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Free thriller eBook Sicilian Channel

Want some free reading thrills? For a limited time I'm offering a free copy of my thriller 'Sicilian Channel', which follows on from 'Gate of Tears'. Get a copy now on my website at …


Added by James Marinero on June 22, 2017 at 2:57am — No Comments

'Sword of Allah' eBook giveaway

I've just launched 'Sword of Allah' and I'm running a limited time promotion, currently giving away 100 ebook copies ( more about the book at ).

If you'd like some suspense and nail-biting moments then hop over to …


Added by James Marinero on October 4, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

Sword of Allah book launch - just 2 weeks to go!

The second in my 'Maghreb Triliogy', this is a bang up to date techno thriller.

In February 2016 North Korea announced the successful testing of a fusion bomb. This sets the backdrop to frantic diplomatic activity and a multi-threaded tale of intrigue. Outrageous demands by a visionary terrorist group become public and throw the United Nations into…


Added by James Marinero on September 5, 2016 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Sicilian Channel Launched: Exploring North African Islamist Terrorism

Lymington, UK, 10th May 2016 - From milkman to author, Lymington to Moscow, James Marinero has great stories to tell. His latest thriller, ‘Sicilian Channel’ is published today.

This story reflects the upsurge of Islamist terrorism in North Africa - the Maghreb or Barbary Coast - attacking the ‘soft underbelly of Europe’ (Winston Churchill’s phrase).…


Added by James Marinero on May 10, 2016 at 8:39am — No Comments

New direction, new book

I've spent most of the past year working on a biography - a totally unexpected project for me. Now, Susan's Brother is published.

In 1957, at the age of 9, Susan’s brother was in an adult unit – a unit treating very seriously ill mental patients. In 1985, Susan’s brother took delivery of an Aston Martin DBS.

The intervening 28 years hold a remarkable story about a man who grew and prospered as a successful engineering professional, but started out as a dyslexic ‘slow…


Added by James Marinero on August 1, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Warning About Amazon - A Great Piece Of Marketing

A traditional bookstore owner has come up with a great idea for marketing his stores: An Amazon Warning Popup in the Google Chrome Browser!

The full story is at…


Added by James Marinero on December 20, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

ePub at Last!

At last I got round to revisiting my back-burner ePub project for Gate of Tears. Loading onto Amazon was easy - I did that months ago, but then gave up on the ePub version. Well, this week I cracked it. Then I found that choosing a distributor was a nightmare.

In the end I loaded it onto It was quick, clean and easy as I'd got it through epubcheck1.2 at long last, before I attempted the Lulu load. It was up and available within 2 hours. Pretty good, given it's only 2 weeks…


Added by James Marinero on December 10, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Freemium Publishing - Chinese Model

Probably a bit off-blogtheme, but useful information nevertheless for authors about how the publishing world is changing.


Added by James Marinero on November 6, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Book Marketing Tip - Sharing the Word with Libraries

My publisher sent me off this week, off with parcel of books. Copies of 'Gate of Tears' to deliver to my local county library.


In the UK, public libraries are under threat of execution. Many (some reports say 400) are seriously threatened because of cuts in public expenditure. Book acquisitions are being cut.


'You're a new product' my publisher says. You need to build a readership. Fair enough. Free…


Added by James Marinero on August 20, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Tip - Using Your Book Research For Marketing

Forgive me if this has been said somewhere else, but as I progress with my books, my approach to writing and marketing is changing. There's a tip here that some of you might find useful.


My work includes some scientific topics, politics, naval and aerial conflict, medical conditions and a host of other areas which require detailed research. When I do my research (and some of it is done during the writing of the book as a plot twists and turns), I organise my new knowledge…


Added by James Marinero on August 17, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Creative Press Releases

Where did this guy come from? My publisher has been nagging me about press releases. So, we got creative.


Depending on genre, you can use snippets from your books to generate press releases. In my genre - techno-thrillers - it is perhaps easier than for say a genre such as literary fiction. We have a few press releases along the lines that follow:




30 Megajoule Electromagnetic Pulse Gun Technology - A Reality?



Added by James Marinero on August 9, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Maybe A Useful Guide To An Author For Booksales, But Otherwise A C##p Video

Do you need a point of sale display? Well they are easy to make (< $2). Here's a cheap and cheerful video about how you can put together a low-cost counter-top bookstand. Why only put them in bookstores?


What goes around comes around! Find it useful? Yes? Then how's about a like on Facebook or follow my blog…


Added by James Marinero on August 2, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments

The Importance Of Book Cover Design - Setting Out Your Ideas

I worked with my publisher to produce a design brief, so we could get quotes for the cover design of 'Gate of Tears' - I hadn't realised that it was such a detailed job.


In the end we found a great designer, but even so, he didn't read or absorb the brief thoroughly and it seems there was a bit of to-ing and fro-ing. I ended up with something completely different to what I…


Added by James Marinero on July 31, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Gate of Tears is Here

I was finishing the last chapters of my thriller  'Gate of Tears' in March this year, in an apartment in Malta, overlooking the sea. British Tornadoes were flying on their way to and from bombing missions in LIbya, and I could see warships and ferries bringing refugees from Libya into Malta (just a couple of hundred miles away). The main political and superpower action in 'Gate of…


Added by James Marinero on July 30, 2011 at 4:44am — No Comments

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