Free Christmas e-book!

15554801_10154250174050197_304994250_nCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce a special release for Christmas!

The Xmas Files contains two brand new Christmas stories, plus last year’s The Fright Before Christmas.

The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward sees the return of Private Evans in his home town of Llanfairfach. While Home for Christmas is a unique look into the lives of the regular characters, plus a few special guests, as they come together to celebrate Christmas in 1969. It is written by many of the Lethbridge-Stewart authors who previously wrote for the series in 2016, including John Peel, Andy Frankham-Allen, Sue Hampton, Adrian Sherlock, Sharon Bidwell, Iain McLaughlin, Tom Dexter, Simon A Forward and Sadie Miller.

Talking about The Feast of Evans, Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “My original plans for Evans never really took, and so he was carted off from Edinburgh to the 2nd Battalion at Imber in England. However, his appearances this past year have proven to be quite popular with fans, so I revised my plans and set up his return for 2017. Simon’s Christmas story is a small part of that. It was also an opportunity to bring Samson to the fore, too, and teaming them together is perfect, after their initial not-so auspicious meeting in The Grandfather Infestation.”

Simon A Forward says: “When Andy asked me to do a Christmas story, I was stuck for inspiration. It was September, after all, and I refuse to feel Christmassy before December as a rule. But the idea of it featuring Evans appealed to me, as I’d revisited The Web Of Fear earlier in the year and he’s such a great character. Of course, I imagined he’d been busted out of the army after that, and I think that’s where the idea of a Christmas at home scenario arose. I sort of imagined it as a Christmas episode of his own domestic sitcom.”

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says: “It’s always fun to do our seasonal stories, and this one is even more fun as it’s set concurrent with our Christmas special from last year. This story shows us what happened elsewhere while Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart was dealing with alien spheres in London in last year’s The Fright Before Christmas.”

Talking about Home for Christmas, Andy says; “I also had an idea to write a couple of scenes to show what our other regulars were up to while the Brigadier was enjoying Christmas with Sally. And after writing a couple of scenes, a new thought came to me. Wouldn’t it be fun to get as many of our authors involved as possible? I sent out an email, asking for those free to send me a scene, and many responded. And, with a bit of editorial magic, the various offerings have been medled into a little story of Christmas, and what it means to our characters, and allows Lethbridge-Stewart a moment to relax and reflect and his crazy first year fighting aliens.”

Shaun adds: “It’s quite nice to see the many nods to this past year’s stories. We’re not saying who wrote what, but rather let the fans try and work it out. It’s a gift, within a gift.”

The Xmas Files will be available for free on the Candy Jar website over Christmas. http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/offers.html

Series four will begin Spring 2017 with Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, celebrating fifty years since the Great Intelligence first appeared in Doctor Who with 1967’s The Abominable Snowmen. Bringing back another fan-favourite character from that debut story!

1481036746852_mosboacopyBundles of every series can still be ordered, with subscriptions available both for UK and international customers (however, please check if you are eligible for the subscription deal at the Candy Jar website before subscribing).

Please see http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/subscriptions.html for more details.

Candy Jar is also offering a special Christmas promotion for its online customers: Buy Mind of Stone for £8.99 and get Blood of Atlantis for £5. Buy The Forgotten Son and Times Squared for only £8.99. Buy Beast of Fang Rock and Moon Blink for only £8.99. Please see http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/offers.html for more details.

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CJ_LS_BogofCandy Jar Books are offering free fantastic deals for new and old readers alike. The offers are available from today (Thursday 21st July) through to Sunday (24th July).

1: Buy THE SCHIZOID EARTH (by David A McIntee) and get BEAST OF FANG ROCK (by Andy Frankham-Allen) free!
2: Buy MOON BLINK (by Sadie Miller) and get THE SHOWSTOPPERS (by Jonathan Cooper) free!
3: Pre-order THE GRANDFATHER INFESTATION (by John Peel) and get it 50% off, plus free short story THE PLAYING DEAD (by Adrian Sherlock)!

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Introducing to the World…

IMG_1776As you all know, a couple of month’s ago Candy Jar Books released Moon Blink, the debut novel of Sadie Miller.

Now, how does one top a debut novel? Sadie knows how. Give birth to your first child.

