Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Night-night, Sleep Tight giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Night-Night, Sleep Tight by Paul Burman

Night-Night, Sleep Tight

by Paul Burman

Giveaway ends July 27, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Thanks and Word of Mouth

Thanks so much to everyone who helped launch Night-night-Sleep Tight and everyone who's bought the book. Crime mystery/suspense novels seem to go down well. Also thanks to those lovely people who've let me know how much they enjoyed getting to know Meg Dapsy and reading her story. Feedback like this makes writing worthwhile.

Word of mouth is certainly what sells books - newspaper reviews have little impact - so if you feel like posting a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon, etc that'd be a tremendous help in reaching a wider audience and selling a few more copies (available with free delivery in Australia from https://www.windeyepublishing.com or from online sellers/bookstores around the world).

Saturday, 10 June 2017

'Night-night, Sleep Tight' launching this evening at Blarney Books

Psychological thriller Night-night, Sleep Tight will be launched tonight (6:00pm onward) at Blarney Books as part of the Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival and Blarney's wonderful 2017 Biblio-Art Opening & Awards night. Looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it, but know that time and distance will make it impossible for some. If you can't get there and would like a copy, https://www.windeyepublishing.com will give free delivery in Australia and online shops around the world are also selling if you're outside of Oz.

I always get a kick out of seeing my books for sale on foreign websites, and particularly on Japanese ones, so here's a slice of Amazon.jp's page page.

Night-night, Sleep Tight - psychological thriller by Paul Burman

Thursday, 8 June 2017

'Laundrette' performed this weekend in Port Fairy

Members of the Port Fairy Theatre Group rehearsing my short comedy, Laundrette, which is one of seven plays being performed this weekend, as part of the Port Fairy Winter Weekends festival.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Night-night, Sleep Tight - in the wild!

Yes, it's out there! It's been released! Into the wild! Today is publication day and Night-night, Sleep Tight is now available from booksellers around the world, and with free delivery in Australia direct from Windeye Publishing (see their website for details). O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Night-night, Sleep Tight, by Paul Burman

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Back cover and spine reveal for 'Night-night, Sleep Tight'

Night-night, Sleep Tight by Paul Burman - a psychological thriller from Windeye Publishing
Night-night, Sleep Tight - a psychological thriller

Back cover and spine reveal for 'Night-night, Sleep Tight'. Released by Windeye Publishing this coming Thursday - 1st June, 2017.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

doubleBig news

New book, new publisher!

Night-night, Sleep Tight is a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of a vast, forested wilderness, and will be released for publication on 1st June, 2017 by Windeye Publishing.
Meg Dapsy’s family home has been destroyed in an arson attack. Her mother is dead and her father is missing, but Stella, the younger sister she’s always taken care of, has one secret too many… and it involves an old boyfriend.

With suspicion falling on a group of militant Animal Rights activists, Meg has no doubt where the blame really lies.  

It's been a while between novels, but having decided to say goodbye to my British publisher, I've followed much good advice and spent several months setting up my own independent publishing company: Windeye Publishing.

Wanting to get things absolutely right - in terms of interior book design, cover design, etc - and not wanting to risk another author's book on the first run, I decided to launch with Night-night, Sleep Tight. And I'm delighted with the result: it's everything I wished for.

It's already available for pre-order as an ebook in the global marketplace (Amazon, Kobo, Apple, etc) and should be available for pre-order as a paperback before long.

If you live in Australia, you can buy it direct from Windeye with free delivery, or, if you live in this part of Victoria, I'd love to see you at the launch, which will take place at Blarney Books & Art in Port Fairy on 10th June, 2017, from 6:00pm, as part of the 2017 Biblio-Art Opening and Awards night.

Across that same long, winter weekend in Port Fairy, my short play, Laundrette, will also be performed (premiered even) by the Port Fairy Theatre Group, along with 6 other plays. So it's tripleBig news really, I guess.

Night-night, Sleep Tight

Monday, 27 March 2017

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

The Woman on the StairsThe Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a sucker for a flawed narrator, especially when the reader catches glimpses of those flaws ahead of the narrator's discovery of them in him or herself, but only as long as there's ample opportunity for redemption and the opportunities are eventually grasped. In part, these aspects drew me to the naive and unimaginative lawyer in Bernhard Schlink's wonderful The Woman on the Stairs: his inability to understand Irene Gundlach, the mysterious woman who modelled for the eponymous painting, coupled with his determination to be her shining knight - to 'save her' and have her love him... while failing to see that it was he who needed saving. Although his behaviour was a tad irritating at times (offset by the arrogance of both the artist and her ex-husband), the delightfully mellow narrative voice of this novel draws the reader along towards a beautiful, redemptive climax (albeit a far from expected one.) A rich novel.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

The Book of SpeculationThe Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Erika Swyler's The Book of Speculation is a delightful read. I entered its world after being disappointed by several other attempted reads (mainly novels by Booker Prize winners and short-listers) and found it to be a breath of fresh air. I particularly enjoy books that introduce hints of magic or that flirt with the surreal, without being too far-fetched and while remaining grounded in the 'ordinary every-day', and The Book of Speculation certainly satisfied this for me. Loved the two narratives - past and present - and the way they intertwined, and was quickly drawn to the characters (and their relationships) so that I wanted to see how each of their stories connected and played out. Nice one.

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Penguin ... butcher

This shop sign conjures a range of graphic images. I recently came across it in the beautiful, north-west Tasmanian town of Penguin.