Joffe Books Rolling Blog: Interview with Jasper Joffe. #TeamJoffeBooks

Over the last 25 days we have heard from Joffe authors and the wonderful people who help with promoting, reviewing and reading the brilliant books produced by Joffe Books.  All these people work together to help promote the books and make sure as many readers know about them as possible.  All these people make up the JOFFE LAUNCH TEAM (nicknamed Crazies)  However we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the skills and expertise of the people working away behind the scenes at Joffe Books.  These include the proofreaders and editors, Rudi (who is Jasper’s right hand man) but most of all the man himself the awesome JASPER JOFFE.  I am, therefore, very excited to have had the opportunity to interview Jasper and share it with you all.  


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Interview with Jasper Joffe

Hello Jasper, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.

Could you please tell us a little about yourself and how/why you decided to start Joffe Books?

Hi, Jill, firstly thank you for all the great blogging you do! Well, I’ve always loved reading and even wrote a book of my own once. And everything about Joffe Books comes from a love of reading. Kindle and Amazon created amazing opportunities for new publishers to innovate. Basically it became much easier to publish books and sell them all around the world, and we’ve ridden the wave of this massive change.

I have been running the Rolling Blog for 2 weeks now what do you think of what your authors are saying are you surprised at any of the comments?

Been very happy to read their very kind words. We’re very lucky to work with such a great bunch of people. They are very talented and very nice, and that makes publishing them a great pleasure.

You obviously have a great relationship with your authors and they think very highly of you and Joffe Books. Could you tell us a little about your author ethos?

I always try to remember how much work the authors put in to write a book. Everything begins there. And we have to do our best to edit and present it in the best possible way. But I never forget that the author has done the big part and that what they do isn’t just a normal job, it’s their passion and calling.

Joffe Books seems to be pretty unique in that the authors all support and help each other and I know you and Rudi support the Launch Team idea. Do you think this is good for everyone to work as a team?

Yes, we respect your work and the bloggers and reviewers, and we’re all doing our best to get these great books out to readers. I love the fact that the authors and bloggers and you are all great friends and support each other. A real bonus!

Your authors are obviously very happy and I know many have refused offers from other publishers. You obviously put a lot of effort into making sure your authors are happy could you tell us a little about that?

We’ve worked together for many years, some of them, like Helen, since practically the beginning. And so I care about them and their books. They are always the most important people to listen to. I’m very involved in every decision about every book, and that means I work very closely with the authors.

How do you see the future of Joffe Books? The company is currently very successful and you obviously have a hands-on approach that wouldn’t be sustainable if Joffe Books were to grow. What is your long term vision?

Long term, we want to sell more great books and keep working with our brilliant authors. We’d like to reach the same level of prominence in the USA as we have in the UK. And we want to continue to build the international careers of our authors. We’ve worked really successfully with Lorella Belli to sell translation, audio, and film rights, and we want to continue to grow this side of things. And every day there are new opportunities and challenges in the publishing world. I love it.

Can you keep going at this pace and would you ever consider selling?

Yes, we’re just getting started. We want to keep growing and we’re more into buying than selling!

How do you see the future of publishing regarding digital versus paperbacks?

There’s room for all formats. I read exclusively on Kindle (because I love the ease and immediacy) but what does it matter which format people read in, although of course Kindle books are usually great value, and much easier on the eyes!

What do you look for in a novel?

I have to say, a great story which I can’t put down.

Do you read every book you publish? If not how many do you read?

No, I don’t read the whole of every book. But I read most of them!

You mentioned in your Podcast that you read a lot and at every opportunity. Are you a fast reader?

Yes, I seem to read day and night. I think I’m pretty fast. When I was kid, we had a competition to read Lord of the Rings. I think I did it in a week, which is not too bad!

Who is your favourite character in fiction and why – can be books, films, tv or myth/legend?

I like Tony Soprano, Jim Dixon (from Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim) and Rabbit (from John Updike’s Rabbit books). Now that’s a pretty motley crew, but they are all incredibly and indelibly realised by their creators.

What is the greatest moment in your life that you will never forget?

