An unexpected knock at the door yesterday brought boxes of books. But this is not just any old book. Oh no. This is DARK HORIZONS. The second Dan Smith novel to be sent out into the wild. Actually, the cages havent yet been opened – that won’t happen for another three weeks – but it’s gnawing the bars, desperate to be freed. You’ll have to wait until the 26th before the book is available to buy but, in the meantime, here’s a little pic I took on my iPod touch (a surprise gift from my brilliant big brother).
Oh, and if you want to check out the first chapter, go to the DARK HORIZONS page on my website and click on the link . . . it’s a taster of what’s to come.
Also, if you want a chance to win a signed hardback, why not enter the competition.
I’ve just finished updating my website and now it’s live. Well, I say ‘just finished’ but I actually finished it a while ago – I’ve been testing and checking and testing and checking. However, despite all that, there are bound to be a few problems with it. Something won’t work as it’s supposed to. It’s the law.
Anyway, there are a few details about Dark Horizons on there now, and there are some new photos to look at. There’s even a competition to win a signed copy of Dark Horizons. All you have to do is send in a photo of you with your copy of Dry Season (I know, it’s a shameless attempt to make you go out and buy the first book) and send it to me at the email address posted on the competition page. Hey, it could be worth your while. These days photos are quick and easy and a good one could bag you a signed hardback that’s worth close to £20.
Enter the competition
Well, no, not explained. There isn’t a hidden meaning. This isn’t ‘Inception‘, you know.
Actually, what I’ve done is listen to what one or two people have said. (Yep. Tell my wife will you? I DO listen. Sometimes.)
Anyway, when I’ve been talking to reading groups, a number of people have suggested that it might be an idea to have a glossary in DRY SEASON. The novel is set in Brazil, and so there are one or two words that are either in Portugese or are specific to Brazilian culture. I’ve tried to make the explanations as clear as possible from the context, but sometimes it’s good to have a bit more background. So, I’ve added a page to my website that tackles some of those words, and for some of the cultural references I’ve added photos and links to places where you can find more information if you so wish. If you want to know more about ‘mula sem cabeca‘ you’ll know just where to go to get started! It’s not as handy as having it in the back of the book, but you can’t have photos and weblinks in the book, can you?
And, if there’s anything else that’s not clear, let me know. Aaaaand, this is where I get all the messages telling me I’m wrong.
So there you go. Don’t say I don’t listen.
Well, it isn’t long until the mass market paperback release of DRY SEASON, so in anticipation of that, I am giving away a signed copy of the trade paperback. I’ve made it available on the Goodreads website, so you can go there to enter. If you’re not already a member, signing up is pretty easy.
Oh, and I have one or two plans for some interesting competitions in the run up to the release of DARK HORIZONS in May.