No Remorse Competition Winners Announced

I’m delighted to announce the winners of several competitions running during November.

The Retweet Competition in the UK was won by SusiSuu, who wins a paperback copy of No Remorse.

The Facebook Author Like competition was won by Rich Meyer, from Pennsylvania. Rich wins an Audio copy of No Remorse.

 

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

No Remorse by Ian Walkley

No Remorse

by Ian Walkley

Giveaway ends December 12, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Have a paperback but would like an e-book version of No Remorse?

If you already own a paperback version of No Remorse, but would also like to receive a FREE e-book as well, please email me a photograph of you reading No Remorse, and I will arrange to get you the e-book version at no charge.

Sorry, I can’t do it the other way around for people who already have e-books!

Email the photo of you reading No Remorse to: ian@ianwalkley.com

Links to buy the paperback of No Remorse:

Australian edition:

http://www.dymocks.com.au/ProductDetails/ProductDetail.aspx?R=9780980806601 – .T6WX5Z8thWk

USA edition:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/no-remorse-ian-walkley/1037031892?ean=9780980806601&itm=5&usri=no+remorse

UK edition:

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/No-Remorse-Ian-Walkley/9780980806625

 

A great free application: Send to Kindle

It’s not often I go around spouting the benefits of apps, but I have discovered two lately that I love – Spotify and Send to Kindle. Let me tell you about Send to Kindle…

If you have a Kindle or Kindle reader application and have not discovered this app from Amazon yet, you should get it. With Send to Kindle you can send any pdf document to your kindle. It will re-format the pdf to Kindle format perfectly (unlike Calibre which always gives me trouble). Send to Kindle is perfect for transferring your own Word docs (saved as pdf) to your kindle instead of carrying around big reports and things. Not to mention using it to send pdfs of your Manuscript to your readers for feedback.

You can get Send to Kindle here. It’s free! http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle

Author Bryce Courtenay leaves us

Bryce Courtenay died today, aged 79. An amazing and productive author, Bryce published his final work Jack of Diamonds, only two weeks ago. He didn’t take up writing until he was in his 50’s and he produced 21 books in 24 years. Not bad for an old guy, who also happened to run 40 marathons in that time.

He sold 20 million books, and in his last message to readers, he basically said “Thank you.”

Bryce was and will remain an inspiration for all writers who, like me, started late in life.

For a more detailed report, read on here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-23/bryce-courtenay-dead-at-79/4388010

 

The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop

Welcome to this blog hop. What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here you have the chance to find many new authors. Here you’ll find information about Ian Walkley and the book No Remorse, and also links to five other authors you might like to check out.

I’d like to thank fellow author Sandy Curtis for tagging me to participate.

Click the links below to find out about Sandy Curtis’s books.

Website:  www.sandycurtis.com

Blog: http://sandycurtis.com/blog/

Buy Fatal Flaw and my backlist: http://clandestinepress.com.au/content/sandy-curtis

http://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Flaw-ebook/dp/B006GX9D0I

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.

1: What is the working title of your book?

No Remorse

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I think the ideas emerged over time, through reading and seeing what was happening in the news. I traveled in the Middle East, and researched many of the elements of the plot, such as slavery, illegal organ transplants, missing nuclear material, financial banking scams and so on. So while No Remorse has the action of a James Bond thriller, it could be happening right now.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Action thriller.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Lee McCloud: Maybe Aaron Eckhart, Paul Walker, Ryan Reynolds. NOT Tom Cruise, please!

Khalid: Eric Bana

Tally: Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Kate Beckinsdale, Rhona Mitra?

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A loose cannon ex-soldier and a female computer analyst search for two girls kidnapped by a group using healthy teenagers in organ transplants and discover a global conspiracy.