The most important was the birth of my daughters.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or Joffe Books?

Thank you to everyone who has made this incredible dream come true: a small publisher like us topping the best seller charts! And thanks to the authors for trusting us with their books, and to the readers for giving us their valuable time reading the stories we publish.

Thank you Jasper, I look forward to many more years working with Joffe Books this last year has been life changing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and Rudi for taking a chance on me.  I feel privelidged to be working with so many wonderful, caring people.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 20: Book Lovers Book Reviews. #TeamJoffeBooks

Today on my Joffe Books Rolling Blog I am very excited to welcome Linda Strong from Book Lovers Book Reviews. Linda lives in the USA and posts on Delphi Forums. We like having her join the Blog Tours as she reaches readers not accessible via the Blogs.

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Hello Linda. could you tell us a little about yourself and what made you start blogging?

I am a voracious reader and I love sharing my reviews and thoughts about any book I’ve read. I also love to hear what others think. I could talk books all day long. I even took early retirement so I’d be able to read as much as I wanted and not have to worry about getting up in the morning to go to work.

 

How long have you been blogging (when you first set up your blog)

I’m not really sure … I’m going to estimate at least a year. My blog isn’t really a blog. I have a forum at http://forums.delphiforums.com/BookReviews (BOOK LOVERS BOOK REVIEWS). I post all my reviews there. There are many subjects discussed, not just reviews, there are the authors who make the news. We salute and remember the authors we’ve lost. We even have cartoons. The visitors there all have one thing in common …. we all love books of all genres. I’ve added so many new books to my wish list from reading what others discuss.

 

When did you start joining Blog Tours and why?

It’s been several months and I’ve loved every minute. Again, it’s all about the reading and sharing.

Do you join blog tours for a lot of publishers? About how many? Right now, Joffe Books is the only publisher I tour for.

 

What do you think of the books Joffe publish are they usually good, average, bad?

Joffe books are incredible! I’ve discovered so many new authors that have steadily moved up to my top ten favorites.

 

Joffe Books is run differently to other publishers is the short notice of book releases a problem given how much in demand bloggers are?

I generally read a book a day unless the book can be used for a doorstop …. so short notices don’t bother me. I have no problem in keeping up. Of course all those notes hanging from my computer help me remember. 🙂

 

Some Bloggers leave room for Joffe Books are you one of those? If so why?

When I first get an invitation, I will usually start reading as soon as I finish my current read.

 

Joffe Books has a launch team that get together in a virtual party setting and many of the authors support each other and chat with the readers and bloggers. Do you think this is a good idea? If so why?

I think it’s a great idea! I’m for anything that promotes reading and an interest in books. I love talking to authors. I do a lot of stalking…er, I mean following… of authors to see what they’ve done, what they’re doing now, etc.

 

Have you ever gone to a Joffe Launch Party? What do you think of them?

I have been to a couple. I confess, I’m really bad at trying to figure out the time zones. I usually wind up too late when nothing’s left but a couple cold sandwiches. But I keep trying!

 

Do you think the Joffe Blog Tour experience could be improved?

If so what would you recommend? I’m tickled with what is done now. No improvement necessary as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

 

Is there anything else you would like to say about Joffe Books, their authors or Social Media Promoter?

The Joffe Books I’ve read have been tremendous. My preferred genre is mystery…murder…mayhem… and thankfully Joffe always has a terrific number of these available.

The authors always seem to be available … I run into a lot of them on Facebook and they always stop by and answer questions someone may have for them .. or just comment on a review.

Jill Burkinshaw is my go-to person at Joffe. . She does a brilliant job of keeping everything in order and lining up reviewers. I honestly don’t know how she does it! She’s a joy to work with as far as scheduling reviews, and she’s just one of the friendliest people you’d ever want to know.

I’ve loved the time spent with Joffe and Jill and I hope to keep participating as long as they’ll let me.


JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 17: Black Books Blog.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 18: On The Shelf Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 19: Daisy White’s Wicked Words.


JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 19: Daisy White’s Wicked Words. #TeamJoffeBooks

Today on my Joffe Books Rolling Blog I am pleased to feature Charley from Daisy White’s Wicked Words. I can’t begin to tell you how many things Charley manages to juggle on a daily basis but among them is Blogging for Joffe Books. You can read her reviews via this link

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Hello Charley. could you tell us a little about yourself and what made you start blogging? 

I have always reviewed books, but I wanted to find somewhere I could easily write about the amazing reads I have found.

How long have you been blogging (when you first set up your blog) 

2012

When did you start joining Blog Tours and why? 

Only this year! The blogging community is very friendly, gives great advice and is a good way to connect with like-minded people.

Do you join blog tours for a lot of publishers? About how many? 

No, only Joffe Books

What do you think of the books Joffe publish are they usually good, average, bad? 

Excellent! I love the fact that the editing and proof-reading is spot on, as this is something that can detract from an otherwise excellent book.

How do Joffe Blog Tours compare to the ones run by other publishers? 

Not sure, but as an author I paid for a blog tour several years ago, provided lots of swag, and the tour operator promptly vanished!

Joffe Books is run differently to other publishers is the short notice of book releases a problem given how much in demand bloggers are? 

I try to do one or two reviews a month, which is as much as I can fit in whilst writing my own books, but never a problem.

Some Bloggers leave room for Joffe Books are you one of those?  If so why? 

The quality of the books means that it is always a pleasure to read and review.

Have you ever gone to a Joffe Launch Party?  What do you think of them? 

Epic! Loads of food an drink and great company 😉

Do you think the Joffe Blog Tour experience could be improved?  If so what would you recommend? 

It works really well.

Is there anything else you would like to say about Joffe Books, their authors or Social Media Promoter? 

Love ‘em! Team Joffe Books 😉



JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 17: Black Books Blog.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 18: On The Shelf Reviews.

 

BLOG TOUR: Married Lies by Chris Collett

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for Married Lies by Chris Collett. This is Book 5 in the DI Tom Mariner series. For my stop I am sharing with you a Guest Post by Chris Collett where she talks about Birmingham, the setting for the Tom Mariner series.  I hope you enjoy the photographs (taken by Chris) and reading about the area.


Location, location, location..

DSC_0019I’m often asked about the location for the Mariner books, Britain’s second city, Birmingham. It’s not my home turf, I grew up somewhere very different – a seaside town in Norfolk – and never envisaged that I would spend my adult life land-locked. My first impressions were formed when I went away to college and the regular train journey took me from the east to the west of the country, via the midlands. What I saw of Birmingham I didn’t much like; rows and rows of tower blocks, the vast concrete structures of Spaghetti Junction and the sprawling industrial hinterland of the Black Country. Added to which, I’d grown up in the 1970s, when the word Birmingham was usually followed by the phrase ‘pub bombings’.P1010826.JPG

But when I graduated in the early 1980s jobs were scarce, so when my first offer came from Birmingham I took it, confident that after a couple of years I would move on. But fate had other ideas and in a matter of weeks I met my husband-to-be, a Brummie born and bred, so here I have stayed. And now, having really got to know the city, my preconceptions have been well and truly overturned and I often find myself coming to its defence.  DSC_0170Although founded on a rich heritage, Birmingham’s rapid evolution, especially in the last twenty years or so, and its diverse population means that it retains a brash, edgy and slightly dangerous feel. It’s the perfect setting for a crime series as it really does have everything, including some surprising and fascinating features. There’s far more to the city than the bull ring, spaghetti junction and the maligned Brummy accent!

WP_20161111_10_47_42_Pro.jpgSo, how much of the real Birmingham is in the books? The suburb of Bournville – home to the fictional Granville Lane police station – and the nearby University of course, really do exist. Readers familiar with Birmingham will recognise the state of the art Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with its military facility.  Brindley Place, the Jewellery Quarter and Chinatown all provide wonderful locations, and it is a short drive out from the suburbs into rural Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and the Welsh borders. All of these and more feature in the Mariner novels. But there are also innumerable P1020517places that exist only in my head. Mariner’s own little corner of the city, Kings Mead and his canal side home are entirely fictional, although a number of readers have told me they know it!

