Interview with Wave WSM Community Radio
2019 And All That
Justin concluded his World Tour of Somerset and the West Country with a book signing at Weston-super-Mareâ€™s WH Smithâ€™s last Saturday (14th December).
That marked his 14th book signing this year, taking in various Waterstones stores, two WH Smith branches, and a host of South West indie bookshops, including the Snug in Bridgwater, Hunting Raven in Frome, and Chard Bookshop in Chard.
In 2019, Justinâ€™s given 26 author talks in South West libraries and local associations. These have taken him into wilds of Wiveliscombe and Worle, amongst others. A place on the 2019 Honoursâ€™ Board is reserved for the librarians of Bridwgater, Frome, Minehead, Wells and Yeovil, who were brave enough to have him back twice this year.
Heâ€™s also given 22 radio interviews and been invited to studios in Taunton, Bristol, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Frome. Itâ€™s possible heâ€™s now knows how to speak into a radio mic!
This PR is not just a tally of all the places heâ€™s been fortunate enough to visit this year, but also a chance to say a huge thank you to all the bookshop managers and owners, the library staff and the U3A organisers, who have backed him through the year. Not forgetting all the people who came along to his talks and who bought his books. A special thanks is reserved for the good folks at Troubador Publishing for putting up with me for another year!
Justin is giving an author talk, The Mother and Father of All Things, at Dorchester Library at 11 a.m. on Saturday 18th January 2020.
I will be giving my Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Bristol's Morning Show at 8.40 a.m. on Friday 24th January.
On Saturday 25th January at 4 p.m. at the Stable Creative Hub in Weston-super-Mare, I will be giving a talk on Self-Publishing: How to Promote your Book.
The official publication date of my third novel, The Coronation, is 28th January.
At 7.30 p.m., on Thursday 30th January, I'll be giving an author talk entitled 'The Great Enlightenment: Is That How it Was Meant to Be?' at Exeter St. Thomas Library.
I will be back in Exeter, at the Main Library, from 12-2 p.m. on Sunday 16th February for an Author Meet and Greet and Book Signing.
I'll be signing copies of The Coronation from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday 22nd February at Chard Bookshop, Chard, Somerset.
From 22nd-28th February, Love Books Tours will be hosting a blog tour on behalf of The Coronation.
At 4 p.m. on Saturday 29th February, I am thrilled to have the official book launch of The Coronation at Waterstones Weston-super-Mare branch.
This is the third and by far the best book of Justin Newland. The story takes place in 18th century East Prussia and centres around the experience of the matriarch of a smaller land owning family. Whilst the men are off to war she goes through a spiritual journey that develops alongside the characters of the parallel plots about family honour and fortune.
The story is well told and the sub plots keep you engaged as you get to understand the main plot and message. From time to time the becomes a little to explicit for my liking (I prefer to infer motives rather than getting them spoon fed) but it only happens sporadically.
The book has a spiritual message (clue headline of review) which I found interesting although not one that I subscribe to - but together with interesting real world plots and intrigue and a well flowing language I found it an enjoyable read.
by Amazon Review
JUSTIN NEWLAND writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent. Short stories in anthologies include: The Fool of Abbot's Leigh in Hidden Bristol and Fisher of Men in North by Southwest. Another short story, Vallum Hadriani, is included in The Dark Half of the Year. His first novel, The Genes of Isis, is an epic fantasy set in Ancient Egypt that speculates on the genesis of the human race. His second novel, The Old Dragon's Head, is a historical fantasy set in Old China. His third is a historical novel set in East Prussia during the Enlightenment in the 1760's and is entitled The Coronation. All his novels are published by Matador and deal with war, religion, evolution, and the human's place in the universe. For author info, see www.justinnewland.com.