Friday, 25 November 2016

Thanksgiving - Archer is permafree

I've finally taken the plunge and made Archer FREE for a little while to try and attract a new audience.

If you are now grinding your teeth because you just bought a copy at the sale price, I would like to make an offer to show my gratitude. If you send me a proof of purchase (the easiest way is the link to your review of that book), I will send you details to get your copy of Rory or Reagan for free.

You can send your proof of purchase in a comment to this post, or on the facebook post.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Happy Birthday to me.

To celebrate my birthday, for the next two weeks I'm offering a free copy of the first Hengist book, Archer, to anyone who signs up to my newsletter.

This offer closes on 13th October. 

"Swashbuckling medieval adventure with a host of unforgettable characters"
                                                                                     - Book Viral

I look forward to hearing from you.

P.S. As a further reward for signing up, there will be a Bonus Swag Bundle (exclusive to subscribers), and a chance to enter a competition for more free books.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Giving Thanks

Yeah I know I'm a little early for Thanksgiving, like four months too early, but it's never the wrong time to show appreciation for all the wonderful people in my life who continue to help me on my path.

Number one has to be all the people who have bought, downloaded or read copies of the Hengist books, particularly those who left a review on Amazon. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to hear people's thoughts about the stories and every comment helps me to understand what works and what doesn't. So everyone who emails a link to their review on Amazon to will receive a FREE short story about Archer's nemesis - the villain everyone loves to hate - Edlyn. This has never been published and is normally only available to people who subscribe to the newsletter.

Second comes the best support network an author ever had, my very best friends, the World Wise Writers. Each one of them has a wealth of talent she freely shares with the rest of us as we share this crazy writer's journey.
Andrea Domanski: author of The Omega Group series, the ultimate marketing wizard,
Hannah Sullivan; author of The Thunder Stories, master of the comma and my awesome editor,
S.M.Freedman: author of The Faithful Series, genius webmaster with a fierce intellect,
J.D.Fauklner: author of The Time Archivist Novels, phenomenal wit and social media guru.

Third are all those other fabulous creative people who help to bring my stories into being, my fabulous cover designer, Rebecca Sterling and three more fabulous authors, Veronica Richards, Alice Bell and Paula Yourell, all of whom are a constant source of encouragement and great ideas.

Last, but never least, comes my ever-enduring family and friends, who put up with the sight of me plugged into my lap-top, kindle or the ever-present pad an paper 24-7. Thank you for giving me the freedom I need to live this fantastically creative life.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sign up for a free story.

Cor Blimey, this one's been a long time coming.
After a week in Warm, Wet, Wales, I've finally put the finishing touches to the second draft of Aurora (book 6!).
I'm desperately in need of beta readers as this one is going down some darker paths and I need to make sure it's staying faithful to the Hengist values people have come to expect.

If you are interested, a really good way would be to subscribe to my mailing list so I can send stuff to everyone easily.
If you are interested, please use the form below and put Beta in the bit that says "Where did you hear about Jacky."
Looking forward to hearing from you.

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You are the first subscribers - thank you very much.
To show my gratitude, as soon as I get notification you have confirmed the subscription, I will send you a short story about the villain everyone loves to hate, Edlyn. This has never been published and is not available anywhere else.

Edlyn's Revenge (by Jacky Gray)

Two boys
One girl
A Life-time of Trouble

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Reagan -The White Horse Boy

Ever wondered about why people took so much effort to carve out White Horses on the sides of hills? Or why thirteen of them were clustered within a 20-mile radius of a certain village in what was ancient Wessex?

Reagan has to do a lot more than just wonder; his life depends on identifying the site for the next White Horse to be built. His talents for reading ley-lines, recognising patterns and understanding the secret geometry of crop circles lead him on an exciting journey around the countryside. He can't tackle this mammoth project on his own, and pressure mounts as a series of increasingly dangerous accidents raise the stakes, ending with a mysterious illness plaguing the villages' children.

Luckily, the universe sees fit to help by offering the services of a spirit guide and a master trainer with a warped sense of humour, who infuriates the nearest thing they can find to an expert, the blacksmith, Reeve. But every step forward takes two steps back as the council leader withholds several key clues, and Reagan's debilitating headaches lead to discovery of the fate of several prior "Chosen Children."

Find out more about the characters in Reagan here.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Bella Italia

Lake Como is a gorgeous piece of Paradise, filled with snow-capped mountains, colourful villages and fabulous vistas. Menaggio was Magnificent (the town and the Grand Hotel), even did some line dancing to the Eagles "Get Over It." Beautiful Bellagio (no dancing fountains, but you can see where Vegas got the inspiration) was only a couple of stops away on the ferry; the next one down is Villa-tastic Verenna.
After 3 hours in Monastero, we hiked up a mountain trail worthy of Cader Idris, only to find a further four flights of knee-crippling stairs to hit the top of the tower. The views were well worth it, and the ghosts were great fun. A 12th century church and spectacularly ornate graveyard made Gravedona worth a visit, and Como Cathedral has rich detail which makes York (and Canterbury) pale into the shade. The purple rose? That's what the cute maid did with my nightie - a different, more complex sculpture greeted our return to the sumptuous room every day. And don't get me started on the food: not a pizza all week, but every dish was so exquisite, it even got Bri raving about the porcini mushroom lasagna - and he normally hates pasta.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Beltane Deals

Phew, what a month!
To celebrate May Day, Archer is at the knock-down price of $1.99/£1.38 for a couple of days. You can buy it here:US /UK

 I cannot tell you how excited I am: not only is the 6th book, Aurora, about to wing its way to my fabulous editor Hannah Sullivan, but I've had a total breakthrough on the way the whole story wraps up in the 7th book. The words are just pouring out.