WrIB (27)Some years ago, when I was first seeking a publisher, I received an offer from a major publishing house, but on the proviso that the books were rewritten with London as the setting.  Turning down that offer was a big deal – it was the best I’d had at that point – but I’ve never had cause to regret that decision.

By Chris Collett


MARRIED LIES 2MARRIED LIES by CHRIS COLLETT

Available from:   Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the fifth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “STALKED BY SHADOWS.”

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies

Book 2: Innocent Lies

Book 3: Killer Lies

Book 4: Baby Lies

Book 5: Married Lies

Books 6-7 coming soon


Chris Collett author photo jpgCHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Links

Website: www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477

 

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 18: On The Shelf Reviews. #TeamJoffeBooks

Good morning. Today it is Lorna from On The Shelf Reviews in the spotlight on my Joffe Books Rolling Blog.  Lorna juggles a busy private life with reading and blogging you can visit her blog and read the reviews via this link

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Hello Lorna. Could you tell us a little about yourself and what made you start blogging?

Hi my name is Lorna and my blog is called On The Shelf Reviews. I’m an avid reader and unpublished writer. I didn’t actually set out to be a book blogger, it was meant to be somewhere I shared my stories and writing experiences but due to lack of inspiration and lack of confidence those plans went to the bottom of the pile. I came across an article in a writing magazine about book blogging and I thought ‘I like books, why not give it a go!’ and the rest is history.

How long have you been blogging (when you first set up your blog)

My blog On The Shelf Reviews has just celebrated its one year anniversary. I actually set it up in November 2016 but it took me until May 2017 to post anything.

When did you start joining Blog Tours and why?

It was actually less than a month after I started my blog, I’d only published one awful review, (which I have since deleted, it was that bad!) when I saw an advert looking for bloggers to be involved in blog tours. I had no idea at that point what a blog tour was but because I am such a nosey person I wanted to find out.

Do you join blog tours for a lot of publishers? About how many?

I think it would probably be quicker to name which publishers I don’t blog for lol! I do blog tours for Joffe Books, Bloodhound Books, Fahrenheit Press, Orenda, Bookouture are the few I can remember off the top of my head. On average I do about twelve blog tours a month at the moment.

What do you think of the books Joffe publish are they usually good, average, bad?

Joffe publish a lot of really high quality books, I think there was only one I’ve read by them in the last year that didn’t impress me.

Joffe Books is run differently to other publishers is the short notice of book releases a problem given how much in demand bloggers are?

I do sometimes wish they did give me a little more notice because I’ve missed out on a few of their books which I really wanted to read just because I didn’t have enough time to fit a review in.

Have you ever gone to a Joffe Launch Party? What do you think of them?

I love Joffe Launch Parties! You get to chat with the authors which makes them feel a lot more human and you can ask burning questions you have. Also its a great opportunity to speak with other bloggers and readers because frankly reading can be a bit lonely sometimes. The prize giveaways are nice too, it makes you feel appreciated.

Do you think the Joffe Blog Tour experience could be improved? If so what would you recommend?

As I said before a little more notice would be appreciated lol!!

Is there anything else you would like to say about Joffe Books, their authors or Social Media Promoter?

I think Joffe and the lovely Jill Burkinshaw do an amazing job and I’m proud to be a Joffe Crazie!



JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 17: Black Books Blog.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 17: Black Books Blog. #TeamJoffeBooks

Good morning.  As we have heard from all the authors today I am starting something new and hearing what the Bloggers and Readers think.  To start this off I am very pleased to introduce Simon from BLACK BOOKS BLOG. Simon has joined nearly every Joffe Books Blog Tour since he started blogging.  

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Hello Simon. Could you tell us a little about yourself and what made you start blogging?

My name’s Simon and my blog is called Black Book s Blog.

I live in a lovely village in Kent with my wife and 2 children (both girls so you can imagine what my home life is like being completely outnumbered).  During the day I work in payroll and finance, which entails paying 500 employees every other week and raising invoices.

