Would you like to help budding authors get published?

Amazon has announced that readers can now visit its new Kindle Scout service and begin voting for the submissions they believe should be published as books. The company announced the program earlier this month and invited authors to send in excerpts of works to its crowdsourcing “reader-powered publishing program.”

Any reader can  vote for up to three submissions, with the Kindle Scout review team tabulating the votes every 30 days, and deciding which books should get published. Readers whose choices are selected  will get a free e-book edition of the book for their Kindles.

“Amazon customers are passionate readers who have long influenced which books become breakout best sellers,” said Russ Grandinetti, senior vice president of Kindle, in a press release. “With the launch of Kindle Scout, readers now have an even more direct say in what gets published and can get free books and discover new favorite authors in the process.”

Authors whose books are selected will be published by Kindle , with an advance of $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalties, promotion on Amazon, and 5-year renewable terms.

Calling all Leeds @rustyrockets fans

RevolutionWant to get your hands on Russell Brand’s ‘Revolution’ , come down to the library, we have copies!

Unstoppable comedian Russell Brand wants YOU to join the revolution.

Are you like him, fed-up with the status quo? Do you ask yourself why 1% of the world owns nearly half the wealth? Are you appalled that in a year of a double-dip recession, banker’s bonuses rose by around 64%? Does it anger you that multi-million pound corporations pay hardly any tax? Do you, honestly, trust your MP?

Always insightful, irreverent and funny, Russell Brand is asking the questions the nation wants answered

Specsavers Crime Thriller award winners 2014

This dark road to mercyRobert Harris and Peter May were among the winners at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 announced Friday 24th October at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Harris won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year, for An Officer and a Spy and was also inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Peter May won the Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year for Entry Island (gets a big thumbs up from Leeds readers) chosen by a group of independent publishing experts from the Awards Academy, from a shortlist of six crime reads featured throughout the Crime Thriller Club Series on ITV3.

Meanwhile Ray Celestin won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Writer of the Year for The Axeman’s Jazz and while Wiley Cash won the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year for This Dark Road to Mercy

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was novelist Denise Mina, as was ITV television programme “Midsomer Murders”.


Vote for your favourite in the Red House Children’s Book Award

Jacket ImageChildren can vote for their favourite book on  The Red House Children’s Book Award 2015 shortlist, see titles below, the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children themselves. Vote closes  mid-January 2015.

David Walliams is shortlisted for his book ‘Demon Dentist’ in the books for young readers category and Malorie Blackman is in the older readers category for her novel ‘Noble Conflict’. She is up against Sophie McKenzie, for her thriller Split Second, and debut author Pamela Butchart.

 The winners will be announced at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre in London on Saturday February 21 2015.Past winners include JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Suzanne Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Andy Stanton and Anthony Horowitz.

 The full shortlist for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2015 :

  Books for Younger Children

 Books for Younger Readers

 Books for Older Readers

New Popular Science books

Human universe

Scarcity: the true cost of not having enough

Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal

 Human Universe by Brian Cox 

Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. This TV tie in book asks questions about our origins, our destiny, and our place in the universe.

Gulp by Mary Roach

A book that  takes a look at eating- the most pleasurable, gross and necessary process we humans undertake.

Yet few of us realise what strange miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, competitive hot dog eaters and stomach slugs, as she investigates the beginning and end of our food

Scarcity: the true cost of not having enough by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar  Shafir

  • Why can we never seem to keep on top of our workload, social diary or chores?
  • Why does poverty persist around the world?
  • Why do successful people do things at the last minute in a sudden rush of energy?

Mullainathan,  ‘the most interesting young economist in the world’ & Shafir, the ‘most brilliant psychologist’ of his generation, explain why all these problems are about the science of  Scarcity and they explain why obesity is rampant; why people find it difficult to sleep when most sleep deprived; and why the lonely find it so hard to make friends.

Bob and George

A gift from BobWe do love Streetcat named Bob and he’s got a new book out.

A Gift from Bob by James Bowen

If you’re a fan of Bob the Streetcat, he’s got a new book out for Christmas – From the day James rescued Bob the street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and, through the bestselling books ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ and ‘The World According to Bob’, touched millions around the world. In this new story from their journey together, James looks back at the last Christmas they spent scraping a living onJohn & George: the dog who changed my life the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times – providing strength, friendship and inspiration but also teaching him important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas along the way.

 John & George: the dog who changed my life by John Dolan

Not too far from Angel in London where Bob and James used to busk, is Shoreditch. On sunny days in the High Street, you’ll find John Dolan and his dog George.

George sits patiently while John draws portraits of him and the buildings opposite. John describes how he turned his life around through the companionship of his best friend in the book.



The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The book of strange new thingsDutch born author Michel Faber, author of ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ has a sixth novel out ‘The Book of Strange New Things’.

It has been reviewed widely and called a ‘monumental, genre-defying novel’ that David Mitchell calls “Michel Faber’s second masterpiece,” The Book of Strange New Things is a masterwork from a writer in full command of his many talents.

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC.   His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling.  Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.  

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable.  While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival.  Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

Marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made The Crimson Petal and the White such an international success, The Book of Strange New Things is extraordinary, mesmerizing, and replete with emotional complexity and genuine pathos.