Nothing Can Stop Me Now! New Lethbridge-Stewart cover unveiled.

showstoppersCandy Jar Books is pleased to release the cover art for the next Lethbridge-Stewart series novel The Showstoppers by Space: 1889 author Jonathan Cooper. The artwork has been created by up-and-coming designer Richard Young.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, said: “Richard is well-known for his photo realistic work. Watching him painstakingly create his artwork with thousands of dots is incredibly impressive. His design for The Showstoppers really evokes the early Target covers.”

Richard said: “Doctor Who has been a big part of my life since I was a kid. The classic series is extremely close to my heart and I always wanted to draw a cover for the Target books… but they didn’t like my style when I was ten. So to have the chance to contribute a cover for a book featuring one of the most iconic characters of Doctor Who is not only a huge honour but the realisation of a thirty-four-year old dream.”

Richard previously did the cover for the free book The Black Eggs of Khufu (still available to download for free from the Candy Jar website http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/moonblink.html). He continued: “I had fun flexing my Photoshop muscles for the Khufu cover, but I jumped at the chance to return to my roots and work on a hand drawn cover, echoing the wonderfully surreal Kubrick movie.”

The Showstoppers is a pastiche of the cult movie Dr Strangelove Or: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Written by Jonathan Cooper The Showstoppers inhabits the same bizarre world of the Peter George classic story. Jonathan said: “I’ve always been a fan of Dr Strangelove and Doctor Who, so when Candy Jar Books asked me to meld the two together into a Lethbridge-Stewart novel, I could not resist. Who would?”

The book also features an introduction by David George, son of Peter George, focusing on the conspiracy theories that tie Dr Strangelove to the Kennedy assassination.

Blurb:

‘Nuzzink in ze vorld can schtop me now!’

There’s a new TV show about to hit the airwaves, but Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart won’t be tuning in. With the future of the Fifth Operational Corps in doubt he’s got enough to worry about, but a plea from an old friend soon finds Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers embroiled in a plot far morefantastical than anything on the small screen.

Can charismatic star Aubrey Mondegreene really be in two places at the same time? What lengths will ailing entertainment mogul Billy Lovac go to in order to reach his audience? And is luckless journalist Harold Chorley really so desperate that he’ll buy into a story about Nazi conspiracies from a tramp wearing a tin foil hat?

There’s something very rotten at the heart of weekend television, and it isn’t all due to shoddy scripts and bad special effects.

Featured Image -- 517The Showstoppers is the second release for 2016, following on from Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.

To help pave the way for the new series of books, Beast of Fang Rock will be available for free on Kindle for three days from Saturday 30th April. Andy Frankham-Allen, range editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart novels, said: “Both Moon Blink and The Showstoppers are strong Anne Travers stories, and since Beast of Fang Rock really introduced her to the range, we thought it would be nice to offer up this book as a free chance for the uninitiated to catch up on her back story.”

The usual discounted pre-order bundles will be on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five!

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper is due to be released soon. It can now be pre-ordered (individually, or as part of a bundle/subscription) from Candy Jar Books: www.candyjarbooks.co.uk

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MOON BLINK On the Way

Candy_Jar_Moon Blink_Cover_SmallJust a brief update to let people know that Moon Blink, the first Lethbridge-Stewart novel of 2016, is on the way. It’s currently at the printers and will, hopefully, begin shipping out as soon as we get them.

Other Lethbridge-Stewart announcements coming in the next couple of days. Watch this space!

The HAVOC Files SOLD OUT!

1457440863635_cj_thf_cover_smallIt’s one of those good news/bad news scenarios.

The good news is the limited-to-only-300-copies book The HAVOC Files is sold out.

The bad news is the limited-to-only-300-copies book The HAVOC Files is sold out.

Good news for all those who have ordered a copy, as you’ll soon be one of only 300 people to own a copy. But it’s bad news for all those who weren’t quick enough to order a copy.

The book is now with the printers and Andy Frankham-Allen, editor of Lethbridge-Stewart and author of five of the stories contained in the collection, will be at the Candy Jar office next week to personally sign and number every single copy. The books will then be shipped out.

Big thanks to all who ordered!

The HAVOC Files contains all short stories released digitally in 2015, including Lethbridge-Stewart’s meeting with Gilmore, The Dogs of War, and the X-Mas special, The Fright Before Christmas. It also includes a brand new story, The Enfolded Time, which deals head-on with the dating issue that has plauged Lethbridge-Stewart since his first appearance in 1968’s The Web of Fear, and trails for the new series of novels.

Sadie Miller Has Arrived!

CetGfwGWAAAL8waWith Moon Blink on the horizon, author Sadie Miller has become the subject of two première interviews.

One in the pages of the latest issue of Starburst (423). On page 43 she is interviewed by Paul Mount and talks briefly about her familiarity with the Brigadier and how she came to write for the series. The full Starburst interview can read online HERE.

And in the pages (52-54) of the latest Doctor Who Magazine (issue 498) she talks more in-depth with Simon Guerrier. To celebrate ten years since her mother, Elisabeth Sladen, returned to Doctor Who as Sarah Jane Smith, Sadie talks about her life growing up as the daughter of a Doctor Who legend, and how she dealt with her mother’s death five years ago. She also explains why she left acting and turned to writing, and discusses Moon Blink in a bit more detail, revealing something of her writing process and what led to her being commissioned by Candy Jar Books.

“July 1969, and mankind is on the Moon. Both the United States and Soviet Russia have lunar bases, and both are in trouble.

Back on Earth, Anne Travers has learned she is about to be visited by an old friend from America, Doctor Patricia Richards. Lance Corporal Bill Bishop is aware of the visit, and is on hand to meet Richards.

She brings with her a surprise, one which the Americans and Russians wish to get their hands on. But the only man who can truly help Anne, Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, is away in Scotland.

It’s a game of cat and mouse, as Anne and Bishop seek to protect the life of an innocent baby – one that holds the secrets to life on the Moon.”

Moon Blink is out late April, and it currently available for pre-order directly from Candy Jar Books.