To get away from my mundane job I turn to reading, which I have done since I was very young as my dad used to read to me before bedtime, something I now do with my two children.

I have always enjoyed fantasy and sci-fi books, the first proper book I remember being read to me, and also reading myself is The Hobbit when I was around 8.  This then lead me to David Eddings and Anne McCaffrey through my dad’s book collection.

I now read pretty much anything but mainly stick to Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopia and Crime/Thriller books.

I started my blog after joining The Book Club on Facebook (TBConFB) after reading Justin Lee Anderson’s Carpet Diem, where he recommended the group at the end of his book.  After joining the group I realised that people enjoy reading recommendations from like-minded people and that there are bloggers out there who review books.  After following a couple I decided to start my own and from there it has gone from strength to strength.

How long had you been blogging when you started joining Blog Tours?

I set my blog up in April 2017 and pretty much started joining blog tours from there, firstly to get my blog known and then it became addictive and I thought I would need to keep doing it for people to notice my blog.  Since then I have realised I can say no to people and try to restrict myself to only two blog tours a week.  I very rarely stick to this especially when Joffe release their books.

Do you join blog tours for a lot of publishers? About how many?

I do tours for publishers as well as independent authors.  I generally stick with 3 publishers Joffe Books, Orenda and Bloodhound Books, but also do a lot for independent authors who either approach me to run a tour, or go through one of the other tour operators, whose lists I am on, these include Jill Burkinshaw, Anne Cater, Rachel Gilbey and Kelly Lacey.

What do you think of the books Joffe publish are they usually good, average, bad?

Unlike some other publishers I have yet to read a bad book by a Joffe author.  The books are really well written by the author and edited and proofread by Joffe, which definitely makes them easy to read.  Obviously mistakes do happen but once they have been pointed out Joffe always correct them promptly.

How do Joffe Blog Tours compare to the ones run by other publishers?

The tours are always run well with the organiser sending out the book and all media kits with enough time that if anything needs changing it can be modified easily before the tour starts.  Personally I can also have the date I want 95% of the time, which helps me to organise it around all of the other tours I am taking part in.

The organiser is always really helpful and approachable, especially if personal reasons prevent anyone from completing their stop, she will always supply a promotional or guest spot instead.

Joffe Books is run differently to other publishers is the short notice of book releases a problem given how much in demand bloggers are?

As I have been on Joffe’s blog tours for a year now I am used to the short turnaround where you normally only get a week or so notice.  I have now adjusted the order I read the books and if I don’t think I would be able to read it for the start of the tour I request to close it giving me an extra week or so to finish it.

Now that I try to stick with only 2 or 3 blog tours a week I can easily fit in another one from Joffe, which I always do as I love the books they publish.

Some Bloggers leave room for Joffe Books are you one of those? If so why?

As mentioned above I am one of the people who always leave room for a Joffe book, especially when I know in advance that a book is due to be released shortly.  I leave space for them as I know they will be well written and hold my attention throughout the whole book.  This does become an issue as it means that once I have started a Joffe Book I don’t want to put it down and always feel a tiny bit sad when I have to due to life and work.

Joffe Books has a launch team that get together in a virtual party setting and many of the authors support each other and chat with the readers and bloggers. Do you think this is a good idea? If so why?

I think the virtual parties are a great idea for both authors, bloggers and readers alike as it is a great way for the readers to get to know the authors in a fun setting, plus it helps create a bond between author and readers, ensuring that when the next book comes along the reader will associate this with how much fun they had chatting to the author at the last party.

I think it also helps that the authors who are friendly at their own party also go to the other ones, therefore keeping their name out there and helping to create a great united front between the Joffe Authors.

All the books which have a party have also done well on Amazon in UK, USA and Australia, which I think has come from the fact that almost everyone who goes to each party ends up buying a copy of the book, if they don’t win one at the party itself.

Do you think the Joffe Blog Tour experience could be improved? If so what would you recommend?

Not really I think it is organised and executed really professionally and with minimal fuss.

Is there anything else you would like to say about Joffe Books, their authors or Social Media Promoter?