To celebrate this, I'm putting the 1st three books at a fraction of the cost for all three ($14.97/£10.80):
US $4.99: or in the
UK £3.42:
That's like, 66% discount on the normal price - or buy one, get TWO free. I'm gonna let this one run for a week while I immerse myself in Italian culture, food and wine (but not necessarily in that order).

Friday, 15 April 2016

April Showers

Goodness, this year's flying by. How did it get to be halfway through April already?
It's a pretty damp one over here, but that's so good for business as it makes it much easier to sit hunched over a hot keyboard, tussling with the edits on the first draft of Aurora.

It never gets any easier, this editing lark, but it gets a whole lot harder when the sun is shining and I can't use my lap-top outside.
I have to say, it's good that the Hengist books finally get a female protagonist, but goodness me is this story travelling down some dark paths. And so far the 7th book is the darkest of all. Who knew Archer's father would have ... nope. You're not catching me out like that. I'm as excited as the rest of you to find out if the story will finally end @ #7. Guess I know what I'll be doing in Italy next month ... have notebook, will travel.

Friday, 18 March 2016

It's a Billy Bargain!!!

For the next couple of days, you can save over 70% on the price of the first three Hengist books.
$14,97 => $3.99

Grab your copy now, before stocks run out. Oh, hang on a sec, it's electronic - the stocks won't run out. Duh!!!

Buy US or in UK only £2.77 - a proper steal.

Here's what people say about it:

"Archer is a boy after my own heart. A little shy, wickedly clever (when words are necessary), and loyal to the bone. I think the best part of this book is how human and endearing all the characters are."

"Rip roaring adventure for readers of all ages, Rory proves a fitting sequel to Archer. There's a whimsical element to this one that delights with its cocky confidence and a bemused view of the modern world by a boy out of his own time."

"This is an incredibly charming series. As much as I loved golden boy Archer, Reagan is the one who stole my heart. I was a 'geeky teen' so I could be biased, but it seems to me that the heart and wit and adventure, that are the author's style, are in full force in this third book."

"These books transition from one to the next so well I feel like they aren't even different books. The characters just pop right off the page. Reading these books is like watching a play in my mind. I can hear their voices and see their faces as I read page after page. Jacky Gray is a great author, truly does bring the characters to life."

Sunday, 13 March 2016

500 words soon mount up ...

... when you're judging a class set of them.
I'm proud to say that in my 4th year of being a first round judge for this phenomenal competition, the standard of entries has risen tremendously. This time, my shortlist was anything but, with eleven stunning examples of the best of British children's writing.

Really was a toughie this year, but I think I'm pretty much there now. I'll be glued to the website to see if one of my darlings made it through to the final stages. Good luck, my lovelies.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Ciao Bella

This is not real; just a mock-up!!!
So there am I, helping my lovely student Izzy wrestle with quadratic equations which just didn't want to be factorised, when my gorgeous daughter rings me up from Italy.
Ok, it was no big surprise. I'd spent a coupla hours driving her to Stanstead airport this morning, but it was still a shock she got there so quickly.
Back to rattling round a big house for 3 months with just me, Bri and Sasha (collie-cross).
Never mind. Easter's coming early this year ...

P.S. Don't kill me sweetheart, those copper highlights really weren't this bright.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Would that there were more hours in a day ...

... so I might get everything done that I wanted to.
So far, my to-do list has about 20 writing-related activities on it (and I've just crossed off a whole load) and a couple of work-related/family ones.
It doesn't help that I'm in the process of releasing a book under a different name - the whole process of writing/editing/beta-changes/marketing etc is time consuming.
But as soon as, I hope to get onto the edits for the sixth Hengist book, Aurora - another one set mainly in this country where things for the Hengist people, and Archer in particular, get a lot darker and nastier.
If all goes to plan, this might be out by Beltane (May 1st), but I'm hoping to put out a box set of the 1st 3 Hengist between now and then.
Ho hum.
Did I mention how much I love my life as a semi-retired math-teacher come full-time-writer?
I really do. Just wish there was more than one of me, or more than 18 hours in a day (even I have to sleep).

Monday, 29 February 2016

Hengist Sale for March

For the next week, each of the Hengist books in turn is free to download, starting with Archer on 29th Feb. How cool are these smart affiliate links?

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Get your Free Hengist book ’ere.

All five Hengist books are now part of the magnificent Choosy Bookworm read and review program. You can get a FREE copy of each book in return for leaving an honest review. Check out the link, but hurry, only the first 30 lucky applicants will get in on the deal.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Choosy Bookworm Read and Review

The magnificent Jay at Choosy Bookworm has been working hard to add all the Hengist books to his read and review program. You can get a FREE copy of each book in return for leaving an honest review.

Today is Reagan's turn, but there are still a few copies of Archer available to the next few people who request a copy.

The next few days will see Rory, Slater and Geraint added into the deal, but only the first 30 lucky applicants will get in on the deal.