Free Audiobooks

Listen up!

If you’ve never tried audiobooks before,

Audible has a FREE TRIAL where you can download 2 free audiobooks. 

It’s a super simple process to join and the books go straight to your phone, so you can listen any time. I downloaded The Girl With All the Gifts and it’s brilliant! Definitely a great way to get more reading done.

Also available is The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s brilliant dystopian page-turner that’s trending hard due to the new TV series.

Most bestsellers now come in audio, so grab one that you’ve been dying to read and haven’t yet had the time.

My own audiobooks are currently in production and I can’t wait to share them with you. In the mean time, I hope you find the audiobook you are looking for on Audible.

To razing that TBR pile!

Happy listening!

Janita

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water
Every Breath You Take
The JT Lawrence Suspense Box Set

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WHY YOU WERE TAKEN by JANITA LAWRENCE @pulpbooks

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Jo’burg city is shimmering with a bitterbright tension, the perfect playground for a scarred, creative – and extremely efficient – assassin.

Kirsten is a roaming, restless synaesthete: an awarded photographer with bad habits and a fertility problem. Her life has been defined by what she calls her ‘Black Hole’: a painful hollow feeling where her heart should be.

Seth is a brilliant chemgineer and loyal member of Alba: an underground biopunk Truther organisation that exposes corporate bullies and black clinics. He has the hollow feeling too, but fills it with other things, like the drugs he designs, and women in ridiculous shoes.

Kirsten and Seth don’t know each other, but they seem to be connected; they feel echoes of one another.

At once familiar and bizarre, adorned by litter bunting and broken pavements, South Africa in 2021 is beset by a relentless drought and a fertility crisis. When…

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Best Launch Ever!

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Just a really quick one today to say thank you to everyone who bought a copy of ‘How We Found You’.

Your purchases shot the book up to #44 in category on Amazon’s Best Seller list and it made it to #4 in Amazon’s Hot New Releases! It’s the first time I’ve ever made the list on launch day. It already has 33 reviews and a rating of 4.8 stars out of 5.

To everyone who bought, shared, reviewed and talked about it —

THANK YOU!

If, for some reason, you haven’t bought the book but still want to, today is your last chance to grab it at 99c.

It will be back to full price on Friday.

(For those locals waiting for signed paperbacks — the stock will be here next week!)

Best launch ever! I’m so happy.

I hope the rest of your week treats you well.

Janita

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water

PS. Want to make sure you never miss a release? Follow me on Amazon or BookBub.

They Never Found the Bodies

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How We Found You
Chapter 1:

They Never Found the Bodies

Kate looks up from her holoscreen and blinks hard. How long has she been online? She only meant to look up a recipe for a quick dinner but has fallen into a rabbit hole quilled with xlinks. The open tab leaves all nipping for attention. Animated 4DHD in hypercolour floating before her – or as Seth calls it: Rainbow Crack.

The twins are far too quiet. They must be getting up to something. Defacing the walls with chocolate glitter? Baking their Lego cake in the real oven? Kate sighs, rubs her eyes and lets her warm hands rest on her neck. She pictures the multicoloured plastic blocks sagging through the metal grid. Caramelised Lego lava. She hopes the smell of burning plastic is a figment of her synaesthesia.

“Silver?” she calls. “Mally?”

No answer.

“Silver?”

Part of her wants to pretend she doesn’t notice the quiet. Peace is difficult to come by when you’re the single mother of four-year-old twins. Well, not quite a single mother, and not quite twins. Not quite four years old yet, either, but this is how life is: a series of not-quites and half-broken dreams.

The silence hovers around her like a fresh white cloud (Bleached Bliss).

“Mally?”

She unclips her feet from the pedals and climbs off her cycling desk. The holo leaves wink out, making the silence seem somehow louder. She calls again. “Silver?”

Maybe they’re watching something with their earbuttons in. She checks the games room. An animated film is playing silently on the cinewall, but no eyes are watching it. The bedroom floor is an obstacle course of discarded toys and clothes. She picks up Alba, Silver’s cuddle-bunny, and lays it gently on her pillow. The HappyHammox are empty, although Mally’s is swinging slightly, as if someone has just brushed past it. Kate stops its motion with her hand.

There is a mewling from the corner. She spins around and dread tingles in her stomach. Another sad cry escapes from a heap of teddies and trucks. Kate tip-toes over to the wailing pile and picks her way through it, discovering a Bébébot of Silver’s. Registering that its been picked up, the playbot stops crying and blinks at her.

“Mama,” it says. “Mama.”

The infant’s silicone limbs are warm to the touch. Its lips open and close, looking for its pacifier. Kate has never liked the soft robotics doll. It’s not the toy’s fault; something in her is just revolted by its similarity. Uncanny valley, they call it, when a robot bears a resemblance too striking for comfort.

“Mama,” it says again then roots for something to suck.

Kate turns the doll around, unbuttons the cotton onesie and lifts up the fabric to reveal the switch on its back. A shot of yellow adrenaline spikes her blood. It’s already off.

“Mama.”

Kate almost drops the thing. She toggles the switch on and off again, turns the doll around. It blinks at her.

