Thursday, 8 November 2012

ABIDE WITH ME update plus new novella

Hi all.

Been a while since I update things, so thought now's as good a time as any . . .

Really busy this last month or so with putting the final touches to my new Kindle novella - ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF JASON DEAN.

The novella will be published on the 23rd November by Byker Books in their new 'Best of British' series. Really excited about this one.

Here's the blurb:

JASON DEAN is a hitman with a penchant for fine literature, poetry and classical music.

As he says himself, ‘I left school with fuck all. But I was built like a shit-house and I could quote 'Rhyme of the Ancient fuckin Mariner' word for fuckin word.’

Jason loves Shostakovich and he adores his little girl, Sophie.  And he hates Wagner. Everything he stands for. Mind you, with three jobs to do for Micky Archer and a heart that is breaking by the minute, Wagner is the least of his problems . . .

I'll hopefully be getting a look at the cover for the novella sometime over the next few day, and I'll post it on here soon as I do. 

As a little taster, here's the first few paragraphs:

'Sometimes a Great Notion' - what a book that is. Ken Kesey. Everyone knows Kesey from 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' - those what've read it, that is. And if you ain't read it, I fully advise you to do so. It's a fuckin cracker. R.P. McMurphy - Jack Nicholson in the film - he's some character, he is. Switched on, but sort of sad. Empty. Like there's a whole world of pain he ain't got words for. Yeah, he's a great character, fuckin funny, but complex with it, you know. Just how I like em. And that bit in the book where the Indian lifts up that sink, that big old fuckin sink and . . . Shit. I've gone and spoiled it for you now, ain't I? The Indian liftin up the sink bit. Still, hard fuckin luck. You should have read it in the first place.
My name is Jason Dean. And I'm lyin in bed. Beth, that's the missus, she's lyin next to me, far away as she can get, snorin gentle like a baby. Love watchin her sleep, I do. Even though she hates me fuckin guts.
I can't stand this time of the mornin, just before the sun comes up. Fuckin hate it. It's like the end of an endless night, that tension where you know everything what you've known all your life is gonna change in an instant and never come back. When the sun comes up, it's a whole new fuckin world. Me, I'd rather live in the dark.

In other news, the next couple of ABIDE WITH ME book signings are just around the corner. I'll be at Basildon Waterstones on November 23rd, and a couple of weeks later, on December 9th, I'll be at Romford Waterstones. We're trying to sort out another signing in somewhat of a different location. Again, I'll let you know the details soon as I get them.

Talking of details, Caffeine Nights have come up with a couple of brilliant posters for the two signings. Whilst taking Charlie and Summer round Romford Waterstones the other day, I bumped into one. Been trying for ages to get a pdf document to appear on the blog, but the best I can do is a link. Here you go:

In between studying for my English Lit. degree, I've been chugging along with the follow up to ABIDE WITH ME. The working title is 'AS THE COLD WIND BLOWS', and I'm about a quarter of the way through the first draft. Hope to complete this draft by the end of Jan, but these things do sort of have a life of their own, so who knows :)

ABIDE WITH ME is now available to borrow from all twelve libraries in the London Borough of Havering. Something of which I'm very proud. And there are now new versions of the paperback, the cover carrying 'Utterly Compelling' from The Sun. I know, I know . . . and on the back cover, the following quote on the back cover:

'This is a story about fathers and sons, fighting and friendship, gangsters, civilians, and prison time - and football, always football, at the constant beating heart of Ian Ayris' stunning debut novel.'
Howard Linskey
Best-selling author of THE DROP

 And finally, wandering over on to the other day, I stumbled upon a new review of ABIDE WITH ME:

5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and heartbreaking, November 5, 2012
Susan "NC Nana" (Middle of nowhere, NC) -  
It's been months since I read Abide with Me and I have not stopped thinking about it. Pulled headfirst into a unfamiliar world where the language, though ostensibly my own, is incomprehensible to me and the characters are people I would assiduously avoid in the real world, I could not put this book down. The storyline is captivating and compelling; Ayris's narrative never lags and is never, ever tedious. Although I often ws surprised as the story unfolded, each scene led seamlessly and believably to the next. Very much appreciated and highly recommended.

For people to take the time not only to read the book, but actually make the effort to put their feelings into words - good, bad, or indifferent - is just really touching, you know. Even the angry ones - of which there are a couple ;)

It leaves me to say, look after yourselves everyone. And I'll get that Jason Dean cover up as soon as I get it through.

Best wishes,


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