6: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

It was self-published. My next book Bait, I will still seek a publisher, but I’m not prepared to wait for years.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Six months, then two and half years to polish it and have it edited ready to publish. My second book has taken nine months for the same outcome. Hopefully, the third will be six months.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Wilbur Smith’s Those in Peril, The movie Taken (the first one). Readers compare No Remorse with stories of Lee Child, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Chris Ryan, Brad Thor.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I traveled a lot in business, and I’d often buy a book at the airport bookstore. They were invariably thrillers—global conspiracies, exotic places, heroes bigger than life chasing nasty bad guys and beautiful women. I wanted to write a thriller like that. And did. In my younger days I enjoyed Wilbur Smith, Alistair Maclean and Robert Ludlum, Isaac Asimov and Philip Dick. More recently Harlan Coben, John Grisham, David Baldacci and Lee Child. I guess their storytelling inspired me to want to write.

 10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

McCloud, or Mac as they call him, is a Delta Force special operations soldier, a highly trained killer, but not the type to just blindly follow orders. He makes mistakes, and is governed by a strong loyalty to his friends. I don’t think readers want to have more invincible heroes. They want them to have faults and prejudices that get them into trouble. Mac is not great with women, for example.

The bad guy, Sheik Khalid, he’s into all kinds of evil – kidnapping, drugs, slavery, organ transplants, terrorism. Yet he’s not a Bin Laden stereotype. I wanted a bad guy who readers could hate, but not just a terrorist. Khalid has rebelled against the teachings of Islam, especially since his first love was stoned to death. He is determined to overthrow the Saudi regime, and impose a more democratic regime, which would give people more freedom. But with his type of freedom comes a heavy price.

There are three tough female characters in the book, Tally, Sheriti and Anastia. The three female characters are all strong in very different ways. Tally is a computer genius, Sheriti is a trained Mossad agent, and Anastia is a skilled sniper for hire from Bulgaria.

The plotting in No Remorse is complex. It was quite tricky logistically to make it work, especially when you have seven POV characters, each with their own story, travelling between the US, Europe and the Middle East on planes and boats. I had to check, for example, that Mac could physically get to the island of Andaran in a certain time, given that he had to catch three separate flights, because there wasn’t a direct flight from London. Actually, that enabled me to write in a scene on a plane where he is confronted by a female assassin, which was a lot of fun to write. Some novelists don’t worry about that sort of detail. I know we’re writing fiction, but I like things to be realistic.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday.

Be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

Ian Graham

Website: http://www.iangrahamthrillers.com/

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Patriots-Tyrants-Thriller-Declan-ebook/dp/B009D9OTW4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352576281&sr=1-2&keywords=patriots+&+tyrants

Blog Link: http://www.iangrahamthrillers.com/blog.html

 

Blake Stevens

Blog: http://fromblakesbookshelf.blogspot.com.au/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Still-Stupid-at-Sixty-ebook/dp/B008T2THFK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1351586233&sr=1-1&keywords=still+stupid+at+sixty

 

Donna Galanti

Website & Blog: http://donnagalanti.wordpress.com/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IIIZUO

 

Michael Balkind

Website: http://www.balkindbooks.com/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Ball-Michael-Balkind/dp/1451524447/

 

Allan Leverone

Website: http://allanleverone.com/

Blog link: http://allanleverone.blogspot.com/
Book purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lonely-Mile-ebook/dp/B005DAX06I

 

 

 

Book Titles: What’s in a name? No Remorse.

Because of the unique ISBN number, book titles are mostly not trademark protected, unless they are huge successes like Harry Potter or Twilight, or popular non-fiction series like Chicken Soup for the Soul ®, and the Dummies ® books series. Some authors, of course, try to capitalise on the success of a similar title, the classic scenario being Fifty Shades of Grey, where there are many similar titles (some of these parodies). Before Fifty Shades, however, there were numerous books called Shades of Grey.

Choosing a title for your book is a challenge, not so much because of the risk of trademark breach, but because it needs to be memorable and hopefully different from other books (particularly in the same genre) so as not to confuse the prospective buyer. But there’s always the chance you will discover a book already has your preferred title, or subsequent to publishing your book, another author may call their work the same title.

