Thursday, 29 November 2012

Join our flashmob dance team in Clevedon and laugh yourself fit before Christmas!

I’ve teamed up with Clevedon dance teacher and fitness instructor Emily Gazey-Mitchell from the YLime Dance Factory Studio to organise a flashmob dance team who are having fun learning a dance routine and getting fit.

What on earth is a flashmob dance team?

A group of people who perform a dance in a public place the moment a particular song is played. They look like everyone else and when the dance is over they all disperse leaving everyone feeling surprised, bemused and hopefully entertained.

Oookay - why on earth would you want to do that?

Quite simply because there is a dance video that I think is really cool and I wanted to try that type of dancing. Also because there is a dance event in my latest novel and I wanted to try it for real!

So are you teaching the dance?

Now that would be funny! No. Not a chance. Emily is a top dance teacher and she makes us laugh and that really helps. There is also an online video tutorial so you can practise (and swear at yourself) at home.

So what dance is it?

Aah, that would be telling! You can find out more details by contacting either Emily or Russ (click on these links to send an email) or by phoning Emily on 07892 825617. If you do it by email we can send you the link to the dance tutorial.

How difficult is it?

It’s quite tricky. You get a taste of what the contestants in Strictly Come Dancing go through but you do pick it up surprisingly quickly. The beauty of this dance is that you can do different versions of it depending on your fitness levels. You will also look cool at weddings, clubs - anywhere there is dancing.

So what type of people are in the team?

All sorts! Most are from Emily’s popular Zumba classes and at the moment I am the only bloke but I’m sure this will change when people find out what song we are doing. The main thing we have in common is that we all laugh a lot. If you usually only dance with a drink in your hand you should come along and join in!

Do you usually only dance with a drink in your hand?
When are the sessions and how much do they cost?

At the moment they are on Tuesday evenings at 8.15 for 30 minutes and there maybe some sessions on a Saturday. If you can’t make these times let us know as we might make some changes so more people can take part. The sessions are in Emily’s dance studio at the end of Kimberley Road (BS21 6QJ) and they are free during December. From then on it will be £4 for a 45 minute session.

Are you really going to dance in public?

Yes! It will be fun and we can always do it in the dark the first time!

So come join in and if you want any information on Emily’s other classes you can find full details on her web site.

PS. These photos are stock images. Obviously we dance much better than these people - most of the time - when we're not sitting down laughing...

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Working from home: Mixing business with pleasure? is now available in paperback!

The paperback edition of Working from home is now available just in time for you to buy it as a present for anyone you know who really needs a laugh.

As many of you will know Working from home started off as an ebook but despite tales of the invasion of the ereader there are still many people who prefer to read ‘real’ books. So this version is for them and it also, rather cleverly I thought, makes it easy for you to buy a copy as a present (or for you to put it on your Christmas list)!

Who is Working from home: Mixing business with pleasure? aimed at?

This book straddles several genres which can cause a bit of confusion. It’s a romantic comedy that’s funny enough to make you laugh out loud (or snort unattractively) and it’s set in a small business environment. This review from Amazon sums it up very well.

Russ King has come up with a treat that straddles several genres without jarring. This is, principally (in my estimation, anyway) a romantic comedy without the slush. A healthy serving of ladslit, a hint of chicklit and a smattering of technical guidebook make this rather unique, in my reading experience. But, however you define it, it ticks all the boxes.
Simon Lipson

So, if you work from home, run your own business or have an entrepreneurial streak this book is perfect for you.

However, you’ll still enjoy the storylines if you are new to all of the above, partly because you’ll be discovering it at the same speed as the characters, but also just because it's funny!

My writing goal is to write a novel that makes people laugh out loud (this one), a novel that makes people want to, ahem, get it on (halfway through this one, called Three lovers, two bullets) and one that challenges the government system and inspires people to forge their own path (all planned out and ready to be written).
With these goals in mind it is inevitable that these three elements will appear in all the novels even if they are not the main focus.

So make your day (or someone else’s) by buying a copy today. You can:

Buy the paperback on Amazon UK (£7.19), Amazon US ($9.95), or in Europe €8.99 (just search for the title).
Buy the ebook here on Amazon UK (£1.98), Amazon US ($3.05), or in Europe (€2.68) just search for the title), or on iTunes (£1.99), Kobo (£2.34), Sony ($3.05) etc.

Or you can get the ebook for free if you use a new web site that rewards readers for spreading information about their favourite authors. (you will need to spread the word to earn your free copy).

So now you have no excuses!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Working from home has a new cover and is about to come out in paperback!

It seems that some people don't understand exactly what my novel Working from home: Mixing business with pleasure? is all about so here are a few clues along with a look at the new cover.

Clue no. 1
Working from home is a funny novel not a textbook.

Clue no. 2
Not only is it funny but it's a romantic too.

Clue no.3
It's funny, romantic and a bit sexy too.

Clue no. 4
It's not yucky chocolate boxes and roses romantic and it's not sexually explicit in a shades of grey way.

Clue no. 5
It's follows a number of characters who are setting up their own businesses and trying lots of mad things in order to try and get some sales. These include having breakfast with strangers and playing silly buggers on Facebook.

Clue no. 6
As the characters learn from their mistakes so do you (even if you laugh at them) so people who run their own business or sell for a living will learn something new.

Clue no. 7
If you don't run your own business you'll still find it funny and you'll understand why some people do such daft things on Facebook.

When was the last time you read a novel that made you laugh and gave you useful advice? Buy the ebook version now on whatever ereader you use for about £2 ($3.20) depending on your reader. Just use the links on the right.

Paperback version of Working from home

If you're holding out for the paperback version that will be out by the end of November why not jump on my sparkly advanced sales list (a spreadsheet)? You'll get an email from me when it is available. Once the book has launched I'll delete the spreadsheet so you will get no more emails from me. Click here to email me.