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Aversión – Español and Broken Ties in German

Since I caught the translation bug, you all know that 2016 has been primarily filled with posts about this new venture in the Mentalist Series. Well…drum roll, again…I have two more to share. Next on the scenes is the Spanish translation of Aversion! Like all the others, it is available both digitally and in paperback across a multitude of websites. Please spread the word to any Spanish readers you might know. The translation was carried out by the brilliant team of Eva María Medina Cabanelas  and María de los Remedios Rubio Fernández. Thank you ladies for  doing such a great job.

Aversión: Libro uno de la saga La mentalista

Aversion_spanisch Kopie

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Por primera vez para Gemma Green, las cosas deberían haber sido sencillas. Encontrar a tu sujeto, sostenerle la mirada y meterle un pensamiento en la cabeza para salvarlo de un futuro desastre: aversión completa. Un proceso bastante simple, dado que el sujeto no va a tener ningún recuerdo de la experiencia. Pero Russ Tanner no parece querer olvidar. De hecho, cuanto más trata ella de evitarlo, más presiona él para llegar a conocerla. Gemma sabe que tiene un problema, pero ¿se está enfrentando a los efectos secundarios de una aversión fallida o el campeón de tenis del instituto se ha realmente enamorado de ella?


Also released in May (has it really been three months?) was the German translation of Broken Ties, which ties in neatly with the first book in the series, Die Gedankenwenderin. Eva Markert and Christina Löw, I can’t thank you enough for the amazing work you did on this story.

Zerrissene Bande: Die Vorgeschichte zur Mentalisten-Serie

Broken Ties  - GERMAN

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Nichts war außergewöhnlich an jener Nacht, in der alles anders wurde. Es gab keine Lichter, die am Himmel aufleuchteten, kein verzehrendes Feuer in meinem Leib, kein wie auch immer geartetes Anzeichen für die Veränderung, die bevorstand. Nora Brice stellte merkwürdige Dinge mit mir an. Merkwürdige und schreckliche Dinge …

Paul Colt hat ein Problem, und es ist keins, mit dem die meisten Jungen im Teenageralter zu kämpfen haben. Ja, es gibt ein Mädchen, für das er – sollte sich jemals die Gelegenheit ergeben – Dummheiten begehen wird, da ist er sich ziemlich sicher. Aber er darf sich nicht darum bemühen, ihr Herz zu gewinnen, und auch nicht das Herz irgendeines anderen Mädchens. Das hat er davon, dass er ein Gedankenwender ist. Er ist gezwungen, sich in die Fortpflanzungslinie der Gemeinschaft einzufügen. Er weiß, einige Regeln kann man getrost vernachlässigen, andere dürften niemals gebrochen werden. Und wie lautet die wichtigste all dieser Regeln?

Verliebe dich nicht.


Dies ist die Geschichte, wie Paul diese Regel bricht.


Aversion feature and giveaway on Simply Sensational Book Fanatics

Hi everyone. I love giveaways! Aversion is being featured on Simply Sensational Book Fanatics today, with a chance for readers to win an e-copy of the book. Enter the giveaway or please share the link! Thanks.

Aversion Giveaway

This Week In Kenny’s World…

aversion paperbackSo much has happened in the last few weeks but nothing gave me as much joy as I felt when I received the proof copy of Aversion’s paperback on Monday. After a few tweaks (and gasps at my formatting oversights) it is now available for purchase via Amazon for all ye technophobes at a very attractive price of $6.99 (£4.52). The e-book is still only $0.99 (£0.77) so if you ever decide to join us screen squinters, you’ve got that option too.

Amazon UK

Amazon US

In other related news, I reached the 10,000 words mark of Sentient (Book Two of The Mentalist Series) this week. Really excited about the way the story is going and I can’t wait to share it with my beta readers in a few months time.

Also, the lovely Becky of Barmy Becky Book Blog reviewed The Other Slipper and you can check out what she thought here.

Finally, I’m thinking of starting a new feature on the blog (possibly from next week) but it’s still under consideration so I’ll let you guys know what it’s all about as soon as I’m certain it’s going ahead.

Take care everyone.

