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-MareÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s WH SmithÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢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, JustinÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢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 HonoursÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ Board is reserved for the librarians of Bridwgater, Frome, Minehead, Wells and Yeovil, who were brave enough to have him back twice this year.
HeÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s also given 22 radio interviews and been invited to studios in Taunton, Bristol, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Frome. ItÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s possible heÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s now knows how to speak into a radio mic!
This PR is not just a tally of all the places heÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢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
The Great Alder - a supernatural eagle that can save those at the brink of death. Is this two-headed eagle a messenger from God? If not, then it is, at least, a very powerful mythological creature. But what does it want? And what is it trying to tell the characters in this novel? You will have to read this book to find out as my lips are sealed!!
Set during the Seven Year War (1756–1763), The Coronation combines history and fantasy to bring the reader a fascinating and compelling story.
I appreciated the short chapters which meant there was no unnecessarily head-hopping which is something I am not overly fond of. It also made the story flow incredibly quickly and at no period in this novel did I feel bored which is always a good sign! I was committed to this book after the fourth chapter. The characters came across with a strong sense of time and place, but they also felt real, and I came to care about them, especially Marion.
A great deal happens in this novel, but at no time did I feel lost or confused as to what was going on. And I really enjoyed the complementary mixture of history and fantasy.
*I received a copy of this novel from The Coffee Pot Book Club for review consideration.
by A Thousand Suns
JUSTIN NEWLAND writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent. 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. His latest, The Abdication, s a supernatural thriller about a young woman who confronts her own belief in a higher purpose. All his novels are published by Matador and deal with war, religion, evolution, and the human's place in the universe. For more info, see www.justinnewland.com.