Apr 252014

Empire coverWell, I finally went and did it.

Empire… the fantasy novel written on a Psion Series 3 organiser that sat on my hard drive for nearly 15 years is finally out in the wild. You can now buy it as an e-book for Amazon’s range of Kindle reading devices and apps.

As some readers of this blog will know, Empire tracks the quest of half-elf Amber as she struggles to find out who she is and where she belongs — a quest that will ultimately change the mighty empire of Bantara forever.

You can download a free two chapter sample on my main website here, and when you’re ready you’ll find the full book available on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and other local Amazon sites (just search for Calvin Jones or Empire Bantara to find it).

But I don’t own a Kindle!

Don’t worry — you can still read Empire on one of Amazon’s free Kindle reading apps for smartphones, tablets and computers. Check out this page on Amazon.co.uk or this page on Amazon.com for details. I’ll make more reading formats, including a print copy, available in due course… but for now, please do check out the PDF sample, and give the Kindle version a try if you like what you read. And don’t forget to let me and other people know what you think by leaving a review on Amazon.

Finally… a huge thanks to my daughters, Ava, Nia and Lana, who nagged me to dust off Empire and publish it. Without them I suspect the procrastination demons would have won, and it would never have seen the light of day.

There’s a sequel in the works — and I for one can’t wait to find out what happens next.


Mar 022010
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I discovered The Book Depository just before Christmas, and what a boon it proved to be.

Like most writers I love to read… in fact reading widely is an essential part of my job. I love shopping for books online, but I always begrudged paying inflated international shipping costs to get books delivered to Ireland from leading UK book retailers.

Enter The Book Depository… which offers great books at fantastic prices with FREE worldwide shipping. Fantastic… now I could order my books and have them sent direct to my door in Ireland without  paying inflated shipping costs.

I ordered a number of books for Christmas, at really great prices compared to standard booksellers rates, and they all arrived promptly in the post – no fuss, no bother and best of all… no additional cost!

From now on I’ll be buying most of my books from The Book Depository – if you’re a book lover I’d recommend that you check it out.