Aversion Blog Tour: 7th – 19th January 2013


I’m so pleased to announce that the blog tour for Aversion (hosted by Tumbling In Books) is starting next Monday 7th January. There will be reviews, excerpts, guest posts, author and character interviews – so, plenty for everyone to get a good feel for the story. I will provide a daily link to each post on here but below is a copy of the tour schedule for anyone who would like to follow the tour on their own. Let the tour commence!

7th January – Tumbling In Books  (Start of Tour)
8th January – Book Twirps
9th January – Writer of Wrongs
10th January – The Book Rogue
11th January – Pages of Forbidden Love
12th January – Open the Page
13th January – Some Like It Paranormal
14th January – Better Read Than Dead
15th January – Paranormal Opinion
16th January – Reading… Dreaming
17th January – BooksBooks&MoreBooks
18th January – Sparkles and Lightning
19th January – Book Cover Justice

Aversion – Book One of The Mentalist Series

Aversion - Cover reveal

It’s finally here! You can now get your e-copy of Aversion – Book One of The Mentalist Series via




It will be available on iBooks, Kobo and Nook later on in the month so look out for further updates here. Thanks to everyone who made this project grow from an idea into a finished product. I’ve really appreciated all your input. Now, let’s start clicking those download buttons!

The Other Slipper paperback is finally here!

It’s finally here! I squealed with delight when I got home and saw the  package from Createspace last night. I’m so much more excited about this than I was about the release of the e-version but that’s probably because this feels so much more real (you can probably see that I already bent the cover with all my eager page turning). I had a few last-minute tweaks to make after reviewing the proof (oh, the woes of formatting) and now the book has been approved for distribution in the USA and Europe via Amazon. To be honest, the e-version looks so much more appealing when you look at the cost of the paperback ($9.99 – ah, the colossal cost of printing) but not everyone likes to read off a screen so this will give those people a chance to get a hold of the book. Please spread the word as usual and thank you once again for all your support.

Link for purchase via Createspace is:

I will post the Amazon link once it comes up.

The Great Conspiracy of The Flashy Cover

We’ve all done it before – browsing the aisles of a bookstore as you wait for your flight to be announced, scrolling through pages on Amazon looking for the perfect book to upload to your Kindle before your train commute, or (shock of all shocks) walking into Foyles to explore the wonders that publishers have deemed worthy to provide for our perusal. Most people will tell you that an author’s name or a blurb drive their purchase of books but let’s be honest, put a pretty picture on any old crap and you might be able to sell it to a king. When dropped in a sea of literary works, most of us usually walk towards (or hover over) a book because the cover attracts our attention. Then we notice the title and the author’s name (whichever is in larger font) before we even check what the book is about.

Why am I going on about this? I recently completed the first draft of my YA novella, Aversion, and was faced with the task of creating a cover for it. When it comes to marketing related tasks, I prefer this exercise to synopsis or blurb writing so I tend to spend more time on this than I should  (although I’ve heard this doesn’t necessarily translate to the end product). I like book covers with block colours and few images on, like those I’ve included above. No pretty lasses in frocks floating about on my covers, thank you very much. Yes, those types of covers are eye catching and most people think that’s what young adult novel covers should look like but they don’t really have anything to do with my stories. It’s bad enough that people mistake some of my work for romance just because of the young adult genre (okay, this only happens with The Other Slipper but people, why can’t YA adventure exist without romance?).

Anyway, in my lengthy research on book covers, I came across this blog post which restored my hope in simple covers. It shows some iconic but simple book covers from the 20th century which support my notion that over glossed, fluffy covers are not necessarily the only way to go. Unfortunately I don’t think any of the titles are in the YA range (unless we class Lord of the Flies as YA) so maybe I still need to rethink my strategy. And maybe I need to step into the 21st century. Maybe…

I’ve previously uploaded my attempts at being a cover designer on here so I decided to put up the current fruits of my labour. Do people have any opinions? The covers are pretty much the same concept with slight variations (the three I’ve narrowed my efforts down to are at the top of this post). I’ve included the current blurb to give a feel of the story but all of these are subject to change before the end of year release of the novella. Let me know what you think.

Aversion – Book One of “The Mentalist Series”

For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?