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The Orphan Uprising, book three in our international thriller series The Orphan Trilogy, will be released in January, 2013.

A sequel to book one, The Ninth Orphan, it follows the prequel/book two, The Orphan Factory. Both those novels continue to attract stellar reviews and feature in Amazon’s top rated lists in their respective categories incl. Technothrillers etc. (They also rank highly in the prestigious literary site, Goodreads).

The Orphan Uprising storyline resumes five years after The Ninth Orphan ends. Our hero, Nine – Sebastian Hannar, the ninth-born orphan – has married his one true love and they have a beautiful son, Francis. The boy has inherited Nine’s unique DNA. When the shadowy Omega Agency abducts Francis and sends him to one of their underground medical laboratories for scientific testing and experimentation, Nine is forced to come out of retirement to find and rescue him. What follows is a hunt that takes him around the world – from Tahiti to America, Germany, Greenland, Zambia and the Congo – and brings him into violent conflict with his fellow orphans, all elite Omega operatives. As well as being up against the mighty Omega Agency, Nine is battling a serious heart condition and so is on borrowed time. It’s a race against the clock to find his son before Omega can harm the boy – and before his heart gives out.

Let me recommend books one and two in The Orphan Trilogy. They are available through Amazon. Click on the book covers below to read the first few chapters at no charge:

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2)

                          The Ninth Orphan                                                       The Orphan Factory
(Book #1)                                                                            (Book #2)


Happy holiday reading!     -Lance & James



Let me recommend Book Club Reading List, a (first class) blog that publishes a newsletter introducing book clubs to authors. They’ve published an excellent article on developing a marketing plan for your book – something that’s all too often overlooked by new and (believe it or not) experienced writers.

As the article’s Author states:

While having a book marketing plan may sound obvious, most survey respondents did not have a marketing plan in place or perform any pre-release marketing whatsoever prior to their book’s launch. In addition, most respondents believed that their lack of planning significantly hindered their book’s success. According to Francene Carroll, author of Shadows of Yesterday, “I didn’t do any marketing for my first book, Shadows of Yesterday … and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this is my worst performing book. I was very naive and didn’t realize how much work is involved in promoting your own books.”

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

A good marketing plan should do four things. First, it should help you identify your target audience. Second, it will help you build a platform to cultivate a relationship with your audience. Third, it will provide a schedule of events and milestones leading up to your book’s launch and beyond. Lastly, it will monitor and measure the success of each activity. Your marketing plan should focus on developing both short tail and long tail sales. Short tail sales events give your book an initial burst of sales right out of the gate, then fade as quickly as they started. These type of sales are crucial when launching your book to gain momentum on Amazon. Long tail sales will provide a steady base of sales that come from a deep online presence and the word of mouth that follows.

For the full article go to:

Book Club Reading List publishes a quarterly newsletter that introduces book clubs to authors who have agreed to make themselves available to participate in book club meetings. Book clubs can contact authors using details provided on our website and arrange for them to attend meetings by Skype, telephone, or in-person (when possible).


P.S. Season’s greetings and best for 2013.   –Lance & James


J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has topped the 2012 Goodreads’ Choice Awards for Best Fiction.

Our congrats to JK for yet another literary gem, and to Goodreads for the Goodreads Choice Awards – the only major book awards decided by readers. According to Goodreads’ latest post, a total of 1,156,852 readers’ votes were cast!

The Year’s Best Books
The readers have chosen! Announcing the winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. View the full results in 20 categories, and find great books for your to-read list!
See Winners 1,156,852 Votes Cast
Fiction Mystery & Thriller Historical Fiction Nonfiction
The Casual Vacancy Gone Girl The Light Between Oceans Quiet
Paranormal Fantasy Humor Young Adult Fiction Goodreads Author
Shadow of Night Let's Pretend This Never Happened The Fault in Our Stars Insurgent
View winners in all 20 categories »

To view the complete list of Best Fiction nominees go to:

Well done Ms Rowling and well done Goodreads and Goodreads’ members!