Faulty wiring. Her heart is hammering. She takes a step and cobalt stars rip into her foot, and looks down to see that she’s stood on a toy Volanter. Curses crowd her head and she shakes them away.

She calls louder now, in a voice that’s not quite hers. “Silver?”

At least we’re in a high-rise. A nice safe apartment instead of a house on a road that can coax the kids away with the promise of adventure. Then again, scores of other people live in the block, and in her experience, people are far more dangerous than roads.

Kate hurries to the front door, checks the locks. Seth promised her that his new Safeguard, state-of-the-art security system is “bullet-proof” but she made him install some old-fashioned locks just in case. She doesn’t trust a retina scanner. Tech is wonderful until it stops working. She won’t settle for anything less than an old-school door chain, a deadbolt and panic hardware. Her synaesthesia interprets the sounds of the mechanisms locking as reassuring blocks of grey stacked on top of each other. Click, click, click. Not that it helps her sleep at night.

“Kids? Where are you?”

She scans the lounge, the kitchen, the study, the kids’ bathroom.

“Don’t panic,” she says, but the shooting neon yellow is back.

She checks Seth’s room, her bedroom, her bathroom. The shower door is closed. Did she close it? Is there something behind the frosted glass? A shadow? Her breath catches, heart-in-throat. Kate reaches for the retraction button, but hesitates. Her outstretched fingers tremble.

They never found the bodies.

Shut up. Just shut up.

She could fetch her gun from the safe in her bedroom cupboard but decides against it. Kate presses the retraction button and the superglass partition slides into the wall to reveal an empty cubicle of porcelain tiles.

A spray of relief that the shower is intruder-free. Terror that the twins aren’t in it.

Interwoven with the ribbons of fear is the scent of almond soap. Bad thoughts swarm Kate’s brain. She tries to keep them out but there are too many of them – in her head and in her throat, threatening to cut off her oxygen.

It’s happened again, the voices in her head say. Just like you knew it would.

“Shut up.”

The cold mist of fear rustles on her skin.

They’re gone. They’ve been taken.

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water

Cover reveal — ‘How We Found You’

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Hello readers! ‘How We Found You’ (the sequel to ‘Why You Were Taken’) is now available to pre-order on Amazon.

Here is the blurb:

Would you sacrifice your son to save your daughter?

There’s something different about Kate’s four-year-old son. He wasn’t created the old fashioned way. Now a violent cult wants him dead and Kate will do anything to protect him – until they take her daughter.

 

PRE-ORDER DETAILS

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The pre-order is full price ($3.99) but if you wait till the 19th of May I’ll be running a week-long 99c promo to get it to climb the Amazon charts and gain visibility. As a member of this list you have the inside track, so if you’d like to grab the 99c deal you know what to do!

 

PAPERBACK

If you prefer a signed paperback (R248), you can pre-order directly from me. We deliver door-to-door to all major cities for just R39. Order 2 or more for a 20% discount and free delivery.

Alternatively you can get it from Exclusive Books, Skoobs, Love Books, and other local bookstores (RRP R268).

(If you live outside of South Africa, you’ll be able to order the paperback as a POD from Amazon or any major retailer as soon as it goes live.)

 

That’s it for now! I wish you a fantastic week.

Keep well, and happy reading!

Janita

Win a Kindle Fire!

HOW WE FOUND YOU

Dear Readers

A short note today as we’re gearing up for the launch of the sequel to ‘Why You Were Taken’ next month and there is not a moment to lose!

If you’re keen to see the cover for ‘How We Found You’, I’ll be revealing it here on the 12th of May, along with the pre-order link. I can’t wait to share it with you. Watch this space!

We’re also in the process of producing audiobooks, starting with WYWT. Audio is the fastest growing segment in publishing at the moment and I’m very interested to know how many of you are audiobook fans. If you haven’t yet tried one, perhaps I can change that!

Audible has a free trial where you can download 2 free audiobooks. It’s a super simple process to join and the books go straight to your phone, so you can listen any time. I downloaded The Girl With All the Gifts and it’s brilliant! Definitely a great way to get more reading done.

 


BOOKEATER DEALS
And talking about reading, here are some great deals for you if your Kindle is feeling on the skinny side:

Have You Met Raven Kane?

An eccentric modern-day witch, accused of murder, must explore her past lives in order to keep her freedom — and find her way back to magic.

‘Grey Magic’ is 99c till the end of the month. If you haven’t read it yet you can grab it here.

THRILLER FAN? Grab these top notch thrillers for free.

Some ebook promotions contain better quality books than others. This top-notch promo only includes books with ratings of upwards of 4.5 stars.

WIN A KINDLE FIRE!

Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror promo deals — 99c —plus a Kindle Fire Giveaway.

Born into a family of treasure hunters, Cuthan is searching for the key to unlocking his dormant powers.

Get Angela J. Ford’s latest release, ‘The Blended Ones’ for 99c.

 

Keep well, and happy reading!