I personally think that Joffe have done very well hand picking the authors they have and all of them seem to love working with Joffe, which doesn’t always happen where writers and publishers are concerned.  This love seems to bring the best out of the authors and help them to write some amazing books.

The Social Media Promoter does a sterling job of filling the spots promptly, especially given the short notice Joffe like to give her, and she is always really friendly and approachable whenever there are any issues.  She does such a great job for Joffe that I don’t think the books would have the same amount of success if she wasn’t there organising everything.

She also does a great job organising the parties as well as offering great prizes at them.

By Simon Leonard, Black Books Blog



 

JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett

 

 

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett #TeamJoffeBooks

Today on my Joffe Books Rolling Blog the spotlight is on Chris Collett, author of the totally gripping Tom Mariner series. The latest addition to this great series, MARRIED LIES, is released today so watch out for the Blog Tour. Chris is the last of the Joffe authors on my blog but keep watching as I have some more interesting blogs to come. First we will hear what Chris thinks of her publisher: Joffe Books then read on for information on the books in this brilliant series.

 

My name’s Chris Collett and I’m a writer.

I have no idea what brought my books to the attention of Jasper Joffe early in 2017, but every day since June of the same year, I have marvelled at my good fortune that something, or someone, did.

The first in the DI Tom Mariner series (then called ‘Worm in the Bud’) was published back in 2004 by a small indie publisher, which has since been swallowed up by a much larger conglomerate. Before the ink on the contract was dry, the advice from my agent was: ‘Don’t give up the day job.’ Wise words indeed. But hey, I was published! Surely it was just a matter of time..? That first was very much a traditional publishing experience with a mostly DIY approach to publicity; an unknown author gets virtually no marketing budget or support. And guess what? After a brief, mild flurry of interest and handful of reviews – some, it must be said, from supportive friends and family – each book sank without trace.

I’d made a decision right from the start to leave the sales and royalties to my accountant other half. Conversations with other euphemistically-named ‘mid-list’ authors had indicated early on that to do otherwise was the road to certain madness. It meant I could respond to the question: ‘How are the books doing?’ with an airy vagueness, and people soon gave up asking. I told myself – truthfully, as it happens – that publication alone was far more than I had ever expected and contented myself with that. I would go on being a teacher who writes a bit.

It came as no surprise that when the small publisher was taken over, the contracts dried up. I was grateful then to be picked up by an even more ‘traditional’ publisher that catered largely for the shrinking library market. But frustrations around (exorbitant) pricing and (non-existent) marketing continued. Having reverted rights to the first three books, I dabbled in self-publication and began selling, if not in huge numbers, with greater regularity; one or two each week.

In January 2016 I retired from the day job to “spend more time with my laptop” and to at last have time to really focus on my writing career, such as it was. More than ever, I felt like a fraud. Until on Sunday 22nd January 2017 (6.52pm to be precise), when everything changed.

All it took was a simple, four-line email asking if I’d be interested in working with a new publisher – Joffe Books. It’s hard to believe now but alongside the inevitable curiosity, my first reaction was also one of deep suspicion. Who was this chancer, Jasper Joffe? Was he about to inveigle the rights to my books and then rip me off? How did he find out about me? Given what I knew about publishing, how could this possibly be kosher? A conversation followed in which the promises sounded too good to be true. I even contacted an established Joffe author (Joy Ellis) to find out what the catch might be. But the catch is, there is no catch.

Joffe has been a safe pair of hands right from the start and the publication process has felt, for the first time, like a genuinely shared effort. In particular, I love that edits (improvements) are encouraged at every stage and suggestions for jacket images are invited (the image for Deadly Lies is my own photograph). Joffe Books have shown faith, invested in the promotion of the DI Mariner series and suddenly the books are being read. By lots of people. I think it’s no coincidence that in the last six months I have begun to say something I’ve never admitted to before: My name is Chris Collett and I’m a writer.

By Chris Collett


THE DI TOM MARINER SERIES

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies
Book 4: Baby Lies
Book 5: Married Lies

DEADLY LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]DEADLY LIES (DI Tom Mariner #1)  Amazon

Journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home. A syringe is in his arm and a note by his side reads, ‘No More.’

