The Knife Edge Anthology has been a great success since its launch in May 2013. This collection of twenty-five crime, thriller, mystery and suspense stories from twenty-three authors has remained in the e-book crime fiction charts on Amazon.com for several months, generating welcome exposure for the contributing authors and providing great entertainment for readers across the globe.
So, we’re going to do it all again in 2014. But this time the genre will be romance with a crime, mystery or suspense twist.
Edge of Passion will be published in June 2014. Inclusion in the anthology will be part of the prize for winners of the latest short-story competition hosted by MULTI-STORY.CO.UK . There is a nominal entry fee and the top three stories will each win a cash prize. All winners will receive a paperback and e-book copy of the anthology. Further details here. Closing date is 30th April 2014.
In other news, Marble City is running another free competition to win a Kindle Fire HD Tablet. Click here to enter!
We had a great response to our Kindle Paperwhite free draw with entrants from eighteen different countries around the globe. The winner, chosen at random by historical novelist Mary Wood, is Mandy Huggins from West Yorkshire. Congratulations to Mandy and we will be emailing her a set of Marble City titles to get her Kindle Paperwhite e-book collection off to a good start.
Thanks to everyone who entered the draw and please stay with us at Marble City Publishing as all subscribers will be automatically entered into our next free draw, this time for a Kindle Fire HD Tablet, closing 30th April 2014. Good luck to everyone.
P.S. Mary Wood’s latest release is Judge Me Not and her Breckton Trilogy box set is proving very popular. Congratulations again to Mary on her seven book deal with Pan Macmillan.
We are delighted to announce Marble City Publishing has signed a contract with Georgia Fallon for her romantic suspense novel The Vow.
A young woman disillusioned by love. A powerful and ruthless man haunted by the past. Neither entirely what they seem to be.
Family and friends with their own agendas. Manipulation, deception and betrayal.
A vindictive journalist, a beautiful brothel-keeper and a formidable henchman. Bribery, blackmail and intimidation.
During a long hot summer their lives intertwine and many change forever. There are winners. There are losers.
The Vow will be available as an e-book on Amazon by end December 2013.
Want to win a new Kindle? Marble City Publishing is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite plus leather cover in a free draw, visit here to enter: http://eepurl.com/JoCm5
To celebrate the coming new year we are giving away a brand new Kindle Paperwhite plus leather cover to one lucky entrant in our draw. Closing date is 6th January 2014 (extended from 31st December 2013) and the winner will be drawn from the virtual hat by bestselling historical saga author Mary Wood at the start of January 2014. To enter the draw simply complete your details below. You even get to choose the shade of leather case. We will also get your kindle library off to a good start by including all current Marble City Publishing titles in kindle format. Somebody is going to have a great start to the New Year!
Just a quick word about the Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon describe it as the ultimate device for reading … No glare in bright sunlight … Won’t tire your eyes in the dark … Charge monthly, not daily etc. We have to agree with them. The basic Kindle was great and this is even better for serious readers.
Entry to the draw is easy and free. Just click here, complete the form and respond to the confirmation email.
Now on Amazon, Scherzo was nominated for the Booker Prize and is available in Kindle format for the first time.
Here’s the Amazon review of the original hardback:
Jim Williams’ Scherzo takes us to the city of gondolas and masks in its most decadent period, to an 18th-century never-never land where dates and identities blur. Castrated as a boy to preserve his soprano voice for the church, Ludovico survives by singing, whoring and his wits. With a visiting French philosopher going by the name of Arouet, Ludovico finds the stabbed and disembowelled body of his employer’s rival Signor Molin hanging from a bridge. Ludovico’s troubles do not end there. He is pursued by Jesuit conspirators and a jealous madman obsessed with a blue velvet suit Ludovico has borrowed from his gigolo friend Giacomo (as with Arouet, Williams makes us guess at Giacomo’s true identity).
As he shares in Arouet’s investigation of the murder, Ludovico matches wits with the sharpest minds of his time and proves considerably more than the Watson-like narrator he at first appears. Williams has produced one of the more decorative historical thrillers of recent years and at the same time interestingly subverts the whole genre. After all, “scherzo” means “joke”, and there are deep levels at which this is not a wholly serious book–”the solution to a mystery is not like the goal of a journey, and that it is the journey not the destination which enlightens us”. The games intrinsic to thrillers are played with delicious frivolity. And yet, what is serious is the touching portrait of the vulnerable narrator Ludovico who gradually acquires self-respect amid the threats and contempt of his social superiors. –Roz Kaveney
Reviewers please email Marble City for a review copy (available in mobi, epub and pdf).
We are delighted to announce that a further three of Jim Williams’ titles will be published by Marble City in the coming months:
- Scherzo,: Murder & Mystery in 18th Century Venice;
- The Strange Death of a Romantic: a World War II Murder Mystery;
- Recherché: A Vampire Murder Mystery.
First up will be Scherzo, due for release September 2013. Here’s a preview of the cover:
MEET two unusual detectives. Ludovico – a young man who has had his testicles cut off for the sake of opera. And Monsieur Arouet – a fraudster, or just possibly the philosopher Voltaire.
VISIT the setting. Carnival time in mid-18th century Venice, a city of winter mists, and the season of masquerade and decadence.
ENCOUNTER a Venetian underworld of pimps, harlots, gamblers, forgers and charlatans.
BEWARE of a mysterious coterie of aristocrats, Jesuits, Freemasons and magicians.
DISCOVER a murder: that of the nobleman, Sgr Alessandro Molin, found hanging from a bridge with his guts hanging out and a message in code from his killer.
Scherzo is a murder mystery of sparkling vivacity and an historical novel of stunning originality told with a wit and style highly praised by critics and nominated for the Booker Prize.
Multi-story is running a competition to win a professional critique of your novel opening (up to 2500 words) by Booker Prize nominated author Jim Williams. Three winners will receive an incisive critique from Marble City author Jim, who has had twelve novels internationally published to critical acclaim, and he describes here what he is looking for in the winning entries. Entry to the competition is open until 30th September 2013 and here are the rules.