difficult for publishers to find good books to put out, there’s an awful lot of nonsense out there.
I was still laughing as I got to another one and still laughing I read it aloud:
Seattle defense attorney, Mac Brodie, has a beautiful wife, two young children, and lives in tony Mercer Island on Lake Washington. He made a fortune back east so now has the luxury of picking his clients by their need, not their paycheck. His wife wants Mac to use his looks and charm to run for congress, but he loves what he does and with whom he does it. His investigator, Seth Ivarsson is a 6’7” pony-tailed behemoth ex-cop who lives on a houseboat, and describes himself as more loyal than moral. The third and last member of Brodie’s team is a thirty year-old legal assistant, Brooke Fletcher who’s in her third year of law school. Though immensely attracted to her, Mac values his family too much to mess around – and she doesn’t seem interested.
Mac’s latest client, Earl Richards, is on death row and guilty as sin. But Mac doesn’t believe in the death penalty and will do whatever it takes to get the sentence commuted. Little could he predict the nightmare that leaves everyone he loves in imminent danger and his life forever changed.
“Huh,” I said, no longer laughing, that didn’t sound too bad and it was a thriller. I thought it’d be nice to read another self published thriller so the one click purchase button was hit and I forgot about it. The next morning I got on the bus and began. The first chapter was short and in need of editing, grammar mistakes mainly. I also found it frustrating to read that a software developer of course works for Microsoft and of course thinks in binary. I also found it odd that they would have a car phone and not a mobile and it seemed like an obvious plot device. I stupidly had not realised that the opening chapter was based a few decades ago and so all of this made perfect sense. I got to the end of the chapter and to be honest, didn’t see it going anywhere.
Then I remembered my fear that no one would reach chapter 4 in my own book so I kept going despite the irritating spelling/grammar mistakes. I got into chapter 2 and missed my stop for work, oh wow, what a start. Justin the son of a conservative Christian family, is raped and murdered at a rest stop on a winter night, we jump ahead after chapter 3 and meet Mac Brodie, the lawyer defending the man who has been on death row for decades. Mac is against capital punishment but like Mac I was pulled into insanity, desperate for the death of this evil man. I could not stop reading this book. The spelling and grammar became less noticeable once the story got going, leading me to think that perhaps the first couple of chapters were relatively new revisions compared to the rest of the book.
I was completely sucked in, the book was clearly very well researched and it was nice to read a view of Washington state that was not filled with sparkly vampires. I felt myself feeling the same anger Mac felt, the same horror upon reflecting on his actions, the same hatred and hopelessness as he found himself trapped in the world of an insane man using him as his puppet.
I recommend this book so much, if you can put up with a few typos and grammar issues from time to time, you’ll not regret downloading this novel. Do it now.
Well, it’s happened, my first novel is available on Amazon right this second and what’s better? It’s Free for the first 3 days. Go download yourself a free book, you’ve nothing to lose! Except for maybe your time in this dark Edinburgh crime novel for the 21st century.
Synopsis: After escaping the ultra conservative and cruel upbringing of her father in Pakistan, Yasmin flees to hope of a better life in the United Kingdom, only to find herself forced into slavery by human trafficker Lachlan, whose skill as a computer hacker means he can hide his victims within the country under supposed legal working status.
Forced into a world of rape, murder and slavery, Yasmin’s only strength comes from her faith but it is Adam, whose stolen phone holds the key to Lachlan’s technological empire who must find strength after an attack that has left him traumatised and fearing the outside world.