In my case, before selecting No Remorse as the title of my first novel in November 2009, I considered fifteen titles: The Blue Aliya, Stormy, The Fortress, The Cave of Nzwani, The Game We Play, Beyond Control, Dark Waters, Taran 357, The Prince, The Prophecies of Enoch, Deniable Justice, Deniable Sanction, The Cavern of Anjouan, The Cargo, The Taran Assignment, and finally, No Remorse.

My next book is tentatively entitled “Bait”. A few months ago an Australian movie was released called “Bait” about a shark that eats people in a supermarket after being washed ashore in a tsunami. Nothing like my book. Should I change my title? We’ll see.

At the time I chose my title No Remorse, I checked and could only find one book with a similar title, With No Remorse, by Cindy Gerard, published in July 2011 (18 months after I selected my title but six months before I published). If Cindy’s title had been No Remorse I would have used a different title. Recently, I found that several other books have been published with a similar or the same title. A more thorough search revealed that, in fact, there were other books called No Remorse before mine. One dated back to 1997.

The oldest book with the title No Remorse I’ve discovered goes back to the year 1997. Written by Luke Williamson, it’s a story about a riverboat captain turned private detective in the US reconstruction period. http://www.amazon.com/Remorse-Williamson-Masey-Baldridge-Mystery/dp/0802733026

This is the latest one, published in November 2012 by RF Sharp: http://www.amazon.com/No-Regrets-Remorse-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00A2H95X4 Sydney Simone is a ‘human pest controller’

Before that came http://www.amazon.com/Remorse-Book-Heart-Series-ebook/dp/B007P6CT9M Amber is a werewolf…

Here’s Cindy Gerard’s version. http://www.amazon.com/With-No-Remorse-ebook/dp/B004IK92P2 A black ops operative saves a woman from being kidnapped.

Here are the rest:

This one’s interesting because it has eyes on the cover, like my cover. Totally coincidental. Laura is a research geneticist whose murderous dreams one day become a reality. http://www.amazon.com/No-Remorse-Jennifer-Goodhand/dp/0741404419

http://www.amazon.com/NO-REMORSE-ebook/dp/B005OC2XNQ (Sep 2011) Nitram’s non-fiction story is about a criminal in war-torn London.

http://www.amazon.com/No-Remorse-ebook/dp/B006ZU787M (Jan 2012) A crime mystery.

http://www.amazon.com/NO-REMORSE-ebook/dp/B006ZG5ZD0 (2006) About a disturbed girl Elaine.

http://www.amazon.com/No-Remorse-Kensington/dp/0786013877 (2000) Non fiction, about a serial killer.

http://www.amazon.com/No-Remorse-Rise-Killer-Wallace/dp/1588382648 (2011) Non fiction, about a murderer and well known businessman John Wallace.

http://www.amazon.com/No-Show-Remorse-David-Walker/dp/0312252404 (2002) Crime and corruption in Chicago.

http://www.amazon.com/No-Remorse-Scott-Bounds/dp/1615467386 (2010) The impact of organized crime on individuals. Kayden Sullivan goes to work for the local mob boss.

 http://www.amazon.com/Remorse-Stories-South-Africa/dp/0921966032 (2004) Fiction stories from South Africa.

 

 

 

Jetom’s Five Star Review of No Remorse

Thank you Jetom for this review of No Remorse, my 29th Five Star Review!

5.0 out of 5 stars Want a great read?, November 16, 2012
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A new Australian author, Ian Walkley has self published his first Action Thriller No Remorse
This a great action story that the likes of Chris Ryan & Duncan Falconer have written, & like their books you simply cannot put it down. From the very first page you are taken into the world of Special Forces, tough, detemined & with the intent to locate & destroy the bad guys, saving a vunerable young lady in the process. Really gripping stuff.
I love this type of book, one that takes you out of your every day repetetive life & takes you along with the action.
I can Highly Recommend Ian’s book, I believe he is destined to be a very popular author.
Without doubt a ***** read.