• JT Lawrence •
Author / Playwright / Bookdealer
www.jt-lawrence.com

Why You Were Taken
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water

Author Interview – JT Lawrence

A Reading Mum

JT Lawrence is an Amazon bestselling, genre-hopping, female-protagonist-loving author (and playwright) based in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. She is the mother of two small boys and a baby girl, and lives in a house with a red front door.
I’m welcoming JT today for the re-launch of her book “Why You Were Taken”, as she prepares for the launch of the sequel, “How We Found You.”
From the back cover of “Why You Were Taken”
Jo’burg city is shimmering with a bitterbright tension, the perfect playground for a scarred, creative – and extremely efficient – assassin.

Kirsten is a roaming, restless synaesthete: an awarded photographer with bad habits and a fertility problem. Her life has been defined by what she calls her ‘Black Hole’: a painful hollow feeling where her heart should be.
Seth is a brilliant chemgineer and loyal member of Alba: an underground biopunk Truther organisation that exposes corporate bullies…

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Bestseller charts, here we come.

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March 2017 newsletter

 

Why You Were Taken
Because of your generous support, reviews, and sharing, the re-launch of ‘Why You Were Taken’ has been even better than I hoped! We made the top 100 in three different categories in the US and two in the UK. It even broke through to the top 5,000 overall in Amazon.com, which I am thrilled about!

We’re only halfway through the promo (ends on Monday 27th) so I’m hoping to have even better results to share with you soon — and hopefully it’ll come in the form of a little orange bestseller badge, which is what you get from Amazon if your book is #1 in its category (it reached #33 yesterday).

Locally, we printed a limited run with the new cover, most of which Exclusive Books quickly snatched up (thank you Exclusive Books!) and the paperback is also available worldwide from Amazon. Which brings me to … the sequel, ‘How We Found You.’

How We Found You
I recently finished the final round of edits and it’s now with my beta readers, who so far have good things to say (thank goodness!). I found it quite nerve wracking to write a sequel so every nice thing they had to say has been balm to my stressed (and sleep-deprived) brain. The cover is being designed as I type this and you’ll be the first to see it as soon as I have it in my grubby little hands!

I’m super excited to tell you that we’ll be launching it in the third week of May 2017.

May is going to be quite a month, as I’ll be:
• Speaking at the Kingsmead Book Fair (13th)
• Speaking at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (19th & 20th)
• Launching ‘How We Found You’ (22nd – 26th)

Most importantly, it’s Baby Alexandra’s first birthday on the 20th! Where, where, where does the time go? It feels like just yesterday when I had her nestled in my hoodie, on my lap, as I was preparing ‘Sticky Fingers’ and ‘Grey Magic’ for print. I can’t believe she’s such a big girl already!


The BookEaters
I come across a lot of great deals and free books in my business and, while I will share a few of them every now and then in this newsletter, I don’t want to bombard you with them, so I started a separate mailing list for those voracious readers who are looking for new authors to try. Sign up if you’re keen to support these indie authors (here’s an example of the ad-hoc emails I send out to these subscribers) or join our Facebook group.

In the mean time here are just three of the deals I thought you might like to know about:

British Crime Spree
Free stories from some of the UK’s most popular crime and thriller writers.

Southern Bound by Stuart Jaffe
A paranormal mystery (FREE)


When Max Porter discovers his office is haunted by the ghost of a 1940s detective, he does the only sensible thing … he starts a detective agency!

The Legacy Trilogy
A boxed set of original dystopian novels for 99c


The Legacy Trilogy is narrative of good and evil, love and passion, right and wrong – and at the centre of the story a strong woman who is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause she believes in.


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And that’s a wrap! Thanks again so much for your support, especially with the relaunch. It’s been a blast! And I can’t wait to show you that little orange badge. *holds thumbs*

Keep well, keep reading —

JT Lawrence

Why You Were Taken
Grey Magic
Sticky Fingers
The Underachieving Ovary
The Memory of Water

Grey Magic by JT Lawrence: An enchanting read about a modern-day witch

Reviews on a Train


Book Review: Grey Magic by JT Lawrence
Device: ePub
Location: On the KTX from Seoul to Daegu; in bed the whole of Sunday; on the express bus to Gangneung for Christmas
Rating: Enchanting

I started reading JT Lawrence’s latest novel Grey Magic on the KTX train from Seoul to Daegu. I had just had a job interview (the final one of three) and I was shaking with excitement and dread. I completely procrastinated on buying a train ticket back home (who even knows what I was thinking; that I would start the job right away?) so I had to stand in the corridor between two cars, next to the pungent bathroom. That’s when I whipped out Grey Magic, and for just under two hours I forgot about the cold and discomfort and focused all my energy on Raven Kane.


For the record, Raven Kane is a goddess. More accurately…

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Thank you! (here’s a free book)

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Thank you so much for your support this year! I’ll always remember my personal 2016 as a year of crowded by love and good work.

If you haven’t yet read ‘Sticky Fingers’ or ‘Why You Were Taken’, here is a link to a free copy for you.

May you have a wonderful festive season. I hope you score some bonus reading time and that you’re surrounded by the people you love.

https://www.instafreebie.com/free/VQ0hq #instafreebie

x

Janita