5 of 5 stars false The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)


Plainly and purely awesome thriller that had everything I like in my books.” – Goodreads reviewer Madamoiselle Charlotte. (4 December 2012).


Excerpts from Charlotte’s review:


…Super-real,ever-exciting, so-so-thrilling, and above all,always unpredictable…

…After first 30 pages, I had 50 different endings “planned” for the book. When I got to the end, none of those 50 endings were even close to the real ending. That’s how unpredictable this book was. And in good/mind-blowin’ way, too.

Same with all events in the book. Everything that happened surprised me, shocked me, blew me away completely, all in good way…


For full review go to:


The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)


To read the first few chapters of The Ninth Orphan free, or to buy the kindle edition, go to:

Also available as a trade paperback


It’s the Golden Age for writers right now, according to Author Solutions – the indie book writers’ blog


Fellow writers, don’t despair. As this must-read blog just out from Author Solutions shows: the timing has never been better for writers. Read on…


November 25, 2012 by keithogorek

Charles Dickens began his classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities with the line, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” Depending on your point of view and current position, that line might  describe what is happening in publishing today. For authors, it really is the best of times because there are more ways to get published than ever before. If you work in traditional publishing, you might think it is the worst of times as the industry goes through a transformation similar to what has already taken place in the film and music industries.

Over the weekend, I read an article by Stephen Marche in Esquire magazine where he offers that this is the absolute best time in history to be a writer. His opening statement declares that writers are whiners, but right now they have nothing to complain about.  To read the complete article, you will have to pick up a copy of the magazine on the newsstand, because it is not online yet, but here are few of the key reasons for his claim.

  1. Celebrity authors command more money than ever before. J.K. Rowling is a billionaire. Tom Wolfe got $7 million for his last book. By contrast, Charles Dickens total earnings in present value was around $10 million.
  2. Small presses are putting out more good books than ever before. In 2010, the National Book Award and the Pulitzer for fiction went to small publishers.
  3. Self-publishing has lost its stigma. Books like 50 Shades of Grey have helped demonstrate authors can take control of their own publishing futures and generate great results.
  4. It’s not just the novel. Essays are making a comeback as well. Good writers can use blogs and online content hubs like the Huffpost to practice their craft and get read.
  5. The e-reader is creating a new market, not destroying an old one.  People with e-readers read more books than people who don’t have the devices, and on average American adults read seventeen books in 2011. That number has never been higher since it started being tracked in 1990.

In summary,  Marche suggests that we are in the midst of a massive rebirth of reading which means there is more opportunity for writers. His closing line in the article says, “The whining by writers is not just untrue; it’s becoming embarrassingly untrue. New advice: Be grateful. Revel.”


Acknowledgement: Author Solutions




Our international thriller novel The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) has entered Amazon UK’s bestseller list for technothrillers.

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)

To view or order The Ninth Orphan at Amazon UK go to:

To learn more about The Ninth Orphan go to:


Now that Amazon have added Japan to their ever-growing list of sites to carry Kindle ebooks, our novels are finally available to Japanese readers!

This brings to seven sites internationally, including Japan, that the digital versions of our novels are selling in – the others being the US (also serves India and Canada), Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Unsurprisingly, the early signs from the Land of the Rising Sun are that of all three of our published novels, Japanese readers are most interested in our international thriller, The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1). Not surprising given a prominent sub-plot in this novel concerns Yamashita’s Gold.

Yamashita’s Gold, also referred to as Yamashita’s Treasure, is the name given to the alleged war loot stolen in Southeast Asia by Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in caves, tunnels and underground complexes in the Philippines. It is named for the Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita, nicknamed “The Tiger of Malaya”.

See our YouTube post for more info:

Find out more about Yamashita’s Gold in our novel The Ninth Orphan here:

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)