Book 2 – SIGIL – Released Today (plus Pathfinders promotion)

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Six months in the making, my second book, SIGIL is released today.

It is a mystery thriller set in a small fictional village in Northern Ireland.

Featuring an unlikely hero in Catholic parish priest Tom Regan -an amateur sleuth – he could best be described as ‘Jack Preacher‘. Read more

Writing Competitions (How’s Your Luck?)

14880054656_d28b966781_zYou don’t need to search too hard to discover a range of writing competitions where budding authors can flaunt their literary wares.

Being Irish, I tend to glance every so often at what’s on the competition board of writing.ie. Another site which seems to rank highly is Christopher Fielden’s which showcases short-story competitions from all over the world into one (very long) page. Read more

How To Get An Amazon Top Reviewer To Review Your Book

pathfinders aidan j reid design for writersAs part of my promotional efforts for Pathfinders, I decided to contact Amazon Top Customer Reviewers to see if they would be interested in reviewing my book.

The reason? As a regular customer of Amazon, my purchasing decision is influenced by the strength of product reviews, and their source.

Some context for those who don’t know me. This was my first novel. Read more

The Dublin Marathon – A Poem

dublin marathon 2016I’ve rekindled that old longing, that’s gnawing in my head,
As I watch them shuffle past me, tired, weary, legs of lead.
Sodden vests and dirty singlets, numbers fastened on the front,
Beneath faces, drained of colour, mouths agape and features gaunt.

Heavy weights with light of stature, men and women, young and old,
Battling personal goals, ambitions, on Dublin’s streets in Autumn gold.
Twenty six long miles they’ve struggled, but the end is now in sight,
Every runner now a champion, who’ve achieved their personal height. Read more

That Difficult Second Book

devil worship sigil second bookThe writing of my first book spanned ten years, finally wrapping up the story in a hostel in Colombia in 2014.

My second book was started and finished within three months, manuscript returned from the editor on December 2015.

A third book was written in my ‘self-unemployed’ window of January – February 2016. In total, three books written to varying degrees of draft readiness, before I had even published the first.

Perhaps a little odd, but when I emigrated to Medellin I did so with the primary objective to work on my stories. Read more