And that’s precisely what Sadie did (with a little help from husband, actor Jonathan Stanley). Sadie had been kind enough to authorise us to reveal details, and share with you the first picture of her son.

So, with amazing pleasure, we introduce you to Theo Stanley, son of Sadie and Jonathan Stanley, and grandson of Brian Miller and Elisabeth Sladen. He was born on Saturday 25th June, at 5:35 am, weighing 7.5lbs.

So, please join us in welcoming bat-baby, Theo, to the world! Huge congratulations to both Sadie and Jonathan!image1

Raising a child isn’t cheap, so please help out by picking up a copy of Sadie’s novel, Moon Blink, still available individually or part of the new bundle.

MOON BLINK COMPETITION

Candy_Jar_Moon Blink_Cover_SmallTo celebrate the launch of Moon Blink, today we have two amazing things happening. One; Sadie Miller herself is answering your questions all day on Twitter, and Two; it’s competition time!

Back in the early 2000s, Sadie Miller joined her mother and co-starred in Big Finish’s Sarah Jane Smith audio series as Natalie Redfern. And we have one full set to give away to one lucky person. That’s ten stories worth over £100! As an added bonus they will be signed by Sadie!

To win all you have to do is order a copy of Moon Blink direct from Candy Jar Books between now and 09:00 GMT 30/05/2016 . We will select one winner at random on Monday! Good luck!

**includes any bundle purchases containing Moon Blink

New Free Story by Sarah Groenewegen

Candy_Jar_T_L_I_SmallCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce the release of their latest free digital-only short story, The Lock-In.

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell says; “Our free short story incentive has proven to be very popular with our readers, and have met with many rave reviews, and so we’re very happy to announce that we’re continuing that incentive throughout 2016 with stories too intimate for the larger books.”

The latest is The Lock-In by newcomer to the range, Sarah Groenewegen. Sarah was born in Sydney, Australia, but now lives in London, UK. She has had essays published in various anthologies including the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords. Most recently she contributed over twenty entries in 1,001 TV Shows You Must Watch Before You Die. Her short fiction has won awards (Scarlet Stiletto, 2002) and been published in Big Finish’s Doctor Who line, including the award winning Short Trips: Zodiac.

Sarah says; “I grew up with the Brig. I am of that Aussie generation who enjoyed multiple repeats of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker stories, many of which included UNIT. Writing for Candy Jar has been fabulous, letting me dive into the character and bring to light some different facets of who he is. I loved exploring the relationship between him and Pearl, a slightly older woman who has a lasting effect on him and his life.”

The Lock-In takes the form of a series of letters between Pearl and Sir Alistair, a man at the end of his life, as they reminisce over an adventure they shared just after he graduated from Sandhurst in 1956. It is a story of the impact one man can make, a story of perception of history and the importance of those who pass through our lives.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says; “As well as the usual romps, I thought it would be fun this year to use the short stories to explore the more intimate moments of our characters’ lives, the kinds of stories that would never work in a full length novel. Sue Hampton’s In His Kiss was the first of this new type of story, and Sarah’s is the second. I love what Sarah has done with her story, the personal tone to it all. So impressed was I, in fact, that on the back of this story Sarah is now writing a Lethbridge-Stewart novel for us.”

The short stories now form part of a initiative by Candy Jar Books to bring new talent into the worlds of Doctor Who. “Short stories are a perfect testing ground for new, untried, authors,” Frankham-Allen continues. “A way to introduce them to readers, who may not normally be willing to part with hard-earn money on authors they have not heard of. And, if the reception is positive, we then talk to these new authors about possible ideas for novels.”

Shaun Russell agrees. “Candy Jar has always been about encouraging new authors, and we regularly publish novels by first-time authors, including the children’s favourite, Anthony Ormond, and World War II hero Eileen Younghusband. So it seems a natural thing to extend this to our Lethbridge-Stewart range. Continuing the work pioneered by such people as Andrew Cartmel and Peter Darvil-Evans in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.”

The Lock-In will be given free to every person who pre-orders the first of the new series of novels, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller, which is due to begin shipping May 13th. All subscribers will receive the short story automatically, as will those who purchase any of the bundles for 2016 series.

Moon Blink is now available for pre-order, for £8.99, directly from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk.

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