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My own #newbook and what’s to come in the runup to Christmas

Hi all:

The end of the year is approaching quickly and I was trying to work out how best use the blogging days left. I have accumulated a lot of book reviews that I’d like to share before the end of the year, in case you’re looking for books to either purchase for others or to help with the festive season. Yes, I’m one of those people who finds all the Ho-Ho-Hos a bit too much at times. Trying to catch up on all of them might mean to either share several in one post (but I don’t want to tax people’s patience), blogging more often (we have the patience issue again), not featuring new books (unless I’ve read them too) or… Perhaps I’ll see what I come up with and join books by genre. I have at least one Christmassy book I want to share close to the date too. Well, we’ll see.

I know I’ve been talking, on and off, about the next book in my Escaping Psychiatry series. I’m only waiting now for some work on the paper cover to get finished (I’ve decided to publish the novel with the prequel as extra content in the paperback version). But no matter that, I’m set on publishing it before the end of the year, paper version ready or not. As it’s not very Christmassy, I’m thinking about trying to make it coincide with the time between Christmas and New Year. I haven’t decided if I’m going to make it available as a pre-order or not (other than knowing everything is there, it won’t make any difference, and in my case it hasn’t worked as a promotional strategy before).

I thought I’d remind you of the book:

Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies
Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies

Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies

A woman shot dead. No enemies, no motive, only a story about how she swapped bodies with another woman found on her computer. The other woman in the story, the owner of the swapped body, goes into labour and won’t talk.

When FBI Agent Dave Dean asks psychiatrist/writer Mary Miller for her assistance, she doesn’t know that The Case of the Swapped Bodies is not the only mystery in Port Haven. A hit and run, an armed robbery gone wrong and questions about family traditions, priorities and legacies come into play and complicate matters. The line between fact and fiction is more tenuous than anybody realised and suspense is on the menu.

This is the third book in the Escaping Psychiatry series and it poses new challenges for Mary Miller. And not all the challenges are professional ones. How do you carry on when you’ve survived the unthinkable?

Here is the blurb:

In Port Haven, and idyllic small town in California, a career woman appears shot dead in her own apartment, a pregnant mother of three who won’t/can’t talk is the main suspect in the murder and the only evidence is a suspenseful story about swapped bodies found on the victim’s computer.

In this psychological thriller, psychiatrist and writer Mary Miller, a recent survivor of a rape and attempted murder, gets to collaborate for the first time with the FBI agents who saved her. Agent Dave Dean, her would-be suitor, is not himself. The sheriff’s men aren’t cooperating. And the case is like a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces. Will Mary manage to see beyond the lies and fiction?

I have shared a couple of the chapters here before, but if you prefer you can also check them in Wattpad.

Thanks to you all for reading and remember to like, share, comment and CLICK if you fancy. 

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

35 replies on “My own #newbook and what’s to come in the runup to Christmas”

Thanks, Teagan. I liked it from the moment I saw you, even with the doubts about the colour. I’m quite intrigued to see what the Ernesto Valdes, the cover designer, will do with the paper version… As trying to publish in the middle of Christmas might not work if I try to do it at the time (I’ve received an e-mail from Draft2Digital warning us that some of the platforms would need to get the book by the 12th), I might try to submit this weekend the digital version ready for the launch later in the month. Thanks for your support.

Love the cover and the the plot is intriguing. Let us know when it’s out. I’ve never quite seen the point of pre-orders though I know some authors work hard to get people to pre-order their books.

Thanks, Mary. I will. I know that to begin with, the point seemed to be that all the preorder sales were counted as if they were made on the day of the launch and that might help the book open with a bit of a bang, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Of course, some people manage to be bestsellers already at the pre-order stage (no risk of that for me!). I think it might be useful if the book needs to be out on a certain date and you’re not sure you can submit then… Have a great weekend.

Good morning, Olga….I am definitely not a Ho Ho Ho type either:) Wonderful books are great to take us through the madness of the holiday season, and I do love a good psychological thriller! Love the cover, and more importantly the content sounds like something I will really enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend, surrounded with magical hummers. Janet:)x

Thanks, Janet. I also love to do something unseasonal during Christmas, and psychological thrillers appeal to my interest in the human mind. This one ended up being full of twists… I hope not to lose anybody on the way. Thanks for the wishes and for the hummingbirds. Have a magical weekend too, dear Janet.

I agree with the others. The cover is compelling, and ended up being the right choice.
Good luck with this, Olga. I really hope that it does well for you.
Best wishes as always, Pete.

Thanks, Pete. The process has dragged for so long that in my mind is already published, but I hope it entertains those who read it. Have a great weekend.

Hi Olga. I am getting real close to the first two books in this series, book 1 and Beginnings, right? I have them both. This will be lovely for us to feature your new book in January when you guest post for me, remember? LOL. I will email you next week with the exact date and have questions made up in the next week or so. <3

Thanks, Debby. You’re very kind. And take your time. The story behind the series is a bit odd. Weird as it might sound, but I wrote book 1 first (well, it’s a collection of three stories. The first one I wrote around 1998 or thereabouts, but I explain that in the book) and the prequel more recently, early this year as I was trying to write book 2. I will try and get links to the book (I hope to try and get them on pre-order tomorrow, at least in some places) so it might all be more or less ready… I’m staying with my mother’s and we’re trying to upgrade the internet, but it’s proving a bit slower than I thought, so it’s anybody’s guess how things might work out.
I’m usually pretty quick replying to questions, so don’t worry too much about timing (although I know people tend to have very busy schedules over Christmas, but I don’t expect that to be the case for me).
Have a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for the history on the books Olga. And if I know you, you’ll have the internet working just fine in time. I know what kind of hiccoughs techy interference can create, especially when you’re trying to get a book out! Enjoy your family time Olga. <3

Have a fabulous week and good luck with the Book Pebbles promo (I think they are just starting, but sometimes it’s the best moment to discover new places. And it’s not a complicated process). Fingers crossed!

Thanks Olga, you too. Yes, and I imagine they won’t be FREE for very long either once they get enough subscribers. 🙂 Good to get in early and test the waters.

Yes, that’s always the case. The problem I have is that I have very few reviews, so even if I want to pay for promo, I don’t fulfil the requirements for many of the sites… It can’t do any harm, for sure. 😉

Lots of luck, Olga, and I agree re the hohohos! As for pre-order, I’ve never bothered. I can’t see the point, unless you are offering it at a lower price on pre-order. Then all that happens is that all your regular readers buy it at the low price, so you hardly make any money! Also, you lose the potential high spot in the Amazon ratings that you get if everyone buys it on the first two days of release.

Thanks, Terry. I’ve uploaded it already just to make sure it’s available between Christmas and New Year (so far in Amazon, the other place I use to share seems to be down at the moment). In my case, I make so little money that it honestly makes no difference. I’m considering a different writing adventure, but, for me, it’s more trouble than it’s worth, and I’m yet to recoup my money for any of my books. Whatever your feelings about Christmas, I hope you have a painless experience at the very least. Be well!

Thanks, Vashti. You’re very kind. Ernesto did a great job with the cover and people decided this was the cover they like, so I hope the book lives up to the expectations. I know you’re busy, but if you have time remember the prequel is free, and of course, if you want a copy of Escaping Psychiatry you only have to tell me. (I might organise something when I’m back in the UK as I have some paper copies there). This one is up on pre-order, but I’ll do a post about it soon).

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