Open and shut case of suicide? Not for DI Mariner. Hours before, he saw Barham picking up a woman in a bar. And then Mariner discovers Barham’s younger brother, Jamie, hiding in a cupboard under the stairs.

Jamie is the only witness to his brother’s death, but his severe autism makes communication almost impossible. Mariner is determined to connect with Jamie and get to the truth. Is the journalist’s death related to his investigation of a local crime kingpin?

What other dark secrets does Jamie hold the key to and can Mariner keep his relationship professional with Barham’s attractive sister, Anna?

In a nail-biting conclusion, Mariner races against time to prevent more lives being lost.

 

INNOCENT LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]INNOCENT LIES (DI Tom Mariner #2)  Amazon

Two teenagers go missing on the same day. Just a coincidence?

They are from very different backgrounds: Yasmin is the talented, grammar-school-educated daughter of devout Muslim professionals. Ricky disappears after storming out of his council house after an argument with his mum’s latest boyfriend.

DI Mariner knows Ricky’s mother from his days in uniform. He is furious when his superiors take him off Ricky’s case and reassign him to the more politically sensitive investigation. The press — and his bosses — are convinced that Yasmin’s disappearance is a racially motivated abduction. Her family have been the target of a far right group.

But Mariner soon discovers that Yasmin is far from the innocent victim her parents think she is. Can he get to the bottom of a perplexing case where no one is what they seem?

Find out the answers in this crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

 

KILLER LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]KILLER LIES (DI Tom Mariner #3)  Amazon

First, a badly decomposed body of a young woman is found in a Birmingham sewer. The police can’t identify her and dub her “Madeleine.”

Then an important politician and his wife are shot on an isolated road. “Vengeance is mine” is scrawled in blood at the scene.

And finally, a bomb explosion in the busy city kills five people, causing chaos and panic.

Can Detective Mariner and his team get to the bottom of crimes that will come very close to home for him and his team?

Mariner will need to bend the rules and risk everything to get to the truth. And in a thrilling conclusion, his own life will be threatened.

 

BABY LIES a gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns by [COLLETT, CHRIS]BABY LIES (DI Tom Mariner #4)   Amazon

Six-week-old baby Jessica is abducted from a local nursery. And Detective Tom Mariner realises he’s not going to get the time-off he was hoping for.

The police get a good description of the woman who took Jessica, but the appeal to the public doesn’t generate a single lead.

Then the kidnapper calls demanding money for Jessica’s safe return . . . and a terrible discovery is made in the woods.

Can Mariner get to bottom of a complex case which involves much more than child abduction?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

 

MARRIED LIES 2

MARRIED LIES (Tom Mariner #5)  Amazon

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.


Chris Collett author photo jpgCHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Links

Website: www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477



JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

 

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams #TeamJoffeBooks

Good morning.  Today is day 15 of my Joffe Books Rolling Blog and today I am very excited that the spotlight is on Taylor Adams, the author of 3 brilliant stand-alone thrillers.  First let us hear what Taylor has to say about his publisher: Joffe Books.

 

Working with Joffe Books since 2014 on three book releases has been an absolute delight. Their marketing reach is truly phenomenal, as shown by Joffe Books’ impressive sales figures in both the UK and US. As a publisher they are nimble, careful, and author-focused every step of the way. Over these past years I’ve enjoyed remarkable shared success with them, and had the pleasure of interacting with a roster of talented authors and marketers. And Jasper himself is knowledgeable, kind, and incredibly responsive – even an ocean and many time zones away!


BOOKS BY TAYLOR ADAMS

EYESHOT: a gripping edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller by [ADAMS, TAYLOR]

EYE SHOT   available from Amazon

Gripping, thrilling, unputdownable suspense. In the middle of the desert a couple are pinned down by a ruthless sniper

A thriller that you won’t be able to put down

James and Elle Eversman are a young couple travelling through the Mojave desert on their way to a new life. When their car mysteriously breaks down they are stranded in the middle of nowhere without much water and no cell-phone reception.

A mile away a deadly sniper has them in his cross-hairs. They are pinned down behind their broken-down car, surrounded by open ground in all directions. There’s nowhere to run and no one to help them. How can they possibly survive?

With relentless tension, razor-sharp prose, and a surprising dose of dark humor, EYESHOT will keep you gripped till its stunning conclusion.


OUR LAST NIGHT: an edge-of-your-seat thriller by [ADAMS, TAYLOR]OUR LAST NIGHT available from  Amazon

Dan Rupley has 24 hours to survive a cursed killer gun and get his dead fiancée back. What could go wrong?

An epic edge-of-your-seat thriller that you won’t want to put down
Dan is a professional ghost hunter who’s never actually found a ghost. But his newest case is promising: a cursed Russian rifle allegedly haunted by a demon. Anyone who touches the antique weapon dies within 24 hours. But for Dan, it’s personal — he’s still mourning the death of his fiancée Adelaide, and he’s desperate to find proof that ghosts exist. At any cost.

As the clock ticks down, Dan’s paranormal investigation quickly twists into a mind-bending nightmare. He is chased through time and memory by a terrifying demon. And as for his lost love, Adelaide? She might be the only one who can save him . . .

From Amazon best-selling author Taylor Adams, OUR LAST NIGHT is a roller coaster of a ghost story full of excitement, emotion, and black humour.

Great for people who love Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Peter Straub or David Wong but really a book like nothing you’ve ever read!


NO EXIT a gripping thriller full of heart-stopping twists by [ADAMS, TAYLOR]NO EXIT available from   Amazon

A KIDNAPPED LITTLE GIRL LOCKED IN A STRANGER’S VAN. NO HELP FOR MILES. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars.

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.

Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat.

Who is the little girl? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?


Author PhotoAUTHOR BIO

Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state.

LINKS

Website: www.tayloradamsauthor.com

Twitter: @Tadamsauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylor.adams.18488



JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 14: Amanda Fleet

BOOK REVIEW: No Exit by Taylor Adams

Today on my Joffe Books Rolling Blog the spotlight is on Taylor Adams. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you my review of his latest release: NO EXIT. This is an adrenaline pumping story that you wont be able to put down.

#blogtour #noexit @joffebooks #thankspublishers #netgalley #psychologicalthriller @tadamsauthor

CoverNo Exit by Taylor Adams

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk www,amazon,co,uk
NO EXIT BY TAYLOR ADAMS
ONE OF THE TENSEST, MOST GRIPPING THRILLERS YOU WILL EVER READ. FROM TAYLOR ADAMS, UK AND US BEST-SELLING AUTHOR.
A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?
Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars.
There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.
Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat.
Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, or Stephen King.
Who is the little girl? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?


My Review

My rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars
This book starts at a steady pace but the adrenaline builds at an increasing pace throughout the book with the end result being a psychological thriller at its very best.
It is nearly Christmas and Darby is trying to get home to see her sick mother when she gets caught in a horrendous snow storm that forces her to pull in to a rest stop and so begins the nightmare that is NO EXIT. There are many different factors that go together to make this story work, well not only work but make this into one of the most moving, gripping books I have read in a long time. I am very pleased to have discovered this author and I will definitely be reading more of his work.
Darby is a very mixed up young woman and prior to finding a child locked in a van she was pretty selfish and self-centred all that changes over the course of the night at the rest stop. Her character develops well over the course of the book so we really feel we know her by the end.
The other characters are all unusual but believable. There are many twists and turns to the story and that changes how the reader relates to the characters. I have seen this in previous books but never have I seen it done as successfully and seamlessly as in this book.
It lost a point because a medical condition was mentioned and I would have liked to know more about this and the effects it may have had on the way the story progressed.
All in all an awesome read and I thank Joffe Books for the advance copy.


About the Author

taylor adams author photoTaylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His work has been selected by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his movie reviews have appeared on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state with his girlfriend Jaclyn and their chihuahua, cat, and python. EYESHOT is Adams’ debut novel. Film and audio rights have been sold.
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